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Sally Kohn, Ben Ferguson Share Their Fox News-MSNBC Experiences

RSOn Sunday morning’s “Reliable Sources,” former Fox News contributor Sally Kohn and radio host Ben Ferguson talked to host Brian Stelter about appearing on networks that carry far different ideological viewpoint than theirs following a Columbia Journalism Review piece that suggested Fox News is more welcoming to opposing views.

Both pointed out the deck being stacked against them: “Wasn’t worth it…it was usually three-on-one,” Ferguson said about MSNBC, adding it wasn’t worth putting makeup on to be used as a punching bag.

“It was often three on one…my favorite was fifteen-on-one,” Kohn said of her time at Fox News, highlighting a Hannity panel where she was the only liberal in a sea of conservatives. Outnumbered or not, Kohn saw a benefit to appearing on Fox.

“In a show like Hannity…from my perspective, as a liberal, as a progressive, I don’t want that to go unquestioned, unchallenged,” Kohn continued about wanting to offer Fox viewers a liberal counterpoint to its conservative hosts.

This morning, Howard Kurtz has a piece on Foxnews.com on the Columbia Journalism piece, answering why liberals come on Fox—and why Fox spends good money on acquiring them as contributors.

“Well, it’s good television, and more interesting for viewers when everyone doesn’t agree. I used to argue with Keith Olbermann when he had an MSNBC show that it would be less predictable if he would sometimes debate people on the right. He said he didn’t like such fake debates — but the result was, in those years, endless Bush-bashing.”

And Fox News might have some new competition ahead from the right: Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy talked to Stelter about plans to launch Newsmax TV in June, suggesting his company is already bigger than Fox News.

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Fox News guest rips off mic, walks out during live interview

Former Bill Clinton adviser Simon Rosenberg walked out on his Fox News debate with conservative radio talk show host Ben Ferguson this afternoon.

At issue: Clinton’s conversation with Rep. Paul Ryan yesterday — recorded by ABC News — over the GOP’s loss of a Congressional seat in upstate New York and whether Ryan’s medicare proposal is to blame.

“Ben, shut up!” said Rosenberg as the two debated the tactics in the medicare fight. To anchor Shannon Bream‘s credit, she twice asked the GOP guest to stop interrupting so Rosenberg could finish.

But after he ceded the floor, Rosenberg took out his IFB and pulled off his mic and walked out anyway. “You can pout, and that’s what you guys do well,” Ferguson taunted as Rosenberg left the studio. Video after the jump.

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No More Talk Radio Hosts on CNN?

Exclusive: TVNewser has learned, and a CNN spokesperson confirms, that in his morning editorial meeting today, CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein asked his show producers to avoid booking talk radio hosts. “Complex issues require world class reporting,” Klein is quoted as saying, adding that talk radio hosts too often add to the noise, and that what they say is “all too predictable.”

One of CNN’s longtime show hosts, Lou Dobbs, hosts a daily radio show. A few political contributors also host radio shows including Bill Bennett and Roland Martin. They are presumably not affected by this.

But this means other talk radio hosts who appear regularly on CNN, probably won’t in the near future including names like Stephanie Miller, Michael Medved, and Ben Ferguson.

> Update: Roland Martin stopped hosting his show on WVON last October when he became senior analyst for the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

Cable News Giving Rebirth to an Old Obama Theory

Earlier, we wrote about Lou Dobbs and his radio coverage of the so-called “birther” movement which was kicked in to high gear this week due in part to this video from a town hall meeting held by Rep. Mike Castle, R-Delaware, on June 30.

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Well, we wanted to find out how the cable news networks have been covering the issue, so we did some more digging.

Media Matters has been covering the coverage of the birthers for more than a month and found Dobbs discussing the issue again last night on his CNN show with fellow radio talk show hosts. “The president, all he has to do is just produce the original birth certificate in a way and be done with it,” said Dobbs.

Other CNN anchors, including Rick Sanchez, have debated the issue. On Sanchez’s show yesterday conservative radio talker Ben Ferguson said, “I banned the topic from my show because I was so sick and tired of talking about it.”

Then last night on “Larry King Live”, after playing the clip from the Rep. Castle town hall, James Carville said, “That lady’s a poor thing, reads all of this goofy stuff that you hear on one of our rival networks.”

We’re not sure which “rival network” Carville is referring to, but Fox News has not covered the story and has not shown the video from the Rep. Castle event. FNC anchor Shepard Smith did bring up the issue during his much-publicized “frightening email” commentary last month.

MSNBC has been covering the birthers, for the most part, from the conspiracy theory angle. On Hardball, Chris Matthews talked to a Republican co-sponsor of a bill on the matter saying, “What you’re doing is appeasing the nutcases.” Joe Scarborough, Rachel Maddow and David Shuster, in for Keith Olbermann, have also discussed the story.