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Should the U.S. Media Give Equal Time to the Syrian Opposition?

In the last 10 days Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad has been given two hours on U.S. television networks. An hour on PBS (with clips on CBS) last Monday and tonight, an hour on Fox News. Following the FNC interview, the network’s State Department correspondent James Rosen said equal time might be in order for the Syrian opposition. Rosen was a part of the “Special Report” panel analyzing the Assad interview conducted by Dennis Kucinich and Greg Palkot.

“I predict that you may see calls from viewers, from critics, et cetera, for us to give a like amount of air time to the Syrian opposition,” said Rosen. “It may be seen as incumbent on us to make sure that the Syrian opposition is heard. If not an equal measure, in some kind of measure.”

“We will talk to the second floor in New York about that,” said Baier, referring to the executive offices of Fox News.

What do you think? Should the U.S. networks set aside an hour of time for an opposition interview?

As for tonight’s interview, Charles Krauthammer had this assessment: “[Assad] spoke for almost an hour. There wasn’t a true word he said including ‘and’ and ‘but.’”

As we reported earlier, Kucinich, an FNC contributor got the interview, but Fox executives only agreed to do it if a Fox News journalist participated.

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Dennis Kucinich, Greg Palkot Interview Syria’s Bashar al-Assad for Fox News

On Sept. 7, Fox News Channel contributor and former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) told his bosses at Fox News that he was confident he could get an interview with Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad. Kucinich, in his capacity as a member of Congress, had met Assad before.

Fox News then had to decide how to produce an interview, using an interviewer who isn’t a journalist, but rather a politician-turned-pundit. So they called up Greg Palkot, FNC’s Senior Foreign Affairs correspondent.  “I decided that Kucinich should pursue the interview, on condition that FOX News journalists would also be included,” says Fox News EVP Michael Clemente.

Fast-forward 10 days, to yesterday. Kucinich and Palkot are side-by-side, while Clemente is in a control room in the Syrian Presidential Palace (set up temporarily, we’re told, as Assad has been giving several interviews of late). While Fox News used a Syrian camera crew, Clemente says the interview “was conducted with no restrictions on the questions that could be asked.”

News of the interview was first reported by British journalists in Syria, including ITV’s Bill Neely. A few hours later Atlantic Wire wondered: “It’s interesting that Fox News sent Kucinich to interview Assad and not, say, their hard news front man Chris Wallace.”

Clemente straightens that out: “Kucinich was not there in the capacity of a journalist nor was he representing Fox News in that role,” he says.

The interview will air tonight in a 2-hour “Special Report with Bret Baier.” The interview will run from 6:30-7:30pmET followed by analysis from Stephen Hayes, Charles Krauthammer and Juan Williams.

Dennis Kucinich Talks Fox News Role

The Hollywood Reporter caught up with brand-new Fox News contributor Dennis Kucinich in Washington DC. In addition to talking politics, the former Congressman talked TV as well.

The Fox Network has invited me to be a contributor. I’m happy for that opportunity, and I’ll continue to express a point of view that many of my supporters are already familiar with.
THR: That point of view may not necessarily be the generally accepted Fox News point of view. Do you anticipate any trouble?
Kucinich: In the last 10 years, I have been on Fox many, many times. And I know the people, I have a working relationship, we’ve had an energetic exchange of views, and we shall continue to do so.
THR: What does a contributor role look like? How often will you be on?
Kucinich: I’m like a utility infielder, so I’ll be on there once in a while.

Bill O’Reilly Welcomes Dennis Kucinich To Fox News

As we reported earlier this week, former liberal Congressman Dennis Kucinich is joining Fox News as a paid contributor. His first appearance was last night on “The O’Reilly Factor,”

“We would like to introduce you to our new Fox News contributor, another wild conservative guy,” Bill O’Reilly said, introducing Kucinich. “Wow, what a conversion!”

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Karl Rove Re-Signs with Fox News Through 2016 Election

Karl Rove has re-upped with Fox News Channel, Politico’s Mike Allen reports. The multi-year deal will keep the political analyst on the channel through the 2016 election, where, who knows?, he may challenge Fox News results that election night too.

Rove made headlines on election night when he disputed FNC’s call of the election for Pres. Obama. Fox News founder and chairman Roger Ailes recounted what happened in an interview with TVNewser: “As it turned out Rove was wrong. He backed down. Our guys were right. We stayed with it. Megyn did her famous walk down the hall. And it all worked out.”

Rove joined Fox as a contributor in February 2008. Before that he was Senior Adviser to Pres. George W. Bush.

We were first with the news yesterday that Fox News had signed Dennis Kucinich, the former democratic congressman and presidential candidate from Ohio.

Update: Press release after the jump. Ailes: Rove is “an important player in our ongoing political coverage.”

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Fox News Signs Dennis Kucinich As Contributor

Fox News Channel has signed former Congressman Dennis Kucinich as a paid contributor to FNC and Fox Business network. Kucinich, who was for years a liberal stalwart in the House of Representatives, will provide analysis and commentary across all of FNC and FBN’s programs, beginning with Thursday’s edition of “The O’Reilly Factor.”

“I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues,” said Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in a statement. “His willingness to take a stand from his point of view makes him a valuable voice in our country’s debate.”

Kucinich represented Ohio’s 10th district in Congress for 16 years, officially leaving office earlier this month. He also ran for President in 2004 and 2008, seeking the Democratic nomination.

“Through 16 years in Congress and two presidential campaigns, Fox News has always provided me with an opportunity to share my perspective with its enormous viewership,” Kucinich said in a statement. “I look forward to a continuation of our relationship this time as a Fox News contributor.”

Secy. Ray LaHood Didn’t Watch CBS Report, But Wishes He Had

Lahood_2.24.jpgABC News may have lead the way on Toyota coverage, but CBS News got a shout out during today’s testimony on Capitol Hill.

During Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood‘s testimony, Rep. Dennis Kucinich asked about documents obtained by CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson used in an Evening News report earlier this week.

Kucinich: CBS had an exclusive where they were able to gain some internal documents that showed that Toyota redesigned software in 2005 in response to complaints that cars were accelerating unexpectedly. Are you familiar with those documents?

LaHood: No sir. I am not.

Kucinich: Are you interested in that kind of a report?

LaHood: Yes sir.

Scenes From The Floor

dnc_8-24.gifFor President Bill Clinton‘s speech at the Democratic National Convention tonight, we made our way out to the convention floor and grabbed some video.

We stationed ourselves near the CNN BPTOT stage, where Anderson Cooper and John King watched the speech intently, while the rest of the panel seemed a bit less interested. See the video of the scene from the floor, and after the jump, more videos (including our run-in with Dennis Kucinich, what the convention floor looks like at 9:15amET and more):



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