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Rush Limbaugh’s FNC Interview Becomes News, as Dem Guests Stick up for FOX

limbaugh11-2.jpgAfter last week’s “truce,” the latest discussion in the White House vs. Fox News saga has centered on Fox News Channel’s guests, the most high-profile over the weekend being radio commentator Rush Limbaugh who appeared in a lengthy interview on “FOX News Sunday” with Chris Wallace.

On CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Bob Schieffer asked White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod used a clip of the Limbaugh interview and asked, “Last week your man Robert Gibbs met with the folks at Fox News, declared a truce in this war you’ve been having with them. Was the truce broken this morning?” [Clip after the jump]

The Huffington Posts’ Sam Stein described the Limbaugh interview as “an exercise in turning the White House into a punching bag” and wrote:

Hard-hitting interview it surely wasn’t. Host Chris Wallace let Limbaugh tee off on all facets of the Obama agenda, domestic and foreign. The radio talk show accused the president of not caring about success in Afghanistan. “I know this is going to sound controversial but I don’t think he cares,” he said, before accusing Obama of “dithering” on whether or not to send more troops to the theater. Wallace let him go on, relatively uninterrupted.

On the flip-side of that conversation, Daniel Libit explores the plight of democratic strategists who appear regularly on Fox News. Former Bill Clinton White House counsel Lanny Davis told Libit:

“Is there a difference between Fox and MSNBC?” he asked. “You count the number of guests on Rachel [Maddow] and Keith [Olbermann] who are conservative Republicans. If you get to double digits, I’ll buy you dinner for each one.”

And Democratic pollster Doug Schoen describes his experience very positively:

“They are the most professional network of any I have dealt with,” he said. “If you are a Democrat who wants to deliver mindless talking points on Fox, it’s probably best to go to MSBNC and hope you get a chance to recite them. I think Fox encourages critical views of all sides, asks different kinds of questions and wants to have diversity of view.”

According to Libit however, some experiences have not been completely positive. Democratic direct-mail consultant Liz Chadderdon received death threats after comments she made on “The O’Reilly Factor” and now “has adopted a personal policy of not going on Hannity’s show after he was condescending to her on the air last summer.”

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FNC at 9pm: An End and a Beginning

hc_1-9.jpgThe final “Hannity & Colmes” airs tonight on Fox News at 9pmET, and for the first time in 12 years, a new program will air in the slot beginning on Monday.

For tonight’s final show, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Lanny Davis will appear as guests. Gary Sinise will also be on to promote his upcoming Iraq special. The final few blocks will be a tribute to the 12 years on the air.

On Monday, “Hannity” will kick off with an interview of President George W. Bush, which Sean Hannity is conducting today. It airs Monday and Tuesday. Elisabeth Hasselbeck will also be a guest. As for the “Great American Panel,” Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie reports the liberal seat will be occupied by Al Sharpton, while Rep. Michelle Bachman is the conservative and Meatloaf is the X Factor. Indeed.

The Denver Fights Continue: FNC Analyst v. NY Senator

FNCDavisSchumer_8.28.jpgJohnny Dollar has the audio from the Radio Factor as Fox News analyst Lanny Davis describes nearly being bumped from the TV Factor because Sen. Chuck Schumer didn’t want to go on with him.

It took O’Reilly to make the appearance happen. Davis even paraphrased him. “I simply saw you say, ‘I make the decisions here. Sit down!’”

And, taking a cue from the Factor, you can tell by Schumer’s body language he was thrilled to be on with Davis.

Where Former Hillary Clinton Advisers End Up

The AP’s David Bauder writes about Lanny Davis and Howard Wolfson, close advisers to the Hillary Clinton for President campaign, now political analysts for Fox News. And how they got to Fox is as interesting as why they’re there.

Davis and Wolfson came to Fox this summer following bad experiences with rival networks, although they both declined to discuss them. Wolfson and Clinton’s inner circle resented MSNBC, believing the network’s top talkers favored Barack Obama‘s candidacy. Davis, a former special counsel to President Clinton, looked like he swallowed a lemon during his last primary-night guest appearance on CNN.

But do they get grief from fellow Democrats for signing-on with FNC? “Less than I expected, but still some,” Davis said. “The some were from the places that have a stereotype about Fox, but when I asked them if they ever actually watched Fox, the answer is almost never.”

Another Clintonite Joins Fox News

wolfson_7-8.JPGFrom today’s mediabistro.com Daily Newsfeed:

Another of the most visible faces of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign has joined Fox News Channel, reports The Caucus blog on NYTimes.com. Howard Wolfson, one of Clinton’s top strategists, is expected to be announced as a contributor to the network today.

“I thought that Fox’s coverage during the primary was comprehensive and fair and evenhanded,” said Wolfson.

This comes less than a month after another Clinton supporter, Lanny Davis, signed with FNC. That leaves just Terry McAuliffe as the remaining free agent Clinton supporter who made regular appearances on the cablers during the primary season (CNN has Paul Begala and James Carville under contract already).

So, after all the fallout from the Carr column yesterday…it’s the New York Times that breaks a Fox News story?

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