Take a moment to glance out the window and see if any porcine cuties have, by chance, sprouted wings and are whirling around the garden. And are the piggies wearing lipstick? And while you’re at it, if you have any friends in Hell, give them a jingle and find out if it’s freezing Down There, because Fox News has replaced Jeanine Pirro, at least for the time being, with none other than former DNC chair Donna Brazile. Wait, you say — doesn’t Fox hate Donna Brazile? Didn’t Fox carry on and on about Donna Brazile cheating by leaking debate questions to Hillary Clinton? And didn’t Brazile hate them back, bigtime? Yeah, but: this is show biz, and the Washington Post lays it on the line better than anybody I’ve read so far:
All of this mutual enmity makes for a perfect Washington story, in which both parties set aside their principled objections in favor of their unprincipled interests. Brazile needs a gig and a platform; Fox News needs a strong liberal voice so that it can continue attempting to cast itself as a purveyor of fair-and-balanced coverage. So they inked a contributor contract, as Variety reported on Monday.
Fox News host Dana Perino called Brazile’s signing a “bold move” as she introduced the new contributor on Monday afternoon’s show. Said Brazile: “I’ve been on and off Fox for the last 15 years, but this is an opportunity to reach across the aisle, to reach even within my own political party and to independents and others who might want to hear what’s happening within the Democratic Party, what’s happening in the country and, of course, hear my perspective….”
Oh, yes, Fox News viewers want to know what’s going on within the Democratic party. Yes, indeed. And Fox News now feels it has a duty to reach out to Democrats. Did somebody drop LSD in the water supply in Los Angeles, or are the rest of you able to read the same tweets that I am?
Donna Brazile on being signed as a Fox contributor: "There's an audience on Fox News that doesn't hear enough from Democrats. We have to engage that audience."
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) March 18, 2019
Howard Kurtz does “Media Buzz” at Fox News, so it’s official, Fox News is suddenly consumed with a burning desire to hear from the Democrats. And here’s what Fox viewers have to say about the new hire:
Fox pulling Judge Jeanine and bringing on Brazile is like someone breaking up with you but you won't stop calling, so he/she has to take out an order of protection. Fox not being subtle about how much they hate their own viewers with their latest moves. Cut the cord.
— Jenxyb (@Jenxyb1) March 18, 2019
Watch as they plummet, now they hired Donna Brazile as a contributor and pulled Judge Pirro!
— TIREDOFPOLITICSMEDIA (@mediaIsNuts) March 18, 2019
Disgusting!! #1 @FoxNews will now take a nose dive. Known liar & cheater Brazile!!
— CT (@CTomme2) March 18, 2019
I guess this means you can only like one liar and cheater.
— paulie (@calpaulie) March 18, 2019
The Washington Post’s final words on this topic:
Similarly, the idea of “reaching across the aisle” on a cable-news set is risible. Brazile is, again, a television pundit who’ll be laying out her expert commentary in panel discussions for the foreseeable future. What happens on Fox News panels doesn’t qualify as genuine political engagement. It’s all a show ― a show that thrives on bickering and sound-bites that play well on tweeted videos. It’s the locus of division and misconception, not healing.
Politics as entertainment got us into the mess that we’re in, with the reality show actor carnival barker in the Oval Office and the government effectively at a standstill, except for when Trump throws a monkey wrench into the works and congress has to take time away from governance and do crisis management.
Donna Brazile is the obligatory token black female commentator. That’s the long and the short of it. Fox News apparently thinks it’s covering it’s butt on some level, but from my perspective, this is truly the most laughable thing they’ve put on their airwaves in many moons and in a “truth isn’t truth” world, that is saying a lot. Brazile’s hiring is just Fox News punting while it figures out how long to keep Pirro on suspension, or whether to cut her loose altogether, and it’s need to placate angry sponsors, and prove to them it’s legitimacy as a balanced news outlet. Good luck on that. This should be interesting to watch, and not because Brazile has anything to share on a bi-partisan basis. This looks to be a real circus act in its own right, Fox’s token black female pundit, being a Democrat of some prominence. Wait until the topic of Brazile’s good buddy and Trump nemesis Maxine Waters comes up. Holy conflict of interests, Batman.
Jesus, take the wheel.