Mark Lamont Hill Ramifications?

Cliff Kincaid, apparently the one questioning Rupert Murdoch when Murdoch announced Hill’s firing from FNC, continues to rip the network in Right Side News for Hill’s hiring.

If Fox News executives and personalities had done any elementary analysis, they might have discovered that back in 2007, he wrote an article, “Why I Support the Fairness Doctrine,” hyping a study by the Center for American Progress on the alleged need to challenge conservative domination of talk radio. A graphic by the article depicted Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh as the targets of this effort (O’Reilly then had a radio show).

Hill wrote that “the Fairness Doctrine will provide us with a much-needed respite from the conservative media assault that has undermined democratic discourse and social justice.”

Who would have thought that Hill would later regularly appear on O’Reilly’s Fox News show in the name of “fair and balanced?”

All of this adds to my belief that Fox News-and O’Reilly in particular-were bullied into adding this “progressive” voice to their line-up. The problem is that they rushed into it without checking out Hill’s background.

I think Kincaid is making too big a deal out of this. I don’t think FNC screwed up in hiring Hill. They’re far too in tune with what goes on in the internet to have been unaware of Hill’s past. Hill was hired precisely because he was a bomb thrower. It makes for exciting TV for some. However, like MSNBC and John Ziegler, networks sometimes find that bomb throwers who take a confrontational position against their programming, can be more trouble than they’re worth.

One Response to “Mark Lamont Hill Ramifications?”

  1. I liked Hill; especially his appearances on Red Eye. Hardly ever agreed with him, but liked him.

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