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Harold Wolfson, former top Hillary Clinton advisor, announcing his move to Fox News Channel:

"Fox has the largest audience in cable television -- many of its viewers are independents who will help decide the next election," said Wolfson of his decision. "It's critically important for strong progressives to be talking to and offering analysis to that audience."

Reality:

An audience that decides for itself, based on "fair and balanced" coverage, ought not to reach monolithic conclusions. Yet, in our 2004 polling with Media Vote, using Nielsen diaries, we found that Fox News viewers supported George Bush over John Kerry by 88 percent to 7 percent. No demographic segment, other than Republicans, was as united in supporting Bush. Conservatives, white evangelical Christians, gun owners, and supporters of the Iraq war all gave Bush fewer votes than did regular Fox News viewers.

Democrats can pretend that there are "independents" watching Fox News, but the data is clear -- it is the most reliably Republican outlet in the nation, more likely to deliver Republican votes than even conservatives!

If Wolfson likes that check Fox News is waving at him, then by all means he can grab it. It's a free country. But there's nothing noble about it. He should stop pretending he is doing anything more than whoring himself to the opposition.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 08:55 AM PDT.

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