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I have to admit to you something: this topic wasn't my original diary for tonight.  But, as I was combing around the Internet and reading my usual news outlets, I picked up on this news.  Now this might have been announced.  Or you already probably know.  But since I try to go out of my way not to watch FOX news, this tidbit popped into my lap today. It proceeded to shock (if not repulse) me ever since.

Yes.  If you haven't already heard, Mr. Rove has a new job. Oh no.  Not that job with Senator John McCain.  That's moonlighting work.  The other job: as a "consultant" on FOX News.

Yes, you heard right.  There's no wax in your ears.

Mr. Rove is there to give his undivided, "fair", and "balanced" (now you know I say this in jest) opinions about the news of the day.

Media Matters has succinctly summed up some of the conflicts of interest that have come up as Mr. Rove settles into this new position:

Appearing on the March 10 editions of Fox News' America's Election HQ and Hannity & Colmes, Republican strategist and Fox News contributor Karl Rove discussed the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns, but neither America's Election HQ host Bill Hemmer nor Hannity & Colmes co-hosts Sean Hannity or Alan Colmes asked Rove whether he was "informally advising the campaign" of Sen. John McCain, as a March 8 Politico article reported, citing "[a] top McCain adviser." Further, neither Hemmer nor Hannity or Colmes pointed out that Rove has reportedly confirmed making a financial contribution to McCain's campaign. On America's Election HQ, Hemmer introduced Rove as "Fox News contributor and former White House chief strategist Karl Rove." On Hannity & Colmes, Hannity introduced him by saying,[emphasis mine] "Fox News contributor -- we call him 'the Architect' -- Karl Rove is back."

What is more, Howard Kurtz, commenting on Mr. Rove's new venture into media,  says in the Washington Post that he"has mellowed"":

Karl Rove, who has spent his career denigrating Democrats, was on the Fox News set last Monday when he was asked a point-blank question: Should Eliot Spitzer resign?

Pronouncing the situation "very sad," Rove said he wasn't in the business of telling the New York governor what to do. He deflected a question about whether Republicans are held to a different standard than Democrats in sex scandals, saying Spitzer's problem was that he "made his reputation as a prosecutor" whose targets included prostitution rings.

No one would accuse the newly minted pundit of being balanced, but to the surprise of some critics, he has been generally fair-minded in his commentary. The man long derided by the left as "Bush's brain" is trying to move beyond his attack-dog reputation.

Are you kidding me, Mr. Kurtz? Karl Rove, fair-minded and mellow?  Is he looking through those same "Bush Colored Glasses"?  Say it isn't so.

I don't really know if pigs are flying in the sky or that it is because it  is leap year.  But, with this news, FOX hiring Rove just lowered the Fourth Estate by cutting it off by the knees.

How I miss Walter Cronkite and the rest of the crusty old guard who told it like it was and did their jobs with such an incredible decorum.

I have a feeling that Mr. Rove's hire signals the harbinger that the media has lost its scruples.

--politicalceci

Originally posted to politicalceci on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:02 AM PDT.

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  •  Tipjar (10+ / 0-)

    Thank you most whole-heartedly for your ideas, insights, snarks, ramblings, advice, support, comments and beautiful contributions.

    Have a wonderful night and take care,

    --politicalceci

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:05:07 AM PDT

    •  Tipping, athough this is relatively (4+ / 0-)

      old news.  But the sheer audacity of it keeps it current.  I wonder if he also has a place in a country with no extradition treaty to which to flee on January 2009?  Warmest regards, Doc.

      Sometimes I feel like Robert Louis Stevenson created me. -6.25, -6.05

      by Translator on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:15:18 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks and you're right. (1+ / 0-)
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        But,I had to write about it. When I heard of this I thought, "Good God, what are they thinking?"

        Sheer audacity is the least of it, I think.

        Seeing corruption work in its raw habitat is more like it.

        I wish you warmest regards as well,

        --politicalceci

        "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

        by politicalceci on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:20:17 AM PDT

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        •  Well, you have to realize that folks (1+ / 0-)
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          of his ilk think that they have a message, evangelicals, nicht wahr?  But they are essentially sociopaths, with no regards toward the common folks.  They serve their masters, and want to join them in the great looting.  In some cases they have.  Look at damned old Ashcroft, who lost to a DEAD MAN in his reelection bid.  Now a big lobbyist/PR "leader".

          In no way do I criticize your thoughts.  Warmest regards, Doc.

          Sometimes I feel like Robert Louis Stevenson created me. -6.25, -6.05

          by Translator on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:26:25 AM PDT

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          •  Exactly. (1+ / 0-)
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            I think you raised a point that everyone must gather from this news whether it is heard the first time or is  already known.  In fact, I liked your explanation of this travesty. It put the cards on the table.  

            I like that profusely.

            When I think back to first hearing this, I was quite aghast at the sheer (dare I say?) balls FOX had to hire him, knowing the public is aware of the length and breadth of his (as well as many others in the RNC) wrongdoing.

            If this was a just world, he would be in prison now instead of spewing his lies to the viewing public.

            Take care,

            --politicalceci

            "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

            by politicalceci on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:36:19 AM PDT

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            •  Most FOX viewers are in his (0+ / 0-)

              world already, devoid of independent thought, waiting for Murdoch's minions to insert ingrams into their memories.  Warmest regards, Doc.

              Sometimes I feel like Robert Louis Stevenson created me. -6.25, -6.05

              by Translator on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:43:56 AM PDT

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  •  my question is (4+ / 0-)

    when are the war crimes trials starting, already?

  •  Saw this a few weeks ago, actually (2+ / 0-)
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    I've been stunned ever since. Too stunned to diary it. You did better anyway....

    It is important that people know what you stand for. It's equally important that they know what you won't stand for. ~~ Mary Waldrop

    by Purple Priestess on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:09:05 AM PDT

    •  Thank you very much. (1+ / 0-)
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      When I read the story earlier, I couldn't believe it.  I mean Fox could pick from a crop of other people, but they had to scrape from the bottom of the barrel.  It was stomach-turning to see the MSM replay his "rap performance" as well as hear his lack of a response about the Plame case.

      But now, I believe that this is most definitely a new low for cable news, if not all media.

      I couldn't help but voice my displeasure.

      Take care,

      --politicalceci

      "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

      by politicalceci on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:17:11 AM PDT

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      •  The rap video... (3+ / 0-)
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        I think that was the worst part!

        Thanks for the diary :)

        It is important that people know what you stand for. It's equally important that they know what you won't stand for. ~~ Mary Waldrop

        by Purple Priestess on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:19:01 AM PDT

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        •  You're very welcome. (2+ / 0-)
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          And Lol, yes, that took the cake hook, line and sinker.

          I hope he never does it again.

          Take care,

          --politicalceci

          "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

          by politicalceci on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:22:39 AM PDT

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          •  As a follow up, (1+ / 0-)
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            MSNBC has given David Gregory (the other one dancing) his OWN show.  I refuse to watch it, and actually do not pay attention to Olbermann any more except for the Worst People part.  They gave David fu****g a show!  I still can not believe it.  Warmest regards, Doc.

            Sometimes I feel like Robert Louis Stevenson created me. -6.25, -6.05

            by Translator on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:29:35 AM PDT

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            •  By the way, I diaried this last week (0+ / 0-)

              Here is the link:

              http://www.dailykos.com/...

              Warmest regards, Doc.

              Sometimes I feel like Robert Louis Stevenson created me. -6.25, -6.05

              by Translator on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:41:24 AM PDT

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              •  I will read it with relish. Thank you. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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                "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

                by politicalceci on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:43:18 AM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  You are quite welcome, my friend. (0+ / 0-)

                  Whist I am here, would you ever consider blogging on a new site?  My son and I are very seriously creating one that meshed science, policy, and politics.  Warmest regards, Doc.

                  Sometimes I feel like Robert Louis Stevenson created me. -6.25, -6.05

                  by Translator on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:45:24 AM PDT

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                  •  Yes, I would love to. (1+ / 0-)
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                    Please keep me updated on its progress. Check back later on the "public e-mail" spot on my diaries later in the week. I will have a public contact e-mail for my blog writing both on my old blog ("Ceci's News and Views") and my entries here on DKos.

                    I thank you so much for offering.  I wish you the utmost luck on your endeavor.  I know it will go well.

                    Take care,

                    --politicalceci

                    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

                    by politicalceci on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:57:52 AM PDT

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                    •  Thanks! If my son is as good (1+ / 0-)
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                      as I think he is, the site should rock from a technical aspect.  I have two others, one of whom is an accomplished writer who might contribute short stories from time to time.  I think that politics are important, but do not want that the be the entierity of the effort.  Warmest regards, Doc.

                      Sometimes I feel like Robert Louis Stevenson created me. -6.25, -6.05

                      by Translator on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 01:07:21 AM PDT

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                      •  As it should be. (0+ / 0-)

                        I have friends from all over the place who write about different aspects of things in their blogs.  From them and the writings of countless others I have read, I've learned quite a deal. Variety is the spice of life when it comes to blogging.

                        So, I bet you and your sons will have something quite exquisite as progress is made.

                        Again, I look forward to seeing it blossom.

                        Take care,

                        --politicalceci

                        "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

                        by politicalceci on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 01:15:23 AM PDT

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            •  Do you believe out of curiosity I watched it? (1+ / 0-)
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              After reading all the scuttlebutt (and seeing the clip of Joe Scarborough stuffing a brownie in his mouth), I knew I had to watch it for myself since it was after Mr. Obama's speech.

              And yes, it was like the circus coming to town.

              Mr. Gregory lost control of the conversation.  Eugene Robinson trying to keep above out of the fray.  Rachel Maddow refereeing and old, Joe Scarborough taking all the time with his [*cough*] opining.

              Mr. Gregory looked rather lost in the fray.  Is he really ready for primetime?

              Take care,

              --politicalceci

              "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

              by politicalceci on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:42:23 AM PDT

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  •  Whom Did I Leave Out? (0+ / 0-)

    I had seen him often on Fox in the recent past (I channel surf when inebriated), and assumed he was on the payroll.

    Their ranks are dwindling, and we will soon have them decimated and encircled, huddled in the control room of Fox News (or Clear Channel), all six of them; Rush, Hannity, Rove, Malkin, O'Reilly, and...?

    •  I think Tucker Carlson and Michelle Malkin (1+ / 0-)
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      were fired not too long ago.

      So, the pool is getting smaller.

      I could just image that Sean Hannity was foaming at the mouth when he said, "The architect is back".

      Good God.

      --politicalceci

      "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

      by politicalceci on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:26:01 AM PDT

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  •  "we call him 'the Architect'" (1+ / 0-)
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    Much in the way Albert Speer was an architect too.

    •  Wow, very nice reference (0+ / 0-)

      to Speer.  I read his book, and it dripped with evil.  Just following orders.  But he was more intellectual than most of them, so I did understand, not agree, with his reasons.  Warmest regards, Doc.

      Sometimes I feel like Robert Louis Stevenson created me. -6.25, -6.05

      by Translator on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:52:57 AM PDT

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  •  Well, CNN (2+ / 0-)
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    has on Carville and Begala. All the infotainment nets have their shills. I take all the cable news networks with a huge block of salt.

    You've got to vote for someone. It's a shame, but it's got to be done.--Whoopi Goldberg

    by Libertaria on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:27:37 AM PDT

    •  Now that I think of it, (2+ / 0-)
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      there was a stink around here about it when Carville and Begala were commenting on a post-debate panel and were never identified as Clinton supporters (enablers).

      You've got to vote for someone. It's a shame, but it's got to be done.--Whoopi Goldberg

      by Libertaria on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:30:06 AM PDT

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      •  Fair enough. (1+ / 0-)
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        But, there's a difference between putting on slightly palatable men and a man who is much maligned.

        And Karl Rove is a detestable and rather malignant character indeed.

        --politicalceci

        "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

        by politicalceci on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:46:04 AM PDT

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        •  Uh, I thought the point (2+ / 0-)
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          was that a commentator is working for and/or contributing to a candidate.

          I agree with you about Rove being detestable but so is Carville. It's a matter of degree.

          You've got to vote for someone. It's a shame, but it's got to be done.--Whoopi Goldberg

          by Libertaria on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 12:49:53 AM PDT

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          •  I know that was the point. :) (0+ / 0-)

            All in all, we are in mutual agreement here totally.

            But I just talked about the appeal-factor in all of this.  For a man who is very reviled in a lot of circles, why would a network hire him unless he was there to please a small sliver of the audience.

            And that alone lacks conscience because Rove doesn't appeal to a lot of people, most namely those in other advertising groups.

            Better yet.  What would you call Rove's audience?

            --politicalceci

            "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

            by politicalceci on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 01:07:09 AM PDT

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            •  Most people have no idea (1+ / 0-)
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              who or what Rove is or if they did, they wouldn't care. Not everyone in this vast country is in agreement with us. Otherwise the chimp wouldn't be sitting in the WH. The fact that faux has ratings that swamp msnbc's is proof of that.

              You've got to vote for someone. It's a shame, but it's got to be done.--Whoopi Goldberg

              by Libertaria on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 01:14:42 AM PDT

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              •  And that is the shame of this entire thing. (0+ / 0-)

                But I disagree that people are clueless about Rove.  People do know about him.  President Bush flaunted him everywhere until Plamegate caused Rove to leave the White House. They have seen clips of him and read some stories about him.  But, they haven't stepped into deeper territory.

                I agree, that the "big lie" continues to be perpetuated that Rove is a benign character (especially how people laud his arrival on Fox) causes a lot of viewers who watch FOX to not think any differently. Any refutation or differing context whatsoever is blocked out to shed some light on his character.

                That's what I mean.

                As long as people take it at face value, the lie supercedes the truth.  I think this is what we are both trying to say, but in two different ways.

                Nevertheless, it is propaganda ripped from the pages of fascism.

                --politicalceci

                "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

                by politicalceci on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 01:32:04 AM PDT

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              •  Not quite. (0+ / 0-)

                (in lieu of my other comments that somewhat "disappeared").

                I believe people do have an idea of who he is because he was trotted out into the public eye until Plamegate happened.  They know who Karl Rove is.  But, they probably are not wise to the length of his career because FOX perpetuates the "big lie" that Karl Rove is a benign character.

                As long as they continue to treat him in a benign light, they are not going to know because there is no way in that particular channel to challenge or refute his claims.

                In a Stalinist way, truth becomes the enemy of the lie. And they will keep on perpetuating the lie so that the public won't be curious.

                Now that's the point I do agree with you about.

                --politicalceci

                "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

                by politicalceci on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 01:36:53 AM PDT

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  •  Vast RightWing Conspiracy (2+ / 0-)
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    Fox also employs other Republican traitorous criminals, like Oliver North and G Gordon Liddy.

    They should all have their own show, so I can not watch all of them at once.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 01:12:55 AM PDT

  •  Actually, in listening to his election commentary (0+ / 0-)

    he comes across as very astute.  I'm not sure the Democrats have anyone in his league.

  •  He Belongs There (1+ / 0-)
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    He is at home there, the vampire belongs in the graveyard.

    Not This Time! Not This Time! Not This Time!

    by kiki236 on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 04:45:02 AM PDT

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