Fox Cable News personality, Alan Colmes, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017 after a brief illness. Alan will best be remembered as the liberal side of popular Fox News program, Hannity & Colmes which aired from 1996 to 2009.
Hannity &Colmes, along with The O’Reilly Factor were the first two shows I watched on FNC after my cable provider began offering FNC in late 2000. I was attracted to Hannity & Colmes because both sides were presented. I was just as much the conservative in 2000 as I am now. Alan was likable, but always wrong and it was obvious that the show was geared so that the conservative, Sean Hannity always got the upper hand. I always surmised that Alan was paid lots of money for that.
On the day that Alan passed away, I was out, and didn’t learn of his untimely death until late afternoon. I teared up. And it just so happened that I was thinking about Alan a few days before his death and wondered if there would ever be a chance that he and Sean would get together again.
That evening, I watched some of the tributes to Alan from a few the Fox News personalities. Even though most of these folks are conservative, you could tell that they were genuinely saddened by Alan’s death. Because Sean Hannity was at CPAC, Kimberly Guilfoyle was sitting in for him on Hannity. At the end of the show, Sean called in to talk about Alan. You could tell that he was in tears. Despite their political differences, the two were friends.
Of course, I couldn’t help but wonder what other liberals would say about Alan’s death. I had heard that many didn’t like him because he worked for Fox News. And while I couldn’t find anything after a few minutes of googling, I seem to remember that former President Barack Obama once chastised Alan because he worked for Fox News. One of things I recall Sean mentioning is his on-air tribute to Alan was that Alan loved the Fox News, and I do remember Alan taking up for FNC when others would besmirch the network.
While I posted from the Wing Nut Gal Facebook page a blurb extending my sympathies to Alan’s family and shared it with my person FB friends, I do not remember seeing any liberal FB friends posting anything about Alan. Though, one liberal FB friend like my post.
Slate.com, the afternoon of Alan’s death posted an article entitled, Alan Colmes, Buffoon and Patsy, was Fox News’ Original Liberal Weakling. What a hateful title! Just another reason why liberals are the real haters in this country.
The article first dissed those on FNC who paid tribute to Alan, indicating that they were believable because “Colmes was the most absurd, useless, and mocked television personality in America for many years, precisely because he was nice.” Slate further indicated that not only was Alan a buffoon and a patsy, he played the role to perfection. As if the above wasn’t enough to demonstrate hate, Slate went on to describe the Hannity & Colmes show as a dreadful, morally bankrupt, Foxified version of Crossfire (a CNN show), that ran for a dozen years and birthed the even more dreadful and morally bankrupt Hannity. Slate also described Hannity & Colmes, as racist, homophobic, and Islamophobic.
While it was obvious that Alan was to often “stand down” and let Sean get in the last word, the words Slate used to describe Alan’s role on the show were egregiously over the line. Patsy, buffoon? Not hardly.
Alan’s leaving Hannity & Colmes coincided with the inauguration of President Barack Obama in January, 2009. FNC indicated that Alan wanted to do more with his radio show, and Sean was given his own show. Alan continued to do guest appearances, more notable appearing with sister-in-law, Monica Crowley, on Bill O’Reilly’s, “Barack and a Hard Place” segment. Slate indicated that this was a demotion. That’s unknown.
Slate went on to indicate that Alan made liberals look dumb, and to millions of Americans, Alan Colmes was liberalism. Alan certainly didn’t make liberals look dumb. Though, in my opinion, Alan made liberals look nice when the left-leaning media outlets were making liberals look not so nice. Alan was a top-notch example of a liberal and liberalism. Isaac Chotiner, the author of this piece did say that Alan was not a complete moron because he was smart enough to know he was being used, but took the money that his services demanded.
Chotiner ended the article by saying that we can mourn the fact that Alan won’t be around to watch the political era that he, as an important cog in the Fox News machine, helped to usher in, but the rest of us have no choice. Could Chotiner possibly be partially blaming Alan Colmes for Hillary’s defeat and Donald Trump’s victory?
While I have heard no liberals other than the ones on FNC, and there are liberals who work for FNC, comment on Alan Colmes’ death, the article that is the subject of this post exudes more hate for Alan, now that he’s no longer with us, than I can fathom.
Alan, you deserve better from your fellow liberals. Rest in Peace.