While it would be true to say that I think most of the Fox News Channel is dismal, I do understand its popularity. There is a segment of America that doesn't want disparate opinions, preferring to only hear just one side of an issue. This is where Alan Colmes comes in.
As part of the Sean Hannity show, Colmes basically plays the part of devils advocate on the program. (The "advocacy" role he provides has been created by FNC's head devil, Roger Ailes.) It's laughable that Colmes is described as a liberal. Anyone who could sit next to Hannity for 10 years and not strangle him at least once cannot even be a Democrat. In the delusional world of Sean Hannity, where the only good Democrat is the certifiable wacko, Zell Miller, it would take someone as strident on the left as Hannity is on the right to even come close to counterbalancing his nonsense. Instead, there is the conservative movement's most affable punching bag, Alan Colmes.
Colmes lacks personality or charm, plus looks like the freakish off-spring of some Vulcan parents. Now that's quite a TV trifecta, isn't it. Despite the constant flow of insane ramblings Hannity provides, Colmes rarely provides any argument that exposes him. His part is to play Sean's pawn, which Colmes has done for a healthy paycheck, plus other opportunities like his own radio show and book deal. Colmes' career reminds me of being one of those doctors who are on legal retainer to support Cigarette Companies claims in court. Hey, Colmes is the perfect protagonist for Christopher Buckley's follow-up to "Thank You for Not Smoking."
Now some of you might be thinking "why waste your time slamming a non-entity like Colmes when Hannity and Bill O'Reilly are sitting there to be taken on?" I despise Hannity, but I understand that some people need to hear the insane ramblings of someone who plays the part of "angrier version of Rush Limbaugh." A few years back I actually defended O'Reilly at this site and even though I think the constant attacks he has taken from people like Al Franken and Keith Olbermann has caused him to lose much of the little sanity he had possessed, I do respect that O'Reilly will go on shows like Letterman or The View, despite knowing they are against him on most substantive issues. As much as I disagree with a lot of O'Reilly and pretty much everything from Hannity, I can respect that they are talented propaganda artists.
It's a person like Alan Colmes who I need someone to Please Explain to me. I thought people at Fox News were strong believers in Open Markets and against Affirmative Action. Colmes is proof that when it comes to ideas, Fox News has protectionist policies set-up against liberal views and doesn't hire people on the basis of who is best for the job.
"Hannity and Colmes" is a show based on CNN's "Crossfire." If you liked them or not, the hosts sitting on the left and right chairs for "Crossfire" were pretty evenly matched. Hannity and Colmes is like a mis-matched fight where one boxer (Colmes) has already taken a bribe to take the fall, just so the illegimate champ (Hannity) can look invincible to his fans. Please Explain how this is entertaining?