Clinton Spokesman Joins Fox News

Clinton communications czar Howard Wolfson is joining Fox News as a commentator, where he will be up against Karl Rove in sizing up the presidential race.

There was a point in the election contest — a point that seems eons ago — when the Democrats were shunning the network, with the Democratic National Committee refusing to sanction Fox News sponsored debates. Their gripes weren’t over doctored photos but a perception of bias in its “fair and balanced coverage.

But that informal boycott ended by the fall, when Hillary Clinton appeared on “Fox News Sunday” and Barack Obama gave interviews to Fox reporters in the field. The candidates later made numerous appearances on the news channel, and by the middle of the primaries, the Clinton team was even praising it for its coverage.

“I thought that Fox’s coverage during the primary was comprehensive and
fair and evenhanded,” Wolfson told the New York Times. “It’s a huge
audience, and it is important to have a strong, progressive voice on
the network.”

Meanwhile, Variety’s William Triplett reports that Barack Obama’s decision to hold his acceptance speech at Denver’s Invesco Field instead of the Pepsi Center is creating a headache for the cable and broadcast nets, who are talking about pooling coverage of the final night event. What’s more, the added expense may cause the broadcast nets to scale back coverage of the first three nights of the convention.

The last time the broadcast nets provided gavel-to-gavel coverage of the conventions was in 1980 — which is also the last time there was some real drama on the convention floor.

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