Scott Brown Signs On With Fox News

Former Senator Scott Brown will be spending some time on television:

It’s official: Fox News has hired former Republican Sen. Scott Brown as a contributor.

Brown, who will be a contributor across the network’s programming, debuts tonight on Sean Hannity’s program. As previously reported by POLITICO, the former Senator had been in talks with the network since announcing that he would not run for the Massachusetts seat vacated by John Kerry.

“Senator Brown’s dedication to out-of-the box thinking on key issues makes him an important voice in the country and we are looking forward to his contributions across all Fox News platforms,” Bill Shine, the network’s executive vice president of programming, said in a statement.

An interesting move for Brown since it seems to  indicate he may not be thinking about running for office again soon after all. Also an interesting move for Fox, given that Brown doesn’t entirely fit in with the ideological bent of that network.

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  1. Ron Beasley says:

    This is a bit of a surprise. It kind of fits with the rumors that FOX is going to dial down the crazy.

  2. Sejanus says:

    I know my comment is totally of topic, but none of the writers are going to post anything about the fact that Israel has confirmed the reports that it had a prisoner secretly locked under a false identity and that he later on committed suicide? It’s a big news story in Israel right now.

  3. michael reynolds says:

    Glen Beck out. Dick Morris out. Sarah Palin out. Karl Rove stays on and now Fox adds Brown. Yep, even if the GOP is too stupid to see it, Roger Ailes is seeing the end of the Tea Party.

  4. gVOR08 says:

    Ah, FOX News, where Huckabee and Palin’s presidential hopes went to die.

  5. David M says:

    I don’t know that Fox has an ideological bent as much as a pro-GOP bias. Scott Brown is just a Republican voted out of office by those mean Dems in Mass, so he should fit right into their regularly scheduled programming (talking up the GOP and criticizing whatever the Democrats are supporting).

  6. rudderpedals says:

    Wingnut welfare

  7. wr says:

    Why would you consider this an interesting move for Brown? He’s cashing in, just like all the other Republican sleazeballs who care about nothing besides grabbing their chunk of the loot. If he can’t get it from Wall Street in the form of “campaign contributions,” he’ll take it from Fox.

    If you don’t care about governing and you don’t care about the country, this is what you do.

    It surprises you why?

  8. An Interested Party says:

    So Fox News is trading the Palin cheesecake for the Brown beefcake…

  9. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @Sejanus: This is also off topic, but the answer to your question is “no.” There is nothing to criticize Barack Obama about and the story is about Israel not the US. Two strikes is all that are needed to put this issue out.

  10. Tsar Nicholas says:

    This is surprising? Um, nah.

    Fox recently hired Kucinich of all people. Although, hell, the other night Kucinich declared on live TV he was against tax increases to fix the deficit, so obviously he must recently have been mugged by reality or he received a brain transplant. Shep Smith is a goofy liberal. A number of their bunny bimbos are loopy Democrats or I guess perhaps “moderates.” Greta Van whateverhernameis falls into the middle of the curve, although by media standards that makes her seem like Barry Goldwater. If Chris Wallace were a D.C. politico he’d probably have an ACU rating of around 75, but again by media standards that makes him out to be a cross between Scalia and DeMint.

    Sen. Brown fits right in, despite what Fox Derangment Syndrome might suggest.

    As for Brown, talk about a no brainer. He’ll get paid a lot of money to do a job that requires not much if any work. Sigh. Envious, I am.

  11. grumpy realist says:

    Well, if Fox wanted to dial UP the crazy they could have gone for our l unlamented ex-Congresscritter Joe Walsh, who has decided, now that he has no money, to bring a big stinkin’ lawsuit against the Chicago Sun-Times for printing an article pointing out that he’s asked the court to dial down on his child-support payments.

    (the First Amendment, how does it work?)

  12. Liberal capitalist says:

    Fox News, huh?


  13. Andre Kenji says:

    I think that´s demeaning to the office to have Former Senators acting like commentators on television. It´s ridiculous to see former Senator discussing political banalities with talk show hosts and people like Juan Williams.

  14. al-Ameda says:

    Probably a well-paying gig.
    Heck I’d work for FoxNews if the money was right.

  15. edouard says:

    @Tsar Nicholas: “… Kucinich declared on live TV he was against tax increases to fix the defici”

    You do realize that of January first the Bush tax cuts elapsed and any tax cut inferior in scope is actually a tax hike compared to 2012 rates?