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Dennis Kucinich Will Spend the Next Few Years Getting Yelled at on Fox News

12:09 am - 01/17/2013
This should go well. Wednesday afternoon, Fox News announced they'd hired Dennis Kucinich as their newest contributor. Kucinich is a two-time presidential candidate and former Democratic congressman from Ohio best known for his strong anti-war views. He's also known as the guy who sued the congressional cafeteria over an olive.

Kucinich, who signed a multi-year contract, will appear on all of Fox News' shows, starting with The O'Reilly Factor this Thursday. Despite the obvious shit he'll get on a regular basis from Fox News' crew of clowns, Kucinich seems excited about the deal, or its paycheck at least.

"Through 16 years in Congress and two presidential campaigns, Fox News has always provided me with an opportunity to share my perspective with its enormous viewership," Kucinich said in a statement. "I look forward to a continuation of our relationship this time as a Fox News contributor."

Fox News president and self-proclaimed "watcher of the powerful" Roger Ailes also welcomed the news: "I've always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich's fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues, His willingness to take a stand from his point of view makes him a valuable voice in our country's debate." If by "valuable voice," he meant someone for Hannity and O'Reilly to condescend to/yell at, then yes, solid hire.

source: Gawker
lovedforaday 17th-Jan-2013 05:42 am (UTC)
Being a paid figurative punching bag must pay well.

Rep. Kucinich was on Fox News a lot anyway, might as well get paid for it.
sesmo 17th-Jan-2013 07:26 am (UTC)
I hope that he doesn't become the milquetoast Liberal Punching Bag that every other liberal on that network appears to devolve to.
maladaptive 17th-Jan-2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
Kucinich.... milquetoast....
wrestlingdog 17th-Jan-2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
I bet you that's in his contract somewhere.
otana 17th-Jan-2013 07:29 am (UTC)
the guy who sued the congressional cafeteria over an olive.

Wait, what happened here?
crossfire 17th-Jan-2013 05:24 pm (UTC)

teal deer: He bought a sandwich that had an unpitted olive in it. He bit down hard on the pit (as you do) and it broke his tooth. Fast forward to lawsuit.

Not his brightest moment, tbh, and I'm usually a fan of his.
daut 17th-Jan-2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
Olive pits have no business being in sandwiches.
otana 17th-Jan-2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
Ouch! To be fair I'd be pretty upset too.
darsynia 17th-Jan-2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
Ehh, reading what all happened (I typed it all, lol, so you beat me), and knowing he didn't have dental coverage? I'd have sued, too. He has more revenue than me, of course, but no one wants to pay out of pocket for all that ended up happening, just from one measly olive pit!
moonshaz 18th-Jan-2013 01:07 am (UTC)
Gotta agree!
dienaid 18th-Jan-2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
To be fair... he doesn't have dental insurance? That case is hardly frivolous. Just because you can pay doesn't mean you should have to if someone else did the harm. If he had dental it would be a different matter.
crossfire 18th-Jan-2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
Responding to you since you're the most recent person to respond, but really this is for anyone who cares/is interested, if anyone comes back to this...

First, I've chosen to go without insurance because I couldn't afford it--it was literally a choice between being insured and being able to pay rent. I'm guessing Dennis Kucinich wasn't in that same situation, and his decision to not carry dental insurance was a genuine choice rather than a necessity. And given the fact that he apparently already had extensive dental work to maintain, I think it was probably not such a good choice at that because he carries extra risk of extra expense. But you know, it's still his choice, and that's fine...but it was a choice, not a financial requirement.

Second, the entire thing was a series of accidents. The pit was an accident, the fact that he bit on it in such a bad way was an accident, the fact that he didn't notice it was a bad crack until it got infected was an accident, the reaction to the antibiotics was an accident, etc. Terrible, awful, yes...but accidents nonetheless. I get the idea of liability, but honestly there were so many things in this chain of tragedies the fact that he picked the food service company smacks of a lawyer saying "well, they're probably the only ones we can get to pay."

Third, as I said I get the idea of liability but when you've made a legit choice to take a risk (as he did when he chose not to carry dental insurance), if you get called to pay that bet it's a little unfair to look to lawsuits to spread that burden. If he'd been forced into the situation--couldn't afford insurance, couldn't afford the resulting medical bills--I'd absolutely be on board with a lawsuit, especially if strong liability could be established. But I don't think that was the case.

He sued for $150k, which sounds like just the medical bills, though the suit specified also "pain and suffering" and "loss of enjoyment." But honestly, $150k doesn't sound like much more than medical bills given what he went through, so it's not like he was looking to make some extra money. Again, though, he's a fairly wealthy guy. I don't know how big of a dent $150k is in his finances, but I'm guessing it's nothing like it is for you or I. Compound that by the facts that it was a series of accidents and he had chosen not to have insurance and...well.

I guess my main point is this isn't like what happens to you or I. You or I wouldn't have insurance because we couldn't afford it. You or I would probably NEED to sue, because jfc I can't imagine where I'd get $150k for medical bills. But Kucinich? Not such a tight financial situation that he couldn't buy insurance, and not in such a tight financial situation that he couldn't pay his own bills when the risk he chose to take bit him on the ass.

Now, a lot of this is based on my interpretation of things, and it's possible I've misinterpreted or don't know some of the facts in the case. But given what I know and understand, I don't think this was one of his finest moments.

Don't get me wrong: I love Dennis Kucinich. I fell in love with him during the Democratic presidential debates and I caucused for him because I genuinely believed he'd be a great president. I still do. But this just kind of rubbed me the wrong way, I guess.
darsynia TW dentist stuff, heh17th-Jan-2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
Apparently there was a pit in his sandwich wrap, and biting into it split his tooth into the root, but he didn't notice right away. It got infected, he had a bad reaction to the antibiotics, which put him in the ER. Then he needed a replacement tooth and the first one didn't take, so he had to get a second surgery for that. The tooth itself was the one his bridgework was connected to, so in all the olive pit screwed up the dentistry in his mouth for six teeth, I think? He sued the food service he'd gotten the wrap from for the price of the medical and dental bills, and settled out of court, iirc--but he didn't have dental insurance. I wince thinking of what that all cost, out of pocket, and how the fuck I'd have taken care of it all if it had been me. I guess he had massive trouble chewing till it was all cleared up, too.

Icon for the situation! *shudder*

Edit: whoops, wrong 'no' icon!

Edited at 2013-01-17 11:15 pm (UTC)
otana 17th-Jan-2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah that whole thing made me shudder! I chipped a tooth a while back and was terrified it had been cracked, that kind of thing is the stuff of nightmares D:
crossfire 18th-Jan-2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
Well fml, I responded to the wrong comment. I apologize.

Edited at 2013-01-18 08:07 pm (UTC)
darsynia 18th-Jan-2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
Oh don't worry, I didn't take it personally at all! You articulately and quite clearly explained what you were thinking, there, and it made a ton of sense to me. I figured you just picked a comment to respond to, and it happened to be mine :)
cellared 17th-Jan-2013 07:32 am (UTC)
i imagine being the 'liberal' at fox is kind of like being trapped on the island from The Prisoner, every day a new crushing defeat
darsynia 17th-Jan-2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
Yay, the Prisoner! Be seeing you!
perrie 17th-Jan-2013 09:53 am (UTC)
Hey, good for him - he obviously knows exactly what he's getting in to. He's probably keen to have some good ol' fact-checking times ahead with a hefty wage to make it all worthwhile, and then they're probably pretty chummy to each other off camera anyway.
apostle_of_eris 18th-Jan-2013 01:24 am (UTC)
poetic_pixie_13 17th-Jan-2013 01:37 pm (UTC)
Ngl, I am kind of totally here for the inevitable hot mess this will turn into.
keeni84 17th-Jan-2013 01:38 pm (UTC)
I expect epic _p posts every time he's on FOX hahaha
littlelauren86 17th-Jan-2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
must pay well
noneko 17th-Jan-2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
As long as he doesn't go the Colmes route, it should be entertaining.
cozmic_oceanz 17th-Jan-2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
oh god kucinich bb, please don't let yourself be attacked too harshly, and plz commonly show off ur good looks and gorg wifey.
eyetosky 17th-Jan-2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
Considering some of my favorite moments on C-SPAN were when he tag teamed with Ron Paul on the debate floor about our involvement in wars overseas? I am so stoked.
ennifer_jay 17th-Jan-2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
good lord, does he want to die???
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