Alan Colmes passed away yesterday at age 66. He was a long time personality on Fox news and passed after a brief illness and some medical issues. He was well known as one of the hosts of Hannity & Colmes for his late night liberal banter. His old colleagues remember him as ‘one of the nicest, kindest and most generous people.’ Even though conservatives did not all agree with him politically, they had the decency of honoring him when he passed. Fox news, his long time employer, held a tribute for him and none of his coworkers had anything but fantastic things to say about him.
In a ridiculous turn of events, a liberal website, Salon, attacked him after his passing. It was a series of berating comments and every nice thing said was thinly veiled by more malicious content:
“Alan Colmes, Buffoon and Patsy, Was Fox News’ Original Liberal Weakling.”
The article attacked Colmes for being the “nice liberal” on Fox News. Colmes was the most absurd, useless, and mocked television personality in America for many years, precisely because he was nice. In the context of Fox News, being a nice guy—and a “liberal” nice guy at that—meant being a buffoon, and a patsy. Colmes not only played the part to perfection—he defined it. I wrote that Colmes was a nice guy, and we should all be able to separate the personal from the political, and the personal from the professional, etc., etc., etc. But while Colmes may not have been a genius, he wasn’t a complete moron either; in short, he was smart enough to know he was being used, and to take the money that his services demanded. If this is something less than morally reprehensible, it is still pretty gross. We can mourn that Alan Colmes won’t be around to watch the political era he, as an important cog in the Fox News machine, helped usher in; unfortunately, the rest of us have no choice.