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It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us.

We will miss him terribly.

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Taylor Marsh: "Malkin Gets A Show"

When book titles resemble their authors

Thank you to Taylor Marsh for sending us this guest post! THANKS TAYLOR!

(Fox News jogs its blogs)

If you've watched Laura Schwartz in action, then you likely also heard Powers on Fox "News," too, giving out her brand of 20th century Democratic wisdom. Of course, they're both blondes, because blondes just look great on camera. Fox also can't have anyone who who could go straight at Malkin. That's not what Fox "News" does. Interesting, however, that both Schwartz and Powers worked in the Clinton administration. Murdoch has a thing about the Clintons, I guess. (Here's another video from C&L: Powers v. Coulter.)

But at least it's one more Democrat on Fox, right?

The Democratic Party is making peace with FNC, or a pact with the devil, whatever you want to call it. Fox is hosting the Nevada debate later this year, with everyone wondering Why? As I wrote yesterday, if you asked our candidates for '08 if they wanted the Fox audience I'd bet they'd say YES! Anyone wanting to win in '08 wants the biggest audience possible, which means Fox has to be considered. However, that doesn't mean it will end well for the Dems, though I hope our candidates show the wingnut Fox crowd what real national security, coupled with diplomacy, looks like. I would rather any network but Fox host the debate, but I think it just might give the wingnut crowd a real shock. When they actually see how good our candidates are.... Nah. Scratch that, I caught the Fox fever for a moment.

As for the Malkin - Powers half hour show called "It's Out There," it sure is, out there, that is. They're also launching on Oscar night, so lots of luck. However, I'm really hoping they pull it off. Yes, you read that right. Frankly, it's good to see two women headlining a TV show on cable. You don't see that on CNN or MSNBC, for sure. Russert never invites women on his version of "The View." So I say good for Fox. Though to be clear, they're putting together a woman who believes internment is constitutional, and who also makes stories up out of whole cloth, with a woman who is still living in the 20th century, as far as progressive politics is concerned. So what we'll be getting on "It's Out There" are two women with regressive viewpoints, neither of whom have actually entered the modern era, let alone the modern media world. It's likely not good news for the blogs.

It's a show with two women who haven't said anything positive about the blogosphere since they started testing their team with Bill O'Reilly. If Powers does for Democrats what Alan Colmes has done, we're screwed. We'll have to see if it's a serious effort by these Fox gals, or if it's just another hit against the new media that is beating everyone, especially Fox, at the game.

- posted by Taylor Marsh

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