Newswire: R.I.P. Alan Colmes, Fox News’ designated liberal

Fox News has announced the death of Alan Colmes, the political commentator who for years served as the network’s most prominent—if often marginalized—liberal voice. Colmes reportedly died after battling a brief illness, at the age of 66. His death was reported on the network with a montage narrated by Sean Hannity, who spent 12 years steamrolling over Colmes’ opinions on the ostensible “debate” show, Hannity & Colmes, before Colmes left to focus on other opportunities away from Sean Hannity. In his tribute, Hannity called the man who graciously withstood his constant badgering as “one of the nicest, kindest, and most generous people.”

That gentility was one of Colmes’ defining qualities on a network populated by so many bloviating bullies, along with a wit honed as a stand-up comic and radio DJ. It also made him an often disproportionately matched foil to the many conservative shouting heads he …

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