WASHINGTON, February 24, 2017 — Alan Colmes, the longtime radio host best known as Fox News’s liberal voice on the network’s popular “Hannity & Colmes” show and later as a Fox commentator, has died at the age of 66 after a brief illness, Fox News reported Thursday morning.
For years, during the up-and-coming days of the Fox News Network, the liberal Holmes and the conservative Hannity butted heads on their widely-followed, popular show. In a way, Hannity & Colmes was Fox’s answer to the longtime “Point/Counterpoint” political pundit jousts first made famous on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” then wildly satirized on the weekly “fake news” reports that were a popular feature in the early days of NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL). The long-running “McLaughlin Report” was likely another antecedent.
Hannity & Colmes combined the personal political combat of its hosts with appearances of politicians and personalities who had to undergo partisan grillings by Hannity and Colmes respectively, with the hosts alternating hardball and softball questions depending on whatever side of the party line each guest was aligned.
What few in the “Hannity & Colmes” audience knew, however, was that offstage, both well-known pundits were actually close friends. Vicki Hyman fills in the details, courtesy of NJ.com.
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