Hannity & Colmes

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Hannity & Colmes
Former title card for Hannity & Colmes
Genre Political program
Presented by Sean Hannity
Alan Colmes
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production location(s) New York City
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time60 minutes
Original network Fox News
Picture format 480i NTSC
Original releaseOctober 7, 1996 
January 9, 2009
Followed by Hannity
External links
FNC's Studio D for Your World and Hannity & Colmes Fox News Channel's Your World studio.jpg
FNC's Studio D for Your World and Hannity & Colmes

Hannity & Colmeswas an American live television show [1] on Fox News in the United States, hosted by Sean Hannity [2] and Alan Colmes, [3] who respectively presented a conservative and liberal perspective. The series premiered on October 7, 1996, and the final episode aired on January 9, 2009. It was the precursor to the Hannity program, which later aired in the same time slot. The show offered Hannity's conservative views and Colmes's liberal views incorporated into a current news story, or in conjunction with a featured guest.

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In addition to politics, the show featured debate about non-political stories, such as the 2006 Duke University lacrosse team scandal or the death of Anna Nicole Smith, or one-on-one interviews with politicians, commonly with the host who most closely shared the guest's political ideology. The show's format resembled a former CNN show called Crossfire , which similarly had co-hosts on both the left and right.

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Fox announced on November 24, 2008 that Alan Colmes would leave the show at the end of the year, but he remained a commentator on Fox News, ran the blog Liberaland, and made occasional appearances on other programs like The O'Reilly Factor, and Shovio.com's TalkBackTV up until his death on February 23, 2017. On December 11, 2008, it was announced that Hannity would take over the time slot alone with a new show simply titled Hannity, which would have a format closer to his weekend program Hannity's America . January 9, 2009 was the last airing of Hannity & Colmes, with January 12, 2009 marking the beginning of the new Hannity program.

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Guest hosts

When either Hannity or Colmes were not available, a guest host replaced the missing host while using the same political ideology. Some guest hosts were normal contributors to the show, while others became regular fill-ins.

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The show was both praised and criticized by viewers and organizations for the concept and production of the show. Ratings-wise, it was long the second highest-rated program in U.S. cable news behind The O'Reilly Factor and averaged 3.3 million viewers nightly for the Nielsen month prior to the 2008 presidential election. [4]

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Alan Colmes was touted by Fox as "a hard-hitting liberal", but stated to USA Today that "I'm quite moderate". [5] He sometimes took more conservative positions than other prominent liberals, such as supporting Rudy Giuliani for mayor of New York City and agreeing with the use of torture techniques by the government of the United States. He was characterized by several newspapers as being Hannity's "sidekick". [6] Liberal commentator Al Franken lambasted Colmes in his book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them , accusing him of refusing to ask tough questions during debates and neglecting to challenge erroneous claims made by Hannity or his guests. [6] Franken also claimed that Colmes did not speak as much as Hannity during the show. Some critics also questioned whether or not both hosts received equal time to interview guests. [6] Some of Colmes' liberal critics, notably commentators at Media Matters for America, praised him toward the end of the show's run, however. He then began citing their reports in his confrontations with some of his conservative guests on the program. [7] [8]

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The production area of Hannity & Colmes Fox News Channel's Hannity and Colmes production area.jpg
The production area of Hannity & Colmes

A study by Media Matters conducted through January and February 2006 stated that the number of conservatives and Republicans brought on as guests outnumbered the number of liberals and Democrats by margins of 72%–28% in January, and 67%–33% in February. Of the solo interviews that were conducted on the show, 80% of the interviews were with conservatives and Republicans. [9]

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  1. Broadcast live in Eastern time zone, delayed in other time zones via Fox network affiliates.
  2. "Sean Hannity Bio". FoxNews.com. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-14.
  3. Alan Colmes' Bio, FoxNews.com October 10, 2002
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-11. Retrieved 2017-01-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. Robin, DeRosa (1995-02-01). "Tuning in to high-wattage talk show hosts". USA Today. Gannett Company, Inc.: LIFE; Pg. 7D. Alan Colmes. I think I'm quite moderate ... I follow Limbaugh on about 100 stations and I precede other conservatives, so I may be the only person giving a different point of view.
  6. 1 2 3 An Aggressive Conservative vs. a "Liberal to be Determined" by Steve Rendall, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, November/December 2003
  7. Colmes noted missed opportunities to eliminate Zarqawi prior to war that went unreported by media after terrorist's death, Media Matters for America
  8. Colmes confronted Williams with inconsistent statements on No Child Left Behind, Media Matters for America
  9. Unfair & imbalanced: Republicans and conservatives dominate on Hannity & Colmes, Media Matters for America