Rove: From Politics to Punditry

News networks picking up commentators with party connections
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2008 8:22 AM CDT
White House political adviser Karl Rove uses his wireless e-mail device while accompanying President Bush, not pictured, in Long Beach, Miss., in this, March 1, 2007 file photo.    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – To stoke interest in cutthroat election coverage, cable news networks and other outlets are recruiting political strategists with credentials and big-time party connections, the New York Times reports. One of the newest pundits? None other than Karl Rove, now an analyst for Fox News and contributor to Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal. A Newsweek editor said he hired Rove in part to “responsibly provoke.”

“We have now reached a point, particularly in 24/7 cable, where it is not the journalist who is the preferred participant, but the politician, the political activist, the Karl Rove type,” said a former network correspondent.