Wednesday, May 11, 2011

FOK News Channel for Wednesday, May 11, 2011

First Guess: Moore On Moore, Excellent Mr. Burns

We've announced the first five contributors who you'll see often when Countdown premieres on June 20: Michael Moore, Ken Burns, Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos, Nicole Lamoureux of The National Association of Free Clinics, and the one and only Richard Lewis, my friend of 20+ years.

I'm delighted, obviously, by their participation in the show and the support that the participation represents. To say nothing of the publicity they're already generating: The Hollywood Reporter, Time (which mistakenly assumes all contributors are necessarily political), Huffington Post, Daily Kos and Yahoo! News – all in the first two hours after the announcement.

I think they all touched on it, but to be clear: these are just the first five names – and they're not even all the big names, who are already committed to Countdown, and who we'll be announcing in the less-than-six weeks before premiere night. It's a helluva roster, if I must say so myself.

In the interim, forgive me for quoting myself: "I'm delighted and honored that so many of my friends – who are not coincidentally among the top progressive and entertainment voices in the country today – will be joining me as contributors to 'Countdown' on Current. I hope these talented individuals, and the others we are to announce in these weeks before the premiere on June 20 will give viewers a sense of the strength and depth of the franchise we're assembling."