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Fox News Channel has hired Liz Cheney, a former State Department official and the eldest daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, as a contributor and substitute host.
Cheney has been an occasional guest on FNC for a few years and insiders say she has proven herself an interesting, sometimes feisty commentator, like when she called FNC star Bill O’Reilly “flat out wrong” while debating the Iraq War four months ago. “I don’t expect you and your father to agree with me,” he fired back. (Video is below).
Cheney, 45, is expected to weigh in on national security issues and will be featured heavily during Republican primary season. Insiders say she’ll also be tapped to substitute for Sean Hannity, a plum role given that Hannity is one of the most popular shows on the channel.
Cheney is the media industry’s second high-profile hire lately of the offspring of a major political figure. Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has been with NBC for nearly three months. The New York Post reported Friday, though, that Chelsea Clinton’s contract was for only 90 days and it may not be renewed. NBC didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Fox News didn’t disclose the terms of Cheney’s contract, though insiders say she’s expected to contribute for a minimum of about one year.
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