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Thursday, April 30, 2009

In Huck's green room

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 6:51 AM

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A New York Times feature writer pays a visit to Mike Huckabee's Fox talk show and likes what he finds. (Who knew the former governor had cufflinks made of guitar picks embossed with crosses?)

With the debut of “Huckabee” last fall, the former governor has flown that migratory route from politics to punditry and is tearing up the small screen, beating out competitors, the Nielsen ratings say, from Anderson Cooper on occasion to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. He has sworn to bring a much-needed sense of courtesy to the medieval battlefields of political TV. “Being a host implies civility,” he said the other day. “You don’t bring people on your show to yell at them. It’s like bringing them into your home.”

Without doubt, the green room is the homiest part of “Huckabee”: a comfortable space resembling an airport lounge, with its odd array of visitors and provisions of fatty foods. Lauren Green, the Fox News religion correspondent, listened patiently as the precocious Mr. Krohn bragged about teaching himself Arabic. The country-western singer Lee Greenwood, a regular on the show, recalled how he and his wife took scuba lessons from some members of the Navy Seals while on their honeymoon years ago.

Article comes with panoramic shot of Huck's empty "green room," the waiting room for show guests.


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