Former Fox News contributor Marc Lamont Hill is the latest subject in Mediabistro’s “So What Do You Do?” series.
Considering that your views are liberal and Fox News is conservative, why did you want to work for the network in the first place? What were you looking to accomplish?
I wanted to be a public defender. I wanted to intervene; they were having a singular conversation about the world that millions and millions of people were listening to. I wanted to offer a perspective that was reasonable, informed and humane. I wasn’t trying to convince Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck that I was right and they were wrong. They don’t think that way. They’re too stubborn to even consider another possibility. My goal was to convince the millions of people watching Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck that there was another way to think about the world. So, I walk down the street and people say, “I watch you on Fox News. I don’t always agree with what you say, but you made me think about immigration differently, or you made me think about voter IDs differently.” That was the game changer for me.