In a recent column for The Christian Science Monitor, Kohn made an admission that will likely cause the hemp underwear of her liberal colleagues to ride up into uncomfortable places.
Kohn writes that, counter to the criticism and stereotypes the left tries to attribute to Fox News, the folks that work there are actually smart, decent people. "It's strange to suggest that a seemingly simple realization such as that is in fact a profound revelation," she wrote. "But in our hyperpartisan era, when we often vilify the other side as being less-than-human, it is."
Perhaps even more shocking to her liberal counterparts is Kohn's statement that certain conservatives the left despises, including Karl Rove and Sarah Palin, aren't the monsters they build them up to be. "Sean Hannity is one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet – and even now that I've parted ways with Fox, he remains a good friend and mentor," she said. "For a radical progressive who once harbored negative stereotypes about folks on the right, it was a turning point for me to meet people such as Mr. Hannity, Karl Rove, Monica Crowley, Sarah Palin, and so many others, and see that – though we certainly disagree profoundly on political issues – they're personable and kind and human. Just like me."
Kohn is a long time civic volunteer and community organizer, and founded the Movement Vision Lab, a grassroots think tank. You can read her column for The Monitor here.