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Tom Kludt

Tom Kludt is a reporter for Talking Points Memo based in New York City, covering media and national affairs. Originally from South Dakota, Tom joined TPM as an intern in late-2011 and became a staff member during the 2012 election. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Today's Pew Research Center study on political polarization and its effect on media consumption yielded one fairly predictable top line. Liberals rely on several different outlets for information, but never Fox News. Conservatives, on the other hand, overwhelmingly trust Fox more than any other source.

But there was one takeaway that drew the biggest reaction from a number of journalists online. BuzzFeed, the viral juggernaut that's made an ambitious investment in its news division in recent years, appears to have a trust problem.

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Dr. Keith Ablow completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University before capping his academic career at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Billing himself as "one of America's leading psychiatrists," Ablow boasts of having helped "CEOs, elected officials, professional athletes and world-renown artists."

He's also an assistant clinical professor at Tufts, a "sought-after speaker" and a best-selling author with a prodigious number of titles to his name.

But the time has come for Ablow, a Fox News contributor since 2007, to add another line to his resume.

Despite all the competition for the title, Ablow, the sire of the Fox News Medical A-Team, can now be crowned the biggest race-hustler on a network teeming with them.

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It was an interview that showcased contrasting styles, and maybe even divergent priorities.

On one side was Fox News anchor Jon Scott, whose breathless questions on Ebola typified his network's coverage of the outbreak. On the other side was Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert and the chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University.

Schaffner calmly answered each of Scott's questions during the Wednesday interview, providing the occasional fact-check and urging the anchor to "calm it down."

"There will not be widespread Ebola in the United States," he told Scott.

Despite those assurances, Scott sounded unconvinced, and maybe even a little disappointed that the professor wasn't going along with Fox's scaremongering. But Schaffner, for his part, was magnanimous.

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