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A Top Dog With Bite (Brit Hume Profiled by Newsday)
Newsday ^ | Sunday, October 31, 2004 | Verne Gay

Posted on 10/30/2004 6:25:21 AM PDT by kristinn

After spending a highly visible lifetime in a relatively small city where information -- particularly about media and politics -- is the coin of the realm, Brit Hume may be one of the best-known people in Washington.

The basics: He's the managing editor and chief Washington correspondent for the Fox News Channel and has long been a rabble-rouser in a trade where one rarely earns popularity points for rousing the rabble. As a young reporter he drew the wrath of Richard M. Nixon and had the distinction of being shadowed by the CIA for several months. The spooks' code name for Hume was "Eggnog," in wry tribute to his youth and his light blond hair.

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...Hume was once a close, personal friend of John Kerry.

Kerry and Hume pals? In what universe? For those readers gobsmacked by that information, consider that the future presidential candidate and TV news power broker were only about 4 feet tall and shared a passion for cartoons instead of politics. They met in kindergarten and hung together through fifth grade.

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Hume learned he had the soul of a muckraker -- journalism's fond name for those hardy investigative types who stir up the muck to expose misconduct -- and would later land a job with one of its masters, Jack Anderson.

With the aid of assistants, Anderson wrote a widely syndicated column called Washington Merry-Go-Round. But Hume, who joined his staff in 1970, quickly became the star pupil by making one of the column's most sensational scoops when he got hold of a memo that proved International Telephone & Telegraph Corp. had contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund the 1972 GOP convention in return for which the Nixon administration dropped an antitrust investigation against the company.

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(Excerpt) Read more at newsday.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: New York
KEYWORDS: brithume; foxnews; hume
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1 posted on 10/30/2004 6:25:23 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

I never (well, rarely) miss his show.


2 posted on 10/30/2004 6:28:16 AM PDT by martin_fierro (I'm here all week. Try the veal.)
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To: xsmommy

Eggnog ping.


3 posted on 10/30/2004 6:28:57 AM PDT by martin_fierro (I'm here all week. Try the veal.)
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To: kristinn

I cannot believe he is 61. I figured he was 45 or so. He has been around a long time but that is what shocked me in the article.


4 posted on 10/30/2004 6:33:09 AM PDT by Moconservative
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To: kristinn

Brit's a good man, I wonder how he stomached ABC all those years.


5 posted on 10/30/2004 6:36:29 AM PDT by Naplm
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To: Moconservative

Long live Brit Hume! He's the greatest...


6 posted on 10/30/2004 6:44:24 AM PDT by demkicker (I'm Ra th er sick of Dan)
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To: kristinn

This is a telling statement by Brit:
"Sometime in the early '80s, I began to look at things differently." He began to observe the national media's coverage of Ronald Reagan, he says, "and I began to think, 'Oh my God. We have a problem here.'"

While there have been many articulate people addressing bias in the media for years, Brit has to be one of the most respected. He consistently exhibits class and true journalistic curiousity. Fox achieved legitimacy in my mind when they hired him.

Great article- thanks for posting!


7 posted on 10/30/2004 6:45:58 AM PDT by SE Mom (Happy RedSox Republican!)
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To: kristinn

Brit is the smartest, sexiest man in television news. Or, using one of my kids' expressions (correctly, I hope!), he's ''da bomb''.


8 posted on 10/30/2004 6:46:47 AM PDT by elli1 (The total viewers of MSNBC is less than half a county in Wyoming.)
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To: kristinn

Hume bttt


9 posted on 10/30/2004 6:47:04 AM PDT by truthkeeper (Yeah, I have a 1998 signup date. So?)
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To: kristinn

Brit is one of the very few who actualy get it RIGHT!!! LOVE BRIT!


10 posted on 10/30/2004 6:48:51 AM PDT by babydubya1981 (John Kerry is the answer to a very stupid question)
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To: Moconservative

He said on air recently (discussing flu shot) that he was 61, and I was pretty shocked too. I really enjoy him on that Fox roundtable show.... to paraphrase another poster, when he looks over those eyeglasses, you know he means business and someone's about to get put in his/her place! I like it best when it's Juan Williams....


11 posted on 10/30/2004 6:49:29 AM PDT by GraceCoolidge
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To: GraceCoolidge

Agreed. I love it when he give Juan a good smackdown.


12 posted on 10/30/2004 6:51:57 AM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) (Dan Rather plans to spend the winter in Valley Forgery.-hflynn)
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To: kristinn

Top Dog

13 posted on 10/30/2004 6:54:17 AM PDT by Ladysmith (Uhhh, kin ah git me a huntin' license here?...)
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To: kristinn

Rabble reporting for duty, Brit!


14 posted on 10/30/2004 6:56:08 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (What have YOU done to defeat a liberal today? Well, DO SOMETHING!!)
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To: SE Mom

Brit is no dope, which makes it all the more surprising that it took him until sometime in the '80's to realize "Oh my God. We have a problem here." But journalism schools brainwash even the best and brightest for a time, I suppos.


15 posted on 10/30/2004 6:57:39 AM PDT by hershey
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To: kristinn

**They met in kindergarten and hung together through fifth grade.**

LOL! All the more credit to Brit's "Fair and Balanced" appraisal of Kerry.


16 posted on 10/30/2004 6:59:25 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: kristinn

Brit is my favorite of the Fox fellows.


17 posted on 10/30/2004 7:00:13 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: SE Mom; nutmeg

**While there have been many articulate people addressing bias in the media for years, Brit has to be one of the most respected. He consistently exhibits class and true journalistic curiousity.**

Brit Bump! I try to watch his show every day! (Sometimes don't get to it until the re-run -- LOL!)


18 posted on 10/30/2004 7:01:34 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: kristinn

"Special Report with Brit Hume" is the best news show on TV!


19 posted on 10/30/2004 7:03:22 AM PDT by I'mPeach
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To: SE Mom
" Fox achieved legitimacy in my mind when they hired him."

If it wasn't for Hume's show I wouldn't be watching Fox to the extent I do. I can't stand the cable shows where everyone is trying to shout down the other person, or the shows where the panel is weighted heavily in one direction. I just know that one of these days Brit is going to convert Juan Williams. ;^)

20 posted on 10/30/2004 7:05:46 AM PDT by fightu4it (conquest by immigration and subversion spells the end of US.)
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bump


21 posted on 10/30/2004 7:07:03 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Vietnam veteran against "global testing.")
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To: GraceCoolidge

Brit does not suffer fools gladly!


22 posted on 10/30/2004 7:11:28 AM PDT by international american (Support our troops!! Send Kerry( back to Bedlam,Massachusetts,and close the U.N.)
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To: kristinn

Absolutely the best hour on television.

It's funny how he hypes the Grapevine - "the most scintillating two minutes in television".

The panel is fun here. When "the panel" is being introduced, there is a cheer or boo for each participant. There is a BIG cheer when Juan Williams is NOT on the panel.


23 posted on 10/30/2004 7:14:28 AM PDT by big time major leaguer
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To: kristinn
Brit Hume is the gold standard as far as I'm concerned. You can trust what he says, whether it confirms your views or opposes them. If there was anyone the young journalists should seek to emulate, it's Hume.

What this country desperately needs is more honest journalists, and ones who are willing to fight to be fair.

24 posted on 10/30/2004 7:14:35 AM PDT by McGavin999 (We have planted the seeds of democracy and watered them with our blood, now let freedom reign)
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To: fightu4it

Actually, both Juan and NPR babe have moved a bit to the right over the years, due entirely to Brits ability to reason with them without vitriol.


25 posted on 10/30/2004 7:14:56 AM PDT by international american (Support our troops!! Send Kerry( back to Bedlam,Massachusetts,and close the U.N.)
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To: SE Mom
IMHO two people have done much to expose the media.

Bernard Goldberg's book, BIAS and Bill Sammon's book on how the media tried to influence the 2000 election on election eve. (sorry I cannot remember the title of Sammon's book)

26 posted on 10/30/2004 7:22:36 AM PDT by OldFriend (It's the soldier, not the reporter who has given US freedom of the press)
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To: Naplm

ABC was his on-the-job training for handling people like Juan Williams - who is a nice guy but very, very ignorant in so many aspects life - like the difference between a boat and a ship and understanding how guys on other boats could still know what was happening on Kerry's boat. Some of his positions in their panel debates make me want to SCREEEEEEEEEM. Brit always handles Juan with patience and tact, but lately I noticed that even Brit is being pushed to the limit with this one.


27 posted on 10/30/2004 7:30:45 AM PDT by Virginia Queen (Virginia Queen)
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To: elli1
Brit is the smartest, sexiest man in television news

I like Hume too, but I think you may be getting a little carried away. :)

28 posted on 10/30/2004 7:34:57 AM PDT by independentmind
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To: kristinn

last night he quipped that the photos of Arafat in his compound with all his friends around looked like "Weekend at Bernies"


What a great line........


30 posted on 10/30/2004 7:42:06 AM PDT by bert (Peace is only halftime !)
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To: kristinn
Brit's commentary during the Reagan funeral was fabulous.

Love Brit.

31 posted on 10/30/2004 7:47:51 AM PDT by what's up
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To: independentmind

I dunno. My wife goes ape over Brit. Maybe there's something there...


32 posted on 10/30/2004 7:51:10 AM PDT by Mr. Thorne ("But iron, cold iron, shall be master of them all..." Kipling)
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To: demkicker

Thank God for Brit. He is what makes FNC. I do miss Tony Snow and wish he had more prime time on Fox.


33 posted on 10/30/2004 7:53:46 AM PDT by not2worry (What goes around comes around!)
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To: kristinn

bttt


35 posted on 10/30/2004 7:56:39 AM PDT by jokar (On line data base http://www.trackingthethreat.com/db/index.htm)
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To: OldFriend

The name of Sammon's book is "At Any Cost."


36 posted on 10/30/2004 7:58:11 AM PDT by Vision Thing (You're voting Democrat? Man, you must really hate yourself.)
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To: bluegill

Rev. Moon owns the Washington Times, which employs Sammon. So it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that Sammon dedicated one of his books to the man who signs his paychecks.


38 posted on 10/30/2004 8:03:53 AM PDT by Vision Thing (You're voting Democrat? Man, you must really hate yourself.)
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To: McGavin999

I agree 100%! Put him and John Gibson together and you have FoxNews in a nutshell. Don't try to put one over on either one of them. I'd be a happy camper if it were just Special Report, the Big Story and Fox & Friends on FoxNews.


39 posted on 10/30/2004 8:12:24 AM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Mr. Thorne

"My wife goes ape over Brit."

I got a thing for Brit too. I guess it is his calm way, he is just a teddy bear, one just wants to hug him.


40 posted on 10/30/2004 8:49:36 AM PDT by jincarolina
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To: Mr. Thorne

"My wife goes ape over Brit."

I got a thing for Brit too. I guess it is his calm way, he is just a teddy bear, one just wants to hug him.


41 posted on 10/30/2004 8:51:46 AM PDT by jincarolina
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To: kristinn

He looks a least twenty years younger than Kerry. Are you sure you are not talking about Hume's father?


42 posted on 10/30/2004 8:59:01 AM PDT by oldbrowser (seared...........SEARED)
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To: Vision Thing
Thanks, and ironically I just turned on CSPIN and there was Sammon giving a talk about his book Misunderestimated.

Sadly, I see Brit Hume as part of the media establishment trying to show how 'fair' they are by allowing the lies of the left the same credibility as the truth.

43 posted on 10/30/2004 9:16:22 AM PDT by OldFriend (It's the soldier, not the reporter who has given US freedom of the press)
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To: bluegill

LOLOL......are you a regular tin foil hatter that calls into CSPIN and damns the Washington Times as a tool of Moon?


44 posted on 10/30/2004 9:17:11 AM PDT by OldFriend (It's the soldier, not the reporter who has given US freedom of the press)
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To: independentmind
Brit is the smartest, sexiest man in television news

I like Hume too, but I think you may be getting a little carried away. :)

Count me in the "a little carried away" group, too, then.
45 posted on 10/30/2004 9:22:36 AM PDT by small_l_libertarian (Wrapped comfortably in my cozy duvet of rage...)
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To: small_l_libertarian

This probably won't be a popular comment in some quarters, but it's pretty tough to be 60+ and still be sexy--man or woman. IMHO, of course.


46 posted on 10/30/2004 9:26:16 AM PDT by independentmind
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To: martin_fierro

i know you love him. can't believe he was pals with Kerry~!


47 posted on 10/30/2004 9:37:47 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: bluegill
Neo-conservatives get in a lather whenever one of their heroes is better looking than Michael Moore or Madeline Albright.

for your info, conservative women take more than looks into consideration when conjuring up images of what is sexy or not... we're not so shallow as to think someone is sexy because they have "nice hair." heck, take a poll here, and i bet Dick Cheney would be considered sexiest man alive... (sure, we like his looks; but we especially appreciate his mind, spirit and "gravitas.")

48 posted on 10/30/2004 9:58:30 AM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: Dawgreg
I'd be a happy camper if it were just Special Report, the Big Story and Fox & Friends on FoxNews.

i'd like to add Neil Cavuto to that... this guy tells it like it is...

49 posted on 10/30/2004 9:59:53 AM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: bluegill
"Neo-conservatives get in a lather whenever one of their heroes is better looking than Michael Moore or Madeline Albright."

Hey! Wait a minute! After suffering through 8 years of the Clintonistas and their herds of trolls, freaks and Uber Ugly degenerates, Brit Hume is a bleeding ADONIS!

Please! We're entitled to the few conservative joys that come our way!

50 posted on 10/30/2004 10:03:51 AM PDT by doberville (Angels can fly when they take themselves lightly)
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