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SpongeBob on Brit Hume's Target List (Hume #2 On Cable News)
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Posted on 03/20/2006 4:16:34 PM PST by Republican Red

SpongeBob on Brit Hume's Target List

The steady creep to the top for Brit Hume's nightly Special Report on Fox--not just the No.1 Washington-originated cable show but also the fourth in all basic cable at 6 p.m.--has the host eyeing the next victim. "We've been having a series of meetings here about how we can beat Nickelodeon," he says. "We just hope that they don't put SpongeBob SquarePants up against us." Fun aside, Hume's hourlong mix of news and debate now reaches 1.5 million nightly while dominating the key 25-to-54 age demographic. And it happened in a very un-Fox-like way: without fanfare, even though Hume has recently surged to the No. 2 spot among all cable news shows, after Bill O'Reilly.

When Special Report started in 1998, the goal was giving the growing Washington bureau some visibility. Now the top audience-getter of Washington shows, including CNN's Situation Room and MSNBC's Hardball, Hume says, "We kind of pinch ourselves." Like a good boss--Hume is the managing editor of the D.C. bureau--he credits his news team. But the "poisonous" mood in Washington doesn't hurt either. "For those who have a rooting interest in it," he says, "they want to hear about it."

While beating the pants off SpongeBob is a long-term goal, Hume has a more immediate worry: No. 12 ESPN's March Madness coverage. "If they've got games on at 6 at night," he frets, "that's gonna be tough."


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Way to go Brit Hume!

Special Report is my favorite show on tv.

1 posted on 03/20/2006 4:16:37 PM PST by Republican Red
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To: Republican Red

Special Report is the only news on TV I watch anymore. Period. The rest of Fox has joined the rest of the Dinosaur media on the unwatchable list. I'm glad Brit is finally getting the viewership he deserves. Maybe Foxnews will take notice and return to their "we report, you decide" roots.


2 posted on 03/20/2006 4:20:21 PM PST by Rokke
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To: Republican Red

Hands down, the best news show on TV anywhere, any time.


3 posted on 03/20/2006 4:20:43 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: Republican Red

My favorite also. His All-Star Panel is fabulous - lovable old curmudgeons Fred and Mort, and even Mara is fairly tolerable. The panel is at its best, however, when the awesome Dr. Krauthammer is aboard.


4 posted on 03/20/2006 4:22:22 PM PST by Inspectorette
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To: Republican Red
Way to go Brit Hume!

Special Report is my favorite show on tv.

And mine as well. WOO HOO! I'm so happy to hear Brit and "Special Report" are doing well! :o)

5 posted on 03/20/2006 4:24:35 PM PST by nutmeg (NEVER trust democRATs with our national security)
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To: Republican Red
and the Grapevine... the most scintillating 3 minutes on television! (or however Brit introduces it...)
6 posted on 03/20/2006 4:27:10 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; Timesink; VPMWife78; Gracey; Alamo-Girl; RottiBiz; FoxGirl; Mr. Bob; xflisa; ...
FoxFan ping!

WOO HOO! Way ta go, Brit! :o)

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my FoxFan list. *Warning: This can be a high-volume ping list at times.

7 posted on 03/20/2006 4:27:20 PM PST by nutmeg (NEVER trust democRATs with our national security)
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To: Inspectorette

I'll second everything you said!


8 posted on 03/20/2006 4:28:32 PM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Republican Red

Nice going Brit....listen to Special Report on XM every afternoon. Love the show.


9 posted on 03/20/2006 4:28:42 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (Buy Danish!)
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To: Republican Red

Far and away the best news on TV. Brit is so quiet spoken and never hawking his products like O'Reilly. Hope he passes him soon.


10 posted on 03/20/2006 4:28:53 PM PST by midwyf (Wyoming Native. Environmentalism is a religion too.)
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To: Republican Red

Brit Hume for POTUS 2008.


11 posted on 03/20/2006 4:29:11 PM PST by Beagle8U (An "Earth First" kinda guy ( when we finish logging here, we'll start on the other planets.)
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To: Republican Red
No. 2 spot among all cable news shows, after Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly....news....gag!

12 posted on 03/20/2006 4:29:27 PM PST by DeFault User
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To: Rokke
Same here, Brit's show is great.

Why Fox decided to follow the EXACT same format, look and tone of the MSM is remarkably bad judgment.

They had a chance to really teach and inform, but now they just incite and sensationalize like everyone else.

Boring.
13 posted on 03/20/2006 4:30:26 PM PST by roses of sharon
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To: alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; Doctor Raoul; ELS; ...
ping!

If you're not familiar with Brit Hume's show... It is "Special Report" on the Fox News Channel. 6pm ET/3pm PT. Show repeats at 12 midnight ET/9pm PT.

IMHO, there is more substance packed into one hour of "Special Report" than there is during most other cable networks' entire 24-hour time period.

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

14 posted on 03/20/2006 4:31:45 PM PST by nutmeg (NEVER trust democRATs with our national security)
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To: Inspectorette
Mara is fairly tolerable

Gotta' love her, especially when she doesn't receive her liberal talking points and she makes that strange face upon hearing of some new liberal idiocy that has just happened.

I also get the impression the Mort Kondrake's "liberal shoes" just don't fit him anymore. He walks off their plantation on a regular basis.

15 posted on 03/20/2006 4:31:51 PM PST by capt. norm (If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything.)
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To: Republican Red

Brit is second to The Factor? Maybe Fox will move Special Report into prime time. I'm always home too late to catch it and Brit would be a big improvement over H&C.


16 posted on 03/20/2006 4:34:33 PM PST by RedRover
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To: Republican Red
>>>Way to go Brit Hume! <<<

He an adult up against children like Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann .

17 posted on 03/20/2006 4:35:10 PM PST by HardStarboard
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To: Beagle8U
Brit Hume for POTUS 2008.

He'd be great, no doubt, but like Rush - he'd have to take too big a pay cut ;-)

18 posted on 03/20/2006 4:35:22 PM PST by Inspectorette
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To: Inspectorette
My favorite also. His All-Star Panel is fabulous - lovable old curmudgeons Fred and Mort, and even Mara is fairly tolerable. The panel is at its best, however, when the awesome Dr. Krauthammer is aboard.

Yep! I like Fred and Charles. :)

19 posted on 03/20/2006 4:36:57 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: Inspectorette

I'm with you - when Dr. Krauthammer is on, I make sure I listen. Love him best when I watch Mara and others get a poke from Charles' red-hot logic.


20 posted on 03/20/2006 4:37:11 PM PST by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: Republican Red

The best news show on TV, at least since Rosanna Rosannadanna was on.


21 posted on 03/20/2006 4:37:30 PM PST by pissant
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To: capt. norm
"I also get the impression the Mort Kondrake's "liberal shoes" just don't fit him anymore. He walks off their plantation on a regular basis"

Yes, But poor Juan Williams is the DNC's "crash test dummy", they feed him the talking points and if Brit doesn't slap him out of his chair, then they go National with them....lol
22 posted on 03/20/2006 4:42:07 PM PST by Beagle8U (An "Earth First" kinda guy ( when we finish logging here, we'll start on the other planets.)
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To: Rokke
That is especially true considering the Jullian Phillips' type weekenders.

I do not watch Foz weekend window dressing blabber heads, puke!

23 posted on 03/20/2006 4:42:43 PM PST by VOYAGER
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To: Republican Red

Can't add much to the previous props. It is truly a fabulous program, and should be #1.

However, when Brit takes a day off, I wish Tony Snow would sit in on occasion. Jim Angle and Brian Wilson are good, but they're better reporters than anchors.


24 posted on 03/20/2006 4:47:57 PM PST by buzzyboop (no tags, no fuss)
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To: Republican Red

I like almost everything about it except when Brit feels the need to overly disect polls. Who cares.


25 posted on 03/20/2006 4:52:22 PM PST by UB355
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To: Republican Red

Couldn't happen to a nicer and more deserving person. Way to go!!


26 posted on 03/20/2006 4:57:37 PM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: Beagle8U
Juan Williams is the DNC's "crash test dummy"

That is such a perfect description. I love it.

I won't be able to watch him again without that descriptor coming to mind.

My favorite moments on their Sunday shows come when Brit calmly talks Juan through one of his liberal melt-downs. Juan gets into one of his liberal talking point frenzies and I don't think he realizes that the viewers are aware of the fact that he's loosing his cookies on the air. Then Brit, calmly says "Juan...........Juan..." and then, in crystal clear terms that even the libs can understand, he discredits everything Juan has just said. I wish I had Tivo'd some of them.

27 posted on 03/20/2006 5:01:42 PM PST by capt. norm (If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything.)
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To: Republican Red

If the powers that be at CBS had any brains they would be trying to hire away Brit Hume for their open anchor spot instead of Perky Couric.


28 posted on 03/20/2006 5:02:28 PM PST by Bubba_Leroy (What did Rather know and when did he know it?)
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To: Republican Red

I dunno ... if they manage to get the Hoff on permanent retainer, this could mean some serious competition.

29 posted on 03/20/2006 5:02:52 PM PST by MozarkDawg
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To: txzman
I'm with you - when Dr. Krauthammer is on, I make sure I listen. Love him best when I watch Mara and others get a poke from Charles' red-hot logic.

He overshadows the rest of them in logic and clear thinking to the point where, if I were one of them, I would feel like I brought a birthday candle to the 4th of July fireworks show.

30 posted on 03/20/2006 5:06:05 PM PST by capt. norm (If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything.)
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To: Republican Red

Much of the stuff on Fox News is no longer worth watching (O'Reilly, Greta, most weekend stuff), but Special Report is the exception.


31 posted on 03/20/2006 5:07:22 PM PST by B Knotts
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To: MississippiDeltaDawg

Wait a min'! How great can he be if he can't beat Sponge Bob (..)


32 posted on 03/20/2006 5:10:04 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Republican Red

bump to read after bedtimes


33 posted on 03/20/2006 5:11:02 PM PST by eyespysomething
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To: Rokke

Naaa. I really like Greta say the same thing for one hour, six months in a row. Now THAT's entertaining and newsworthy.


34 posted on 03/20/2006 5:12:51 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: Inspectorette
The panel is at its best, however, when the awesome Dr. Krauthammer is aboard.

Yup. All the blathering chatter stops when Charles speaks. I like that.

35 posted on 03/20/2006 5:14:14 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: capt. norm
"Juan Williams is the DNC's "crash test dummy"

I can't take credit for that, I read something close to that on one of the Sunday morning talk show threads.

It does fit though...lol

But Brit Hume is the best reporter/newscaster/news manager I have seen in my lifetime, bar none.
36 posted on 03/20/2006 5:19:43 PM PST by Beagle8U (An "Earth First" kinda guy ( when we finish logging here, we'll start on the other planets.)
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To: RedRover
Brit is second to The Factor? Maybe Fox will move Special Report into prime time. I'm always home too late to catch it and Brit would be a big improvement over H&C.

I agree. Brit Hume's time slot is the only reason Special Report is not #1. In the 8:00 Eastern slot, Hume would leave O'Reilly in his dust.
37 posted on 03/20/2006 5:22:40 PM PST by OkeyDokeyOkie
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To: Republican Red

Best news show anywhere.


38 posted on 03/20/2006 5:25:26 PM PST by reaganandme
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To: Republican Red

Brit's show is far and away the best. The only thing I enjoy more is the occasional spanking he gives the hapless Juan Williams on Chris Wallace's Sunday show. Yesterday's was a real stinger, and I think Juan still has the marks today!


39 posted on 03/20/2006 5:26:35 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Republican Red

Way to go, Brit!!

40 posted on 03/20/2006 5:30:12 PM PST by JRios1968 (A DUmmie troll's motto: "Non cogito, ergo zot")
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To: Republican Red

If Brit Hume wants to beat SpongBob, he'll need to bring on Plankton for an interview! :0)


41 posted on 03/20/2006 5:30:46 PM PST by Cowboy Bob (A Liberal by any other name is still a Hypocrite)
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To: Republican Red
Hume v. Williams

Always a hoot!

42 posted on 03/20/2006 5:32:58 PM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: Republican Red; WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

Bump and PING!


43 posted on 03/20/2006 5:36:28 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: Republican Red

Fox should wise up and produce a network Nightly News to rival the usual MSM (CBS-NBC-ABC) offerings. They have the Fox affiliates and they have Brit Hume. I would love to watch FOX kick the liberal slant establishment news broadcasts and expose the truth to those people who do not have cable TV.
Hey, I have an idea. Maybe Nancy Pelosi can add affordable cable TV to her promise of affordable broadband for everyone. (And yes, I know "affordable" means those of us that won "lifes lottery" and have to donate our "fair share" will pay for it).


44 posted on 03/20/2006 5:37:12 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Sarcasm is something a liberal cannot understand. Along with everything else.)
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To: Republican Red

Brit is great!! He cuts through the cr*p and gets to the gist of the matter.


45 posted on 03/20/2006 6:45:39 PM PST by syriacus (Would fewer Americans have died in Iraq if the French and Germans had helped depose Saddam?)
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To: Rokke

Wow! I thought I was the only one who couldn't watch anything but Brit. And .. even then .. a lot of time I just don't watch any of it. It sure has helped my mood not hearing all that garbage from the left.


46 posted on 03/20/2006 6:50:01 PM PST by CyberAnt (Democrats/Old Media: "controversy, crap and confusion" -- Amen!)
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To: Republican Red
Brit Hume cannot win the 6pm cable spot!

The 8-11 year old demographic, coupled with the entire voting bloc of the Democrat Party with cable help "SpongeBob" lock up that time slot.

47 posted on 03/20/2006 6:52:45 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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To: capt. norm

Then Brit, calmly says "Juan...........Juan..."



Oh my gosh, I can just hear Brit saying that! LOL


48 posted on 03/20/2006 7:06:26 PM PST by the-gooroo
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To: RightOnline
"Hands down, the best news show on TV anywhere, any time."

Amen.

49 posted on 03/20/2006 7:18:59 PM PST by mbennett203 ("Bulrog, a tough brute ninja who has dedicated his life to eradicating the world from hippies.")
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To: Beagle8U
He is also an attorney, which is why he can take down so many who argue a different point of view than he has.

As far a Sponge Bob is concerned, I would think those who watch or listen to him[ must admit I never have]are probably a different type of audience. I would think that their main interest isn't the NEWS that most freepers are interested in.
50 posted on 03/20/2006 9:01:54 PM PST by frannie (Be not afraid of tomorrow - God is already there!)
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