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Brit Hume to Step Down From Fox News
The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, July 15, 2008 | Howard Kurtz

Posted on 07/15/2008 12:35:37 PM PDT by kristinn

Brit Hume, a top anchor and executive with Fox News since the channel was launched 12 years ago, plans to step down at year's end. But he won't disappear entirely.

Sources familiar with the situation say that Hume, 65, will give up his job as Washington managing editor and anchor of "Special Report." They say he is near a deal to continue with Fox in a senior statesman role, not unlike that of Tom Brokaw at NBC, for roughly 100 days a year.

In his new role, Hume would be a senior political analyst, substitute for Chris Wallace as host of "Fox News Sunday" and anchor special events.

A former ABC correspondent who never hid his conservative views in his mainstream media days, Hume has been a central part of Fox's success. He has anchored on election nights and at political conventions and moderated a number of presidential debates. Hume has enjoyed good access to top Bush administration officials; when Vice President Cheney was under intense criticism after accidentally shooting a hunting companion two years ago, he did one interview, with Hume.

Fox News chairman Roger Ailes has made no decision on whether "Special Report," which began as a temporary program during the Clinton impeachment, will continue, or who would anchor it if it does, the sources said.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: brithume; foxnews; hume
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1 posted on 07/15/2008 12:35:37 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

65! Boy I hope to look half as good as Brit when I hit 65.


2 posted on 07/15/2008 12:36:56 PM PDT by AU72
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To: kristinn

I didn’t realize he was that old.


3 posted on 07/15/2008 12:37:03 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: kristinn

Brit is 65?? He sure looks a lot younger! I will be sorry to see him go.


4 posted on 07/15/2008 12:37:13 PM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: kristinn

There is no reason for me to want to watch FOX after Brit leaves.


5 posted on 07/15/2008 12:38:02 PM PDT by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't 't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
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To: kristinn

I hope Brit will enjoy having more time to call his own.


6 posted on 07/15/2008 12:38:51 PM PDT by auboy (Men who cannot deceive others are very often successful at deceiving themselves. Samuel Johnson)
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To: kristinn

Well, that’s not good. He’s their best, and every bit the newsman and hard-hitting, fair questioner Russert was.

Better!


7 posted on 07/15/2008 12:39:01 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: kristinn

Definitely the coolest anchor.


8 posted on 07/15/2008 12:39:37 PM PDT by Reagan79 (Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys)
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To: AU72
No kidding I'll be 62 in 9 days and he looks 20 years younger than me.
9 posted on 07/15/2008 12:39:58 PM PDT by ladtx ( "Never miss a good chance to shut up." - - Will Rogers)
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To: kristinn

You really have to love Kurtz making reference to Hume’s conservative leanings. Guess when someone doesn’t march in step with the pack they need to be singled out.

Fox News is credible due to men like Hume. Old school news guy who could have carried any of the major networks’ nightly news with ease.


10 posted on 07/15/2008 12:40:10 PM PDT by misterrob (Obama-Does America Need Another Jimmy Carter?)
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To: Bahbah; STARWISE

Brit ping.

Trying to think of a good reason to watch FOX after he leaves...


11 posted on 07/15/2008 12:40:43 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: submarinerswife

I have a new slogan for Fox News:

“Chicks who talk really really fast!”


12 posted on 07/15/2008 12:41:01 PM PDT by donna ( I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth. - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: kristinn
They won't be able to adequately replace him. He had just the right mix of old style broadcast reporter, fairness of language, likability and gravitas.
13 posted on 07/15/2008 12:41:17 PM PDT by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free...their passions forge their fetters.)
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To: kristinn

Horrible news. They should cancel his show when he steps down and just let Shep do another hour of his show and have him go up against Wolf during that time slot since it seems Wolf is on the air for 8 hours a day on CNN.


14 posted on 07/15/2008 12:41:34 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Please tell me youÂ’re being provocative and not idiotic - Tony Snow)
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To: Slip18

Hume ping.


15 posted on 07/15/2008 12:41:57 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (El Conservo Tribal name "Avoids Fort Marcy Park")
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To: SE Mom

Please let me know if you think of something.


16 posted on 07/15/2008 12:42:04 PM PDT by sarasota
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To: kristinn

Britt Hume Is FOX NEWS.


17 posted on 07/15/2008 12:42:24 PM PDT by TennTuxedo
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To: submarinerswife

There is no reason for me to want to watch FOX after Brit leaves.
———————Me either.


18 posted on 07/15/2008 12:42:37 PM PDT by unkus
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To: AU72

It’s the steroids!

Just kidding.

He does look very well for his age.


19 posted on 07/15/2008 12:42:46 PM PDT by RexBeach ("Americans never quit!" Douglas MacArthur)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Another hour of the liberal Shep, and I turn off FOX.


20 posted on 07/15/2008 12:42:57 PM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: kristinn

I understand Hume’s desire to cut back on his work hours. The media will be much poorer for it though. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the most trusted man in the country.


21 posted on 07/15/2008 12:43:18 PM PDT by Magnolia
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To: kristinn

Good for Brit. His semi-retirement is a loss to journalism — but nobody deserves it more.

H


22 posted on 07/15/2008 12:43:34 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas." -- Davy Crockett)
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To: submarinerswife

Cavuto is pretty good. But beyond Brit and Neil, it’s pretty thin, pretty quick.


23 posted on 07/15/2008 12:43:46 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (<===Non-bitter, Gun-totin', Typical White American)
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To: kristinn
My mother will be crushed. Special Report will not be the same. And who will slap Juan??? On the bright side, Bret Baier is a rising star.
24 posted on 07/15/2008 12:43:48 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: SE Mom

Oh darn it. I can’t imagine anyone who could fill his shoes.

Just darn!


25 posted on 07/15/2008 12:43:53 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: kristinn

Oh no! It’s the only news show I care to watch anymore.


26 posted on 07/15/2008 12:44:10 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: SE Mom

Shep Smith...his sarcasm alone is worth the price of admission. Megyn Kelly is the other reason. She is awesome.


27 posted on 07/15/2008 12:44:20 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Peace Sucks. It means that somewhere there are Muslims that no one is shooting at.)
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To: kristinn

Too bad. Brit is the best in the business.


28 posted on 07/15/2008 12:44:38 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: kristinn

I’m going to be sorry to see him go!


29 posted on 07/15/2008 12:45:17 PM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: Miss Didi

The death of Tony Snow has shook both Brett and Brit to the core methinks.


30 posted on 07/15/2008 12:45:30 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Peace Sucks. It means that somewhere there are terrorists that no one is shooting at.)
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To: donna
“Chicks who talk really really fast!”

LOL! True, and it's usually about something stupid like Madonna or Oprah.

31 posted on 07/15/2008 12:45:33 PM PDT by TADSLOS (48 Days and a Wakeup for the GOP to use the Nuclear Option.)
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To: kristinn
Brit will be missed.

I believe Brit to be the most honest human in the news business.

32 posted on 07/15/2008 12:45:50 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (OBAMA aka Post Turtle the Forest Gump of American Politics ABORTION -Liberal Child Abuse.)
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To: submarinerswife
There is no reason for me to want to watch FOX after Brit leaves.

Oh I wouldn't say that. First of all Brit has been taking Fridays off for a long time now and a lot of extended vacations also. Plus, Bret Baer is a young good replacement in my opinion. Don't know about his conservative bonafides but he seems well balanced. It also said Brit will be hosting Fox News Sunday on occasion and that should be good although I always liked him on the panel where he could speak his mind more. All in all though I wish him well and hope this gives him more time to spend with his family or to pursue other pursuits.

33 posted on 07/15/2008 12:46:35 PM PDT by mc5cents (Show me just what Mohammd brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman)
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To: Miss Didi

I love to see Britt put Juan in his place.


34 posted on 07/15/2008 12:46:40 PM PDT by unkus
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To: kristinn

My favorite guy! I would never have guessed Brit Hume is 65—he looks more like 50. What a shock! I’ve often wondered how he could keep his cool when Juan Williams made one of his stupid statements

I always enjoyed the fact that Clinton ejected Brit from the White House press corps and that Brit ended up on Fox News!

Another real gentleman and a very classy guy. He went thru the tragedy of losing his son and now Tony Snow; his heart must be very heavy.


35 posted on 07/15/2008 12:46:54 PM PDT by GoldwaterChick (We Snowflakes will always remember our beloved Snowman with the incandescent smile.)
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To: kristinn

I met him eons ago when he came to my college for a special seminar (believe he was with ABC then). He was just as facinating then with his “fair and balanced” approach. I sure will miss him.


36 posted on 07/15/2008 12:46:58 PM PDT by meandog ((please pray for future President McCain, day minus 189 and counting))
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To: kristinn

“former ABC correspondent who never hid his conservative views in his mainstream media days”

Translation...he’s one of the few honest journalists out there.


37 posted on 07/15/2008 12:47:25 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: My Favorite Headache

Now who’s going to bitch-slap Juan Williams Sunday morining?


38 posted on 07/15/2008 12:47:58 PM PDT by AU72
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To: kristinn
N o o o o o !
39 posted on 07/15/2008 12:48:04 PM PDT by McGruff (This is not the [insert name here] I knew.)
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To: kristinn
A former ABC correspondent who never hid his conservative views in his mainstream media days.

Former and current ABC/NBC/CBS anchors Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, Perky Katie and others never hid their liberal views in their mainstream media days, while, at the same time, expressing their opinion that the media is not biased.

40 posted on 07/15/2008 12:48:19 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: unkus

Brit. Not two t’s.


41 posted on 07/15/2008 12:48:30 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Bahbah
I vote for Patti Ann Brown...


42 posted on 07/15/2008 12:48:39 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: FreedomPoster

Where is Neal Cavuto? He hasn’t been on for 2 weeks. I hope it isn’t because of his health.


43 posted on 07/15/2008 12:48:55 PM PDT by GoldwaterChick (We Snowflakes will always remember our beloved Snowman with the incandescent smile.)
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To: ladtx

“....No kidding I’ll be 62 in 9 days and he looks 20 years younger than me....”

Powder and paint makes an anchor what he ain’t!

;-)


44 posted on 07/15/2008 12:48:57 PM PDT by Islander7 ("Show me an honest politician and I will show you a case of mistaken identity.")
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To: kristinn

Sorry to hear that Hume is semi retiring. He’s one of if not the finest on TV, at least he’ll still be there in some capacity.


45 posted on 07/15/2008 12:48:59 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: pissant

LOL. Your judgement is skewed in this matter.


46 posted on 07/15/2008 12:50:05 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: kristinn

I hope to God they don’t replace him with Shemp. I would never watch it again.


47 posted on 07/15/2008 12:50:17 PM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: kristinn

The end of FOX.


48 posted on 07/15/2008 12:50:26 PM PDT by toddlintown (Morons; all of 'em.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

This is only my 2 cents but here it goes...

Megyn is NOT just eye candy (as some here might posit). She is an insightful woman with a keen ability to ferret out idiots when allowed to do so in interviews. IF FOX has brains, they’d allow her to go solo, get away from that horrible “story an instant” format with the male talking head as compadre, and let her just go for it.

I think she could attract a wide audience and will be a star at some point. She does seem to have conservative views and presents them in a no nonsense way...

Frank


49 posted on 07/15/2008 12:50:27 PM PDT by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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To: GoldwaterChick
Where is Neal Cavuto? He hasn’t been on for 2 weeks. I hope it isn’t because of his health.

I've been concerned about him too - hope it's not a setback in his battle against MS. I love Cavuto.

50 posted on 07/15/2008 12:50:45 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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