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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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To: GoldwaterChick

All the good ones are disappearing - Tony Snow, Brit Hume, John Gibson, E. D. Hill and Neil Cavuto and nothing is ever said on Fox News.

Of Course, Tony Snow has died but he disappeared from Fox News Sunday and was replaced by Chris Wallace without any real explanation.


101 posted on 07/15/2008 1:27:09 PM PDT by tirednvirginia
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To: Paige
...the Robert Palmer girls in blonde...

You made me Laugh Out Loud.

102 posted on 07/15/2008 1:27:19 PM PDT by McGruff (This is not the [insert name here] I knew.)
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To: kristinn
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

Strange. It's the only "hard news" show on FNC. ...and by far the best.

103 posted on 07/15/2008 1:28:27 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: kristinn
I have been a faithful watcher of Special Report since it first began, and I will sure miss him when he retires. I don't think it will be the same without him.

Usually these people go on until they are into their 80's. I'm surprised he is retiring so early.

104 posted on 07/15/2008 1:29:58 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: kristinn

Best guy in news for the last 30 years.


105 posted on 07/15/2008 1:30:20 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (McCain / Kerry '08! ************* McCain's Dream Ticket, only the names have been reversed)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Special Report is the best news show on TV. I hope they continue it, but it won’t be as good without Brit to run it.


106 posted on 07/15/2008 1:32:04 PM PDT by July 4th
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To: tirednvirginia

I believe Tony left TV because he wanted to pursue his dream of talk radio.


107 posted on 07/15/2008 1:34:25 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: AU72

I have always equated Brit Hume,and Tony Snow with decency.


108 posted on 07/15/2008 1:34:40 PM PDT by 2nd Amendment
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To: kristinn
I'll never forget Brit's hours-long commentary when President Reagan died.

It was amazing.

Brit had a range and depth of ideas and words that were keeping me entranced for hours during those remarkable few days.

Here's to hoping that Brit will return with more influence albeit fewer hours in years to come.

109 posted on 07/15/2008 1:34:44 PM PDT by what's up
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To: misterrob

I noticed the conservative reference too. Kurtz is such a puffed up twit.


110 posted on 07/15/2008 1:36:13 PM PDT by Boston Tea Party
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To: TennTuxedo
Britt Hume Is FOX NEWS.

In memorializing Tony Snow, Brit said that Tony was FOX News before there WAS a Fox News. It's fair to say, as you did, that Brit Hume IS Fox News, and will always be. Pure class.

111 posted on 07/15/2008 1:36:13 PM PDT by Christian4Bush ("Attention stattions: the heavenly edition of the Tony Snow Show is now on the air. Woof.")
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To: Hemorrhage
Good for Brit. His semi-retirement is a loss to journalism — but nobody deserves it more.

After seeing Tim Russert and Tony Snow essentially "Die in the saddle", you can't blame Brit for wanting to ease out of the business and enjoy his twilight years.

112 posted on 07/15/2008 1:37:20 PM PDT by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: what's up

“I’ll never forget Brit’s hours-long commentary when President Reagan died.”

Yes, and I’ll never forget the first FNS after 9/11. Both Brit and Tony were holding back tears. Tony’s tears came when he did his usual end-of-the-show commentary.

I love these two guys.

Wonder if Brit will do the eulogy at Tony’s funeral later this week.


113 posted on 07/15/2008 1:38:24 PM PDT by freedom4me (No compromise w/ the main purpose, no peace till victory, no pact w/ unrepentant wrong. --Churchill)
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To: kristinn

The genius of Brit Hume was that he could really claim to be a Washington insider having prep schooled with the likes of Albert Gore. But just because he knew the ins and out of Washington as well as anyone, did not mean that offered a world view or commentary which reflected your typical MSM Washington insider whore.


114 posted on 07/15/2008 1:39:39 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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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.

His Sunday show said he was on vacation. I hope his MS isn't acting up.

115 posted on 07/15/2008 1:39:58 PM PDT by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: NeoCaveman; Cyber Liberty

I take back everything I said about his suit situation. Oh, it’s going to be a sad day, Neo.

Neal Cavuto is the only other person I enjoy watching on FOX. Just dang.

Thanks for pinging me!


117 posted on 07/15/2008 1:41:22 PM PDT by Slip18
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To: kristinn
No Reason to watch anymore FNC, Ditto.

they can replace his show with "Stupid Missing Blonde's Hour"

118 posted on 07/15/2008 1:41:44 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: kristinn

Brit is terrific. I’m happy he will still be on the air.


119 posted on 07/15/2008 1:41:55 PM PDT by syriacus (Democrats got THEIR "change" in Election 2006. Are WE better off now?)
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To: kristinn

Will Richard Benjamin Jr. be taking his place?


120 posted on 07/15/2008 1:44:29 PM PDT by JZelle
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To: GoldwaterChick

I didn’t know Clinton ejected him.

Can you tell me more about it?

I am so totally depressed at the loss of Tony Snow. and Britt’s leaving is hitting me very hard.

There are none left that I truly respect and trust.


121 posted on 07/15/2008 1:45:06 PM PDT by jacquej
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To: kristinn

65 or not, he’s still hot!! ;-0


122 posted on 07/15/2008 1:47:12 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: submarinerswife

Jim Angle is Brit’s “go to” guy.


123 posted on 07/15/2008 1:47:18 PM PDT by Zman (Liberals: denying reality since Day One.)
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To: July 4th

I always kind of thought that Brian Wilson would step in when Brit left. Wilson got a promotion a few years ago (along with Jim Angle and “Campaign” Carl) but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him “resurface”.


124 posted on 07/15/2008 1:47:31 PM PDT by skimbell
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To: kristinn
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Brit Hume
125 posted on 07/15/2008 1:51:49 PM PDT by Old Seadog (Inside every old person is a young person saying "WTF happened?".)
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To: kristinn
It's hard for me to realize that as a 63.5 year old, everyone else is aging too. As I left my employment for the 'younger crowd' it won't be long before ALL the people "of a certain age" are no longer behind a news desk or anchoring a news program and a much younger set of men and women (merely children comparatively) will be sitting there telling me what's going on in the world.

Ted Russert was YOUNG and Tony Snow was YOUNG, but Brit Hume is "middle aged" just as I. He's definitely not "old" and I hope that he will continue to be actively involved giving speeches, writing books, and most of all, spending time with his family, besides his work at Fox News.

Best Wishes to Brit and his family.

126 posted on 07/15/2008 1:52:18 PM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (http://auntiecoosa.blogspot.com -- read, learn, blog, or get out of my way.)
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To: kristinn

Well, there goes the only reason left to watch FOX News.


127 posted on 07/15/2008 1:53:11 PM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: GATOR NAVY; SE Mom

Geraldo


128 posted on 07/15/2008 1:56:43 PM PDT by byteback
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To: kristinn

NO!!!!!!!!!!

Brit Hume is about the only thing I really like when it comes to FNC!!!


129 posted on 07/15/2008 2:07:40 PM PDT by KoRn (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: Perdogg

How does it go? Sixty-five is the new fifty-five. Yeah, I think that’s it.

Wow! He sure looks good!


130 posted on 07/15/2008 2:08:42 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: kristinn

at least he will still appear on Fox, when we lost Tony Snow, we lost him for good


131 posted on 07/15/2008 2:14:50 PM PDT by tioga
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To: kristinn

Fox News is known to be developing a show with Mike Huckabee. I figured it would be a weekly show, but with Brit Hume’s spot open, perhaps he’ll get a daily show in that time slot.


132 posted on 07/15/2008 2:17:18 PM PDT by HAL9000 ("No one made you run for president, girl."- Bill Clinton)
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To: kristinn
  This is a bummer.  I relied on Brit to be the voice of reason every evening.  If they give the job to Sheppard Smith I might have to eat a bullet. If I were Roger Ailes I'd try out Brian Wilson.
133 posted on 07/15/2008 2:21:36 PM PDT by HawaiianGecko
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To: kristinn; StarFan; Dutchy; Timesink; VPMWife78; phantomworker; ajolympian2004; Gracey; ...
Oh, this is AWFUL! Brit Hume and "Special Report" are my all-time favorites... that one hour is really all anyone needs as far as TV news is concerned, IMO. I was fearing this, as I knew Brit was in his 60s and was perhaps looking for more time off. I'm glad we will still at least see him on FNC from time to time.

PLEASE e-mail Fox News and request that they keep Special Report in its current (excellent) format! I think Brett Baier does a fine job subbing for Brit, perhaps he will take it over full time...

e-mail Brit Hume / Special Report staff here:

We Love to Hear From Our Viewers!

134 posted on 07/15/2008 2:29:21 PM PDT by nutmeg (Imagine Commander-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama... appointing US Supreme Court justices)
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To: HighlyOpinionated
  I'm not sure that 63.5 is middle aged.  I don't know many people that are 127 years old. I also don't call myself middle aged (57) as I don't know any 114 year olds either.  :-)
135 posted on 07/15/2008 2:30:45 PM PDT by HawaiianGecko
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To: kristinn

Preparing to be McCain’s press secretary?


136 posted on 07/15/2008 2:33:47 PM PDT by doug from upland (8 million views of HILLARY! UNCENSORED - put some ice on it, witch)
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To: donna

....” and have nice legs and shiny teeth and hair”


137 posted on 07/15/2008 2:42:06 PM PDT by wardaddy (Myself and my ancestors take full responsibility for all racial discrimination here since 1607)
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To: what's up; Miss Didi
On the bright side, Bret Baier is a rising star

Agreed. Bret is great.

I agree... I think Bret Baier would be an excellent full-time replacement for Brit on Special Report. Although I'll still miss Brit... :-(

138 posted on 07/15/2008 2:45:31 PM PDT by nutmeg (Imagine Commander-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama... appointing US Supreme Court justices)
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!


139 posted on 07/15/2008 2:48:07 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: KoRn
NO!!!!!!!!!!

Brit Hume is about the only thing I really like when it comes to FNC!!!

I agree. Well, at least Brit will be back from time to time, but I hope they don't cancel Special Report! (Bret Baier does an excellent job subbing for Brit, IMO).

PLEASE contact Fox News and request that at least Special Report be kept in its current format (and time slot):

We Love to Hear From Our Viewers!

140 posted on 07/15/2008 2:50:14 PM PDT by nutmeg (Imagine Commander-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama... appointing US Supreme Court justices)
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To: jacquej
I am so totally depressed at the loss of Tony Snow. and Britt’s leaving is hitting me very hard.

Same here, jacquej. The world needs MORE Tony Snows and Brit Humes... :-(

141 posted on 07/15/2008 2:51:49 PM PDT by nutmeg (Imagine Commander-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama... appointing US Supreme Court justices)
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To: pissant

I vote that we don’t take seriously a “news network” that has a Perv News program every night.


142 posted on 07/15/2008 2:52:13 PM PDT by unspun (Mike Huckabee: Government's job is "protect us, not have to provide for us." Duncan Hunter knows.)
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To: SoCalConservative

Jim Angle, Bret Baier, Wendell Goler. These three could split up the host duties and keep Fox alive for years to come. No one can truly replace Brit but I think these three would always have his example in mind. Fox is only worth watching for about fifteen minutes a day now and that’s the last fifteen minutes of Special Report. If I catch that and some Free Republic every day I am very happy and feel well informed.


143 posted on 07/15/2008 2:53:36 PM PDT by cquiggy
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To: kristinn
I had no idea that Brit was in his 60s.

Fox News is in for big ratings trouble if they let this guy go. He is very cool and I appreciate his presence on the air very much whenever I actually do get to see and hear him.

144 posted on 07/15/2008 2:54:24 PM PDT by Radix (Think it is bad now? Wait until you have to press "2" for English!)
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To: pgkdan
PLEASE contact Fox News and request that at least Special Report be kept in its current format (and time slot):

We Love to Hear From Our Viewers!

I pray FNC doesn't cancel Special Report and replace it with yet another crappy missing college co-ed "murder mystery" show... :-(

145 posted on 07/15/2008 2:54:29 PM PDT by nutmeg (Imagine Commander-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama... appointing US Supreme Court justices)
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To: nutmeg

I will, too, but Bret is smart, bright and adorable.


146 posted on 07/15/2008 2:54:50 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: cquiggy
PLEASE contact Fox News and request that at least Special Report be kept in its current format (and time slot):

We Love to Hear From Our Viewers!

147 posted on 07/15/2008 2:56:26 PM PDT by nutmeg (Imagine Commander-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama... appointing US Supreme Court justices)
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To: Miss Didi
I will, too, but Bret is smart, bright and adorable.

Hopefully Bret Baier will also bring in a new generation of viewers...? ;-)

148 posted on 07/15/2008 2:57:32 PM PDT by nutmeg (Imagine Commander-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama... appointing US Supreme Court justices)
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To: doug from upland
"Preparing to be McCain’s press secretary?"

That is just wrong. Funny though.

149 posted on 07/15/2008 3:12:00 PM PDT by Radix (Think it is bad now? Wait until you have to press "2" for English!)
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To: submarinerswife

I agree, that guy is a class act!


150 posted on 07/15/2008 3:12:11 PM PDT by TheGunny (Re-read 1&2 Corinthians)
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