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Fox News' Brit Hume leaving for family, religion
The U.S. Daily ^ | 11/05/08 | Paul J. Gough

Posted on 11/24/2008 8:01:58 PM PST by stillonaroll

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - After 12 years at Fox News Channel and four decades in the news business, Washington managing editor Brit Hume will leave "Special Report" and daily journalism for a quieter life, spending time with his grandchildren and following his Christian faith (the anchor still will contribute to the network as a political analyst).

Hume, 65, talked about the demands of the job and how his succession should be handled.

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To: svcw
Powerful testimony.

Indeed. I hope Brit can, in this stage of his life, utilize his testimony and his exceptional communication skills to further the cause of Christianity.

51 posted on 11/24/2008 8:26:12 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: stillonaroll

Alas, he seems to think Barack Obama is a moderate. It is probably good timing.


52 posted on 11/24/2008 8:27:02 PM PST by unspun (PRAY & WORK FOR FREEDOM - investigatingobama.blogspot.com)
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT
WOW Fox is really pruning the tree...

Yeah, trimming the green branches, and keeping the dead. Not much left of the old crew. I wonder how long the Wall Street Journal will hold out....

53 posted on 11/24/2008 8:28:37 PM PST by meyer (We are all John Galt)
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To: hsmomx3
LOL what is 65 suppose to look like???

I'm 65 soon will be 66 and don't feel a day over 40!

65 is not OLD...at 65 we still cook, clean, do laundry, keep in touch with family, friends, travel, go shopping, go on vacation, put out a big garden, cann the produce from the garden, take care of our pup, give her baths, haircuts, I still cut hubby's and son's hair...65 is not the end of the world and we collect our social security...so all you YOUNG dudes keep working...LOL

54 posted on 11/24/2008 8:29:58 PM PST by haircutter
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To: Frantzie
"Glen Beck just joined but he is speaking in code now for fear of the USARR-O."

Care to explain further? How is he speaking in code?

55 posted on 11/24/2008 8:30:01 PM PST by TruthSetsUFree
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To: stillonaroll
I wonder if Tony Snow's passing caused Brit to give more thought about life.

I sure miss Mr. Snow... will miss Mr. Hume too.

56 posted on 11/24/2008 8:30:33 PM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: stillonaroll

I will miss him too.

(14 YEARS? Has it really been that long?)


57 posted on 11/24/2008 8:32:01 PM PST by earlJam
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To: stillonaroll

Brit’s Faith shined through in his reporting. His common sense was always there. I wish Brit the best in retirement.


58 posted on 11/24/2008 8:32:40 PM PST by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT)
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To: All

I’ll miss you, Brit, and I wish you well!

He mentioned this on Special Report a few months ago, and for the reason why, he showed a vid of a cryptkeeper type behind the mic, and said he didn’t want to be on when everybody got HDTV. LOL!


59 posted on 11/24/2008 8:32:43 PM PST by Theresawithanh (Impeach Obama)
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To: stillonaroll

The only decent anchorman on TV, and he’s leaving. Kind of says it all about our future under Obama.


60 posted on 11/24/2008 8:34:38 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: stillonaroll

He’s got to be the youngest 65 year old I’ve ever seen. Man I hope I look that good at 65.


61 posted on 11/24/2008 8:35:54 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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Sorry to see im retire. He is the last reason I still watch Fox. I pick up Cavoto over at the FBN these days and avoid the tragedy TV at FN


62 posted on 11/24/2008 8:35:59 PM PST by llevrok (Born a ham and never cured!)
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To: max americana

On the other hand, Fox is starting to lean left so the timing is good........

maybe thats why he is leaving.


63 posted on 11/24/2008 8:36:01 PM PST by mouse1 (I will fight for my America.)
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To: meyer
I don't see anybody on the network that can fill his shoes.

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Yes, Brit is a unique figure who is not replaceable. I've read speculation that they might return with more than one host. Perhaps with an expanded "panel" segment, which would serve to take pressure on the host.

Megan Kelly comes across as a smart, tough lawyer, but does she have the journalistic chops? Bret Baier has been the Friday host of Special Report, but to me he seems like a kid compared to Brit Hume. Maybe Megan and Bret could make a good tag team.

64 posted on 11/24/2008 8:37:17 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: stillonaroll

At the end of the day, your family and faith are all you have.
To Brit- good luck and God bless.


65 posted on 11/24/2008 8:38:33 PM PST by citizencon
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To: ladyvet

I’m betting that Brett Baier will replace him.


66 posted on 11/24/2008 8:38:47 PM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

Wow, it sure is. I wonder if he’ll get into some kind of ministry? Not a minister, but in ministry of some kind. It will be interesting to see.


67 posted on 11/24/2008 8:39:29 PM PST by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: TruthSetsUFree

He is on egg shells about you know who and is talking about financial aramgeddon. He avoids mentioning you know who.


68 posted on 11/24/2008 8:39:32 PM PST by Frantzie
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To: meyer

>Fox started turning left some time around Katrina,

Think further my friend. Remember 2004 when FOX called it first for Kerry. Not ABCBSNBCNN. That was the first sign they weren’t the people that we all thought they were supposed to be. Wished FR had it’s on TV network.


69 posted on 11/24/2008 8:39:43 PM PST by max americana
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To: Awestruck; SevenofNine; Extremely Extreme Extremist

Indeed, Brit does not look 65. He must have maintained a solid diet and exercise routine over the years. Of course, a good rug and a TV network makeup job also help. :)


70 posted on 11/24/2008 8:43:06 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: stillonaroll

Jim Angle was always a good replacement.


71 posted on 11/24/2008 8:43:50 PM PST by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: Retired Chemist

We may finally get some fresh pickings from the political grapevine.


72 posted on 11/24/2008 8:47:16 PM PST by drubyfive
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To: hsmomx3

“”Is he really 65? He does not look that old at all.””

Yes, no kidding - I’ve watched him for more decades than I guess I realized, but he still looks great - I love his style, fairness, professionalism and spirit. A rarity in this day and age - one of the last true journalists (back when he did news). In a class with Tony Snow in terms of quality and integrity (what a loss for all of us with his passing).


73 posted on 11/24/2008 8:47:33 PM PST by llandres (I'd rather be alive and bankrupt than dead and solvent)
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To: haircutter

Honestly, I have seen a lot of people who look great at that age. My in-laws will be 80 next year and they are very active, walk at least a mile a day, etc. They look great!


74 posted on 11/24/2008 8:48:30 PM PST by hsmomx3 (GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: haircutter

HeeHee — To a 55 year old, 65 seems like ‘over the hill’ and retirement.

But to a 75 year old, 65 seems like the ‘prime of life’! LOL!


75 posted on 11/24/2008 8:49:53 PM PST by Exit148 (Giants versus Jets? How 'bout a tie.)
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To: I_like_good_things_too
I’ve always been a huge fan, he will be missed terribly in this household.

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Same here. Special Report is my only "appointment" TV show.

76 posted on 11/24/2008 8:54:02 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: max americana

They don’t want to miss out on the cocktail ciruit!


77 posted on 11/24/2008 8:55:48 PM PST by JSDude1
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To: stillonaroll

Some sort of shake-up at Fox? First Colmes, now Hume.


78 posted on 11/24/2008 8:56:11 PM PST by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (We're living in the Dark Ages.)
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To: max americana

“”On the other hand, Fox is starting to lean left so the timing is good.””

Yet, how ironic that tonight Alan Colmes announced HE’S leaving (H & C, at least) - rather lame and vague in his comments about not really leaving FNC but doing various future “specials”, etc., etc.

I think a previous poster had an interesting point about Brit not wanting to cover/face an Obama presidency - I sense there are a very few (Brit would be one if anyone) who still follow their principles and are more than a little troubled about the seemingly unstoppable direction of the country AND the media - he has his priorities straight and is blessed to have a loving family to whom he’s devoted.


79 posted on 11/24/2008 8:56:45 PM PST by llandres (I'd rather be alive and bankrupt than dead and solvent)
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To: peggybac
I think it will be Brett as well. He seems almost 'too young'; but he is good; he has 'been there'; and Fox is always reaching out to younger viewers. . .and they are a real challenge as statistically, most are on their I-pods; i-phones and Blackberry's. . .

That said; Fox News will not feel quite the same without Britt and I know his team will miss him greatly. That he will still be 'contributing' is good; and will look forward to those contributions. (I miss E.D. Hill and yes, John Gibson too. . .)

Britt of course, is a different kind of 'mainstay'/anchor at Fox. Do wish him the best; just hate the six o'clock goodbye! (Wondering if he will be writing a book. . .sounds like he has one to write and has 'wisdom' to share.)

80 posted on 11/24/2008 8:57:21 PM PST by cricket (America's Freedom Rings! Thank You ~ U..S.A. Military~/)
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To: All

I pestered our cable people until we FINALLY got Fox news. I wanted it because of Brit Hume. He is just the best. He can’t prounounce the days of the week correctly, but his down to earth reporting, without a lot of sound bites, gave Fox believability. I wish him well and look forward to any and all future appearances.

Yes — Brett Baier would be my choice. Right now he is pretty neutral — in a conservative way, but hopefully — if he does anchor, he will express himself and his opinions.

I did attend a luncheon, a year ago, where Brit was the speaker. No way was he approaching 65!! He is hunched over, but that is just his physical demeanor. He looked great!


81 posted on 11/24/2008 8:59:56 PM PST by Exit148 (Giants versus Jets? How 'bout a tie.)
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To: stillonaroll

I will miss Brit and Special Report a lot.


82 posted on 11/24/2008 9:00:06 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: stillonaroll

I say good riddance. It was him and his merry band of rinos that shoved McCain, Rudy, and Huckabee down the electorates throats while pretending no one else existed. Couple that with the fact that Fox News is utter garbage now, I just don’t have the respect for him that I used to.


83 posted on 11/24/2008 9:00:57 PM PST by Bull Market (The Neo-Con experiment failed. John McCain deserved to lose.)
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To: stillonaroll

**THR: YOU’VE TALKED RECENTLY ABOUT HOW YOU’VE LOST A LOT OF YOUR ENTHUSIASM FOR THE JOB. HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT IN JOURNALISM?

Hume: I think it’s the indispensable ingredient in TV news, and maybe in news in general. You see someone like Mike Wallace, who went on and on and on to a very advanced age, but he was fine because he never lost his zest for this stuff. The cycles or events didn’t seem to tire him out. I feel all the time when I’m covering the news that I’ve seen this before. That’s valuable because it may give you insight into how things are going to go or what they mean. But after awhile, it makes it less interesting. And that’s a bad thing. That makes me less valuable, I think.**

Do you sense that Brit had lost his enthusiasm? During the end of this election I think he was getting totally disgusted with the whole thing. (And rally couldn’t voice his views.)


84 posted on 11/24/2008 9:01:14 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
Some sort of shake-up at Fox? First Colmes, now Hume.

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They are unrelated. The announcement about Brit was made a few months ago, and the article I posted was from a couple weeks ago.

Brit's contract is expiring at the end of 2008. It's possible that Brit would not have retired if Fox had offered a mega-number on a new contract. Seems a lot of media outlets have been cost cutting the last few years, so perhaps Fox figured that Special Report would be just as profitable with a younger, cheaper host. News is, after all, a business.

85 posted on 11/24/2008 9:02:58 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: meyer

“”I don’t see anybody on the network that can fill his shoes.””

I know, hard to find. I do like Chris Wallace, though. No one else has Brit’s style (just as Tony Snow was one of a kind), but I think CW’s straight-up (and hey, it takes a lot of courage to be a conservative AND on FNC when your dad’s Mike Wallace, a far left (but famous) loon.


86 posted on 11/24/2008 9:06:04 PM PST by llandres (I'd rather be alive and bankrupt than dead and solvent)
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To: Salvation
Do you sense that Brit had lost his enthusiasm? During the end of this election I think he was getting totally disgusted with the whole thing. (And rally couldn’t voice his views.)

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I really hadn't noticed it until I read about his impending retirement. Maybe he was getting disgusted with how the rest of the media failed to embrace his "fair and balanced" concept of reporting. The Grapevine segments seemed to grow increasingly cynical this year, as he told of glaring MSM pro-0bama media bias.

87 posted on 11/24/2008 9:11:22 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: hsmomx3
Is he really 65? He does not look that old at all.

He transfers his aging by draining Alan Colmes' vitality. Because Hume is leaving Colmes can also retire at the age of 28. :-)

88 posted on 11/24/2008 9:18:59 PM PST by KarlInOhio (11/4: The revolutionary socialists beat the Fabian ones. Where can we find a capitalist party?)
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To: Bull Market
I say good riddance. It was him and his merry band of rinos that shoved McCain, Rudy, and Huckabee down the electorates throats while pretending no one else existed. Couple that with the fact that Fox News is utter garbage now, I just don’t have the respect for him that I used to.

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I must respectfully disagree. None of the early conservative favorites caught on: Tancredo, Hunter, Fred. All the while, Rudy led the polls for many months.

It wasn't Brit Hume's fault that conservative candidates could neither raise money nor gain widespread support. Without money or voters, a candidacy dies, thus there isn't much for a Brit Hume to report about.

89 posted on 11/24/2008 9:19:18 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: Marysecretary
Jim Angle was always a good replacement.

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Agreed. I've a bad feeling, though, that Fox wants to go in a "younger" direction. TV networks want to appeal to the 18 to 34-year-old demographic, as youngsters like that are easier for advertisers to persuade. They probably figure that a young host gets young viewers.

90 posted on 11/24/2008 9:27:39 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: stillonaroll

I will miss Brit Hume. I liked him long before he came to Fox.
I recall the day Bill Clinton tried to knock Brit out with his anger, didn’t work. I believe the news conference was in the Rose Garden, anyway, Brit ask ole bill a question he didn’t like, ole bills face turned red, Brit stood his ground, kept his cool. From that day he has been a favorite of mine. Brit was with ABC when that happened.


91 posted on 11/24/2008 9:30:03 PM PST by DaltonNC
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To: haircutter

...and drive to our doctor appts and get our prescriptions filled, line up our pills and then remember to take them.

Just joking. My mom is 96. She still drives great, goes to all her “meetings” and has a very active social life. I hope I can be like her the rest of my life. The key is being forward looking rather than looking back.

The only thing really bad about getting older is having younger people think you are old decades before you think you are.


92 posted on 11/24/2008 9:33:28 PM PST by AUsome Joy
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To: RoseofTexas
My heart broke for him and his wife when I heard the news that his son had committed suicide. It took a tremendous toll on him. His facial expressions told the story..He always looked so sad... SIGH :(

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I'd heard Brit once say in an interview that (I'm paraphrasing here) he did get a sense of comfort from knowing that he'd had a good relationship with his son, so that at least things ended on good terms between them.

That's a good rule to live by. When ending a conversation with a loved one, I always try to impart a term of endearment. You never know if it will be the last time you ever speak with them.

93 posted on 11/24/2008 9:35:16 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: DaltonNC

IIRC, that was the news conference when BJ was announcing the nomination of Ruth Buzzy Ginsberg. BJ lashed out at Brit, which considerably raised Brit’s stature in my sight.


94 posted on 11/24/2008 9:40:08 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: Exit148
I pestered our cable people until we FINALLY got Fox news. I wanted it because of Brit Hume. He is just the best...

Brett Baier would be my choice. Right now he is pretty neutral — in a conservative way, but hopefully — if he does anchor, he will express himself and his opinions.

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I don't think I'd even bother to get cable if it wasn't for Brit Hume. When traveling, I will check the FNC website's hotel finder to make sure I get Fox News and thus Special Report.

Yes, I like Brett Baier, but right now he lacks Brit Hume's gravitas. Brit has the toughness of a veteran newsman, and I haven't seen enough of that yet in Brett B.

My thought is to have two hosts in a slightly revamped format. Maybe Brett could co-host with Megan Kelly?

95 posted on 11/24/2008 9:53:10 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: stillonaroll

Usually what we hear 18 months later is that the guy had cancer or somesuch family emergency.


96 posted on 11/24/2008 9:55:37 PM PST by Kevmo (Palin/Hunter 2012)
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To: Salvation
I will miss Brit and Special Report a lot.

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As will I. It's the only news on TV where I feel like I'm not getting leftist opinion disguised as impartial reporting.

97 posted on 11/24/2008 9:56:45 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: Kevmo

Hmmm...I think not in this case. It’s probably just that his contract was up and Brit felt it was time to hang it up. There’s also something to be said for going out on top, and not descending into Dan Rather-ness.


98 posted on 11/24/2008 10:04:17 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: haircutter

I am very pleased to hear that. I recently turned 60 and I don’t even like the sound of that number. However, I am alive and still blessed to be with the most beautiful woman in the world, so it’s not that bad. ;>)

BTW.... she still cuts my hair too.


99 posted on 11/24/2008 10:07:51 PM PST by Gator113 ("Noli nothis permittere te terere.")
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To: citizencon
At the end of the day, your family and faith are all you have.

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Yup. It's a good plan to have a few years in your life when you can focus on both. Managing a major news organization is the kind of job that leaves little time for much else.

I certainly hope to retire while still young and energetic enough to pursue the really important stuff in life. No one says on their deathbed, "I wish I'd spend more time at the office." :)

100 posted on 11/24/2008 10:12:30 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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