November 1, 2008

AH, THE HOLY TRINITY:

Hume tires of 'bitter' politics: 'This stuff exhausts me,' the Fox newsman says of all the rancor as he prepares for semi-retirement. (Matea Gold, October 28, 2008, LA Times)

But Hume is already thinking about how he'll be spending his time after Nov. 4. Before the end of the year, the television news veteran will step down from the anchor desk and his long-running show, “Special Report.”

"Family is a big piece of it," he said of his retirement plans recently. "And Christ is a big piece of it. And golf is a big piece of it." [...]

As he prepares to anchor his last presidential campaign, Hume said he's eager to immerse himself in a more spiritual life after dwelling for so long in the secular. The anchor described himself as a "nominal Christian" until 10 years ago, when his son Sandy committed suicide at age 28.

"I feel like I was really kind of saved when my son died by faith and by the grace of God, and that's very much on my consciousness," said Hume, who plans to get more involved in his wife's Bible study group.

There's a chance he may miss anchoring the big political stories.

"But," he said, "I think the worst thing you can do is hang on when you've lost your fastball."


What has made Mr. Hume the best newsman in Washington for several decades is that he's brought to his work a quintessential conservative detachment from the story which allows him to convey his amusement at the human comedy without being cynical about it. We'll miss him, especially if the Unicorn Rider wins on Tuesday. But you can't begrudge a man Christ, Family and golf.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 1, 2008 8:04 AM
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