Prima Donna Bloviators
Now here's some trivial, insider gossip made just for us blogofascists. Who are the most loathed cable gasbags among their peers? Well, it's the usual suspects, with a couple of surprises.
I wasn't expecting this guy to be an orange juice thrower, for instance:
Host, Special Report With Brit Hume
Hume, who will step down as host of Special Report after the election, but will stay on as managing editor of Fox News, has a reputation for being the most understated personality on a roster stuffed with loudmouths. Unfortunately, to many in the industry, his quiet patina masks a nasty streak. "He drips with sarcasm and self-importance," claims a former senior producer at Larry King Live who dealt with Hume in the past. "He used to be a class act, but he got toxic real fast after drinking too much of the Fox Kool-Aid." And while Hume is a model of restraint on air (some might call him smug), frequent outbursts behind the scenes have done little to endear him to his younger staffers. "There was one meeting a few years back when he got so pissed off he threw a full carton of orange juice across the room," says a onetime researcher who is now out of the business altogether. "He can be incredibly snippy and dismissive if you don't do things his way."
Hume always reminded me a little bit Kevin Drum a little bit in terms of looks and temperament (certainly not politics.) So I was surprised to find out that he was a diva, which Kevin most certainly is not.
Check out the rest of the article. I particularly like Tucker Carlson saying "most people in cable news are assholes. If they're not assholes, they have dysfunctional sex lives. But they're usually assholes." I mean, self awareness is always a very rare commodity among television personalities, but Tucker ... dude.