July 21, 2008

Warning! Warning! "Danger, Will Robinson!" Beware Brit Hume when he gets a bit snippy.

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."

Does Kool-Aide and orange juice mix? Must be a new cocktail served up by Ailes. If only we had a video clip of that. Wasn't there video of another FOX host losing it? O'Reilly Gone Wild: F-bombs on camera.

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O’Reilly: I can’t do it. We’ll do it live, we’ll do it live, f&^k it…..f*&king thing sucks…

Digby was impressed with Tucker Carlson of all people:

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

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