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.
As Fox News hemorrhages viewers and gets caught doing ridiculous, unprofessional things while failing to serve the public's interest, expect to see more infighting and backbiting. Hume is merely a scapegoat for the failures of others. While O'Reilly, Hannity and Cavuto may seem untouchable, they have a pretty good chance of joining Hume, Gibson, Malkin, Burns, and Hill on the way out the door.
Good riddance--his diminished role signifies that the American public is sick and tired of being lied to--but that Fox News isn't going to change. Somewhere, a country is running out of wingnuts to put on TV.