When one watches the news almost 24/7 one cannot help but glean the personality of the one reporting and/or editorializing about the day's current events.
Another Blogcritic, Scott Butki, has written some excellent articles on Larry King and Art Buchwald. Thus I was inspired to take keyboard in hand, toothpick in teeth and tongue in cheek. For the mighty news anchors/commentators cause me fury, laughter, disdain and anger, sometimes all within a one-minute time span.
Let us begin with John Gibson of Fox News. John can be seen hosting Fox's 5 p.m. The Big Story. I often ponder that this news show was titled after Gibson's hair. This fellow has the biggest hair of any of the news anchors. Indeed a Fox viewer found a vegetable shaped like Gibson, big hair and all. It was a tomato I think, so go figure.
Gibson does a passable job of reporting the day's events but he is by no means impartial. I'd argue that Fox is known far and wide for its conservative slant on the news, so this should come as no surprise. Every day John presents what he calls "My Word" and it's a bit of biased editorializing and most times I agree with "John's Word."
In fact, beginning or ending a show with personal editorials is not at all unusual for Fox but I appreciate the effort to stipulate the commentary as personal opinion only. Bill O'Reilly is the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor seen nightly on Fox in the coveted 8 p.m. slot.
I cannot stand Bill O'Reilly. Period. And that bit about talking dirty over the telephone that was all the embarrassment last year for good old Bill doesn't help my dislike a bit. O'Reilly too features a segment called "Talking Points," usually at the beginning of his show. I am so glad that O'Reilly doesn't write the talking points for the Republican party as I've never heard such a ridiculous mish-mash of nothing.
Although O'Reilly is featured on the Fox News Network, he is anything but a conservative. In fact, O'Reilly is a traitor to conservatives, frankly, and will suck up to any Hollywood loon who would guest on his show. O'Reilly is also a terrible interviewer. He tends to cut people off in mid-sentence and although he often promises to give his guest "the last word," he seldom does.