Hume traffics in wry humor and droll observation, a low-key style that belies the voracious interest he has always had in politics. But that appetite has faded, which is why the 32-year television veteran has just anchored his last convention.
In cable news, says Hume, “you work quite hard. I’ve got to be in there with my hands. I’m 65, for God’s sake. I don’t want to do all that stuff anymore.” He is retiring at year’s end as Fox’s Washington managing editor but will continue as a part-time pundit.
As a conservative who doesn’t hesitate to accuse much of the mainstream media of left-leaning bias, Hume stands at the crossroads of an increasingly shrill debate over political coverage. And he sounds worn down by the constant battering.
“It’s dispiriting,” he says. “This is just partisan poison, and after a while you get tired of covering it.”
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