The longtime professional journalist and Fox News contributor has been excoriated in the press
for suggesting that while Tiger Woods may recover professionally in the
sports world when news of his adulterous scandals dies down, his
personal recovery may be more questionable if his Buddhist upbringing
guides his conscience.
For such a characteristically measured journalist as Hume, this was
startling. But the blistering attacks on him for ‘proselytizing’ and calling Woods to conversion
have betrayed a bias far more sanctimonious than what they accuse Hume
of doing on the Fox News roundtable. After seeing Jon Stewart skewer
Hume again on The Daily Show, I have regret for everyone involved that
the comedian’s producers didn’t do enough homework to temper their
What none of them seems to know is that Brit Hume considered himself
a “cultural Christian” (and more acceptable to cultural Catholics, Jews
and Christians) before the self-inflicted death of his son. After that
shock, according to Hume, he became a more committed Christian.
“Over a decade later, upon his 2008 departure from Special Report, Hume commented on part of the impact of his son’s death:
“I want to pursue my faith more ardently than I have done. I’m not
claiming it’s impossible to do when you work in this business. I was
kind of a nominal Christian for the longest time. When my son died, I
came to Christ in a way that was very meaningful to me. If a person is
a Christian and tries to face up to the implications of what you say
you believe, it’s a pretty big thing. If you do it part time, you’re
not really living it.”
It is unimaginable that these harsh attacks would be launched against a committed member of any liberal belief system who had gone through the same devastating personal loss.