QUICK QUESTION: Which News Anchors Do You Like AS PEOPLE?

These days most news broadcasts (especially those on cable) have prioritized making the viewer angry over actually informing anybody in an accurate way. That's just how cable news works now! So long as the viewer is angry, ratings will remain high. Personally whenever I watch the news, it's with a million grains of salt (lately I've taken to just burying my head in a wheelbarrow of salt), but I can at least recognize the downright likeable people delivering the politically skewed exaggerations that roll off their teleprompters. That's right, I like a lot of these anchors AS PEOPLE. And based on the recent wave of press over Anderson Cooper's coming out—not to mention HBO's new watercooler drama about a news room (can't remember the title)—it's clear that many of you do too.

So, without devolving into a rant-based screaming match about bias and fascism and socialism and the downfall of America, can we just talk about which anchors we like AS PEOPLE? Seriously, let's make this a nice conversation: Which news anchor would you want to be friends with in real life? Here are my picks:



CNN's Anderson Cooper


You're probably like, "OBVIOUSLY you would pick Anderson Cooper, Price." Touché, reader. But the thing is, I liked Anderson Cooper before I knew anything about him. In high school we had this closed-circuit TV system in homeroom that played a lame news-for-teens show called Channel 1 News and a much younger Anderson Cooper, Lisa Ling, and Serena Altschul were all anchors! Those were formative years for me so I've loved following their careers since. For his part, Anderson Cooper's carved out this weird niche of hard news and touchy-feely talk-show hosting, but his often inscrutable personality has lent itself really well to speculation and then appreciation for what we've detected between the lines. He's definitely kept my attention.



Fox News' Shepard Smith


A lot of Fox News played in my house growing up and I was always baffled by Shepard Smith. Who was this sassy Tennessee Williams character with the Disney eyes sharing wry inside jokes with his fellow anchors? He seemed really interesting to me! But then I saw this clip and became a fan for life:



NBC's Brian Williams


I think when I first became aware of Brian Williams I chalked him up to being a poor man's Tom Brokaw. But after he took over Brokaw's slot and made the broadcast his own, he's really shown himself to be an understated and occasionally subversive deliverer of frequently ridiculous headlines. And in his various media rounds (whenever he's promoting whatever he promotes) he's an ace interview, often leaving talk show audiences in stitches. Maybe it's an expectations thing where you would never expect someone like Brian Williams to be hilarious, but it doesn't matter, he definitely is.



HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell


Do you feel like getting yelled at today? What about from a lady with hairdo that could only be described as "an avant-garde sculptural piece which serves as a comment on society's brutality"? Guys, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell is something I constantly stop on while channel-surfing and it never lets me down. Jane Velez-Mitchell is MAD. She may never overcome the comparison to fellow livid HLN host Nancy Grace, but that underdog status makes me like her even more.



MSNBC's Rachel Maddow


I don't know, Rachel Maddow seems like the cousin you'd gravitate to during your annual family Christmas party. While everyone's hugging and complimenting each other's sweaters and asking pointed questions about each other's jobs and/or love life, we'd be standing in the corner trading sarcastic quips about Prometheus or whatever. You know? Obviously she's pretty articulate, but what I like most about Rachel Maddow is she has a knowing, self-aware sense of humor. That definitely goes a long way with me.



Fox News' Bill Hemmer


I mean, just look at him! Not only is he wholesomely handsome, Bill Hemmer's got that aw-shucks personality that's hard to dislike. He's like your older brother's laid-back jock friend who might've taken five years to finish high school, but he still got to speak at graduation and the whole town showed up to support him. He's likeable, is what I'm saying.



HLN's Nancy Grace


LOLOL. I don't know how much of Nancy Grace's persona is an Andy Kaufman-esque hoax (Question: has Nancy Grace ever appeared in the same room as Judy Tenuta?), but I don't care. Be my best friend, Nancy Grace?


YOUR TURN! Which news anchors do YOU like as people?

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Your bar is low. Surprised you didnt include other members of the playground bully brigade who substitute low-blow, low -brow ad hominem attacks for intellect and insight that doesnt reach the lowest form of wit bar. I wonder about the contribution to American development Krauthamer and the wit-wannabes critcs of fellow Americans : Fred Barnes, any Doocy, Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly etc, what do they bring to the table?
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Anderson Cooper-- has gotten insufferably less journalistic since Haiti-- no to the Nancy Grace rip-off. Too few true journalists left. Just Shep and Brian on your list.

As a child, I found Eric Severeid's comments unbearable. As to the Fox folk and those 'reporters' defecting to Fox, dear Lord. I miss Keith O
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You're top three were my top three! Lol. I've never actully watched anyone other than Anderson Cooper, Shep Smith or Brian Williams, who was on the list.

But I do live in Toronto and we have our bunch of loveable news people, but even if I named them, you guys wouldn't know them, so I won't :P
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Brian Williams, Kent Brockman from the Simpsons, & of course Stephen Colbert.
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My boy Anderson Coop, I love his approach and his attitude. Love , Love , Love
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Jennifer Griffin, Fox's war correspondent, who is like a personal hero. Understated, smart & fearless. I remember her on some rooftop in Israel with Shepherd Smith while the bombs were dropping and Shepherd was freaking out, and Jennifer never batted an eye. She showed the same grace & courage when she was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer.

Christiane Amanpour, too, although I would really have to watch myself talking to her: you're not allowed to pronounce Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan in the hard "a" american accent, it makes her crazy.
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I typically refuse to watch any news channel whatsoever (including local news), so I don't have much opinion on this subject. However, when I'm visiting my Grandparents, all they ever have on their TV is Fox News (and it's nearly impossible to get them to change the channel). Love the channel or hate it (and I know most hate it), the weekend morning show is pretty entertaining. I'd have to say I like most of those people, if for no reason other than their interactions with each other. Beyond that, I have nothing to add.
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My turn...

I really enjoy Suzanne Malveaux on CNN. She is extremely smart, balanced in her reporting and a beautiful lady to top it off.



I also like Neil Cavuto on the Fox Business Network - he has a sneaky funny personality.



Megyn Kelly on FOX has a nice balance of seriousness and fun in her interactions with guests.



What I don't like? - The View. How did they get so many unlikeable people on a couch?
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Strange and eclectic assortment. Malveaux and Kelly wow! Cavuto for the humor effect?
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Re; The View totally agreed! Like a bunch of hens all cackling over each other to get in their point. And it's always too funny to me when Barbara Walters flashes them all the death glare & they all immediately apologize to let her get in a long-winded speech. I like The Talk much better, they all seem to really like each other, they respect each other's points of view & there's a lot more humor.
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Now for all the cartoonists, which news anchors do you like AS DOGS?
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All of NBC anchors are Obama's buttkissers.
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I definitely agree on both Anderson Cooper and Shepard Smith. I disagree on every single other person on the list.



Anderson's giggling fits are quite comical. His being gay means as much to me as Nancy Grace having a show. In other words, I couldn't care less.



Only person I'd add to the list would be Greg Gutfeld from Red Eye and the Five. He's got a low-brow yet dry sense of humor that I just love.
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Considering that no one here knows them as people..another great insightful and well thought out article, and then to go and include devil spawn like Nancy Grace..she's got the integrity and fortitude of a moldy sponge.



Someone should ask her about the Duke Lacrosse team.

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omg price; my high school totally showed Channel 1 News too! It was the best time of the day because it took so much time out of that class period. But by my time there were different newscasters, I don't remember their names really well but that's cool that Anderson Cooper was on it, maybe some of the the faces I'm familiar with will make it big sometime too.
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anderson cooper obvi

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I refuse to like anyone who works for Fox News out of principle. I like Anderson Cooper way more now that he outed himself. Brian Williams is boring as hell; but he embraces it on shows like 30 Rock and SNL so I respect him because I like people that can make fun of themselves. Nancy Grace fills a semi-necessary role in society's media so I understand why her show exists, but she's crazy. Crazy.

Rachel Maddow for the win, hands down. She's like a more political Ellen.
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Jon Stewart for the win. I know he is a news Satirist but he is as likeable an ancor as any serious news anchor out there
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Anderson Cooper, seriously, a guy who fricking giggles like he does and kicks horrible child beauty pageant moms off his show, I'm not on his team, but I would marry him anyway!!!

Shephard smith is awesome too!

thank god Bill O'Reilly isn't on this list, I hate that asshat!
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I'm really surprised by the amount of answers this question is getting. As for me, I don't know any newscaster personally, so how can I say I like someone as a person? A superficial impression from their performance on television doesn't seem to qualify as personal knowledge.
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I watch The Five-I love all of those guys but I especially love Greg Gutfeld's sense of humor. Dana is a sweet heart and even though I don't agree with most of what Bob says he just reminds me of a teddy bear.

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The 5 are excellent at making ugliness and misinformation palatable. And Bob is a great foil.
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hemmer and smith are both very good, i enjoy them both. i started watching cooper when i was a young teen, before i had fox news and watched about six years of cnn and cooper/erica hill were the two best they had at that time, this is back when they had john roberts and rick sanchez though :P
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Three anchors belong in hell. Chris Matthews Rachel Maddow and Bill Maher.
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is that where anyone cares what you think?
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Well, in fairness, the article ended with, "YOUR TURN! Which news anchors do YOU like as people?".



He answered the question that was asked. The fact that you don't like his answer means even less than his answer.
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you have some twisted logic buddy ...



nobody asked the question "Which anchors belong in Hell?"



Because the answer is obvious. All rightwing anchors are phony Christians who Jesus would personally beach slap.
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Nancy Grace is the devil incarnate!!!!!Noooooooooooooooooooo!

Bri Willams is the coolest! has a killer sense of humor, have to be if u put up with John Stewarts' stuff!

Oh, and John Stewart!!!!!!!!!

The rest are wannabees! Cooper is cool and has a good SOH!
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I'm a shut in, and I have to say the people at Fox news have gotten me through some rough, rough days. I like almost all of them.
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smorbie...I agree.

I watched a lot of cable news when I was sick and Fox, surprisingly, was my favorite of the news channels. The critics probably have never watched it and depend upon the opinion of the media to form their 'own' opinions.
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They should change their slogan from "fair and balanced" to "$h*t for shut ins"
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is this supposed to be funny? :)



Because if it is, kudos...hilarious
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Anderson Cooper. I've been a long time fan of his even when he does or says things that annoy me (There was this segment on his talk show where for the first time ever I kind of wanted to shake some sense to him...but we've all had such moments). He's like a really cool guy to chillax with and he's so darn nice and friendly.Met him before. It's hard not to like him.



Nancy Grace. I don't know why. On one hand sometimes she can be quite obnoxious but darn it all I can't help but be mesmerized by that woman.
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Futurama's Morbo
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I really am sad that I didn't think of that response, you sir get a thumbs-up.
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Morbo is pleased by this puny human's comment. You shall be saved from imminent destruction!
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Keith Olbermann is someone I quite respect, he's more of a pundit-anchor but he seems funny, passionate, and he gets down-and-dirty which seems like it'd make a fun personality to hang out with.



Chris Matthews seems cool, he'd be fun to get into an argument with in person I bet because he'd turn all red as he honed down to his finest points, then laugh his ass off after the bluster.



I used to think I'd like Lou Dobbs, he seemed very centered and matter of fact, but I think the whole newsmedia game kind of pushed him too far and broke him, now he comes off angrier than passionate.



And from your list...



Anderson Cooper seems very genuine and passionate about what he does for a living, and it's taken him very far. It does weaken his foundation as a newsman in theory, but in practice it strengthens his position. However, it's how he plays off of Kathy Griffin during their New Years shows that makes me like him, that has become easily my favorite new years eve show lately and he's 50% of that. As a straight guy, I find that his recent coming-out has changed nothing about my perception of him.



Shep Smith often seems like a d-bag, or is that a douche-b? Yet lately he's let down his guard a little, and it's made him more interesting, especially when he's scoffing at the party line. That clip you have is funny too, unlike a lot of Fox News types he's not mocking anybody there, his humor is at the situation.



Brian Williams was the name that first came to my mind when I read this article's title. He's got amazing range and also a good sense of humor.



Rachel Maddow is another great choice, she is passionate and smart and is able to analyze, which again doesn't make for a great news anchor in theory but with the state of the news being what it is it works. She seems like someone who could have a good conversation with. And she believes in things, she wears it on her sleeve, she writes books about it.
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How do you put Keith O and Lou Dobbs in the same sentence? Dobbs is such a gawdawful bitter man who manages to hijack the airwaves too frequently. Such meanspirited name calling now passes for insight--

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Lou Dobbs has a very nice smile, and cute dimples
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I pride myself on not judging old white guys by that criteria. ;-)
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Love me some Anderson and Rachel
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Love Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow.
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No wonder we don't get much "real" news anymore. Too many seem too occupied with whether the anchor is cute, or likeable or fun or something. Who cares? A lot of anchors are simply irritating trying to be hip or cute or likeable or overly opinionated or whatever. I ended up here simply because I was trying to discover when Lou Dobbs defected from relative sanity and joined the dark side. His sneering "spare me" attitude has become intolerable.
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Please, news anchors aren't people...
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Nancy Grace? hmmm...seems like there's a bias in your list for handsome men



my picks would be Ezra Klein, Chris Hayes, Soledad Obrien, and Cenk Uygur.



If we're being politically correct and throwing in some token fox "news" folks, I'll go with Alan Colmes and Ellen Ratner.
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if political analysts who regularly appear count, I would include Clarence Page and Eugene Robinson.
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Brian Williams, Anderson Cooper, Ann Curry, Ashleigh Banfield, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert
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Bill O'Reilly - He's the funniest fictional character ever, I love how he is able to portray such a buffoon on TV day in day out (when the sun goes up then goes down), he never breaks character and the real Bill must be a great person.
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As long as he keeps coming up with preposterous stories to lure viewers who are hooked to preposterous news, which isn't news at all. Someday he'll be ready for Inside Edition.
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HAHAHA!!! That video still cracks me up just thinking about it!!!
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"I just tune in for Mad Men". <- LOL
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Actually, I believe he said, 'The Mad Men'. That makes it even funnier.
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Jane Velez Mitchell She Is Awesome! She Is SO VERY BEAUTIFUL Inside and Out!I LOVE Her! ;-)
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Please explain her to me. I'm serious. I'd love to like her, but she yells all the time and talks nonstop about being an alcoholic and her teeth are mesmerizing. They are so white and her mouth is so big, I'm afraid she will come through the tv and eat me. I'm certain there's another side, and I really would love to understand.
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Plus she has a dark spot at the bottom of her teeth. It's weird looking.
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price, your hilarious, i dont even watch the news and i read this article, even enjoyed it.Good stuff
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Just about everyone on MSNBC, Chris Matthews, Lawrence Odonnel, Ed, Rachel Maddow, Chris (used to be with politico and Melissa Harris Perry. I will always love Tom Brokaw!
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I like Brian Williams, Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper a lot, they're all credible but also don't take themselves too seriously. Nancy Grace, however, kind of sucks.
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I don't know if they count, but.... Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart!

And also Anderson because hearing that man giggle is just the best thing. And Rachel Maddow because she's funny and knowledgeable and yes. And Brian WIlliams because of his 30 Rock guest spots.

I think I would be friends with Nancy Grace only because I'm only afraid of what she would do to people who she doesn't consider her friends....
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Anderson Cooper all the way!
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Favourite:. Brian Williams

Least Favourite: Nancy Grace
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Didn't like Sheppard Smith after that video. They also left out Lou Dobbs. I would have picked him, but none of the others.
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lou dobbs? please explain
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aside from Anderson Cooper, Robin Meade from Morning Express on CNN seems like a really cool person
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After watching that clip, Shepard Smith. Anyone who can just turn a conversation to something television related is awesome. I don't even watch True Blood but I have been meaning to take a look into it.
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I remember when Johnny Roberts--I mean J.D. Roberts--I mean John Roberts was a V.J. on Much Music, then went on to do the news for Toronto's City TV.

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yeah...when Much Music was about music...those were the days..J.D. did have a mullet back then as well before "cleaning up"...lol
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Remember Steve Anthony and Erica Ehm too. Ahhhhh Erica.
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Brian Williams all the way! I trust him and NBC for accurate reporting and when inaccurate to say so. I haven't been disappointed. Brian can also cover more news in about 22 minutes than most cable anchors can cover in a couple of hours. And yes, he is hilarious - I've seen him put Jon Stewart in stitches!
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I like Brian Williams but seems he takes more time off than his predecessor Tom Bro who was all ways there
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I think my list begins and ends with Brian Williams, but largely coz I stopped watching the news around the time I moved out of my parents' house and I only know him from the Daily Show.
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I can say I was with Anderson since The Mole started. He was always fantastic with the contestants which then showed everyone how good a story teller he could be. I uploaded this to show Anderson't fun/creepy side. http://youtu.be/RkujOl6NH-A
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Gotta go with Rachel
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