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Gibson may Replace Jennings

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

(SNN Dulles) While news anchor Peter Jennings is not yet in the ground, speculation has turned to who will replace the man who has been the face of ABC news for an entire generation.

An ABC News spokesman stressed that it would not name a new anchor for the broadcast for an indeterminate amount of time. Indeed, the news division was in a period of mourning Monday after the news of Jennings’ passing broke late Sunday, when he died of inoperable lung cancer at his Manhattan home.

Gibson and News correspondent Elizabeth Vargas have been filling in for Jennings, and there will be no change for the time being, ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said.

However, Gibson remains a controversial figure. He considers himself a traditionalist Catholic and says that “dwindling numbers and pedophilia” in the church are the results of Vatican II. This is in opposition of Senator Rick Santorum, who blames the pedophilia on Boston liberalism.

he wanted New York Times columnist Frank Rich’s “intestines on a stick”

Gibson has also, at times, been critical of the media. He once said that he wanted New York Times columnist Frank Rich’s “intestines on a stick”, and that he would kill Rich “and his dog”. However Rich claims that he has no dog.

Gibson played a crucial role in the production of “The Passion of the Christ”, based on the senile rantings of an anti-semitic nun. However, Gibson left out the most openly anti-semetic passage in the passion story, because “they'd be coming after me at my house, they'd come kill me.”

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