John David Gibson (born July 25, 1946) is an American radio talk show host. As of September 2008, he hosts the syndicated radio program The John Gibson Show on Fox News Radio. Gibson was formerly the co-host of the weekday edition of The Big Story on the Fox News television channel.
Author & political commentator John Gibson hosts “The John Gibson Show,” a nationally syndicated radio program that provides top news coverage and features interviews with leading newsmakers. He joined FOX News in September of 2000 and previously hosted “The Big Story With John Gibson.”
Prior to joining FNC, Gibson was at MSNBC hosting the network’s news talk programs, including “Newschat” and “Internight.” He also served as substitute anchor for CNBC’s “Rivera Live.” Preceding the existence of MSNBC, Gibson hosted a news program for “America’s Talking.”
Before his stint at “America’s Talking,” Gibson was a West Coast correspondent for NBC News Channel, where he supplied NBC affiliates with live reports on various breaking news events. Gibson also served as an NBC News correspondent based in California, where he provided extensive coverage of key news events, including the O.J. Simpson criminal trial, America’s involvement in Mogadishu, Somalia and the invasion of the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas.
Gibson as a commentator often attracts criticism.
Following the 2007 SuccessTech Academy shooting in Cleveland, Ohio, on his radio show Gibson commented “I knew the shooter was white. I knew he would have shot himself. Hip-hoppers don’t do that. They shoot and move on to shoot again. And I could tell right away because he killed himself. Hip hoppers shooters don’t do that. They shoot and move on.”
In a 2008 edition of his radio show, Gibson commented on actor Heath Ledger‘s death the day before. He opened the segment with funeral music and played a clip of Jake Gyllenhaal‘s famous line “I wish I knew how to quit you” from Ledger’s film Brokeback Mountain; he then said “Well, I guess he found out how to quit you.” Among other remarks, Gibson called Ledger a “weirdo” with “a serious drug problem”. The next day, he addressed outcry over his remarks by saying that they were in the context of jokes he had been making for months about Brokeback Mountain, and that “There’s no point in passing up a good joke.” Gibson later apologized on his television and radio shows.
In February 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder had given a speech to Justice Department employees as a part of the observance of Black History Month during which he described the United States as being a “nation of cowards” in its reluctance to discuss racial relations. Gibson criticized Holder’s remarks as inappropriate. John Sanders, who at the time was technology reporter for WBAL-TV in Baltimore, then intentionally edited Gibson’s remarks which had followed news reports of a monkey who had escaped from a Seattle zoo, making it appear that Gibson had compared Holder to a monkey “with a bright blue scrotum” on Fox. Sanders then posted the altered video on YouTube without a disclaimer that it was a joke. Because of this, the video was widely publicized on news websites, including liberal The Huffington Post, as if it were authentic. Sanders was fired over the video, and Gibson said that the spread of the fake video has had a “personal” impact upon him.
Gibson is also the author of The New York Times bestseller “Hating America” and “The War on Christmas.”
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