Collegial Campaign Carl Cameron

By Chris Ariens 

Campaign Carl Cameron, who’s been on the political beat for Fox News, even before there was a Fox News, counts some of his colleagues among his fans. In a profile in the New York Times, Jeremy Peters writes,

At a network that prizes the telegenic appeal of its on-air talent — men square-jawed with perfectly coifed hair, women blond and sealed in a heavy coat of makeup — Mr. Cameron’s less polished appearance stands out.

“It’s nice to see that there are other guys in TV who didn’t get there for their looks,” said Chuck Todd, NBC News’ chief White House correspondent, who considers himself a big “Campaign Carl” fan.

And CNN newbie John Berman has Campaign Carl to thank for staying hydrated covering the RNC.

Despite the fierce competitiveness of his network, his rivals describe him as collegial. John Berman of CNN recalled an interaction with him this week in which Mr. Cameron committed a mortal sin: aiding the enemy.

Mr. Berman said he needed a Coke, but his network’s cooler was empty. Mr. Cameron offered him one of Fox’s.

“It didn’t matter what letters were on my microphone,” Mr. Berman said. “What mattered is that I was thirsty. That’s more than fair and balanced. That’s awesome.”

(Photo: Todd Heisler/The New York Times)