Reverend Al Sharpton. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters) Reverend Al Sharpton. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

A roundup of cable-host literature published last weekend noted how hard it is to generalize about this genre. Some cable hosts want to write about history, others about themselves, yet others about how to get kids through adolescence. It’s tough to string a gold thread through the growing pile of cable-host books.

Cable hosts being cable hosts, however, they’re not afraid to make a reference or two to sex and love. Some random excerpts from the lit:

CNN’s Piers Morgan, in “Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney“: “But hey, it was a beautiful, hot day, and I was marrying a beautiful, hot woman.”

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, in “The O’Reilly Factor for Kids: A Survival Guide for America’s Families“: “I didn’t have sex until I was twenty years old! Can you believe it? I was kind of a shy guy around girls, and I had absolutely no ‘moves.'”

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, in “Killing Jesus: A History“:”Caesar’s dark eyes look her body up and down, for he can now clearly see much more than the outline of Cleopatra’s small breasts and the sway of her hips. The lust between them is not one-sided.”

MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, in “Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership“: “If you’re a father, do you love your wife and children and family life enough to summon the discipline to turn away from the pretty girl in accounting with the come-hither smile? Is half an hour with her in a stairwell or a hotel somewhere spectacular enough for you to throw away all that happiness and possibly wreck your children in the process?”

Greg Gutfeld of Fox News, in “The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage“: “[Sandra] Fluke was savvy enough to make this not about sex (when that’s the only thing it’s about) and turned it into a ‘women’s health issue.'”

And Geraldo Rivera (with Daniel Paisner), in his memoir*: “Linda and I broke up a short time later. The end had nothing to do with the bankruptcy, or the added family responsibility. I just wanted to screw other women.”

*Massive asterisking necessary here. Rivera published this work in 1991, long before he was to become a Fox News host. He’s included here because he’s always been a cabler at heart. And the title of the book was “Exposing Myself,” a title that was about 22 years before its time, to judge from Rivera’s more recent Twitter behavior.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.