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Jonah Goldberg And I On The “#AltRight”

Wednesday, August 31, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Jonah Goldberg was my guest today in a wide-ranging discussion on how to define and drive out the #AltRight from all things GOP and conservative:




HH: Jonah Goldberg is my guest. You can follow Jonah, @JonahNRO on Twitter. You can read the G-File, which you ought to be subscribing to. I read it every single Saturday when it’s free. I just, I wait until it’s free.

JG: (laughing)

HH: Jonah, how are you?

JG: I’m good, Hugh. How are you?

HH: Well, we’ll see (Monty Python’s Spanish Inquisition bit)

JG: (laughing)

HH: So there you have it, Jonah. We have been having a Twitter back and forth, and I actually don’t think we disagree. We just disagree maybe on a statement of the facts. Would you define the alt right?

JG: I know what you’re about to do. And then you’re going to say well, there’s this other version of the alt right. I am willing to defer to the definition of the alt right that the people who created and lead the alt right movement use, which is an, the one thing that unites them, Jared Taylor was on Diane Rehm the other day. Jared Taylor is a leading racist… Continue Reading


Our Unique Perspective

Tuesday, August 30, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

This morning’s reading contained more than the usual smattering of articles about the legal assault under which Christian expression currently finds itself.  Some were sober, good reporting and analysis, but many were hyperbolic, even fear mongering.  (I will not link to those.)  I will not deny that religious expression is currently under serious attack.  I will not deny that the current circumstances are unique in American history.  I will not deny that it is better to fight the current trends than simply succumb to them.  But the tone, and in some cases language, of some of what I saw this morning needs some perspective.

The state does not fine us or tax us if we do not practice the state sponsored faith, as is true in some European states.  Are we, now, in the US, being opposed?  Yes, but it’s not that bad yet.  In sub-Saharan Africa, Boko Haram routinely burns churches and executes Christians.  Compared to that, we’re fine.  Historically the Roman Empire used round up Christians and throw them, defenseless, in front of hungry lions for the amusement of the masses.  The opposition we currently face is insignificant by contrast.  Perspective matters.

But there is more than geopolitical and historical perspective needed.  There is spiritual perspective. Continue Reading

CNN’s Jake Tapper On Covering The Clinton Foundation

Tuesday, August 30, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

CNN’s Jake Tapper joined me today to talk about the difficulty of covering the Clinton Foundation especially when the Foundation’s legal misdeeds involve complicated statutes such as the Foreign Agents Registration Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act:




HH: Before we turn out the lights on today’s Hugh Hewitt Show, America, joined by Jake Tapper of CNN. Of course, you’ll be watching him today on The Lead, on Sundays on State of the Union. Jake, great interview with Mike Pence on Sunday, well done. Good to have you back, my friend.

JT: Thank you, sir. How are you?

HH: Good. I have a technical question. This goes to you handle complicated stories better than anyone on television. The Clinton Foundation has got an intersection with the Foreign Agents Registration Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. And it’s complicated. How do you make that work on a television show?

JT: Well, I mean with a lot of these stories with the Clinton Foundation and the intersection with Teneo, that’s Doug Band’s group, or the State Department, I mean, it’s just, a lot of the time you have to kind of just explain what’s going on. And I definitely have to be an explainer to this. And I’m constantly telling the producers and writer on my show do not assume that the people watching this have the level of knowledge of the details that you have. We have to come and explain this, and because otherwise, it just becomes a bunch of gobbledygook and nobody understands it one way or the other. So take the time to explain all the details and all the intersections and all the questions. Continue Reading

We Lost A Good One Today.

Monday, August 29, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

If you are of a certain age, like me, some movie with Gene Wilder in it is one of those movies in your life.  You know what I’m talking about – you’re channel surfing, you see it and you stop, feel decades younger, and find you can recite large sections of the film from memory.  For a little while you are back in high school or college just hanging with friends and loving the movie.  Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the now-considered un-PC Blazing Saddles are classics.  Wilder did several movies with Richard Pryor that are pretty funny.  But none of these are my favorite Wilder film.

During the my first term in seminary my Old Testament professor was a holocaust survivor that later converted to Christianity.  He asked the entire class back to the classroom one evening where he had popped some corn and rented (on film mind you) the Gene Wilder/Harrison Ford film “The Frisco Kid.”   My professor wanted us to know his heritage – not out of some sort of self-gratification or seeking affirmation, but rather so we New Testament-centric American Christians could have some sense of the rich traditions from which Christianity sprang.

I won’t bore you with recounting the movie.  It was never hugely popular, but my professor swore it was true to the faith of his youth, and I found it deeply moving.  I will share a clip:

Losing Gene Wilder is not just losing a significant actor and writer; it is losing a man of great humor and great heart.

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