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“THEY DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT GOVERNING” CONSERVATIVE MEDIA’S INFLUENCE ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY” by Jackie Calmes

Saturday, August 1, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes joined me today to discuss her lengthy report down while a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center. This is the latest in a line of conversations about the new media v. old, and conservative media v. the Manhattan-Beltway media elite that includes a memorable two-parter with Mark Halperin —part one here, part two here— which led to his self-exile from my show, and an exchange with Thomas Edsall on newsroom bias among the formerly exclusive club of the bigs, excerpted here.  Other related articles are here and here. Calmes’ piece is very readable but does include many assumptions with which many conservatives would simply disagree, and it concludes on our most basic disagreement: What, exactly, is “good governing” anyway?

Calmes is a pro’s pro, however, and her tone throughout –serious, sometimes amused, and always responsive and candid– is refreshing for a member of the D.C. reportorial elite at the Times (and previously the Journal).  I look forward to her return to the show (and someday to Halperin’s, who told me he’d be back on the set of Morning Joe not long ago, but we’ll see…

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: So pleased to welcome to the program now Jackie Calmes, national correspondent for the New York Times. You often see her on Washington Week in Review. She has been at the New York Times a lot of years. She also had 18 years at the Wall Street Journal. More importantly for my audience, she is a Toledo Mud Hen. She’s actually from Ohio originally. She is a Medill mafia person. She’s a Northwestern gal. But nevertheless, we are so pleased to welcome Jackie, a fellow Buckeye, great to have you.

JC: Wow, you’ve really done your homework on me.

HH: I know these things.

JC: I mean, when you can include the Mud Hens, that’s saying something.

HH: Well, which high school did you go to in Toledo?

JC: Central Catholic High School.

HH: All right. So I just had a feeling about this. I had…

JC: The Fighting Irish.

HH: The Fighting Irish, and I went to John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Ohio, and we were the Eagles. But the Fighting Irish were at Canton Central Catholic, I believe. I mean, everyone was the Fighting Irish in all the Catholic schools hung together. And my daughter’s a Northwestern grad, and so I know the Medill mafia all through Washington, D.C. But you must have been one of the early Medill mafia to sort of blaze the way there.

JC: Well, I went to the, I started as a freshman there, and then I realized I wasn’t going to be able to afford it, so I went back to Toledo and I came back for graduate school. So I don’t have as much of a network of Northwestern people as I might have if I had gone there for four years as an undergraduate. But there are a fair number, and that’s why I went, because it was a good, it had such a good reputation. Continue Reading

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Meet The Press Host Chuck Todd On His New Show, Hillary’s Thumb Drive, Thursday’s Debate

Saturday, August 1, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Meet The Press Host Chuck Todd wason for his regular Friday segment, and we talked about today’s announcement of his new daily 5 PM EST show, Hillary’s thumb drive, and the debate Thursday

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: But I really want to talk with Chuck Todd, host of Meet the Press, about the fact that he’s mono y mono with Jake Tapper, the only guys I know that go to work every day of the week in Washington, D.C.. Announced today that Chuck Todd [is] taking over a 5 p.m. EST, 2 p.m. pacific daily news show, which makes him now show prep for me. What are you, out of your mind, Chuck?

CT: Well… I have the daily, man. I have missed my old show. I’ve missed the itch. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had the conversation, you know, I said this all on the show on Sunday and the answer is… I can’t! So guess what? I got five more hours to play with that. Continue Reading

Governor Chris Christie On Iran “Deal,” The Debates and The Donald

Friday, July 31, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joined me today to discuss all things 2016:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: First, I am pleased to welcome back New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Governor Christie, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

CC: Hugh, I’m glad to be back. How are you today?

HH: I’m great. I want to talk to you about your time as a prosecutor. I like to tell people I worked at the Department of Justice, but I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn, so I don’t really know anything about prosecuting. What kind of a banana republic are we running when the former Secretary of State’s lawyers got a thumb drive with 30,000 emails, and scores of which are classified? What’s going on here?

CC: Well you know, listen, this is typical of the Clintons, Hugh. They set their own rules. And then they look at you say are you going to believe me or your lying eyes? This is the typical approach to the Clintons. They stonewall, they obfuscate, they don’t tell the truth. And you know, this’ll be a good test for Attorney General Lynch. Is she going to look into this, the entire email circumstance, or isn’t she? And I think it’s a good test for the new Attorney General. Continue Reading

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates Recreated By David Strathairn and Richard Dreyfuss

Friday, July 31, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

As Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn and I have focused on the Lincoln-Douglas debates we have used clips from this magnificent 21 hour recreation of those seven epic debates, featuring David Strathairn as Abraham Lincoln and Richard Dreyfuss as Judge Stephen Douglas as the two contended against each other ion the 1858 Illinois United States Senate election.

You owe it to yourself, and teachers to their students, to buy and listen to this magnificent production for for more than two or three minutes here and there.  It is a genuinely inspiring work of drama and history combined, and perfect for teaching the controversies preceding to the Civil War and why, as Lincoln put it in his Second Inaugural:

Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.

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