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Blackfive and Smash and Austin Bay

Monday, August 22, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Blackfive’s tribute to Casey Sheehan is a must, must read. When you are tempted to blast his mom, remind yourself of this man’s sacrifice and heroism and assume as I do that he loved his mom deeply and would defend her like the fine son he must have been even if he disagreed with her politics.

And drop by Smash’s place. This extraordianry talent is in the job market, and someone in the San Diego area (or elsewhere, if he’s willing to move) will be very lucky to snag him.

And thanks to Austin Bay for being a guest on today’s program. All the commentary I have heard on the Iraqi constitution today does not begin to compare to the insight provided by Colonel Bay, who has been there and been in prolonged conversation with the folks trying to make a republic.


Dodging a Bullet: The New Yorker and Me

Monday, August 22, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

A friend of mine at the Los Angeles Times warned me that when the New Yorker called to suggest a profile be done of me, that my agreement was akin to a suicide decision. But the reporter, Nicholas Lemann, turned in a very fair though hard hitting piece.

First paragraph:

If one were to confer the distinction of Most Famous Conservative Journalist Whom Liberals Have Never Heard Of, a leading candidate would be Hugh Hewitt: author (of six books, most of which get to the point so efficiently that he brings out a new one every eighteen months or so); columnist (for the online edition of The Weekly Standard and the evangelical magazine World); blogger; and syndicated radio talk-show host. Hewitt, an unlined, inquisitive-looking, white-haired forty-nine year-old with an amiable but relentless manner, lives and works in Orange County, California. In addition to his journalism, he practices law at a firm that bears his name, teaches at Chapman University School of Law, in Orange County, lectures and consults in the conservative-media world, is an elder in his church, serves on the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, and holds a series of honorary titles, such as California State Sommelier.

Last parargaph:

Another thing that I can confidently predict is that after this article appears activists on the left will put Hugh Hewitt forward as an example of the well-oiled quality of the Republican media operation, because of the efficiency and prolixity of his efforts to disseminate the Party’s message. If bloggers can respond to political developments within seconds, it must be O.K. for me to speed up the cycle of discourse just one more click and defend Hewitt in advance against this as yet unmade charge. Hewitt is definitely a Republican, but he is no mere mouthpiece. He says that he has spent a total of five minutes with Karl Rove off the air (to disagree with a possible change in the tax treatment of clerics), that he never reads the e-mails that endlessly flow from the Republican National Committee, and that he is now involved, through an outfit called Not One Dime More, in a campaign to dissuade people from contributing to the Republican National Senatorial Committee (because some of its candidates supported the filibuster compromise). What Hewitt demonstrates about journalism is that journalism-as-politics is rapidly expanding its size and reach, especially on the conservative side. What he demonstrates about politics is not that the Republicans have a wondrously efficient message machine but that there are a lot of smart and very determined conservatives who are constantly starting new organizations and signing up more converts. And the Democrats aren’t going to beat them by streamlining the delivery of their message.

Lemann will probably take some heat from some on the left who don’t want to read how center-right conseravtives like me can be both amiable and smart, but they would be wise to reread his last sentence over and over again.

UPDATE: Carol Platt Liebau reviews the article.

The New Yorker and Me

Monday, August 22, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The New Yorker’s Nicholas Lemann has written a profile on me, but it isn’t available online, so I will have to wait until this afternoon to see the result of Nick’s visit west. The title: RIGHT HOOK:
Going after the liberal media.

It is a little surprising that the magazine, which makes some of its contents available online, kept the profile of a blogger in the paper edition. But TriGeekDreams will like the cover.

The “adopt a box of docs” initiative is nearing completion, with all 136 boxes of the Roberts docs “adopted” by a blogger, and more than 100 of them analyzed and the results posted at Radioblogger. The master list and updated links to the analyses are found at this post.

Anyone who culls through the 136 posts and compiles a summary post of the good, the bad, and the ugly from among the research effort, send me link to the summary via, and I will post that. Many thanks to all who participated and especially to Radioblogger.

XDA has an expanded review of the Great Raid.

Manuel Miranda warns that Dick Durbin has the most to lose from next week’s Judiciary Committee hearings. There’s a lot of merit in this argument, but only Slow Joe Biden has presidential ambitions, and Chuck Schumer wants Harry Reid’s job in the long run, so watch both of them try to score points with their party’s increasinly hard-lined base while not exposing themselves to fresh charges of buffoonery and megalomania, respectively.

The New York Times reports on the deep divisions within the Democrats on how to approach the Roberts hearings.

The Washington Post reports on the deep divisions within the Democrats on how to approach the war.

The Boston Globe reports on the increasingly likelihood that young African Americans will align with Republicans.

So the Dems are split on both of the great issues of the day, and the GOP is widening its outreach. That’s an excellent way to end the summer.

Glenn asks if talk radio is losing auidence. Almost certainly the number is down from this time last year, when the conventions were in full swing and the Bush-Kerry vote looming. Almost certainly the total audience is up from four years ago, just prior to 9/11. The radio audience is driven by the news cycle and urgency, and the Roberts hearings will bring a fresh wave of listeners.

The key metric: Is a particular show “sold out” and its rate card rising? I can only say with certainty that the ansewrs are yes and yes for my program.

And if, as both Glenn and I have been posting on, the avian bird flu does make the big jump or terrorists again strike the United States, talk radio will be the go-to source as it always is in a crisis.

Don’t miss the new article from Foreign Affairs on China’s energy appetite:

Twenty years ago, China was East Asia’s largest oil exporter. Now it is the world’s second-largest importer; last year, it alone accounted for 31 percent of global growth in oil demand. Now that China is the workshop of the world, its hunger for electricity and industrial resources has soared. China’s combined share of the world’s consumption of aluminum, copper, nickel, and iron ore more than doubled within only ten years, from 7 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2000; it has now reached about 20 percent and is likely to double again by the end of the decade.

Finally, we should put Roger Ailes in charge of psyops at the Pentagon.

Benedict’s XVI’s First Journey

Sunday, August 21, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Times of London is favorably impressed with benedict’s first trip outside Italy since becoming Pope. The paper was especially impressed with the pontiff’s directness on the need for Islam to confront those employing terror in its name:

The Pope acknowledged the bloodstained history of atrocities committed in the name of religion. But this did not prevent him from speaking out unambiguously on the need for Muslims to combat the ‘cruel fanaticism’

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