Welcome, Mary Katherine.
Today Mary Katherine Ham begins a month-and-a-half of guest blogging here at HughHewitt.com. Her first post is immediately below. She will be blogging with me and others BeyondTheNews.com’s group effort when that launches in the new year, and it will be great to have someone join me in my Christmas-season blogging.
Perhaps she will even join me in my second annual boycott of target because Target boycotts the Salvation Army?
And be sure to read through The New York Review of Books assessment of the state of media in this era of New Media. There’s a second installment coming, but here is how I am presented in part I:
The thick web of connections among right-wing commentators is typified by Hugh Hewitt. A law professor who once served as the director of the Nixon Library, Hewitt hosts a nationally syndicated radio talk show from a studio in an Orange County, California, mall. In between chats with studio guests, he posts commentary on his blog, hughhewitt.com, which receives about 40,000 visits a day. He contributes a weekly column to the Daily Standard, the online edition of the conservative Weekly Standard. Hewitt is also an evangelical Christian who sees blogs as an effective way to spread the word of Christ. According to World, an evangelical monthly magazine, Hewitt “may well be the world’s leading blog-evangelist.” An entire Web site has been set up to record the blogs he has helped inspire; it currently lists more than 250. On his own blog, Hewitt regularly flags what he considers to be instances of anti-Christian bias in the press. In mid-June, for instance, when The New York Times ran an article about the growing number of evangelical chaplains in the armed forces and the tensions they were causing, Hewitt observed that this was the latest installment in the Times’s “Drive Evangelicals from the Military” series.
Given that I answered every question the author, Michael Massing posed to me, and that since September 1 I have contributed an op-ed to The New York Times, been interviewed by NPR, guested on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show and been profiled by The New Yorker, wouldn’t it have been at least as accurate to write that I “typify” the thick web of connections between “right wing commentators” and clueless old lefty media?
Massing has a theory and he’s assembling facts to fit it. But what has really happened is the collapse of old media, not the rise of a new network. And as any reader of this blog knows, while I am of course an Evangelical Christian, 95% of my work product as a journalist has nothing to do with my faith, and 95% of the posts on this site are similarly wholly secular.
Old media. Objective as ever.