Skip to comments.HUGH HEWITT and Free Republic: How should we help him help us? [Who **IS** this guy?]
Posted on 10/20/2001 5:27:51 PM PDT by RonDog
In recent weeks, some here have expressed concern about the large number of posts on this forum aggressively promoting nationally syndicated talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, asking:
1 - Who **IS** this guy?
2 - Why is he getting so much attention here?
3 - Is this a good thing? (or proper, ethical, in our best interest, etc.?)
Since I have started (and contributed to) MANY of these threads, I now intend to address these concerns, and encourage vigorous debate among all who care to join in. ALL opinions are welcome, but INFORMED opinions are preferred.
If you do not yet know about Hugh Hewitt and his enormous positive, dynamic, long-term relationship with Free Republic, you are ignorant. This is not an insult; it is a definition:
"Everybody is ignorant. Only on different subjects." Will Rogers
Fortunately, that ignorance is 100% curable. If in the past you did NOT know about Hugh Hewitt and his relationship to Free Republic, after reading this thread you WILL. At least enough to make a constuctive contribution to the question:
Here are the areas about which I propose to encourage SERIOUS discussion:
1 - Documented HISTORY of the relationship which has developed between Hugh Hewitt and Free Republic:My intention is to start this discussion with "testimonials" about Hugh that have been posted here by OTHER FReepers, then provide links to other threads about Hugh, and finally, add biographical information and personal commentary.
a - Hugh lurks here. He OFTEN promotes FR on his radio program, in VERY positive terms - sometimes referring to us as the "Coast-watchers over at Free Republic." Doug from Upland, ALOHA RONNIE, DLfromthedesert, PatiPie and many other FReepers are regular callers.2 - Short-term TACTICS to promote maximum exposure of "Hugh Hewitt" threads on Free Republic:
Hugh responds to suggestions that we make, and credits this forum as the source for MUCH of his news. He has promoted FReeper causes on MULTIPLE occasions, cited the screen names of MANY FReepers on the air, and OFTEN includes links from his "Message of the Day" page to specific threads here, in addition to maintaining a PERMANENT link to FR on his homepage.
b - He is a kindred spirit. He champions many of our core values, and wants to share the magic of Free Republic with his radio listeners and editorial readers across the USA. He is reaching out to help us achieve many of our common goals. He is a California-based (south of Los Angeles) evangelical Christian (elder in the Presbyterian church) who still teaches Constitutional Law (at Chapman College). He aggressively supports the military, vigorously defends people of faith, regularly attacks incompetance in government, and frequently exposes bias in the media.
c - He is an activist. Hugh has been a believer in the power of FReeping - even before he knew what it was! When the television networks tried to throw the Presidential election in 2000 by calling a winner before the polls closed, he set up a website (www.TheFloridaEffect.com) to document lost Republican votes. He understands the tremendous value of early financial support (even in very small amounts) for such worthy causes as the taking back the Senate in 2002.
a - Search for "Hugh Hewitt": Since newbies that Hugh sends to Free Republic for the first time (and even a few old-timers here!) do not know very much about finding articles on this forum, JohnHuang2, Doug from Upland and I have been adding the name "Hugh Hewitt" to the title of articles about him that we post here, to make them easier to find. We also post his editorials in the "Editorial" sidebar, and other important information as "Extended News" for maximum exposure.
b - Search for Articles+Replies to:"Hugh Hewitt" - John Robinson's new "Bump List" Register provides an excellent PASSIVE mechanism for marking threads for easy retrieval at a later date. This new tool allows each of us to contribute to a "Hugh Hewitt clipping service" - by posting a reply to "Hugh Hewitt" on any thread which may be of interest to Hugh and his listeners. (Hugh is NOT registered to post here, but his NAME is on the "Free Republic Bump List Register".) The best part about THIS tool is that it can be used to mark MANY threads - even those which may be of only peripheral interst to Hugh and his listeners - since only those FReepers who actually search for these threads will find them. (They will NOT appear in a "Self-Search.")
c - "Hugh Hewitt PING list" - One of John Robinson's OTHER great new recent improvements to this forum is the virtually "unlimited PING list" feature which allows any registered FReeper to ACTIVELY summon all members of an certain "interest group" to a particular thread. This tool should be used sparingly - only for articles written by Hugh or specifically about Hugh - as it will force the "flagged" thread to show up in a "Self-Search" of everyone on the PING list. (In the next few days, I intend to post a RonDog's "Hugh Hewitt PING list" thread, with a complete list of all the screen names that I have gathered from the many previous Hugh Hewitt threads. After it is posted, please let me know if you want to get ON - or OFF - MY list. Thanks.)
3 - Long-term STRATEGY to plan and direct the benefits for Free Republic from this relationship:
a - Hugh is an EDITOR. In his "first anniversary" editorial for WorldNetDaily, Hugh identified "news judgment" as his primary strength. This is probably our MOST important area for influence: target selection. Assuming that we DO promote Hugh on this forum, what is our objective? What do we do with the power that we have to influence his opinions, his programming and his priorities? Personally, I like the idea of moving Hugh out of his "center-right" comfort zone - as far to the right as he can reasonably be enticed to go without losing market share. We can do this by appealling to his "Voice of Reason" - with logic, documentation, and well-reasoned argument.
He has expressed interest in the "big picture" of environmental law issues represented by the Federal government in the Klamath Basin Crisis. He has spoken on his radio show about the Second Amendment aspects of the recent Emerson decision in the Fifth District court. Other areas of possible influence are reforming immigration policy, limiting the power of the UN, protecting individual rights, restraining the growth of the federal government. What else?
b - Hugh likes "JOINT VENTURES" with Free Republic. One of the classic "combined projects" is The word 'rapist' censored from George Will's column, where Hugh found the original story on Free Republic, reported it on the air, and then asked FReepers to post side-by-side versions. Other such examples of radio-Internet synergy are HUGH HEWITT ASKS FREEPERS FOR FEINSTEIN TRANSCRIPT and Hugh Hewitt asks for Free Republic help to pressure Gore to concede. What OTHER "joint ventures" could we (or SHOULD we) attempt to do with this "good FRiend" who happens to broadcast into 40+ radio markets across the USA? Any ideas?
c - Hugh likes to INTERVIEW authorities. Like Clint Eastwood in Magnum Force, Hugh believes that "a man's got to know his limitations." He often defers to the specialized expertise of regular guests like "Fred Barnes and Morton Kondracke... ...Terry Eastland, Erwin Chemerinsky and John Eastman..." There is no good reason that MANY more FReepers could not join the team of "experts" that contribute by calling his show on a regular basis. (800) 520-1234
I intend to continue promoting Hugh's weekly WorldNetDaily column. In addition, I feel that we should expand upon Doug from Upland's HUGH HEWITT SHOW threads, and that we should maintain an active "running commentary" thread for Hugh's radio show - EVERY day.
If your words are quoted, please feel free to modify, enhance, clarify, retract, recant or disavow anything attributed to you.
All others, chime in whenever the spirit moves you. (Regular listeners to Hugh are particularly encouraged to contribute.)
I don't understand your hyper enthusiasm for this ambitious, self-promoting yuppie carpetbagger...
Thanks, Pelham - YOU are just about the only critic of Hugh's that actually has constructive advice for Hugh!
I also wish that he attacked the illegal immigration problem more directly.
Perhaps you can suggest a way to turn him around.
As for the basis my "enthusiasm" for promoting Hugh start with post #1, and TRY READING THE WHOLE THREAD. ;)
I would like to think that I would be equally as enthusiatic (almost!) in promoting Jerry Springer, or Geraldo, or Oprah here - if they did HALF as much for Free Republic as Hugh does.
His interests were national and global, which is fine, but the twit has no understanding of the region he lives in. Those of us who have lived here since the 60s know the seismic demographic changes that have hit SoCal, and role that mass immigration has played in this. Any "local" knows this. What we have in Hugh is an ambitious politician who panders to the ethnic lobbies with an eye to his future political viability. Bill Clinton would approve.
As for Medved, you're "spot on". He also lived for many years in Santa Monica, and has no excuse. If it's all so great, why did he flee to the Pacific Northwest? Someone skewered him good last week on his "just give up, you can't change it" attitude on immigration. The caller wanted to know if Michael was still going to sing that tired song now that we know that many of the terrorists had overstayed, or otherwise violated the terms of their visas. Medved's attempt to weasel out of this predicament was pathetic. Apparently the words "I was wrong" aren't in his vocabulary.
Yeah, I do, and it's real simple: make him move his parents and his family into one of the neighborhoods that is being heavily impacted by immigration. Let them have to deal with the impact of the policies he is so complacent about. This is what has happened to me and my friends. I resent twits like Hughie who have let our cities deteriorate and become increasingly dangerous places. We never used to have "drive-bys"- this year there was a killing one block from my sister's house. We never had grafitti. Now my elderly parents have to paint over the crap on a weekly basis. Let Hewitt put his own family into the equation, then let's see this selfish yuppie spout his complacent do-nothing drivel.
My top four guys on AM talk (in no particular order) are Hewitt, Limbaugh, Medved, and Elder... and they're ALL WRONG on the reconquista.
I'm liking Hannity now that he's down here, but haven't nailed his position on the colonistas. He's east of the Mississippi, so he's probably wrong, too.
BTW, I gotta fess, I've only been SoCal myself since '87, but before that I was San Jose born and raised. Many of the same problems there, five years behind the L.A. curve.
How about this...
When the bloody terrorist attack comes that's traced to the Hezbollah cell in Mexico that comes and goes as it pleases over our Southern Border, we demand that Hugh write an apology to every one of the families that loses loved ones in part because of the conservative talk show hosts that couldn't figure out that Clinton was wrong on the colonistas too.
They're letting us down on this one. Big time.
I've been here since the mid 60's, and like many of my friends I'm looking for Somewhere Else. Then Hughie and his cosmopolitan pals can try to out-pander the Democrats to their hearts' content. And people wonder where the moniker The Stupid Party came from...
We are fortunate to have him on the air waves. He is one of my favorite thnkers toady.
RonDog, you did a most superb job on this thread! Thanks for your hard work.
Should be "thinkers today." Sorry . . . must be the late hour!
Yeah, it's funny... Any time anyone's got the stones to run a tough campaign against the colonistas, they win HUGE in the ballot box.
The reconquista is the single most viable issue for breaking the Democrat stranglehold on the black vote. Talk to any black, they know how much all of the border jumpers are pushing them away from the entry level rungs of the economic ladder.
But there are just too many dainty Republicans that aren't willing to walk through that fire and grab the victory that's there for the taking.
Ain't that the truth. If you ever heard Terry Anderson and his pals call George Putnam, you heard it with passion.
The reconquista has driven many south central LA blacks to Riverside and San Bernardino. The Open Border is all an intellectual lark when you're privileged, it's something else entirely when you're in direct competition for your livelihood.
We used to hire blacks for the janitorial work when I worked in restaurants. These people were put out of business by illegals who would undercut their prices. The illegals were willing to live 20 to a house, and save their money with a plan of returning to Mexico or points south. The blacks were our fellow Americans, and they had nowhere to "move to". They live here. They couldn't live 20 to a house. To hear people justify open borders by saying "they really didn't want that sort of job" is insulting and demeaning. If they weren't competing with foreign nationals here illegally they were able to make a living.
George was cool. I liked hearing him talk about everyone he's met in the last 67 years he's been on radio.
(you heard that right FReepers... Sixty-Seven years on radio!)
Gallagher is like Michael Reagan without the meat. Nothing insightful, nothing I can't hear a moderately astute bartender say. Nor is he funny.
Trashing neighborhoods and driving down property values at the same time they drive up rents.
I really like calling them colonistas. Sounds Politically Correct, but is so NOT.
You mean you're not enthralled by his Radio Guy voicing? Fortunately I can barely pick up KRLA at that hour, so it's Imus for me, mostly.
Dumping Putnam was a travesty. Of course George isn't slick like his juniors (maybe that should be "inferiors"). But so what? He's like part of your family. Part of your family who saw every major event since the Great Depression, who knew Ronald Reagan, and a whole slew of Hollywood stars and political movers and shakers. Now I wish AM radio had remained a backwater, there was more variety then than now.
LOL! Where did I lose you?
Have you ever listened to Hugh?
You know, I could have it wrong. I know he grew up down your way. He also admits to being a classic nerd in the day.
He wrote "Whatever Happened to the Class of "65?" which I thought was about La Jolla High. Do I have that wrong?
Atta boy, RD; give 'em a dose of truth & some hell to wash it down with.
-BTTT-...For the lovers of HH's show.
Boston area has a guy named Howie Carr, he is a libertarian/Conservative type, is that what Hugh Hewit is?
Prove how responsive he is. Spell out N-U-C-L-E-A-R to him. Tell him it's pronounced "new-clee-ar," and not "new-kew-lar." I associate that pronunciation with gappy education, which he DOES NOT otherwise seem to have. But it makes him SOUND bumpkinish.
A glimpse of an earlier, and still excellent, Hewitt. Thanks for keeping me on the 'PING' list, RonDog.
The info on Hugh Hewitt is great. I particularly like the idea of a running commentary while the show is on.
In Milwaukee, it's on a tape delay at 9pm and inconvenient to listen to daily. Picking up the thread the next morning just might make it feel "like old times" again!!
Hugh is good for FR and FR is good for Hugh. Anything that can make that relationship stronger is terrific.
Morning Glory & Evening Grace!!!
...One New York City Caller stated that the Events of Sept. 11th have given these Heroes a CLARITY that wasn't there before about a lot of things including the CLINTONS.
..Immediately following her was a Caller sharing what a NYC Freeper shared with us on F/R Saturday Night after coming back from that Concert ...about her NYC Firemen Family Member, herself and other NYC Firemen that were near the Concert Stage yelling out at the CLINTONS with CLARITY about Sept 11th...
"This is all YOUR Fault ...This is all YOUR Fault"
...CLARITY is ...as... CLARITY does...?
...HUGH HEWITT just finished a really great hour taking calls from all over America, including from New York City, about The Evil-Doer Within HILLARY's being BOO'd off that NYC Concert Stage by America's Hero NYC Fireman, Rescue Workers and Policemen Saturday Night on National TV.
I case you missed it, check out:
Hillary Booed - Video
Posted on 10/22/2001 12:53:45 PDT by Doctor Freeze
BTW, Ronnie - GREAT call to Hugh's show today!
What was the name of the WTC fireman that you mentioned, and what is his connection with the new Mel Gibson movie?
I particularly like the idea of a running commentary while the show is on.
Me, too. I will contribute to a daily show discussion thread, but I might not be able to START the post every day.
All that we really need to find someone (or SEVERAL someones) to be responsible for posting something like:
HUGH HEWITT SHOW - 10/23/01 - at around 2-2:30 pm every weekday.
RICK RESCORLA =
Hero Life Saver - Battle of IA DRANG-1965
Hero Life Saver- Bombing of WTC-1993
Hero Life Saver - Airstrikes on WTC-2001
gave up his life in Tower 2 so that 1,000's of others might live while singing .."GOD BLESS AMERICA".. to them thru his Bullhorn while pushing them out the door on Sept 11th.
...4-More ...see his IA DRANG-1965 Picture on.. www.lzxray.com ..that also graces the IA DRANG-1965 Book Cover of...
'WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE and YOUNG' - The Book
'WE WERE SOLDIERS' - The MEL GIBSON Movie Poster
as well as my Bookmarked Freerepublic.com Articles titled:
'Morgan Stanley workers recall colleague' (RESCORLA)
'WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE...& YOUNG'...4 FREEDOM'
...and the various Valley of Death IA DRANG-1965 Battle Bookmark Listed Threads there.
And a Hearty GARRY OWEN U.S. 7th Cavalry Salute 2-U
Signed:..Vet/Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.lzxray.co
I wish he'd actually read some Shakespeare... - onedoug
Prove how responsive he is. Spell out N-U-C-L-E-A-R to him. Tell him it's pronounced "new-clee-ar," and not "new-kew-lar." I associate that pronunciation with gappy education, which he DOES NOT otherwise seem to have. But it makes him SOUND bumpkinish. - BibChr
Perhpas I can kill two birds with one stone.
While I am CERTAIN that Hugh often reads FR (in general), and ALWAYS reads these threads about him (in particular), I am not sure that he can work ALL of our ideas into every one of his shows. He needs to (and does) prioritize. Edit. Focus.
I do not recall him ever mis-pronouncing nuclear, but if he ever did, he shares that foible with Presidents George Herbert Walker Bush, Dwight Eisenhower, and Jimmy ("I cain't PRONOUNCE "nuk-u-lar engineer," but I ARE one!") Carter
As noted in Paul Brian's Common Errors in English a good memory aid is to remember your manners: It is not polite to say, "Nuke You!" The CORRECT pronounciation would result from imagining what General Grant would have said, if he had had the A-bomb during our American Civil War: "Nuke Lee!"
Bringing in the Shakespeare connection, however, that one doug recommends, we might invoke the tragic King who was blinded by his dysfunctional (nuclear) family:
(It helps if you say it with a Southern accent, "Nuke LEE-ar")
Hugh Hewitt for Lt. Governor, R, CA
Hero Life Saver - Battle of IA DRANG-1965 gave up his life in Tower 2 so that 1,000's of others might live ...4-More ...see his IA DRANG-1965 Picture on.. www.lzxray.com
RICK RESCORLA = :
Hero Life Saver- Bombing of WTC-1993
Hero Life Saver - Airstrikes on WTC-2001
while singing .."GOD BLESS AMERICA".. to them thru his Bullhorn
while pushing them out the door on Sept 11th.
Hero Life Saver - Battle of IA DRANG-1965
gave up his life in Tower 2 so that 1,000's of others might live
...4-More ...see his IA DRANG-1965 Picture on.. www.lzxray.com
..that also graces the IA DRANG-1965 Book Cover of...
Our friend and comrade Rick Rescorla (pictured above) was head of security for Morgan Stanley at the World Trade Center. He called his wife Susan after the first plane hit Bldg No. 1; told her he was helping evacuate Bldg 2. Since the plane hit Bldg 2 no one has heard from Rick.
God help him, and us.
Congratulations! It appears as though you are on your way to a FULL RECOVERY!
What are your local talk radio stations in Fresno?
Can you pick up KRLA 870-AM from L.A.? Or KSFB 1220AM in San Francisco? Or KTKZ 1380AM in Sacramento?
(Hugh is on LIVE from 3pm to 6pm on THOSE stations. Possibly more. He's worth a listen!)
...4-More ...see the ..'WE WERE SOLDIERS'.. Message Board General Discussion Off Topic Thread titled:
'September 11, 2001 - Another Day That Will Live in Infamy'
...on.. www.WeWereSoldiersFILM.com ..
No, I never even heard of the guy!! Boston area has a guy named Howie Carr, he is a libertarian/Conservative type, is that what Hugh Hewit is?
I do not know much about Howie Carr, but I understand that Hugh prefers the label "center-right."
Not sure exactly where Hartford County, Connecticut is, or what talk radio stations that you can hear from there, but Hugh is rapidly expanding into new markets. Until then you can LISTEN LIVE via the Internet - 6pm to 9pm EAST coast time.
BTW, introducing such FR luminaries as RaceBannon and Saundra Duffy to Hugh Hewitt is one of the primary goals of this thread, so even if you cannot listen to him at your local station yet, to paraphrase the OLD E.D. (as opposed to the NEW E.D.)
"If I can help one big-time FReeper discover Hugh Hewitt... ...I shall not have posted in vain!" ;o)