Carol Platt Liebau: New Yorker Piece on <A HREF="">Hugh Hewitt</A>

Monday, August 22, 2005

New Yorker Piece on Hugh Hewitt

It's been some time since Hugh Hewitt first mentioned in passing on the air that a profile of him was being prepared by Nicholas Lemann of The New Yorker.

Call it paranoia, call it pessimism. I confess to having wondered whether one of liberalism's house organs would treat Hugh fairly.

But having just finished reading the piece, I'm pleased. No, I don't think the piece does Hugh justice -- but then again, as an unabashed Hewitt partisan (and someone who has been the frequent beneficiary of his many acts of disinterested kindness), I'm a tough sell.

But on the whole, the author is straightforward about what Hugh believes, where he's been, what he does and how he does it. Lemann keeps the snarkiness to a minimum and actually seems to have grasped the revolutionary potential of Hugh's work on the internet -- particularly with "Beyond the News," a site that may well become conservatism's premier internet resource.

Lemann likewise seemed to understand the dynamics of "The Hugh Hewitt Show" very well -- evidenced by his designation of Generalissimo Duane as Hugh's "indispensable producer."

Most importantly, Hugh's religious beliefs were neither ignored, shortchanged nor treated disrespectfully. In fact, it's clear that the author came to like and respect Hugh Hewitt a great deal over the course of preparing this piece.

And that observation compels one further thought: Yes, of course Hugh's contributions as radio talk show host and "the godfather of the blogosphere" are enormous. But even more than that, he has done more than anyone in media/public life today to dispel the unfair left-wing stereotype of committed Christians as unintelligent, unsophisticated and dour. Hugh's consistent good humor and sense of fun, coupled with the courtesy he demonstrates even toward those with whom he disagrees, provide a daily, living testament to the power of religious faith in modern ife.


Blogger bethtopaz said...

Hugh was my starting point during last year's election and often kept me sane during the insanity. I don't know what I would have done without his matter-of-fact master of the facts and his undeterred confidence that we would win. Thanks, Hugh (Also for recommending some really great blogs, which are now favorites, like "Froggy Ruminations."

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Blogger Edwin said...

Hugh has the best signal-to-noise ratio of anyone in conservative talk radio.

9:10 PM  
Blogger WHT said...

Spew Spewitt

8:54 PM  
Blogger Ilya said...

Journalists should be fair and just, eh? That is to say, they should treat their subjects "fairly" and with "justice." What would your friend Hugh Hewitt think about that? I don't think one could say that he agrees. Read my blog to hear more...

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