Monday, January 29, 2007

Speaking of Hugh Hewitt...

As regular readers of the poor man already know, Hugh Hewitt beat out several worthy adversaries for the site's Chickenhawk of the Year contest, with this brazen contention on his so-called show:

Time Baghdad correspondant Michael Ware: Let’s look at it this way. I mean, you’re sitting back in a comfortable radio studio, far from the realities of this war.

Hugh Hewitt: Actually, Michael, let me interrupt you.

MW: If anyone has a right…

HH: Michael, one second.

MW: If anyone has a right to complain, that’s what…

HH: I’m sitting in the Empire State Building. Michael, I’m sitting in the Empire State Building, which has been in the past, and could be again, a target. Because in downtown Manhattan, it’s not comfortable, although it’s a lot safer than where you are, people always are three miles away from where the jihadis last spoke in America. So that’s…civilians have a stake in this. Although you are on the front line, this was the front line four and a half years ago.

Sending 800,000 privileged youths to the front lines may be more in keeping with the Powell Doctrine, but it would be so much more satisfying to see HH confronted with the realities of combat - for that matter, with reality in general.

Hewitt also figures in Mark Helperin edging out a very competitive field (including Fred Barnes and Victor Davis John Jacob Jingleheimer Hanson) to hoist the poorman's Fluffy Award, for egregious unrestrained and unwarranted ass-licking. As Gleen Greenwald eloquently recounts, Helperin, after being savaged on Hewitt's terrible show for his wicked liberal upbringing, debases himself by obsequiously kowtowing to HH, begging him to take back his (outlandish) contention that Helperin is a (gasp!) liberal. The whole thing would be bad enough if Helperin was another stain on the right-wing infotainment stuporhighway; but since he is instead the Political Director of notorious pinko media outlet ABC News, I have to agree with Greenwald here:

I really question whether someone who has obviously made it such a high priority to obtain a very personal form of right-wing absolution can possibly exercise appropriate news judgment. If Halperin is willing to expend this much time and energy and shower Hewitt with such gushing praise -- and if he's willing to make such a public spectacle of himself when doing so -- all in order to convince Hewitt that he isn't liberal, won't that goal rather obviously affect Halperin's news coverage? Isn't there something extremely unseemly about the political director of ABC News engaging in such an intense campaign to win the approval of one of the most blindly partisan, extremist Bush followers in the country?

What a douchebag.

Speaking of which: here's a link I'd tag as NQSFWBAWAL (Not Quite Safe For Work But Absolutely Worth A Look): Hot Chicks with Douchebags. It's the kind of brilliant website that makes me wonder: How exactly did people make sense of the world, in all its rampant douchebaggery, before the internet?


Blogger sexyretard said...

I concede that hewitt is kind of a putz; occasionally he has decent guests, whom I often adore, sexually and otherwise.

Do you have any of your home brew left? Despite your misgivings, I am anxious to try some. That, or just get inebriated.

6:10 PM  
Blogger Germanicu$ said...

The brew is complete! And both beers (an amber-hued, sharpishly hoppy dark ale, as well as a cloudy but crisp pilsner) are eminently drinkable, though a bit young. They will age well, and should be in great shape in time for our next book club meeting. I will try and remember to bring a few bottles to share.

1:23 PM  

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