Why James Lileks (a) rules; (b) toils in relative obscurity; and (c) should be on every op-ed page in America.12:00 AM, Jul 17, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
Memo To: Editors and Editorial Page Editors
Despite what the quagmire chorus would have you believe, this isn't the first time America has tried to rebuild a war-torn, formerly fascist state.12:00 AM, Jul 10, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
WHEN GENERAL TOMMY FRANKS addressed his retirement ceremony audience on Monday, he didn't mince words. The news accounts focused on his striking endorsement of the president's "bring 'em on" challenge to Fedayeen terrorists attacking U.S. forces in Iraq, but equally important was his prediction of a "rough road ahead." Franks and his colleagues know better than to paint rosy pictures of the life of an occupying army in a war-torn, shell-shocked country ruled for years by an evil fascist.
Marty Baron would be a fine choice to replace Howell Raines at the New York Times. He learned long ago that sometimes conservatives can be trusted.12:00 AM, Jun 19, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
NEWSWEEK'S media reporter Seth Mnookin handicapped the race for the job of New York Times executive editor last week, putting Los Angeles Times managing editor Dean Baquet as the 2-1 favorite, Bill Keller (runner-up to Howell Raines in the last go-round) in the second position at 3-1, and Boston Globe editor Marty Baron as a reasonable 5-1 shot.
Baquet has widespread respect within the newsroom of the west coast Times, and Keller's writing since September 11 has often been riveting, but I'm hoping Baron gets the job.
How a small quartet of blogs is poised to remake the political landscape as the '04 election cycle begins.12:00 AM, Jun 4, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
JOSHUA MICAH MARSHALL is frustrated. He's the young-Blumenthal-in-training of partisan punditry, but in recent days his favorite story line can't get any traction. "It's amazing what it takes to start a feeding frenzy these days," he lamented at TalkingPointsMemo, his web log, last week.
Marshall has been flogging his Tom Delay-is-Magneto story for what seems to be a year, and it has been largely ignored not just by elite newspapers, but also by the blogosphere.
The Los Angeles Times rails against its defenders and shows how bad its editorial page is, too.12:00 AM, May 23, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
LAST WEEK in this space I described the Los Angeles Times's slide into mediocrity and agenda journalism. Some objected. The Nation's always reliable Eric Alterman condemned the column as "nonsensical," and then quoted one of my objections--that "columnists who deal regularly with politics outside of the editorial pages come in two varieties: left and far-left." To which Alterman replied: "Oh really. My goodness.
The prospect of a recall vote on Governor Gray Davis has the state's political establishment in an uproar.12:00 AM, May 21, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
THE STRANGEST SEASON in California's long, strange political trip has begun with a declaration of candidacy for a governorship that isn't vacant, a withdrawal from a Senate campaign that hasn't really begun, and a rumor mill spinning out of control.
The declaration of candidacy came from Congressman Darrell Issa, who has injected cash and leadership into the campaign to place a recall election before the voters in early fall. The target is Governor Gray Davis, whose approval ratings make Nixon's in August of 1974 look pretty good.
The spotlight is on the New York Times today, but things aren't going so well at the Los Angeles Times, either.12:00 AM, May 16, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
THOSE PROFESSING SURPRISE at the public collapse of credibility at the New York Times haven't been paying attention to Mickey Kaus or Andrew Sullivan. They haven't been reading the descent into fevers of Paul Krugman or the bitter stridency of Maureen Dowd. The deep sickness at the Times had many symptoms. Believers in the "mission" of the paper just chose to ignore those symptoms.
The very same symptoms are evident at the Los Angeles Times.
What a Cleveland Browns Visa card says about the future of online shopping.12:00 AM, May 2, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
I JUMPED AT the chance to replace my old Visa card with a Cleveland Browns Visa card. Who wouldn't want to telegraph appreciation for the Super Bowl-bound Browns with every purchase of gas? That was my first clue.
"Affinity" credit cards, like specialized California license plates promoting Yosemite or the arts, are just ways of connecting personal taste to the fabric of our lives. Much bigger connections are on the way.
I discovered this while flogging my new book. On my own program as well as during other interviews, I direct impatient customers to Amazon.com.
Critics of the war and critics of the critics of the war circle the wagons.12:00 AM, Apr 25, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
ACTOR EDWARD NORTON attacked President Bush as possessing a "low quality mind" this week, and thus joined a long list of stars, pundits, and professors who have elected to stand opposite three-quarters of American public opinion. Others who have done so--including Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Janeane Garofalo, and the Dixie Chicks--have discovered that a lot of folks listen closely when celebrities speak and respond in the marketplace by refusing to buy products or tickets or to sponsor speeches.
With Senate Democrats taking obstructionism to new levels, the president should re-read Article II, Section 2, Paragraph 3.12:00 AM, Apr 23, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
THE LEFT EDGE of the Senate Democratic caucus has taken control of the judicial-nomination process and has forced the entire Senate into what is, at best, an extra-constitutional swamp. With their filibuster of D.C.
Eason Jordan's admission of complicity with Saddam's regime raises a host of questions that must be answered by CNN.11:30 AM, Apr 15, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
Last Friday, CNN's Eason Jordan published an op-ed in the New York Times that contained some admissions that cannot be considered as anything other than astonishing. CNN's "chief news executive" confessed that, among other things, Saddam's crazy son Uday had told Eason in 1995 that he, Uday, intended to assassinate two of his brothers-in-law. The two men were not warned by CNN and were eventually lured back into Iraq where they were murdered.
Taking stock and assessing the Bush - Cheney - Rumsfeld - Wolfowitz - Myers - Franks team.6:00 PM, Apr 10, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
THE APRIL 7, 2003 ISSUE of the New Yorker contains an article by Seymour Hersh that will be taught in journalism classes for decades to come: "Offense and Defense: The Battle between Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon." Hersh's opening sentences read: "As the ground campaign against Saddam Hussein faltered last week, with attenuated supply lines and a lack of immediate reinforcements, there was anger in the Pentagon.
A French film festival opens in Los Angeles and the films on display are very, very . . . French.7:00 AM, Apr 8, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
THE ATTEMPT by France to protect Saddam, even at the cost of a crack-up of NATO and the United Nations, has confused many Americans who had long believed that France was an ally. So speculation abounds: Is Chirac on the take? Is it about the oil contracts? Are French munitions going to show up in the wrong piles in Iraqi arsenals?
There may be a less obvious answer. It appears that the French film industry has tanked in so thorough a way as to be beyond rescue.
For much of the antiwar left, civilian casualties only count when they come as a result of American mishaps.6:00 AM, Apr 4, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
HAVING MADE the mistake of agreeing to "debate" the war before a college campus audience, I ought not to have expected much beyond emotional appeals from the antiwar participants. But I did, and of course, I was disappointed.
The Rev. George Regas was one of three antiwar voices, the others being the Rt. Rev. J. John Bruno, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, and my colleague and friend Professor Don Will of Chapman University's Peace Studies program.
The Los Angeles Times goes to war.6:00 AM, Mar 31, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, often called the Lost Angeles Times or the Left Angeles Times, escapes the sort of scrutiny that Andrew Sullivan and others apply to the New York Times because the "West Coast's leading newspaper" simply doesn't matter much on the East Coast (and increasingly not so much in its own back yard).
Had the New York paper run with a front page like Sunday's LA Times did, Sullivan would have been at work for a week playing catch up. It is as though the editors had agreed on an "All setbacks, all the time" policy, regardless of the actual news from Iraq.