Monday, September 7, 2015

Hugh Hewitt Insulted By A Small Man

The name of this blog, "Tales From A Tribble", comes from being a fan of the Hugh Hewitt radio show.  When twitter was in its infancy, Hugh Hewitt was one of the first, and probably the first radio talk show host to recognize the importance and value in this new social media venue.  He urged his listeners to tweet during his show and use the hashtag [at that time] #HHRS, an acronym for Hugh Hewitt Radio Show.  Later, Hugh started this web site, Hughniverse, which had a chat room for the same purpose as tweeting on #HHRS.  Hugh, dubbed the name of those loyal listeners and fans of his who tweeted [sometimes with Hugh] during his show as "tribbles."

Hugh Hewitt doing his radio show in Disneyland, which he does annually, with historian Stacia Martin
On urging of my wife, the fetching Sheralyn, who was the one who told me about the Hugh Hewitt Show, I dipped my foot in the water of the social media format and tweeted on #HHRS and immediately became a "tribble."  I am blessed to be a tribble, because I have gained so many wonderful "tribble" friends and met many of them at the last Tribblefest that is held in Disneyland every year when Hugh Hewitt holds his annual tribute show of Disneyland there with guest host Stacia Martin, historian of Disneyland and artist.  During the 2015 Tribblefest, Sheralyn and I also had the honor of meeting Hugh himself and his radio producer [if he had a radio producer, as Hugh often kids] Duane Patterson

Hugh Hewitt Show producer and gentleman,  Duane Patterson
Hugh Hewitt in my opinion has the top and most intelligent talk show in radio.  He is, and I think most pundits will agree on this, the best interviewer in the business, by far.  He interviews the top leaders, political and social pundits, authors, military and foreign policy experts and he interviews everyone on the political spectrum, left, center and right and treats all his guests with respect and graciousness. 

I shouldn't have to do this, but because of an attack on Hugh by one of the presidential candidates [the leading presidential candidate on the Republican side] here are Hugh Hewitt's credentials, from the Hugh Hewitt web site:  "Hugh Hewitt is a lawyer, law professor and broadcast journalist whose nationally syndicated radio show is heard in more than 120 cities across the United States every weekday afternoon. Professor Hewitt is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School, and has been teaching Constitutional Law at Chapman University Law School since it opened in 1995. Professor Hewitt has been a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News Network, and MSNBC, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He has received three Emmys for his work as co-host of the ground-breaking Life & Times program."  "Professor Hewitt served for nearly six years in the Reagan Administration in a variety of posts, including Assistant Counsel in the White House and Special Assistant to two Attorneys General."

Hugh Hewitt is also an author of several best selling books, his latest one:  "The Queen, The Epic Ambition of Hillary and the Coming of a Second Clinton Era".

Hugh Hewitt, along with Jake Tapper, will be asking questions to the GOP candidates in the second presidential debate hosted by CNN and the Salem radio network, coming up on September 16.  With that in mind, Hugh has interviewed all of the GOP candidates on his radio show, and he has interviewed them several times the last few weeks.  Hugh has been fair and respectful to every candidate, not taking sides on who is choice is and certainly not attacking any of them [as he has not dismissed any of them as a choice he might eventually make to be his candidate].  

A couple of weeks ago Hugh interviewed Donald Trump who admitted to Hugh he was very fair to him.  With that said I predicted in a tweet to @HughHewitt that as fair as you have been to Donald Trump, if you ask him fair but tough questions in the debate he will say you asked him "gotcha questions" and then he will call you names.   

My prediction was almost 100% spot on, except it happened even before the debate that Hugh will be asking the GOP candidates questions at.  

On Thursday afternoon, September 3, 2015, Hugh Hewitt interviewed Donald Trump again and part of the interview Hugh Hewitt turned to Middle East foreign policy questions for the Donald.  Hugh wasn't trying to embarrass Donald Trump, or ask "gotcha" questions, but Hugh thinks the terror issue along with the security of Israel is of critical importance for a future president to know and he knows he must ask these questions because frankly the main stream media is ignoring this issue completely.  

Sure some of the questions may have required a detailed knowledge of the players in the terror arena, but Donald Trump, instead of saying I'm not familiar with that person but I will study and learn about them, accused Hugh of asking "gotcha unfair" questions to him.  Then he couldn't get past just whining about it on Hugh's show, he must have felt so embarrassed by being outed on his unfamiliarity of the Middle East and terrorist issue that he lashed out the next morning on MSNBC, laughably calling Hugh Hewitt a "third rate radio announcer." 

This from the Hill"Donald Trump is blasting Hugh Hewitt after stumbling over foreign policy questions in an interview with the conservative radio host.  “[He is] a third-rate radio announcer,” Trump told hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday morning.  Trump clashed with the radio host on Thursday evening's "The Hugh Hewitt Show." Hewitt began asking him what he called “commander-in-chief questions" about international affairs. The exchange became heated when Trump mistook a question about Iran’s Quds Force as a query about the Kurds."  

"On Friday, Trump said that the broadcaster’s show is beneath him despite his multiple appearances with Hewitt since launching his 2016 campaign in June. Trump said Hewitt was trying to embarrass him by asking about obscure topics.  “Every question was, ‘Do you know this one or know that one?’ ” Trump said."

More from the Hill article:  "Reports emerged on Friday that Trump’s campaign staff are furious over Hewitt’s questioning of their candidate and is considering blacklisting him from future interviews."

And the article concludes:  "Carly Fiorina, another Republican White House hopeful, capitalized on Trump’s confrontation with Hewitt by having a more cordial interview with the broadcaster later on Thursday night.  “I don’t think they’re ‘gotcha’ questions at all,” the former Hewlett-Packard CEO said of Hewitt’s questioning.  “The questions you’re asking are at the heart of the threat that we face, that our ally, Israel, faces and that that the world faces,” she told Hewitt."

Three great articles on the Hugh vs. Trump episode are from fellow tribbles: Bloviating Zeppelin: "Gotcha Third Rate Shock Jock Hugh Hewitt and Trump"  and from Jeffrey Dunetz, the Yid With Lid "Trump Tells Hewitt Any Foreign Policy Question He Doesn't Know Is A Gotcha Question"  and "Hewitt Interview Proves the Donald Is A Baby Who Should Never Be President"

Donald Trump's sycophants applaud and at the same time make excuses for the Donald when he throws out with such bravado, statements like [paraphrasing], John McCain is not a hero: I admire those soldiers who didn't get captured a lot more than the ones who got captured [and tortured in many instances]; Mexico is sending  the worst of the worst to this country, their criminals and rapists; Megyn Kelly had blood running out of her eyes and out of her wherever; [in a retweet] regarding Megyn Kelly, the bimbo's back in town; Ben Carson, I'm sure is a nice guy but he is just a doctor who doesn't create jobs and only has a nurse or two; and [I have to end this sometimes and don't have enough time for all of Trump's insults] Hugh Hewitt is a third rate radio announcer

The Donald Trump supporters will say they admire those statements because finally someone is speaking who isn't trying to be politically correct.  I abhor politician correct speech as much as anyone, and have tweeted my disgust with it many times on twitter.  But sometimes, as in this case, the person making statements like I have listed Trump has made isn't using speech that is not politically correct.  It is just being a jerk.  For a little inside baseball, if I had said that in the Hughniverse chat room one of my favorite tribbles, @talkradio200 would have told me to immediately jerks. 

Yes, Donald baby you have insulted many in the past, but when you insulted Hugh Hewitt you also insulted the tribbles.  A big mistake on your part, because we won't sit back and take it, especially from a small man like you.

Keep up the great work big Hugh on having the best radio talk show in America.  


M2inFLA said...

Thanks for the background on the Tribbles. I've been a paying subscriber for several years, but somehow missed this.

Hugh's show comes and goes here in the local Portland, OR market, so usually listened online. The podcasts, without commercial breaks, are well worth it.

As to the latest riff with Trump and all: Hugh says it well: "I may not be perfect, but I am the best!"

Most of the commentators to Hugh's now frequent Facebook posts and cable news appearances simply are parroting other detractors' talking points. If they actually had listened to Hugh, they would find him to be generally fair. Sure, his biases are sometimes visible, but just name any other talk show host who has as many right, left, and center guests, and gives them the time to fully explain their positions.

Hugh is a great interviewer, and I hope this exposure widens his audience. We need more people to be critical thinkers, and he certainly makes us think.

Big Mike said...

Wow, thank you for your great comments big Mike! I appreciate it.

p-bags said...

The other thing I noticed was that Hugh falls over backwards in accommodating Trump's non-responsiveness. Hugh is gracious by not saying, "Gee Donald, I didn't ask you about THAT, I asked you about THIS," but instead allows the Donald to bloviate at will. And to this listener, those were not "gotcha" questions, they were questions that anyone who does even the minimal reading of international news would be able to answer.

My two cents.

Big Mike said...

P-Bags just like a picture is worth a thousand words, those two cents of yours are worth a million dollars! :-)

Thanks for your great comments.