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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 06:09 AM

What the Hell Happened to Hugh Hewitt?

https://www.thedailybeast.com/what-the-hell-happened-to-hugh-hewitt?ref=scroll

“He’s lost his f*cking mind,” a senior MSNBC colleague told The Daily Beast, lamenting how the conservative intellectual has morphed into a Lou Dobbs-like booster of the president.

When Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016 wanted to reach conservative voters, they decided there was only one person in right-leaning media who’d give them a fair shake: Hugh Hewitt.

According to multiple sources, the Clinton campaign considered playing ball with Hewitt’s radio program because advisers viewed him to be an even-keeled, serious-minded conservative pundit who could have a civilized, intellectual, and issues-focused discussion with the former secretary of state. She eventually appeared on the show in 2017.

Nearly three years later, however, the likelihood that any top 2020 Democratic presidential candidate would even consider an appearance on Hewitt’s show is closer to zero.

Since President Donald Trump took office, it seems, Hewitt has undergone a dramatic political shift mirroring the path of the Republican Party—one that has become increasingly about fealty to the president, above all other values—leaving some of the radio host’s friends dumbfounded.

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 06:19 AM

1. I never want to hear his voice again

I had forgotten all about that horrid person, and now his voice is stuck in my head again.

Thanks.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 06:23 AM

2. Sorry about that

I think it's pretty simple that he saw what a far right wing president with no conscious or morals other than to appease his base can get away with and he doesn't care how bad it is for Democracy.

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 06:50 AM

3. Nothing happened Hewitt, he was always an asshole. It's just MSNBC

failed to see it until now.

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Response to OnDoutside (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 06:57 AM

4. THIS! nt

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Response to OnDoutside (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 07:01 AM

5. ...but did MSNBC really fail to see it?

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Response to gab13by13 (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 08:29 AM

7. That's a question for Andy Lack who brought him in, but it may be true to say that they failed to

say it, rather than see it.

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Response to OnDoutside (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 03:25 PM

10. Exactly. He was a rabid Hate Radio talker for years. How could they not know what they were getting?

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 07:18 AM

6. You have to go back a hell of a lot further than three years.

To find the "conservative intellectual" you have to go back to a talk program he did for PBS in Los Angeles in the 90s called "Life and Times" where he engaged in civil debate with a liberal Democrat. I barely remember this program but it was somewhat tolerable.
That's the last time, really, he could have fooled anybody. Same with Dennis Prager. At the beginning of his career he could have fooled most people into believing he was an actual human being, if not an "intellectual" at least a thoughtful person open to the ideas of others. They both revealed themselves to be extreme fools by the end of the 90s or early 2000s.

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Response to Mike 03 (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 08:57 PM

13. Even back then

His basic logic was "Republicans are never wrong, even if they say something that is 180° different than what they said yesterday."

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 08:37 AM

8. Driftglass has this guy pegged

Describes him as an android programmed to spew talking points.

I hate seeing his nonsense printed in the Washington Post.

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 11:24 AM

9. Hugh's happy enough thinking he's on the side that's winning...

Cost be damned.

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 04:24 PM

11. he's part of the cult

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 05:56 PM

12. Hugh Hewitt has always been an idiot piece of trash.

I have no idea why some people are only figuring this out now.

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 05:45 PM

14. Used to see him on Nicolle W from time to time, but not for awhile. This must be why.

She has very little patience with Trump-apologists.

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