Hugh Hewitt, I’m Calling You Out

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Hugh Hewitt, I'm Calling You Out

A few days ago, I ran across this story involv­ing a recent speech by con­ser­v­a­tive radio host and author Hugh Hewitt:

ORLANDO, Fla. (NRB) – Chris­t­ian radio show hosts have an oblig­a­tion not only “to deliver great news talk” but to make cer­tain the “fra­grance of the Gospel is there,” Hugh Hewitt said Tues­day evening (Feb. 28) at Pro­claim 17, the National Reli­gious Broad­cast­ers’ Inter­na­tional Chris­t­ian Media Convention.

Speak­ing at NRB’s Media Lead­er­ship Din­ner, Hewitt told the audi­ence of other talk show hosts and broad­cast­ers that he has hosted his many guests dur­ing 17 years with Salem Media Group “with one pur­pose in mind – to smug­gle in the Chris­t­ian Gospel into a sec­u­lar setting.”

Really.

Really?

Indulge me while I address Hugh Hewitt directly.

I prayer­fully urge you, Hugh.

Lis­ten to yourself.

Put your words into practice.

You did not do so in my case.

See, a few years back when I wrote my book about the for­got­ten and neglected pio­neers of Chris­t­ian mod­ern rock, I had the crazy notion you’d be inter­ested. After all, you’ve writ­ten a par­cel of books for Chris­t­ian pub­lish­ers. You’ve long talked about the need to impact the cul­ture. Well, here were peo­ple who took that notion to heart and actu­ally did so. Seemed to me like it’d be a nat­ural for your show. Just a few min­utes; enough to get the word out. No big.

I was wrong.

Even after I sent you a copy of the book through your per­sonal assis­tant, not a word. Now before you or any­one else (more on said else any­ones later) reply with I’m/he’s busy and can’t pos­si­bly get back to every­one who con­tacts me/​him, a brief reminder. We’re all busy. All of our time is valu­able. By my reck­on­ing, the sin­gle mom try­ing to jug­gle child rear­ing, work­ing more often than not one job, and every­thing else life has thrown her way is far busier than both of us com­bined. So no, no whin­ing about being busy is admissible.

Oh, but I did hear back from your radio show’s pro­ducer Duane Pat­ter­son. Boy, did I hear back. Accord­ing to him, no inter­est what­so­ever. The show is pol­i­tics from start to fin­ish. No time for any­thing else. When pressed, he responded time and again with heaps of insults and name call­ing. Rather dis­re­spect­ful, don’t you think Hugh?

As noted, there was your loyal core of fan­bois and gur­rls who were aware of my efforts. They fol­lowed both your lead in ignor­ing me and Mr. Patterson’s lead in belit­tling me. How DARE I speak less than glow­ingly of the great and good Hugh Hewitt! How DARE I waste a nanosec­ond of his time, or that of any­one con­nected with him! Infi­del! Unclean! RINO!!! Which leads to the mus­ing about how in a con­ser­v­a­tive media world, both old and new, where end­less self-​promotion is not only manda­tory but rou­tinely lauded and rec­i­p­ro­cated, I was burned at the stake for attempt­ing … self-​promotion.

So, Hugh, you can imag­ine my reac­tion to your com­ments at the NRB con­ven­tion. My per­sonal, direct expe­ri­ence with you, your employ­ees, and your fans stands in direct con­tra­dic­tion to your words. There are sev­eral expres­sions con­cern­ing, and descrip­tive adjec­tives for, those who say some­thing yet do the exact oppo­site. No need to list them here; we all know them very, very well.

Instead, let’s try this again.

No, I’m not ask­ing to appear on your show, although I wouldn’t mind the oppor­tu­nity to spread the word about my pod­cast play­ing the music by the artists I wrote about in the book. Instead, I bring to your atten­tion two of these artists with new projects cur­rently going on. Daniel Amos (which is a band led by one Terry Scott Tay­lor) is prep­ping a deluxe rere­lease of its Hor­ren­dous Disc album, one of the true water­shed moments in Chris­t­ian rock. Have Terry on your show. He’s wise and witty. It will be a treat for you and your audience.

Vet­eran Chris­t­ian alter­na­tive rock­ers The Choir are cur­rently run­ning a cam­paign to fund both rere­leas­ing its 1989 Wide Eyed Won­der album and record a new album. They’re also going on tour in a few days. Have the band’s drum­mer and lyri­cist Steve Hin­da­long on your show. He’s wise. Ask him about the band, and about how he cowrote “God of Won­ders” which doubt­less you’ve sung dur­ing Sun­day wor­ship. Like Terry Scott Tay­lor, it will be a treat for you and your audi­ence. And there are many, many more artists who would be pos­i­tive addi­tions to your show.

Now before you say that’s too much gospel, Hugh, I remind you that Dana Loesch had Chris­t­ian rap­per Lecrae on her show. Is not her show 99.44% pol­i­tics? Yet she is unafraid to have bold Chris­tians on her show, and equally unafraid to pro­claim her own beliefs. Last time I checked, it hadn’t cratered her career. I remem­ber turn­ing on Fox and Friends one morn­ing not too long ago and there was Cast­ing Crowns. Seen FOX News’ rat­ings lately?

I have no doubt you’ll ignore this, Hugh, just as I have no doubt your syco­phant fans will rant and rail against me for once again besmirch­ing your hal­lowed name. I’ve quite given up car­ing about such things. It is of pri­mary, if not sole, impor­tance to pro­mote the artists devot­ing, far more often than not at tremen­dous per­sonal cost, them­selves to serv­ing Christ through music. The world has enough polit­i­cal talk, Hugh. The world has very few polit­i­cal talk­ers will­ing to openly embrace and pro­mote the God so many of them say they serve by openly embrac­ing and pro­mot­ing Chris­t­ian rock­ers new and vet­eran. You have the oppor­tu­nity. Take hold of it.

Dis­miss me as you will. Dis­miss God’s ser­vants at your own peril.

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A few days ago, I ran across this story involving a recent speech by conservative radio host and author Hugh Hewitt:

ORLANDO, Fla. (NRB) –  Christian radio show hosts have an obligation not only “to deliver great news talk” but to make certain the “fragrance of the Gospel is there,” Hugh Hewitt said Tuesday evening (Feb. 28) at Proclaim 17, the National Religious Broadcasters’ International Christian Media Convention.

Speaking at NRB’s Media Leadership Dinner, Hewitt told the audience of other talk show hosts and broadcasters that he has hosted his many guests during 17 years with Salem Media Group “with one purpose in mind – to smuggle in the Christian Gospel into a secular setting.”

 

Really.

Really?

Indulge me while I address Hugh Hewitt directly.

I prayerfully urge you, Hugh.

Listen to yourself.

Put your words into practice.

You did not do so in my case.

See, a few years back when I wrote my book about the forgotten and neglected pioneers of Christian modern rock, I had the crazy notion you’d be interested. After all, you’ve written a parcel of books for Christian publishers. You’ve long talked about the need to impact the culture. Well, here were people who took that notion to heart and actually did so. Seemed to me like it’d be a natural for your show. Just a few minutes; enough to get the word out. No big.

I was wrong.

Even after I sent you a copy of the book through your personal assistant, not a word. Now before you or anyone else (more on said else anyones later) reply with I’m/he’s busy and can’t possibly get back to everyone who contacts me/him, a brief reminder. We’re all busy. All of our time is valuable. By my reckoning, the single mom trying to juggle child rearing, working more often than not one job, and everything else life has thrown her way is far busier than both of us combined. So no, no whining about being busy is admissible.

Oh, but I did hear back from your radio show’s producer Duane Patterson. Boy, did I hear back. According to him, no interest whatsoever. The show is politics from start to finish. No time for anything else. When pressed, he responded time and again with heaps of insults and name calling. Rather disrespectful, don’t you think Hugh?

As noted, there was your loyal core of fanbois and gurrls who were aware of my efforts. They followed both your lead in ignoring me and Mr. Patterson’s lead in belittling me. How DARE I speak less than glowingly of the great and good Hugh Hewitt! How DARE I waste a nanosecond of his time, or that of anyone connected with him! Infidel! Unclean! RINO!!! Which leads to the musing about how in a conservative media world, both old and new, where endless self-promotion is not only mandatory but routinely lauded and reciprocated, I was burned at the stake for attempting … self-promotion.

So, Hugh, you can imagine my reaction to your comments at the NRB convention. My personal, direct experience with you, your employees, and your fans stands in direct contradiction to your words. There are several expressions concerning, and descriptive adjectives for, those who say something yet do the exact opposite. No need to list them here; we all know them very, very well.

Instead, let’s try this again.

No, I’m not asking to appear on your show, although I wouldn’t mind the opportunity to spread the word about my podcast playing the music by the artists I wrote about in the book. Instead, I bring to your attention two of these artists with new projects currently going on. Daniel Amos (which is a band led by one Terry Scott Taylor) is prepping a deluxe rerelease of its Horrendous Disc album, one of the true watershed moments in Christian rock. Have Terry on your show. He’s wise and witty. It will be a treat for you and your audience.

Veteran Christian alternative rockers The Choir are currently running a campaign to fund both rereleasing its 1989 Wide Eyed Wonder album and record a new album. They’re also going on tour in a few days. Have the band’s drummer and lyricist Steve Hindalong on your show. He’s wise. Ask him about the band, and about how he cowrote “God of Wonders” which doubtless you’ve sung during Sunday worship. Like Terry Scott Taylor, it will be a treat for you and your audience. And there are many, many more artists who would be positive additions to your show.

Now before you say that’s too much gospel, Hugh, I remind you that Dana Loesch had Christian rapper Lecrae on her show. Is not her show 99.44% politics? Yet she is unafraid to have bold Christians on her show, and equally unafraid to proclaim her own beliefs. Last time I checked, it hadn’t cratered her career. I remember turning on Fox and Friends one morning not too long ago and there was Casting Crowns. Seen FOX News’ ratings lately?

I have no doubt you’ll ignore this, Hugh, just as I have no doubt your sycophant fans will rant and rail against me for once again besmirching your hallowed name. I’ve quite given up caring about such things. It is of primary, if not sole, importance to promote the artists devoting, far more often than not at tremendous personal cost, themselves to serving Christ through music. The world has enough political talk, Hugh. The world has very few political talkers willing to openly embrace and promote the God so many of them say they serve by openly embracing and promoting Christian rockers new and veteran. You have the opportunity. Take hold of it.

Dismiss me as you will. Dismiss God’s servants at your own peril.