Dallas Morning News' Slater falsely attributed to Media Matters description of Hewitt as "a Renaissance Man of the New Media universe"

››› ››› SIMON MALOY

In a September 1 Dallas Morning News column, Austin bureau chief Wayne Slater wrote that conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt "sees the freewheeling mix of radio and the Internet as a potent force that has undermined what he calls the creaky monopoly of liberal mainstream media," adding: "The liberal group Media Matters, no fan of Mr. Hewitt's politics, nonetheless dubbed him 'a Renaissance Man of the New Media universe.' " In fact, it was not Media Matters that described him as such, but rather Roger Aronoff, a media analyst for the conservative media "watchdog" group Accuracy in Media, in a September 15, 2005, column.

From Slater's September 1 column:

Mr. Hewitt represents the shift in the way many people get their information. He is the ideological soulmate of fellow radio talkers Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity but also one of the earliest conservatives to plunge wholeheartedly into the blogosphere.

He sees the freewheeling mix of radio and the Internet as a potent force that has undermined what he calls the creaky monopoly of liberal mainstream media.

The liberal group Media Matters, no fan of Mr. Hewitt's politics, nonetheless dubbed him "a Renaissance Man of the New Media universe."

From Aronoff's September 15, 2005, column:

Conservatives are often held up by the liberal media as a rare species to be studied and explained to their viewers and readers. It is a nuisance that they used to not have to worry about. Perhaps that is why the New York Times has a writer for whom conservatives are his beat. And perhaps it explains the recent New Yorker profile of Hugh Hewitt, lawyer, teacher, radio host, and author of the book Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation.

Hewitt, a Renaissance Man of the New Media universe, previously worked for then-former President Nixon at his Western White House in California, and in the Reagan Justice Department, where he worked with current Supreme Court nominee John Roberts.

Media Matters' coverage of Hewitt can be reviewed here.

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