Letters to The Hobbledehoy: From Murrow to GasLit!

Frank the Yank may agree with much of The Hobbledehoy’s regularly featured GasLit Nation podcasts, but Frank takes exception to the manner in with journalists Sarah Kendzior and Andrea Chalupa deliver their message.


I watched some of Gaslit Nation on Attorney General William Barr. I think the hosts [Sarah Kendzior and Andrea Chalupa] should speak in a calm tone and when reporting on Barr and Trump. Just state the facts.

They should go deeply into, for example, [Steve] Mnuchin’s background, but report this “layer by layer” without using charged words such as kleptocrats.

Fox News is an obvious example of a slanted network, but CNN appeals to the liberals using the same sort of tactics, as does MSNBC.

Whether for the purpose of pursuing larger audience share and more ad revenue, this needs to stop, and [Gaslit Nation’s Kendzior and Chalupa] should bear that in mind. Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, et al., would turn in their graves listening to a “News” channel today.

Hell, in the ’60s I was a Nelson Rockefeller fan, and Nelson and even Goldwater, would think twice about joining the today’s Republican party. They might be considered too liberal to be a member!

Someone save us.

Frank the Yank

Edward R. Murrow
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Letters to The Hobbledehoy

I just wanted to thank Fintan O’Toole for the fine article he wrote about our president. Last I heard his article is going viral. The article was spot on, but please tell Fintan that it is MUCH worse than he wrote or could imagine.

Trump is unraveling minute-by-minute and many of us believe he is mentally ill. Yesterday he said there will soon be 5 million COVID-19 tests a day. Less than an hour later he said he never said that?

I am thinking of visiting Ireland. I am a black fellow who took the DNA test thing and found out I am 15% Irish. Erin Go Bragh!

I plan to visit and track down some of my distant relatives and say, “Surprise!” 🙂

Steve Williams


Thanks for writing THE HOBBLEDEOY, Steve. We agree with you – Fintan O’Toole’s piece on Trump was first rate. Absolutely you should visit Ireland and then tell THE HOBBLEDEHOY all about your trip! The West coast is amazing; wonderful music in Ennis and Doolin. Check out the Dingle Peninsula if you can. Rick Steve’s website is the best place to start your trip. Cheers and stay well !

Letters to The Hobbledehoy: “Twat”

Steven writes to The Hobbledehoy:


“Is there an alternative British meaning to the word: “twat?” or is it the same over here? the [Trump] essay is brilliant until the very last line.”

Interesting question, Steven. I do believe that expression is used far more extensively in Britain than in the U.S. The wonderful Scottish singer Shirley Manson discusses her use of the word ‘twat’ and other swear words here.

I myself use the expression only occasionally, and exclusively in reference to men.

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