Mark Hemingway on “30 Rock”

Did you watch “30 Rock” the other day and hear a cryptic reference to someone you faintly recall hearing of recently? Well, remember how I mentioned Lutheran journalist and conservative pundit Mark Hemingway the other day? Well, he’s made it to the big time: having his name taken in vain on a sit-com and becoming a pop culture reference.

Now the political insider site Politico is talking about this. It’s a genuinely funny line, and Mark is both taking it in good humor and reveling in the attention.

What else do “30 Rock,” “Politico,” and the Cranach blog have in common?

Fall of one conservative newspaper but the rise of another

The conservative newspaper in the nation’s capital may be in a death spiral. The Washington Times has cut its staff by 40%. It will try to survive as a small give-away paper and as an online presence. The newspaper is owned by the cultic Unification Church, which is going through turmoil over who will succeed the aging messiah Sun Myung Moon (who was supposed to complete the unfinished work of Christ). The organization is also in a financial crisis, which means that the previously generous subsidies to the Times have been cut off.

Actually, there IS another conservative newspaper in D.C., the Washington Examiner, also distributed free and online, but it’s up and coming, in my opinion. The paper has recently hired Lutheran journalist and former National Review pundit Mark Hemingway as an editorial page writer. Here he is with his wife Mollie , also a Lutheran journalist and a confessional Lutheran polemicist extraordinaire:

Mollie & Mark Hemingway