Hewitt Says Human Flu Risk ‘Remote’

When I saw the headline “Hewitt says human flu risk ‘remote’” in the sidebar of another Guardian story I was reading, I naturally wondered why a British paper was quoting Hugh Hewitt on something clearly outside his expertise. Secondarily, I presumed that 1) it had something to do with debunking global warming and 2) Hugh’s position was exactly in accord with those of the Bush administration.

It turns out that the Hewitt in question was British Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt and that she was expressing her views on a feared human flu pandemic occasioned by the first avian outbreak in the UK.

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  1. whatever says:

    I read “human flu risk” and think avian flu in humans without even reading the rest of the sentence. You read it and get…global warming?

    Are you feeling persecuted in your beliefs?

  2. James Joyner says:

    You read it and get…global warming?

    A very inside baseball Hugh Hewitt joke.

  3. Boyd says:

    Well, not all that inside baseball. I hardly ever read Hewitt, and I got it.