'MediaBuzz' host Howard Kurtz reacts to Josh Hawley's op-ed where the Missouri senator addresses cancel culture.
January 25, 2021

Howard Kurtz: 'Smart politics' by Sen. Hawley by promoting idea he's been unfairly punished

'MediaBuzz' host Howard Kurtz reacts to Josh Hawley's op-ed where the Missouri senator addresses cancel culture.

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