Here's the TV show pitch: Most news oriented programming is failing to capture the demographic of the 30-40 something parent with kids who has a world view grounded in their faith. My show would present the news of the day focusing on why things are happening with an implied influence in interpretation from that shared Judeo-Christian world view. The show's core regular content would focus on navigating our kids through the world without losing them to the world, e.g teaching parents how to introduce their kids to technology, explaining the tools available, and also talking to experts about the chaos in the world and how to approach those topics with our kids, from technology to transgenderism to a country divided. There'd be ancillary segments on things to do with the family to escape the news cycle and a regular cooking component -- breaking bread and mastering the art of conversation with people I might not agree with on politics.
I know, it sounds a bit crazy and perhaps a bit unfocused. But I run into parents all the time who just seem overwhelmed with how to navigate their kids through the 21st century without losing them to worldliness and I keep encountering parents who wish there was a more explicitly Christian focus on the daily news without resorting to the moral majority nonsense we see corrupting the GOP these days. No one in the media seems to share their world view and definitions of right and wrong. I spend time on my radio program talking about these topics because I get asked about them so much and that was one of the reasons I decided to go back to seminary.
I have talked about this TV idea for a while. But I am not sure anymore. This Charlie Rose story and the others out there just make me want to run away from media altogether.
Y'all, I know you don't really know some people, but I have really been horrified over the last year seeing people in the media I've interacted with go down in flames for terrible behavior I would have never guessed. And it seems many of the prominent people out there have something in them that sheds all sense of decency when the cameras are turned off. That's not to say there aren't good people in the media, but there seem to be fewer good people than there were.
What I know for sure is that lots of people have told me it was a career mistake to live in Macon, GA. If I really wanted to do a show like this, I'd need to be in Washington, New York, or Los Angeles. But I have never wanted to do that and I keep reading all these stories and wonder what is in the water in those places. The cocktail circuits of Washington and New York prevent people from speaking out while emboldening others to act badly. The yes men and predators galore feed off each other. I think, if nothing else, I've been blessed by not being there even if I might not have the career I would otherwise have.
I don't think I have the type of character to navigate those waters and I am no longer sure I would want to. I'm not even sure there'd be a demand for that sort of thing. The world just continues to disappoint on the character front. You know, as an aside and you will have to excuse my language here, but literally the best piece of advice I have ever gotten before my career took off was from Rush Limbaugh. Back when I was being offered a contract with CNN, before even getting a radio offer, Rush told me that if I went down that road I needed a designated asshole whose job would be to tell me I had screwed up and who knew he would not lose his job for being blunt with me. I found that person and he relishes his role. And I wonder if more members of the media need that -- something akin to the slave on the Roman General's chariot reminding him that all glory is fleeting. People in power should not be predators.