The Week after wine

The Week after wine

[Wrote this last night at The Week’s dinner; posting now….]

: After dinner, they’re having a panel on whether media elite is out of touch with America.

The answer is yes and the panel is over.

Oh, if only.

God knows why they have Pat Robertson on this panel. “Are we elite?” he asks. No, you’re a bigot who gives God bad PR, Pat. It’s driving me nuts that he’s there.

Also here are Margaret Carlson of Time, Ed Schultz of radio in one Dakota or another, and Tina Brown of … Tina Brown.

Brown: “The media elite are all on the run, terrified of Pat Robertson.”

Robertson: “You should be.”

I digress… I was supposed to be at a table with Jonathan Adelstein of the FCC, whom I audio-fisked only a day ago. He didn’t show up. Wimp.

This guy Schultz is giving radio spiels. He’s talking about how he’s going to the talk-radio convention this week. What a fun bunch that must be.

Now Robertson is bitchslapping him. It’s like bad cable.

Brown: “I’m in the middle of this sort of testosterone fusillade.”

She says that she’d “like to see the media elite get a little more elite, please… The elite is supposed to lead.”

I’m sitting next to legendary editor Geneva Overholser. She gives up and leaves. I’m going to do likewise…

  • Mumblix Grumph

    God knows why they have Pat Robertson on this panel.
    Why? Because Lefties think that Robertson is the de-facto face of Conservatism. He is the bogeyman, the golem, a…a Christian! (boo, hiss FIRE BAD!)
    No one apotheosizes Robertson more than the Left. Most conservatives can either take him or leave him, but not the Left…they just can’t let go of him. He is the epitome of all things evil (Christian).
    Abortion clinics would burst into flames if he deigned to walk within 1000 feet of one. He is the single impediment to gay marriage, a female president and the destruction of the glass ceiling.
    With a single phone call, he could bring back slavery, school prayer or the Lawrence Welk show.
    That is why the Left has him around…they need a focus for their fears and Robertson is the guy. The Left fears and hates him more than the Taliban.
    I wonder what Ward Churchill thinks of him.
    Maybe the left needs a counterpart to What Would Jesus Do? (WWJD)
    They could ask What Would Ward Say? (WWWS)

  • God knows why they have Pat Robertson on this panel.
    It’s not the man that you react to, Jeff. It’s his brand of Evangelicalism. One aspect of red state/blue state America is the clash between Ecumenism and Evangelicalism within the Christian faith, although it’s rarely discussed.
    As a media guy, you can disagree with him all you want, but you cannot ignore his historical contribution to the citizens media revolution currently underway. Before Fox, before Drudge, before Rush, there was “TV News With A Different Spirit.” The philosophy of CBN News has always been to sidestep the MSM and speak directly to and with everyday (Evangelical) people. That sounds anti-hierarchical and revolutionary to me. I might not like what he says, but I cannot dismiss his pioneering media efforts. I know, because I was there when it all began.
    Finally, while you and others are busy having a negative (and often quite visceral) reaction, he’s communicating directly with those of his political and religious ilk. Think about it. Isn’t that exactly what he wants?
    This is the position the left finds itself in these days — one of reacting instead of acting. Did it get that way by accident?

  • rick d

    No, it’s the man. Robertson has spent decades establishing himself as a sanctimonious prig; Jeff’s supported by a very sturdy limb in finding him repellant. He has as much positive influence on religion and the nation as Sharpton.

  • Any elite is out of touch. Is that really how the question was asked? And that doesn’t address the rest of the newspapers, TV and radio.
    So Grumph, Pat Robertson = Michael Moore? Who knew?

  • Bob

    Maybe the left needs a counterpart to What Would Jesus Do? (WWJD)
    They could ask What Would Ward Say? (WWWS)

    How despicable of you to presume that the left would agree with Ward Churchill.
    Maybe “the left” isn’t so ignorant that they need any single role model to make things so nice and black and white for them. Offended? At least I’m willing to admit that many on the right aren’t so simple-minded to think everything can be solved with a bumper sticker.
    Of course, we’d all be better off if folks did ask themselves, What would Jesus Do?, rather than What Would Pat Do?
    As for Churchill, he may be batty, but at least he isn’t threatening people with violence over their sexual orientation.