At 2:40 PM (CST) on Tuesday, September 26, I “appeared” on MSNBC’s ‘Net review: The Most, with Alison Stewart. Alison’s producer spoke with Mark Moring, editor for the Christianity Today Movies channel, wondering if he’d be willing to answer a few questions about Jesus Camp on-air.
I appeared not as a representative of Christianity Today (my employer), but as “a Pentecostal blogger” writing for Christianity Today Movies.
For three minutes, I fielded three questions:
- “What did you walk away from this documentary thinking about Evangelical camps for kids?”
- “Becky Fischer … was not pleased with the film. … How important do you think it is to talk about context when you’re documenting religion?”
- “Is this in any way … ‘brainwashing?'”
Alison’s second question, by the way, is the critical question to ask of this film, and I’m delighted she asked it. (Most blogging punderati never get around to this.)
I’m hardly as articulate on-air as I sound in my own cavernous head. More pity me. I flubbed a couple word choices, have since been corrected on the inflammatory “liberal democrats” phraseology (I used Grady and Ewing’s own self-description, but should’ve said “secular liberals”), and the moment I laid the phone down a dozen brilliant answers to Ms. Stewart’s questions popped into my medicine-fogged cranium. (When in doubt, always blame the meds!) I’ve since forgotten my witty riposts, so don’t ask me to repeat them here.
Watch the clip (below) and observe how I answered Alison. If you can stand the pain, that is.
By the way, this was the first I’d even heard of The Most — much less seen it — I’m impressed. I don’t know how Stewart and staff can pull together a live one-hour broadcast so professionally executed every single day. It must be almost as stressful as crossing a highway while jugging blindfolded. No wonder her producer was sounding frazzled!. They have my congratulations and an empathetic hat-tip.
Please feel free to post your comments and scathing reviews below! Oh, and if you want to send feedback to Alison & crew and carefully explain why it’s generally a bad idea to invite Pentecostals on-air, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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