VCY America runs TV and radio stations out of Milwaukee, WI. It started a youth ministry and grew into a modest little empire. It’s like PBS and NPR except with Jesus and God instead of Tom Ashbrook and Elmo. Perhaps I’ll get into the line up of shows some day but for now, let’s focus on Crosstalk America.
Have you ever wondered if you could go any farther right than Dobson and not buy a shortwave radio? Vic Eliason and company provide you with a Monday thru Friday show that, depending on your temperment, is either the funniest or the scariest thing you’ll ever listen to.
Let’s hear from Vic – Madison – Sodom By The Lake
And from a typical caller – Debbie From Georgia
And, at twenty after the hour, Back to Genesis – Dinosaurs!
Here’s a confession – I sometimes feel badly for the snarkiness of my stand up. I’ve had friends from the South tell me (politely) that they don’t appreciate portrayals of them as ignorant, christo-fascist rednecks. I, for my part, refrain from pointing out the belovededness of Larry The Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy. So I inwardly cringe sometimes and wonder if it’s truly fair to be so…regionalist.
And then I hear Debbie. And I hear Vic. And I hear the gentleman who called from Arkansas to say (and I’m paraphrasing, but accurately)
Vic, the thing is that homosexuals are already morally lost. They ain’t able to tell anymore what’s right and what’s wrong and if they can’t do that how do we know they won’t go out and kill somebody?
Honest. I didn’t make that up. If I remembered which show it was I’d post it.
Crosstalk America also leads the charge against Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven movement calling him the Anti-Christ. Ok. That’s not fair. Vic never called Rick Warren the Anti-Christ. He’s let’s his callers do it for him. He does, however, directly question Warren’s committment to Christ. What did Warren do? Among other things (and, please, if you’re standing, sit down) he invited Barak Obama to speak at his church. Warren hosted a global AIDS confernce at Saddleback (his church) and asked Obama to speak there. Vic heard the trumpets of the End Times loud and clear, wasting no time in blurring the lines of precise speech to grand effect. “Rick Warren has invite Barak Obama, an abortion advocate who supports partial birth abortion, who support the killing of pre-born children, into his pulpit. You cannot be a Christian and support the killing of pre-borns.”
First off, Obama wasn’t preaching. Second off, this was a one-off thing. Third off, who is this jerk-…sorry!
But fairness and accuracy aren’t the point. As a matter of fact, Crosstalk America went on record to proudly proclaim their opposition to fairness.
The new Democratic Congress might bring back the Fairness in Broadcasting doctrine. What this says (in an oversimplified way) is that broadcasters need to give equal time to the groups they demonize. Reagan got rid of it in 1987 and…hmmm…when did Rush Limbaugh take off? Wingnut radio owes everything to the trashing of the Fairness Doctrines and stands to lose everything if it got reinstated. Maybe.
I’m of two minds about it. On the one hand, free speech is free speech. Wingnut radio wouldn’t be the empire it is if no one was listening. Hell, I listen to wingnut radio. I make a point of not buying the products advertised on it, but I listen to it. It’s theatrical and compelling. Air America, I’m sorry to say, doesn’t work for exactly those reasons. Wingnuts know they rule the airwaves and tactically do NOT call the opposition. Hence, no drama.
But on the other hand, what’s the problem with an actual discussion on the issues? Well, because they’ll find out that not everything they spew is true. I’m not saying that they conciously lie – just that they don’t always check the facts.
Example – Last week, a caller to Crosstalk said that he held in his hands a copy of the Homosexual Agenda. I did not know they had written it down but apparently they did.
I want you to listen to this, Vic, it says that they will come for our children in bathrooms.
Hm. Really? They wrote that down?
Well, it was written down, but it’s not the Homosexual Agenda. It’s a cautionary piece written by Michael Swift. Some congressman read it into the Congressional Record but they left out the preamble explaining that the piece is fictional. Knowing this would dilute the power of gays assaulting children in bathrooms.
The fact that a Christian group would work against fairness takes the sting out of what I do. As does this closing thought from Vic.
Folks, this thing would mandate that if you spoke about something controversial you’d need to have someone from the opposite side on to give the opposing view. I couldn’t say that the homosexual lifestyle is un-Godly without having a homosexual on to tell you how really, really wonderful it was.
If I were to do a show about…I don’t know…stealing cars, would they then force me to have a car thief on to extoling the virtues of stealing cars?
The important thing to know is that Vic is not Rush Limbaugh or Mike Gallagher. He doesn’t get angry. He’s your grandad – kindly, wise, thoughtful. What better way to disguise hate speech?
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