Here’s the latest from the crossroads of faith and media: 10/19/20

From the Commission on Presidential Debates: Kristen Welker (of NBC News), moderator of the Oct. 22, 2020 presidential debate, has selected the topics for that debate. Subject to possible changes because of news developments, the topics are as follows, not necessarily to be brought up in this order

  • Fighting COVID-19
  • American families
  • Race in America
  • Climate change
  • National security
  • Leadership

IMHO: Fine topics – but here an idea.  How about letting the candidates come up with two questions each for each topic (with one follow-up) that they then pose to one another? That would ensure both sides have their points of view adequately raised and rebutted – while avoiding any perception of favoritism. Let the voters decide if any question put forth by either side is unfair or out of bounds.  The moderator would serve as a time keeper and traffic cop to remind the candidates not to talk over each other and that’s it.  Sorry, Kristen. It’s not about you. It shouldn’t have been about Chris (Wallace) either.

From AceShowbiz: A Twitter mob wants to cancel Chris Pratt. The vocal Christian actor and alleged Trump supporter landed in additional hot water with the Twitterati when he dared to make light of sanctimonious celebrity get-out-the-vote campaigns via a humorous plug for his Pixar movie Onward which is up for the Family Movie Award at the 2020 People’s Choice Awards. On October 2 (a date that will live in infamy) he posted “With all that’s going on in the world it is more important than ever that you vote. Just ask any celebrity. They will tell you. Every day. Several times a day. To vote…But me? I will tell you EXACTLY who to vote for. #onward…The heroes before us did not spill their blood only to have their sacrifices wasted by your apathy. The upcoming 2020 People’s Choice Awards is the most consequential vote in the history of mankind times a million infinity. Vote for #Onward for family movie of the year. Or else. You WILL die. No hyperbole. Click the link in my bio. Let your voice be heard. 

IMHO: This is further indication to me that, while the Hollywood crowd seems to pride itself on finding creative (often mean and brutal) ways of mocking those they disagree with, it has virtually zero tolerance when even the gentlest of jabs is sent in its direction. That’s not only not funny, it’s potentially dangerous.

Words to the wise:

No alt text provided for this imageThis came into my LinkedIn feed. It’s good advice for people as individuals and as members of a nation. Let’s learn from our country’s past failures but not allow ourselves to be defined by them. It’s time to stop indulging the America shamers.

Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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