IF POLITICS DOESN’T WORK OUT, SHE COULD ALWAYS BE A TELEVANGELIST…. Sharron Angle (R), the extremist Senate candidate in Nevada, has largely dropped her self-imposed boycott of media interviews, but she’s still very selective about whom she’s willing to engage. Today, for example, Angle was willing to talk to radical TV preacher Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network.
CBN’s David Brody, to his credit, brought up the fact that there’s a “perception” that Angle is “avoiding those mainstream media outlets” by limiting herself to Fox News and other conservative outlets. He noted, for example, that she isn’t “going on ‘Meet the Press’ or a ‘This Week,’ those type of news shows.”
Angle replied that she only wants to talk to media that will let her beg for cash.
“Well, in that audience, will they let me say I need $25 dollars from a million people go to Sharron Angle.com send money? Will they let me say that? Will I get a bump on my website and you can watch whenever I go on to a show like that we get an immediate bump. You can see the little spinners. People say ‘Oh, I heard that. I am going and I’m going to help Sharron out because they realize this is a national effort and that I need people from all around the nation.’ They may not be able to vote for me but they can certainly help.”
I guess, then, that the Christian Broadcasting Network is one of those outlets that doesn’t mind being used by Angle as part of a fundraising ploy.
In this sense, I’m not sure who should be more embarrassed: Angle, for her willingness to only appear on programs that let her shamelessly beg for money; or the news outlets that actually agree to go along with this and allow the crazed candidate to treat their interviews as a telethon?
When it comes to the latter, note that Angle chatted with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto this week, and the very first words that came out of her mouth were, “Well, first of all, Neil, it’s great to be on your show to talk about this campaign against Harry Reid who needs $25 million — and I have been saying I only need a million people to send $25 to SharronAngle.com.” Eric Hananoki notes that Angle “also made fundraising pitches on Hannity and Fox & Friends.”
Whether Sharron Angle could function as a United States senator is unclear, but her future as a televangelist appears bright.