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July 14, 2010

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.

Steve Benen 3:45 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (21)

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radical TV preacher Pat Robertson

I believe that's actually "radical Christian cleric Pat Robertson", thankyouverymuch.

And I'm somewhat surprised to see that Angle comes right out and says that she won't give interviews to any "news" agency that won't let her shill for cash on the air. Jeebus. I mean, I know that pols view media exposure as "free advertising" but I've never seen someone describe the mechanics of it so crassly before (at least not in public, I guess).

Posted by: NonyNony on July 14, 2010 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

Let's remember that this wingnut is up by 3 in the latest poll.

Posted by: ameshall on July 14, 2010 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK

ameshall, if it makes you feel better, she WAS up by SEVEN, and it's only July. The more voters get to know her, the worse she comes across.

Somewhat related note, am I reading Steve Benen correctly? Did CBN's David Brody admit that, like CBN, Fox News is neither fair nor balanced but a "conservative outlet?"

Posted by: Slappy Magoo on July 14, 2010 at 4:00 PM | PERMALINK

Let's see - she was up by 3!
But wasn't that a Rasmussen poll?

Posted by: JS on July 14, 2010 at 4:03 PM | PERMALINK

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.

Since she's not answering questions about issues and is basically using the free air time as a campaign ad, does that mean that these networks have to give equal time to Harry Reid? And how much is that air time worth anyhow? Does it violate campaign finance law?

Posted by: josef on July 14, 2010 at 4:03 PM | PERMALINK

They're not letting her shill for cash...they're shilling for her. They're function isn't delivering news. Its delivering votes to Republicans.

Posted by: SaintZak on July 14, 2010 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

That's the funny thing about the right wing, and it's not just Sharron Angle's campaign. Do you think Rush Limbaugh really wants to see a Republican in the White House? (Is a little more tax break worth giving back the extra ratings when the looney Right is riled up?) We know Hannity and Beck are just doing this to hawk their wares.

The right-wing base isn't just destructive to our country. It's a bunch of dupes, too.

Then again, they're all about the unbridled socially-irresponsible capitalism, so it's good they're willing to fund it I suppose.

Posted by: Equal Opportunity Cynic on July 14, 2010 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

The reverse JFK "Ask what your country can do for you, tell not what you can do for your country."

The Tea Party isn't a movement - it's a collection of people who feel left out of the Me Generation - the strongest messages they send are anti-tax, railing against a perceived slippery slope towards socialism, expressing their feelings of victimization by minorities (especially the "boogeyman" in the White House), totally unwilling to see themselves as part of society.

The unfortunate thing is that the Democrats are simply incompetent at pushing back or getting their own message out.

Posted by: ghillie on July 14, 2010 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

Does the Christian Broadcasting Network qualify as a news outlet? For that matter, does Fox news?

Is what Sharron Angle says news? For that matter, is what any politician says news?

IMHO The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and South Park seem to be the only news outlets around anymore.

Posted by: Marc on July 14, 2010 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

It all must be as she says, part of God's plan:

Reed: Sharron, you really came, you know, maybe not out of nowhere, but from the back of the back of the pack to win the Republican primary here in Nevada. There's a new poll out this week that shows you leading Harry Reid by seven or eight points. How do you explain all of this? You're now a national story. Are you kind of overwhelmed by it all?

Sharon Angle: "Not really. I believe that God has been in this from the beginning and because of that, when he has a plan and purpose for your life and you fit into that what he calls you to, he's always equipped people."

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2010/07/is_god_a_republican.html

Odd that God has called her to avoid mainstream media outlets for the 'plan and purpose' of getting money on religiously conservative talk-shows to win her candidacy; that is, one would think that God had already financially "equipped" her.

Posted by: dj on July 14, 2010 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

just goive me gods address sharron and i will mail the money there. kthxbaibai.

Posted by: Kill Bill on July 14, 2010 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

If she threw in a free blender and a set of knives, I might contribute.

Posted by: qwerty on July 14, 2010 at 6:33 PM | PERMALINK

Am I the only one who thinks this sort of thing crosses a line, and amounts to a campaign contribution from CBN?

I don't dispute their right to say she's the best think since sliced bread, and that all God-fearing real Nevadans ought to vote for her over Reid.

But, if she's going to go on a news network and directly solicit campaign donations, she ought to pay for the time.

Posted by: Jasper on July 14, 2010 at 6:51 PM | PERMALINK

Gotta love the obit in which some person dead mom endorses Sharon. One must note though if Americans lived as long as the Japanese she might have been able to vote against Reid herself.

So do Repubs really dislike poor and middle income people so much that they refuse to help fix this problem?

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on July 14, 2010 at 8:02 PM | PERMALINK

She learned everything she knows from cable television: QVC and the TV evangelists, sell and beg.

Posted by: anomaly on July 14, 2010 at 8:14 PM | PERMALINK

"this campaign against Harry Reid who needs $25 million -- and I have been saying I only need a million people to send $25"

I'm confused. Is she saying that Harry Reid is excessive or improper to need or ask for $25M, but she is asking for less?

Isn't $25 from a million people the same as $25M?

Am I missing something? Help!

Posted by: Daniel Kim on July 14, 2010 at 8:29 PM | PERMALINK

CBN has never been anything other than than Robertson's whore and now it's a pimp for the Teabaggers! Cosmically fitting, I think.
I don't think this is what is meant by: "Ask and ye shall receive", though...

Posted by: Doug on July 14, 2010 at 8:59 PM | PERMALINK

She's a REPUBLICRAT.

Money is her r'aison d'etre.

Posted by: Sarah Barracuda on July 14, 2010 at 9:32 PM | PERMALINK

"So do Repubs really dislike poor and middle income people so much that they refuse to help fix this problem?

Posted by: KurtRex1453"

Yes.

People keep posting this question. They just can NOT believe the truth, which is that Republicrat's hate poor people and despise middle income people for being too lazy to be rich, like they are.

Yes. They really DO hate people who are not like them.

Yes.

Posted by: GOOP Party = Haters on July 14, 2010 at 9:37 PM | PERMALINK

Steve, you are missing the point; they are not "allowing" her to beg for money.... they are actively promoting her campaign and they are delighted to have her to "beg for money" on their programs.

Posted by: Claimsman on July 15, 2010 at 12:22 AM | PERMALINK

They're not letting her shill for cash...they're shilling for her. [Their] function isn't delivering news. [It's] delivering votes to Republicans.
Posted by: SaintZak on July 14, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Corrected and absolutely correct.

Posted by: electrolite on July 15, 2010 at 2:39 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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