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Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Opus 2020-204: Should-a-Beens: Jesters and Questers

I have a suggestion for future presidential news conferences.  It will require more time but will pay big dividends for America.  We need to divide the press conferences between journalists who ask serious questions and hacks who go for “gotcha”. 

To be honest I don’t watch them now.  All I know are the cuts provided by the sites I visit.  They tend to support Trump and so pick and choose with that in mind.  I am aware of that.  I don’t know the actual number of serious and frivolous questions but I do see a pattern from certain individuals.  The White House should keep track of how many questions are more appropriate for the front page of the National Enquirer, the New York Times or the defunct Mad Magazine and which are after serious information.  After a time of compiling this data the White House should announce that there will be two news conferences from that point on.

I am going to make up numbers to illustrate the point.  I have no idea what the real quantities would be.  We would have two conferences with 20 press passes for each.  The first time you might divide up randomly but at the next set of conferences you would invite the representatives of the media to one or the other, based on the questions they asked last time.  Starting the second session we could have names for the two such as Jesters and Questers or even name one the National Enquirer with apologies to the Enquirer.  Thus if Jim Acosta asks a question about the Stormy Daniels law suit his next pass would be for the Jesters.  You could move up or down depending on how serious you were about the news.

Eventually I would recommend inviting sites like the Babylon Bee and People’s Cube to send representatives.  You could drum up enthusiasm by having a contest to identify which questions came from CNN and which from the Bee.  Prizes could be MAGA hats and T-shirts.  You could make the Jesters more entertaining by having guest Press Secretaries.  Imagine the creative answers you could get if James Carville or Don Lemon had the podium.  You could broadcast them opposite NBA games so that people would not be totally bored.

I am getting carried away.

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