What with one right wing conservative talk show host “debating” a slightly to the left moderate talk show host on national TV might seem like a good show. Funny, irreverent, a couple of good one liners, the perfect combination for viewers and programmers alike
The title of the proposed “debate” even has an air of jocularity to it, the title being “Rumble In The Air Conditioned Auditorium.” Might even make for an hour of fun and laughter, something very much needed, what with everybody being so serious about the upcoming election and all.
Now John Stewart and Bill O’Reilly have quite a history with one and other, trading jabs and insults almost nightly on their respective talk shows. This isn’t the first time they have sparred verbally, and this meeting, and subsequent illustration of rude and sometimes over the top comments won’t be the last, I’m sure.
This might just be the ticket if it weren’t for one thing.
You actually need tickets to see the event
The “debate’ is not on National TV, probably because they couldn’t agree on whose show it would be presented on. The event was held in Washington D.C. at George Washington University.
The event was not free to the public, it was $4.95 to be live streamed to your computer, with 50% percent of the proceeds being donated to charity.
However, this has raised many eyebrows from New York to Hollywood and back again.
Now these two gentlemen probably have plenty of money on hand, what with being celebrities in their own right, and for many a year. And I’m sure they get paid quite nicely for their views, and both men are quite popular.
So that begs the question. Why only 50% going to charity and not 100% or even 199% of “net” proceeds going to charity?
I mean, it is blatantly obvious that neither of these guys needs more money, unless it was an event solely for profit, no charity involved.
But the addition of a charitable donation, and only 50%, makes it smack of a for profit, fund raiser, the kind where the non-profit gets the short end of the stick, and the “Big Name” celebrities make the real money.
Mitt Romney’s comment about cutting funding for PBS has brought attention to the plight of all charities in recent days, so much so that it has given me an idea.
Ok, John and Bill, how about being good sports and modifying your original agreement and give away all the money. That’s right one hundred percent.
A good idea would be to give half to PBS and give the other half to the Food Bank Three Square. That way the general public wouldn’t feel like they were being taken advantage of, two very fine organizations would receive some much needed funding, and you guys would look great!
A couple of regular Joe’s that got a leg up in the world, and decided to pay it forward for a change.
Who knows, you might even be able to take it off your taxes.
It could happen.
Article by Jim Donahue