Morning Briefing: September 21st, 2012
By Steve Deace
Did Chick-fil-a Cave?
After enjoying the most successful day in the history of the restaurant business, one might think it’s a little strange for Chick-fil-a to now succumb to pressure from the very tolerance mob patriots across the country helped them defeat. But that’s just what this story in the right-leaning The Washington Times (and many others) reported yesterday. Somewhere, former Chick-fil-a pitch man Lee Corso is saying “not so fast my friend.” This story from World Net Daily contradicts that account. A statement from Focus on the Family also contradicted those reports. Contrary to the propaganda being peddled to the media from homosexual activists, it appears nothing has changed.
More TBN Drama
WORLD Magazine, one of the leading publications targeted at thinking evangelicals across the country, has a profile of yet another controversy surrounding TBN, the largest Christian television network in the world. Long plagued by drama, which WORLD lays out in a timeline included in the article, this latest controversy involves a dispute within TBN’s founding family. Exactly why did TBN founders Paul and Jan Crouch fire their granddaughter and her husband? The Crouches say they caught their granddaughter, who was making over $200,000 a year from the network, embezzling funds. She says its because she witnessed firsthand as TBN’s former financial director “fraud, sexual harassment, physical intimidation, and unlawful financial transactions” to the tune of at least $50 million. And she says she’s got a flash drive worth of documents to prove it. Also involved in this mess is Jay Sekulow’s American Center of Law and Justice, who is closely aligned with TBN and whose Colby May is the network’s spokesperson. In addition, back in June another one of the Crouch’s granddaughters filed a lawsuit, saying TBN covered up her being raped by a 30-year old employee when she was just 13 out of fear he would produce negative PR — which doesn’t seem to end at TBN.
Finally, a Personal Note
On Thursday my former employer, and one of the flagship affiliates for our new syndicated radio program, won the Marconi Award for Radio Station of the Year. But that’s nothing new for 1040-WHO and its management team, because they’ve been filling up trophy cases for years now. I also want to congratulate one of my mentors, Jan Mickelson, for being named personality of the year. Jan is a pro’s pro, and if I told you how much I learned from him you’d make me send him royalties from our syndicated show as it continues to grow. Jan and WHO are class acts, and what talk radio is supposed to be about. Compelling, convicting, entertaining, and serving the community. There is no way I would be where I am, or where many in the industry say we are going, without them. And they deserve everything they get.
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