Well, roughly 13% of Lincoln has spoken and we’re now done with the city’s primary election. So, on this morning’s show, we decided to take a tongue-in-cheek look at “rejected campaign ads” for various candidates. Besides goofing on the Democratic party’s trying-too-hard attacks on Ken Svoboda and the lack of public knowledge about the Lincoln Airport Authority, we also got into the mix on the creationism/evolutionism debate that seems to be the only thing giving this School Board race any discussion among the masses (hear all three parodies here).
Our satirical ‘rejected ad’ was purported to be from candidate Kevin Keller (the primary winner in his district), who, according to the LJS told one voter that “he wished creationism was taught instead of evolution“. This statement caused us to raise our eyebrows, and it did the same for a lot of voters. Perhaps that’s why he thought it wise to distance himself from that statement later in the article.
After the satirical ads ran, we got virtually no response from listeners (which is pretty rare for anything that we do), but apparently it struck a chord with some of the local Republican elected officials, several of whom contacted the folks who run the Keller campaign to notify them. There was some misunderstanding of the parody’s reference to “Black Widows” and Clint Eastwood. Chalk that one up to Bishop’s odd love for the 1979 flick “Every Which Way But Loose“. There was also some sentiment that this parody, as a whole, was unfair or inappropriate.
I was a little taken aback by the criticism of the piece, which we believe was a legitimate satire on a statement made by someone seeking public office and the attention that the statement has since received by the media (we’re looking at you, LJS). Did it involve hyperbole? Sure, so did our fake ad targeting the local Dems. That’s what satire is. We also thought that the character in the piece was pretty darn funny.
Do you have the right to disagree with the gist of the piece? Absolutely. We welcome discussion on it (in fact we had a great discussion on the issue with several callers from all over the spectrum last week).
In the end, I tend to believe the importance of the creationism/evolution issue in the school board elections has been a little overblown thanks to the Journal Star’s making front page news of this conversation. In fact, lost among the critcs was the fact that we intended that very message to be conveyed by the over-the-top tone of the parody.
While I don’t share Mr. Keller’s stated personal desire that only creationism should be taught in schools, I do think the rift should be explained in schools and both theories should be noted and explained from a scientific point of view. This is coming from the son of pastor and someone who, in the end, does believe in intelligent design. It’s funny because just a week ago I was getting pointed emails from evolutionists after espousing those views on the air during our call-in segment. Seems I can’t win.
In the end, I have not decided who I’ll be voting for in that particular Board of Education race during the general election, but I can tell you this, my decision will be based almost completely without regard to this issue. With a son who will be entering LPS for the first time during this board’s tenure, I’ve got what I consider bigger fish to fry with as it pertains to his education.
It’s also probably a good time to point out that this show will never be a mouthpiece for any political movement or candidate. That doesn’t mean we won’t and haven’t called out our leaders and candidates when we think they deserve it, no matter the side of the aisle from which they hail. In the end, we’re two guys who have opinions that might not always fit us into neat ideological categories, and we respect that many of our listeners may agree or disagree with us on issues. That’s the beauty of talk radio–I love that it’s a marketplace of ideas, and as long as we have anything to do with it, our show will continue to be just that.