On occasion, I remark how the main
tactic of the far left is to silence conservatives and people of conscious; not
engage in the arena of ideas. The MSM or
old media have been exposed for their bias by insiders, websites and
competition. I cite examples everyday on
my program as well check in with media analyst Seton Motley who provides the
audience with outstanding commentary as well as updates on communication
regulation often times breaking news. Last night, I saw how in the war of ideas
people can make a difference by simply engaging in the debate.
The program Undercover Boss on CBS impressed
me last week with the head of Roto Rooter going “undercover” and getting an
internal perspective of his global enterprise.
It was great; he connected with his labor force while finding areas
where the company had lost its vision. However,
it was tear jerker since he had to confront folks that were facing challenges which
CEO’s of major corporations don’t have to deal with, like monetary issues. He also helped an employee who was six years
sober by having him speak to other locations across the country. Rotor-Rooter benefited big time with what
turned out to be an hour long infomercial on their service. I was looking forward to last night’s
broadcast until I saw that the undercover boss was featuring Hooters, but much
to my surprise, after viewing the program I was actually heartened by elements
of the broadcast.
Undercover Boss Hooters did have the
touching family story of a son taking over the family business and trying to
forward his Father’s vision thereby seeking approval from his now deceased Dad. The only problem was that the company was in
the business of exploiting women with tight tops and short skirts; a step from
a strip club if you ask me. So how could
there be something of value from this kind of promotion?
In one of the jobs, the head hooter
had to go out with two scantily clad employees to pass out flyers and engage
the public about how “great” Hooters was.
Armed only with a chicken wing special and a camera crew, they engaged
passersby with questions. One of the
questions was if people go or would go to the local Hooters? The answers were
varied but the most substantive came from women who objected to their
establishment. Highlighting exploitation
and sleaziness, critics politely explained why their business was offensive. Their responses would have been laughable if
they were not so sad. If you ever hear
someone defend porn; you get the picture.
The CEO came away seemingly embarrassed but then surmised that he needed
to do a better job of informing the public of good Hooters does for the
community. I suspect the pathetic
rationalization was obvious even for the most ardent supporters. You have heard
them before - e.g. Gambling dollars help fun kid’s education. The inclusion of the objections trumped the
attempted sanitization which makes the point: people win by just entering the
arena and speaking truth.