More than soul saving, televangelism is a form of entertainment for profit. And nobody knows entertainment for profit than Roger Ailes who, according to Gabriel Sherman's Ailes biography, "The Loudest Voice in the Room," sees Fox News as an entertainment as well as a real news venue. So despite his deep Christian faith (!), it's not beyond the realm of probability that Ailes, whose background includes theater, sees Fox's abundant Christian programming as entertainment as well as a shout out to Fox's evangelical audience. How else to explain Fox's seeming pre-occupation with after death experiences which are a staple of Fox & Friends. But it's just not America's morning celebration of vacuity that validates celestial voyagers. Last night, in featuring another traveler, Megyn Kelly told her audience that "sometimes you get a sign."
Kelly, looking radiant, began by reporting about Brian Miller "a truck driver from Ohio who says he went to heaven and back" after having had a heart attack. She dramatically described how he seemed OK until his heart stopped. As the chyron read "To Heaven and Back, Man Shares What He Saw When Heart Stopped" Megyn described Miller's story as "amazing."
Miller told his "incredible" tale as the chyron read "Heart Stopped for 45 Min. Say He Saw Heaven." Miller said he saw a light that opened into a flower strewn path. He was met by his deceased in-laws who told him that he had things to do back on earth. After that encounter, he woke back up on planet earth. As the discussion continued, Fox did a little proselytizing with the chyron: "Miller: There is an Afterlife and ppl Need to Believe in it Bigtime."
Kelly said that was "incredible" that the angelic beings told him that he didn't belong in wherever he was. She asked him if he previously believed in the afterlife. Miller, of course, testified to always having believed in the lord and said that he now wants to share his story. Kelly wanted to know if this "changes his perspective."
Kelly provided her own personal testimony: "You hear these stories and you certainly want to believe, I've had some loss in my own life and too many times you ask for a sign and you get it and it gives you some sort of hope. Good luck to both of you."
Testify, Sister Megyn. Seriously, it's not just PT Barnum who knew the birthrate for suckers?
And btw, if Miller doesn't start eating some salads, he'll be making a return trip sooner than later!
Just look at my hand.