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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Tueiday, Otloier 24, 1972 THE IETHBRIDG! HEUAID 5 The new inquisitors: radio interviewers By Sliaim Herrfm, Winnipeg F I" I'ublicalions commentator We're hack to Ihe season ot snide and neurotic corn. I was listening to that radio program I forget what it's called but It should be. With II in the Grown up's Kindergarten wherein a man and a woman phono out to people in the news and egage them in imbccilic conversation that is meant to be probing and penetrating. The phone outers are a painter by the name ot Konald, and a journalist by the name of Bar- bara Frunun. The appears to bo to get people on the air and then be rude to them. Mrs. Frumm or Miss Frumm adds to this a peculiar incap- acity to let anybody finish a sentence. She appears to be "WAy don't you iff 'norkitf the Know, like under the impression that in any good interview Ihc interviewer should do most of the talking and if this is difficult then [lie next best thing is to keep the interviewee from express- ing views she doesn't want to hear. This is the best use of a valuable national resource? The air waves have nothing better to convey to us? The other night the Ronald- Frumm romp had two people on and the reaction of this dar- ing duo to them was curious arid interesting. The first svas this character Marjo is that how it is spelled? who was a child evangelist and healer and then an adult evangelist and healer and who then wrote a hook confessing he was a phoney evangelist who didn't believe a word of it and had only done it because of his par- ents who did believe what he said indeed, told him what to say from his earliest days. And he's having flreat fun exposing himself. Now his self-exposure and ms attack oh the religious commu- nity has brought Mm a film which the daring duo were ob- viously helping to promote. And what fun the three of them were having, knocking the reli- gious community to which this self-confessed phoney belonged for so many years. Miss or Mrs. Frumm giggled like an adenoidal adolescent at the daring, fascinating refreshing you-rascal-you who obviously was daring and fascinating to her "Oh, that guy "And what do you think of Billy Graham? Oral Invitations lo shaft the whole lot. It happens that there are a fair amount of phoneys among the evangelists and healers, but one who comes out after living off it all for the greater part of his life and laughs his head off on TV radio and the films as well as in print about how he has conned his parents and peo- ple at the deepest reaches of their need, isn't any giggling matter. And this is where I found Miss Mrs. Frumm even more disgusting than I found her guest. When Chuck Templeton found himself with- out the faith he had preached for many years, he was very careful how he behaved "in as he told me once, "I do any damage to the people I preached to." The Ronald- Frumm duo seemed to tMnk it a great joke to have on their program a man who now ap- peared to be licking his chops in public with some sort of de- light. And of course, Ronald the Painter got in a few questions as did the Frumm girl about the fellow's sex life. He couldn't, it appears, sleep with any of his healing subjects in his active days as a religious con-man because if he'd been caught once he'd have been "busied for good" (and of course blowing your con game that way, you don't get a film, do It will be of almost no interest to the world that doesn't care much for sleaze, that Marjo if that is his name is doing all right sexually. And Mrs. Miss Frumm gig- gled. Oh, that guy! Thai is not the main point, however. 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PHONE THE BEST BRANDS ADVERTISED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD day priests of Trcndism, the latter-day religion, to harass the people they interview about their posture on the obsessions of the interviewer and to pass moral judgment either directly or obliquely on them on mat- ters far removed from the sub- ject in hand. And to do it like inquisitors who have some sort of divine right. Another interviewee, a plain- clothes Jesuit, brought a kind of justice to the program. He al- most reduced them to silence after they had attempted to put him through their rather crude meat-grinder they're actu- ally not very good at the job they try to do, which is to bully the people foolish enough to go on their program and by the time the Jesuit got through with them the pathos of their moral and intellectual pretensions was apparent to everybody except moral and intellectual bumble- gums like themselves, By the time I switched off they were being given a savory lesson and taking it in welcome silence. The question remains, as edit- orials are expected to say: Can't we do better than this sorry pair on prime time on the national network? Is there that much good radio that we can afford so much time to this thoroughly bad program? Fake evangelist Ijy Clyde Gilmoiu in Tho Toronto Star days, criminals and confidence men all Ihe from mass murderers lo literary hoaxslers are likely lo grow rich on their infamy, wril- ing or ghosl-writing one or more books about their exploits and becoming regulars on tiie television talk-shows. The latest and perhaps most alarming example is Marjoe Gorlner, 28, a fake American evangelist who now wants to get into straight showbiz as an aclor or rock singer, or both. Marjoe, is a documentary movie which he hopes will showcase his peculiar lalcnts and lead to his big break. In it, the golden-curled un- holy roller publicly boasts, in fact that his prof- itable come-lo-Jesus spellbind- ir.g in the revival tenls has been a total sham ever since he started preaching in California at Ihe age of 3Vi. Coached and disciplined by his evangelist parenls, Ihe hell- and-brimstone urchin officiated at a marriage service at tlie age of 4 and, by his own esti- mate, in 10 feverish years earn- ed a total of S3 million, none of which was sel aside for him. In his mid-teens Marjoe tem- porary abandoned the Jesus business and sought refuge in the hippie subculture. At the age of 20 he returned to the Bible Belt, mainly be- cause it wns the only sure way he knew to make a living. He prospered for seven years until 1971, when a couple of New York journalists named How- ard Smith and Sarah Kerno- chan set themselves up as a producer-director team and persuaded Marjoe to make a movie about his career. The C8-minute documenlary consists partly of film clips of Marjoe in action as a child but mostly of new candid-camera sluff shot last year during his two-month farewell tour around tltc circuit (Los Angeles, Fort Worth, Intercut with this material are "backstage" shots of Mar- joe in a hotel room, indulging in a sort of blithe self-contempt while lelling the grinning cam- era crew all about his quarler- century as a religious swindler. He even conducts an abbrevi- ated Black Mass with a pet dog in his arms, lampooning his regular act while mockingly be- seeching Christ's blessings on the animal. The film abundantly proves again what we all knew any- way that there arc hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of men and women in Ihe U.S. who frown on ordinary enter- tainment but can be manipulat- ed to peaks of psychosexual frenzy at revival mcelings. Irresponsibly, the m o v i a seems lo imply thai all evangel- ists are fakes, which can hard- ly be true. It also demonstrates that Marjoe Gortncr as an aware adult docs indeed possess some of the hypnotic charisma wliich some people (not all of us) can detect in the public aclivities of rock star Mick Jagger, Mar- joe's admitted idol. Whether the film will really open the doors of big-time showbiz to this gleeful charlat- an, only time can tell. Maybe he can get Clifford Irving to Shost-write his autobiography. Growing scrutable The New York Times On the record of one year In the Unit- ed Nations, the People's Republic of China has shown itself to be neither wrecker nor catalyst in the institutions of world dip- lomacy. Cliineso spokesmen remain un- compromising in verbal endorsement of the principles of global revolution, but the ac- tual behaviour of the Peking Government follows the dictates of classic power pol- itics by traditional nation-states. Tlie broad foreign policy statement be- fore the General Assembly by Deputy For- eign Minister Chao Kuan-hua was full o! the fierce ideological analyses which have been constants in Peking's verbal output. War is not always bad, onVy "unjust" wars. Superpowers are continuing to strive for world hegemony. The Third World is pil- ing up huge victories in throwing off the chains of imperialist domination. As sober students of Chinese foreign pol- icy have long predicted, something of the unyielding dogma is lost in translation into concrete situations. Vietnam is still the scene of an imperialist war in Chinese eyes, yet there is no current evidence of overt Chinese encouragement of Hanoi. The Arab cause and the restoration of Pal- estinian rights receives fulsome verbal backing, yet Mr. Chiao was unexpectedly forceful in denouncing assassinations and hijackings as a means of waging political struggles. Japan, which in Cliinese propa- ganda is simmering with latent militarism and frustrated ambitions, Is now joined la diplomatic relations with Peking and in Uia promise of long-term commercial collab- oration. West Germany has now extended diplomatic recognition to China; so have more than twenty other countries in the past year. "We should look at all these major changes as links in a Premier Chou En-lai recently told a delegation of-Ameri- can newspaper editors. The anchor to thia outgoing chain of foreign policy is not Pe- king's dream of world revolution, as ner- vous Western governments had long fear- ed or romantic Maoist radicals once hoped, It is rather tnc traditional reaction of a na- tion-state confronting fifty hostile armed divisions on its frontier. II is the Soviet Union, not the United States, that has boen the target of most of Peking's invective in the United Nations. Settled in the world orgajuzation, Clvina has joined the game of nation-state power politics, with stale interests not too dif- ferent in nature from those of old bourgeois states. Just as bygone revolutionaries dis- covered, once they are accepted into tha game, there are advantages in playing by the rules. On the use of words By Theodore Bernstein Youth-yak. Once a derogatory term, freak has come up in tho world. Today it means anything from a person who moves off the beaten, ancestral track to a zealot or fanatic in a cause. Jesus freaks, for example, don't at all mind the designation. To freak out Is something else. As was mentioned here a while back, it refers to what happens under tho influence of a psychedelic drug. Not too good. When we say that some- thing is "not bad" we mean it is good. That form of understatement is called litotes, which is a commonly used figure of speech. Litotes involves taking the thing you wish to say finding (he reverse of it and then negating it _ "not bad." It's often a useful and ef- fective manner of expression. But leave it to some lawyers to carry it to incompre- hensibel extremes. Here Is a sentence by an assistant United Stales attorney gener- al: "After consideration of the proposed plan to reapportion the legislature, I must inform you that tho attorney general is un- able to conclude that the reappointment plan does not have the purpose and will not have the effect of abridging the right of Negro citizens of Louisiana to vote on account of race or color." Litotes aside, what he was trying to say was that the reapporrionment plan would abridge the rights of Negroes. On the olher hand, a politican can sound reserved, even modest, if he says, "t am not unmindful of support you have given me." For purposes, as you can see, litotes is nol bad. Maybe it's pretentiousness again. A Blus Cross radio commercial included the sen- tence, "We ave you the trouble of admin- istrating the plan." And a news slory re- ferred to the National Book Committee as tencc, "We save you iiie trouble of admin- slralcs the awards." Why administrat- ing and administrates? It may b3 that some people think that what an admini- strator does is administrate, but another explanation that suggests itself is that the users of that word think it sounds impres- sive. Consult just about any dictionary and you will find that the definition of admini- strate is to administer just tfiat and nothing more, Why not choose the simpler, more usual word? Word The Presidential cam- paign is about to get under way in earnest and the question before this electorate is, Why is It called a campaign The word has a military background. It comes from French campagnc, a field or open country'. In former times, when war was a littla more comfortable than it is now, armies were kept in quarters in winter and went out into Ihe field or open country In sum- mer. Of course, when the Presidency is at slake the campaign Is a year-round even a four -year- round affair, (New York Times) ART BUCHWALD JYo longer enemies WASHINGTON It is one of the iron- ies of the world we live in that the Com- munist countries may yet bail us out of our trade deficit mess. Billings Montana, an economist with the department of commerce, told me at lunch the other day that the capitalist system now depends on how much goods the So- viet Union and Red China buy from us. And the Communist system depends on how much goods they can sell to us. You would think both sides would hold out so Ihe respective systems would fail. But that isn't how it's working. Billings told me, "The Russians need us, jmd we need the Russians." "But how can you do business with Commio S.O.B.s who are trying to impose their totalilarian methods on the freedom- loving countries of the I asked. "What's that got to do with the o! Billings demanded. "I'm not talking about the price of wheat. Everyone knows that the Soviet Union has promised to bury us." "No country that makes a grain deal with the United States can be all Billings said. "Of course we have ideolog- ical differences vain (he Communist bloc, hut they can be overlooked providing tha Soviets contribute to our gross national product. Great Britain isn't buying our wheat, France isn't buying our wheat, Italy isn't buying our wheat. And the Unit- ed Stales needs bread." "Money. It is obvious that we can no longer depend on the freedom loving countries of this world to buy the things that Ihe United States manufactures so it can be the strongest capitalist country in the world. Therefore, our only choice is to find customers among (tie enslaved peoples of the glolw who have teen deprived by their system of Ihe good things in life." "That makes I admitted, "Who do you Ihink saved the Boeing Air- craft Co. this "I know it wasn't the Mexicans." f said. "It was tlie Red Chinese. They have just ordered S150 million worth o( Boeing jel planes. The economy of the entire north- west part of the United States has been rejuvenated because of this order." "But these planes will carry passen- gers around the world who don't think the way we I protested. "That is not our concern. Den mark- thinks the way we do, but when is the last time they bought a Boeing "I hear tne Red Chinese also gave us an order for wheat. And Canada, our closest neigh- bor and friend, won't even buy a box of Post Toastics from us." "It sure is a crazy I said, "when you have to count on your enemies to keep your economy going." "We don't consider anyone who buys wheat or planes from us an enemy. They may have their faults, but we like to think of them not as adversaries but as cus- tomers. "Once you take a Soviet or a Red Chin- ese buyer to lunch, you find out they'is really very nice Billings said. "Say, a thought just occurred to me." T said. "I wonder what would happen if, at the next Paris peace talks meeting, the North Vietnamese offered to make n grain deal with us. Would we slill consider them ruthless, aggressive international gang- Billings replied, f'It would rill depend on the financial terms of the deal.'1 (Ixis Anfielrs Times) ;