Here’s why I love watching Dave Silverman appear on TV: He knows exactly what message he wants to get across. You might argue that he speaks in absolutes — there’s no nuance in any of his answers — but when you’re on camera for something like this, you don’t know if you will have 30 seconds to speak or a few minutes. So Dave gets right to the point, even if it is a bit exaggerated. Your call whether that’s effective or harmful. I think it’s effective.
Here’s another question up for debate: Linda LaScola has done this incredible work with former clergy members, but when she was asked questions about the future of religion in general and in politics, she decided not to say anything since it didn’t involve clergy. I think that’s missing out on a golden opportunity. Even if you’re not knowledgeable in that area, you should find a way to steer the question toward your area of expertise. She did that initially, but eventually just said she had no comment.
Thankfully, it didn’t stop Dave from jumping in and taking advantage of that valuable airtime.