Srila Giri Maharaja – “Advice sought & given.”

Date: Jan. 13, 2020

Dear Mr. Deace,

During your Monday show (1/13/20) you asked for opinions as to whether or not you should accept a position with CNN.

Only three days ago you said this: “they’re not our media, they’re the propaganda arm of a hostile invading force.”

Steve Deace show January 10, 2020
“What you saw this week with the media aspect, for the remaining few of you who thought we were too confrontational and provocative last year when we said this is, this is an enemy media. This is enemy of a hostile invading force but … INDISTINCT … most of you are like “Why didn’t you start saying this like four years ago?” But for the few remaining of you that are wondering why we did that, you saw this week why. You saw the willingness to be the mouthpiece of the state run media for a rogue regime not even most of the Muslim world, including other Muslim countries that export terrorism — by the way most of the Muslim world doesn’t like trust or consider a friend — and our media could not wait to cozy up to them in order to be their mouthpiece. Why? Because they’re not our media, they’re the propaganda arm of a hostile invading force.

What changed in three days that would cause you to consider going to work for “the propaganda arm of a hostile invading force”?

Only you can answer that question.

However, since you asked advice from your listeners regarding whether or not you should accept an offer from CNN, I’ll give mine.

The Vedas tell us there are three enemies of the fallen souls of this world. They are “Kanaka, kamini, pratistha: money, women, and name and fame.” You may know these temptations as greed, lust and prestige.

From my vantage point you cannot one day say “they’re not our media, they’re the propaganda arm of a hostile invading force” and three days later seriously consider working for “the hostile invading force” unless one of these conditions is present: 1) temptations, in the form of greed for more money and increased name and fame (false prestige) have temporarily clouded your thinking. 2) You do not really believe what you said about the media (including CNN) — “they’re not our media, they’re the propaganda arm of a hostile invading force” — in which case you are a hypocrite who says things on your CR/Blaze show only for effect, not because you believe them. 3) you aspire to be a member of “the hostile invading force” and now it has given you a chance to realize your aspiration.

You may counter the preceding by arguing that you intend to join “the hostile invading force” as a counter measure to effect change from within. To this I would ask “What was your advice to Chip Roy when he told you he was considering running for the senate?” You should try to remember your advice to him and why you offered it to him, hoping he would not make that move.

There is a strong tendency to become like those we associate with. Therefore, we are warned from childhood to not associate with the bad elements of society, lest we become one of them.

My advice:

My advice to you, as a friend, is in the same vein as that you offered to Chip Roy, do not accept any paid offer from CNN knowing they are buying something for their money; they are buying you, and they do so in order to procure your help in doing the work you described as “the propaganda arm of a hostile invading force.”

A year or so ago I thought to offer you some different advice: spend your full time in pursuit of your evangelical Christian aspirations that you profess so adamantly to believe in. I thought “If Mr. Deace really believes all he says about his Christian faith, why does he waste his time with politics and political discussions, he should pursue his real life’s interest; preaching the gospel and converting sinners into servants of God.” I was disappointed when you continued your CR/Blaze show instead, apparently not fully believing God would maintain His servants, as he maintains the birds and the beasts of this world who do not need to work as talk-show hosts to maintain themselves and their families.

While you and I differ on some important theological points I am in full agreement with you that redemption, not political struggle, is what is needed to bring about real positive change in the world. A world where every human sees himself first as a servant of God (a ’true’ God) is the world we should try to make.

If you accept employment from CNN I believe you will come to be viewed as I view Hugh Hewitt who makes regular appearances on NBC’s Meet the Press. I do not see him as a man of firm convictions because he shows deference to Chuck Todd, the show’s host, that he does not show to others. Whether this is due to friendship or contractual agreement, the effect is the same: hard truths are deferred and avoided in favor of soft edged congenial dialog that avoids strict analytical critiques, leading, inevitably, to speculation rather than truth.

I see Hugh Hewitt’s positions through a lens tinged with doubt because it is unclear whether he believes what he says or he is saying things to curry favor with someone. I think you will face the same problem should you become an employee of any sort of CNN. You will lose at least some degree of credibility, a thing already in short supply in this world.

One of my gurus, Srila Sridhara Maharaja said this: “[We shall have] no affinity for any environment. We shall march on towards the goal. And we are out for that, not for any compromise.” Another of my gurus, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, said “I don’t make any compromise with these rascals. . . . No, no. I never made that. Even if I don’t get any disciples, I’ll be satisfied. But I can’t make any compromise like these rascals. I cannot make. Ekas candras tamo hanti, na ca tara sahasrasah. If I create one moon, that is sufficient. I don’t want many stars. That was my Guru Maharaja’s principle, and that is my principle. What is the use of having [a big] number of fools and rascals? If one man understands rightly, he can deliver the whole world.”

To avoid compromising your principals, do not place yourself in a compromising position. That is my opinion and advice to you.

I pray this finds you well in health and spirits.


Swami B.K. Giri

Update: A couple weeks after Mr. Deace sought the advice referred to in the above email he announced he had heard no further word from CNN regarding their potential offer to join its network in some capacity. Apparently they decided he was not suitable for their purposes. As a result we do not know how Mr. Deace would have responded to an offer made to him by CNN.