We often see homeschoolers highlighted in the news. What will you do if reporters want to interview your family? This week on Home School Heartbeat host Mike Farris is joined by media expert Joseph Farah to give your family advice on communicating with the news media.
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Our guest today is founder, editor, and CEO of WorldNetDaily.com, Joseph Farah. Joseph is also my buddy. Welcome to the program, Joseph.
Thank you, Mike, it’s an honor and privilege to be with you.
Joseph, you’ve had extensive involvement in the news media: you’ve been a reporter, foreign correspondent, newspaper editor and publisher, and talk-show host. How do you suggest homeschoolers present themselves when they’re approached by the media?
Well, the answer to your question, Mike, is very very carefully.
I think it’s important to understand the worldview that dominates and pervades the news media in this country. It skews very liberal; it skews very secular. But, having said that, my perception is that even among my overwhelmingly progressive colleagues in the media there is far more respect for homeschooling now than there was maybe five years ago. And where the media will, you know, try to poke and pry, I think, is in the gray area that they refer to as socialization—are homeschoolers isolated from the world around them to their detriment, that’s the big question. The answer is usually no, of course, but those are the questions to watch for if you have contact with the media.
Joseph, thanks so much for your insights; look forward to our conversation this week. I’m Mike Farris.