I once described my Salem radio colleague Lee Habeeb and myself to an audience of businessmen as “hunter-gatherers” of their stories. A few got it but most didn’t. Habeeb and I are in the business of telling stories –true stories– about the drama of life in America’s wonderful and vast private sector and of the almost always tragic collision of the public sector and its endless appetite for taxes and control with the private sector’s dynamism, creativity and productivity.
And watch or read the Intelligence Squared debate from last week between Stephen Moore and me on one side and Gray Davis and Michael Lind on the other. Moore and I use story quite a lot, and statistics much less. We crushed them as a result. NB.
Finally, a plug: My new book comes out December 31, and I am urging people to preorder their new year’s resolution right now so it will arrive on their doorsteps 12/31 in time for 1/1/resolution making. The book is a compilation of the best stories I have heard in a quarter century of reporting and broadcasting, stories on the key question of how to be happy.
Lee is absolutely right. Everything in modern American communication is built on the desire for story and the ability to deliver story. Send his op-ed to the corporate suite or to the head of staff and of course the boss.