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Dan Bongino Wasn’t Going Six Feet Deep Without Taking His Shot at Talk Radio

BNM’s Jim Cryns stated that he firmly but kindly informed Dan Bongino I would whip his a– if he didn’t behave during our interview.

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I firmly but kindly informed Dan Bongino I was going to whip his ass if he didn’t behave during our interview. He dutifully listened quietly and respectfully. Then answered my questions for the next 40 minutes. 

If you believe that, you’re going to gobble up the rest of this piece.

In the 1990s, Bongino was a New York police officer. Later, he became a Secret Service Agent. He ran for Congress three times, then pivoted to right-wing commentary. Now he hosts one of the most successful radio shows in the country. Last month, Unfiltered with Dan Bongino, was the #1 cable news prime program with total viewers and the 25-54 demo on Saturdays.

Steven Spielberg couldn’t find funding for a script like that. Nobody would believe the yarn.

Switching gears from being a Secret Service agent to a radio talker is like a garbage collector choosing to become a ballerina. Both seem absurd, but in Dan Bongino’s case, very real. 

In 2006, Bongino joined the elite Presidential Protective Division during the administration of President George W. Bush. He became one of the earliest tenured agents to be given responsibility for an operational section of the presidential detail and he remained on protective duty with President Obama.

Yes, Bongino told me he would have taken a bullet for President Obama in the line of duty. We didn’t discuss if he’d do that today as he’s a radio host.

So, what do listeners seek when they tune in to Bongino’s show?

“I can only speculate and go by their feedback,” Bongino said. “I rely on my Facebook page and email from my website to get a better idea of how they’re reacting to my show.”

Bongino said when he started his own show he was given a ton of ‘advice’ from radio professionals. Suggestions Bongino dumped right in the circular file.

“They told me, ‘Don’t read all the feedback, you’ll go crazy.’ I read the feedback.’ I find the feedback to be incredibly instructive. Most often I’ll hear the comment, ‘You tell it like it is.’ I guess I do. A lot of that has to do with me not growing up in the business. I’m a business owner, tech investor. Radio came later. I’ve seen all these worlds with my own two eyeballs, and heard with my own two ears.”

Those experiences have helped make him an explosive, controversial voice on the radio. The man could make Andre the Giant cringe in a fetal position.

“I enjoyed my time with the Secret Service,” Bongino said. “It was my dream job. What I always wanted was to be a Federal Agent and it was tough to leave.”

I’m still a little vexed at how you go from taking a bullet for a president to sitting in front of a microphone. Radio is a tough industry, but c’mon.

“I didn’t like the idea that we were losing the country after Obama’s election. I felt like an eagle had his talons in me,” Bongino explained. “I had a hard time sitting around, just swallowing what was going on around me. I felt I had to do something. I had a comfy Federal job. Why would I give that up? It’s not like you’re going to get fired unless you do something stupid. Like a lot of people, I felt helpless. I decided I didn’t want to go six feet deep without taking a shot.” 

In radio or on the Secret Service job?

Bongino did some appearances on local radio. They must have gone well as he was asked to parlay his popularity on a weekend gig at WMAL. 

“It wasn’t my own show, but I was one of the regular hosts,” he said. 

With the appearances on WMAL going well, an astute PD recognized the kids’ talent and Bongino started guest-hosting on WCBM, and WBAL.

“Things were going well and I got what you’d call my big break.”

 Actually, Bongino created his own big break. Huge break. Monumental break. 

“I was listening to Neal Boortz fill in for Hannity and thought that would be fun,” Bongino said. “I called Lynda McLaughlin from the Sean Hannity show and asked her if I could host at some point.” He made the call from the privacy of his basement so he wouldn’t be interrupted. McLaughlin asked if he could come up the following week. 

Hell yes I can!

I’m imagining that’s how he got his job with the Secret Service. He watched Clint Eastwood in Line of Fire and figured, that looks like fun. I’ll give them a call.

I told him his call to McLaughlin required balls the size of grapefruits. 

“What other sizes of balls are there?” Bongino joked. (Or was he joking?)

After the call, he started filling in for Hannity. To be fair, Bongino had some familiarity with McLaughlin.

“I’d done a number of guest spots with Fox, so she knew who I was. It wasn’t like Tom from New Jersey just called Lynda and asked if he could host. She took a shot on me and it was a risky call. I’ll always be grateful to her.”

That’s a huge fill-in gig. Like Carrot Top filling in for Johnny Carson. Bongino said he liked Hannity’s crew and has since grown to know them well. Not long after that, Bongino started his own podcast, The Dan Bongino Show. 

“I started the podcast by putting 10,000 on my credit card. Got a producer.” 

Bongino filled in for Mark Levin and his voice and face were gaining worldwide recognition. 

Then, a big loss for conservative radio when Rush Limbaugh died.

“After Rush passed, way too soon, I was called and asked how I’d feel to take over that slot. Notice I didn’t say his show.” 

Limbaugh worked for Premiere, but some may have seen it the other way around. The former NYC cop and Secret Service agent would be taking over 300 affiliates. It was easily one of the biggest launches in the history of radio.

“I remember every second of that first day,” Bongino said. “I’d been filling in for Levin and Hannity, and a contributor for Fox for 10 years. I was excited, but I wasn’t nervous. It’s the cliche, you never forget how to ride a bike.”

Only this bike had Honus Wagner and Babe Ruth cards in the spokes.

Conservatism is what matters to Bongino. The money and fame have come with the territory, but they’re not what he thinks about in the morning when his feet hit the ground of the floor on his immensely expensive home.

Bongino was full of excitement when he was tapped to take over Rush’s time slot, not show. He was adamant about informing Rush’s audience about some ground rules.

“I said in the first open if they thought I was there to replace Rush, they should tune out at that moment because I can’t.  I told them, ‘Seriously, go listen to another show. I can’t replace the MVP of the league for the last 20 years. Rush invented the game of conservative audio. If you’re looking for someone to replace him, let’s break up right here, rip the Band Aid off and get over it right now.’”

Nobody seemed to listen to Bongino. 

“I was there and stayed because I wanted to. Financially, I’ve done fine on my own. I still ask myself how somebody replaces Rush Limbaugh.”

Don’t ask Yankee Wally Pipp. It turned out pretty well for Lou Gehrig.

“The second ground rule was to honor the man’s legacy, to never embarrass him.”

Those are huge shoes to fill. Jimmy Fallon is no Johnny Carson. Then again, Fallon’s not even a Pat Sajack. 

“I suck compared to Rush,” Bongino said.  “He could talk for an hour about a firefighter’s uniform, how cool the buttons are on the sleeves. It’s a gift. I think my show is good or I wouldn’t waste listeners’ time. But it’s not as good as Rush’s.  Rush was AAA ball and I’m AA. I’m fine with that. He was a guy that consumed his product. He’d go on for hours about technology. I can barely turn off my phone. I ask my wife to download apps for me because I don’t know how the hell to do it.”

Bongino said everything he does on the air is intuitive. His style is different. 

“I never wanted to clone Rush. I think he was more optimistic than I am. He had more patience with people.” 

Still, Bongino said he shares some traits with Limbaugh. 

“We both had the passion. Rush could have walked away anytime he wanted. He had ‘stupid money.’  (We acknowledged there is another popular term for that kind of money.) Rush probably didn’t know how much was in his bank account. We both love what we do. There’s an energy to live radio you can’t find anywhere else. Podcasts are great, but you can edit, alter the product. On the radio we’re live, working without a net. It’s a unique platform.”

Bongino said he was grateful for the seven-second delay. 

“There are some things I’ve said that I probably shouldn’t have,” he smiled through the phone. “People call me and ask if it’s ‘still radio’ the way we knew it. Those who listen to me know what we call radio is really an audio delivery mechanism. When I first started, people would sit you down and say, ‘I want to coach you; You shouldn’t say ‘folks’ on the radio, don’t ever tell anyone what you’re going to talk about for the rest of the show, don’t tell people what you did on the weekend, they don’t care.’”

Trust me, he doesn’t. 

If you’ve been paying attention, what do you think Bongino did with that advice from PDs, and management? He did everything they suggested he not do. What else did you expect?

Rush’s listener base was ridiculous. It sounds weak and lame, but we’re all independent thinkers. We’d go to Rush to get grounded. Dana, Clay and Buck are all great voices, but I think they’d tell you the same thing. We’d tune into Rush at noon as you’d tune into the Godfather of radio. Voices are fragmented now, but there are some great voices out there.” 

After our conversation about radio ran its course, I had one nagging question. Would Bongino really take a bullet for a president?

“Yes, absolutely,” he said. And I believe him. “But bravery isn’t in taking the bullet. You’re going to do that by instinct. You train for that. It’s kind of like a football game. Everybody on the presidential detail has a figurative number, a play. With that number, the offensive tackle does what they’re supposed to do. The fullback goes through the fourth hole. You’re just going to do it. You’re not going to bitch about it. You’re not going to celebrate a good play.”

Bongino said the bravery was in choosing the career, to instinctively go in front of a person and risk your life. 

“We call it an ‘assault on the principle,’” he said. “We go over it so much, it’s a natural reaction. You’re not going to think about it. It’s reflexive. We do a lot of training to distinguish between a balloon popping and a round of ammunition. You learn to discriminate between the sounds. I’m not saying it’s easy, but you learn.”

You think criticism of a PD or a listener is going to phase him? Think again.  The man trained to run in front of an assailant, akin to the heroes at Normandy.

Not one single person was surprised when they heard Bongino wanted to be a NYC cop. Not a single person on earth was surprised to know he wanted to be in the Secret Service. 

“When it came to a career in radio, it was the inverse reaction,” Bongino explained. Everyone was like, ‘What the hell?’ I never talked about politics. I guess I got fed up with all the cancel-culture dipshits.”

Is it hard to handle the accolades from having a huge national presence?

“My Aunt Jane told me once that self-praise stinks. I’ve always been cautious about that. I know I’ve taken a lot of chances in my life. What the hell, it’s those chances that make interesting stories.”

“All the stories I’m telling you are born out of apocalyptic failures,” Bongino said. “Failure is a gift forcing you to try something different.”

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Tucker Carlson Sees Ratings Surge With January 6th Videos

The Mar. 7th edition (4.165 million) topped all cable telecasts in total viewers that week.

Doug Pucci



Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight has featured the host’s many polarizing claims. The ones made on the Mar. 6th and 7th editions of his show could be labeled as among the most controversial.

Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy had granted Carlson exclusive access to over 40,000 hours of January 6th security camera footage. On his FNC show across those two aforementioned evenings, Carlson denied an insurrection had taken place at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021; instead, it was “mostly peaceful chaos”, most who were there were mere “sightseers”, and that the footage provided “conclusive” evidence “proving” Democrats “lied” about the events of that day.

On the Senate floor on the morning of Mar. 7, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called Carlson’s Mar. 6th show “one of the most shameful hours we have ever seen on cable television.”

The immense reach that Carlson’s rhetoric regularly attracts justified the high concern and swiftness of the condemnation and backlash. One glance at the ranks of the week’s top cable news programs at the end of this article, or any of this site’s past weekly news ratings items, can glean how highly popular Carlson is in, not only the cable news world, but also, the entire television landscape.

According to Nielsen Media Research, the Mar. 7th edition (4.165 million) topped all cable telecasts in total viewers that week and matched the live plus same-day total viewing figures for the 17th-ranked broadcast network show of the week ending Mar. 12, the CBS procedural East New York.

Carlson also took the week’s No. 2 and No. 3 spots on cable in total viewers; within the key 25-54 demographic, its Mar. 6th and 7th editions were tops for non-sports cable programs (it ranked 17th and 18th, respectively, in the demo with sports included, mostly from men’s college basketball conference tournament coverage on various outlets).

For Mar. 6-10, Tucker Carlson Tonight averaged 3.568 million total viewers, 469,000 with adults 25-54 and 312,000 with adults 18-49 — the program’s highest-rated week in all metrics since the week of the 2022 midterm elections (Nov. 7-11, 2022).

As a backdrop to all of this, it was revealed on Mar. 7 — due to the legal filings made public as part of Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News — that Carlson privately messaged colleagues he loathed Donald Trump and his presidency. (The release of that communication received no coverage at FNC.)

Cable news averages for March 6-12, 2023:

Total Day (Mar. 6-12 @ 6 a.m.-5:59 a.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 1.359 million viewers; 172,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 0.673 million viewers; 71,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.408 million viewers; 81,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.155 million viewers; 41,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.111 million viewers; 27,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.104 million viewers; 12,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.101 million viewers; 18,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.083 million viewers; 7,000 adults 25-54

Prime Time (Mar. 6-11 @ 8-11 p.m.; Mar. 12 @ 7-11 p.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 2.237 million viewers; 274,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 1.088 million viewers; 108,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.443 million viewers; 95,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.199 million viewers; 53,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.145 million viewers; 36,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.131 million viewers; 21,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.094 million viewers; 11,000 adults 25-54
  • NewsNation: 0.087 million viewers; 15,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.058 million viewers; 10,000 adults 25-54

Top 10 most-watched cable news programs (and the top programs of other outlets with their respective associated ranks) in total viewers:

1. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 3/7/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 4.136 million viewers

2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 3/6/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.695 million viewers

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 3/8/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.622 million viewers

4. The Five (FOXNC, Tue. 3/7/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.300 million viewers

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 3/9/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.289 million viewers

6. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 3/8/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.187 million viewers

7. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Fri. 3/10/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.099 million viewers

8. The Five (FOXNC, Mon. 3/6/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.004 million viewers

9. The Five (FOXNC, Thu. 3/9/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.982 million viewers

10. The Five (FOXNC, Fri. 3/10/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.911 million viewers

24. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Mon. 3/6/2023 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.253 million viewers

170. Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO, Fri. 3/10/2023 10:01 PM, 58 min.) 0.765 million viewers

178. Erin Burnett Outfront (CNN, Tue. 3/7/2023 7:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.698 million viewers

334. The Daily Show “Mar 8, 23 – Marlon Wayans” (CMDY, Wed. 3/8/2023 11:00 PM, 30 min.) 0.408 viewers

359. Last Week Tonight (HBO, Sun. 3/12/2023 11:05 PM, 34 min.) 0.348 million viewers 

388. Varney & Company (FBN, Fri. 3/10/2023 10:00 AM, 60 min.) 0.297 million viewers

392. Forensic Files (HLN, late Fri. 3/10/2023 12:30 AM, 30 min.) 0.290 million viewers

441. Fast Money Halftime Report (CNBC, Mon. 3/6/2023 12:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.241 million viewers

478. Heavy Rescue: 401 “(511) No Other Choice” (TWC, Sat. 3/11/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.221 million viewers

492. Newsnation: Rush Hour (NWSN, Mon. 3/6/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.215 million viewers

Top 10 cable news programs (and the top  programs of other outlets with their respective associated ranks) among adults 25-54:

1. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 3/6/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.565 million adults 25-54

2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 3/7/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.556 million adults 25-54

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 3/8/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.467 million adults 25-54

4. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 3/9/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.395 million adults 25-54

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Fri. 3/10/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.365 million adults 25-54

6. The Five (FOXNC, Tue. 3/7/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.363 million adults 25-54

7. Hannity (FOXNC, Tue. 3/7/2023 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.361 million adults 25-54

8. The Five (FOXNC, Thu. 3/9/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.341 million adults 25-54

9. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 3/8/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.340 million adults 25-54

10. Gutfeld! (FOXNC, Tue. 3/7/2023 11:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.330 million adults 25-54

39. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Mon. 3/6/2023 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.219 million adults 25-54

74. The Daily Show “Mar 8, 23 – Marlon Wayans” (CMDY, Wed. 3/8/2023 11:00 PM, 30 min.) 0.179 million adults 25-54

102. Low Country: Murdaugh Dynasty “2. Something In The Road” (CNN, Sat. 3/11/2023 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.152 million adults 25-54

165. Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO, Fri. 3/10/2023 10:01 PM, 58 min.) 0.115 million adults 25-54

195. Forensic Files (HLN, late Fri. 3/10/2023 1:00 AM, 30 min.) 0.105 million adults 25-54

222. Last Week Tonight (HBO, Sun. 3/12/2023 11:05 PM, 34 min.) 0.097 million adults 25-54

344. Shark Tank “Shark Tank 1102” (CNBC, Mon. 3/6/2023 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.070 million adults 25-54

498. Heavy Rescue: 401 “(508) This Aint Gonna Be Pretty” (TWC, Sat. 3/11/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.047 million adults 25-54

505. Kudlow (FBN, Fri. 3/10/2023 4:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.045 million adults 25-54

552. Newsnation Prime (NWSN, Sun. 3/12/2023 7:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.039 million adults 25-54

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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Jayme West Grew From Small-Town Arizona Reporter to KTAR Anchor

“I think my radio job was paying $4 bucks an hour. You did not make a lot of money in a small town. I was always broke.”

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It’s natural for a young reporter to dream of being part of that huge story. You hope to cover the monumental event that puts your mark on journalism. Jayme West is a news anchor and co-host with Jim Sharpe on Arizona’s Morning News on 92.3FM KTAR. West learned there are stories embedded in your mind, details that will never diminish. The most memorable story for West was the aftermath of 9/11.

West traveled with Phoenix firefighters to New York. The first flight out of Phoenix after the terrorist attack was ten days out. As they drove down Lexington Avenue near the armory, every available light post was covered with posters of the faces of missing people. It was horrible, but I am honored to be part of that historic event.

“We went to ground zero and it was an incredible experience,” West said. “In the taxi from the airport to Manhattan, every available space was covered with an American flag. I’d just been to the top of the Trade Center three years before. To see it all reduced to a ten-story rubble, so compacted, it was disturbing.”

West remembers grabbing a cup of soup from one of the many food trucks that were feeding those on the ‘pile.’

“I was about to sit down on the threshold of a door, and I wiped the cement.  Then it hit me. The ashes from the seat could have been ashes of a human life.”

Delivering her 9/11 stories to Phoenix was difficult at times, but she had a job to do. West was there to relate to listeners what the Red Cross from Phoenix was doing. She talked with firefighters on the ‘pile.’ West described what was taking place at the Javits Center. To help listeners visualize what was going on.

West’s family moved to a small town, Pinetop-Lakeside. In high school, she always listened to the radio. In her bedroom was a record player with a microphone. West pretended she was running a radio station, spinning records, introducing songs.

When West finished high school, there were very few jobs for women in radio in town. “I played 45s,” she said. “I was not allowed to play two female artists in a row at the station. I learned everything there. We didn’t get free concert tickets. It was such a small town we didn’t get concerts.”

Spinning records was fine, but once she started doing news she loved it for several reasons.

“My parents were always behind me,” West said. “I think my radio job was paying $4 bucks an hour. You did not make a lot of money in a small town. I was always broke. Only one time did my father ask me if radio was the right career. But he never discouraged me from being in radio.”

While searching for news each morning, West said Twitter can be a solid source.

“I trust Twitter for news that is happening right at that moment,” West said. “With all the technology the news is right there. We won’t report on all of it, only what we can confirm. I started with a teletype. Ripped stuff off the AP wire. It’s amazing how much easier it has made my job.”

West said she does miss being out on the streets working on stories. Working leads with other reporters.

“I’m not out in the field anymore,” she said. “I monitor government agencies and law enforcement agencies.”

After thousands of stories, West has a few she can easily recall.

“British Airways was announcing their new Boeing 777,” she said. “We flew to London on a 747 and came back on the new 777. When we got to the airport they had the fire engines spraying water arches when we came through.”

West talked her way into the trip by telling her bosses she was doing a story on Yuma lettuce. Describing to listeners how the leafy vegetable made the trip from Arizona to the shelf in London the following day.

“While I was there we visited Piccadilly Square. We’d ask Londoners what they thought Arizona was like. One woman told us it’s where people cook beans, like in western movies. ‘It’s so hot there,’ they’d tell me. ‘If you don’t have an air conditioner you’ll die.’”

West didn’t attend college, but she could have. What she wouldn’t get in the classroom she made up for on the job.

“My experience came from life. From moments in history. I’ve met historical figures. I don’t regret missing college at all.”

West covered serial killers roaming the valley in 2008, the Serial Shooters. Two men were killing people at random. West spent time embedded with the Phoenix Police Department homicide division. She was with a detective from the initial call of a murdered woman. 

“I went to the crime scene,” West said. “The woman was a waitress at Denny’s. She won $1,200 at the casino and drove home where she was robbed and killed. I went to her autopsy, and we searched for bullet fragments in her car. We notified the family. It took a couple of years to catch the murderer.”

She was asked to witness an execution at a prison. She declined the invitation.

“That’s one of those unforgettable moments in life,” West said. “I realize they do need media witnesses, but I did not want that memory in my brain. I had the chance to fly with the Blue Angels but didn’t do it. No way I was going to barf on a fighter jet.”

For 20 years West has hosted Silent Witness on KTAR. This is a show that covers unsolved crimes and asks the public for help.

“I’ve been told it has been successful, but they can’t tell us specifics,” West said.

West and her husband purchased a cabin two hours north of Phoenix in Strawberry, Arizona. “When we want an escape, that’s where we go.”

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Media Turns Attention to Mississippi After Deadly Tornadoes

Rick Schultz



As most Americans were winding down their work week in anticipation of a restful spring weekend, many unsuspecting Mississippi residents were hit with a blow of destruction that will change their lives forever.

Just after sundown on Friday, deadly tornadoes tore through the Magnolia State, taking the lives of dozens and causing massive damage through a 100-mile path across the state.

Hours later, Griff Jenkins detailed the emerging story on Saturday’s Fox News Live.  He welcomed Rev. Franklin Graham, President of the humanitarian aid group Samaritan’s Purse, and the two discussed the natural disaster and the immediate needs of the impacted citizens. 

“We have people on the ground right now, we have equipment en route, we will be set up this time tomorrow. We’ll be taking volunteers, trying to help people find their things and try to recover as much as they can,” Graham began. “But Griff, the most important thing right now is prayer. As the Governor, Tate, has said, the devastation will be felt forever in these communities. As is the loss of life, 23 people and the number will probably go up.” Sadly it has, in the few days since.

Since 1970, the world has grown accustomed to Samaritan’s Purse quickly offering assistance in times of trouble, both domestically and abroad. The group models its mission around Jesus’ command to “Go and Do Likewise,” after the Samaritan helped the hurting man that others had passed by in Luke’s Gospel.

“People need prayer that God would just comfort their hearts and He’d put his loving arms around them during this very difficult time,” Graham said. “The houses can be rebuilt after time. Businesses will come back after time. Those things can be fixed with time. But the loss of life, that’s so difficult and it’s going to be felt for a long time, as the Governor said, forever. And I agree with Governor Tate, we need to pray for the people.”

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) earlier had issued a statement which said, in part, “please pray for God’s hand to be over all who lost family and friends.”

For his part, Jenkins seemed to understand that God can often be heard best during times of tumult and difficulty.

“Prayer so important for people facing a very uncertain future,” Jenkins noted, as he recalled encountering Samaritan’s Purse in other disaster-ridden parts of America over the years. “If you can for our viewers, explain the challenges of getting in there and dealing with the destruction, and how you can help people.”

“First, we go in and we meet with the local officials, FEMA. We want to get their input and we don’t want to go down and get in people’s way,” Graham said. “We want to go to an area that certainly needs our help, where people haven’t gone. There will be other volunteer groups going in – Convoy of Hope and people like that will be responding – and so we all coordinate and we all work together.”

Graham said his organization basically spreads out and helps people in the most pragmatic ways possible.

“We’ll just go in and assess it and start helping,” he said. “We bring in volunteers. If a person’s house has been flattened, they’re looking maybe for a wedding ring or for pictures. Things that can’t be replaced. And our volunteers we’ll go in and help go through the rubble of the home, trying to find the valuables.

“Houses that just lost a roof but are still standing, we’ll have tarps so we can get the house back in the dry to keep it from being further damaged. The list just goes on and on, but we’ll take work orders and we go and help people that are asking for help. And we’ll be there. We’ll be there for some time, Griff. This is a bigger storm. You know, over a hundred miles and it’s just massive.”

Fox rolled footage of the destruction from Rolling Fork, Mississippi, which showed bridges, homes, roads and vehicles utterly destroyed.

“The first thing, for the local officials, this is search and rescue,” Graham said, noting that Samaritan’s Purse has been helping in similar conditions in Turkey since last month’s earthquake. “You’ve got to try to find people that may still be alive under the rubble. So you have to just stay out of the way and let the local authorities do what they do.

“And tomorrow things will begin to open up where we can come in and start helping the homeowners. But right now it’s search and rescue, and we need to pray for them. That if there’s somebody alive that God would direct them to them and get them out of that rubble right now, because time is very important.”

“ if you want to try and help and support Samaritan’s Purse. They are among the best in situations like this. And certainly bringing a lot of relief to those who need it the most right now ,” Jenkins concluded. “And of course, as you said Reverend – prayers, prayers for this community and all of those affected in this hundred mile path.”

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