Real news is the news we need to protect our freedoms. You get tabloid news, you get blood-and-guts news, you get news shot through with a self-glorifying facade of patriotism, but people have to sift too much for the news that we need to protect our freedoms. It should be gloriously presented to the people on a nightly basis. The loss of some of the soberness and seriousness of those institutions has had a devastating effect upon people's ability to respond to the events of the day.
....So you feel the call from your heart?
Yeah, I can hear the bells chiming. I've had a long life with my audience. I always tell the story about the guy with The Rising: "Hey, Bruce, we need you!" he yelled at me through the car window. That's about the size of it: You get a few letters that say, "Hey, man, we need you." You bump into some people at a club and you say, "Hey, man, what's going on?" And they go, "Hey, we need you." Yeah, they don't really need me, but I'm proud if they need what I do. That's what my band is. That's what we were built for.
And that's what you're great at Bruce, but do you really think the ultimate purpose of all that emotional and spiritual capital you have built up with your audience - your people - over 30+ years is to stump for John Kerry?
Seems an odd way to spend that capital to me, but it IS his capital and he seems to well understand the risks and the dynamic. I hope it's worth it to you, Bruce. I'm still on your team, but I think this is a mistake; I think it reduces you, and I would feel the exact same way if you were doing it for Bush.