Glenn Beck: asshole or idiot?
I know we’re going back a couple of weeks at this point, but in case you haven’t seen it, this is the sort of thing that’s happening on one of the most popular news networks in the States these days. Thanks to Crooks and Liars for the link.
Let’s go ahead and give Glenn Beck the benefit of the doubt here. Let’s put aside what he may, may not, and probably never said about Bush in the past. Let’s ignore the likely deliberate “Obama/Osama” moment. Let’s ignore the fact that he basically took the names of King and Gandhi in vain.
Hell, let’s ignore the part where he tries to ascribe credentials to his guest that are so patently false that the guest himself insists on refuting them. Let’s even be gracious and take no pleasure in the hilarious expression of “stop pointing out that I don’t know what I’m talking about” frustration on Beck’s face as that happens. I’d hate to think we were approaching this with a liberal media bias, so let’s go ahead and put that stuff on the shelf.
Instead, let’s focus on the facts: Michael Scheuer stated live on Fox News that “the only chance we have as a country right now is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States” – and instead of saying something like “Wow, I can’t believe you just went on the record with your view that the mass slaughter of innocent Americans is the only way to save this country,” he said “which is why, I was thinking this weekend, if I were him, that would be the last thing I would do right now.”
I want to make it abundantly clear that I’m not presenting these quotes out of context. Go ahead and watch the clip for yourself. Sure, I’ll admit that it personally seems so unconscionable that I not only consider it a strong case for ignoring anything Beck ever says for the rest of his paranoid faux-weepy life, but it even makes me wish I could think of a single example of Beck saying something insightful and/or grounded in reality, just for the sake of being fair.
But I can’t. And as tempting as it is to blame Beck for living in the tiny point of overlap in the Venn diagram of xenophobic paranoia and ratings gold, I’m willing to admit that maybe I just didn’t do my homework on this one. Or maybe I didn’t want to, because I secretly hate America. It’s difficult to say.
Anyway, I hope you don’t think I’m just spewing socialist hate when I say that if everyone at the Huffington Post formed a Voltron with Alec Baldwin as the head, then even that liberal media Voltron couldn’t possibly accuse Glenn Beck of saying anything more reprehensible than what he willingly said on his own show. I mean, he conceded that the only thing that could save his country was the mass killing of American citizens. Maybe I misunderstood it because I’ve got health care, but still, you know?
Posted in Uncategorized