Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Glenn Beck once again proves that he is a lying quack

From the Rachel Maddow Show

h/t Steve


  1. i like her. she is so cool.

  2. What a waste of time. His comment did not state any such thing. She is delusional. I do not count myself as a particular fan of Glen Beck, but seriously this was juvenile and petty. Her clip of "proof" was no proof at all. If this is as close as he has come to saying what she has claimed, he is innocent in my book.

  3. Penny,

    perhaps you and Glenn just speak a different English than the rest of us. Though, Glenn's explicit editing out of the incriminating evidence seems to show that even he could understand his own plain English. So then, it seems that is really just you in the world that speaks a different English.

  4. And the clip of him at the end where he talks about Al Gore definitely was proof that he (at least at some point in time) viewed the snow storm as evidence against global warming.

    Gosh I hate that man.

    Also, to change the topic, what the heck does "h/t" mean?

  5. "They're only bringing it up for attention," Glenn says. Not because he's a hypocrite, a dog-whistling radio clown, an irresponsible showman making a buck by dissembling, but because they want "attention."

    No need for Nye to say "unpatriotic," of course, just "dumb."

    Part of the problem is Glenn uses radio and television as a way to get around being held accountable. He can dismiss Maddow's clips as her misusing or misrepresenting his jokes, when really such "jokes" mean what they sound like they mean. It's the comedy escape hatch. And video/radio allows it too easily:

    "'With text, it is even easy to keep track of differing levels of authority behind different pieces of information,' the cultural critic Caleb Crain noted recently in the New Yorker. 'A comparison of two video reports, on the other hand, is cumbersome. Forced to choose between conflicting stories on television, the viewer falls back on hunches, or on what he believed before he started watching.'"

    And Beck represents what I call confident ignorance, or arrogant ignorance:

    "That leads us to the third and final factor behind the new American dumbness: not lack of knowledge per se but arrogance about that lack of knowledge. The problem is not just the things we do not know (consider the one in five American adults who, according to the National Science Foundation, thinks the sun revolves around the Earth); it's the alarming number of Americans who have smugly concluded that they do not need to know such things in the first place. Call this anti-rationalism -- a syndrome that is particularly dangerous to our public institutions and discourse."

    From the liberal Washington Post.

  6. kel: h/t means "hat tip," a way of acknowledging someone else who alerted you to a source.

  7. Did I just watch a clip of a show featuring a clip of another show featuring a clip of the show that was featuring the clip of the other show?


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