Glenn Beck’s appendix

Jon Stewart nails him–not just his bathetic style, but his substance. He does more to expose the vacuity of right wing conspiracism in eight minutes than I could do in a whole book. Click here to watch.

13 thoughts on “Glenn Beck’s appendix

  1. It was perfect. An absolutely perfect parody.

    Some other sites are also noting the irony that while Beck has praised the care he has received from the nursing staff, it’s likely that those very nurses belong to SEIU. The same SEIU that Beck has wrapped up in his elaborate Marxist conspiracy to destroy America.

  2. Arthur,

    My TV doesn’t work and I’ve never watched Glenn Beck. Can you imagine how hard it is for me to understand, much less believe, that this routine is based on the gestures and madness of an actual person who apparently influences 30% of (US) Americans? It’s like a Nathanael West novel–the madness that is peculiar to America.

    What will Beck made of the massacre at Fort Hood? What do you make of it?

  3. I don’t know enough about it yet–I thought it was astoundingly weird that a post traumatic stress therapist would blow up like that, like something off of television or in a thriller. And then he has that Islamic-sounding name.

    The boilerplate right wing response these days is to say whatever makes Obama look worst. Pre-Obama, they would have said that if the victims had been properly armed, they would have been able to defend themselves, but that doesn’t exactly apply on a military base, does it? I read this morning that all of the victims but one were soldiers. I suppose there will be a hue and cry that he NOT be psychologically assessed, just executed as precipitously as possible; I suppose someone will make an effort to prove that he’s a “sleeper,” but who knows?

    I haven’t seen that much of Glenn Beck–he upsets me too much and besides, we don’t get FOX–but I’ve seen enough (and read enough–remember, he sells about a zillion books) to know that Stewart scored a bullseye.

  4. That’s a great clip.

    I don’t do cable or satellite at home, so my only encounters with Glenn Beck are on vacation if he happens to be on when I’m flipping channels in the hotel room. Last time I saw him, earlier this year, he was on a typical anti-Obama rant, probably abou health care. He abruptly veered into an agonized confessional concerning his problems with alcoholism. He almost worked himself into tears. He eventually got somewhat back on point by saying that, however difficult his personal life might become, he would persevere in trying to save our country from the evil socialists (words to that effect).

    It was heavy bathos indeed. I’ve rarely seen anything like it.

    1. Jerome Corsi. Wow.

      I didn’t want to prognosticate before, but I’ll take a flyer now. Michele Malkin will issue a call for placing American Muslims in detention camps, both as a prophylaxis against further acts of terror and for the protection of the innocent in the event of a backlash. Obviously Obama, whose Muslim connections have never been satisfactorily explained, should be detained too.

      1. Oh my God, you can’t make this stuff up.

        http://rawstory.com/2009/11/fox-host-suggests-special-screenings/

        The executive summary is that Fox’s Brian Kilmeade opined this morning that Muslim military officers should be “debriefed” as a precautionary measure. “Because if I’m going to be deployed in a foxhole, if I’m going to be sticking in an outpost, I got to know the guy next to me is not going to want to kill me.”

        Maybe they should waterboard them, just to make sure they’re telling the truth.

  5. “My TV doesn’t work and I’ve never watched Glenn Beck. Can you imagine how hard it is for me to understand, much less believe, that this routine is based on the gestures and madness of an actual person who apparently influences 30% of (US) Americans?”

    I watch Beck on a daily basis. Stewart’s mimicry is impeccable. Virtually every single bit is a direct mocking of actual segments of the show that I could instantly recall: the piling of bookmarked books on the desk about the Founders; the wearing of glasses to appear intellectual, the Father Coughlin meets Curly from the Three Stooges mannerisms; the pondering why no one else asks such questions, the scribbled madness of wild, elaborate yet incoherent conspiracy theories; the fake crying, the flipping of the chalk board over; the invocation of Hitler, Nazism, Communism, and Socialism …. it’s all straight from the show.

    My post on the Stewart clip links to 3 examples of Beck engaging in such behavior, if you’re so inclined to see the comparison.

    http://dailydoubt.blogspot.com/2009/11/jon-stewart-mimics-beck-thomas.html

    But today, the following link provides the most vivid example of how out there Beck is (and where he gets his ideas from. I.e. the fringe of the already fringe John Birch Society.)

    There he rants for 9 minutes about the art at Rockefeller Plaza being a tribute to Marxism and Fascism. In the process, he links fascist youth propaganda to Obama and indoctrination, and Obama to Marxism and fascism via Van Jones since Jones has received grant money from the Rockefeller foundation.

    Needless to say, Beck’s interpretation of the artwork at Rockefeller Plaza has about as much credibility as Dan Brown’s interpretation of art in The Da Vinci Code.

    1. And I just learned yesterday, when posting about Dan Brown at Boing Boing, that Van Jones sits on the board of the Institute of Noetic Science. James Arthur Ray is connected to Noetic Science too–which means that Obama is personally responsible for killing those poor people in the sweat lodge!

  6. I don’t think Malkin will go that far unless there is another 9.11 scale attack. Although I do believe that in that case she would be willing to go further than that … as far as I know, I’m the only person who has observed how profoundly disturbing it is that Ben Shapiro wrote an article floating the idea that it might be necessary to put critics of President Bush in concentration camps and that Michelle Malkin, author of a revisionist book defending the placement of American citizens in concentration camps based on the ethnicity, linked to the article approvingly, without qualification.

    http://michellemalkin.com/2006/02/15/the-seditious-al-gore/

    http://www.humanevents.com/blog-detail.php?id=12473

    http://townhall.com/columnists/BenShapiro/2006/02/15/should_we_prosecute_sedition

  7. Linda,

    To give you further idea of how dead-on Stewart was, despite the bit’s unbelievability, is this: the part about Stewart knowing there’s a conspiracy because he’d been playing the game Operation … that’s also a direct parody of an actual segment of Beck’s program in which he purported to demonstrate the Marxist conspiracy in the White House by plaing Connect Four.

    http://www.brendan-nyhan.com/blog/2009/10/glenn-becks-strange-visual-aids.html

  8. Arthur, thanks for the info about Kilmeade–I appreciated this, below–how can America become even more stupid? The military has already discharged many of its Arabic-speaking linguists and code breakers because they are gay–now it can discharge or imprison bilingual soldiers because they’re Muslim–at that point the U. S. uniform might have to feature T-shirts that say, “I’m with stupid.” How should we fight terror? Fight terror with ignorance! And with pride!!!

    **Rivera pivoted. “But isn’t this the headline, Brian, that there are four or five million American Muslims and how scant and few and far between these horrifying incidents are?”

    “I’ve been in Afghanistan with these guys,” Rivera continued, “in Iraq with these guys. They are treasured for their bilingualism, their multiculturalism, the fact that they can bridge and understand and translate for us.”**

    By the way, when these Fox guys, like Kilmeade, say that they wouldn’t want to be in foxhole with a Muslim American soldier–I always wonder, why AREN’T they in foxholes, instead of safe and sound in television studios? Especially when the US military is sending soldiers who are mothers of small children on second, third, fourth deployments. Let’s make a man of Kilmeade, somehow.

  9. “No one loves peace more than a soldier.”

    There is something to be said about retreat. To take your hat off indoors. To not be a faceless unknown but a walking symbol. To salute your flag. To know when colors are retired and you go home, someone, somewhere is continuing. When returning for duty, knowing somebody is hoping you will be there to relieve them. To have strangers see you and expect you to be honest, ethical and to make those sound decisions and know what the right thing is. To ask yourself at Arlington, if not me, then who?
    Placing mission before family. Placing mission before religion. Placing mission before yourself. Too really do it. To live under marshal law. To watch strangers suffer. To NOT shoot. To starve. Stand until you break. Run until you pass out. To watch your buddies suffer. To internalize it when dealing with family. To put mission first when EVERYONE wants you to quit. To SHOOT people(women or children). Puts your mind in a place that is indescribable to anyone that has not been there. To take a child raised in our wonderful country. Cold water and milk on demand. A pillow. A shower. To task them into defender/psychotic/angel of mercy and tacticial analyst in about a thirty second/hour/day emotional roller coaster is not something everyone can do. I understand why he did what he did. There was a moment I would have too. That is why the Army chapters people out. That is why training is so “mean”. Every soldier has dark thoughts in those places he won’t voice because the inexperienced will “spin” them.
    I am sure that while he was over there, because he WAS muslim and bilingual, that he got to know foriegn nationals. When you are a psychiatrist your impulse is to help. Listening to children terrified of dying, the stories of “Mommy had her head chopped off. They told Daddy they’d kill me to.” To try to assuade fear. To calm. To work through traumas a proffessional would rarely have. But doing it a hundred fold, in tents or in vehicles. Near mass graves. Without the chain of support stateside. Unable to answer certain questions via orders or not having them at all. Dealing with the flipside, soldiers on your team. Maybe enemy POWs. DoD only knows. Day after day after day. The ghosts followed him home. He saw that place as hell incarnate. The ordered him to return. He fought it and fought it. Next thing he knew he was there waiting for that plane, time running out. He just couldn’t face more psychological torture. His mind went to that primative place. I am sure he realized how easy it was to slide that gun out. To him, his victims were implements of suffering. His way out. He shot one. Saw how simple it was, the person simply “turns off”. What they were and represented was gone. Like cool water. To him he was possibly trying to spare his buddies the ghosts too. So he just kept shooting and shooting and shooting. Perfectly logical survival response when your personality is completely ruined and replaced with the terrors. It is a risk and a burden of war. No religion or political views need apply.

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