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When Joe the Plumber knows more than Glenn Beck, Media Putz for Beck, please

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Originally published on on December 18, 2008

Glenn Beck

The beauty of being on right-wing talk radio is that you don’t have to be right, you just have to be loud. One of the more uninformed of this class is Glenn Beck.

But on his December 9 radio program, Beck outdid even himself, but what makes this fun is how Beck got intellectually beaten up — by Joe the Plumber.

Beck and Mr. Plumber were discussing the finer parts of Hillary Clinton and the Constitutional issues as to whether she could become Secretary of State.

Here’s the intellectual portion of the conversation — from Joe the Plumber:

Hillary Clinton, the whole deal with her as far as becoming Secretary of State. You know, it’s kind of against — well, it’s not kind of. It’s against the Constitution right now where it stands. But they’re talking about getting around it.

Good points. Joe the Plumber even goes on to express concern that getting around the rules isn’t the way to go. But the fun kicks in when Beck replies to Joe’s rant.

Well, I think you are right on the money. I will tell you this in talking to one of my guys who’s deep in the Constitution, he’s saying that she can’t have two offices. That’s the problem. She can’t occupy the two offices and then two different branches, but it’s kind of iffy on that. It’s not really clear. And if she gets rid of her office, then it should be fine. But she couldn’t be a senator and Secretary of State. That’s the real problem there.

Hey, Glenn: “one of my guys” doesn’t know what he is talking about. And neither do you. Nobody, and we mean nobody, thinks Clinton, or anyone else would do both jobs at the same time. Being a U.S. Senator is a lot of work, and being Secretary of State is a huge amount of work.

And the whole idea that “it’s kind of iffy on that.” Are you now saying Clinton might legally occupy both posts as you are saying that she couldn’t be both? And what does this have to do with the subject being talked about in the United States on the planet Earth?

As Keith Olbermann succinctly put it, “You are less well-informed than Joe the Plumber.”

Usually, when the rabid right-winger rants, an argument is presented with lies and misleading statements. Here we have an argument that is a lie, a fiction no one ever thought to create. And Beck doesn’t even have the guts to say this from his own heart: he hides behind referring to “one of my guys who’s deep in the Constitution.”

To be fair, this is probably why right-wing talk shows such as Beck do get the Republican talking points. Because when they come up with their own talking points, they screw them up. If someone else does not write them down for Beck, there is this chance Beck will go off and come up with tangents such as this.

Beck’s only current outlet for his madness is his radio show. After he announced he would jump to FOX “News” Channel in the spring, CNN dumped him unceremoniously. And he gave up a prime-time slot on CNN Headline News for a less-than-ideal 5 p.m. Eastern slot, guaranteeing him less visibility for his ignorant, right-wing hate rambling.

So perhaps his judgment is slipping, a bad sign since his judgment is measured on statements such as when he said in 2005 on his radio program that he wanted to kill Michael Moore.

But in the true spirit of right-wing radio, Beck is getting very rich. In the extension of his radio contract about a year ago, it was reported that Premiere Radio Networks was paying Beck $50 million over a five-year contract. You would think for $50 million that Beck could buy a newspaper subscription or two.

And to receive that money, Beck doesn’t have to be right or logical or even make sense. Glenn Beck, it’s been far too long so we have to reward you with the honor you deserve, Media Putz of the week.

Glenn Beck previously won the Media Putz on October 25, 2007.


Written by democracysoup

December 18, 2008 at 6:00 am

Posted in media criticism, MSM

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