Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Saturday, September 12, 2009 11:04 pm

More proof, were more needed, that Glenn Beck has the brains of a laminate countertop

Fox News has this show host named Glenn Beck who is very popular right now. Glenn Beck hates so many things I can’t even keep track of them, and he hates them with such blazing passion that it’s kind of surprising a young intern or production assistant doesn’t have to walk on camera during his shows to wipe the spittle from his chin and the camera lens. His primary action in furtherance of these hatreds is uttering a fact-free kind of rhetoric that implies far, far more than the truth can actually support. (Not all the time. But, most of the time, yeah.)

So these guys decided to parody Beck’s approach by applying it to him. They created a Web site called, and I am not making this title up, “Glenn Beck Raped and Murdered a Young Girl in 1990.” In effect, the site’s creators say, “DID Glenn Beck rape and murder a young girl in 1990? We have no evidence that he did, but then why hasn’t he denied it?”

In other words, they’re not seriously claiming Beck is a rapist and murderer, they’re parodying his rhetorical style.

I am not a lawyer, but parody in this country has had a long history of being pretty much legally bulletproof. That fact, of course, has not stopped Beck from suing the site’s creators, thereby ensuring that many, many more people will see the site, thus making his PR problem far bigger than it already is. (And since you ask, why, yes, my blogging about this is my small contribution to that initiative.)

If we had the kind of sanctions on people who file frivolous lawsuits that a lot of legal reformers say we need, Glenn Beck would be writing a rather large check for some folks’ legal expenses right about now. Just sayin’.

I think “Element 61,” whoever he/she is, says it best: “Who could have predicted that his dangerous and extremist fear-mongering would lead to people returning the favor?”

Quasi-relatedly, fellow Fox liar Sean Hannity gets called an idiot on his own show for trying to perpetuate a variation on the “death panels” meme.

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Monday, September 7, 2009 10:11 pm

Memo

Filed under: Aiee! Teh stoopid! It burns! — Lex @ 10:11 pm
Tags: , ,

TO: Wingnuts
FROM: Lex
DATE: 9/7/09
RE: Obama’s speech

Would y’all for pete’s sake at least read the books you want burned before trying to get people to burn them? Thank you.

Sheesh.

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