Honorable Mention

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Somebody on the teevee in the other room is playing clips from Glenn Beck’s teevee show.  If I’m not mistaken, Mr. Beck is demonstrating, with logic and everything, that John D. Rockefeller was a communist.

John D. Rockefeller.  The original oil man.  America’s first billionaire.  The monopoliest of all monopolists.  The laissez-fairest of them all.  A communist.  A communist.  We’re talkin’ ’bout communists.  Communists.  Communists?  I mean, communists?

Honestly, I couldn’t make this shit up.  The stupid goes all the way down.

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5 Responses to “Honorable Mention”

  1. michaellasley Says:

    I didn’t see the clip, thankfully, but the LATimes took him to task for some little tirade he was on about Rockefeller. Beck was claiming some piece of art hung in some building Rockefeller owned was painted by a card-carrying member of the Communist party. Which was true. Until Rockefeller found out and took the piece of art down for that very reason. Beck just conveniently didn’t report that bit of history.

    That Iverson presser is quite possibly the best ever.

  2. urbino Says:

    Even if he hadn’t taken it down, though. Like that would have proved John D. Rockefeller was a communist?

    It really is just astonishing. There is quite literally zero intellectual honesty from the GOP base these days. Zero. Everything they say is either a shockingly obvious bald-faced lie, or just complete drivel. It’s a very ugly tantrum and I hope it ends soon — preferably with the GOP left as a functioning, responsible political party.

  3. michaellasley Says:

    I keep wondering how many lies or distortions or half-truths someone like Beck has to say before his core audience starts to question his veracity. That goes for all the death-panel Republicans out there. How many times do people get to say crazy things that turn out to not be true at all before no one believes them anymore? It seems like once would do someone in a news-y position in.

    From my visit home, though, I learned that rather than questioning the truthfulness of Beck or whatever other right wing commentator, the knee-jerk reaction when someone points out a distortion (like Rockefeller being a Communist) is for a Beck-watcher to say: well, how am I supposed to know what to believe? In normal life, I tried pointing out, it usually takes being misled once before you start to question these things. Then they’d say something about Bill Clinton. And that’s the end of the conversation.

  4. urbino Says:

    Yeah, it’s disheartening.

    My frank and honest answer to your question is: never. The audience you’re talking about lives in a world where what Beck, etc., say is true. It’s true because every single source of information they listen to or read tells them it’s true. Even when health care reform passes and there are no death panels, all those sources will be telling them there are.

    It’s not like we’re waiting for the day to arrive when their bile is demonstrably false. It’s been happening for 8 years. They just deny the evidence and slather it with a new lie. A majority of Americans still believe Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11 and that we actually found WMD in Iraq.

    That’s what’s so disturbing about all this. The truth never outs.

    There will never be a time when the damage they’re doing will get undone. Not in our lifetimes, anyway.

  5. dejon05 Says:

    I keep wondering this… why has American culture cast “socialism” as such a great evil? It’s popular to compare people to Hitler these days.

    Doesn’t Beck have more in common with McCarthy than anyone has with Hitler?

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