samedi 20 novembre 2010

The truth hurts, Mr. Beck

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to confess that I have never watched Glenn Beck in full. What I see of Glenn Beck is what I see on The Daily Show and Countdown. For all I know, outside of the clips these programs show, Mr. Beck is a serious political analyst on a par with, oh, say, Jim Lehrer or the late Daniel Schorr. But somehow I doubt it.

It's hard for me to imagine that Beck's schtick is meant seriously. It's so over-the-top, so completely lunatic, that it comes across as performance art -- something the late Andy Kaufman would have put together. One has to wonder: if Glenn Beck is for real, how is someone this insane even able to function in day-to-day life, let alone put a show together every day. Are Jim Earl and Barry Lank perhaps writing for Glenn Beck now, only Beck thinks the stuff they give him to read off a teleprompter is for real? It would be irresponsible not to speculate.

Because Beck's televised obsession with George Soros is pure comedy gold, as Jon Stewart pointed out the other night in yet another brilliant Beck spoof:

Apparently Mr. Beck, whose gift of projection is seen in the above segment in his accusations about George Soros, is unhappy with Stewart's spot-on parody:

Today Beck sent out an email blast asking if he should get a restraining order against Stewart, because Stewart spent 66% of a show on Beck.  Apparently Beck crunched the numbers, came up with 66% of the minutes in a single show, and felt that was a powerful statistic that would prove Beck's point about how "creepy" Jon Stewart is! Okayy.....

He also gave the story prominent coverage in The Blaze:

Jon Stewart spent over seven minutes mocking Fox News and Glenn Beck’s recent George Soros expose.

Stewart and fellow satirist/provocateur Stephen Colbert have jointly been nominated for Time magazine's annual "Person of the Year" award. Right now they're at #4. You know what to do.

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