If you follow politics at all the name Glenn Beck more likely than not sends you into a towering rage at this point. He's the latest addition to the Fox News stable and by far the craziest and/or sleaziest. Some highlights include capitalizing on 9/11
after attacking the 9/11 families
, openly and bizarrely weeping
because "he loves his country so much and he's so scared for it", and literally acting out "Obama pouring gasoline on the average American"
for god knows whatever he was riled up about at the moment.
His main claim to fame, beside being the biggest scumbag in mainstream media, is his perfecting the "when did you stop beating your wife" style of reporting to an art form. Couched in the phrasing "some people are saying" without ever explicitly embracing the allegations or discussing their legitimacy he has advanced pretty much every insane right wing conspiracy theory for the last year or so into the mainstream. The FEMA death camps, the birther nonsense, Obama's secret army of brown shirts; all these have been slide into legitimate discussion using this formulation. It's an especially weaselly wording that lets him back off any particular allegation when confronted while continuing to advance every insane idea under the sun in the guise of discussion of what other people are talking about. There's been a certain amount of hand wringing over the degrading of discourse in the US and the fact it's almost impossible to disprove a myth or outright lie once it's gotten into people's heads (the more you argue against it the more people who already believe the lie believe it even more).
In what is either another step towards the complete destruction of intelligent discussion in American politics or one of the most beautifully poetic rebuttal of stupidity I've ever seen, someone from Fark with the help of the other aggregator sites started the Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990
website. The sites makes it clear that it's a parody site and that it's attacking this kind of slimy insinuation without any evidence that has been creeping up more and more in the Fox News era and has reached it's crescendo recently, making sure to always be presented along the lines of "Some people say Glenn Back has X and he has yet to deny it".
I'm honestly a bit torn on this. It does strike me as one of those near perfect examples of showing how stupid something is by applying it to an even more ridiculous situation. I'm hard pressed to think of any other way you could show just how slimy the idea is in a soundbite. But by that same token, sinking to the level of something that disgusts you to prove how disgusting it is can be morally dubious at best. Olbermann featured the meme on his worst person's list
once it started picking up steam, which is a not unreasonable thing to do. Glenn Beck has also recently filed suit for trademark violation
, an idea that is both going to almost certainly accomplish nothing and generates a huge amount of schadenfreude as you sit back and watch Beck cycle through the various useless stages of fighting the underhanded attack style he perfected.
Is this a modern case of fighting fire with fire, or are we just looking at a real case of the Left can be just as bad as the Right?
Glorious update I don't want to get lost in the thread:
This isn't exactly the same thing, but it's very much in the same vein of trolling the trolls. Seriously, don't go to the site, just check urban dictionary
to get the general idea if you don't get the reference, crack up, and print hi res or grey scale copies
for the next tea party rally.