Beck lost me months ago and this interview is why.
Let's follow along. First, we have the now infamous comment by President Obama that he's looking to "kick ass". From this, Beck moves that comment to a conference in D.C. by the name of America's Future Now. One of the speakers at this conference just happened to be Beck's favorite whipping boy Van Jones.
Now, what Beck is saying is that Obama's comment was a code from him to this conference that the progressive revolution is coming. Talk about a conspiracy theory. That's something. Unfortunately, it's not much different from what Beck does on a regular basis. He constantly makes connections between folks like Mao and Stalin to historical American progressives like Woodrow Wilson and then ties it to the administration. Then, he brings out the most easily demonized figures to act as the face of the administration. That's why he's so obsessed with Jones. Jones is the easiest to mock and demonize.
Beck isn't the first conspiracist. There's been plenty before him. What is mystifying is how he's so popular. This is truly off the charts kooky. It's not rooted in any reality and yet he can get nearly five million people to watch him daily. This sort of thing used to be referred to as propaganda. Now, it's the highest rated show on cable news.
Beck is really nothing more than a stylized and entertaining conspiracy theorist and propagandist. After all, both go together. He believes the progressives are out to destroy America. Every day he attempts to prove it. That's it. That's his whole show. That's why I got bored and stopped watching. Yet, the same people now considered Beck's biggest fans were up in arms whenever conspiracy theories like this would link Bush to Halliburton.
Yet, he's a phenomenon. Why? Are people really saying that this isn't total nonsense? The president of the United States of America came on national television and sent a coded message to an obscure conference. He told them the progressive revolution is coming.
That's tin foil hat stuff. That's the sort of thing that a fringe group can get excited about. Yet, not only does he have a show on the biggest cable news network in history. He has a very successful show. It's a phenomenon like no other. Millions of people come daily so that Beck can spout conspiracy theories about how President Obama is getting together with obscure progressive groups to take over the world.
Usually, its' the sort of thing that the mainstream laughs at. In this case, Beck wound up as one of the most fascinating people in the world.
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