The CEO of MediaMatters for America, David Brock, believes that Glenn Beck's rhetoric foments violence, and may, eventually, lead to the next "Oklahma City Bombing" type of incident. The evidence, that Brock provides on the MediaMatters site, is extremely disturbing.
In an interview with Chris O'Donnell on MSNBC's The Last Word, Brock called out to Sarah Palin to reign in Beck's hate filled rhetoric, suggesting that ex-governor Palin was the only person with enough GOP clout, to be able to get Beck to tone it back.
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As you'll see from the interview, Mr. Beck, thinks that Brock made this request to Palin, out of desperation. Beck argues that, even after all of the recording and analysis of Beck's show that MediaMatters has done over the years, it hasn't accomplished a thing. And, despite all of the advertiser boycotts that MediaMatters has had a hand, Beck's violent rhetoric is still being defended and supported by the Fox Network.
Thinking that the joke was on Brock and MediaMatters, Glenn conducted a radio interview with the always brilliant Palin, to help illustrate the folly of David Brock's efforts.
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But wait, I have an alternative theory about what David Brock and MediaMatters was up to. I'll tell you my the theory after you've read the transcript. I normally like to keep the sound bites short, and the comments long, but I think that I'll reverse it this time, because the conversation is such a hoot, full of monumental ignorance, all on its own.
Welcome to the Age of Nonsense...
GLENN: Let me bring Sarah up. Is Sarah on the phone? Hi, Sarah, how are you?
SARAH PALIN: Hey, good morning, Glenn, how are you?
GLENN: Good, where are you?
SARAH PALIN: I am at my kitchen table in Wasilla.
GLENN: I don't know how you travel. I mean, it's crazy the amount of travel that you do.
SARAH PALIN: How do I travel? Yes, airplanes.
She's serious. Palin: Yes President Putin, I will be coming over there by airplane.
GLENN: I don't okay, I don't think you need to I mean, I really, what, are you all of a sudden Bill Maher talking down to me. Okay, Sarah, I want you to hear this. This is the head of Media Matters, and I just, I want to give you the opportunity to distance yourself. Here it is. No, here it is.
BROCK: Basically Beck, Beck's erratic. He either won't or can't control himself even after he loses a hundred advertisers. So you can't go there. Murdoch was asked at a shareholders conference a couple of weeks ago about Beck, shareholder concerns about Beck. He said he doesn't agree with everything that goes on the Fox News Channel, but he's standing with Beck. Ailes recruited Beck to do this. So he's standing with Beck. That leaves you with sponsors. So People Four has backed up a Tides Foundation call with Media Matters called Drop Fox to ask for advertisers to take responsibility for this rhetoric. I was recently told by a member of the Murdoch family that if you could affect the bottom line, you might get attention by the NewsCorp board. But the truth is we can't wait for that. So Sarah Palin right now in our view needs to step up. She needs to step up because she's a leader of the Republican Party, of the conservative movement.
Now Glenn, and his faithful sidekick, Pat, will interject with what they think are rational, clever witticisms.
GLENN: Congratulations, by the way.
BROCK: She is a Tea Party favorite. She is the one person in this country right now today who in the national interest, just in the moment to put partisanship aside.
GLENN: Do it, Sarah.
BROCK: Could pull this country back from the precipice of another Oklahoma City. And that's what a real leader does.
BROCK: That's what we're asking.
They're sarcasm, given the ignorance on display, falls a bit short, don't you think?
PAT: Time to...
GLENN: As the leader now, of the GOP, as a Tea Party favorite, as somebody that they don't always agree with but they respect, as a real leader, it's time. It's time to make a choice.
SARAH PALIN: Well, these silly and ironic men, this is this is ironic. Them insisting that, you know, I should just be ignored because I am the irrelevant (inaudible) mom in Wasilla.
GLENN: No, no, no. No, you are as an American citizen for national, for the national interests, you are the only one that can do this.
PAT: That can stop him. You've got to stop him, Sarah.
SARAH PALIN: Okay. Okay, so Glenn, from my kitchen table in Wasilla, here's the deal.
Sarah, who believes in Creationism, is about to expose the identity of... drum roll... Satan.
SARAH PALIN: Now, we know, Glenn, you're up against one of the richest and self suggested, most powerful men in the world. In George Soros, right?
GLENN: Spooky dude.
SARAH PALIN: Yeah. The extreme leftwing king is with many, many minions, that's what he is.
Only a moron would get orgasmic over that statement.
GLENN: Yes. Oh, yes.
SARAH PALIN: So, you know, when I speak of your love of our Founding Fathers and how you are helping to educate Americans about respecting our nation's history so that we don't lose what makes America exceptional and the far, far left mouthpieces, they're twisting and spinning and perverting that message, no, what I do, I go back to what Abraham Lincoln said about standing with anybody that stands right. You stand with him when he's right and you part with him when he goes wrong. I stand with you, Glenn, and I stand with . . .
Sarah is as ignorant about America's "founding" as Beck is. See my past articles.
GLENN: No, no. In the national interest you've got to stop. You're the only one! You're like Obi Wan Kenobi. Sarah Palin, you're our only hope.
SARAH PALIN: Yeah, Glenn
HALF-WIT: Did you ever think you'd see the day, Sarah, when Media Matters would be calling you the only hope?
GLENN: For America?
VOICE: For America.
GLENN: I mean, that's incredible.
GLENN: It's sad. We were deciding we were trying to decide if it was laughable or kind of sad, pathetic kind of like that smelly kid in third grade that everybody looked around and looked at and went, that's kind of sad.
SARAH PALIN: Yeah, it's a little bit of both. I see more humor in it, though.
Then why does she sound so forlorn? Shouldn't humor make her like, you know, laugh?
SARAH PALIN: And it shows, though, how pathetic their argument is that they would be that desperate as to reach out to me to say, you know, you need to stop Glenn Beck, you need to stop his what they perceive as inciting the violence. Glenn, you know I abhor violence. I know you do. Hating war, hating Civil War and praying for peace and wanting peace and freedom for our kids in a civil society, that is the mission here is explaining to Americans what the threats are to our peace and to our opportunities and to our freedom in America.
SARAH PALIN: That is what I see you doing and that is why I support what you are doing.
Secular America is thrilled that you two are teaming up in support of each other.
GLENN: Sarah, I I can't tell you how disappointed I am in you. I really, I thought you were going to take this moment to lead. I really did, but now, now, Sarah and I want you to understand this. Now Media Matters is going to come out against you, and they are not going to like you anymore. They like you so much, but now they're going to have to...
SARAH PALIN: Darn!
GLENN: Now they are going to have to isolate you, too. Oh, boy.
SARAH PALIN: Yeah, because heretofore, they were on my side.
GLENN: They have been on your side.
SARAH PALIN: Yeah.
GLENN: You know what?
PAT: Fighting for you every step of the way.
GLENN: It's like the it's like that time that abortion doctor said on TV the other day, women only have abortions because they care about motherhood. They're only destroying you or trying to destroy you because they love you so much!
SARAH PALIN: There we go with the Orwellian thinking. Twisted around.
GLENN: Two plus two equals six.
SARAH PALIN: There you go. And I'm the idiot, yeah.
True. And, something tells me, that SNL will agree with that conclusion.
PAT: Sarah, if you change your mind, we have David Brock's number over at Media Matters.
PAT: He's waiting for your phone call.
GLENN: He doesn't have a lot to do.
PAT: He will be sitting by the phone.
GLENN: Sarah, let me ask you, what is... what do you think the... what do you think the most important race to watch next week, the one that you say if this one happens, things really change? I mean, I think Tom Tancredo in Colorado is amazing. That's amazing.
SARAH PALIN: And Tom's going to do absolutely wonderfully for his state and for our country, too, as the governor of that state. And I'm anxious to see how that all unfolds, especially because he, too, has come under such attack from the machine, really the machine on both sides of the aisle.
GLENN: Oh, yeah, big time.
SARAH PALIN: That is certainly one to watch, absolutely. Of course, I, near and dear to my heart, am very, very interested and engaged in the Alaska Senate race to see how Lisa Murkowski running as this third party establishment/entitlement party candidate is throwing everything and the kitchen sink against the Republican nominee Joe Miller. I'm very engaged in this race up here.
GLENN: Isn't it amazing that the establishment, the GOP establishment, you know, people like Karl Rove who, by the way, has announced that you're just not qualified to. It's a good thing you're in the kitchen, Sarah. It is. But . . .
Glenn and Sarah wind up the interview with some brilliant, laser-like political analysis.
SARAH PALIN: I'm barefoot, too.
GLENN: Really? Are you pregnant? Are you announcing? If you're not pregnant, get Todd. He'll explain how it all works. Anyway, it is amazing to me that they have all said that the worst thing that could happen is a third party, and they were afraid of the tea parties of creating a third party. Well, the Tea Party goes in and works within the system and they get their candidates within the system, and the system itself starts to create a third party.
SARAH PALIN: Right.
GLENN: An establishment party. It's amazing.
SARAH PALIN: It's an entitlement party. That's their thinking is how dare anyone challenge me, my position, my authority, the seat is mine, mine, mine. That's where they're headed.
GLENN: Sarah, we will, we'll talk to you we'll talk to you next week. Are you part where are you going to be on Tuesday?
SARAH PALIN: I will be in New York. I hope I get to see you, let's see, a couple of days before until a couple of days after the election. So
GLENN: Oh, good. Okay, good. All right. We'll see each other then. Thanks, Sarah.
SARAH PALIN: Okay.
GLENN: God bless, bye bye.
Good grief. Can you even imagine Sarah Palin having serious, intellectual discourse, with President Putin, if a meteor was hurtling towards Earth? I know I can't.
Okay, here's my alternative theory about David Brock and MediaMatters' motivation for making this "public" request of Sarah Palin, to repudiate Glenn Beck's violent rhetoric. I think that they wanted Palin "on the record" supporting Beck's inflammatory call for a 1776-like Revolution.
It was brilliant, and Beck fell for it... hook, line, and sinker.