Thursday, May 21, 2009

Big Surprise: Glenn Beck is an utter liar.

One of the great surprises for me of the last US election was John McCain's visit to The View. The women of The View took McCain to pieces far better than anyone else managed in the whole of the electoral cycle.

Now, it's Glenn Beck's turn to sit on that couch. And, in truth, it's simply excruciating to watch. As Whoopi Goldberg says of Beck, "You are a lying sack of dog mess. You lied!"

Beck apparently met the ladies from The View on an Amtrak train and then went on to the radio and completely manufactured the exchange which took place. It's not in itself a great surprise to anyone who has watched this car crash on TV. But the women of The View do more than simply expose the man as a liar.

For example, in the second clip, they cajole Beck into giving us the gift of his marvelous political acumen and he obliges by calling for all politicians to resign. That's about as dumb a thing as any political commentator could ever say.

The funniest part is when he is asked what he believes in and he lists as an inspiration George Washington, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, and someone pipes up, "Sarah Palin?" and he is forced to deny her whilst, simultaneously, telling us how much he likes her. They do well to undercut the vanity of Beck's posturing, to highlight how ludicrous are the positions he adopts; where he can cite Washington, Madison and Jefferson as historical figures he admires, and yet find himself currently admiring Sarah Palin, as if there is any correlation between these people.

The fascinating thing is that, when asked what it is that he believes in, Beck actually has nothing to say. He's a fraud. An empty vessel, "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing".

And the women of The View expose that better than anyone else has so far managed.

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