Surprise (yawn)

Byron Williams, the brain-damaged loony-tune who was arrested last July in California after a shoot-out with the cops that he said was meant to “start a revolution“, is apparently a Big Fan of… three guesses… you know what’s coming… this one’s easy-peasy… the Beckster!:

“I would’ve never started watching Fox News if it wasn’t for the fact that Beck was on there,” says this friend, Byron Williams. “And it was the things he did, it was the things he exposed, that blew my mind.”

“I do enjoy Glenn Beck,” Williams also says, “and the reason why I enjoy that is because… no other channel will speak about the same things that he’s talking about, and if you go and investigate those things you’ll find out that they’re true.”

Just to pre-emptively circumvent the chorus of protest that’s sure to erupt from the right side of the room, I’m 99% sure that not all of Glenn Beck’s fans are violent ticking-timebomb lunatics with spastic trigger-fingers and brains that squirm like a toad at the thought of shooting up a room full of liberals.  But it’s a fairly safe guess that most of that particular demographic just might be Glenn Beck fans.

Beck obviously has the right to Free Speech as protected by the First Amendment, and I am a big defender of free speech.  But every day Beck yells “Fire!” in a theatre crowded with angry, terrified and unbalanced people, we get one day closer to real tragedy. And it’s not like this hasn’t happened before — you have to wonder how many corpses it will take before media personalities like Beck realize the power of their microphones and take some responsibility for themselves, as conservatives are so fond of scolding all and sundry.

 

8 Responses to “Surprise (yawn)”


  1. 1 filcher Monday, October 11, 2010 at 8:33 am

    One question, why do you discount that Beck and others do not know what powers they wield, and that they are irresponsible and evil men?

  2. 2 Cornelius T. Zen Monday, October 11, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Beck knows precisely what he is talking about. Details, like correct facts, figures, dates, numbers, the names of people are irrelevant to him. ONLY THE TRUTH! matters.
    For any of these demagogues, the facts and the truth are completely unrelated.
    So the old toast might now come out as “Here’s to George Washington, who could not tell a lie; to Joseph Geobbels, who could not tell the truth; and to all our friends at Fox News, who cannot tell the difference.”
    Jesus has some ‘splain’ to do – CTZen

  3. 3 JJ Monday, October 11, 2010 at 9:05 am

    filcher – I’m not discounting that at all… I’m pretty sure Beck and his ilk know and get off on the power they wield over their audiences. I’m not so sure that they actually want people to get killed by it, though… but maybe that’s just my sunny optimism.

  4. 4 JJ Monday, October 11, 2010 at 9:06 am

    CTZen – That’s what’s really interesting — so many of Beck’s theories are so easily debunked with a quick Google search. None of his fans seem to know how to use the Googles.

  5. 5 Cornelius T. Zen Monday, October 11, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Good morrow, JJ!
    Beck’s fans don’t care. Beck’s word is gospel. He says it, so it must be true. You can kill yourself trying to counter his diatribes with facts. Won’t do you any good.
    You see, critical thinking takes effort, and people, especially American couch potatoes, tend to do just enough work not to go on welfare, or have their wives kick them to the curb.
    I’ve long since given up trying to get these vegetables to think for themselves.
    Which is why Bill Maher will always have so much with which to work.
    Adoring fan: “Mr. Stevenson, that speech should earn you the vote of every thinking person in America!”
    Adlai Stevenson: “That’s nice, but I would still need a majority to win.”
    Sound familar? – CTZen

  6. 6 JJ Monday, October 11, 2010 at 9:49 am

    CTZ

    Which is why Bill Maher will always have so much with which to work.

    No shortage of material this year, that’s for sure.

    It’s funny, when Obama won the 2008 election, I wondered what people like Maher and Jon Stewart would do for material now that the grownups were in charge and the political scene would finally mature.

    😯

  7. 7 J. A. Baker Monday, October 11, 2010 at 10:49 am

    It’s funny, when Obama won the 2008 election, I wondered what people like Maher and Jon Stewart would do for material now that the grownups were in charge and the political scene would finally mature.

    Kind of like John Cole’s short-lived theory of Peak Wingnut, eh?

  8. 8 J. A. Baker Monday, October 11, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I’m 99% sure that not all of Glenn Beck’s fans are violent ticking-timebomb lunatics with spastic trigger-fingers and brains that squirm like a toad at the thought of shooting up a room full of liberals.

    I’m pretty sure it’s an entirely different part of their anatomy that’s “squirming like a toad at the thought of shooting up a room full of liberals,” if you know what I mean. (And I think you do!)

    And it’s not like this hasn’t happened before

    Several times before, in fact.

    you have to wonder how many corpses it will take before media personalities like Beck realize the power of their microphones and take some responsibility for themselves, as conservatives are so fond of scolding all and sundry.

    If Michelle Malkin’s reaction to one of her fans sending fake anthrax to prominent media liberals is any indication, you’re going to be waiting until Hell freezes over before one media conservative starts taking responsibility for the violence their rhetoric inspires.


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