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Glenn Beck Continues His Violent Rhetoric, Barking On The Tube With Fox & Friends

Reported by Guest Blogger - October 29, 2009 -

Guest blogged by Notveryhow

This is my first foray into writing about the strange world of Glenn Beck, and I thought that the best thing I could do would be to research euphemisms for crazy. I came across a darling British term “Dagenham:” Adj. Totally insane, crazy. Because on the London underground/rail transport system Dagenham (Heathway) station is 3 stops beyond Barking station. Barking is slang for crazy." 3 stops beyond Barking on the Tube? Seems fitting. With video.

Glenn Beck appeared Tuesday morning (10/27/09) on Fox and Friends, and the deference paid him left no doubt that he is now the star. He appeared less than fully awake, and at about the 30 second mark on the video, there is a silhouette shot, with his upper teeth thrust out, that strongly suggests rodent in his ancestry. But Beck wasted little time working up to a truly bizarre statement.

Referring to his now infamous Baseball Bat Monologue Beck again reiterated his violent imagery:

“This administration...they model themselves...after Al Capone. You take these guys on, and they will bash your brains out. That’s what they did to Fox, that’s what they’ve done to the Chamber of Commerce. That’s what they do to everyone who stands in their way. So, you have to ask yourself, as Sean Connery did, what are you prepared to do. If you’re going to get into a fight with these guys, you better be able to battle all the way to the end.”

Yes, in pushing for a “Consumer Financial Protection Agency,” Obama "swung the bat" by criticizing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which he said, "is spending millions on an ad campaign to kill" the proposal. Crunch! You can almost hear the flesh spatter.

But the Chamber swung back. "Let's not make any mistake. The United States Chamber of Commerce will be active, we will be visible and we will be very engaged in the 2010 elections." said R. Bruce Josten, executive vice president for the Chamber of Commerce.

Taking a serious, no-Beckian look at this, it's easy to see that the Chamber is playing hard-ball politics. But if the Administration responds in kind, why is that an attack?

But Beck was not done with his portrayal of those harmed by the administration “bat.” Innocent Fox News, which has done nothing political against Obama that would warrant a response, the naive but earnest deliverer of straight news, was cruelly set upon."They're widely viewed as a part of the Republican Party. Take [the GOP's] talking points, put them on the air, take [the GOP's] opposition research, put them on the air," said Anita Dunn, with all the force of a Mark Maguire home run. Pow!

To rudely butcher Connery’s quote from “The Untouchables," ("He pulls a knife you pull a gun, he sends one of yours to the hospital you send one of his to the morgue!") If he debunks your talking points with facts, you carry an assault weapon to a Town Hall - or to the Fox News set.

Fox and the Chamber of Commerce have both attacked the Obama Administration and its policies, as is their right. Is there danger in portraying a verbal counterattack with the violent imagery of “bash your brains out” with a baseball bat? Does Beck care how inflammatory his language is? Does he care how ridiculous it sounds. Is he even aware? Or is he really what he appears to be, someone who has “been knitting with one needle” for a long, long time.