This last week has been difficult for me and many other Glenn Beck fans as we have watched him first spin, and then outright lie about Debra Medina. I have literally been sick to my stomach for days at the realization that a man I had such profound trust in could now be exposed as a fraud. I feel stupid, like a gullible member of the congregation in a televangelist’s tent. Is this the way many Obama voters feel after seeing a year of his lies?
I don’t know how you can live in Texas and not know about the Medina controversy, but to sum it up…from a poorly answered question by Debra Medina last week on Beck’s radio show, he has since characterized Medina as a Nazi, a fascist, an anarchist, and someone who believes “Cheney and Bush wired the towers to blow”. But now it seems the scope of this whole thing has gone way beyond Medina into threatening the very conservative establishment that has been pushing the tea party movement for a year.
Within hours of Beck’s interview, the conservative media and top bloggers hopped on this story and painted Medina as a complete whack-job. This includes Burka with Texas Monthly, Michelle Malkin, RedState, Ace, and others. From one misstatement in an obviously hostile interview, Medina was tried and executed by many of the leaders in the tea party revolution. But what these “leaders” did not count on was that many Texans were well-informed about our candidates and the issues, had watched the gubernatorial debates and knew a hatchet job when we saw one. Since Beck’s interview last week, he has lost over a half a million viewers and his 9/12 Project is hemorrhaging members (myself included). Liberal blogs like HufPo and the Kos have watched this family fight with glee.
As an avid fan of Glenn Beck’s for over 8 years, I was slow to criticize him too heavily, believing he was simply misinformed. But as the week progressed, he has now begun to lie to such an extent, he literally appears to be cracking up. He seems shaky, he looks confused and is obviously caught in a trap of his own making. His ass is way out in the wind on this one, and now his friends at Fox and those in the blogging community (who blindly followed Beck off this cliff) have a big stake in making this lie stick to Medina, or end up looking like fools.
They may have ruined Medina’s already-slim chances of forcing a run-off, but can this deception hold out forever? Glenn’s talk radio brethren in Dallas came out today to call him on his lies. In the links below, conservative radio host Jeff Bolton at KLIF perfectly expressed what so many former Glenn Beck fans are feeling…