When he had his show on CNN Headline News, Glenn Beck’s frequent fill-in when he was gone was Joe Pagliarulo, or Joe Pags. Now Joe is guest hosting for Beck again on his own network. I have a bit of history with Joe Pags. I used to talk to his mother online quite a bit (for Gretchen and Sastra, who would know who I’m talking about, his mother is bnyfoofoo) and she’s a very sweet lady. And he used to have a TV show in Lansing, Michigan. In fact, I was scheduled to be on his show to talk about church/state issues the evening of 9/11, but plans obviously changed quickly and I never did go on. Shortly after that, he left Lansing for, IIRC, San Antonio. And I never got the impression that he was really a wingnut, but this video of him guest hosting for Beck certainly suggests otherwise.
Speaking about pro-choice protesters in Texas, he says, “They’ve got a vast communist, socialist agenda; they’ve got a vast anti-freedom, anti-American agenda; they’ve got a vast anti-Christian, anti-Constitutional agenda.” Seriously, Joe? You have to know that’s just idiotic bullshit. Rick Santorum then offers the usual blather about “Saul Alinsky tactics,” as if Alinsky did anything different than what Pags and Santorum are doing in this very video. This is nothing more than red meat for morons.
Like Dispatches on Facebook: