The Blaze Debunks Beck’s Nonsense

Right Wing Watch catches Glenn Beck once again making a claim on his radio show that his own website, The Blaze, debunked months ago. He claims that the Army gave Nidal Hassan a promotion while he was in jail for killing people at a military base. But his own website said back in March that this claim from a parody site:

Actually, no. Not at all. A little cursory Googling immediately shows that the article is false. For instance, the full article mentions figures named General William Hewitt and Colonel Nathan Butterworth. No such Army officers exist. In fact, the only General William Hewitt we were able to find is a British army officer.

How could such a story be written, then? Simple: It is not a story. It is satire — a joke. The Duffel Blog is not a news site. Rather, according to its own “About” page, it is essentially a military equivalent to “The Onion”…

Even if you don’t find the joke funny, it’s difficult to argue with the basic fact that it is a joke, and there is no “story” to substantiate the rumor. Major Nidal Hassan remains a Major, and his only potential promotion is to the post of “ex-Major.”

And yet here is Beck repeating it months later as though it were true. I think we can tell who the joke here is.

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  • John Pieret

    It is fairly simple … Beck is the equivalent of The Onion for the crowd who don’t get the joke.

    And it makes him a lot of money without the effort it takes to get anything right.

  • raven

    You missed the key point here.

    Beck has babysitters who try to keep him from getting run over crossing the street and tripping over his untied shoes.

    It’s a hard job but someone has to do it.

    Pat Robertson has the same arrangement. His handlers just inject him with reanimation serum every once in a while and hope he lurches in the right direction.

  • raven

    Beck, Limbaugh, Perkins, Fischer, Hagee, Klingenschmitt, and all the vaguely humanoid toad fundie leaders all operate with the same principle.

    Throw what is literally crap against a wall and hope some of it sticks. No wonder US xianity is dying.

  • some bastard on the net

    This story made me laugh so hard, i think my blood pressure dropped about ten points.

    Which is pretty amazing, since The Blaze usually has the opposite effect on me.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Ed:

    I think that this story, more properly, should have been used for one of your “Wingnut on Wingnut Violence” pieces. I’m thinking “Blek v Blek–The Sybil Gambit”.

  • exdrone

    But Beck confirmed the story with Gen. Buck Turgidson and Col. Bat Guano.

  • Michael Heath

    ArtK quotes Matthew 26 in another of Ed’s posts today:

    52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

    Ed reports here:

    Right Wing Watch catches Glenn Beck once again making a claim on his radio show that his own website, The Blaze, debunked months ago.

    Glenn Beck is reaching for a level of greatness achieved by the gospel writers and editors.

    Running a con has become small potatoes for him. To run a con against Christians that reaches “art”, analogous to slathering oneself with feces and getting one’s audience to feast on it, one must con the dupes while simultaneously telegraphing a con is being run on them.

    [Also posted here: http://goo.gl/NjEQRt.

  • yoav

    when you’ve been running as many fake stories as Glenn Beck have in order to scare as many gullible rightwingers into sanding you money it must get hard to keep track of which lie you were using to con them at any given time.

  • F [is for failure to emerge]

    So ur on radio show making claims, but monhts ago ur pwn website sez bullshit. THEN WHO WAS JOKE?

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