Beck: Gay Marriage Might Shut Down My Show!

The amusing and inane reactions to Friday’s marriage ruling are coming in like the firebombing of Dresden. I think my favorite so far might be from Glenn Beck, who absurdly told his audience that the ruling could lead to the government shutting down his show because he’s in favor of “traditional marriage.”

“This could mean the end of radio broadcasts like mine,” Beck warned. “I am on now public airwaves regulated by the federal government. If I say, or anybody on this show says they’re for traditional marriage, which I am in my personal life … that now puts this radio broadcast in jeopardy because we are on federally regulated airwaves. I will tell you that I am going to begin, today, looking for other vehicles besides the radio broadcast just so, in a two year period, should somebody start to mount this, what does that mean?”

“The world has changed. The fundamental transformation of America is over,” he declared. “We are no longer a country that is following the Constitution of the United States of America. That is a thing of the past.”

They have nothing to sell but fear and paranoia. Thankfully for them, their target audience just can’t get enough of those things. They crave them, yearn for them. It allows them to portray themselves as victims of persecution without having to actually be persecuted.

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  • StevoR

    Fabulous!

    (In so many ways and senses of the word.)

  • StevoR

    “I am on now public airwaves regulated by the federal government. – Beck (All subs quotes too.)

    Er, Beckikins ya dropkick, you always have been actually. This ain’t new.

    If I say, or anybody on this show says they’re for traditional marriage, which I am in my personal life … that now puts this radio broadcast in jeopardy because we are on federally regulated airwaves.

    Yet the Westboro Baptist hate cult still holds its protests and klowns like you still spread so much misinformed shitty hate everywhere and go unpunished and free to keep on hatin’. Go figure.

    I will tell you that I am going to begin, today, looking for other vehicles besides the radio broadcast just so, in a two year period, ..

    Not expectin’ the Rapture for two years at least then Beckikins, nice to know.

    .. should somebody start to mount this, what does that mean?”

    Um, good question word salad tosser! Mount has multiple meanings – a geographic peak or the act of climbing on top ‘this’ is vague in context here and well, nah, ya just need to work out what ya trying to say here and rephrase it out of gibberish and into something comprehensible.

    “The world has changed. The fundamental transformation of America is over,”

    Er, no. Change is the only constant in life dude. The transformation of the USA (& elsewhere) will continue in a whole lot of areas. Hopefully for good not evil.

    We are no longer a country that is following the Constitution of the United States of America. That is a thing of the past.”

    Bzzt. Wrong. Whilst the Constituition is a creation of the past written back when things were very different it is still being followed and a key document guiding US law and culture.

  • dugglebogey

    Isn’t Beck a mormon?

  • lordshipmayhem

    There’s only one “M” in Moron.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ dugglebogey : Yep. Guess all that polygamy they practice(d?) is “traditional” too ..

  • lordshipmayhem

    Actually, sort-of-semi-seriously, it could lead to his show being shut down. Just not for the reason he thinks.

    He’s been predicting disaster and ruination and “dogs and cats living together” mass hysteria for so long, and it still hasn’t happened, that it’s entirely possible that his crowd will move on to someone with something slightly less plausible (only slightly, mind you) to sell. And there go his advertisers.

  • moarscienceplz

    Isn’t Beck a mormon?

    Not just a Mormon, he’s an adult convert to the LDS church. Which means he actually looked at the story of the golden plates and all the rest of it and said to himself, “Yep, makes sense to me!”

    I think that tells you pretty much all you need to know about the man.

  • Chris J

    Beck has been talking about American fascism and the looming threat of thought police for so long that he thinks they already exist. Is there a nice phrase for the situation where a group tells themselves a lie so often for so long that they end up believing it?

  • cptdoom

    @ ^ dugglebogey : Yep. Guess all that polygamy they practice(d?) is “traditional” too ..

    Even without the polygamy, Mormons have still redefined marriage to be eternal, whereas Christians believe it ends in death, so Beck himself can’t be in a “traditional marriage.”

    He’s been predicting disaster and ruination and “dogs and cats living together” mass hysteria for so long, and it still hasn’t happened, that it’s entirely possible that his crowd will move on to someone with something slightly less plausible (only slightly, mind you) to sell. And there go his advertisers.

    And conveniently he can now claim persecution when he has to resort to vlogging or podcasting after his ratings collapse.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Is there a nice phrase for the situation where a group tells themselves a lie so often for so long that they end up believing it?

    Blowback?

  • EnlightenmentLiberal

    They have nothing to sell but fear and paranoia. Thankfully for them, their target audience just can’t get enough of those things. They crave them, yearn for them. It allows them to portray themselves as victims of persecution without having to actually be persecuted.

    You are right Ed, but there’s still too many people on “our side” who would censor them if given the chance, such as Raging Bee. The totalitarian urge to use governmental force censor unpopular and wrong-headed opinions is strong, and that urge needs to be constantly beaten back.

  • DonDueed

    Is there a nice phrase for the situation where a group tells themselves a lie so often for so long that they end up believing it?

    “Religion”.

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    This is the very same show that has been on the rocks for a while as sponsors and listeners flee from his extremist cray-cray and overt shysterism, right? Sounds like he now has a scapegoat that will let him quit while still make him money as a con-artist speaker.