Glenn Beck’s New Conspiracy Theory About A Conspiracy Theory

Any right wing lunatic can come up with a conspiracy theory which will be believed by many right wingers, but only Glenn Beck has managed to come up with a conspiracy theory about a conspiracy theory. Beck, who ” is often at the forefront of right-wing conspiracy theories” (per Think Progress) has a novel reason for opposing the conspiracy theories spread by the Birthers. Beck doesn’t settle for just pointing out how ridiculous this conspiracy theory is. He argued on his radio show that the whole Birther movement is being used by liberals to discredit conservatives:

So there are apparently, apparently there is and I’m just going to there’s always games being played behind the scenes at a talk radio show and on television and everything else. It is really, it’s very, I don’t know, it’s disappointing. Rush has called them on the games in radio behind the scenes, Rush has always called them seminar callers. But instead of being coy with the seminar callers or with you, I’m just going to expose the game that is going on. Today there is a concerted effort on all radio stations to get Birthers on the air. I have to tell you, are you working for the Barack Obama administration? I mean, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard….

May I go out onto this conspiratorial limb, please. If I’m Barack Obama which I want you to know I’m not, but if I yes, you haven’t seen us at parties together, I know. But let’s say I were Barack Obama and I had somebody who was forwarding a conspiracy like this…

GLENN: May I go out onto this conspiratorial limb, please. If I’m Barack Obama which I want you to know I’m not, but if I yes, you haven’t seen us at parties together, I know. But let’s say I were Barack Obama and I had somebody who was forwarding a conspiracy like this.

PAT: And looking stupid doing it?

GLENN: Yeah. And then my advisors would come in and go, let’s just make this go away. Here’s an idea: Just call the doctor, just get the nurse. Just, here, let’s just have, you know, three really credible people examine the birth certificate because really let’s just make this go away so we can get on the work with the American people. If I were Barack Obama, I would say, no, now, wait a minute; why do that when these people are so discrediting themselves because if I can get them to discredit themselves and they’ll use the argument, “Well, you think it’s nonsense to have him answer that question when it’s in the Constitution? He would be the first unconstitutional president!” Yes. But I believe he already is, seeing that healthcare is against the Constitution. The fundamental transformation of the country is a little unconstitutional.

STU: Right. When you’ve lost 40 points off your approval rating, the only thing you have left is the people who are coming out and yelling about your birth certificate. The only positive this guy has left.

If you follow Beck’s logic, the problem isn’t really that conservatives are so crazy that they believe the Birther nonsense, but that there is a conspiracy to make conservatives look crazy by making it look like conservatives think like the Birthers do.

There’s one problem with Beck’s idea to try to make the right wing look less crazy. Many right wingers will have nothing to do with separating themselves from the Birthers, with sites such as WorldNetDaily now attacking Beck and defending the views of the Birthers.

Beck’s moment of sanity in attacking the Birthers, even if part of an insane conspiracy of his own, was also destroyed when Beck came up with arguments about as absurd as those made by Birthers as to why the Obama administration is unconstitutional:

Do you want to argue the Constitution? Good. Let’s show the number of people in congress and in the Senate that don’t even read the Constitution. Can’t tell you right now if healthcare is even in the Constitution. Let’s talk to the scholars. Let’s talk to the average Joe that understands this isn’t in the Constitution. Let’s argue the Constitution on the laws and the systems that they are building today. Instead of arguing the Constitution and whether or not he was born in America, why don’t we argue the constitutionality of a little known thing called czars. And the power that these people have.

I already noted the fallacies in Beck’s arguments about czars back in September, and Beck will have a tough time finding a true Constitutional scholar to lend any credibility to his argument on health care. Media Matters also debunked Beck’s views on health care, along with many other errors  promoted on his show, when they named him Misinformer of the Year.  Perhaps the best response to the convoluted logic and disregard for the facts used by Beck in devising his  conspiracy theories was provided in a video by Jon Stewart.

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    andrew says:

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    James says:

    Beck has facts, people’s own words, to back up his claims; you give me a Jon Stewart video.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    James,

    As a typical Beck fan you show that you have no concept of fact-checking. If you followed the links in this post you would see multiple examples of how Beck twists the truth, and not just a Jon Stewart video.

    Beck does not have facts. He makes things up. He does not use people’s own words. He selectively edits tapes to misquote people and fool gullible people like you.

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    James says:

    I’m here, aren’t I. Fact-checking. This would be where all of those facts would be correct. I’m sure if I were to step over on the liberal side I would be flooded with facts.
    However, I find nothing. Please, give me a fact, a link to a fact that would give me an ounce of truth to believe what you believe. Not smears nor comedy but an ounce of fact to convince me otherwise. I do not fuel my beliefs on emotions or ideology, but simply the truth.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    You may be here but you clearly are not fact checking if you say you find nothing. You started out defending Beck. This post alone contains several links to numerous posts on other sites which list multiple factual errors from Beck.

    In addition, if you were really interested in fact checking as opposed to defending Beck and falsely saying there are no facts here, you could have done a search for the other posts on this blog which point out how dishonest Beck’s show is.

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    Knot Beck says:

    First Glenn Beck was against Bush (at msnbc), then he was for him (at Fox), and then later against him again (at Fox) when he thought it fashionable.   And I am NOT defending Bush just pointing out a fact.   He LIES  about GW Bush all the time!
    Another fact. He is a  Neo-Libertarian born again Mormon who will help Ron Paul and the Libertarians  ‘ROSS PEROT’ the Republican Party.
    So if you are a Democrat you want Beck out there destroying any unity left in the Republican Party!  And he will.  Beck is destructive!   He is a cancer within the Right Wing that needs to be encouraged.
    You Liberals need Glenn Beck because he is your ticket to 4 – 12 more years of total political power.  You should be thanking your GODS for Beck.
    So don’t worry.  The Republicans are just starting their next 40 years in the wilderness period for allowing this all to happen. And they won’t win again until God (the real God) is though punishing this pagan land.

     
     

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Knot Beck,

    You have a legitimate point that Democrats might benefit from nuts on the right such as Beck causing disruption. If I was a partisan Democrat I might go along with your logic. However my concern here is with debunking the nonsense which has become prevalent within our political system as opposed to strategic moves to help one party by encouraging lunacy in their midst.

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    b-psycho says:

    …what’s Glenn Beck being a mormon have to do with him being an idiot?  And the U.S. is “pagan”?
    LOL…Just goes to show there’s all types out there.  All types.

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    Glenn Allison says:

    Loved John Stewert’s Parody of Glenn Beck!!!  It was truely comody.  I especially enjoyed the constant roar of laughter from Stewart’s audience!  It just goes to show how many Patriots tune to Beck’s radio show and watch his TV show to learn the real truth about the progressive’s plan to take control of America.  Wake up to Glenn Beck before it’s too late!!!

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    David Blackman™ says:

    @stopbeck Glenn Becks new Conspiracy Theory about a Conspiracy Theory
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    Puddin Tang says:

    RT @intenseCA: @stopbeck Glenn Becks new Conspiracy Theory about a Conspiracy Theory
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