Sarah Palin’s Search For Greater Ignorance

The Time 100 features brief essays by various people on the 100 people who most affect our world. Sarah Palin, who is best known for her ignorance of  both the modern world and history, has a choice of someone who she sees teaching about history and government. She picked someone who would further reduce her ability to understand the real world. Palin  wrote about Glenn Beck:

Who’d have thought a history buff with a quirky sense of humor and a chalkboard could make for such riveting television? Glenn’s like the high school government teacher so many wish they’d had, charting and connecting ideas with chalk-dusted fingers — kicking it old school — instead of becoming just another talking-heads show host. Self-taught, he’s become America’s professor of common sense, sharing earnestly sought knowledge with an audience hungry for truth. Glenn, 46, tackles topics other news shows would regard as arcane. Consider his desire to teach Americans about the history of the progressive movement: he’s doing to progressive what Ronald Reagan did to liberal — explaining that it’s a damaged brand.

Beck is “self-taught,” which really means that he makes up most of what he says. That’s why Media Matters named him Misinformer of the Year. There is little truth in Beck’s broadcasts. He tackles topics not discussed by other news shows not because they are “arcane” but because real news shows deal in facts, not paranoid fantasies as Beck does. Palin may see Beck as “explaining” that the progressive movements a damaged brand, but his explanations are rather meaningless considering that pretty much everything Beck says about progressive beliefs has little to do with the actual progressive movement. Beck misquotes and distorts the words of his targets, and his brainless followers, who are incapable of actual fact checking, think he has demolished them by using their own words against them.

Sarah Palin, who knows so little about the world, thinks she can learn from a man who makes it all up for the money. Beck has even described himself as “a rodeo clown” and admitted, “If you take what I say as gospel, you’re an idiot.” In Sarah Palin’s case, this is certainly true.

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    antoniaz says:

    RT @Sarah Palin once again proves she is an idiot, falling for the Glenn Beck world view. http://is.gd/bNSON #p2 #foxisnotnews

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    warriorbanker says:

    RT @AntoniaZ: RT @Sarah Palin once again proves she is an idiot, falling for the Glenn Beck world view. http://is.gd/bNSON #p2 #foxisnotnews

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    danroy1002 says:

    "He that is taught only by himself has a fool 4 a teacher" @AntoniaZ @Sarah Palin … falling 4 [self-taught] Glenn Beck. http://is.gd/bNSON

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    sid198 says:

    RT @danroy1002: "He that is taught only by himself has a fool 4 a teacher" @AntoniaZ @Sarah Palin … falling 4 [self-taught] Glenn Beck. http://is.gd/bNSON

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    karivierimaa says:

    RT @AntoniaZ: RT @Sarah Palin once again proves she is an idiot, falling for the Glenn Beck world view. http://is.gd/bNSON #p2 #foxisnotnews

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    Ray says:

    Why on earth would they have chosen Palin to write anything in the first place?

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    Tim says:

    Sarah Palin does have a following here in the USA and in Europe.  We call her an idiot they call her daft. Either way she is a incapable of any logical thought and is a danger to those of us who actually like things like fact, learning, and scholarship.  She is nothing but a histrionic who rambles talks very fast but says nothing other than moronic sounds bites such as “drill baby dirll”.

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    Amy says:

    You know, I found myself getting a crick in my neck from the bloody train-wreck Sarah Palin.  I have found a wonderful cure, however:  re-reading Obama’s bestsellers.  The best part?  I think I can let go now!  I want nothing further to do with this woman.  Free at last!  Free at last!  Thank GOD I’m free at last!!!!!!!!!!!AAAAUUGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (don’t look, don’t look …)

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