This you have to see to believe.
Last week, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck (If you’ve never heard him, check him out. He’s smart, funny, conservative. Good stuff.) interviewed Rev. John Hagee. He mentioned that some people believe that Barack Obama is the antichrist, and then in a clearly joking, sarcastic manner, asked Hagee what the odds were that Obama actually was the antichrist. He said “No chance,” that was that, and they went on their merry way. It was obvious that Glenn was patently ridiculing those who believed such a thing.
Here’s video of it.
Pretty clear, right? Except maybe not so much. Enter liberal media blog Think Progress, which reported the following, in its entirety, along with the video clip:
Today on his CNN Headline News show, Glenn Beck asked
Pastor John Hagee whether Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is the embodiment of evil:There are people — they say this about Bill Clinton — he might be the Antichrist. Odds that Barack Obama is the Antichrist?
No mention of the fact that he was in no way serious. Then comes another liberal group, Media Matters, with the headline: “Beck failed to ask Hagee about controversial statements, instead asked him if Obama might be the Antichrist.” They refer back to Think Progress in the article.
Then Keith Olberman of MSNBC picks it up and names Glenn on one his “Worst Person in the World” segments. He notably does not play the video or make any mention of the joke — he just reads a transcript. His snarky comment at the end: “Why do you ask, Glenn? Worried about somebody giving you competition?”
Media Matters then reports that Olberman named Glenn the “Worst Person in the World.” So they’re getting more mileage out of their own story.
Finally, it shows up in the New York Times. Quote: “The rumors circulate enough that Glenn Beck of CNN asked the Rev. John Hagee, a conservative evangelical, what the odds are that Mr. Obama is the Antichrist.”
Unbelievable. As it says on Glenn Beck’s website (this is the page where I got all this stuff):
So there you have it. By reporting the same story multiple times and using themselves as sources and removing all context the liberal media was able to take a clearly sarcastic comment and turn it into nearly a week of (liberal) news.
Of course, the kicker to the whole endless story is: Glenn had predicted that exactly this would happen. (Free audio)
GLENN: By the way, this is all going to be transcribed by Media Matters today as a completely dead serious conversation.GRAY: I know, I know.GLENN: It’s going to be great. There are going to be media alerts: Glenn Beck announces Obama is the antichrist. You watch. It’s going to be everywhere. (Laughing.)
Google “glenn beck obama antichrist” and you’ll get tons of hits suggesting in all seriousness that Glenn Beck asked if Obama was the antichrist. Yep, this is America.