Glenn Beck isn’t one to hold back, and when it comes to efforts against himself by George Soros and Media Matters, of course he was going to speak up. He did on today’s program, and it had plenty of maniacal laughter, George Soros impressions, and eventually all roads led back to one of Beck’s most oft-made points: progressives think you’re stupid.
As always, he was a fine showman. He called Media Matters founder David Brock “the hero of the downtrodden” while gleefully reminding his audience that even though “they’ve tried to monitor every word I’ve said for years and years,” in the end, “they’ve done everything they can to shut me up – that didn’t work.”
So why did they try so hard to shut him up? Well, Beck said it’s actually not about him (which a screen behind him helpfully pointed out). Rather, it’s about shutting the American people as a whole up. From there, it turned into a monologue about the First Amendment and how Beck doesn’t want his opponents taking off the air, complete with references to Saul Alinsky, Martin Luther King Jr., and Thomas Jefferson. Sure, it was something of a paint-by-numbers Beck segment, but you can’t say he doesn’t know how to do them. Plus, it’s impressive to watch the segment morph from a laugh at the expense of Media Matters to Beck galvanizing his audience, expressing confidence they’ll be the “peacemakers” of tomorrow.”