Glenn Beck’s radio EP/head writer Stu tears in to the conservative “Weekly Standard” for its story “The Two Faces of the Tea Party” which claims CNBC’s Rick Santelli and FNC’s Beck “are arguably the Tea Party’s two founders:”
On his Stu Blog, Stu cites this passage from the Matthew Continetti piece:
Beck’s book Arguing with Idiots contains a list of the “Top Ten Bastards of All Time,” on which Pol Pot (No. 10), Adolf Hitler (No. 6), and Pontius Pilate (No. 4) all rank lower than FDR (No. 3) and Woodrow Wilson (No. 1). In Glenn Beck’s Common Sense Beck writes, “With a few notable exceptions, our political leaders have become nothing more than parasites who feed off our sweat and blood.”
This is nonsense. Whatever you think of Theodore Roosevelt, he was not Lenin. Woodrow Wilson was not Stalin.
The worst part of all of this is the source. Yes, you’d expect this nonsense from the Olbermadthews ilk at MSNBC. But, how the hell are we getting that analysis from The Weekly Standard?
Look, we usually love The Weekly Standard. They are typically an extremely useful and important source of analysis (I think?). But, this is horrible. It’s a hit piece barely worthy of Media Matters, and I’d rate it as impossible that the author doesn’t know it.
(h/t Ben Smith/Politico)