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Beck’s “Musings” Were a Joke, but Media Matters Didn’t Get It

Posted By Kathy Shaidle On October 6, 2009 @ 9:00 am In NewsReal Blog,Uncategorized | No Comments

The Media Matters irony detector must’ve been in the shop on September 16, when they roused themselves to mock Glenn Beck… for making a joke.

Here’s what they wrote:

Beck: [politically outspoken UK band] Muse is “brilliant,” buy their new album;
Muse: Please retract your endorsement

Then Media Matters helpfully posts five minutes of audio from Beck’s radio show. After praising the British musical group Muse at length, Beck returns after the commercial break and says:

I just got an email from representatives of Muse. They would like me to retract my endorsement. My apologies to Muse for saying that I like them. I didn’t mean to destroy all their credibility and coolness. Let me just set the record straight. Muse – I hate them. It’s an awful album and you should never go out and buy it.

Frankly, I’m a bit shocked by Beck’s fondness for Muse. I can’t believe he doesn’t know that one of the musicians in Muse is a “9/11 Truther,” who also asserts the contradictory view that “America asked for it.” After all, Van Jones, a favorite target of Beck’s before his resignation as White House “green jobs czar,” was connected to those who believe “9/11 was an inside job.”

Amusingly, Media Matters is either too lazy or too dumb to even raise those contradictions in this particular “critique” of Glenn Beck — if you can really call a web post consisting entirely of a snarky headline and a five-minute audio clip a “critique.” It’s like I’m doing their job for them. Maybe George Soros, the far-left billionaire who funds Media Matters, should cut me a check…

Now, my first clue that Beck was joshing about getting that email and his subsequent “retraction” was that you could hear his crew laughing in the background. My second clue was Beck’s sarcastic tone. (Oh, and Media Matters: if you’re reading this — now I’m being sarcastic, see? You’re welcome…)

No one paid much attention to this “news story” until yesterday, when the “controversy” hit the British press.

Earlier this week, the UK supermarket chain Waitrose pulled its ads off the British feed for FOX News, citing “customer concerns” about Beck’s statement earlier this year that President Barack Obama is “a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”

So with Beck’s name making news, British reporters did weird things (sarcasm) like Googling Beck’s name, and they found the Media Matters post about Muse. Then they did something really crazy (sarcasm) and called the president of Beck’s production company — long distance, even! (sarcasm) — to ask if Muse had really sent that email to Beck

And he told the reporters the bit about getting the email was a joke.

There were around 300 stories on Google today about Media Matters’ outrage over an obvious (and forgettable) “morning zoo” gag on Beck’s radio show.

Which means Media Matters is being mocked around the world for being a bunch of humorless, hyper-vigilant, tone-deaf leftists who evidently don’t know how to dial a phone, or just can’t be bothered to do so.

A pretty nice punchline. But I doubt Media Matters gets it, even now.


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