On his radio show today Glenn Beck claimed that something isn’t right with the story of the death of Osama Bin Laden, and he floated a conspiracy theory that Bin Laden isn’t really dead. Beck said, “Are we seeing a show? Is it possible that Osama Bin Laden has been ghosted out of his compound?”
Here is the audio from Media Matters:
Beck said, “There is something bothering me and it has to do with the helicopter crash. Getting Osama Bin Laden out, and the fact that we know that Wikleaks says that al-Qaeda has nukes. And here we have the head of al-Qaeda and we shoot him. Reports coming from the Pentagon, he was unarmed. Now why would we shoot a guy? Did we get the information? Could we have done anything with that? Were poll numbers involved, or are we seeing a show? Is it possible that Osama Bin Laden has been ghosted out of his compound, and we’re seeing a show at this point? Watch the other hand. Watch the other hand.”
Like any good conspiracy theorist, Glenn Beck floated his conspiracy in question form.
We all knew this was coming. Instead of giving Obama credit for taking out Bin Laden the right is going to claim that we should have captured him so that he could have been interrogated. Of course, this assumes that Bin Laden who always claimed that he would never allow himself to be taken alive, would have suddenly changed his mind and surrendered.
Beck takes it to a whole new level of course by attaching a CIA conspiracy to the story. Glenn Beck claims that the CIA actually captured Osama Bin Laden and has him in custody now. Earlier in the same show, Beck contradicted himself and claimed that Bin Laden was really dead. He had to be killed after the CIA helicopter crash blew the CIA’s cover and they couldn’t ghost Bin Laden out of his compound.
Glenn Beck was attempting to delegitimize Obama’s achievement with a wild conspiracy theory that this is all a big show. His theory is based on an underlying belief that Obama could never possibly have taken out Bin Laden. This has to be a fake because it is impossible.
In times of emotional crisis, unstable right wingers can always count on Glenn Beck to make it all better by whisking them off to a fantasy world where reality does not apply. Why should they bother with reality, when the soothing voice of Glenn Beck can provide the ultimate delusional narcotic?
Beck may have fallen out of favor, but with the death of Bin Laden, it looks like the addicts are lining up around the block. Don’t worry Teabaggers, your pusher man is here to give you the fix that you need.