Just like a compulsive liar who can’t keep their facts straight, Fox News slipped up again today by admitting something that everyone already knew; Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally was political. On Fox and Friends Andrew Napolitano said, “Glenn Beck assembles the largest gathering in political history the largest political gathering in 40 years.”
Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:
While defending the Tea Party and Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally Andrew Napolitano said, “You know I have been to many, many of these gathering, and many of them I have spoken, at all of them I have walked through these crowds. The crowds are enormous. You can find an oddball in any crowd of that magnitude, but think about it. Five years ago the Tea Party did not exist as a national movement. Three years ago the big party progressives, big government progressives of both parties laughed at it. Now, Glenn Beck assembles the largest gathering in American history, the largest political gathering in the last 40 years, and now the Left is worried, and we’re two months from a midterm election.”
Just when you thought the clueless Fox and Friends crew might have caught on, host Steve Doocy later added this “clarification”:
Doocy said, “Earlier Judge Napolitano was on the program and said that the Glenn Beck rally was the largest political rally, but you know what, there were a couple of other biggies, like the pro-choice march for women’s lives in 2004, nearly one million people gathered for that, so we just wanted to clarify.” Wait a minute. Beck was saying this whole time that the rally wasn’t political, that it was to raise money for charity, according to the event’s official website the rally was non political, “Join the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and many more for this non-political event that pays tribute to America’s service personnel and other upstanding citizens who embody our nation’s founding principles of integrity, truth and honor.’
I guess since the rally is over, notice how Fox News is still working to keep the tall tale crowd estimates alive, everyone feels more comfortable telling the truth about a rally that featured no progressive or Democratic speakers, a divisive 2012 Republican presidential candidate (Sarah Palin), a member of a conservative think tank and far right anti-choice activist (Alveda King), a Fox News host (Beck), and was sponsored by conservative groups like Freedom Works was in fact political.
Only a true moron could have ever believed Beck for a second that this rally was not designed to be political. Of course, it was political. Any event that features Beck and Palin will be political. The event was attended by Tea Party activists, not Middle America as people like Napolitano like to claim. Interestingly enough Fox News seems genuinely terrified of the Tea Party Tracker, because it is all that the network has been talking about for the past three days. They that afraid that by monitoring the Tea Party, the rest of America will soon see that they are nothing more than the far right wing of the Republican Party with a new name.
Either Judge Napolitano let it slip when he stated the true purpose of the rally, or he was just stating an obvious fact, which was later backed up by Doocy’s “clarification.” Doocy in fact, did clarify that Beck’s rally was political, and they both let out of the bag, the worst kept secret in politics. Either way, you can be certain that the brainwashed masses of Fox News viewers will continue to call the rally non political, even when presented with evidence from their own network that it wasn’t.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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