Glenn Beck keeps talking about his free market solution to rising healthcare costs, and in his book Arguing with Idiots, he outlines his solution. He wants to send the uninsured to Walmart and Walgreens for healthcare. Beck touts the fact that these stores are cheaper than a trip to the emergency room, without acknowledging that they don't provide serious care.
Michael Moore has been making the TV rounds promoting his new film Capitalism: A Love Story, but he claims that CBS canceled an appearance on The Early Show today after he went on ABC's Good Morning America last week and blasted Disney which owns ABC. Moore thinks CBS was worried that he would do the same to them. CBS said he was never booked for the show.
On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh continued his campaign to make every minority group in the United States hate him. Today's target was the Native Americans. On the Native Americans almost being wiped out, Limbaugh said, "They all have casinos. What's there to complain about?" In other words, the Native Americans need to get over it.
On his Comedy Central show, The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert hilariously took Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh to task for their race baiting rhetoric. Colbert explained that, "Those guys aren't racist. They're just saying that a program that helps the poor is actually a secret plot by African Americans to steal white people's money." Check out the video.
The city council of Glenn Beck's hometown of Mount Vernon, WA has distanced itself from the mayor's plan to honor Beck on September 26 with Glenn Beck. Last night the city council unanimously passed a motion that stated that the council is not affiliated with Glenn Beck day in any way.
A new poll released by Public Policy Polling today revealed that if he was up for reelection today, President Obama would at worst win by the same margin as 2008, if not more. Obama currently leads Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, and Sarah Palin by 7-15 points. Huckabee came the closest to Obama, while Sarah Palin did the worst.
President Obama's critics often complain that he is overexposed and on television too much, but the ratings disagree. The latest example of this was the president's Monday night appearance on David Letterman's The Late Show. Obama delivered Letterman his highest ratings in four years and over 7 million total viewers. It seems that Americans still like to watch this president.
On his radio show today, Glenn Beck claimed that George W. Bush and John McCain were progressives, and this is exactly what hurt the Republican Party. Beck said, "George W. Bush was a progressive. He was a Republican. John McCain is a bigger progressive. He was a Republican." In the new GOP, according to Glenn Beck, Bush and McCain are liberals. Wow.
Sarah Palin actually managed to show up for her speech in Hong Kong, which wasn't surprising because apparently all it takes to get her to go anywhere is a healthy paycheck. Palin spent her first speech on foreign soil trying to equate herself with President Obama, and going on the attack. Welcome to the new definition of patriotism in the GOP.
Glenn Beck sat down for an interview with Katie Couric for her CBS News.com series @katiecouric. Couric asked Beck if his joke about poisoning Pelosi was part of his show business side. Beck responded, "Have you asked Jon Stewart this question?" The implication being that the man followed by millions of conservatives considers his program to be a comedy, just like The Daily Show.
A new analysis by Public Policy of President Obama's approval ratings found that his approval rating matches his support in the 2008 election. The people who don't support Obama now, didn't vote for him last year. 94% of people who approve of Obama support him against Sarah Palin. The numbers are equally high when Obama is matched up against Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush.
If you have ever wondered why some people on the right don't understand basic facts, I give you the fine example of Carl Cameron on Fox News, who today held up the Baucus bill in front of the camera called it huge, and said, "because of that so too could the price be huge." Cameron's dubious point was that you can always tell the cost of legislation based on the size of the bill.
The talk radio fear mongering over healthcare reform hit a new low today, as Sean Hannity invoked death panels to allege that senior citizens will be last on the list for swine flu vaccinations. Hannity insinuated that the Obama administration is intentionally denying seniors swine flu shots. while undercutting his claims by saying that seniors are less likely to get the swine flu.
CNN's Rick Sanchez has really sunk his teeth into Fox News' role in the 9/12 protest in Washington, DC. Sanchez took FNC to task for a producer that encouraged the crowd to cheer during one of their live reports. Sanchez said, "Real news organizations are not supposed to stage events. Nor should they promote news events. Nor should they hype news events."
Here is a real non shocker. Before Glenn Beck joined Fox News he not only supported the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street, but also called on the government to spend even more. On September 22, 2008 on CNN Beck said, "But these are anything but normal times. I thought about it an awful lot this weekend, and while it takes everything in me to say this, I think the bailout is the right thing do."
Here is yet another nail in the coffins of Fox News' claims that they are fair and balanced, and that they were only covering the 9/12 protests. Check out this video from Media Matters of a Fox News producer coaching a group of 9/12 protesters and pumping up the crowd during a report by Griff Jenkins.
On CNN today Rick Sanchez blasted Fox News today for running a full page ad in some of the biggest newspapers in the country that claimed that the other news networks did not cover 9/12 protests. Sanchez broke out the tape to show CNN covering the protest. Sanchez also pointed out the picture in the ad belonged to CNN. Sanchez even pointed out that Bill O'Reilly showed CNN's coverage.
In response to Glenn Beck telling his Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski to shut the hell up yesterday, Joe Scarborough did something he has been itching to do for a while. He opened up on Beck. Scarborough said, "Suddenly the Glenn Beck that nobody watched six months ago is now the Glenn Beck who he thinks is an international superstar."
Former president Bill Clinton returned to Comedy Central's The Daily Show last night, and he had some interesting comments and insights about the current healthcare reform debate. Clinton expressed optimism that a healthcare reform would be passed this year. He said, "I have always believed from the night of the election, he would pass healthcare."
On his show last night FNC's Bill O'Reilly endorsed the public option element of healthcare reform. O'Reilly said, "If the government can cobble together a cheaper insurance policy that gives the same benefits, I see that as a plus for the folks." So does this mean that in Glenn Beck's mind, Bill O'Reilly is now a socialist?