I learned some new things about Glenn from the mainstream media recently. Like, how Glenn is trying to single handedly destroy the television show Glee. And how he’s planning on launching his own high school musical television show.
It must be true. I mean, all of these fabulous, trustworthy, dependable, reliable, responsible, truthful, honest, honorable, super, duper, infallible, news based truth tellers (among others) are reporting the same thing.
Funny, Glenn’s never mentioned to me his diabolical plan to personally decimate the careers of everyone who works on Glee. Nor has he mentioned the flashy, value filled alternative musical high school television show he plans on launching.
The only conclusion I can come to, is that the mainstream media completely sucks. They took 30 seconds out of his 30 minute speech at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington DC on Friday and then made a bunch of crap up.
“A year ago I was watching the show Glee with my wife. And we watched it like this (gasps).
I mean it’s horrifying some of the things that they’re teaching high schoolers, but it’s brilliantly done. It’s brilliantly done. It’s produced brilliantly, the music brilliant, the acting brilliant, the cinematography brilliant. All of it. And I said to her at the end of it, this was about a year and a half ago, we lose. There is no way to beat that. Well yes there is. We’ve spent about a year now trying to put together a push back with artists with music but not the stereotypical conservative, Lee Greenwood music. I call it my Oedipus project, because the Left will be making out with me and they’ll never see it coming. And somebody will say Don’t you know who produced that music? No, I really like it it’s great. Oh yes, yes it is.”
So, to translate for the media: Glenn thinks Glee is really well done, but it promotes values he doesn’t like, such as promiscuous sex among teenagers. He thinks that instead of conservatives bitching about the culture, we should compete and give other options. We should make good shows ourselves that have values that are more consistent with the country we hope to have someday—i.e. significantly less consequence-free-drunk-teenaged-porking.
What Glenn didn’t say was that he wanted to destroy Glee or that he is launching his own anti-Glee TV show. Being in a lot of meetings with the guy, if he was pitching a musical high school series, I think I would have remembered it.
So, the media is either incompetent or lazy. No real news breaking there. But, it’s amazing how many of them just repeated the claim without checking.
It’s a disturbing trend in media. These sources aren’t writing about Glenn’s speech because they found something newsworthy. They’re writing about someone else’s article about Glenn’s speech, because someone else found it newsworthy. They all ingested the same (wrong) spin on the story, because none of them bothered to check whether the first guy had it right or not.
Not to mention, Glenn had said all of these things about the culture, while referencing Glee, numerous times before on national radio and TV. No one bothered to see if he had said it before. If they had, perhaps they would have understood it a little better and not made asses of themselves.
But as bad as the media was, the award for the most insanely lazy reporting in modern history might just go to Vanity Fair. Their story was headlined “Glenn Beck Discovers Glee Three Years After Its Premiere, Plans Conservative Rival Series.”
Of course, he isn’t planning a conservative rival series, as we have already covered. Perhaps worse, they are mocking Glenn for his lack of knowledge about a stupid TV series, while having no knowledge at all about the topic they’re writing about. Glenn didn’t discover Glee three years after its premiere, he’s been blabbing incessantly about that show for at least a couple of years. Honestly, I’m sick of hearing about it from him.
The media is also apparently all up in arms about how Glenn called the values of the show “horrifying.” Don’t give Glenn credit for that, give credit to these little things called the “laws of the United States of America.” They seem to classify sexual activity and substance abuse among high school students, depending on exact age and state, as “illegal.”
But, this isn’t really about Glee. It’s about how the media grabs onto a false story line and just runs with it. None of them did a minute of research with the exception of reading whichever blogger created the big bang that started this story. Just pathetic.
Glenn is wrong on one thing though. Glee sucks. It’s has nothing to do with its message--it’s just horrible. Painful. Unwatchable. Embarrassing. I would seriously rather watch Ed Schultz…though I am not willing to prove it.