January 27, 2010

Glenn Beck's chalkboard talks are becoming notorious for their ludicrousness, so in most regards, yesterday's was really nothing exceptional. But it was so absurd that it was worth noting, because it's really emblematic of just how far gone Beck really has become.

The point, as you can see, was to claim that President Obama is taking the same path toward dictatorial rule as Hugo Chavez.

No, really.

Because Obama's history is just like Chavez's:

-- Chavez first attempted to come to power through a military coup.

-- Shortly after his election, he called for a constitutional convention that rewrote the Venezuelan Constitution.

-- He survived a short-lived coup in 2002.

-- He has called for an end to presidential term limits.

-- He has shut down opposition press organs.

Beck seems to think that calling out Fox as a propaganda organ is the exact same thing as ordering it to cease operations. Because, you know, any critical rebuttal of Fox's endless war on Obama is exactly the same thing as silencing dissent.

You could say there's a distinct lack of perspective here. Or, as BC's Alan Wolfe put it, Beck "lives in a complete alternative universe."

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