January 6, 2010

The Rachel Maddow Show's Kent Jones reports on Operations Flood It's campaign against Glenn Beck for not giving more attention to their crazy conspiracy theory. So nice to see the wingnuts shooting each other in the foot.

MADDOW: “WorldNetDaily,” the paramount purveyors of the birther conspiracy which offers its readers the chance to contribute to “where‘s the birth certificate” billboards and join a petition campaign for a hospital-generated birth certificate for Barack Hussein Obama, which offers its readers chances to buy “where‘s the birth certificate” yard signs and bumper stickers that say, “Where‘s the birth certificate” and what they call the, quote, “must-wear clothing item for 2010! ‘Where‘s the birth certificate‘ t-shirt.”

That “WorldNetDaily” is outraged, outraged, I‘m telling you. They‘re claiming they have been mocked by a man who, quote, “caricatured those who question the sitting president‘s eligibility with straw-man arguments.” They say this man mocking them portrays birthers as conspiracy nuts.

Imagine. Who could be the target of such wing-nut fury from the right? Is it Jon Stewart? My friend Keith Olbermann. An even more mannish version of me? No. How about Glenn Beck. Glenn Beck? Earning the ire of the birthers? Kent, have I just read a mistake in the teleprompter machine?

KENT JONES, MSNBC CORRESPONDENT: You have not. I‘m nodding because it‘s true. Mr. Glenn Beck, the one and only. Take a look.



GLENN BECK, HOST, “GLENN BECK”: I‘m sorry. I just love my country. I almost forgot, he‘s also closing Gitmo and letting the terrorists onto the streets. People all around the - all around the country today have been called insane, lunatics, extremists, but we are not insane or extremists or anything like that.

JONES (voice-over): If there‘s a woo-buck buck buck club, one would assume Beck has an honored seat at the head table right next to these guys. Surely, there‘s is a peas-in-a-pod relationship, brothers-in-arms against the Kenyan menace.

Oh, no. Birthers are furious, furious that Beck isn‘t sufficiently mouth-foamy about the absolutely crucial Obama birth certificate issue.

BECK: There are other things that you should concentrate on. Who cares about the birth certificate thing? He‘s appointing communists.

JONES: So how are miffed birthers handling this? With Operation Flood It, with inundated Beck with irate calls and E-mails. Quote, “Fox has the guts to throw jabs at Obama for four years but they do not have the guts to deliver the knockout punch, Obama‘s ineligibility. We have to change that.”

Now, despite the onslaught of Operation Flood It, Beck remains unimpressed.

BECK: Today there is a concerted effort on all radio stations to get birthers on the air. I have to tell you, are you working for the Barack Obama administration? I mean, that‘s the dumbest thing I‘ve ever heard.

JONES: Ouch. You can imagine how the birthers must feel. Rejected by your hero. Et tu, Glenn, et tu. As for Beck who today accuses liberals of orchestrating Operation Flood It, he‘s not taking the birther off-ramp into crazy town.

What was it Groucho used to say? He wouldn‘t want to belong to any club that would have someone like him as a member?


MADDOW: I love the flaming liberals, “You‘re on Obama‘s side.”


MADDOW: No, you‘re on Obama‘s side.

JONES: No, you are.

MADDOW: It is poetry. Thank you very much, Kent. I appreciate it.

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