As most C-SPAN viewers know by now, the network’s callers are a different kind of “special.”
So when someone with a particularly clownish point/theory calls in, it’s not all that “newsworthy.” What is “newsworthy,” however, is when a C-SPAN guest responds to a particularly noxious caller by saying what everyone is thinking.
For instance, watch what happens when The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake comes into contact with a caller who claims U.S. lawmakers have put Israel’s interests ahead of America’s [via the Washington Free Beacon]:
“Lindsey Graham and John McCain, these are all, pretty much talking heads for the Dick Cheney neocon wing of let’s go to war for the greater glory and good of Israel,” the caller said.
“The United States has no dog in this fight. We are broke, if you can remember that. We’ve got people who don’t have jobs who are starving in this country. I want everybody to please call and support the president’s deliberative process,” the caller adds. “Ask the president to get Congress started on jobs here.”
Lake, who along with Sharyl Attkisson has doggedly pursued the truth behind the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, apparently has very little time for “neocon” conspiracies.
“I don’t want to take this caller seriously. I would like to tell you if you are watching, sir, I regard as a nonsense person,” he responded.
“And the notion that Lindsey Graham and John McCain, who are elected U.S. Senators, are somehow cutouts for the state of Israel as part of a large conspiracy, as a popular fringe theory. Enjoy your basement, enjoy your conspiracies. Back here in reality, I will try to cover the world as it is,” he added
Follow Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) on Twitter
Featured image screen grab.