There's a 22-second Glenn Beck clip starting to make its way around the internet. It reportedly shows Beck telling his audience to "shoot them in the head" (and never explaining who "them" are). Liberals have used the statement as proof that Beck is calling on his audience to take up arms against the government. So is he? Was he?
Not even close.
The website Patterico's Pontifications went in depth to look at the clip and its full context. What it found can only be considered depressing for the liberals and progressives trying to incite anti-Beck anger.
First, the clip making the rounds:
Pretty damning, huh? One commenter on YouTube even wrote, "This is why Comedy Central is my news channel and Fox News is my comedy channel."
But there's just one problem: the video actually means something completely different from what is being portrayed. Patterico's Pontifications tracked down a transcript of the show and found what Beck was really saying -- he was discussing what might happen if the progressives succeed in rallying the left to violent revolution:
When you read it, you will see that the word “you” refers to the leftist politicians in Washington and their pals in the media, and “they” refers to their radical leftist friends — who, Beck warns, actually believe there must be violent revolution . . . and if they don’t get what they want, they may start one.
Here's the full context included in the transcript:
Just because you in Washington and you who are so out of touch with life in the media, just because you don't believe in anything doesn't mean nobody else does. We do. You know why you're confused by this show? It's because I believe in something. You don't.
Tea parties believe in small government. We believe in returning to the principles of our Founding Fathers. We respect them. We revere them. Shoot me in the head before I stop talking about the Founders. Shoot me in the head if you try to change our government.
I will stand against you and so will millions of others. We believe in something. You in the media and most in Washington don't. The radicals that you and Washington have co-opted and brought in wearing sheep's clothing — change the pose. You will get the ends.
You've been using them? They believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You're going to have to shoot them in the head. But warning, they may shoot you.
They are dangerous because they believe. Karl Marx is their George Washington. You will never change their mind. And if they feel you have lied to them — they're revolutionaries. Nancy Pelosi, those are the people you should be worried about.
Beck telling his audience to take up arms? As Patterico's Pontifications says, "Nothing could be further from the truth." NewsBusters says there's, "nothing to the charge," and RedState goes as far as to say, "I’m almost embarrassed for anybody gullible enough that they fell for this one."
Funny how things change once you get the full context.