Friday, April 3, 2009

Rule Five Applied to Glen Beck

Now I don’t watch Glen Beck regularly (I hate how so many posts of this kind have to start out that way), but for the 2 years I had XM, I listened to him every morning on the drive into work and I do catch his You-Tube highlight reels, so I have been familiar with his shtick for quite a while and think he’s pretty entertaining and somewhat informative.

Looks like the gatekeepers of pop-culture have taken notice too now that his ratings are taking off, and they just cant have that, now can they?

Starting with a less than sympathetic profile in the NY Times, (ugh, where else) pop-culture intellectual wannabes like Bill Maher, John Stewart and Steven Colbert have all taken the opportunity to apply Saul Alinsky’s most effective rule for radicals, #5:

RULE 5: "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon." There is no defense. It's irrational. It's infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions
Beck did address Maher’s near libelous comment that guys like Beck are responsible for the OKC bombing, but h needs to stay on top of these people. If he doesn’t stay on top of people like this, they will destroy and marginalize him just like good ol’ Uncle Saul would have them do.

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