Glenn Beck has bizarre argument with self in drag over IRS & “death panels”

Glenn Beck thought it would be a good idea to do a segment about the IRS brouhaha in which Beck pretends he’s an IRS official sitting in the Oval Office arguing with himself, dressed as a pedophile, or an English comedian, or something.

And of course, Beck being Beck, he couldn’t just lie about the IRS scandal – Beck suggested taht the IRS is targeting “damn Jews” too (they’re not). But Beck also just had to go off about Obamacare’s fictitious “death panels,” the lie that Sarah Palin pulled out of her Wasilla, and conservatives, who have literally no more ideas offer, like to quote liberally.

Perhaps it’s time that someone asked Glenn Beck to name all the old people sentenced to death by Obamacare. It’s been the law of the land for a few years now, and I don’t see piles of dead old people, a la Monty Python, so where are they?  Here’s a sample of the dialogue – the video is below:

IRS Glenn Beck: Have you seen, seriously have you seen what the people are saying? Damn. These 9/12 guys, they don’t get it. I mean, get this, I was walking down the hall coming into this room, and this guy on Fox was saying that there were these “death panels.”

White House official Glenn Beck: There are.

IRS Glenn Beck: Really? There are death panels?

White House official Glenn Beck: Yes, in fact your team is going to be the one putting it all together.

In fact, all the fact checkers said this is a total lie.  The lie was so bad, that independent fact-checker Politifact made it their “lie of the year” in 2009.  It’s quite telling that Beck chooses to keep the lie going.

The man is a liar and a charlatan, and he’s sadly indicative of what the Republican party that I grew up with, and that I was a member of twenty years ago, has morphed into. Angry, intolerant, crazy, liars.


The Washington Post’s fact checker gave “death panels” four Pinocchios:

Palin is seizing on a completely different entity to justify her provocative use of the phrase “death panel” three years ago. But the IPAB in no way resembles the “death panel” that she claims would decide whether her parents or her baby with Down Syndrome are worthy of care. Instead, it is a tool—subject to oversight and approval by Congress—to try to rein in the soaring cost of Medicare.

Words have consequences, and Palin is fooling herself if she thinks she can justify such inappropriate terminology to describe an effort, however imperfect, to address a serious problem that politicians on both sides of the aisle say they want to solve.

Politifact gave “death panels” its highest “pants on fire” rating:

Palin’s statement seems extreme, but other Republicans, like Newt Gingrich, are backing her up. “You’re asking us to trust turning power over to the government, when there clearly are people in America who believe in establishing euthanasia, including selective standards,” Gingrich said in an interview on This Week with George Stephanopolous on Aug. 9, 2009.

We’ve looked at the inflammatory claims that the health care bill encourages euthanasia. It doesn’t. There’s certainly no “death board” that determines the worthiness of individuals to receive care.

She said that the Democratic plan will ration care and “my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care.” Palin’s statement sounds more like a science fiction movie ( Soylent Green , anyone?) than part of an actual bill before Congress. We rate her statement Pants on Fire!

To paraphrase Darrell Issa, these people are paid liars.  But that’s all you’ve got when your party has literally nothing left to offer.  Bob Dole was right, the GOP needs to close up shop for a year, fire all the staffer, and reopen as a new entity.  Because the only death panel is the one running the Republican party into the ground.

PS I’m using the technical meaning of drag, rather than the culturally popular one (see Paris is Burning).

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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