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Beck’s “Musings” Were a Joke, but Media Matters Didn’t Get It

October 6, 2009

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The Media Matters irony detector must’ve been in the shop on September 16, when they roused themselves to mock Glenn Beck… for making a joke.

Here’s what they wrote:

Beck: [politically outspoken UK band] Muse is “brilliant,” buy their new album;
Muse: Please retract your endorsement

Then Media Matters helpfully posts five minutes of audio from Beck’s radio show. After praising the British musical group Muse at length, Beck returns after the commercial break and says:

I just got an email from representatives of Muse. They would like me to retract my endorsement. My apologies to Muse for saying that I like them. I didn’t mean to destroy all their credibility and coolness. Let me just set the record straight. Muse – I hate them. It’s an awful album and you should never go out and buy it.

Frankly, I’m a bit shocked by Beck’s fondness for Muse. I can’t believe he doesn’t know that one of the musicians in Muse is a “9/11 Truther,” who also asserts the contradictory view that “America asked for it.” After all, Van Jones, a favorite target of Beck’s before his resignation as White House “green jobs czar,” was connected to those who believe “9/11 was an inside job.”

Amusingly, Media Matters is either too lazy or too dumb to even raise those contradictions in this particular “critique” of Glenn Beck — if you can really call a web post consisting entirely of a snarky headline and a five-minute audio clip a “critique.” It’s like I’m doing their job for them. Maybe George Soros, the far-left billionaire who funds Media Matters, should cut me a check…

Now, my first clue that Beck was joshing about getting that email and his subsequent “retraction” was that you could hear his crew laughing in the background. My second clue was Beck’s sarcastic tone. (Oh, and Media Matters: if you’re reading this — now I’m being sarcastic, see? You’re welcome…)

No one paid much attention to this “news story” until yesterday, when the “controversy” hit the British press.

Earlier this week, the UK supermarket chain Waitrose pulled its ads off the British feed for FOX News, citing “customer concerns” about Beck’s statement earlier this year that President Barack Obama is “a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”

So with Beck’s name making news, British reporters did weird things (sarcasm) like Googling Beck’s name, and they found the Media Matters post about Muse. Then they did something really crazy (sarcasm) and called the president of Beck’s production company — long distance, even! (sarcasm) — to ask if Muse had really sent that email to Beck

And he told the reporters the bit about getting the email was a joke.

There were around 300 stories on Google today about Media Matters’ outrage over an obvious (and forgettable) “morning zoo” gag on Beck’s radio show.

Which means Media Matters is being mocked around the world for being a bunch of humorless, hyper-vigilant, tone-deaf leftists who evidently don’t know how to dial a phone, or just can’t be bothered to do so.

A pretty nice punchline. But I doubt Media Matters gets it, even now.

15 Comments
  1. October 6, 2009 10:06 am

    Maybe this is just me but I really don’t care how leftist a band is as long as they make great music. And Muse does make great music.

    http://97.74.65.51/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=35099

    • jbtrevor permalink
      October 6, 2009 1:55 pm

      Just for discussion, so don’t get all mad at me…would you make the same statement?

      “Maybe this is just me but I really don’t care how leftist a website is as long as they write well…and Media Matters writers do write well.

      • October 7, 2009 5:30 am

        I will read a fiction author who’s very good and a leftist and whose books might have leftist themes in them (same with filmmakers.)

        It’s not an accurate comparison, though. The purpose of film, music, the arts is to escape. And sometimes that escape can be indulging in the fantasy of the Left’s visions of revolution and utopia. (Fantasies we know to be false.) The purpose of Media Matters is political combat.

    • Kevroc permalink
      October 7, 2009 12:02 am

      Being a music lover, I tend to agree.

      Last year, just before the election, I took my wife to see one of my favorite artists Jason Mraz.

      He put on a wonderful show as always but, during one song he had a picture of obama go up on the video screen behind him. Being in New York, the whole crowd erupted in cheers of course.

      My wife just dropped her head and said “oh no” and looked at me nervously. I just shook my head and looked at my wife and said “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” and just enjoyed the music.

      At the end of the show he urged the crowd to get out and vote but, did not mention obama’s name. I can respect that. I get angry when my entertainer that I paid to see starts preaching his values and political opinions to me. I came to see music and escape from the world for awhile. If it becomes too “in-your-face”, then I will not support the artist.

      Let’s face it, most good musicians embrace that “bohemian” mindset and are very liberal. We have to be able to separate politics from entertainment or else we will be miserable!

  2. Brent Smith permalink
    October 6, 2009 11:01 am

    I have never listened to Muse, but I agree somewhat with David. Now if the guy from Muse worked in the Obama administration a la Van Jones it would be an entirely different story.

  3. October 6, 2009 11:20 am

    Actually, the only person I make a political exception for is Cher. :-) Otherwise I just can’t cope.

    I date myself, but Muse sounds (politically) like the 70s punk/industrial band CRASS if they had actually been able to play their instruments. CRASS sounded like hell but their album cover/ graphic arts sense was exceptional.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crass

    You’ll still see high school kids wearing those unmistakable CRASS patches etc but I can’t imagine they know why. A bit like “Che” in that sense!

    And yeah, I think it is spelled all caps despite the wiki article. Hell, I was alive then people!

  4. In the know permalink
    October 6, 2009 11:31 am

    Bands pander to their fanbase. Most kids are liberal; either through indoctrination or rebellion against “the man” (mom/dad). The kids that have to work to make it figure it out eventually. The ones “blessed” enough to go to advanced indoctrination either figure it out later or get a cushy “green job” raising awareness (not actually earning anything). Either way, a band must create an increasing fan base (sounds like sales hunh?) to sell records. They don’t call it the music “business” because it’s a commie eutopia. Media blathers shows their desperation in this pithy attempt at a gotcha. They are sad. Their pettiness shows that they are immature and appeal to numbskulls.

  5. October 6, 2009 12:01 pm

    Listening to the new Muse album Beck recommended now. It’s pretty much a neo-communist record:
    http://www.museresistance.com/mlyrics/uprising.html

    Ignoring the politics, I’m liking it so far but not as much as their earlier work.

  6. jhimmi permalink
    October 6, 2009 3:09 pm

    I try to avoid finding out any personal details of members of bands I like for this very reason. It doesn’t bother me if they’re just mindless progressive puppets (like Will Ferrel, for instance), but the more they go out of their way to show me they have contempt for me and my views, the harder it is for me to listen to them.

  7. Revnant Dream permalink
    October 6, 2009 9:37 pm

    People want to know!!! How are the victims of this scandalousness joke coping?
    What do the Muse folks have to say!
    Will they sue being belittled by Beck?
    How will Media Matters carry the stigma 0f being old, cold, cruel, humorless Grandpa’s ,or crone like nagging Grandma’s?

    Mean while Beck laughs at the suckers in the tradition of Barnum.
    Exit

  8. Cat K permalink
    October 7, 2009 5:37 am

    I will never visit the UK. They seem so eager to side with hatred. Hatred of the USA, people with diversity of thought(e.g. conservatives),Jewish people, etc. – yet they remain adoring to all things Islamic.
    Personally, I would leave a concert where Obama’s picture was displayed and would ask for my money back. I have discontinued subscritpions & memberships, returned products for similar reasons – always with a detailed explanation of how I felt disrespected. In some cases they have listened. Ah yes, in “evil”(sarc) capitalism, the customer does matter. Make your voice heard, even if it feels inconvenient to do so. I say it is very “un-cool” to go along with Obama worship.

  9. Trenchant Commentator permalink
    October 7, 2009 6:01 am

    Cat K makes a good point: “I say it is very ‘un-cool’ to go along with Obama worship.” Also, I’m pretty sure there is a Commandment about that very issue. Hmm…

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