Have you stopped beating your wife? A simple "yes" or "no" answer, please

Pox News' Glenn Beck loves spewing groundless, paranoid speculation about the supposedly sinister motives of others. When he’s not blatantly declaring President Obama a racist (“This president has exposed himself as a guy over and over and over again who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture… This guy is, I believe, a racist” — about which Rupert Murdoch just said “(Beck) was right”), Beck’s couching his absurd theories behind a defensive, “I’m just asking.”

But when a Florida programmer used the same technique on Beck — to spotlight Beck’s use of this cheap defamatory trick — Beck cried to WIPO to shut down the programmer’s website. Beck lost because WIPO saw the sarcastic parallel between Beck’s malicious, groundless attacks and the programmer’s. As Gawker.com puts it:

Maybe Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990, and maybe he didn’t. Wherever the truth lies, it’s clear that the World Intellectual Property Organization has decided that he can’t stop the internet from asking the question.

Because he is an idiot, Glenn Beck tried in September to shut down glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com, a satirical site that used Beck’s insidious “I’m just asking the question” pose to advance the Fark-inspired meme that Beck may have raped and murdered a young girl in 1990, because, well—have you ever heard him deny it?

Comments on the page are pretty funny:

  • I find it FASCINATING that he isn’t directly addressing these malicious charges! And now he’s trying to shut down a website for just answering the questions more patriotic American’s should be ask? NOW I’M NOT SAYING HE’S TRYING TO HIDE SOMETHING but don’t you think it’s interesting that he hasn’t defended himself?

  • I, personally, would like to see the evidence Glenn did not rape and murder a young girl in 1990. Why doesn’t Glenn Beck present that evidence? Is he hiding evidence that he did not rape and murder a young girl in 1990?

  • I’m not saying that Glenn Beck DID rape and murder a young girl in 1990. But isn’t it interesting that nobody in the Mainstream Media will ask these questions? Why isn’t anyone talking about this? Why are we the only ones who care about this potential rape and murder?

Kidding aside, I’m not sure which is more surprising:

1) That Glenn Beck responded so strongly to this patently absurd rape-and-murder claim; or,

2) That former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough not only escaped scrutiny but has even become a mainstream media darling with a lucrative Starbucks endorsement deal after Scarborough’s intern, Lori Klausutis, was found dead in his office at virtually the same time Scarborough divorced his wife and shocked Washington by deciding to quit Congress, supposedly to spend more time with his boys.

Democratic Congressman Gary Condit was crucified by the media and lost his job over the murder of his intern, Chandra Levy, even though we now know Rep. Condit was completely innocent of Levy’s death. Scarborough’s name was kept squeaky clean, even though we still don’t know whether he’s innocent or guilty.

Posted by James on Tuesday, November 10, 2009