It could turn into a lifelong series if we began correcting the mistakes of Fox News commentators. So in this case we'll leave it to Shawna Forde, the pride of Everett, to correct Glenn Beck, the pride of Mount Vernon. (Pride having since turned to deep, regretful, abhorrent, how-could-we-have-ever-thought shame). During a recent program, Beck attacked Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA) for attacking the Minutemen movement. Beck ran a clip from a meeting where Stark said to a man trying to get his attention, "The minutemen want to have something to say. Who are you going kill today?"
Man: Who are we going to kill today?
Man: I would just like to know -- actually, American citizens are being killed right now. That's what's going on.
Stark: That's right.
Beck, a pro at losing it, lost it.
"Yes. Yes, Congressman," he ranted to the camera, presumably to Stark at home, "you are a smug, sanctimonious sack of sarcasm. You're right. There're people being killed in this drug war, and they're being kidnapped.
According to ABC News, and I quote, "Phoenix, Arizona has become the kidnapping capital of America, with more incidents than any other city in the world outside of Mexico City. Mexico City must have just been bumped up because it used to be Bogota, Colombia. Phoenix, Arizona, Bogota, Colombia -- you think we've got a problem in our country?
He played more from the Stark clip, then re-lost it.
King George! The people are turning into King George. Let me just clear up a few of the stark raving lies here. Even though Stark has some sort of minutemen shoot everybody on sight smear campaign going on, the fact is there has never been a border shooting involving a minuteman, not one--zero--none.
No violent episodes from the minutemen. I mean, this guy doesn't let a single fact get in his way.
We can only guess that Beck sets himself up like that because he knows someone might write a story like this, generating more press.
Either way, he earned it: The "not one--zero--none" border shooting occurred May 30, 2009, at a southwest Arizona town called Arivaca. Raul "Junior" Flores, 29, and his 9-year-old daughter Brisenia were left dead on the floor of their trailer home.
Seen coming out the front door were two gunmen and a gunwoman, Shawna Forde, one of Beck's fellow Washingtonians--they lived 30 miles apart--and leader of Minutemen American Defense (MAD). The onetime Everett city council candidate today faces trial and a possible death penalty for the double murders, done allegedly during a robbery masterminded by Forde to fund her vigilante border patrollers.
Not that they're having much of an impact on the Fox choir. "this [video] will be used as an excuss to take our guns and stop militias? that we need against corrupt govnt big biz. you all are morons," writes one YouTube commentator. Clearly a student of Beck U.