Blumenthal in all his ignorant, arrogant bloom

I don’t know who the interviewer is who is mentioned in this story but he exposes Dick Blumenthal for exactly the toad that he is. Great job.

Beck interviewed Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on his March 30 broadcast. But, the radio and TV host took the opportunity to tell Blumenthal what he thought of his investigation into the bonuses received by American International Group (AIG) executives – whose company received federal bailout money.

“Look, you know what you have done, know what you have done?” Beck said. “You have – you are an insult to George Washington, sir. George Washington made it very clear that we are a respecter of laws, not of men. For your own political gain, you have decided to go after these people at AIG because it is a popular thing.”

“And while I may agree with you that it is obscene, I would like to know, is not what’s right as a rule of thumb – not what makes us feel good,” Beck continued. “You, sir, are to protect people and, and to stand for the law in Connecticut, so, again, I ask you, sir – what law gave you the right to go after them? What law did they break?”

Blumenthal claimed the AIG executives were “undeserving” of the bonuses. Blumenthal also pointed out the bonuses paid out were to increase next year. However, Beck pressed Blumenthal on the legality of that and Blumenthal came up blank in this exchange:

BECK: Is that against the law?

BLUMENTHAL: Well, it is against public policy. And it is unsanctioned by law.

BECK: Is that against the law?

BLUMENTHAL: It should be against the law.

BECK: Is it against the law?

BLUMENTHAL: It’s against the public policy and against the taxpayer…In my view it is unrequired by law.

BECK: It is a yes or no question. Counselor, it is a yes or no question. Is it against the law?

BLUMENTHAL: It is not against the law and I have never said that it is against the law, and I have never said that we would bring an action.

An idiot reader called me anti-Semetic because of my earlier criticisms of this ma. I call the reader an idiot because, had he bothered to read my columns and posts over the years, he’d know that I have always attacked Blumenthal for exactly the behavior displayed here. It has everything to do with abuse of power by a publicity-hound crazed by his own ambition, and nothing to do with anything else. Reread the interview and see for yourself.

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  1. Krazy Kat

    CF: I am disappointed that you are not acquainted with Glenn Beck. Just today, the NYT with which you line the parakeets’ cage, printed a hit piece on Mr. Beck.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/30/business/media/30beck.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=beck&st=cse

    Since you likely don’t pay for NYT.com access, below is the story in full. He is on Fox News at 5pm and highly recommended for those who agree with much on this blog.

    KK

    March 30, 2009
    Fox News’s Mad, Apocalyptic, Tearful Rising Star
    By BRIAN STELTER and BILL CARTER
    “You are not alone,” Glenn Beck likes to say. For the disaffected and aggrieved Americans of the Obama era, he could not have picked a better rallying cry.

    Mr. Beck, an early-evening host on the Fox News Channel, is suddenly one of the most powerful media voices for the nation’s conservative populist anger. Barely two months into his job at Fox, his program is a phenomenon: it typically draws about 2.3 million viewers, more than any other cable news host except Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity, despite being on at 5 p.m., a slow shift for cable news.

    With a mix of moral lessons, outrage and an apocalyptic view of the future, Mr. Beck, a longtime radio host who jumped to Fox from CNN’s Headline News channel this year, is capturing the feelings of an alienated class of Americans.

    In an interview, Mr. Beck, who recently rewatched the 1976 film “Network,” said he identified with the character of Howard Beale, the unhinged TV news anchorman who declares on the air that he is “mad as hell.”

    “I think that’s the way people feel,” Mr. Beck said. “That’s the way I feel.” In part because of Mr. Beck, Fox News — long identified as the favored channel for conservatives and Republican leaders — is enjoying a resurgence just two months into Mr. Obama’s term. While always top-rated among cable news channels, Fox’s ratings slipped during the long Democratic primary season last year. Now it is back on firm footing as the presumptive network of the opposition, with more than 1.2 million viewers watching at any given time, about twice as many as CNN or MSNBC.

    While Mr. O’Reilly, the 8 p.m. host, paints himself as the outsider and Mr. Hannity, at 9, is more consistently ideological, Mr. Beck presents himself as a revivalist in a troubled land.

    He preaches against politicians, hosts regular segments titled “Constitution Under Attack” and “Economic Apocalypse,” and occasionally breaks into tears.

    Michael Smerconish, a fellow syndicated talk show host, said that Mr. Beck “has a gift for touching the passion nerve.”

    Tapping into fear about the future, Mr. Beck also lingers over doomsday situations; in a series called “The War Room” last month he talked to experts about the possibility of global financial panic and widespread outbreaks of violence. He challenged viewers to “think the unthinkable” so that they would be prepared in case of emergency.

    “The truth is — that you are the defender of liberty,” he said. “It’s not the government. It’s not an army or anybody else. It’s you. This is your country.”

    And always, Mr. Beck’s emotions are never far from the surface. “That’s good dramatic television,” said Phil Griffin, the president of a Fox rival, MSNBC. “That’s who Glenn Beck is.”

    Mr. Beck says he believes every word he says on his TV show, and the radio show that he still hosts from 9 a.m. to noon each weekday.

    He says that America is “on the road to socialism” and that “God and religion are under attack in the U.S.” He recently wondered aloud whether FEMA was setting up concentration camps, calling it a rumor that he was unable to debunk.

    At the same time, though, he says he is an entertainer. “I’m a rodeo clown,” he said in an interview, adding with a coy smile, “It takes great skill.”

    And like a rodeo clown, Mr. Beck incites critics to attack by dancing in front of them.

    “There are absolutely historical precedents for what is happening with Beck,” said Tom Rosenstiel, the director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism. “There was a lot of radio evangelism during the Depression. People were frustrated and frightened. There are a lot of scary parallels now.”

    The conservative writer David Frum said Mr. Beck’s success “is a product of the collapse of conservatism as an organized political force, and the rise of conservatism as an alienated cultural sensibility.”

    “It’s a show for people who feel they belong to an embattled minority that is disenfranchised and cut off,” he said.

    Joel Cheatwood, a senior vice president for development at Fox News, said he thought Mr. Beck’s audience was a “somewhat disenfranchised” one. And, he added, “it’s a huge audience.”

    Mr. Beck has used phrases like “we surround them,” invoked while speaking vaguely about people who do not share his discomfort with the “direction America is being taken in.”

    His comments have prompted several bloggers to speculate recently that the TV host may have been promoting an armed revolt.

    Jeffrey Jones, a professor of media and politics at Old Dominion University and author of the book “Entertaining Politics,” said that Mr. Beck engages in “inciting rhetoric. People hear their values are under attack and they get worried. It becomes an opportunity for them to stand up and do something.”

    Sitting in his corner office overlooking Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, Mr. Beck rejected such charges but acknowledged that some people see sinister meanings in his commentaries. He said the people “who are spreading the garbage that I’m stirring up a revolution haven’t watched the show.”

    To answer his critics, Mr. Beck delivered a 17-minute commentary — remarkably long by cable standards — last Monday, answering criticisms, including one from Bill Maher that he was producing “the same kind of talking” that led Timothy McVeigh to blow up the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995.

    “Let me be clear,” Mr. Beck said. “If someone tries to harm another person in the name of the Constitution or the ‘truth’ behind 9/11 or anything else, they are just as dangerous and crazy as those we don’t seem to recognize anymore, who kill in the name of Allah.”

    Born in Mount Vernon, Wash., in 1964, Mr. Beck has long been a performer. His roots are in comedy — he spent years as a morning radio disc jockey — and continues to perform comedy on stages across the country.

    He got into the radio business to “share my opinion in a humorous way,” but the times “are so serious now that I find myself sometimes being the guy I don’t want to be — the guy saying things that are sometimes pretty scary, but nobody else is willing to say them.”

    In 2006, he joined Headline News. There, his show was taped, denying viewers some of the what-will-he-say-next quality of his live program on Fox.

    On March 12 Mr. Beck introduced the 9/12 Project, an initiative to reclaim the values and principles that he said were evident the day after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. On a special broadcast he asked: “What ever happened to the country that loved the underdog and stood up for the little guy?”

    When it was suggested in an interview that he sometimes sounds like a preacher, he responded, “No. You’ve never met a more flawed guy than me.”

    He added later: “I say on the air all time, ‘if you take what I say as gospel, you’re an idiot.’ ”

  2. J

    Blumenthal exposed himself as a complete moron. He sounded like a first year law student being grilled by a law professor. In fact, I think a first year law student would have performed more admirably.

    What an embarrasment to Yale law school

  3. Wally

    This is the top law enforcement man in our state. Breathtaking.

  4. John

    Priceless, tells you all you need to know about the voters when you consider he has been elected time and time again,

    John

  5. Front Row Phil

    He’s Glenn Beck, now a Fox commentator. CF, you’ll appreciate the guy. Here’s a recent front page piece in the NY Times (of all places) trying to explain Beck’s clout:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/30/business/media/30beck.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=Glenn%20beck&st=cse

  6. Kidding Really??

    Another one who will walk the plank next election along with Chris Dodd.

    Don’t even run since you’re going to lose which is my advice if you’re reading this.

  7. Riverwich

    Bravo Mr. Beck!

  8. Anonymous

    No Dodd, and No Blumenthal Neither.
    Rule of law anyone?
    Blumenthal is a moron.

  9. Arouet

    Now I’m confused. Beck is the “little guy’s” champion. So why does he want taxpayer money to overpay AIG execs? Everybody knows in a takeover, everything is negotiable–including executive comp. The whole interview was amateur hour by both Beck and Blumenthal.

  10. Krazy Kat

    Arouet:

    Did u actually view the entire Blumenthal filleting? If so, you would have heard Beck, on two or thee occasions, acknowledge that the AIG bonuses were an abomination of social conscience. He agrees that those who led the way to this point should not be paid more to lead is out.

    That said, his issue with the AG was the lack of justification for his grandstanding.

    Beck’s argumwnt: he doesn’t have to agree with a law to defend why it has to be enforced, especially by the highest lawman in the state.