It would seem as though Glenn Beck’s short-lived intellectual clarity has come to an end. Just days after lamenting the divisive and hyperbolic nonsense which defined the conservative pundit’s time at Fox News, Beck has apparently reverted to supplementing factual reality with bombastic nonsense, when during his program on The Blaze, Beck likened science advocate Bill Nye’s insistence on keeping creationism out of schools and science classes to the Catholic Church’s suppression of Galileo.
Saying that Nye would be on the “wrong side of history,” Beck used the scientists words during a portion of his show, in which he took to glumly berating Governor Andrew Cuomo and Arnie Duncan for their positions on everything from the role of ideology in society, to the promotion of common core educational standards, using such to paint the three men as oppressors of conservative thought.
Characterizing progressive and science based criticisms of what are often rhetorical or religiously based schools of thought as a form of victimization, Beck renewed the common theme of playing the victim card, popular among conservative commentators and personalities who find themselves on the “wrong side” of issues.
Though lacking the puppets, dead fish of prop telephones that have largely served to define his career as a broadcast personality, Beck’s delivery of his ideological diatribe was notable subdued compared to his generally, more animated persona.
And while his tone and even some of his messaging has changed, this clip could be seen as honest evidence that in the house of Glenn Beck’s mind, while the window treatments may be different, the layout remains much the same, imagining a world where facts come second to rhetoric and reality is but another liberal lie, seeking to destroy America.