The right-wing blogosphere reports that 500,000 people showed up to Beck’s MLK-appropriation rally. The mainstream media has a slightly different count. But don’t let facts fool you – obviously the only numbers that matter are the ones that we make up out of thin air.
Besides, 87,000 people is actually pretty good for a rally organized by a radio talking head turned Fox news messiah. Really, it’s quite sizable compared to many other cults.
Beck may yet come down as one of the great grifters of our time. The question is – if the people at this rally knew how badly he was scamming them – in it for fame and fortune and not for some higher vision – would they care? Would they even admit to themselves that they’d been suckered? Even if evidence of his insincerity were to surface? Would it matter so long as he served his purpose?
Probably not. Beck is too much the catalyst of delusion – like any good conman must be. And really, if this is what the people want, well, this is what they deserve. What sad nonsense. Jon Stewart is naturally the best source to turn to in times like these (though I imagine his Monday bit will be far better…):
It’s only a matter of time before Beck hires Shepard Fairey to do his (Beck’s) portrait. (Edited for clarity)
Meanwhile, in Australia, the Tea Parties have taken an even more frightening turn…