I was listening to this bit by comedian Jamie Kilstein, where he calls Glenn Beck the “white Osama bin Laden” because he’s basically disappeared off the face of the earth, and then I saw this (via Atrios)
Former FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey says the conservative outlet that helped launch the Tea Party paid Glenn Beck at least $1 million last year to fundraise for the organization, an arrangement he said provided “too little value” for the money.
“The arrangement was simply FreedomWorks paid Glenn Beck money and Glenn Beck said nice things about FreedomWorks on the air,” Armey, the former House majority leader, told Media Matters Friday. “I saw that a million dollars went to Beck this past year, that was the annual expenditure.”
Armey, who left the organization this past fall after a dispute over its internal operations, said a similar arrangement was also in place with Rush Limbaugh, but did not know the exact financial details.
Freedomworks also was a co-sponsor of some of Beck’s rallies, where “activists” where charged between $20 and $971 (!) to attend.
Now that DC journalists are treating their crush on the Tea Party the way a middle-aged born-again housewife treats her college flirtation with a lesbian, how big of a mark, sucker or fool do you need to be to continue supporting Glenn Beck?