Compliments sometimes come from strange places, but you'll take them where you can get them, no?
It seems that Fox News' March 10 "Glenn Beck" program, in which host Glenn Beck interviewed former Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y., captured the attention of both the left and the right. And it may have even put to rest some of the misconceptions about Beck, which are mostly generated by outfits that operate with just out-of-context sound bites.
"Let me tell you something," "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough said on his March 11 program. "[Beck] was not on his heels. He just - he played straight-man and Donny Deutsch, he was - he did it very, very well.
And surprisingly, MSNBC regular Donny Deutsch, who rarely has good things to say about conservatives, agreed.
"Beck actually helped his brand a lot because he went from the crazy idiot to kind of a good interviewer, you know what I mean," Deutsch said. "And you know - you couldn't help but not enjoy Glenn Beck yesterday - speaking from the extreme left."
Beck had won both conservatives and liberals over when at the end of his Massa interview he said he apologized for having "wasted an hour of your time" on his March 9 program.
Deutsch isn't known for having much compassion for conservatives. He recently referred to Florida U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio with a racially charged description, a "coconut." And he had a very harsh critique of former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow's pro-life ad, comparing it to a gay-dating spot.