Phil Donahue believes people should learn about Fox News's Glenn Beck by watching a video that was posted at the perilously liberal website Daily Kos.
In a preview of an interview to be aired on the "Joy Behar Show" Friday, the host asked her guest, "What do you think of this upsurge of the Becks and the Limbaughs and Fox News?"
Donahue curiously responded, "You know this kid Daily Kos?...He's got a thing called 'Full Mental Beck.' And it's, it's like seven minutes of, a montage of Beck"
He amazingly continued, "So, if you've just read about Glenn Beck, and you don't want to watch Glenn Beck, check Daily Kos and watch it, because you better know what's going on here or you're going to be culturally illiterate" (video follows with transcript and commentary, h/t Weasel Zippers):
JOY BEHAR, HOST: Coming from the talk show history that you come from, what do you think of this upsurge of the Becks and the Limbaughs and Fox News and how powerful it is in the country right now, or it seems to be?
PHIL DONAHUE: Yeah, well we're not sure, it does appear to be that way.
DONAHUE: The question is now, you know, what kind of influence does it have? They're very, very interesting. You know this kid Daily Kos? K-O-S?
DONAHUE: The website.
BEHAR. Yes. Right.
DONAHUE: He's got a thing called "Full Mental Beck." And it's, it's like seven minutes of, a montage of Beck, with the blackboard...
DONAHUE: I mean, you've got to see this.
BEHAR: Is he mocking it? Or is...
DONAHUE: No, he just let's him go for, it's Beck.
DONAHUE: And you see some of the talking points of. So, if you've just read about Glenn Beck...
DONAHUE: ...and you don't want to watch Glenn Beck, check Daily Kos and watch it, because you better know what's going on here or you're going to be culturally illiterate.
BEHAR: That's right, you have to watch it. But a lot of these Tea Partiers and a lot of that, they, I think they're interested in watching these Glenn Beck, these Glenn Beck types. I think that's where they're coming from.
DONAHUE: I tell you, I watch him.
DONAHUE: I don't watch him every night.
BEHAR: Oh, you do.
DONAHUE: I do.
BEHAR: Keep your friends close and your enemies on TV?
DONAHUE: Well, I can't get over that. I can't get over that. I mean, to me, this is a fascinating story.
DONAHUE: How long are they going to last? Who are the Tea Party people? What do the Republicans think of them? This is, if we didn't have Glenn Beck, we'd have to invent him.
BEHAR: That's true.
You got that?
If you haven't seen Glenn Beck, but want to know what he's about, you should watch a video created by someone that HATES: Beck; the station he's on, and; absolutely EVERYTHING he stands for.
Of course, this is akin to telling someone that wants to know about America to ask Osama bin Laden.
But that's how liberals like Phil Donahue think.
Of course, Behar didn't disagree with him, and she still HAS her own television program.
Perish the thought.
I don't know about you, but I can't WAIT to see the full interview on Friday.