Glenn Beck Protecting Turf, Not Liberty

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“The craziest person in the history of broadcasting” is how conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck has described Alex Jones. He is another, more libertarian radio host. The backdrop to Beck’s badmouthing: The White House is preparing to unveil as many as 19 extra-constitutional imperial decrees, aimed at watering down the right of self-defense.

Beck believes this is as good a time as any to go to war against Alex Jones, who is a formidable defender of the 2nd Amendment.

Beck wrote this in his newsletter, which I receive:

“Want to know who the media wants to make the face of the pro-gun argument in America? Look no further than conspiratorial radio host Alex Jones, best known for his 9/11 Truther theories and his love of Charlie Sheen’s hernia. Jones is the man behind the petition to deport CNN host Piers Morgan for his views on gun control. Morgan invited Jones onto his show to debate the gun issue yesterday, and not surprisingly, Jones made a fool of himself, giving the left the perfect poster boy for their attempts to paint every logical conservative as an extremist nut job. WATCH.”

As a rationalist, I am not a conspiracy theorist. But disagreement among patriots does nothing to undermine my assessment of Alex Jones. He may be an oddball, but he’s more libertarian (a free man) than any welfare-warfare Republican

As I’ve said, the Jones persona is as American as apple pie. Jones is what I love about America. And he didn’t rant on Piers Morgan’s show; he treated apathetic Americans to performance art: the performance of a fanatic for … freedom.

I can’t see what Beck’s motive would be in badmouthing Jones. A conspiracy theorist himself, perhaps Glenn cares more about guarding the broadcasting niche he has carved out for himself than about freedom.