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The Debra Medina 9/11 Truther Question: Glenn Didn’t Know It Was Loaded

Posted on February 13 2010 2:29 pm
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There’s a particular expression that Wile. E. Coyote used to have, as he stood helpless under the falling boulder of his own making, that Debra Medina’s people might want to consider for their next campaign logo.

In case you’ve been living under a snow bank lately (oh wait) the Cliff Notes go like this:

  • Medina running for Governor of Texas
  • Beck interviews Medina on his radio show on February 11
  • Beck asks Medina if she is a 9/11 Truther
  • Medina equivocates — many times
  • Chaos, bedlam, conflagrations, rain of frogs

Accordingly, pundits with differing agendas are now poring over the interview tape like the Zapruder film, carefully applying their preconceived notions so they can arrive at their foregone conclusions.

  • To Medina supporters and some others it’s proof that Beck was lying in ambush and perhaps flew one of the planes into the towers himself.

The attack dog corporate media, in cahoots with loathsome phony neo-con crybaby Glenn Beck, are once again attempting to manufacture reality by smearing Debra Medina for expressing a view shared by the vast majority of Americans in an effort to purge her from the Texas gubernatorial race.

  • To the Kay Bailey Hutchison and Rick Perry campaigns — “Celebrate good times, come on …”

To the rest of us (especially my confreres in Texas) it’s proof that politicians and kids say the darndest things and some of these things are good to know before you start pulling the lever for one of them.

My theory is Beck acted alone, there was no grassy knoll, and he didn’t even know it was loaded.

Roll tape.

(Full transcript here.)

It is clear from the outset Beck doesn’t want to do this interview. He has been dragged to it, like Nathan Detroit to the prayer meeting, but is resolved to get through it in workmanlike fashion.

The interview ticks along, and then he asks that first question about her being a 9/11 Truther. It’s hard to tell on this recording, but he is probably stealing a bite of his Danish waiting for what he knows will be a boilerplate denial. None is forthcoming.

Beck carefully puts down the Danish and asks directly:

GLENN: Right. Here’s then let me be more frank and ask you the question: Do you believe the government was any way involved with the bringing down of the World Trade Centers on 9/11?

MEDINA: I don’t, I don’t have all of the evidence there, Glenn. So I don’t I’m not in a place, I have not been out publicly questioning that. I think some very good questions have been raised in that regard. There are some very good arguments, and I think the American people have not seen all of the evidence there. So I’ve not taken a position on that.

Beck’s head snaps back and to the right … back and to the right.

Amid the sound of Claxton’s and sirens, Beck remains composed – ignoring the full cup of coffee he has just dropped into his lap –  and asks a series of follow-up questions. Medina’s further circumlocution on the subject confirms to Beck (and a few gazillion listeners) that, no, it wasn’t just an ear-wax problem – Medina is either sympathetic to that line of thinking or deeply confused. My money is on “all of the above.”

The interview ends awkwardly, like a date that has gone terribly wrong (“um, no, really, I’ll call you tomorrow”), and Glenn’s wrap up remarks reflect the nervous relief of someone who has just double-locked the front door.

Medina’s people issued a clarification statement the same day, which in terms of damage control, has to rate right up there with “we’ve lost all power to the engines but we are opening up the bar.”

Let’s be clear here. “What were you doing with that sheep in the motel room?” is a gotcha question. “Are you a 9/11 Truther,” is not. Beck wasn’t lying in ambush, he was probably thinking about lunch, or perhaps the rising prices of blackboard chalk. He thought was doing a by-the-numbers interview, and was doubtless the most surprised guy in the room when the panel-lights all turned red.

Medina’s inability to cleanly field that question is troubling, and no amount of spin is going to make that go away.

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