This puts me in mind of the Chappelle show classic “Kneehigh Park”:
When he left Fox News last April, Beck explained it was in part because he wanted “to target the youth.” And, starting on Monday, he will take direct aim with a children’s show on his new GBTV Internet network with the tea party-friendly name “Liberty Treehouse.”
Beck won’t be the host of the hourlong show, grounded in American history and the day’s news, but it will lead into his own daily 5 p.m. show on the subscription-based network. And politics, long considered a taboo in children’s programming, will be a frequent topic, informed — like everything else on GBTV — by Beck’s populist conservative sensibility.
I hate to be all-apocalypse all the time, but it’s hard to see a bright future for a society that gives David Brooks a high-profile op-ed gig and gives Glenn Beck a children’s show.
There are going to be some grandparents who make their kids never want to visit them again pretty soon.
How many people with kids will pay for Beck? Aren’t most of the Teatard People the Hoveround Brigade? I look forward to pay-per-spew Beck working out as well for him as some other recent paywall adventures.
It’s an internet show, which is 10 steps lower than cable access teevee.
Does anyone know what happened with Beck’s Israel mission/goal/stunt? I watch the media like a hawk and I saw nothing.
I hope it’s as successful as Red State and that weird movie.
The people who would make their kids watch Glenn Beck are the same people who are already filling their kids’ heads with hateful garbage so it really doesn’t make that much of a difference in the scheme of things.
David Brooks is another story. But we have to remember that it is not our society which has given him his high-profile gig as it is that some rich people pay him to pimp their version of reality. Rich people used to commission works of fine art, now they commission opinion pieces in the NYT. Same thing.
Mike in NC
Were he alive today, John Wayne Gacy would be offered a children’s show on cable.
I think this will go over about like his Christmas movie.
a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q)
I see GBTV and wonder why the L and T folks are left out. And then wonder whether they are pissed about it.
@Helen: There was a hilarious liveblog of one of his speeches there in Haaretz. The speech was attended solely by Likud party officials and some American evangelicals who flew to the Holy Land to be near their prophet.
@a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q):
Yeah, I had to read that part twice.
Talking of ignorant imbeciles, this year’s Ig Nobel winnahs.
Physiology Prize: Anna Wilkinson, from the University of Lincoln, and colleagues for their study in the journal Current Zoology titled “No Evidence of Contagious Yawning in the Red-Footed Tortoise”.
Chemistry Prize: A team led from Shiga University, Japan, that determined the ideal density of airborne wasabi to awaken sleeping people in case of a fire or other emergency, and for applying this knowledge to invent the wasabi alarm. Patent pending.
Medicine Prize: Shared by two teams whose independent research jointly established that people make better decisions about some kinds of things, but worse decisions about other kinds of things‚ when they have a strong urge to urinate.
Psychology Prize: Karl Halvor Teigen of the University of Oslo, Norway, for trying to understand why, in everyday life, people sigh.
Literature Prize: John Perry of Stanford University, US, for his Theory of Structured Procrastination, which says: To be a high achiever, always work on something important, using it as a way to avoid doing something that’s even more important.
Biology Prize: Darryl Gwynne and David Rentz for discovering that a certain kind of beetle mates with a certain kind of Australian beer bottle. The pair have published two papers on the topic.
Physics Prize: Philippe Perrin and colleagues for determining why discus throwers become dizzy, and why hammer throwers don’t.
Peace Prize: Arturas Zuokas, the mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania, for demonstrating that the problem of illegally parked luxury cars can be solved by running them over with an armoured tank.
Public Safety Prize: John Senders of the University of Toronto, Canada, for conducting a series of safety experiments in which a person drives an automobile on a major highway while a visor repeatedly flaps down over his face, blinding him.
Mathematics Prize: Shared by a group of doom-mongers for teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations.
I get that G is for gay, B is for bi, T is for transgender, but what’s the V for?
Boy, I hate to be a bore, but “suffer the children” does not mean “cause pain to the children.” It means “permit the children.” Jesus said it, when his disciples wouldn’t allow the people to bring children up for him to touch them, Mark 10:
14But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
15Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
16And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
“Suffer” in King James’s time meant “Permit” or “allow.” It slowly transformed into “put up with” or “tolerate,” and then into “bear something unpleasant,” and then into “feel physical or mental pain.”
“Literature Prize: John Perry of Stanford University, US, for his Theory of Structured Procrastination, which says: To be a high achiever, always work on something important, using it as a way to avoid doing something that’s even more important.”
Perry is an acquaintance of mine, and he’s not only an exceptionally funny guy, but an irrepressible joker. I’ve never heard of this “theory”but I’d be astonished if it weren’t a put-on. I hope the ignoble committee realizes this.
Big Baby DougJ
I know that.
@different-church-lady: V is for ‘vertebrate’.
Belafon (formerly anonevent)
What do you call an oxymoron with three words in it?
The one thing I’ve learned (maybe the only thing) in 15 years as a parent is that kids have a primitive instinct for things that are preaching to them under the guise of fun. If it is actually fun (and it almost never is) they might tolerate it. But if it isn’t Spongebob-calibre entertaining, they will hate it and shut it out. And make it clear that if you don’t change the channel a tantrum is coming.
Somehow Beck doesn’t seem to me to have it in him to be Spongebob-calibre entertaining.
@different-church-lady: I thought it was for Vicky! but ymmv
D: <——– me
@ppcli: Most of what gets the Ig are jokes. They typically don’t give the award to silly sounding but serious studies.
good point. Kids know a Plankton when they see one.
Great. Conservatives are going to raise an entire generation of children who understand the definition of liberty about as well as they understand the definition of Christian.
@Big Baby DougJ:
I didn’t, so thanks for the elucidation. However, you may want to turn your irony detector on when reading bbdj blog titles.
Eric the Infrequent
@bloix Airplane noises!
Whatever happened to good ol’ Apocalypse Now parodies, I got one of those every Saturday morning from one show or another when I was a kid
It still does, or, maybe more accurately, it means “forebear” — i.e., it means “you should suffer (forebear)” the children.
Didn’t Beck compare those kids at the Labor Party camp that got shot up by a Norwegian Beck fan to the Hitler Youth at a Nazi Party camp?
Sermons about constancy and prudissitude are all very well and good, but the church could be doing so much more to reach out to people.
@NickM: Yeah. Apparently they deserved to die. Or something.
Fucking Politico just reflexively does right wing framing every time. This impending disaster won’t be ”grounded in American history,” it will be grounded in the syphilitic delusions that rattle around in Beck’s diseased brain.
I hate to be all-apocalypse all the time,
Your apocalypse-fu is weak. If you want to talk apocalypse, you need post something like this.
Beck’s youths need some kind of insignia to wear, maybe on armbands or something. It would identify them as true free thinkers and individualists.
It’s TV for TransVestite.
Beck indoctrinating children – OK. Obama welcoming kids back to school – ZOMG indoctrination! Wingnuts are weird.
Is Liberty Treehouse located on Wingnut Street?
And they say that gays are constantly recruiting…
Bill E Pilgrim
Okay I’ve got the shorter for the David Brooks column this week that just appeared:
Concern for other human beings is not only inadequate but dangerous; following authority, on the other hand, will never steer you wrong.
@different-church-lady: Virgin? Virginity curious?
Bill E Pilgrim
@Belafon (formerly anonevent):
An oxymoron that’s slightly more literate than Rick Perry?
@Belafon (formerly anonevent):
A republican talking point.
More like Beck has given *himself* the kids’ show, Doug.
Let’s wait and see whether anyone watches it before we give up on the nation entirely.
I watched part of the igNoble ceremony. The one about yawning tortoises was related to finding out how much non-social reptiles like tortoises interact with each other. The wasabi alarm is for deaf people who wouldn’t hear a smoke detector going off.
The researchers were there to accept their prizes, so they didn’t see them as insults. The ceremony is very funny in spots.
Why do I get the creepy feeling that Pedo Bear should be over at Becks TV show for kids….and I don’t mean to help Beck, I mean to protect the kids.
@Mark S.: Me three.
How soon after this show comes out before hilariously redubbed versions start showing on YouTube?
somehow I’m thinking the production values of this show are going to be somewhere in the vicinity of the 1950’s. I’m betting Pokemon reruns will win the day.