Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Glenn Beck On Massa Interview: "I think I've wasted your time."

Disgraced former New York Representative Eric Massa appeared on Glenn Beck's program March 9th. One would question the motives behind such a move. Massa, who is a Democrat, was no fan of the right, voting for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and supporting a single-payer health care system, but since his resignation, which had come abruptly after a sexual misconduct scandal resulting from complaints of senior member of Massa's staff, involving alleged sexual advances and harassment against a younger male staffer, and claims that the administration browbeated him into retirement. Glenn Beck is no fan of Democrats or the current administration, and guests of his show consist of a steady rotation of right wing activists, journalists, politicians, and analysts, so why would Beck want a former Democratic representative, who is dissatisfied with the current administration, to be on his show, especially after the conservatives latched onto the sexual misconduct story first and ran with it, with other Fox News hosts, such as Sean Hannity, comparing Massa to Mark Foley?

The only answer I can come up with is that he was hoping Massa would dish out some dirty little secrets or damning facts. Glenn Beck pressed, asking if there was any "specific" evidence of corruption in the administration and Massa rambled about the organization of Democratic and Republican "whipping," and then asked Glenn Beck and others to stop throwing around pejorative remarks like calling opponents "communist" or "socialist." Beck was not satisfied with the response, stating that Massa did not give any specifics. When Beck proclaimed that his show was a waste of time, I think it was because he did not get the story he was hoping for. You could see the gears turning in Glenn Beck's head and when no accusations against the administration were made, Beck seemed defeated and shifted to another subject.

While on the show, Massa did admit his sexual misconduct, stating that not only did he "grope" his staffer, but he also "tickled" him, although he had also admitted that his intentions were not sexual in nature and they were misunderstood. In my opinion, if Massa was getting pressure from the Democratic leadership and from the administration, it was most likely over this scandal and not over his health care views, and that the actions by the administration would seem warranted, as well as a departure from Republican handling of similar matters, such as Mark Foley's congressional page scandal or Larry Craig's arrest at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for suspicion of "lewd conduct".

Massa is just a disgruntled employee, who is trying to save his own skin by lashing out at everyone and everything, making accusations of union bribery, naked confrontations with Rahm Emmanuel, and so on and so forth. If Massa kept his resignation short and sweet, leaving office with his voting record behind, he would have been better off.

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