After a week of sifting through angry viewer mail over the July 11, 2007 interview with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Glenn Beck finally did the right thing.
He aired the entire interview tonight, unedited, and now we finally got to see how well RFK Jr. handled Beck, the “corporate toadie,” as the original interview really happened.
Three minutes were cut from the original 9-minute interview with RFK Jr., “due to time constraints,” Beck explained tonight. Although the primary viewer complaint this past week was that the interview seemed to be poorly edited on purpose, in order to make Kennedy look as bad as possible.
Seeing the full unedited interview at last, it is now clear that RFK Jr. doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and hearing his comments in their intended context sets the record straight once and for all…or does it?
Beck just couldn’t help himself. He had to take a few more digs at Kennedy in a follow-up segment tonight after the interview. Since he had to admit that he actually LIED to his viewers when he claimed to have read the IPCC report (turns out he only read the summary), Beck then changed the subject to a debate over the definition of fascism instead.
He questioned RFK Jr.’s definition of the word, whipping out both the Webster’s and American Heritage dictionaries trying desperately to prove that Kennedy didn’t know what he was talking about. While RFK Jr. didn’t have the American Heritage directly in front of him during the interview, his off-the-cuff reply to Beck’s question was a paraphrase of Benito Mussolini’s famous quote:
“Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”
Regardless of whether or not you accept the accuracy of this quote (Wikipedia says the Mussolini quote is a hoax), this is RFK’s belief and he’s sticking to it. He has often used this quotation in his articles, speeches, and interviews, knows it by heart, and isn’t backing up off of it just because Glenn Beck confronts him with a copy of Webster’s.
On page 193 of his book “Crimes Against Nature,” Kennedy writes that “my American Heritage Dictionary defines fascism as `a system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership together with belligerent nationalism’.”
In one 1935 English translation of what Mussolini wrote, the term “corporative state” is used, and it appears, at least to me, that El Duce meant exactly what he said. This was one man who knew what the hell he was talking about when defining “fascism.” After all, he invented it.
So if we’re now going to get into a debate over what the definition of “is” is, perhaps we should more properly examine it as “corporatism” instead of the much more menacing-sounding f-word. Maybe then we can talk about the real issue here (the corporate shadow government in America), instead of throwing dictionaries at one another.
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