03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

BeckWatch: In Which The Radio Host Becomes Like Every Other Fawning Media Nimrod

CNN's Glenn Beck gave a longish interview with the Deseret Morning News, in which he describes a meeting with President Bush as leaving him "stunned and awestruck." In all likelihood, his level of "stunned and awestruck" is akin to the way my cat reacts every time I pour water out of a bottle - "Oooh! Shiny! Flowy!" - but, for the sake of argument, let's follow along:

"He is clear and focused, and there are no hems and haws. I would not want to sit across the table from him as an enemy. He said a few things that were breathtaking, and my immediate response was, 'Why are you not saying this?' and he explained. I can't quote him. All I can say is that he has Abraham Lincoln-honorable reasons ... he has chosen not to say certain things. But (the Iraq war) is going much better than people think."

The relevant citation, I believe, is John 11:35.

But the central takeaway, is that it's sad to see Beck, who stridently bills himself as a "conservative" not a "Republican" and who insists he's "strongly challenged" the President, preside over the collapse of his independent-minded worldview in a fugue of dumb fawning. And teasing his listeners with intimate knowledge of "certain things" the President has "chosen not to say?"

Agh. Just what the world needed: another happy-faced media "insider."