All day yesterday, Glenn Beck was worked up about some article that appeared on The Huffington Post entitled "The Uniting Principles Glenn Beck Should Have Talked About." He railed against the article on his radio broadcast and again during the monologue of last night's television show, repeatedly accusing The Huffington Post of having written the piece, apparently completely unaware that it was little more than a blog post written by a random user of The Huffington Post's "The Blog" forum.
Like many websites, The Huffington Post has dedicated a section of its website to hosting blogs written and maintained by anyone who signs up for an account. The section literally has thousands of users and The Huffington Post explicitly states that the views posted by users in no way reflect the views of the Huffington Post itself:
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But apparently nobody at Beck's network understands this rather simple and common practice, because they spent yesterday's morning meeting collectively trying to figure out why "The Huffington Post" would write something like this, eventually concluding that progressives know that there is a massive backlash coming against them and so they are desperately trying to get on the side of the values and principles that Beck has been preaching all along:
What is even more amazing is that Beck's own website has the very same feature where random individual contributors can post their own content, which carries a similar disclaimer:
TheBlaze contributor channel supports an open discourse on a range of views. The opinions expressed in this channel are solely those of each individual author.
In fact, anti-gay activist Matt Barber regularly posts his columns on Beck's contributor network meaning, if we were to operate by Beck's logic, that we could attribute Barber's bigoted anti-gay views to Beck and his The Blaze website.
If we were to attribute to Beck and The Blaze the views of random contributors on his website, he'd laugh in our face ... and rightly so. But that won't stop him from cluelessly doing the very same thing on every program on his network.