I often watch The Daily Show, and Jon Stewart's recent tribute to Glenn Beck was just so awesome that I have to mention it on my blog. He just emulated Glenn Beck so well that I could very well imagine Beck saying the exact same things. It probably wouldn't be funny at all if you've never had the misfortune of seeing Glenn Beck speak, though.
The sad thing is that the arguments used in the eight-minute parody are just as strong as the ones Glenn Beck's fans swallow hook, line, and sinker all the time. Unless his fans think his show is actually a comedy ...
There are troubling rumors that a certain TV talk show host raped and murdered a young girl in 1990. I do not believe this to be true, but the lack of response concerning the matter from said talk show host is disturbing. If he did not commit these horrendous crimes, then why will he not deny these allegations? Is it possible that these rumors are actually true?
... I'm not sure why, but there seems to be something horribly wrong with this way of thinking. But said talk show host argues like this all the time, so this line of thinking has to have something to it, right? It can't be the case that a famous person that has his own television show talks nonsense on a regular basis, can it?
I have a low opinion of most reality television shows. The things they make people do feel way too contrived, not to mention that a lot of the supposedly dramatic moments feel contrived, too. But there are some rare exceptions, such as the show God Loves ME Best!. It helps that it's not a real reality show but rather a parody of a reality show.
PZ Myers referenced a rather interesting show. It's a show by Derren Brown, who uses his skills as an illusionist to try to fool other psychics, mediums, etc. that he also has paranormal powers. And it's quite impressive the way that no one has a clue. It just goes to show that one shouldn't hurry into believing in the supernatural, at least not without trying to find a natural explanation first.