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"He Is Exceptionally Willing to Make a Public Fool of Himself"

1:29 PM, Sep 25, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Man Bites Frog, Ctd.
by Christopher Orr

Readers yesterday may have seen the video clip in which Glenn Beck, seeking to make a point about the resiliency of his anti-Obama populist revolutionaries, seemed to prove the falsity of the "if you throw a frog into boiling water" aphorism by tossing an unlucky amphibian into a bubbling pot and watching him expire on the spot.

Spurred by commenter "scorn," however, I investigated further, using cutting-edge technology (i.e., full-screen mode in YouTube) to analyze the footage with the help of a panel of experts (not in this field, mind you, but people I assume have expertise in something). Our near-unanimous conclusion (there's always one) is that there is, in fact, no frog at all. Beck merely pantomimes throwing something into the water; his cupped hands are empty. Watch for yourselves:

I don't know why he would do this. Perhaps Fox News wouldn't allow him to throw a frog into boiling water on air. Or perhaps someone informed him that if he did, it would die, and rather than perform the lethal stunt he decided to simulate it instead.

Either way, if true, this is pretty hardcore nuts. Beck wasn't misleading his viewers with a fake experiment in order to prove a metaphorical point (again, in his telling, that anti-Obama protesters would be energized by his extreme policies and "leap out of the pot"). No, he was misleading his viewers with a fake experiment that he knew wouldn't work in order to prove precisely the opposite of his metaphorical point.

Give the guy this though: He is exceptionally willing to make a public fool of himself.