Open thread: Massa chats with Glenn Beck

posted at 4:52 pm on March 9, 2010 by Allahpundit

A must-see, not only because of the potential for dirt-dishing about the Democratic caucus but to watch how Beck handles the clamor among righties that Massa can’t be trusted. It ain’t just Bob Lonsberry and the boss emeritus now: Rush Limbaugh dismissed Massa earlier today as a “legitimate kook” and the Standard warned this morning that its sources on the Hill say the ethics report will be damning. And no wonder. Just across the wire at Politico:

The House ethics committee has received allegations that former Rep. Eric Massa groped at least three male staffers and conducted himself improperly with interns as well as full-time aides, a source familiar with the matter tells POLITICO.

One incident allegedly occurred when Massa traveled to San Francisco with an aide for a fundraising trip, a second source said.

WaPo reported a few hours ago that the allegations date back at least a year and involve a “pattern of behavior.” Lonsberry also claimed to have heard of Massa touching at least two men inappropriately during his naval career — and that was before any of the congressional accusations surfaced. Shrewd move by House Democrats to get ahead of the news cycle and leak this stuff shortly before Massa sits down with Beck — doubtless the new groping claims will dominate the coverage of the interview afterward — but don’t let Ace’s point slip by the boards:

Beck sort of has a point here, if he can manage it without giving credence to Massa’s convoluted claims: We would never see these leaks against Massa if he were a Democrat in Good Standing.

It’s not so much that Massa is innocent so much as his guilt would be entirely irrelevant to the Democrats and the media if he were voting the right way.

Yeah, in Bizarro World the lefty outcry over Republican homophobia for criticizing this proud ObamaCare supporter shakes the very earth beneath our feet.

Here’s your thread. I’m assuming Beck will be appropriately skeptical of this guy’s shpiel in light of the new harassment details, but for a guy who famously (and appropriately) mistrusts politicians, he sure did seem a little less mistrustful than usual for awhile.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 5 6 7

If this interview was being done in a nuthouse, by an inmate practicing interviews, it would actually make sense.

Muse Doctor on March 9, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Suprised Beck interviewed this guy without knowing specfic dirt ahead of time. I thought for sure Beck would have him say before hand very specific corruption – that was pretty bad on Beck’s part. He won’t live this down from his colleagues. He should have vetted this guy….

flash044 on March 9, 2010 at 6:21 PM
1. In a breaking story like this, you don’t have time to vet. If you can get the interview, you book it. And Beck got it first. What broadcaster wouldn’t have wanted first crack at this guy? And who else would be considered a failure if the guy doesn’t dish?

2. From what I gather, based on a brief conversation with Massa, he thought he could get the guy to flip. He didn’t. Oh well. I’ll refer back to my second comment on the thread, quoting Beck:

“I think it’s safe to say I have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen.”
You can’t win if you don’t play.

That said, dedicating the hour didn’t work out well.

Pablo on March 9, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Beck said he talked to him for a half hour yesterday. He should have gotten the info them. That isn’t good tv.

flash044 on March 9, 2010 at 7:30 PM

I agree that the story needs to be pushed from the Dems cover for corruption if you give them what they want, and destroy you for it if you don’t angle. It really is the point.

pannw on March 9, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Agreed.

Aitch748 on March 9, 2010 at 7:31 PM

The loser here isn’t Beck. It’s Massa. Beck handed him one of the biggest megaphones in the business, and Massa failed to make his case. He leaves the political arena with his tail tucked between his legs and under a cloud of suspected perversion.

Generalities, while interesting, aren’t enough to securely claim corruption. Without a “who, what, where, and how”… Massa looks like a noob who couldn’t stand up for himself, rather than a guy who was the victim of attempted political extortion.

Murf76 on March 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM

+10

cibolo on March 9, 2010 at 7:34 PM

My guess is that the phone call with Beck was a lot different than what came up during the interview.

flash044 on March 9, 2010 at 7:39 PM

The funniest part was when Massa pulled out the x-ray of his stomach. Was that the part the moment that decided the course of this nation?

Decider on March 9, 2010 at 7:40 PM

People in California now saying “Thank God for NY congresspersons.”

William Amos on March 9, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Like I said earlier, GB shouldve started this off with just a segment or two, and only went the full hour if we was actually getting stuff out of Massa.

bucsox79 on March 9, 2010 at 6:03 PM

+1

I don’t get why people are so spun up about this. It was a long-shot that Massa was going to really incriminate anyone. The guy’s got lawyers, doesn’t he?

Beck had to give it a shot anyway though, even if the odds were long. It would’ve been stupid not to. And Beck stayed on him to the point where it was clear that the guy either had no smoking gun or was unwilling to produce one.

Murf76 on March 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM

I agree that it was worth it, especially after the recording of Massa’s rant against Rahm, unions, and corruption went viral yesterday. Yesterday, everyone — from Rush on down — was playing the Massa tape and taking it at its glorious face value.

With the potential for an hour’s worth of that kind of retaliatory revelations and name-naming, it’s no surprise that Beck had Massa on. Sure he was a high-risk guest, but the potential gain was sufficient to justify it.

That said, Beck should have gotten the hook out sooner. Let Massa have enough rope to hang himself in front of 5 or 6 million people, then kick him off, apologize for the wasted time, and spend the rest of the show hold Massa up as an example of the filth and corruption in DC.

Harpazo on March 9, 2010 at 7:51 PM

I agree that it was worth it, especially after the recording of Massa’s rant against Rahm, unions, and corruption went viral yesterday. Yesterday, everyone — from Rush on down — was playing the Massa tape and taking it at its glorious face value.

Harpazo on March 9, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Oh, but to hear a Congressman, and a Democratic one no less, go off on these weasels publicly was awesome. No matter what, I’m grateful to the Congressman for that…’bout time these clowns got an earful of the kinds of stuff they’ve been dishing out at least a year now.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 9, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Big Deal

All that happened is that Massa got cold feet and a megaphone to backpedal his earlier rant on what was going on.

During his rant, Massa clearly had his shields down and basically, I believe what he said at that moment. Back pedalling won’t change that.

And Michelle. Yes, that is 1 point for you

mooseburger on March 9, 2010 at 8:23 PM

So we didn’t know that Rahm is a weapon of Massa destruction beforehand?

onlineanalyst on March 9, 2010 at 8:27 PM

How can you be a Palin fan and not know why Palin had to step down?

Electrongod on March 9, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Because she never freakin’ explained why she stepped down. She is completely incoherent on the matter and stumbles through her words. I know why she did through my own intuition, she was bigger than her office allowed her to be, but she never came out and said that.

I am a Palin fan, not a blind Palin fan.

Daemonocracy on March 9, 2010 at 9:21 PM

That said, Beck should have gotten the hook out sooner. Let Massa have enough rope to hang himself in front of 5 or 6 million people, then kick him off, apologize for the wasted time, and spend the rest of the show hold Massa up as an example of the filth and corruption in DC.

Harpazo on March 9, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Look at it this way… Beck gave the guy every opportunity right up to the last moment to state his case. It can’t be said that Massa was treated unfairly or that he wasn’t given enough time.

Murf76 on March 9, 2010 at 9:38 PM

I know why she did through my own intuition, she was bigger than her office allowed her to be, but she never came out and said that.

I am a Palin fan, not a blind Palin fan.

Daemonocracy on March 9, 2010 at 9:21 PM

That’s not why she resigned.
And she’s explained this at length many times, now, both in speeches and in her book: She quit because Obama operatives drove her from office with an endless stream of ethics violation charges that were bankrupting her personally to defend as well as the state of AK and which left her no time to govern the state.
Google it for yourself.

Happily, by resigning, this did free her up to take her Conservative leadership to the lower 48 to combat the Socialist Maobama agenda.
AK’s loss was America’s gain.

Jenfidel on March 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Ask yourself . . . how many more nut cases are there in that congress making decisions that could determine your life or death. This has gone way beyond frightening.

rplat on March 10, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Glenn just had MM on his show again today.

MM +100
Glenn +100

petefrt on March 10, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Disgusting on all ends. Yesterday’s TV show was an hour I wish I could have back!

BobAnthony on March 10, 2010 at 11:56 AM

And then there is THIS!

You see, Massa had already claimed he was resigning because of a recurrence of cancer, not alleged sexual harassment of male staffers and a resulting ethics investigation, he insisted. Then, he did a 180 and claimed it was naked Rahm badgering him to vote for Obamacare. But, on Friday, a commenter on this site had already alerted me to the allegations about Massa that are pretty telling, even if a fraction of them are true. The allegations appear on the website of Rochester, New York journalist and radio talk show host Bob Lonsberry, who has won awards from AP, etc. Here’s just a sliver of the Massa creepiness he alleges (which definitely gives credence to some of the arguments against gays in the military):

BobAnthony on March 10, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Tickle Me Massa!

chunderroad on March 10, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Massa hoped Rahm wanted to rub weiners together when he approached him.

la.rt.wngr on March 10, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Comment pages: 1 5 6 7