Last February, at the height of the revolution in Egypt, Fox News host Glenn Beck went a little over the top (even for him) with the conspiracy theories, claiming to observe an alliance between Islamic extremists and socialists that is taking over the Middle East. The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol had enough:
[H]ysteria is not a sign of health. When Glenn Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines, and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society.
The next day, Beck hit back at Kristol:
BECK: I don’t even know if you understand what conservatives are anymore, Billy….People like Bill Kristol, I don’t think they stand for anything any more. All they stand for is power. They’ll do anything to keep their little fiefdom together and they’ll do anything to keep the Republican power entrenched.
Today on his radio show, Beck aired a report from an unknown source, which said, “Religious broadcasting is increasingly popular in post-revolutionary Egypt. And the question now is, will religion play a bigger part in politics.” This seemingly validated for Beck his caliphate conspiracy theories, so he again went after Kristol:
BECK: People like Bill Kristol, the old style Republican guard – it’s over Bill! It is over! You go ahead and do all your little games in Washington with all your little buddies to hold on to your fiefdom but it’s over! People have listened to clowns like you too long!