In 2009, Fox News rodeo clown Glenn Beck launched a vicious character assassination campaign against former White House green jobs adviser Van Jones, which eventually became such a distraction that Jones resigned from the administration. Today in a speech at Netroots Nation, Jones — who has previously told Beck “I love you” — challenged the Fox host to a debate:
I issue a personal challenge to my beloved brother Glenn Beck. I will debate you anytime, anywhere, at any point. I’ll give you an hour, you give me five minutes. And I will stand up for our values. But you would have to stop talking about us and start talking to us.
You got one week left before your show goes off. My phone is ringing. Call me! Call me, Glenn Beck! And let’s have this fight. Let’s have this discussion. Let’s have this argument. Let’s have this battle of ideas. Battle of ideas. And let’s fight for liberty and justice for all.
Watch it (video courtesy of Free Speech TV):
Beck’s last show on Fox will take place on June 30, 2011. In late 2009, Beck introduced a “red phone” on his set, giving his prominent critics a direct line to call him. “Call me anytime, we want to have a dialogue,” Beck said. We’ll soon find out if he’s sincere about that.