Finally, Beck veers from paranoia to darn-near sedition:

OK. Michael, the government coming in and disenfranchising people over and over and over again, and having the people say, “Please listen to us,” the average person, some people will listen to the government, but others - and I’m seeing it already.

They know the Constitution. They know the writings of the founders, and they feel that the government, or they will in this scenario, and I think we’re on this road - the government has betrayed the Constitution. And so they will see themselves as people who are standing up for the Constitution. So how do you defuse this, Michael, or how long even do we have before this becomes a crazy real scenario?

MICHAEL SCHEUER, FORMER HEAD OF THE CIA BIN LADEN UNIT: Well, I don’t think you would want to defuse it, Glenn. We have had a 40-minute program so far, and all of the problems we have talked about in one way or another are the result of the American government either overspending or overreaching.

BECK: Wait, wait, wait, wait. Wait a minute. Are both of you guys saying that you don’t want to - I don’t think we would head for an American revolution. We would head for a French revolution.

SCHEUER: Civil war.

Etc. etc. Hey, I’m not the biggest fan of the government, but come on! Beck’s even worse when he tries to be responsible:

BECK: I am against the government, and I think that they have just been horrible, and I do think they are betraying the principles of our founders every day they’re in office.

But I have to tell you, this scenario scares the living daylights out of me because it is completely - it is shaking nitroglycerine.

You both served in the military. You tell me, do the soldiers come in and do they round up people? Or do they fight with the people for the Constitution? What is the Army? What does the military do?…

SCHEUER: No. I don’t think the military is ever going to shoot on the American people.

Folks, this is a “news” program in a good slot on national television. We too often write off Fox News because we know its journalism is awful. But real people are watching this stuff and believe it. Trust me, I know some of them.

That’s what scares me.

You just have to laugh at Fox News and Beck:


UPDATE: Also, see this even funnier Colbert segment lampooning Beck. The Journal’s Moore even makes a sporting appearance:

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Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @ryanchittum.