The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Started to Write a Long Post About This

Posted on | March 2, 2012 | 14 Comments

Sometimes you get to the 800-word mark and say to yourself, “Too much.” Instead, I’ll just link to Dan Collins’s post on the background of the falling-out between Andrew Breitbart and Glenn Beck.

UPDATE: Likewise, I’ll just link this article from The Hill about the falling-out between Mark Meckler and the Tea Party Patriots.

UPDATE II: Finally, I’m linking last week’s item from CNS News about Al Regnery’s depature as publisher of The American Spectator.

You can probably discern the common thread here without too much prompting from me. Civilized adults have disagreements which are settled without resort to fistfights or gunfire.

We should probably be happy for that, even if a bit of old-fashioned violence might do something to remedy the ill feelings that often linger as a result of such disputes. I hate it when my friends get into arguments, because I feel as if I must either choose sides or else try to mediate the fight.

Most of the time, I just ignore these feuds and hope they will blow over without any damage to me. But sometimes I become aware that conflicts like this cannot be safely ignored. Festering resentments among friends will occasionally lead to one of those situations where I unwittingly become targeted as an “enemy,” simply because I’ve befriended someone who has pissed off people in a dispute I wasn’t even aware of.

Minding your own business isn’t always easy, or safe.

UPDATE III: A typo has been corrected. Breitbart never had a falling-out with Jeff Beck, but wouldn’t it be awesome if he had?


14 Responses to “Started to Write a Long Post About This”

  1. Bob Belvedere
    March 2nd, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

    Jeff Beck?!?  I heard it was with Eric Clapton.

  2. ThePaganTemple
    March 2nd, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    Jeff Beck? Yeah, he was overrated compared to Clapton and Page, but he got better when he moved over to jazz. Oh, wait a minute, you meant Glenn Beck.

  3. ThomasD
    March 2nd, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

    It is a little known secret that Breitbart hated everyone of the Yardbirds.

  4. Charles G Hill
    March 2nd, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

    If I remember correctly, a few people were annoyed with RSM over his association with Herman’s Hermits.

  5. robertstacymccain
    March 2nd, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

    Corrected. Thanks to the smart-ass commenters for pointing out the error.

  6. robertstacymccain
    March 2nd, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

    Jeff Beck acquired a nasty reputation as an insufferably uncooperative egomaniac. You can perhaps understand my confusion.

  7. Rose
    March 2nd, 2012 @ 11:24 pm


  8. Dave C
    March 3rd, 2012 @ 12:21 am

    What did I miss out on with Beck?

  9. Adjoran
    March 3rd, 2012 @ 2:03 am

    Rod Stewart says pretty much the same thing.

  10. Adjoran
    March 3rd, 2012 @ 2:13 am

    I never understood the false cheap shot Beck took over the Sherrod tape.  He’s no dummy, but he wasn’t in Breitbart’s league on any level.  Beck has the radio talk host’s level of understanding:  “What can be explained in 30 seconds or less?”   Taking more time didn’t increase his understanding a bit.

    The TPP has been a power struggle since its inception.  They aren’t the Tea Party – any more than Tea Party Express, Tea Party America, Freedom Works, or any other private organization is.  They are merely an attempt to gain money and power by attracting Tea Party supporters by usurping the name.  Nobody elected any of them, and they don’t take a vote on what to do with the money, either.   IMO, it was the actions of these competing groups which provided fat targets for the left and media and took the Tea Party approval down from a majority of Americans to where it is now.

     Regnery apparently was recommending staff cuts and cost savings on the print edition of AmSpec.  They are already a charity case – as are most opinion magazines these days.  Newspapers aren’t far behind – ad revenues are lower than five years ago, and their circulations are like union jobs in Detroit:  not coming back.

  11. Bob Belvedere
    March 3rd, 2012 @ 2:25 am

    Our pleasure.

  12. Dandapani
    March 3rd, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    Not a fan of Glenn Beck any longer.  Does some good stuff, but then he goes off on wacko tangents.

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