*** UPDATE 11:15am ***
Some readers have thrown down the red flag on this blog post. They're challenging the call. "Glenn Beck said it was a fake frog," they say.
We did reference that in the original blog post. But now we have indisputable proof from another "angle." Another video has emerged. So, we reverse the calling on the field based on the new video (which we posted below).
Beck says it was a fake frog and we'll buy it. We still find the whole thing confusing. No timeouts have been assessed.
By the way, Ed Hochuli was not in the replay booth.
PETA is going to go berzerk... Maybe...
Conservative commentator Glenn Beck was trying to illustrate a point on his TV show yesterday, but it really didn't work out -- for his point or for the poor little prop.
Beck likened the conservative uproar to Obama’s initiatives to frogs who are thrown into boiling water. The experience is so shocking that the frogs jump out. It’s too much, too fast, he says. And the frogs (conservatives) ain’t takin’ it.
If the water was cooler, he says, and it gradually heats up to a boil, the frogs would be toast because they wouldn't know what's going on.
So we get the analogy. It doesn't quite work, but we know where he's going.
The problem is, his experiment appeared to fail.
Beck had a pot of boiling water on his stage as well as a container of cute, little, jumpy frogs. He appeared to grab an unlucky one to begin the lesson.
"Barack Obama has galvanized the country because of the sheer size of the bills he has proposed and the number of bills and the urgency that he's placing on the bill,'' he said.
"He has forced us to think and get involved,'' he continued. "We have not, like John McCain, been boiled slowly. We have been tossed quickly into boiling water... and what happens when you throw them in, when you throw them in, frogs into boiling water?''
Like Julia Child flicking in some paprika onto a delightful omelette, Beck tossed the little frog into the water.
The problem is, the frog stayed put.
"OK, forget the frog,'' he says. "I swear I thought they'd jump right out.''
So, did we witness the senseless murder of an innocent frog? We don't know. We never saw the actual frog enter the water.
The Huffington Post writes that he concluded the segment by saying, "And forget about the frog, because it was fake!" (But that's not on the video. So who knows?)
Regardless, he's upset a lot of people. One writer over at Little Green Footballs writes, "But even if it was a stunt, and no frog was killed ... this is still amazingly sick. This show airs at a time in the early afternoon when children are watching."
Children are watching Glenn Beck? Where?
Regardless, it's doubtful that the controversy has much [frog] legs. Maybe the Philadelphia Eagles will offer him a contract...
We posted the updated video below.
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