On his show Monday, Glenn Beck offered his take on reports in the conservative media that suggested there had been a coordinated effort between the IRS and the Obama administration to target Tea Party groups.
Playing the role of then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who made 157 visits to the White House since Obama took office, Beck held a mock conversation with a White House official — who was also played by Beck.
"They sat around for 150 meetings, and this never happened," Beck said, before launching into the dialogue (or monologue, depending on how you look at it).
As The Atlantic's Garance Franke-Ruta pointed out, at least three-quarters of those scheduled meetings were to discuss health care, since the IRS is charged with implementing much of the Affordable Care Act. Plus, she noted that Shulman didn't even attend all those meetings — he signed in for just 11 of them.
Still, Beck was unconvinced that the meetings were harmless.
"Are you telling me seriously, seriously, that conversation, or a conversation something like that didn't happen?" Beck asked of his re-enactment, in which he discussed death panels and Obama's purported distrust of Jews. "Of course it did."
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?
- 31 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How to be more satisfied with your life, according to science
- There's a number of reasons the grammar of this headline could infuriate you
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- He said he was leaving. She ignored him.
- The Warren Buffett formula: How you can get smarter
- The contentious policy at the heart of Cliven Bundy's armed standoff with the government
- 7 ways to quickly become a master at anything
- How any actor (even a really nice one) can play a truly evil villain like King Joffrey
Subscribe to the Week