Fox News personality Glenn Beck is convinced that a recent YouTube clip, which used Disney character Donald Duck to mock his brand of bloviation, was funded by the Obama administration.
There is no evidence to support his claim. By all accounts, the fair-use video remix was pieced together by media activist Jonathan McIntosh, who published the clip to his blog on Oct. 2.
It features Donald Duck getting fired from his job, then turning to Glenn Beck’s program for answers, only to be let down and sucked dry of his money, then mocked for being unemployed.
At the Stranger, Anthony Hecht raves that it “[c]aptures the strategy of the Glenn Becks of the world perfectly—manufacture rage, and then exploit the shit out of it for personal gain.” World renowned film critic Roger Ebert linked to the toon at his blog, and Brad Friedman simply called it, “Duckin’ brilliant.”
The video apparently burned Beck enough that on a recent show, he went so far as to call the ‘toon “propaganda” that was “federally funded.”
“Some of these remix videos, I believe, get federal funding,” he said.
“Now this took some time, some talent and some money,” he explained. “It is some of the best, well-made propaganda I have ever seen.”
He went on to insinuate that Walt Disney might be a fan of his were he alive. “I know how much he hated the union bosses, because he thought they were communists,” Beck said.
“We’ll find out if it’s been federally funded, you know, like the stimulus package,” he added.
It appears the spoof may have really touched a nerve with the conspiracy-laden talk show host. Beck revealed in January that he keeps a picture of Walt Disney on his office wall.
In April, reporting for Forbes, Lacey Rose noted, “In the halls of Mercury’s midtown Manhattan office hang pictures of Beck’s heroes: Orson Welles, Jack Benny, Paul Harvey, Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope. But it is a photo of Walt Disney that hangs alone outside Beck’s corner office.”
“I aspire to Walt Disney’s never-ending quest to try to improve the quality of what he’s doing, his never-ending vision of yes, it can be done,” Beck told Rose, who observed at the time that his hands were “flailing” and his “eyes intense.”
This was all too much for YouTube user ikat381, who took Beck’s latest conspiracy theory and pieced together a reaction by Mickey Mouse that perfectly complements the whole strange series of events.
Should Beck personally respond to this clip as well, it’s likely he’ll only be helping help drive the popularity of a whole new genre of Internet mockery: the remix video editorial.
This YouTube clip was published on Oct. 8, 2010, uploaded by user ikat381.
With additional reporting by Ron Brynaert.