It was either the funniest or the saddest thing on television this week.
On Wednesday, Fox News firebrand Glenn Beck sat down with Reverend Al
Sharpton. The right-wing host and his liberal activist guest agree on
nothing. This was made abundantly clear from the get-go:
Beck: You and I disagree on everything or almost everything?But don't be fooled. That was just the setup. Beck's larger goal was to forge a consensus with his ideological foe. He went on to list several vague moral platitudes that Sharpton wasn't likely to reject:
Beck: Here's where I'm wondering if we could come together. This show has been... about faith, hope and charity. That's what originally united America together -- faith, different faiths, but a belief in God. Hope, the truth -- the truth shall set you free. And charity -- being good to each other. Would you agree that that approach -- not about politics or policies, but principles -- faith, hope, charity -- could unite America?Unfortunately, from there, they couldn't quite agree on history. Beck mistakenly suggests that Sharpton and Martin Luther King, Jr. were bosom buddies back in the '60s:
Sharpton: Yes, I agree. I think that it could and should unite America.
Beck: You were at Martin Luther King's elbow.
Sharpton: No. I was after King. I worked more with Jackson --
Beck: You were not walking with?
Sharpton: No. Mrs. King.
Beck: Oh, I didn't know that.
Sharpton: I'm only 55. I was 13 when King was killed.