Thursday, February 11, 2010

Was Debra Medina set up?

Texas gubanatorial candidate Debra Medina appeared as a guest on the Glenn Beck Radio Program on February 11, 2010.

Although she's been involved in Texas politics for a decade, and has served as county GOP chair, Medina is hardly a career politician. She is currently running in a three-way primary race against current Republican governor Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). Medina is unabashedly pro-life and conservative. And starting from nowhere, she is now in a statistical tie with Hutchison, close behind incumbent Perry.

But you wouldn't know any of that if you were introduced to her on Beck's radio show today. Instead, you might havebeen led to believe that she is a 9/11 "truther." Just to be clear,"truthers" believe that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks were somehow orchestrated by President George W. Bush and/or someone working for him, using the U.S. government to artificially instigate global war.

This was Beck's first and only question. And after playing with Medina for a few moments, Beck dismissed her rather abruptly. Listen to this clip from the program, and judge for yourself whether or not this sounds odd:

There are several points that make us question what is going on here:

  1. Medina says she experienced audio problems, and could not hear Beck very well. That seems obvious in the clip, as she continues to speak several times, clearly not hearing him.

  2. Her response to Beck's vaguely-worded first attempt may best be described as confusion, as in "Why in the world are you asking me THAT?"

  3. When Beck re-phrases and poses the question directly, Medina could have helped herself with a simple, one-word answer: "No!" But she didn't, so Beck extrapolated that to a "yes" for her without giving Medina any chance to refute. Beck then moved immediately to ridicule.

  4. Medina sounds very surprised and confused as Beck pushes this issue. Her rational explanation that she is in a state race, and not focused on national issues, seems lost on Beck, who is already laughing. She's obviously trying ask politely, "What are we even discussing this?"

  5. Medina claims she was invited onto the show, told by producers that Beck wanted to get acquainted with her. No one told her they would ask about the "truther" issue. And since she says she is not in any way a supporter of that conspiracy theory, she was rightly surprised that Beck would start there.
  6. Finally, and perhaps most disturbing, we have heard from a number of friends we trust who report that they received robocalls from the Perry campaign within an hour of this interview. And the call included audio bytes of Beck ridiculing Medina. That seems extraordinarily suspicious.
We have long appreciated Glenn Beck's tremendous talent. His uncanny ability to research and explain what anti-American progressives are really up to is second to none, and he has the ratings to prove it. But this situation just seems... strange.

It isn't like Beck to set up a guest. Nor would it be consistent with the Beck we know to think that he conciously decided to help Gov. Perry's re-election bid. Given the context, that could be considered corrupt, by some. We're not cynical enough to believe that. But Beck may want to consider explaining himself to his faithful listeners and viewers.

You can learn more about Debra Medina here. Her statement about the Beck interview is here. The Glenn Beck Program posted a transcript of the conversation here.

What do you think? Is Medina a true conservative, or a 9/11 "truther"? Is she someone you could support? What should she do to clarify all this for Texas voters? And what about Beck's role in this?


  1. Her first response, was her stump, she thought she would start with, and went with anyways, trying to avoid the accusation. Which she had to have known about, because I had people at work tell me about it, before Glenn's show.

    And then after bungling that intro, gave her the opportunity to say no, and what was her answer..."I don't have all of the evidence...I think some very good questions have been raised in that regard,and I think the American people have not seen all of the evidence there." Not the answer you would give, if you thought the govt had nothing to do with 9/11.

    Make all the excuses you want, she screwed the pooch. I would have had the same reaction Glenn had. Done, stick a fork in her.

  2. I agree with Lawless. She wasn't set up. That's just another conspiracy theory that doesn't hold water.

  3. Thanks for the comments, lawless and Tex. The "truther" position seems like one you either adhere to with intensity, or reject with intensity. Doesn't seem to lend itself to a lot of middle ground.

    In a way, Medina's lack of smoothness is slightly charming. It's refreshing to hear a rea person speak, even when stumbling, instead of the glib talking points we get from so many.

  4. Let's assume she is a "truther", so what? By the way, a truther is anyone that questions the official story, so even if you believe that terrorists brought down the tower, but want to know why the air force couldn't get it up in time, you too are a truther.

    But, so what? Can anyone that thinks that more than one shooter shot JFK serve in office? Can anyone that thinks we didn't go to the moon serve in office? Are we really willing to sacrifice a person that holds our founding principals dear because they have a greater than normal distrust for government? Because they have become so distrustful of government that they think it might go so far as to endanger our lives? If that is the case, we might as well bend over now.

  5. Interesting points, bgehring. Your definition of "truther" is somewhat broader than ours. Questioning details of the official story is different, in our opinion, than speculating that the whole thing just might be an inside job designed to create justification for imperialsm and global war. And Medina denies that she has ever thought this, so it seems a moot point.

  6. I heard the interview & Beck seemed very receptive & impressed by Medina's rise. She had no answers... not even to the "Who are you?" question. When she left the door open to the "Truther" belief, she lost me, before Beck responded with criticism. And the Perry response seems natural to me! Medina is toast.

  7. I didn't find it refreshing at all. I found it disappointing. I don't require smoothness, but I do require logic and attention to detail. Government involvement in 9/11 has been debunked - it's just that some people choose to ignore the information.

    Not only is Medina not glib, she's not credible. Anyone who is still "considering " government involvement in 9/11 is not using good judgement. Some "good" questions have not been raised.

    Beck has NOTHING to explain to me. Clearly, he heard rumors about her truther status which prompted the question, and then after that weak response for a candidate for any office, was there really a need to go into other issues?

    I would never vote for someone who believes the government wanted 9/11 to happen.

  8. Thanks Tony.

    Huladeb, yours is the BEST comment so far. Thank you for an articulate and well-thought-out response! We agree: There is no room for elected leaders who truly think Bush & company caused 9/11. It's a heinous and crackpot conspiracy theory. Now the question will be whether or not Texas voters pay attention to Medina's post-interview statement, and whether they are willing to believe she's a quick learner with respect to doing interviews.

  9. This Texas voter paid attention and I was disgusted with what she had to say.

    At first, I was intrigued by her, but there was something nagging me about her I did not like, but thank God for Glenn Beck for revealing it.

    I was also disturbed by her complete 360 with her official statement. She is either bipolar or a liar, but definitely not good for Texas.

    What is shameful and even more sickening is those who are turning on Beck over this. He has done more good to save our country and the fair weather fans are jumping on the bash Beck bandwagon? Medina will fall away and Beck will last while the bashers will do what? He does not need fans like that.

  10. Debra Medina is just being a politician she is not answering the real Q's but you can find out about her for your self by who she has associated her self with like Alex Jones she is no a stranger to his radio shows or Tv shows just Google "Alex Jones and Debra Medina" as you know Alex Jones is a well know 9/11 Transparency NUT so she can't ride the fence and expect us to believe she really has no clue what she believes about 9/11 just look at the people she hangs out with....

  11. Political Jules, thanks for the Texas insights! If she really is a "truther," we agree that Medina will eventually evaporate. In any case, her non-answer answer was, at best, a huge gaffe.

  12. Sarah Palin Fan's - You're known by the company you keep, right? We've never heard Alex Jones' show. But if he's as big a "truther" as everyone says he is, Medina may have a toxic relationship there.

  13. I have to agree with those who say Beck did the right thing. She doesn't "have all the evidence"?? "Good questions have been raised"?? Give me a break. Beck was right to dismiss her quickly; we don't need truthers on board.

  14. M.E., thanks for commenting. We completely agree: people who really are "truthers" are in no position to serve effectively in office. We wonder if Medina was trying a non-answer answer in some effort to not offend or alienate "truthers" who might support her candidacy. Not that it matters - her answer was simply not acceptable.

  15. RT. I bet you were right that she was trying for a non answer and hoping Glenn would go away. She should have known that IS NOT how he works.

    She should have answered truthfully and not tried to straddle the fence on the issue. Right now I have a low tolerance for BS and Texas is shaping up to be a race where we once again vote for the "Least Evil Candidate."

  16. Nice blog.

    First off, I'll preface this by saying that I'm as conservative, anti-communist, pro-American, pro-Constitutionalist a person as you will EVER find. That can be confirmed at my own blog.

    Understanding what is going on here with Beck and Medina -- and the greater political scene in general -- is predicated on one's knowledge of the "New World Order" conspiracy (a conspiracy for, the European Union...and essentially worlwide Communist-style tyranny)....which ties in to the 9/11 attacks.

    The 9/11 attacks WERE a "government conspiracy." I understand many conservatives have a stong initial emotional reaction to this, and will reject it without even considering the arguments and evidence (perhaps mainly due to the fact that Bush was at the helm at the time). But I STRONGLY urge any patriot, any real conservative to investigate 9/11 (and the NWO conspiracy). Actually, if you prefer, investigate the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing. This was also a "false flag" government-sponsored terrorist event. More on that here.

    The evidence disproving the "official" Goverment/Media/Establishment story on 9/11 is overwhelming.

    For starters, consider the issue of WTC Building 7, a 47-story building which collapsed at around 5pm on 9/11 at virtual free-fall speed. This building was not hit by a plane or damaged by falling debris in such a way as to collapse.

    The collapse of WTC 7 is SMOKING GUN evidence of controlled demolition of the building. The twin towers were also brought down using explosives.

    Here is video of WTC 7 collapse.

    In short, the Elites that ultimately orchestrated 9/11 and who are pushing for this New World Order conspiracy control both the Republican and Democratic Parties. This is why both parties go along with an agenda of Big Government, open borders, erosion of civil liberties, erosion of national sovereignty, etc.

    Now, as to short, he is simply an Establishment/Elite agent. Thus, he does not want you to know the truth about the 9/11 attacks, or the NWO conspiracy. So he demonizes those who speak the truth on these issues, smearing them as "kooks", "conspiracy nuts", etc.