When Glenn Beck Says Frog, You . . . Die?



I was pretty sure that Glenn Beck did not kill an actual frog.  Not because I like Glenn Beck, but because a television show is not a one man stunt--it involves a lot of people, all of whom would have had to be okay with throwing frogs into boiling water, and thus triggering the wrath of PETA, as well as violating the various showbusiness codes on animal treatment.  Not impossible that he somehow managed to do it without anyone quite realizing what he was up to--but very unlikely.

Also, most of those shows are taped, and if the frog died, why would he have aired the segment?  If it wasn't taped, why didn't we get a close up of the dying frog?  Presumably, he would have cued a cameraman to do a close up of the frog as it jumped out of the water.

Further, his reaction was too pat--he looked like a B-list actor doing a double-take in a sitcom.  Most people who are taken that much by surprise do a lot more standing around and stammering when they don't have to fit the bit into a 24-minute air time.

And finally, I didn't see any frog actually come out of his hands.  This led to quite a spirited discussion last night over the possibility of actual frog death.

It appears I was right:  it was indeed a fake frog.  Now the only question is . . . what the hell?  I don't think I understand the point.  

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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