Tomorrow night, CNN will feature the odd spectacle of its employee S.E. Cupp interviewing Glenn Beck, her boss at The Blaze, where she also serves as a contributor.
According to an article on The Blaze promoting the interview, "It is likely the two will discuss Beck's latest book, 'Miracles and Massacres: True and Untold Stories of the Making of America,' the creation of TheBlaze and current events."
Considering Cupp's relationship with Beck, it's unlikely he's due for a primetime grilling on CNN. In the event she wants the interview to be more than an exercise in self-promotion, Media Matters came up with a handful of questions for Cupp to ask Beck:
- So my bosses here at CNN are allowing me to interview you about your media company, which I also work for and which is actively competing with CNN. How is this interview even happening?
- You bristle at being labeled a "conspiracy theorist" and have tried to distance yourself from people like Alex Jones while positioning The Blaze as a serious news outlet devoted to finding truth. Yet this year you have claimed there's a "very good chance" a May shooting at a Houston airport could have been a "setup" like "the burning of the Reichstag." You also spun a convoluted theory about how the government was covering up Saudi Arabia's supposed involvement in the Boston Marathon bombings. Do you see any conflict between positioning The Blaze as a serious news venture and your tendency to run with stories that would get a reporter laughed out of a traditional news outlet like, say, CNN?
- In recent years you've mostly moved away from the radio shock jock shtick that first made you famous towards your current incarnation as a self-fashioned media mogul/self-help guru/world-important historical figure. Do you regret any of the things you did during your time as a relatively obscure radio host -- like the time you reportedly called the wife of a rival to ridicule her on-air for her recent miscarriage?
- Since you've softened your position on gay marriage, why do you still surround yourself with and promote a variety of vociferous anti-gay bigots like Pastor Ken Hutcherson -- who hosts a Blaze show -- and Pastor David Barton, a man you recently petitioned to run for Senate?
- Do you worry that your own history of sexist comments -- often towards progressive women -- undercuts your ability to express outrage when conservative women are unfairly targeted? Like the time you called Hillary Clinton a "stereotypical bitch" on your radio show, which you later clarified, saying "probably a better word was nag." Or when you mock-vomited into a trash can after discussing Meghan McCain's involvement in a skin cancer PSA in which she bared her shoulders?
- Do you worry that your constant warnings of impending catastrophic global disaster -- "Hindenburg omens," "perfect storms," "Archduke Ferdinand moments," and the End Times, to name a few -- could cause you to lose credibility with your followers when your predictions don't pan out? Do you ever worry about over-promising your audience about the historical importance of your yearly events, which you have labeled "planet course-altering" historical turning points that could represent fulfillments of biblical prophecy?
- What's the status of "Independence, USA," the self-sufficient libertarian city/theme park hybrid you unveiled in January?
According to a tweet from Cupp, her CNN interview with Beck has been rescheduled due to the ice storm in Texas.