Last week, my friend and colleague, Congressman Anthony Weiner, did something very good, and very gutsy.
He released a report on Goldline, Glenn Beck's prime advertising sponsor. Weiner's report showed that this firm, which sells gold coins, rips off its customers while benefitting directly from Beck's Chicken Little lunacy about the economy. Every time Beck screams that there is an impending Obama-led government takeover of the economy and your savings aren't safe, he's making a sales pitch for this sleazy advertiser.
You see, Beck's ratings have recently crashed, and most of his reputable advertisers have deserted him. So he's resorted to scaring - and then cheating - his viewers.
Now that he's been exposed, Beck has spent the last week using his big media platform to attack and undermine Weiner - he even set up an attack website designed to damage Weiner's political standing.
This is what happens when someone with guts actually takes on power. Power strikes back.
This collusion between big media, conservative commentators, and quack economics is a scam, but it is powerful if it remains unopposed. And we need to support people like Weiner, who have the guts to go after right-wing lunacy at the source.
He showed guts. He deserves our support.