REMEMBER THE ALAMO?…. I can appreciate the fact that historical parallels can make for powerful political rhetoric. But the right really should look beyond the Alamo, or at a minimum, realize why it’s foolish.

Earlier this week, after nearly breaking down in tears (again), Glenn Beck told his television audience that they’re not alone: “It’s you and me and the Fox News Channel — the Alamo for truth.”

If this sounds familiar, it’s because Roger Ailes, Fox News’ chief executive, told Glenn Beck in January that he wanted to bolster the Republican network’s opposition to the Democratic administration. “I see this as the Alamo,” Ailes said, according to Beck. “If I just had somebody who was willing to sit on the other side of the camera until the last shot is fired, we’d be fine.”

Um, guys? As I recall, the Alamo didn’t turn out too well. Most of the Americans who fought in the battle were killed.

If Fox News is “the Alamo for truth,” doesn’t that mean it’s the place where the truth gets killed?

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.