It's important to remember when watching conservatives discuss the Middle East that many of them see events over there on a slightly larger scale than world politics. Back in 2006, numerous conservative media figures -- including Glenn Beck and Pat Robertson -- used unrest in the Middle East to question whether we were facing an "impending Apocalypse."
In fact, prominent conservatives regularly dabble in Biblical Armageddon soothsaying. In recent weeks, Beck has hosted End Times-obsessed Joel Rosenberg to forward Apocalyptic talk about an Islamic Caliphate. (Beck previously hosted Rosenberg on his CNN show to examine "end of days scenarios.")
As we documented, last year prominent conservative pastor John Hagee released a book positing that we are fast-approaching Biblical Armageddon. Beck endorsed Hagee's "excellent" book, and said that "a lot of the pieces that have never been here for the prophecy are here now."
In this vein, Fox Nation is currently asking if a video of the Egyptian protests shows evidence of the "Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse":
As Mediaite's Colby Hall points out, the, uh, "story" originated with a straight news report from Euronews before making the jump to conspiracy-peddlers WorldNetDaily. Fox & Friends weekend anchor Clayton Morris then ran with it, prompting the Fox Nation post.
In the part of his post excerpted by Fox Nation, Morris writes that the video shows a "pale green image that resembles an erect rider atop a horse in Medieval-like barding," and asks, "Is this the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse?"
I'm going to go out on a limb and say: No, Fox Nation -- that is not the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse.
Note: If I'm wrong about this, I'm willing to issue a correction... but that will be the least of my worries.