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I have a Glen Beck problem

July 29, 2009

From Politico 44:

FOX News host Glenn Beck dialed up his rhetoric against President Obama Tuesday, branding the president a “racist” in an appearance on the morning show “Fox and Friends.”

Beck charged that the president’s handling of the controversy over the arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. displayed a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”

“I’m not saying he doesn’t like white people, I’m saying he has a problem,” Beck said. “This guy is, I believe, a racist.”

So basically he’s not saying he hates white people, he’s just saying he has a “deep-seated hatred” for white people and white culture.  Okay.  I’m glad Mr. Beck cleared that up because it makes complete sense now.  I wonder what gives Mr. Beck this impression?  Is it the fact the he spoke up in defense of his friend, who may or may not have been a victim of a systemic practice of racial targeting at his own home?  Whether you agree with the president or not on this (for the record, I believe the president should have been more informed before he spoke), I do not question the fact the president spoke with emotion and sincerity about a topic (racial profiling), that is close to him and to a lot of other Americans.

Based upon that, the president is now a racist who hates white people, and white culture.  What people and culture is Beck referring to?  White police culture?  White Fox News? His white mother Ann Dunham?  His children, who have white blood flowing through their veins?  I cannot begin to say how irresponsibly arrogant and bigoted Beck’s rant was.  It was reckless and defamatory, not to mention disrespectful and wrong.   Beck was simply trying to mask his own racist attitudes by projecting them onto someone else.  Where is congressman McCotter’s outrage on this issue?  (More on him later)

Thank you Mr. Beck.  We are all fortunate to have your high-powered perception cleaving through the layers of hypocrisy, and restoring truth for our benefit.  How does it feel being an attention whore and polemical race-baiter?  Fox News enabling this phony is ludicrous, but far from surprising.  They don’t get those high ratings from actually being “fair and balanced” folks.

It’s illogical to slander someones point of view without knowing how that point of view originated. Knowing the cause helps to shape the solution.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Weidner permalink
    July 29, 2009 7:52 pm

    You asked what gives Glenn Beck the right to call the president a racist…the First Amendment, I believe.

    I think Beck’s wrong, by the way. On the other hand, if I had a dime for every time Bush was called a racist, I could retire. The word gets tossed around way too much – in my humble opinion – so that it loses its effectiveness.

    I happen to believe that the vast majority of Americans – white and black – harbor a certain degree of prejudices and mistrust toward other races. It’s because we haven’t really walked a mile in the other guy’s shoes. I wouldn’t use the ‘R’ word to describe them, however. Naive might be a better description.

  2. Matthew Wright permalink*
    July 29, 2009 8:20 pm

    HA! Such a simple straight-forward answer Mike. It’s a good one though.

    We all have our inner prejudices, but I think what makes Beck so ridiculous is that he’s a blatant agitator. He tries to juice up his audience by being outlandish.

    I think the word racist is used more for shock value now than anything else.

  3. Lisa permalink
    July 31, 2009 10:20 am

    That is why he has a TV show – he stirs up people’s emotions and opinions on issues. I don’t think it’s even safe to say that Glenn Beck personally believes many of the things he says on air. It’s a TV show. He must get good ratings, and that is his goal.

  4. Matthew Wright permalink*
    July 31, 2009 10:24 am

    Glen Beck knows nothing about real issues, just like Rush Limbaugh knows nothing about issues that affect everyday people. They are radio shock-jocks who stir the pot. You’re correct. Shock sells big time, and that’s why he’s on the air. However, you can’t defame someone just to move the meter. It’s shameless in my opinion.

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