Friday, June 25, 2010

The Week in Summary: Beck's Self-Promotion...

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The following is a summary of this week in Beck as presented by the progressive media watch dog group:

Beck spent this week smearing his nemeses, George Soros and President Obama, and defending Senator Joe McCarthy! Most of Beck's audience remember McCathy from personal experience.

MM: when Glenn Beck wasn't busy smearing President Obama and George Soros with blatantly false and absurd conspiracy theories or devoting entire shows to defending Joe McCarthy's legacy, he was promoting his upcoming 8-28 rally in Washington, D.C. After Beck discovered that he accidentally scheduled the rally on the 60th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, he saw a great opportunity to engage in his favorite pastime: delusional self-promotion.

According to Beck, his rally's scheduling was "almost divine providence" because King's legacy has been "corrupted." As a result, Beck has repeatedly characterized his rally as a way to "reclaim the civil rights movement," saying things like "we were the people that did it in the first place." As usual, every Beck story needs a villain, and he has blamed the "distortion" of the civil rights movement on -- you guessed it -- "progressives." As Stephen Colbert put it: "Finally, someone is bringing Martin Luther King's movement back to its conservative white roots."

As reported by Media Matters' Will Bunch, top U.S. civil rights leaders have accused Beck of "hijacking" King's legacy, and have planned a counter-rally the same day as Beck's.

"Beck is hijacking the imagery and symbolism of August 28 and the Lincoln Memorial to promote an agenda of intolerance," said Marc H. Morial, the former New Orleans mayor who is now president and CEO of the National Urban League, one of the counter-rally organizers, said earlier tonight in a telephone interview.

The Morial-led Urban League is teaming with well-known activists such as the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network in planning a "mass rally" and march that will begin at a high school in Northeast Washington. Morial said that one of King's surviving children, Martin Luther King III, is also on board.Less than three miles away, the Fox News Channel host and former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are headlining a heavily promoted rally called "Restoring Honor."

According to Beck, his rally "will be remembered in American history as the turning point," and "is going to be one for the history books," because it will be seen in 100 or 200 years as the "moment America turned the corner."  

Based on the way Beck has promoted the rally, hopefully this "turning point" will be the moment everyone in the country stopped taking Beck seriously.

The Choice:


The political faction of Beck's American reactionaries will rally to "restore honor" in front of Lincoln Memorial.  That Glenn Beck either lies or is extremely ignorant, a hypocrite and a fraud, an anti-intellectual (unless one agrees with Beck) and a yellow propagandist does not stop him from the biggest hypocrisy of the year.

 Restoring honor is what Beck needs to do for himself first. 
Only then he would be on better moral ground to lead a nation in any direction.


The actual civil rights movement coalition of liberals, religious organizations and progressives will counter march else where. More information on this forthcoming here on The Glenn Beck Review.

Which one do you think makes more sense to attend?


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Anonymous said...

Beck's rally will be remembered by those who attend. Nobody else is fooled by his act.
MLK jr must be turning in his grave, having this guy use him as a tool.
Jesus wept.

The Glenn Beck Review said...

I heard a comment on Larry King that I thought was great: The Founding Fathers wouldn't have lunch with Glenn Beck.