Monday, July 19, 2010

The divisive quality of Glenn Beck's character

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On his show on Fox last Friday, July 16th, Glenn Beck once again is Restoring History, this time by reclaiming civil rights from those who have been championing civil rights for years such as civil rights leader Al Sharpton. The civil rights, Beck tells his audience, are "individual rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The unifying principle for Beck's claim to the mantle of civil rights leader is "character."

Has high moral character?

Beck's argument in his opening segment is that Martin Luther King did not call for a redistribution of wealth, like Beck who works tirelessly to make sure his audience supports low taxes on the wealthy elites in the United States. To that end, he deceives his audience on a routine basis. (See the long list of posts in the "Contents" section here under the category, Beck's false claims.) He was deemed last year by the liberal, media watchdog group, Media Matters for America as the "Misinformer of the Year."

The example relevant to this episode is Beck's claim that Martin Luther King did not call for a redistribution of wealth. Is Beck correct? In his book, Judgement Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Laws that Changed America by Nick Kotz, he writes that on a trip to Mississippi in 1968, King stated, "It didn't cost one penny to integrate lunch counters" and "[i]t didn't cost one penny to guarantee the right to vote." However, King added, "we are now dealing with issues that cannot be solved without the nation spending billions of dollars and undergoing a radical redistribution of power." Something else King said makes it even more how wrong Beck is again: "True compassion," King declared, "is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."

Once again, Beck is misinforming his audience.  His supporters are adamant that Glenn Beck doesn't lie. But it gets even worse. Beck told his audience that yes, there are racist elements in the Tea Party and he claimed without substantiating it there are racists in the NACCP. "Shouldn't we stand shoulder to shoulder against those people?" he asked. This was asked by a man who spend much of the week race-baiting the President of the United States and claimed a link between the racist New Black Panther Party and the White House. In what universe do anti-racists use race-baiting to make an argument? Answer: in Glenn Beck's world of self-delusion.

Beck continued: "Racism is a human problem...since I don't know when." Martin Luther King wanted people to unite. "What do we unite on?" Beck asked. The notebook used for transcription of Beck's words was set down when he added: "We unite on character."

Beck has gall to mention character. The misinformer of the year, the man who routinely and purposefully quotes out of context to distort the meaning of people's words, the man who pulls facts from down under (not referring to Australia either) and the man who demonstrates fairly routinely an utter lack of principles is going to unite the nation on "character." In that quest, Beck was also deemed "Fear-monger-in-chief" last year by the Anti-Defamation League.

The principles that Beck demonstrates sheer hypocrisy over cover free speech, use of the N word (Nazi), honesty, and now, uniting the country when Beck and Fox "News" has been doing their utmost to divide this country against this Obama Administration. This is also the point of hypocrisy of Beck's 9-12 organization. They want this country to become as united as we were on the day after the 9-11 attacks by opposing our President!

Note to Glenn Beck: opposing the President is not uniting; it is dividing! Glenn Beck, the hypocrite of the year, has no business claiming the high ground when it comes to character. Correction, the business of Glenn Beck is claiming the high ground while constantly taking the low road and delivering low blows to his foes. For more on Beck's hypocrisy, click the "Contents" link above and see Beck's hypocrisy: where this post is to be filed shortly.

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