Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Beck "Breitbarts" his own words out of context, is hypocrite on Islam

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It is repeatedly said that 64% of the people, after listening to the political demagogues, don’t want the mosque to be built. What would we do if 75% of the people insist that no more Catholic churches be built in New York City? The point being is that majorities can become oppressors of minority rights as well as individual dictators. Statistics of support is irrelevant when it comes to the purpose of government in a free society—protecting liberty.
The outcry over the building of the mosque, near ground zero, implies that Islam alone was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. According to those who are condemning the building of the mosque, the nineteen suicide terrorists on 9/11 spoke for all Muslims. This is like blaming all Christians for the wars of aggression and occupation because some Christians supported the neo-conservatives’ aggressive wars.
This is all about hate and Islamaphobia.
We now have an epidemic of “sunshine patriots” on both the right and the left who are all for freedom, as long as there’s no controversy and nobody is offended.
Political demagoguery rules when truth and liberty are ignored.
August 24, 2010
On his Fox show on August 23rd, Beck referred to the Huffington Post story about him appearing on Good Morning America in 2006 with Feisal Abdul Rauf, the iman behind the proposed cultural center near ground zero. Beck showed his viewers a clip from that interview, but he cut it off there and again earlier on the radio to make sure his audiences didn't hear him declare that Islam is "a beautiful religion."

"We must be close to winning the fight. How do I know? Someone told me today...to read...the Huffington Post. Here was the headline. Look at this:"

"Look at that. It's in like arial 58 font, and it had to be huge news and I said 'what about huh'? Let's look at the damning evidence from the President's favorite news source. They claim that I'm being hypocritical because supposedly I supported the ground zero iman way back in 2006...I couldn't even remember meeting the guy. Here's the exchange from a guest appearance I did with Diane Sawyer and Iman Rauf. They were talking about radicals being quote a small group of people."

Sawyer: Let me talk to Glenn Beck.  The Iman Rauf said this is a group of people. This is not about him. This is a group of people.

Beck: I it's a small portion of Islam that is uhhh acting in these ways, but I believe it is important uhhh for all of us to look evil in the eye and crush it.

Beck then continued, "You know what the Huffington Post actually in the story that I was endorsing him because I say "sure...sure." That's it? Are you kidding me? That's your argument? You know how close we are to winning, America, if that's what they're down to. Sure. Sure. I never even heard of this guy before I did this appearance and quite honestly until today I didn't even remember this appearance. I was agreeing ... that most of Islam is a peaceful religion. Sure. Sure. I knew nothing about Rauf at the time. No reasonable human being would take that reaction as a full endorsement of this iman."

It was the progressive, media watchdogs, Media Matters, that uncovered this clip and published the clip and the whole segment follows:

Beck also reacted to this story on his radio show. The following clip is available on The Right Scoop:


It's clear, first of all, that Beck said more on GMA than what he allowed on his Fox show and more than what  he and his sidekicks on his radio show permitted to be played back. Next, the Huffington Post story, now entitled "Glenn Beck, Iman Rauf both Denounced Radical Islam In 2006" does not accuse Beck of hypocrisy on this matter, although the story was updated at 12:47 p.m. that day. Either they edited that out of the story, or Beck is lying. On their site Media Matters wrote that Beck "... has specifically targeted Imam Rauf with blatant falsehoods and hypocritical attacks in a desperate attempt to smear him as a radical." They both point out that Beck appears to gesture toward Rauf as he discusses "good Muslims."

Beck's hypocrisy has nothing to do with his "sure...sure." It has to do with his statement that Islam is "a beautiful religion" in 2006 and his complete undermining of that sentiment on this episode of his show when he described an assassination of a Dutch film maker in the street by a Muslim fanatic and his guest, Frank Gaffney described how "Islamists...are advancing the take down...of America." Beck's hypocrisy also has to do with Beck asking on his radio show, "[A]fter you've killed 3,000 people, you're going to now build a mosque"? THIS is why Beck is a hypocrite on this matter, not his "sure...sure." 

You know how desperate Beck is in his fight
when he has to "Breitbart" a recording of his own words!

Also worth noting is that Beck couldn't remember meeting the guy until August 23rd. In the criticism that Beck is not qualified to have a show on mainstream media, The Review has suggested that Beck acts burnt-out from his years of cocaine, marijuana and alcohol use; and this memory loss supports that argument.

It was interesting to see how in 2006 Beck described radical Islam as a cancer spreading. So there are two "cancers" that reactionaries like Beck has to fight: progressivism and radical Islam. That was the reason he had Frank Gaffney on his show:

So for Beck and Gaffney, progressives, who want the government to protect the American people from the excesses, the greed and abuses of American and other corporations are on the same plane, no pun intended, as the radical Islamists who want to destroy the United States. 

In the previous post, it was pointed out that what Beck and the Islamaphobia that Pamela Geller, and their ilk are perpetuating is undermining U.S. security. Today, NPR ran a story confirming this as reported at Mediaite:

Glenn Beck needs to take stock of this situation, pray on it, read Ron Paul's words and understand that he is, again, undermining U.S. national security. He is also undermining, as Paul pointed out, precisely what Beck is supposed to cherish: liberty. Beck is undermining the Constitution, something that he's often claiming progressives of doing, probably lying about the Huffington Post story and helping endanger American security by siding with the mob. Once again, Beck is a hypocrite, a liar and a charlatan, in this case a dangerous charlatan!
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