Glenn Beck is a shameless liar who could probably teach P.T. Barnum a thing or two about self promotion.
Beck talks endlessly about restoring honor to America and judging a man based on the content of his character. If yesterday's (8/24/2010) "Glenn Beck Show" is any indication, the content of his own character is a few miles south of stellar.
Before the messianic Glenn Beck decided to embark on a mission to restore honor to America and save the world from the ghost of Woodrow Wilson, he should have at least cleaned up his own house.
Yesterday Beck, the self-appointed savior of America, addressed President Obama's habit of running around the world apologizing for America's arrogance.
Beck showed twenty-two seconds of the following clip, which I have cropped exactly the way he did. If you only watch this particular clip you could easily believe that President Obama is an apologist for America.
This is the 22 second clip that Beck played to back up his blatant lie that Mr. Obama is an apologist for America.
Now watch and listen to what President Obama says in the next 1:15.
Does the additional 1:15 change the tone and content of the President's remarks? Gee Wally, I think it did.
Did Glenn Beck accidentally leave out the entire portion of the speech that demonstrated President Obama's thoughtful and reasoned approach to the complex and nuanced world of international relations? Of course not.
Beck knew that viewing the clip beyond the 0:58 point would cause his phony rant to fall apart, so he didn't show it. (If you watch closely you can see Beck nervously motioning to his producers to stop the clip in time).
Beck is certainly not the first person, on the right or the left, to use this deceitful tactic but he's the only one that uses it while constantly talking character, and the importance of always telling the truth.
Glenn Beck is right about one thing: We have a lot of huge problems in this country. But is he the man to solve them when he's nothing more than a shallow thinking, opportunistic charlatan?
Beck's uneasy relationship with the truth is not news to me nor should it be to anyone who has ever listened to him for more than ten minutes. His upcoming 8/28 rally is nothing more than a vehicle to expand the Glenn Beck brand name, sell books, and hook more gullible people into his premium, fee-based website. Even many of his supporters are becoming disenchanted with his "all-about-me" personality.
The unintended consequence of the rally is that Beck will surely increase his stature as a spokeman for the conservative movement, a role that he does not relish. Beck does not want to stump for candidates or appear on "Meet The Press" because he's smart enough to know that the depth of his knowledge withers under pressure. Beck thrives in a tightly controlled environment, not in the rough and tumble world of actual journalism.
Beck claims that the 8/28 rally will be a non-political event yet Sarah Palin is the keynote speaker. Sarah Palin hasn't had a non-political moment since the first time she trotted her Down Syndrome baby onto the national stage.
Glenn Beck wants to be compared favorably to Martin Luther King. He wants to "reclaim the civil rights movement" which up until now has never been closely associated with ultra-conservative Mormons.
When the history books are written Glenn Beck will be considered the modern-day P.T. Barnum, not Martin Luther King. Barnum's knack for separating people from their money is something that Beck has brazenly perfected.
The sad thing about the dishonest spectacle of Glenn Beck and the 8/28 rally is that millions of good, hard-working people in this country believe in him and hang on his every word. They believe in his message. They believe in his convoluted "six degrees of separation" associations that can turn anyone who ever shook hands with William Ayers into a raging Marxist.
It's possible that 300,000 people will show up for Beck's rally this Saturday. They're going to hear what Beck has relentlessly promoted as a "turning point in American history." Beck promises that their children will remember this event for the rest of their lives. In one of Beck's trademark moments of modesty he said, "Fifty years from now people will say, 'I was there.'"
If anything the 8/28 rally will be a turning point in the history of American "huckterism."
Mr. Beck's skills as a broadcaster and a conservative pitchman are almost without equal. He quickly eclipsed Sean Hannity and is nipping at the heels of GOP kingmaker, Rush Limbaugh.
But the content of Beck's character is another story altogether.