The bit went as follows:
Obermann: It is the self-whitewashing part that is the news here. This is what he said on August 5th. Another part of the [straining his voice] Mountain Dew and Cheetos paroxysm.
racist or buffoon?
Beck: What planet have I landed on? Did I slip through a wormhole in the middle of the night, and this looks like America. It's like the damn planet of the apes. Nothing makes sense.
Olbermann: Right. During one of those diatribes against the President, he asked the rhetorical question, does this look like the planet of the apes. No racism there. When it came time to transform this spiel into a piece over at the Fox News website, we instead got, "What planet have I landed on? On what planet does this look sustainable? Probably the same one where Andy Stern is on the financial oversight committee. He was in Return to the Planet of the Apes, right? Is this who we want to cater to and take advice from? Unions? They're the ones who are bankrupting us. Even Fixed News felt is had to clean up something Beck said, but since nobody can control him over there, they won't try to stop him from saying that on television.
There is at least one problem with this "whitewashing." The transcripts on the Fox News website rarely, if ever, matches what Beck actually says during his show. They are believed to be the scripts that are in front of Beck on his teleprompter, and Beck often riffs on what he is saying. It's not a "whitewashed;" it's the difference between what Beck plans on saying and what he actually says.
As guest blogger, Aunty Em, at Newshounds, noted on March 14th, "However, [Beck] went off the rails when you said, according to your own transcript (which always differs wildly from what you actually say....) On May 2nd, she wrote, "Much of the time, when quoting Beck’s show, I just grab what I laughingly call “the official transcript” over at the Fox News site and warn the reader how inaccurate usually it is. I am being disingenuous. I suspect “the official transcript” is what appears in the teleprompter when he’s in front of the camera." [Emphasis added]
The second possible flaw in Olbermann's observation is that Beck was being racist with that comment. More likely, Beck was just being Beck: outrageous, absurd and disconnected from reality. Beck thrives on controversy, and he generated it again. If it was an unconscious, racist slip, as Olbermann guessed, then more will pop out in the months to come. Critics will catch it as Beck continues to demonstrate that he's becoming even more unhinged than the month before. It keeps his ratings high, but only on a propaganda outfit like Fox "News."
Update, August 14, 2010: An article at Salon.com by Joan Walsh has made the argument that Beck's reference to the Planet of the Apes did have racist overtones. See "It's like the damn Planet of the Apes."
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