Review may not agree with every detail of analysis done on The Report, but when differences arise they will be pointed out in this post or in response to comments made below. The first point of difference is in the Report's use of "deconstruction," specifically with regard to the 12 values and 9 principles. In the view of this Review, Beck's words and ideas are not worthy of this approach. Deconstruction is a critical analysis of literary works and law. Thus, this Review has preferred the phrase "critical analysis" to the loftier efforts of deconstruction.
The Glenn Beck Report "deconstructs" Beck's 12 values in one post. Those values are: 1) honesty, 2) reverence, 3) hope, 4) thrift, 5) humility, 6) charity, 7) sincerity, 8) moderation, 9) hard work, 10) courage, 11) personal responsibility and finally 12) gratitude. The Report points out the contradictions and hypocrisy of Beck to support these values.
image of courage
The Report "deconstructs" Beck's 9 principles in separate posts:
- America is good.
- I believe in God, and He is the center of my life.
- I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
- The family is sacred.
- If you break the law, you pay the penalty.
- I have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
- The government cannot force me to be charitable.
- It is not un-American to disagree with authority
- The government works for me. I do not answer to them; they answer to me.
The authors of The Report have challenged Beck out to a "collegiate L-D style debate lengthened to use 1 hour on any issue you dispute on this website." That won't happen, but it's fun to contemplate. They have also defined many words that Beck misuses: communism, socialism, Marxism, fascism, nazism, progressivism and secularism. They offer a history of progressivism, so people can understand exactly what it is that Beck renders as a "cancer."
In contrast to this Review, where a lengthy, 2-part post by a Mormon critical of Mr. Beck has been reprinted, they offer a critical analysis of Mormonism, a "crackpot cult." Where this Review has offered a dialogical analysis of a couple of segments on his Fox show, The Report offers a minute by minute analysis of his June 29th and June 30th shows. The Report has a lengthy post entitled "Glenn Beck lies," and another one that is a "Lie of the Day Archive." One of those has to do with Beck's lie about Shirley Sherrod, but they missed what Beck had said on the radio before falsely claiming on Fox that he had only defended her.
Beck's Review image
Another contrast between this Review and the Report is the image chosen for Mr. Beck. The hope of this Review was that at least some of Beck's supporters would take the time to read this and consider that Beck may the be what he portrays himself to be. The Report's "image of courage" (above) may serve as more of an instant turn off rendering the critical analysis moot and unread. It's become clear, however, that his followers are intensely attached to Mr. Beck emotionally and their biased assimilation of analysis contained within this Review puts them on the offensive in their defense of this liar, hypocrite and fraud. No post here demonstrates this better than the article explaining that Beck lied, (white lies and flagrant lies) during his 8-28 "Restoring Honor" speech. Honor? What honor?
the whole truth? Not!
Their "Word on Indoctrination" is not about Glenn Beck but does cover the GOP. Mostly it warns parents about how their words affect their children, and it's worth reading. Finally, they have a September 19th post that warrants brief review. At the "Right Nation" convention in Chicago on the 17th this month, Beck said, “Get away from my french fries, Mrs. Obama. First politician that comes up to me with a carrot stick, I’ve got a place for it. And it’s not in my tummy.” The Report's retort was, "When did the Republicans become so desperate and cynical that they let a bastard like Beck stand before them and threaten Michelle Obama?" As appropriate that response was to Beck's crass notion, this Review has avoided - often with great discipline - calling Mr. Beck names. That allows Beck to accuse critical bloggers of "name calling." Since Beck likes to call the President and his men weasels, this one of Beck's many hypocrisies called out here on the Review. In fact, Glenn Beck is not a bastard; he's arrogant with his ignorance and deceitful with his "truth." Lies and hypocrisy are enough to send any elected politician to the private sector for good on election day. For the Tea Party, these qualities are called sincere, Christian patriotism. That demonstrates just how gifted and persuasive the con artist, Glenn Beck, is. God help us.
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Thanks for the ink, Victor.
Actually, one can manage to become a bastard by their actions, much the same way as being a sperm donor does not qualify you as a father. In Beck's case, I'd say he was more than qualified to be a bastard.
I don't see the problem in calling Beck names. TGBR isn't a sanctuary, it's a site run by 2 atheists, one of which is a kinder, gentler activist and one who is growing impatient with Idiot America and especially its effing liars at the head of the class. (As you may have gathered, I'm not the kinder, gentler one). Sometimes people need to be shocked into reality and words are the way to do it. When Beck made the carrot remark, he didn't use the word "ass" but everybody in the room knew he meant it. So I want to make it CLEAR when I think he's a bastard, I'll call him one. I don't want anyone to have to guess.
William; you're welcome. There are lots of names that one might want to call Mr. Beck, but I still insist that it degrades legitimate criticism and falls into the trap Beck sets when he refers to critical blogs as merely "name calling."
When I call him a liar and a hypocrite, I'm not name calling. I'm stating facts. Shocking his supporters is not likely to help them understand that they are following someone not worthy of their love.
One word describes Glenn Beck clear and best.....hemorroid!
Papa Hemp, in Common Nonsense, author Zaitchik argues that Beck cannot be briefly summed up. The more I find out about Mr. Beck, the more I have to agree.
He may be a pain in the ass, but he's a very gifted pain in the ass, an entertainment genius really.
Anyone you disagree with might be a pain in the ass, but Beck transcends that simple notion. Critically, he's a deceiver and a hypocrite. Supporters seem to believe him when he talks about his honesty. They think that he's a hero.
If I were to choose the single best word that describes Mr. Beck, it would be "fake," "fraud," or "charlatan." He's not educated. He's not with the people who watch him. He's arrogant in his ignorant assertions. His tears are fake.
The more you know about his, the harder he is to quickly summarize.
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