Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Another example of Beck's hypocrisy: this time on "credibility"

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On Martin Luther King Day this week, Glenn Beck used the occasion to try to make the comparison of those in King's time trying to blame King for the violence that rocked the 1960's and those in the media now trying to blame Beck, the Tea Party personalities and other commentators on the reactionary right for inciting violence during the last two years. Beck pointed specifically at an ABC special with Christiane Amanpour during which a tea party organizer was allegedly threatened while speaking by one of the wounded survivors of the Tuscon tragedy of January 7th. This clip was extracted from the news blog, Mediaite, where Beck is covered extensively.

The author of the story, Jon Bershad, accurately noted that Beck "seemed to actually get his own reporting of the story wrong. Twice he said that Fuller had held up a picture of Tucson Tea Party co-chairTrent Humphries while saying “You’re dead” when all news outlets (as far as I’m aware) have reported that Fuller merely took a picture." Apparently Beck's rude and deceitful  slight, "nobody watches" ABC, did not count as a typical Beck lie: arrogant and inaccurate. In fact, more people watched This Week with Christiane Amanpour than those that watch Beck's Fox show on a given day.

Bershad did note, "However, when one is doing a segment attacking the credibility of another media outlet, one should be absolutely certain that you get your own facts straight." Did this "journalist" draw the obvious conclusion that Beck's railing against the inaccuracy and/or inadequacy of another networks' coverage of this apparent threat? It was hypocritical for Beck to question another news outlet's credibility when Beck himself is not just a habitual liar but flat-out lying about This Week's viewers and getting the facts of the situation wrong.

Add this episode to the long and growing list of Glenn Beck's blatant hypocrisies. It's safe to guess that this will not be the last time Beck exhibits naked hypocrisy on his show. The hidden hypocrisy in Beck's monologue is the fact that Beck has inspired violence in the last year, three times.

The obvious question that needs to be asked is when are the reporters covering Mr. Beck going to start reporting on this clear and present flaw in Beck's character? In fairness to Mr. Bershad, he concludes this story by noting, "Beck overreached and tried to paint ABC News as liars and, in the end, succeeded in mostly just shooting himself in the foot." Mr. Bershad, the word is hypocrisy.  Mainstream journalists need to spell it out; Beck's loyal viewers are not the most competent at reading between the lines if the message is critical of their hero.
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Unknown said...

See this CBS site which says - "Authorities say Fuller, a military veteran and self-described liberal, began ranting at the end of ABC's "This Week" program with Christiane Amanpour, then took a picture of Tucson Tea Party leader Trent Humphries and yelled, "You're dead." "

See the link - http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20028762-504083.html

The Glenn Beck Review said...

So you're confirming that Beck had his facts wrong which is what Bershad pointed out. Beck also lied through his teeth about the number of viewers This Week has.

How many lies does Beck need to tell you before he loses credibility with you?

Unknown said...

The lie in your above article is that Fuller merely took a sign with him and did not actually make a threat. The CBS report says he did in fact make the threat. As for the ratings and viewers I will check that out but lets be honest thats kinda minor and extremely knit picky. I mean Fox News is the highest rated news channel. Just not sure about the ratings of those to individual shows.

The Glenn Beck Review said...

Nicholas, that's not the point of contention. Fuller was not holding up a picture as Beck stated twice. In my view, claiming that "nobody watches" This Week is a far more flagrant lie since Amanpour actually has more viewers than Beck on a given night.

No one is arguing that Fuller did not make a threat. It's the picture that Beck falsely claimed he was holding up. He had a camera. Can you not grasp that Beck routinely gets his facts wrong?

Unknown said...

GBR, read the entire CBS news report one more time. It clearly says, "then took a picture of Tucson Tea Party leader Trent Humphries and yelled, "You're dead."" So there was a picture and there was a threat. End of story. Not a lie. As for the viewers of This Week, that was merely his opinion and to be honest I have never heard of the show and had to look up when it came on television. In my area it comes on Sunday at 11:00 am. The Glenn Beck show, (which I also had to look up), comes on Monday through Friday at 5:00 pm. The Glenn Beck program has more weekly viewers than This Week. So really your sticking with Glenn Beck lied because in his opionon nobody watches This Week? Technically, based on that logic, you sir are also a liar "since Amanpour actually has more viewers than Beck on a given night." A flat out lie, since Amanpour has zero viewers Monday through Friday, so she actually only has more viewers on Sunday and they tie with zero viewers on Saturday.

The Glenn Beck Review said...

Nicolas, what part of "nobody watches" do you not understand. Beck lied. I did not; what I wrote was "more people watched This Week with Christiane Amanpour than those that watch Beck's Fox show on a given day." What part of ON ANY GIVEN DAY do you not understand? Beck has been pulling in a respectable 2.2 million or so viewers on average. Your lack of reading comprehension is not my lie. This Week pulls about 3.3 million viewers, more than Beck.

If you want to accuse me of lying, fair enough. Go for it but back your accusations up. Again, that you didn't understand I was comparing her Sunday morning show with Beck's show on a given night, does not make me a liar; it makes you a poor reader. If I'm wrong, point to the statistics or URL that makes your case.