Friday, January 11, 2013

Beck's dog Victor

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Glenn Beck has been maintaining a link on his website entitled "Thank you Victor." For reasons obvious to some, who read this Review, that drew the attention of this blogger. It seems that his dog, Victor, was getting close to death in mid-December, and Beck is giving him a tribute as his devoted guard dog while distorting the story about why he obtained a German Shepard after the 9/11 attacks.


Via Beck's website:
It was right after 9/11 that I received my first death threat. It was from a Muslim extremist that said he would kill me and my whole family if I didn’t stop talking.
What Mr. Beck neglects to impart to his gullible and low-information audience is what he was saying in the aftermath of the attacks on the U.S. homeland by reactionary, militant Islamists. In his biography of Glenn Beck, after listening to old tapes of Mr. Beck on the radio, including right after 9/11, author Alex Zaitchik wrote(1) that Beck said, on the air:
We should absolutely release everything that we have. Let them see the fury of the United States when it is fully unleashed. You think we have enemies now? Wait until we take out Libya, Afghanistan, Palestine...Any [country] with ties to bin Laden I wouldn't mind turning into a giant glowing parking lot.
Two points here worth noting. 1) Glenn Beck is calling for genocide against entire nations which, putting it mildly, is pretty "extremist." If some ignorant radio blowhard called for the extermination of the people of the United States, many Americans would call in a death threats against him.  2) Beck has made a fortune on his ignorance which seems to be exceeded by that of his followers who believe the common nonsense he spews on a daily basis. In this case, he didn't mention Saudi Arabia from where most of the hijackers were from, and Palestinians, like Iraqis, had nothing to do with the attacks of 9/11.

Tears if a clown

Of course, Beck shed tears explaining to his audience that he was about to lose his dog. It is sad to lose a pet, but Beck cherry picked the facts regarding the reason why he obtained Victor, thereby deceiving his "addicted" followers yet again. This isn't news; the irony of "Thank you, Victor" was too delicious to pass on without comment.

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1) Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance by Alexander Zaitchik (Hoboken) John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2010, p. 75.