Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I Hate Hatemongers. That Means You, Glenn Beck.

The most important mainstream media figure who has repeatedly helped to stoke the fires of anti-government anger is right-wing media host Glenn Beck, who has a TV show on FOX News and a popular syndicated radio show. While other conservative media hosts, such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, routinely attack Obama and his administration, typically on partisan grounds, they have usually dismissed or refused to give a platform to the conspiracy theorists and anti-government extremists. This has not been the case with Glenn Beck. Beck and his guests have made a habit of demonizing President Obama and promoting conspiracy theories about his administration.

ADL Special Report. Rage Grows in America.

People like Beck make it hard, sometimes, to be a full and total advocate of Free Speech. Now do I think he has crossed the threshold to be, as a practical matter, shouting fire in a crowded theatre? Not objectively so, he avoids criminal liablity, only by a hair's breadth. Make that a cilia's breadth.

And a note further by yours truly. O'Reilly, to my mind, is now dead even with Beck. When he had ex CNN host Lou Dobbs on his show, recently, he kept pimping this awful association of Obama with Satan.

No, Mr. O'Reilly. The mere fact you asked in the form of a question does not absolve you of the distinction of being some hate-mongering partisan politcal pimp.


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