The odious Glenn Beck has every right to his rally

Glenn Beck is a clever and amoral huckster who inflames and incites the lowest passions of his audience in order to keep them entertained. There is nothing too base for him to say; no lie too odious for him to repeat; no smear too vile for him to include as part of his schtick.
He has called President Obama a racist repeatedly. And he is so ignorant of the civil rights movement that he once claimed that U.S. John Lewis (D-Atlanta) was trying to mimic a civil rights leader. Ahem. John Lewis was a civil rights leader — a rather famous one.
Beck has no appreciation for or understanding of Dr. King’s philosophy, which was based on the theological concept of social justice. As a minister, King preached and lived that philosophy. Beck has denounced the very idea of social justice as a theological concept.
You can understand why some civil rights activists are offended that Beck has chosen to schedule his rally at the Lincoln Memorial for August 28, a date that holds a special place in the hearts of many Americans because Dr. King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the Washington Mall on that date.
Still, Beck has every right to his rally. Why? He is protected by the very same Bill of Rights he would deny to others.

From the WaPo:

Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally, with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin among the scheduled speakers, will take place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, 47 years to the day after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech there.

The conservative talk show host announced in November that he wanted to reveal a “100 year plan for America” at the Lincoln Memorial. More recently, he said that the purpose of his Aug. 28 event is to restore the country’s “values” and to pay tribute to military families.

“There will be absolutely no politics involved,” he said. “This rally will honor the troops, unite the American people under the principles of integrity and truth, and make a pledge to restore honor within ourselves and our country.”

Civil rights leaders have denounced Beck’s plans, questioning his motives for choosing the date and place, which they said are historically symbolic of the country’s civil rights movement.

Responding to the criticism on his show June 28, Beck said he believes it was “divine providence” that the rally was scheduled on the anniversary of the King speech. He said he had initially planned the event for Sept. 12 and then realized it was a Sunday. “I’m not going to ask anyone to work on the Sabbath,” he said. He rescheduled the rally for Aug. 28 because it was the best day for the schedules of the people involved, he said.

“It was not my intention to select 8-28 because of the Martin Luther King tie. It is the day he made that speech. I had no idea until I announced it and I walked offstage and my researchers said, New York Times has already just published that this is [the same day as the King speech] — and I said, ‘Oh, jeez.’ “

I don’t believe for one minute that Beck didn’t choose the date intentionally. Of course, he did — to be provocative. And his declaration that the rally won’t be political is a flat-out lie. Sarah Palin is among the speakers. Of course, it will be political.

Demagogues like Beck whip up the passions of a crowd, who then believe they should be able to impose their views on others. But the US Constitution protects the rights of minorities from the inflamed passions of a mob. That same Bill of Rights allows Beck his rally on the mall on any date that the US Park Service gives him a permit.

There is one thing Beck said with which I agree:”. . Whites don’t own Abraham Lincoln. Blacks don’t own Martin Luther King. Humans, humans embrace their ideas or reject their ideas.”

No, black people don’t own MLK. He belongs to America — an America much better because of the life he lived. Beck doesn’t seem to believe in that America, but I don’t believe King would have tried to deny him his rally on Aug. 28.

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Had enough yet?

August 18th, 2010
9:16 am

Cynthia, yesterday you either omitted or edited a few posts because they were too long. What about “Glen Beck Lies” at 9:13 am? Oops, guess she supports your views.

T-Town

August 18th, 2010
9:17 am

Ms. Tucker: Must say some of the responds today are quite animated and amusing to say the lest. So I will add mine: I don’t listen Beck or anyone else for that matter (I listen to music which is quite calming. Would advise some of the bloggers to do the same. Many need it) and didn’t know until now with your blog he was having a rally. Have a suggestion: If you don’t like what a person says, whether it’s Beck, Palin, Lewis, or whom ever….don’t listen. I can assure you that no matter what the right says, 99.9 of the left won’t like it and 99.9 of the right won’t like what the left says. Simple, don’t like it, don’t listen.

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
9:17 am

pseudo …wow. such a big boy word.

JohnnyReb

August 18th, 2010
9:17 am

Glenn Beck Lies @ 9:13 – just a heads up, if Ms Tucker does not like what you post, she may tell you the post is too long and if you have that much to say, start your own blog.

Jose

August 18th, 2010
9:17 am

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
9:10 am
Jose

why in heavens name would I ever engage in a debate with youever again?

it’s a major time waster

if you can’t click on an easy link that is your problem

So you let other people speak for you granny? Thats rich, and typical liberal. I ask you to show one false comment by Beck and you post a link to a person stating their opinion on Beck lying. Not facts, opinion. You state opinions when facts are needed. Did you get past high school honey?

paleo neo-Carlinist

August 18th, 2010
9:18 am

JohnnyReb, I think I half agree with you. I don’t know that “social justice” in and of itself, “discrimination” but I would agree that America (specifically the left) seems to have employed discrimination (afirmative action, minorty quotas, etc.) in an effort to END discrimination. but in my humble neo-Carlinist opinion, the call to arms to end discrimination or in Dr. King’s words, acheive “social justice” is something of pipe dream. this is because it is not possible (especially for the government) to administer or guarantee “justice”. justice is a commodity, which like any other is traded and bartered by politicians, judges, attorneys, et al. you have to “buy low” and “sell high” and the sad fact is; most Americans, especially the poor and disenfranchised are not permitted on the trading floor when the market is in session. I have great respect for Dr. King’s “dream” but I think it was just that, a dream.

TaxPayer

August 18th, 2010
9:18 am

Do people actually listen to Glenn Beck. I tried listening to him one time and in a matter of minutes, I knew he was just another blowhard like Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. Tools for fools.

Aaronkemp

August 18th, 2010
9:18 am

Dear Cynthia: please try to ignore the illiterate masses as their ugly comments appear in reaction to your artcle. They are indeed the ones who allow Beck to walk to his bank with $35+ million a year–as an entertainer and have the gall to believe that he’s interested in America or Americans outside of his bank account. John Lewis “is” still a leader and a devoted American. He is articulate, works long hours for Georgia and our nation and deserves more than the ” ” we hear from your nasty readers. Go Cynthia and Jobn and don’t bother looking back over your shoulders as the Beckites will be heading over the cliff with their myopic visions and their big-mouth leader–that much concentrated gaseous nature should in time provide some good energy for America–once it decomposes!

Van Jones

August 18th, 2010
9:18 am

“Glenn Beck is a clever and amoral huckster who inflames and incites the lowest passions of his audience in order to keep them entertained.”

The name in this sentence could easily be replaced with Cythinia Tucker and would be equally as accurate.

Glen Beck Lies

August 18th, 2010
9:19 am

8/12/10 from July 8 radio show: Glenn claims that the recess appointment of Donald Berwick to the post of “Medicare/Medicaid Czar” was done because “not because of the Republicans but because the Democrats didn’t want him, either. Why? Because the guy is a massive socialist, talks about any good healthcare system must, quoting, must, must be redistributive in nature. Redistribute the wealth.” OK. First lie. There is no way of knowing who opposed Berwick because the vote was never held. Where did Glenn get his information? From the University of I Don’t Know? Second lie. Saying that a healthcare funding program must redistribute wealth doesn’t make you a socialist, it makes you a realist. The plain fact is that the reason why we have uninsured people by the millions is that insurance is out of their financial reach. Where the hell does Glenn think the money to pay for poor people’s medical care is going to come from, the Mormons? Third lie. Recess appointments are commonplace and are a hardball tool given to the Executive Branch to cut though difficult and messy appointments. No matter WHO Obama nominated for this position it would have been made into a political circus by the GOP, who have stated their policy bluntly: To oppose every law, motion, appointment, and action made by the Democrats from the White House on down.

Glen

August 18th, 2010
9:19 am

Of course I’m a cross-dressing sociopath! I’ve got to get rich somehow just like the rest of the greedy Republican on Wall Street. You people actually believe I’m a MAN!!! And support my insanity. Aaaahhh…it’s nice to be king (or should that be queen?)

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
9:19 am

flatterer acknowledged again

Jose

August 18th, 2010
9:20 am

kayaker 71

August 18th, 2010
9:14 am
Beck’s market share has dropped from 2.8M to around 2.2M listeners. Keith Olberman’s market share is about the same, nearly 40% of his listeners are no longer tuned in. Might it have something to do with how the electorate is tired of political rhetoric? Beck’s three hour radio show is booming, as is Rush and Neil Boortz. With his book sales, his lecture tours and his air time, Beck makes about 32M/yr. Not bad for a reformed and recovering alcoholic.

Beck comes on at 5:00 and oberpuss at 8:00. Beck wins his time slot everynight and oberpuss gets his butt kicked by O’Reily. Come on kayaker, you just proved how poerful Beck is and how weak oberpuss has always been.

Jose

August 18th, 2010
9:21 am

TaxPayer

August 18th, 2010
9:18 am
Do people actually listen to Glenn Beck. I tried listening to him one time and in a matter of minutes, I knew he was just another blowhard like Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. Tools for fools.

So you are just one of the 2 million + that do not listen to him, so what?

JohnnyReb

August 18th, 2010
9:22 am

In case you don’t know what Social Justice is, here’s a definition. It should be familiar, it’s the basis of Politics in this country, especially since LBJ.

Social Justice is the objective of Progressives that moves America away from Equal Justice under the law. Social Justice is based on Progressive concepts of human rights and equality where perceived economic inequalities are removed through progressive taxation, income redistribution, or even property redistribution. The policies aim to achieve more equality of opportunity than Progressives believe exists in American society and TO MANUFACTURE an outcome where equal justice (the law) would not deliver their desired objective.

South Georgia Farmer

August 18th, 2010
9:22 am

1stcav, by referring to Ms. Tucker as being on a “high horse” in essence you are saying that an “uppity” black woman should not have the right to express opinions that you do not agree with, and you and others wonder what blacks complain about. Ms. Tucker is an opinion writer of remarkable achievements. She does not get paid to only offer opinions you agree with. She is free to write whatever she pleases. You are implying that she and Jackson et.al. should be thankful that they are Americans. She exercercises her rights and privileges as an American viz pen and pad. Get over yourself and please bcome learned.

Rachel Maddow

August 18th, 2010
9:22 am

Rachel—the anti-Glenn. She pulls in as many viewers as the Cross-Dressing Sociopath Glenn Beck.

uhoh

August 18th, 2010
9:23 am

Funny, that being “offended” thing is, as you say the Black leaders are about the site/date chosen for this Beck thing. Hmmm, what were you defending yesterday that seem to “offend” some of us? Was it that Mosque thingy in NYC?

What’s that “good for the goose” saying?

Road Scholar

August 18th, 2010
9:23 am

Normal @ 8:26: Right on!

Godless heathen @ 8:37: Glenn Beck must be a woman because of the many times he has (faux) cried on the air to amplify his point! I would think that the right would see that as a sign of weakness (remember accusing Pres Obama of apologizing too much?). Has any one seen Beck’s birth certificate? Is he really a man?

Okay, I’ll bite on Beck lying: He reports his opinion of issues, but presents them as facts. He once said on the air that he wasn’t a journalist (supposedly dealing with facts),and that he is an entertainer ( plays on opinion and interpretation) but then conjures up his arguments with language that implies them as facts. He NEVER separates his entertainment from alledged “facts”. Add to it that he has called Pres Obama a Muslim, Socialist, Communist, Nazi etc. ( they left out Buddist, thumb sucker, can’t tie his own shoes, etc.)

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
9:23 am

T-Clown I listen to whatever I please.

Atlanta 1

August 18th, 2010
9:24 am

Of course this rally is political. Just like this column is political. I do feel that Beck is a racist, but also believe he could have picked another date and place.

No different than the argument of a Mosque so close to Ground Zero. Both are aggressive moves by both sides aimed at pushing their ‘views’ through their ‘right’ to do so.

Does he have the right – yes. But just because you have the ‘right’ to do something, doesn’t mean that you go ahead and do it.

The left and right in the country do not make it easy for those of us who try very hard to see both sides and do what is best for all.

Sure would be nice to see a little more ‘balance’ out of this column.

Can this Baked Potato get more fans than Glenn Beck

August 18th, 2010
9:24 am

Enter your comments here

Keep up the good fight!

August 18th, 2010
9:24 am

Jose…what’s the matter? Your high school bully act not working for you. You want to see the Beck score on Politifact? Beck is full of lies! And what about that girl

djnfla

August 18th, 2010
9:24 am

When Glenn Beck speaks…the White House listens.
Why?
Because he is truthfully informing America what is really going on in the West Wing, secrets that would not otherwise be exposed because of an adoring mainstream media.

Growing up in Alabama during the Civil Rights movement was so painful for me, Dr. King was my hero and a beacon of hope. He was a man of peace, honor and integrity, and I am sure he would be heartbroken to see the games being played over race today and the state of the black youth in America.

Glenn Beck is much closer to the heart of Dr. King that President Obama on every issue, including race.

The content of character matters, and I believe Glenn Beck has it in spades. And just as Dr. King was misunderstood and hated for his message, in an ironic way, Glenn Beck is despised for his message.

Ultimately, Glenn Beck will be vindicated, and more and more people, black and white will understand the stakes for America’s future have never been higher…the truth will prevail.

Libertarian

August 18th, 2010
9:24 am

“Civil rights leaders have denounced Beck’s plans, questioning his motives for choosing the date and place, which they said are historically symbolic of the country’s civil rights movement.”

Kinda like some people are questioning the motives of the mosque building.

I love how Cynthia flat out refuses to believe that he didn’t choose the date intentionally. I personally had no idea that Aug 28th was the date of MLK’s speech.

This just burns CT up inside…she is so filled with hate for both Beck and Palin. Reading this piece is somewhat humorous to me because you can just feel her hate spewing.

Tea Partier

August 18th, 2010
9:24 am

The odious Cynthia Tucker has no idea does she. Beck is right to stand on the steps on 8/28. Obama is wrong to not allow prayer… what about his recent statement of freedom of religion? Once again progressive socialists show hypocrisy.

Beck and the Tea Party are the new symbols of civil rights while the NAACP has been exposed for the separatist/racist organization we always suspected it was.

King would be proud of Beck for sure.

Pamela McGregor

August 18th, 2010
9:24 am

I was listening to GB when he was on AM radio focusing on terrorism. He is now a moral authority on every subject: E.G. Black Founders’ Day. May be some revisionism on his part….He is a drama queen; I can’t imagine that the platform will be able to accomodate Palin and Beck. They will use MLK’s moniker to cover their subtle message: Take America back…(wards). Their followers are salivating with anticipation and FOX will be there LIVE, FAIR AND BALANCED….

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
9:25 am

Jose…2 mil viewers who DON”T watch? Now you sound like Glenn Beck…just reach into the air, pull out a number and hope it sticks. Not. yawn.

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
9:25 am

Enter your dependency here.

Jose

August 18th, 2010
9:26 am

Rachel Maddow

August 18th, 2010
9:22 am
Rachel—the anti-Glenn. She pulls in as many viewers as the Cross-Dressing Sociopath Glenn Beck.

Not according to latest Nielson ratings. Maddcow is not even close. Where are you getting your ratings Rachel?

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
9:26 am

Pamela…you forgot their new Moniker – “FOX…fair and balanced…unless you pretend we didn’t just donate $1 Million to the Republican Party”.

South Georgia Farmer

August 18th, 2010
9:26 am

Futhermore 1stcav, would you ever refer to Kyle Wingfield, Jim Wooten and Laura Ingram as being on a “high horse?” Just wondering?

Had enough yet?

August 18th, 2010
9:26 am

Pamela McGregor

August 18th, 2010
9:24 am

Same can be said about C Tucker.

markie mark

August 18th, 2010
9:27 am

Hey dumb followers…..maybe you need to go look at the congressional votes that authorized GWB to invade Irag…..and count the democratic ones…. I can hear your answer…HE LIED, HE LIED….and your leaders looked at the same intelligence he did.

Keith

August 18th, 2010
9:27 am

Van Jones is gone, many more need to go. Thanks Glenn.

Can this Baked Potato get more fans than Glenn Beck

August 18th, 2010
9:27 am

Heres hoping Beck and Limbaugh follow Dr. Laura into radio oblivion.

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
9:27 am

Enter your ignorance here.

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
9:27 am

From MMA

The latest Glenn Beck ratings collapse
June 22, 2010 8:56 am ET by Eric Boehlert

Trust me, the sirens are now going off over at Fox News’ headquarters on Sixth Avenue in NYC. According to the latest Nielsen numbers, Glenn Beck just demolished its previous low ratings mark with the program that aired last Friday, June 18.

Not only was the June 18, telecast easily the lowest rated, non-vacation show for all of 2010, I’d wager it was the lowest-rated Monday-Friday program that Beck has hosted at Fox News. Ever. That’s how bad the Nielsen numbers were from Friday night.

The show attracted an audience of 1.39 million viewers. The context? Glenn Beck’s previous low for 2010 was recently posted on June 11. That show drew 1.71 million viewers. In other words, the June 18 low-water mark wasn’t even close to the previous low — Friday night’s airing set the new mark with authority!

Keep in mind, this is the same Glenn Beck that, back in January, was averaging more than 3 million viewers each night, which means that between late January and late June, Beck managed to lose two million viewers. That may be unprecedented in cable TV news. (But don’t worry, Glenn claims his ratings are up this year!)

RambleOn84

August 18th, 2010
9:27 am

I don’t care for Glenn Beck either…

But smears come equally from the right and left…people like Chris Matthews are just as hateful and dangerous as Glenn Beck.

Take for instance the Rand Paul hysteria, which is evolving every week as the Left realizes their most recent smear doesn’t stick and they frantically search for something new.

The most recent smear against Rand Paul involved an “interview” in GQ Magazine (a reliable news source, to be sure)…GQ reported that a woman who went to college with Dr. Paul kidnapped her and forced her to smoke marijuana and worship a pagan god.

The problem is, it didn’t happen. The woman retracted her story after reading the article, which insinuated that Dr. Paul committed multiple crimes. The whole thing was a college fraternity/sorority prank, in which all parties were complicit. And he did not make her use any sort of drugs.

But don’t expect anyone in the media to announce that too loudly; they are still trying to paint him as a racist psychopath.

Philosopher

August 18th, 2010
9:28 am

It’s a shame when what could have been a lively, thought-provoking discourse deteriorates to name-calling, disrespectful, meaningless drivel.

Jose

August 18th, 2010
9:28 am

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
9:25 am
Jose…2 mil viewers who DON”T watch? Now you sound like Glenn Beck…just reach into the air, pull out a number and hope it sticks. Not. yawn.

Okaaaay, that made sense dumb racist follower. WTF are you talking about? Challenge still on by the way, issue one lie he said and prove it. Come on, you don’t work so you got the time for research.

Can this Baked Potato get more fans than Glenn Beck

August 18th, 2010
9:28 am

Check out Rodney’s blog

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
9:28 am

flatterer acknowledged yet again

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
9:28 am

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
9:26 am

How much did the company who owns NBC donate to Imam Obama’s campaign?

Rachel Maddow

August 18th, 2010
9:29 am

Hmmm Jose. I’m on prime EVERY night, aren’t I? Setting the record straight for those millions who, fortunately, weren’t able to be mislead and brainwashed by FOX.

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
9:29 am

Philosopher

August 18th, 2010
9:28 am

And you’ve added so much to the debate.

Steve

August 18th, 2010
9:30 am

Demagogues like Cynthia Tucker whip up the passions of a crowd, who then believe they should be able to impose their views on others.

Richard

August 18th, 2010
9:30 am

Ms. Tucker, it’s been quite some time since I saw your name in the AJC index and bothered to go there. I’m not a Glen Beck devotee, but he often places his finger on significant issues and can be thought provoking. He’s is not a political creature. In fact, he is none of the things you excessively say he is. Your editorial, however, did confirm one thing: your writings are a must to avoid.

Jose

August 18th, 2010
9:30 am

Trust me, the sirens are now going off over at Fox News’ headquarters on Sixth Avenue in NYC. According to the latest Nielsen numbers, Glenn Beck just demolished its previous low ratings mark with the program that aired last Friday, June 18.

Come on granny, you are the link queen so please post where you got this. And by the way, he still wins his time slot at 5:00 pm everyday against all cable news challengers. I think those sirens you hear are the ones going off at the democratic headquarters concerning November. Or they are in your head.

Union

August 18th, 2010
9:31 am

“is a clever and amoral huckster who inflames and incites the lowest passions of his audience in order to keep them entertained”

I wasn’t sure if you were talking about Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. :)