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.

1,014 comments Add your comment

DMac

August 18th, 2010
9:55 am

That the AJC would continue to allow a pseudo-journalist like you to remain employed, is a mystery beyond my understanding.

LarryLow

August 18th, 2010
9:56 am

You want a list of Glen Beck lies? Do The Google like Bush The Moron said.

Numerous web sites document his daily lies. You can watch the videos pulled from his shows, hear his stern warnings of “death panels”, and hear him promise you Obama and the UN are building “internment camps in the dessert.” Watch his video rehearsals where he practiced crying on queue. So many strong emotions, the deep personal feelings revealed, he’s so sincere and he just believes in freedom soooooo much!

SINCERITY IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS, AS SOON AS YOU LEARN TO FAKE THAT YOU’VE GOT IT MADE.

And you poor dumb ‘Baggers still don’t get the con?

Rachel Maddow

August 18th, 2010
9:56 am

Enter your delusional thoughts here.

Contractor has reading comprehension problems

August 18th, 2010
9:56 am

Still, Beck has every right to his rally. Why? He is protected by the very same Bill of Rights he would deny to others.

—Cynthia Tucker, Wednesday, August 18, 2010 from Op-Ed Column entitled:

The odious Glenn Beck has every right to his rally

Seek help.

Paul

August 18th, 2010
9:57 am

“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.”

Here’s what Beck had to day about Birthers: “Glenn Beck on birther issue: ‘Dumbest thing I’ve ever heard’“

http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=120992

So there’s just one example of not repeating an odious lie, of a smear he wouldn’t include in his schtick. In fact, he denounced the lie and the smear.

Seems Ms Tucker’s writing style is of the same genre of Mr. Beck’s speaking style. Must smart to look in the mirror and see Mr. Beck.

As I glanced thru Media Matters and Salon I saw Ms. Tucker’s talking points repeated. Or maybe she repeated their talking points. Whatever. But what I did read was that Mr. Beck’s comments were in relation to Rep Lewis’s linking the civil rights movement to health care legislation. Mr. Beck has made the point that the current crop of civil rights ‘leaders’ have moved to a decidedly progressive agenda on all issues – and use the movement to further those political aims. That’s a point worth exploring.

I read a Salon article in which the author was incensed Mr. Beck and others would attempt to ‘steal the legacy of the movement.” Steal. To take from, unlawfully. In other words, challenge the Movement Establishment’s power. There it is again – make a move against money and power and watch the vitriol.

“He is protected by the very same Bill of Rights he would deny to others.”

Citation?

There’s that Beck hyperbole, courtesy of Ms. Tucker, again!

Morning, Bosch! Hi, granny godzilla!!

Normal

August 18th, 2010
9:57 am

Peadawg

August 18th, 2010
8:40 am

As I recall, no one said he didn’t. As I recall, you were the one who brought up the Community Center (yes, there’s a Mosque, but there is also a swimming pool and a bowling alley. Are you afraid of them bowling for Allah?

Lt Col

August 18th, 2010
9:57 am

“GB speaking at the Lincoln Memorial on such a holy day?” My goodness! I was not aware that MLK had graduated from being a mortal man to being a deity!! He was only a man; not an embodied God, as was Our Lord Jesus Christ. If Aug. 28th isn’t a suitable day for Mr. Beck’s rally, let me suggest January 17, 2011. :) As for the “mosque thing”, I’m about fed up to here. It is quite simply an “in your face” ploy by the Moslems meant to create the firestorm of opinion that it obviously has. So, in a sense, the Moslems have achieved their goal and making them build at another location will not override their philosophical victory. Therefore, make them build it elsewhere and both sides of the issue will have won. The Moslems will get what they set out to get; and their opponents will get what they want, too.

Kamchak

August 18th, 2010
9:57 am

Tuck wishes she had 2% of his followers.

Yeah, because that Pulitzer thingie is so sucky.

Paul

August 18th, 2010
9:58 am

Second day in a row my first post goes right to moderation.

Can it be released, please?

2012

August 18th, 2010
9:58 am

Jose…the schmuck CEO’s on Wall Street are Republicans. Maybe I’m wrong, but the last time I checked Wall Street was run by capitalism and not the white house. Congress has no say as to compensation, reorganization, out-sourcing and job cuts. That’s the greedy Wall Street Republican capitalists making those decisions. So whatever say you.

Contractor

August 18th, 2010
9:58 am

Tucker,

I read it. We all know how you are, and how you hide behind walls. You want to throw Martin Luther King into this whole ordeal to stir up some mess with everyone. 90% of us on here totally know your intentions and your agenda. So don’t try to belittle me by saying I need someone to read your blog, because I promise I have more education than you do, and it holds way more water than yours.

White Evil Doer (and proud of it)

August 18th, 2010
9:59 am

2012

August 18th, 2010
9:52 am

YES…YEEESSS….we did that EVIL also. We are Evil and getting more eviler by the minute. Evel Kneivel cannot hold a candle to our evilness!!!

BBWWWAAHAHHAHAAA!!!

granny godzilla

August 18th, 2010
9:59 am

Well I see the children have taken over the blog again…..

Dear Namejacker</strong)

I really am flattered that you admire my work so much that you feel the need to steal my ID and post your piffle. It pleases me to no end that your inability to get your own message across forces you to cheating and chicanery.

The weakness of your arguments and apparently your character is displayed each and every time you steal mine name or Kamchaks or Cynthias…..and while your fellow class clowns giggle up their
sleeves, serious minded people know the difference between us and
we are all looking down our noses at you at this very minute.

I want to give a shout out to JohnnyReb, the only conservative on this blog who, to my knowledge, has come out and stated his disdaim for your tomfoolery. Of course the rest of the conservative posters might just be you.

Anyway, to get to the real point….all your silliness won’t make granny go away and it’s too sad and pitiful to make me angry. Mostly I feel sorry for you. I can’t imagine a life so miserable that you have to have fun impersonating older women.

I hope you find some peace sometime before your karma kicks in

ctucker

August 18th, 2010
9:59 am

Tommytwotone, It’s fascinating how much your genuine beliefs show through. You are so transparent.

stands for decibels

August 18th, 2010
9:59 am

Paul, I don’t think Cynthia likes linkees.

Paul

August 18th, 2010
10:00 am

Released at 9:57

Thank you!

What was the offending word or phrase?

White Evil Doer (and proud of it)

August 18th, 2010
10:00 am

2012

August 18th, 2010
9:58 am

Yet another example from what seems the only person in the USA paying attention. We are here and make no misake…WE ARE EVIL DOERS who love doing evil and think only evil thoughts and sleep with evil women and have evil children and adopt only the most evil of pets.

You cant stop us!!!

Danny Coker

August 18th, 2010
10:00 am

CT is such a joke. As at least one has suggested above, don’t just call Beck a liar, prove it. Anyone can make accusations. Lay the proof on the table for the whole world to see. Beck does it day in and day out. He has repeatedly begged Obama, I mean Omuslim, to call him out, to nationally prove what he is saying is a lie. The white house is silent. They aren’t silent about their accusations against Beck but are silent with their proof.

Beck has the proof. Every day he backs up what he says. You could learn a thing or two from him Cynthia. I don ‘t mind you calling him a liar. I want your proof. If you can prove him to be a liar I will stop watching him. I’m afraid though that you are the liar.

getalife

August 18th, 2010
10:01 am

Romania,

No, these cons are on welfare.

stands for decibels

August 18th, 2010
10:01 am

You want to throw Martin Luther King into this whole ordeal

Um, that was Glenn (or Glennda?) Beck who did that, by scheduling his rally when/where he did.

Paul

August 18th, 2010
10:01 am

sfd

Thanks. I try to provide citations. Guess you’ll just have to trust me.

:-)

What is a Moslem?

August 18th, 2010
10:01 am

Enter your comments here

Kamchak

August 18th, 2010
10:01 am

We all know how you are…

I don’t give you the authority to speak for me, sport.

Gtbuzz

August 18th, 2010
10:02 am

I would be willing to bet anything that CT has never watched more than two seconds of a Glenn Beck program. If so, she would not exress her bigotry so vehemently. Having read CT for decades in the AJC – I would state that it is her bigotry that is amoral.

But this is a typical CT column – cheap shots with absolutely no back up. Just pure left wing, progressive, Democrat party vitriol. How utterly mindless.

..and note to “Dumb Followers”. You are a good example of why women were not allowed to vote in the past.

Mike

August 18th, 2010
10:02 am

I don’t watch Beck’s show enough to comment on what Cynthia writes about. However, I have watched in the past when he is talking about how we are ruining our future fiscally and he is THE ONLY ONE on national television speaking the truth about it.

Gotta give credit where credit is due.

DMac

August 18th, 2010
10:02 am

Cynthia Tucker only has a job in journalism, because she is a black, female, liberal. If she weren’t a triple minority, she’d have been gone long ago.

Mel

August 18th, 2010
10:02 am

What frightens me is how many people in this country take what Glenn Beck says as fact.

Some People are stupid

August 18th, 2010
10:02 am

HAve you people even read the blog. She saidhe had the right to speak on that day and where ever he can get a permit to speak. What the heck is wrong with you people. How do you comment on a blog without reading it. Her views on this are equal to her views on the mosque, which is they can build where ever they get a permit to build. Are you people slow or something

Jose

August 18th, 2010
10:02 am

2012

August 18th, 2010
9:58 am
Jose…the schmuck CEO’s on Wall Street are Republicans. Maybe I’m wrong, but the last time I checked Wall Street was run by capitalism and not the white house. Congress has no say as to compensation, reorganization, out-sourcing and job cuts. That’s the greedy Wall Street Republican capitalists making those decisions. So whatever say you.

And you know this because……. Your full of crap because I have a friend who is on Wall Street living the high life over looking Central Park and you could not find a more dedicated liberal. Now 2012, you think he is alone? Your party has helped muck of wallstreet as much as the rebulicans. In other words, enough blame to go around. Get off your high horse son.

paleo neo-Carlinist

August 18th, 2010
10:03 am

I find it amusing that some of the more right-leaning folks in this country get upset when George Clooney, Barbara Streisand or Bruce Springsteen (actor/entertainers/celebrities) voice a (meaningless) political opinion, or endorse/oppose one candidate or another; while demonstrating the same blind faith and allegiance to the likes of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, or Laura Ingrham (entertainers/talking heads). ALL performers are self-absrbed narcissists, who need attention because daddy beat them, or mommy didn’t breast feed (like Jose). they are emotional children who MUST walk into the parlor while the grown-ups are talking, and “perform” (good or bad, no such thing as negative publicity) to get their narcissistic fix. were I to really go Dr. Phil, I would offer the word “fix” is a key to understanding why many “performers” have substance abuse problems, and why Marx referred to religion as “the opiate of the masses”. but I digress. let’s not confuse professional success (Beck’s estimated $32 million, Mel Gibson’s success as an actor, producer and director, Keith Richards’s success as a rock n roll icon, Lindsay Lohan’s success a being a professional drunkard, etc.) with “character” pr even mental health. in fact, as I said, being unstable and mentally ill is sometimes to one’s advantage when seeking fame and fortune. any person who would look to Glenn Beck to calibrate his/her moral or political compass is no better than some lonely Muslim rube, who puts a bomb in his underpants to meet girls.

DMac

August 18th, 2010
10:03 am

Glenn can back up the facts of what he is saying. Unlike most (perhaps all) liberals.

Jose

August 18th, 2010
10:03 am

Mel

August 18th, 2010
10:02 am
What frightens me is how many people in this country take what Glenn Beck says as fact.

That same fright goes for those that beleive evrything the messiah says daily. OOOOOO, now that is some scary stuff.

stands for decibels

August 18th, 2010
10:04 am

As at least one has suggested above, don’t just call Beck a liar, prove it

1. Go to media matters dot org

2. type “Glenn Beck False” into its search field.

3. click the blue link-thingies

HDB

August 18th, 2010
10:04 am

Off-Topic: Interesting tidbit of news from Arizona and the Washington Post:

U.S. may sue Arizona’s Sheriff Arpaio for not cooperating in investigation

Justice Department officials in Washington have issued a rare threat to sue Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio if he does not cooperate with their investigation of whether he discriminates against Hispanics. The civil rights inquiry is one of two that target the man who calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff.” A federal grand jury in Phoenix is examining whether Arpaio has used his power to investigate and intimidate political opponents and whether his office misappropriated government money, sources said.

Note: More enforcement of the LAW…particularly civil rights law…is done under Democratic Administrations!! Let’s see where this goes………..

Rachel Maddow

August 18th, 2010
10:04 am

Kamchak
August 18th, 2010
9:57 am

CT winning the pulitzer and Imam Obama winning the Nobel have really trivialized those awards.

getalife

August 18th, 2010
10:04 am

Danny,

Do you ever fact check his bs?

Are you people slow or something?

August 18th, 2010
10:04 am

White Evil Doer (and proud of it)

August 18th, 2010
10:05 am

Glen Beck is one of our more evil leaders. He is on tv spreading his gospel of evil and recruiting more and more evil doers everyday.

Libertarian

August 18th, 2010
10:05 am

Liberal hypocrisy rears its ugly head. Yesterday most of the liberals on this blog refused to question the motives behind the building of the 9/11 mosque. While most (intelligent) people can agree that they have a RIGHT to build the mosque, one should question their motives.

Today, the liberals on this blog (CT included) are questioning Glen Beck’s motives for having his rally on the date of MLK’s speech. While I agree that his motives should be questioned, one has to wonder why the liberal hypocrites on this blog don’t also question the motives behind the building of the mosque??

Just because someone has a constitutional right to do something doesn’t make it morally/ethically right. Freedom of speech protects ones right to call someone an “N” word or “cracker” but does that make it morally/ethically right?

Furthermore, another example of liberal hypocrisy is that most liberals just love affirmative action but it is fundamentally a violation of the 1st amendment because it discriminates on the basis of color and sex.

Before all you lefties get your panties in a wad…righties are hypocrites on some things too. One example is being anti abortion but pro death penalty…

I could go on and on.

Yeah, OK

August 18th, 2010
10:05 am

Cynthia,

Your stupidity amazes me.

kayaker 71

August 18th, 2010
10:05 am

Granny,

Your epistle is a monument to fair play. This blog needs an old black woman to compensate for some of us old white guys. Is our bet still on?

Dumb Followers

August 18th, 2010
10:05 am

“..and note to “Dumb Followers”. You are a good example of why women were not allowed to vote in the past.”

Lol…THESE are the dumb followers to Glenn Beck? Need I say more?

Tommy Maddox

August 18th, 2010
10:07 am

Since when is the Lincoln Memorial and August 28 reserved for ANYONE for time immortal?

It’s not. Get over it.

getalife

August 18th, 2010
10:07 am

I think he would have made a great worker in Germany’s propaganda department.

Inglorious ba stard, if you will.

Equality 7-2521

August 18th, 2010
10:07 am

Where are the facts to back up the conclusions of Cynthia Tucker?

Like all liberal writers today, they start with the conclusion they want you to reach and work backwards. And their conclusion works hard to elicit an emotional response prior to any hard facts.

Tucker does not list the issues where she feels Beck is wrong. She does not dismantle the arguments of Beck.

She just likes to stir up the pot and hopes your previous bias will keep you from seeing just how thin this topic is, even if it is an opinion column. What is her opinion based on?

This from a newspaper that continues to show there are only two candidates for governor on their Georgia politics page.

stands for decibels

August 18th, 2010
10:07 am

Let’s start with this:

Beck, Geller, push falsehood that “Ground Zero mosque” will open on 9/11

Beck: “You want to open [the center] on September 11th? You’re a fool.”* On the August 10 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, guest Glenn Beck acknowledged that “we have no right to stop” the building of the center, but said it is “in extraordinarily bad taste, I think it’s foolish, I think it’s a slap in the face to do it,” and added, “You want to open it on September 11? You’re a fool. You’re insulting people, but we have no right to stop you.”*

Dr. Laura

August 18th, 2010
10:08 am

Freedom of speech protects ones right to call someone an “N” word or “cracker” but does that make it morally/ethically right?

Apparently not.

markie mark

August 18th, 2010
10:09 am

Dumb followers….did you miss in the news story (here in the AJC) that the parent company of FOX did the donations?…and then they listed the parent companies of ABC, CNN, TIME WARNER, etc and the fact that they donated to political parties too? and had been doing so for years? Lies of omission, works for liberals everytime, huh?

stands for decibels

August 18th, 2010
10:10 am

How about this?

Glenn Beck continued to peddle the bogus claim that he “supported” Shirley Sherrod because he knew “something was wrong” with the video Andrew Breitbart posted of her at his BigGovernment.com website.

[...]

Beck played the edited clip of Sherrod’s remarks and said it revealed “a USDA administration official discriminating against white farmers.” After he played the clip, he suggested it indicated that America has been “transported in 1956 except it’s the other way around.” He added: “Does anybody else have a sense that there are some that just want revenge? Doesn’t it feel that way?” He wasn’t “supporting” Sherrod with those remarks, he was attacking her — like many others in the right-wing media.

Even after it became apparent that Sherrod was not a racist, Beck continued his attacks. On the July 21 edition of his radio show, Beck stated that Sherrod “obviously has some sort of Marxist or redistribution qualities to her.” On Fox News, Beck opined that Sherrod should have been made a “czar” because “she fits in” with the “Maoists” in the Obama administration.

Since the full video of Sherrod’s remarks became public, Beck has repeatedly claimed he didn’t attack Sherrod and that he supported her. It’s simply not true

ray

August 18th, 2010
10:10 am

What a pathetic rampage of an opinion filled with nonsense. And the main stream media wonders why they are losing subscribers. Now, while your at it, can you do an article on every lie that obama has stated….actually, the lie that is liberalism would be a nice article. And I really see very few in the black community following Dr. King life as a model; they just use him as a crutch to cry racism instead of going to work.