Hilarious, huh? Shanghai has a population of over nine million people -- in Beck's mind (such as it is), this is an insignificant number. It's all about those little umbrellas. In fact, Beck's such a dick that one of the top search queries bringing people to my blog is glenn beck asshole.
So it's with feigned surprise that I bring you the latest bit of Glenn Beck assholery.
Media Matters transcript from Beck's Nov. 14 show (emphasis mine):
BECK: History was made last Tuesday when Democrat Keith Ellison got elected to Congress, representing the great state of Minnesota. Well, not really unusual that Minnesota would elect a Democrat. What is noteworthy is that Keith is the first Muslim in history to be elected to the House of Representatives. He joins us now.
ELLISON: How you doing, Glenn? Glad to be here.
BECK: Thank you. I will tell you, may I -- may we have five minutes here where we're just politically incorrect and I play the cards face up on the table?
ELLISON: Go there.
BECK: OK. No offense, and I know Muslims. I like Muslims. I've been to mosques. I really don't believe that Islam is a religion of evil. I -- you know, I think it's being hijacked, quite frankly.
With that being said, you are a Democrat. You are saying, "Let's cut and run." And I have to tell you, I have been nervous about this interview with you, because what I feel like saying is, "Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies."
Glenn, how about you prove to everyone you've got a functional brain? I'm guessing you'd need some help with that one.
There's always been a tinge of racism to Beck's show -- I refer you back to his Shanghai bit and his frequent attacks on muslims. And he defends it the same way he defended it here, by calling on 'political correctness.' "Oh, don't be so PC," is the last surviving refuge of racists. Their off-color jokes and comments aren't the problem. No, the problem is that you're too 'politically correct' and that makes you intolerant... of racism.
How awful of me.
You can argue that this approach is paying off for Beck, unfortunately. According to TVNewser, "Headline News host Glenn Beck delivered his best ratings ever on Wednesday night, with 547,000 demo viewers at 7pm and 384,000 demo viewers at 9. 'Glenn Beck' was the #1 cable show in the demo for the night."
He did it with a major ad campaign for a special titled "Exposed: The Extremist Agenda..." where he 'exposed' the fact that islamic terrorists are bad people. Apparently, there's someone out there who gets cable and doesn't know this. You'd think he'd have run this before the elections, but I guess he figured the results meant that people aren't freaked out enough. CNN's ad for the show features a link to a video, reading, "Watch Glenn tell you why as many Americans as possible should watch his special tonight." It was scheduled to coincide with the premier of the english version of Al Jazeera, which isn't broadcast in the US. Nothing like a non-existent threat to freak people out over.
On the bright side, Beck gives Keith Olbermann a chance to name the "Worst Person in the World" someone other than Bill O'Reilly or Ann Coulter.
OLBERMANN: But our winner, conservative commentator Glenn Beck. Interviewing Congressman-elect Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who will become the first man of the Muslim faith to serve in the House, Beck actually said this to Ellison: quote, "No offense, and I know Muslims. I like Muslims. With that being said, you are a Democrat. You are saying, 'Let's cut and run.' And I have to tell you, what I feel like saying is, 'Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.' " Hey, Glenn, you divisive fearmonger. How 'bout you prove to us that you're not working with our enemies? Glenn Beck, today's "Worst Person in the World."
Congratulations Glenn, you're now as widely known as a dickhead as O'Reilly, Coulter, and Limbaugh. What an accomplishment.
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