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Friday, November 17, 2006

Glenn Beck's Still an Ass

OK, I'm not really a big fan of CNN's Glenn Beck. The main reason for this is that Beck's a first rate horse's ass. I've written about how he's made fun of the blind and muslims' names. On global warming, he dealt with rising sea levels by showing a picture of Shanghai under water and saying, "This is what would happen to Shanghai. Does anybody really care? I mean, come on. Shanghai is under water. Oh, no! Who's gonna make those little umbrellas for those tropical drinks?"

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.

Congratulations, sir.

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.

Media Matters:

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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Anonymous said...

I just found this site with a search for "glenn beck idiot". =) I was watching the show you are referring to with the poor guy who is Muslim and got elected. Both my husband and I were watching in a state of disbelief and I actually said, "is this guy for real?" What an idiot. I am really tired of all the personal bias and commentary in news. I don't care what these idiots think or want me to think, I just want some straight information. That seems to be too tall an order though.

Jessica said...

Haha, you should make to complement

Though the latter hasn't been updated in a while.

lolita said...

I got here via G B "assholery". Agree w/ anon 11:51am. Like your posts. Thanx!

Nony Mitchell said...

I am the first one to admit that I have with great purpose avoided watching or listening to Glenn Beck. He just seems to be the rubber stamp that some assholes need to have in order to maintain their racist, bigoted views of the world. Oh, well...great blog.

Anonymous said...

I just love those pastel dress shirts he wears. They just make the red in his neck come alive.

Thalia said...

Yet another jowly, over-the-hill guy who longs for the 50s-that-never-were.

Anonymous said...


Is that the best you've got?

Get yourselves a prayer rug...

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous,
If you are watching Glen Beck and think this news, you are moron. The Beck show is COMMENTARY, not news. I for one am upset with what people call the news today as it has become left wing commentary. At least Beck does not pretend to be news. You and the folks who think like you are the assholes. I love Glen Beck.
I too will remain anonymous, for my saftey form left wing nutjobs like the guy who writes this blog.

Wisco said...

Hey Glenn,

I think your spellcheck's busted...