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Glenn Beck calls Barack Obama a racist and then denies it to win the Media Putz

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Originally published on on August 13, 2009

Glenn Beck

If we ever decide to have a Hall of Fame for Media Putzes, Glenn Beck just might get his own wing.

What is so amazing about Beck is that he comes across as someone who literally doesn’t think before he speaks. Glenn Beck called the President of the United States, Barack Obama, someone who is half-white, a racist. We watched him deny it, then watched him confirm it again later.

“this president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seeded hatred for white people… This guy is, I believe, a racist.”

Denial or no denial, this is what Beck said on “Fox and Friends.” No proof, of course, since that is Beck’s modus operandi.

His latest bit of “what was I saying?” came when he wondered out loud — since there is so little room in his brain for actual thought — and asked us (himself?) why Major Garrett was never called on in the White House correspondents room.

“I know [Fox News White House correspondent] Major Garrett doesn’t ask the questions at the White House, because he’s never called on. Hmmm. I wonder why.”

Uh, Glenn. We realize you don’t have the intellectual capacity to remember the day before, but Gibbs has taken questions from Garrett during every press briefing in August, including one earlier that day.

Obama has also took questions from Garrett during press conferences, and even sat down with Garrett in the White House for an exclusive interview (one that Sean Hannity butchered to win our Media Putz award).

Then there’s the death panel saga. When former Alaska governor Sarah Palin made her audacious claim of “death panels.” Even among conservatives, her remarks were seen as being way off the mark. But not to Glenn Beck.

“I believe it to be true, but that’s quite a statement,” said Beck, adding, “I believe she at least should be listened to and you should question, ‘Is it evil?'”

The idea that Sarah Palin has become the ideal of truth would only exist in a mind such as Beck’s.

Jon Stewart put it well when he contrasted Glenn Beck’s rant for health care reform last year to his rants against health care reform now.

Correcting the record on Beck’s insanity is as easy as adding 1 + 1. Not very challenging, but neither is Beck.

The other prominent media villians — O’Reilly, Hannity, Limbaugh — at least hide behind some thought process, though their intellectual capacities are only slightly ahead of Beck’s.

What has been more amazing than Beck — since after all, every town needs a village idiot — is the credibility with which the corporate world gives him. In ye olden times, Beck would walk through the streets, spouting his gibberish. The townspeople would see him, maybe even wave “hi,” but when the village idiot would speak, that person bemused them. They didn’t take him seriously.

We are starting to see bit and pieces, corporate advertisers acting a slight bit nervous. But it has been too little and way too late.

No matter what we do, Glenn Becks of the world will always exist. But given them any sense of legitimacy is doing way more than he would ever deserve. So once again, Glenn Beck is our Media Putz award winner this week.

Glenn Beck previously won the Media Putz on April 9, 2009, December 18, 2008 and October 25, 2007.


Written by democracysoup

August 13, 2009 at 6:00 am

Posted in media criticism, MSM

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