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I Am Done With Glenn Beck

October 20, 2009

I have spent too much time thinking about Glenn Beck. Time and again, he’s shown himself to be unhinged and uninformed, the posterface for everything that is wrong with conservative populist politics. His crocodile tears and conspiracy theories are low-hanging fruit; always easy to write a post about on a slow day.

But, he’s just not worth the attention. He’s jumped his own shark. His loathing of Barack Obama has caused him to condemn volunteerism. There is nothing else to say.

As a parting gift, I bestow all my chihuahuas upon this miserable piece of shit.


13 Comments leave one →
  1. Mark permalink
    October 21, 2009 1:07 pm

    Did you really not understand his point? Or did you intentionally misrepresent Mr. Beck’s comments? He is not condemning volunteerism. He is questioning the wisdom of allowing those in power in the Federal government to manipulate and control the media to promote their agenda. He is condemning propaganda.

    • Barry permalink*
      October 21, 2009 1:13 pm

      I really don’t see his point. He is whining about coordinated volunteerism, taking shots at Michael Bloomberg, the entertainment business and the White House. Why? For the crime of promoting community service.

      It’s shocking that people – in this case you – would go around making excuses for him.

  2. Mark permalink
    October 21, 2009 2:48 pm

    Five words: Government Control of the Media.
    If you want to disagree with Glenn (using facts)and argue that this is NOT a case of Government Control of the Media, please do so. If you don’t see a problem with Government Control of the Media, please express that view and why you hold it. Or, if you like, simply ignore the issue. But please don’t misrepresent what the gentleman is saying or attack him personally. Let’s adhere to the President’s call for civility in our public debates.


    • Barry permalink*
      October 21, 2009 3:15 pm

      I see a huge problem with government control of the media. I am happy that we have the First Amendment that prevents that kind of nightmare.

      But Beck doesn’t even begin to show anything approaching government control. What he shows, at best, is some collaboration in order to promote volunteerism. For you to accuse me of misrepresenting Beck’s position requires some real work, Mark. Listen to his smug condescension as he refers to “the military tip of the hat” or as he discusses Disney’s generous (and private) program to offer free theme park admission to volunteers.

      His invocation of a non-existent emergency – whatever that is – and Mao’s China are even more bizarre. Beck has shown himself to be generous in the application of labels like “communist” and “fascist” without even demonstrating a basic understanding of what those words mean.

      As I have stated several times on this blog, these comparisons reflect far more on the people making them than they do on the accused. Barack Obama is nothing like Mao Zedong in any substantive way. He’s not like Hitler, Stalin, or any other fascist or communist dictator from the 20th century.

      If you need it spelled out, then here:
      1. He does not espouse an aggressively militaristic philosophy.
      2. He does not use a secret police force.
      3. He does not persecute people for their religion or educational achievements.
      4. He does not promote the torture and murder of his political rivals.
      He has thus far abided by the Constitution of the United States of America, and has given no indication that he intends to reject or subvert the rule of law.

      I suggest you follow your own advice, Mark. Before you make – or subscribe to Glenn Beck’s – bald assertions that the government controls the media, marshal some evidence. Until then, the burden of proof doesn’t shift to me, and you continue to foolishly defend the nonsensical talking points of a moron.

  3. David permalink
    October 21, 2009 3:19 pm

    Mark just got sent to bed without any supper.

  4. Mark permalink
    October 21, 2009 3:52 pm

    I never said I subscribe to or believe the arguement Mr. Beck is making. I only pointed out that your original post attacked him personally for something he didn’t say. And your latest reply seems to prove that you are incapable of expressing your views without personaly attacking those who disagree with you.

    Good day to you.

  5. Barry permalink*
    October 21, 2009 4:09 pm


    I think you are misrepresenting Glenn Beck’s position. You portrayed him as someone who is not so blinded with hatred for Barack Obama that he would attack something as innocuous as volunteerism or a coordinated effort to promote it.

    Furthermore, you run away from every substantive point I made about that loudmouthed piece of shit.

    A good day to you, sir.

  6. Ian permalink*
    October 21, 2009 4:24 pm

    Hi Mark! Just thought I’d mention that your request to adhere to the president’s call for civility was a really weird thing to, well, request in the context of a discussion about government controlled communication. Weird! Good thing ol’ Hitler Jr. isn’t making up more nefarious rules that we’d have to follow when talking about our media and our government! That’d be weird!

    Have a weird day!


  7. Jonathan permalink
    October 21, 2009 4:39 pm

    The fact is the tv industry has innitiatives like this all the time, and has for years. HIV/AIDS is always a big one, as is cancer. Glenn Beck, being part of the television industry, is not being sinceer when he pretends not to know this. The showrunners (writers) all volunteer to participate in these innitiatives. Honestly, I am a bit to savy to let a couple of sitcoms sucker me into giving any of my time away for free, but hey, as W.C. Fields said, there’s a sucker born every minute.

    Here is an article on the topic from the major industry trade paper:

  8. Jonathan permalink
    October 21, 2009 5:07 pm

    And here is an old article about the HIV/AIDS campaign:

    Most people don’t know this, but Bush has done more than probably any other single person to combat AIDS. This innitiative happened while he was president. Uh-oh!!! There most have been a far reaching global conspiracy to take over the media!!!!!!

  9. Alek permalink
    October 25, 2009 12:56 pm

    i’m done with him too. sadly, though, he’s not done.

  10. November 4, 2009 9:17 am

    Great info…thanks


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