One year ago, our news cycle was dominated by a conservative who kept saying wacky things. Sarah Palin was all anyone could talk about, and what she said and did made headlines above and beyond what would normally be expected of a vice presidential candidate.
This year, our news cycle is still dominated by a conservative who keeps saying wacky things. But this time it’s Glenn Beck, Fox News and radio host, whose TV show has become the go-to place for mustering up Republican opposition to action on climate change, green jobs, health care, protecting sea otters and turtles, frogs… you name it. (Tortured metaphor or not, it’s never good to see a popular TV personality fake animal cruelty on the air).
There’s a difference between expressing your opinion and engaging in outrageous lies that promote hate. It’s a line that just shouldn’t be crossed.
Sarah Palin’s “palling around with terrorists” crossed it last year. Glenn Beck crossed it this year with his argument that President Obama is a “racist…with deep-seated hatred for white people.”
ColorOfChange.org has been calling on advertisers to drop Glenn Beck from their buys — and more than 60 have. Media Matters runs a daily update on who is still advertising — and it’s obviously having an effect.
But Glenn Beck keeps lying. This week, the White House had to release a Glenn Beck fact check after his extremist rhetoric against the Olympics went from outrageous to just plain wrong.
Even Republican Senator Lindsay Graham dismissed Beck’s claims today.
Nevertheless, Glenn Beck continues to stir up the crazies (as he did in getting the vile 9/12 teabagger demonstration in Washington — and could his anti-census rants have played into the census worker killed in Kentucky?).
It’s time for all of us to stand up and say no more. Glenn Beck’s extremist rhetoric is fanning the flames of right-wing fringe intolerance — and unless we act, we are letting it happen.
Make your voice heard. Denounce Glenn Beck today!