Thursday, May 11, 2006

Why Is CNN Dignifying Glenn Beck, A Bigot Who Called Cindy Sheehan A "Slut"?

By MARC McDONALD

Cindy Sheehan is a woman who I greatly admire. Since she lost her son to Bush's immoral, illegal invasion of Iraq, Sheehan has become an eloquent and outspoken anti-Iraq War activist.

Of course, the Kool-Aid-drinking fanatical brownshirt Bush supporters haven't been happy with Sheehan. They've called her all kinds of names.

One particularly sick and twisted right-winger called Sheehan a "slut."

So what did CNN do? It turned around and gave this right-wing asshole, Glenn Beck, his own hour-long program, so he could spew his hate speech every day to unsuspecting viewers.

We're not talking about Fox News here. We're talking about CNN.

Actually, most of us progressives never took CNN much more seriously than Fox News. After all, CNN pretty much serves up the same corporate pabulum as Fox News. During the build-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, CNN was every bit the jingoistic cheerleader that Fox News was.

But hiring Beck is a new low for CNN.

Actually, Beck (who often prides himself on his "outspoken" taboo-breaking style) likely had second thoughts about calling Sheehan a "slut" after he used that vile, sexist, woman-hating term on his nationally syndicated radio program on Aug. 15, 2005. A few days later, he claimed that he'd actually called Sheehan a "pimp."

Now "pimp" is bad enough. But the word "slut" is way over the line. It's a degrading term for women and, let's face it, it's used by men who hate women.

Deep down, I'm sure Beck realizes this. And I'm sure he now wishes that this issue would go away. And to some extent, he's succeeded. By constantly misquoting himself on the original reference, Beck has made a lot of people forget that he originally called Sheehan a "slut." Even the outstanding media watchdog site, Media Matters, (which has done a great job of monitoring Beck's hate speech) omits the "slut" reference in its roundup of Beck's racist, bigoted, sexist quotes.

One has to wonder what exactly prompted Beck to viciously attack Sheehan in the first place.

Beck constantly portrays himself as a big supporter of the troops in Iraq. But it wasn't Sheehan who was responsible for the deaths of 2,425 U.S. soldiers in Iraq. It was Beck's hero, Bush, who lied America into a reckless, illegal, immoral war.

Sheehan lost her son to Bush's evil war that was based on lies. She understandably is seeking answers to why her son died. Along the way, she's become an eloquent speaker, who has written a number of moving, informative articles about the war.

In fact, one can read a handful of Sheehan's writings and learn more about America's misadventure in Iraq than one could from watching a year's worth of CNN.

Incidentally, if Beck really is such a big supporter of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, I can't help but wonder why he doesn't enlist in the military himself. After all, the U.S. military these days is running short on its recruitment drives and is accepting enlistees well into their 40s. Beck (who is in his early 40s) would be welcomed with open arms at his local recruiting office.

But you can bet that a scumbag coward like Beck will avoid signing up to go serve in combat (just as his hero, Bush, found a way to avoid serving in combat when his nation was at war in Vietnam). No, it's much easier for Beck to sit here in America, living his comfortable millionaire's lifestyle and calling the mother of a fallen soldier a "slut." He is truly a sick, despicable man and CNN's desperate bid to boost its ratings will certainly backfire as repelled viewers abandon that network in droves after they're exposed to Beck's hate-spewing program.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anderson Cooper interviewed Beck a few nights ago and treated him like a respectable guest, lobbying him one Larry King-style softball question after another. It was quite a contrast to when Cooper interview Michael Moore last year and grilled him with a hostile, confrontational interview (of the sort that is actually very rare on CNN).

Anonymous said...

CNN is fishing in the wrong pond. They are trying to attract Fox viewers but it's a hopeless cause.

Anonymous said...

I think Beck actually wants to eventually goad CNN into firing him. One of these nights, he'll say something outrageous that will go over the line and then CNN will fire him. It'll be a publicity coup for him and he (and the rest of the right-wing) will be able to claim that it was CNN's "left wing" bias that led to his dismissal.

Anonymous said...

Huge numbers of Americans are hopelessly misinformed these days about politics and international issues. In addition to our nation's abysmal education system, I think our media is to blame for this sorry state of affairs. One could watch Beck's show daily for a year and still be hopelessly misinformed and ignorant about the state of the world.

Karl Bakla said...

I can't stand Glenn Beck arghh!!! I hate that guy, & I agree with the trying to get the Fox news cowd,

Anonymous said...

He's the Antichrist!

Mr. Moose said...

I'm a conservative who, for the first time since I was a teen, is again watching CNN because of the Glenn Beck Show. Beck is very funny and informative. Some of you guys are in need of a few good laughs. McDonald calling him an "a_ _ hole" just shows how blind a name calling baby he can be. Hope he’s glad to have joined the crowd of unprogressive hotheads.

Mr. Moose said...

I'm a conservative who, for the first time since I was a teen, is again watching CNN because of the Glenn Beck Show. Beck is very funny and informative. Some of you guys are in need of a few good laughs. McDonald calling him an "a_ _ hole" just shows how blind a name calling baby he can be. Hope he’s glad to have joined the crowd of unprogressive hotheads.

Anonymous said...

mr moose

what you had to say wasn't important enough to say once, no less twice.

Anonymous said...

Glenn Beck-like most neo-con draft-dodging,closeted,pampered,priveledged fat-asses runs his mouth using all sorts of expletives to cast dispersions on those who criticise right-wing antics-so in all fairness maybe we should start-playing nice isn't doing any good.

Anonymous said...

You know, out of curiosity I did a Google search yesterday to see what Glenn Beck's ratings were like for his CNN show. I was only somewhat surprised to finding postings like this one. However, I was surprised at the amount of pure hatred for someone whom you've obviously not listened to enough to understand what he's about.

Do I worship Beck? Absolutely not. I'm independent and mostly libertarian. But in jumping back and forth between conservative talk radio and Air America I can definitely say that Glenn Beck is the most entertaining of all of them. Even though he's basically conservative, he slams both sides of the political aisle.

Before you do a bunch of name calling, you ought to listen at least enough to understand what he's about. He's real, he's flawed and he readily admits as much. I disagree with him a lot, but at least I respect him and where he's coming from.

The bottom line is that this blind hatred is what's wrong with our country - not the right wing, not the left wing. We all need to grow up, listen, understand and respectfully disagree. Then and only then will we actually make some progress.

Beck=Satan said...

What an idiot! Any man who can say that katrina victims are scumbags deserves to be fired and have other things done to him, which I shall not go into. Oh yeah, and his clip of the history of the middle-east was ridiculously racist and at the end he says "Crazy Arabs! hahahah." Wow, I can't imagine someone being so blatantly racist on tv and being supported by a network like CNN. I used to think that CNN had a little more dignity than FOX, but that's obviously not true anymore. I have a few words for you Beck, you have dug a big hole for yourself and I wouldn't be surprised if I don't hear from you anytime soon! Asshole!

Anonymous said...

I am a 12 year old who hates Glenn Beck, after watching a few of his episodes I've been seeing how he is a racist pig who hates Muslims and how he calls Katrina victims "scum bags" all I can say about him is that he is big fat loser and that he deserves to be punished for what he has said about other people!

Anonymous said...

I may not know the future and I may not know wheather good things or bad things may come along but I know that people in this world should be like sisters and brothers, all I know is that life isn't getting any easier nor its getting better each year. I don't hate Glenn Beck(infact I don't hate anyone) and I don't love him too but I wish he would be a better person and stop his horrible lies.This world isn't to be fought over but to be shared over. This is what I've been waiting to do forever!

Anonymous said...

hey glenn, i will buy you a fucking round trip ticket to iraq if you got the gonads to go , just for the hope that you'll be kidnapped and beheaded on tv or better yet get you balls blown off by a ied so you can know what war is all about you mormon fag theres 50million veiwers that would like to see you shit your pants. i will pay for it .unfortunately you don't have any balls, you attack poor defenseless women and children you fucking coward.hide in your studio and limo. just remember fame is fickle and money is nothing . so actually your a nothing, a zero, in 20 years no one will remember who you were. .

Anonymous said...

"We are there to wipe these people off the face of the Earth", this was this fascist's words on CNN about the invasion of Iraq and Middle East. Well lets think about these ignorant racists who think they are better than everyone else. Where did this ignorant, ugly, pale, and selfish jackass get his information?

This world is in the hands of these idiots who have learned their mathematics, medicine, scinece, language, agriculture, art, and music from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The people they actually look down on.

So loser, I'm sure you go around looking for what people say about you. You need to open those ugly pale blue eyes of yours and realize what a fucking branwashed idiot YOU are. You and racists like you are the once that must be wiped off the face of the Earth, not innocent people around the world who love eachother and would never hurt you if you didnt hurt them. Think about how evil you are, and how you could tell a 7-year old girl to go back to Africa.
You are simply another puppet and think you have some power, well say one wrong word (like PEACE, or EQUALITY)and see how the system you are protecting will fuck you up too.

gratefulx said...

This guy promotes fear. And offers no colective solutions.... people need to have a little fear , fear from a wild dog ,poision, earth quakes etc.... when people are scared they stop thinking and start reacting, i gauntee you most people who watch this can be (are) very smart and informed, but fear trumps all that ... him and his audience create this like minded sembionic relationship, he needs some in his audience of brainy intellectual properties,because they buy lots of shit....

J.D.P. said...

John D. Pergram

You are a but a fleeting glimps in this world, just like the rest of us. With that fact in mind, perhaps you should withhold your judgement of others, for just like mine, your voice is small. Mother Earth has no place in her great heart for those who condem others and never look into the hate they may harbor within themselves.
Perhaps you are right, Beck may be a fool and worse yet a tool to turn the wheels of darkness. But under this Sun, this place where life evolved, it is not our place to judge those we must co-inhabit with, in the end we all return to the Earth and time moves on.
The hate must stop, the hate must be stomped out by a new light, a better way...There is no other way...Our years are numbered...There is no time but now. I understand your anger, we are all so empty and sad, even when we hold our happiness in our shaking hands. It seems so many of us never rise above our lowest point, we never learn to live and forgive. This world is not about Beck, it's not about you nor me...This world is not ours to keep, or shelder from the cold reality of life.
I wish for you to find peace, that is all it is about,inner peace. There are many things in this world that make me ill, but really living my only life makes me well.

Take care my friend, and understand those things that we must rise above.

With respect J.D.P.

anonymous said...

THIS MAN IS FUCKING RACIST AND SOMEONE GET HIM OFF AIR.

Anonymous said...

you fucking moron Beck,
please do a favor and die,you moron.

Anonymous said...

Glen back is the latest in the company of as such great men as Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and so on. Don't let the liberal scumbags get the best of you Glen!!!

Anonymous said...

You Liberals are all alike...If you don't agree with what is said and cannot discuss facts, then resort to cussing, calling people names and doing the personal attack thing. You just might try listening, you might learn something!

Anonymous said...

Glen Beck is just another stupid honkey trying to get some air time. Relax on the hairy monkey. He is a nobody.

Anonymous said...

Glen Beck is a failure, much like Michael Weiner (you know him as Michael Savage) no one really listens to these idiots, but the kool-aid manufacturers use them as baloon floaters and rabble rousers. I listen to Beethoven, not Glen Blechh.

Anonymous said...

If you keep in mind that Beck is an alcoholic drug addict (and likely gay) who CONVERTED to Mormonism, it's easier to understand where he's coming from. His misogynistic comments are common for self-loathing gays and his apocalyptic worldview comes straight from the screwy Mormon playbook.

Anonymous said...

Yep, I can't stand his right-wing climate-change denying views. We get that crap beamed up to Canada and it's bad. There is, unfortunatly, people out there that will mistake his opinions for the turth.

Anonymous said...

Most of the people speaking in this forum should apply to work with the National Inquire.

Anonymous said...

Why is this hate-mongering clown still on the air. He truly disgusts me. Is he for real? Hopefully he will be replaced soon.

Anonymous said...

You guys do realize that his program is billed as a "comedy news show" don't you?

Anonymous said...

I hate Glen Becks guts. Oh wait---he has no guts. He is another puppet. All wood with someones hand stuck up his hiney.

Anonymous said...

The best thing anyone can do is just STOP WATCHING CNN. This network is supporting this single-minded racist. I mean, we have enough with Lou Dobbs. Beck is just too much. I do NOT watch CNN anymore. I will actually go ask my cable company to block all CNN and FOX news channels. I HOPE that all of you that spoke earlier would do the same. Actions speak louder than words. Oh, and Beck... if you ever read this...F.U.

Anonymous said...

Glenn Becks an idiot. Im sick of all the mainstream media channels they are all propaganda. That punk ass Glen Beck called Ron Paul voters terrorist so fuk him.
RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT!!!

cashola said...

His job is to discredit and smear FDR and the New Deal. Another soulless personality willing to parrot his masters agenda for a buck. Much like Dennis Miller, he is a viscious greedy little cowardly man with out a concious or a shred of integrity.

Anonymous said...

That was satire. Like most of his content. It's entertainment people. Get a life.

Anonymous said...

CNN is a racist network and has long been connected to known racists. If you visit their website at anytime you will see their subversive racism, especially against blacks. As Obama comes onto the scene, the number of out of the blue pejorative reports about blacks have sharply increased.

Robert Gillespie said...

Glenn Beck is repulsive, but what scares me is the hateful words used in describing Beck. Is it helpful to use his Mormon faith as an attack? I am Athiest and disagree with all religion, but i do not see how this is helpful. Being a Mormon is no worse than being Southern Baptist, Catholic, or Athiest for that matter. Also, Using "gay" as a slander is pretty pathetic. Just my two cents.

Anonymous said...

People need to wake up the fact that Glenn Beck is simply another opinion pushing charlatan who is a product of mormon cult theology that he mixes with parts of Catholicism and his personal core as a dry alcoholic. And for the record, he is a Mormon and not a Christian. The two are not the same as one is a cult and the other is a religion. This makes Glenn Beck one very twisted screwed up moron who sold his soul to the lowest common denominator of personal stupidity. And for the record…the religion of Islam has far more in common with Christianity than the mormon cult.

Glenn Beck can be summarized simply as a dry mormon alcoholic who never got the counseling required for alcoholics. Those are his only qualifications for anything in life as he never went to college and definitely knows nothing about American History or the US Constitution. Because he does not possess a single ounce of journalistic integrity, this makes him the perfect abortion poster child for Fox Network. Considering the fact that Beck’s personal views are extreme Marxist Libertarian, his form of patriotism is false and he is a person who has no real substance or depth. He is definitely not a true conservative. As with Joseph Smith or that 5th grade graduate who started the Jehovah’s Witness Cult, this over-paid idiot (Glenn Beck) got in bed with Satan a very long time ago. It’s really all about the money as hate, lies, promotion of ignorance and fear mongering are the only marketable skills that Glenn Beck has on his side and he has a growing flock of very impressionable idiots who do not understand the difference between a cult and a religion or truth & facts versus lies.

Glenn Beck consistently demonstrates all the unstable behaviors of a dry alcoholic which include grandiosity, judgmentalism, intolerance, impulsivity, ADD, indecisiveness and blindness to truth. In short, Beck, Limbaugh, O Reilly, Hannity, Palin, O Donnell, Coulter and others like them frequently pervert truth, history, facts, religion and the US Constitution when they open their big mouths. Beck is simply part of a national league of pseudo-conservative idiots who make big money by selling lies and half truths to impressionable fools who occupy the lowest levels of society. Basically…tea baggers and registered republicans who are condemned to repeat the mistakes of history.