By MARC McDONALD
Why is Fox News hatemonger Glenn Beck going blind?
First, before we address this question, I'd like to relate a short story.
Years ago, I worked as a reporter for a small Texas newspapers. I was assigned the crime beat. So my daily routine always started at the local police station. When I arrived each morning, a police department secretary would hand me the most recent crime incident sheet. I'd look over the recent local crimes for anything of interest.
One crime I saw occasionally listed was something called a "terroristic threat." This is a misdemeanor crime that occurs when someone makes a threat that causes another person to be in fear of bodily harm, among other things.
It's a crime and people are charged with it every day. People are found guilty of this crime daily and go to jail for it.
The reason I mention this is that I recall an incident a while back in which Beck casually and matter-of-factly talked about killing Michael Moore.
On May 17, 2005, Beck said the following on his radio show:
"I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it."
Beck never faced any sort of charges for making this threat.
In fact, since Beck made that quote, his career has gone from strength to strength. For example, in 2008, he made over $23 million. His audience and influence continues to soar. This, despite the fact that he continues to spew out crazy, violent rhetoric like his 2005 quote about killing Moore.
Like many other right-wing crazies, Beck can pretty much get away with saying anything and face zero repercussions. Beck can call the predominately African-American victims of Hurricane Katrina "scumbags" and get away with it. He can call the mother of a fallen soldier, Cindy Sheehan, a "slut" and get away with it. He can chillingly talk about killing Moore and get away with it.
Anyway, getting back to my original question, why is Beck going blind?
Frankly, I don't care. He's a sick, evil man and he deserves whatever is coming to him.
But maybe it's karma. What goes around, comes around.
Some people claim that certain activities can lead to one becoming blind. I've never been one to put much stock in this idea. But I do know one thing: nobody masturbates more on the public airwaves than Beck does.
In fact, when you look up the word "masturbate" in the dictionary, you ought to see a picture of Beck, with his incoherent blackboard ramblings. And what is today's "Restoring Honor" rally in D.C. other than a big circle jerk of Beck and his deluded, brainwashed followers?
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