Why “Glenn Beck” alongside real news at CNN?

By | August 21, 2008

Here are today’s CNN Top news items:

Team USA loses bid for fourth straight softball gold medal
NFL player’s union chief Gene Upshaw dies
Tropical Storm Fay parks off Florida
Kite-surfer who hit building improving, mom says.
Glenn Beck: Throw Democrats out of city hall

Who died and made “Glenn Beck” of world importance? At the very least, why isn’t there a democratic voice too? I don’t understand why this is allowed to happen and it annoys me deeply.  I turn to CNN headlines seeking objective news, not opinion.

Why don’t I see this on CNN?

MARC McDONALD: Why Is CNN Dignifying Glenn Beck, A Bigot Who Called Cindy Sheehan A “Slut”?

… 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.” … 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. … 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. – beggarscanbechoosers

Here are some Beck quotes:

“Cindy Sheehan is a tragedy slut.” – Glenn Beck, August 15, 2005

“I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore…I could kill him myself, [or] I would need to hire somebody to do it,…No, I think I could. …I could just [choke his] life out.” – Glenn Beck, May 17, 2005.

“Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.” – Glenn Beck, Nov. 14, 2006, to Keith Ellison, first Muslim in the U.S. Congress.

This from Infowars:

Activists claimed that Beck’s employees admitted Secret Service were chaperoning Beck, leading to charges that Beck is being directly bankrolled and protected by the government to spew his propaganda.

2 thoughts on “Why “Glenn Beck” alongside real news at CNN?

  1. meean jones

    This is funny have you ever actually listened to Becks “Hate spewing. . .” program? In your two paragraph little summery I heard a lot more spewing than I hear in Glen’s 3 hour show. Of course he speaks his mind he is a real person that is why he is so popular. You never actually debated any of Becks ideas only random ramblings (which were ment to be a joke not taken seriously.) I find people like you all over- you have no actual argument only hate. Glen has real issues I didn’t hear any from you and that is why people listen to him and not to you, it is also why there will never be a great democratic “voice”- because the values and morals you guys stand on sound a lot like complaining and no one wants to listen to that.

  2. Xeno Post author

    Hello. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comment.

    Yes, I have listened to Glenn Beck’s show. I have to be honest: found it disgusting. I sample every station on my dial because I like variety and I believe it is important to hear all views. Beck has said some intelligent things about the economy and about accountability, with which I agree, but he is filled with hate. Don’t take my word for it, listen to him: Glenn Beck: “I hate 9/11 victims families for asking questions”.

    Someone is paying to have him spread his hate on the radio and on CNN. Who? Here is a list of his sponsors.

    I’d like him replaced with a talk show about the frontiers of science or medicine, something of positive social value.

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