Wallace cites advice on "respect" from Beck -- who attacked Obama's 11-year-old daughter

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On today's Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace followed what he called his show's "tradition" of airing clips of the "advice" that various commencement speakers have been giving graduating college students. Notably, Wallace highlighted Glenn Beck's commentary on "respect" from the speech he gave at the Liberty University commencement:

BECK: Respect others. Know that they are most likely afraid, just like you. In fact, the more arrogant and the more forceful they become, I have found the more afraid they really are.

Beck's comments rather jarringly led right into President Obama's own advice to grads. Wallace seems to have missed the irony -- just over a week ago, Beck spectacularly failed to follow his own advice on "respect," engaging in an extensive and despicable attack on Obama's 11-year-old daughter, Malia.

This was, of course, only the latest example in Beck's long record of failing to "respect others." Beck has repeatedly attacked members of Obama's family, including mocking his aunt's limp. Beck also reportedly responded to a talk radio rival's criticism by calling the rival host's wife on air and ridiculing her for having a miscarriage; reportedly called Michael Schiavo a "murderer" who sired two "bastard" children; attacked victims of Hurricane Katrina as "scumbags"; said that it took him "about a year to start hating the 9-11 victims' families"; and so on, and so on, and so on.

Incidentally, it's curious that Wallace homed in on Beck's comments about "respect" instead of his claim that we all "have a responsibility" to speak out about "what time it is" or "blood ... will be on our hands." Or perhaps he could have highlighted Beck's exhortation to "shoot to kill."

(h/t Think Progress)

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