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  • Beck: "Thought Police" Prevent Me From Saying 'Fag The New Nigger'

    Blog ››› ››› CARLOS MAZA

    Glenn Beck decried "thought police" for making it difficult to say "fag the new nigger," the title of a poster he featured on his web show. 

    During the June 9 edition of Beck's The Blaze TV program, Beck invited anonymous street artist Sabo to discuss his work. In May, Sabo produced a widely-condemned "Abortion Barbie" poster to attack Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, depicting "a mostly-naked Barbie doll with a plastic baby in her belly."

    The segment spotlighted a number of Sabo's other controversial posters, including one that read "FAG THE NEW NIGGER":

    Discussing the poster, Sabo and Beck lamented that they couldn't use homophobic and racist slurs because "we live in such a politically correct society":

    SABO: You know, it bothers me you can't say the name.

    BECK: It bothers me. It bothers me.

    SABO: I mean, we are such a politically correct environment that you can't even say "fag the new nigger." Why is that? It's a word.

    BECK: I know that. But you know what the reality is.


    BECK: It astounds me that the people who, my whole life, have accused me and people like me of being a Nazi, of trying to stifle speech and everything else - I don't care what you're saying. It doesn't bother me. It's not going to make me cower in fear and run away crying. However, they have now stifled everyone's speech to the point to where we're now getting down to thought police.

    Sabo went on to lament that "the whites in general have been beat down so much" and compare President Obama to Adolf Hitler. 

  • "Climategate" Redux: Conservative Media Distort Hacked Emails ... Again


    Anonymous hackers recently released another batch of emails taken from a climate research group at the University of East Anglia in 2009, along with a document containing numbered excerpts of purportedly incriminating material. Many of these selections have been cropped in a way that completely distorts their meaning, but they were nonetheless repeated by conservative media outlets who believe climate change is a "hoax" and a "conspiracy."

  • Beck Uses Holocaust Images, Distortions, Self-Aggrandizement To Promote His Israel Rally

    Blog ››› ››› KAREN FAMIGHETTI

    A new video has appeared on Glenn Beck's website, titled "FREE GBTV Video Essay: Are the hatreds of the past returning?" The message of the video seems to be that the Jewish people are in danger of facing another Holocaust and no one is willing to stand up to it but Beck. This is in service of advertising Beck's upcoming "Restoring Courage" rally in Israel.

    The video features Beck speaking on his radio show about the upcoming destruction of Israel and the Jewish people overlaid with images of people in Muslim garb calling for the destruction of Jews, and disturbing images of Nazis and concentration camp survivors. Beck warns of hatred of Jews returning and going hand in hand with hatred of capitalism and stereotypes about Jewish bankers, and says that a Nazi party is now forming in Egypt.

  • Meghan McCain Responds To Beck's "Sexist Rant" With An Appeal To His Fatherhood

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    Glenn Beck ridiculed Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain on his radio show yesterday over her participation in an anti-skin-cancer ad in which she appeared with bare shoulders. Beck repeatedly pretended to vomit in reaction to the ad. McCain responded to Beck with an open letter in her Daily Beast column:

    While we're on the subject of you vomiting on air, maybe we should have a little talk. Clearly you have a problem with me, and possibly women in general, but the truth is, it's 2011 and I heard your show on Fox was canceled. Isn't that an indication that the era of the shock jock pundit is over? Don't you think that's a sign you should be pulling it back a little? I mean, if you're too conservative and outrageous for Fox, that should tell you something. There really is no need to make something like my participation in a skin cancer PSA into a sexist rant about my weight and physical appearance, because I'm going to let you in on a little secret, Glenn: you are the only one who looks bad in this scenario, and at the end of the day you have helped me generate publicity for my skin cancer PSA, a cause that I feel quite passionate about.

    You're a full-grown man with teenage daughters who are probably dealing with the sexist, body-obsessed media environment that is difficult for all women. Is this really the legacy you want to be leaving for yourself?

    Read the whole thing.

  • Glenn Beck Has A Problem With Women: Meghan McCain Edition

    Blog ››› ››› DAVID SHERE

    Glenn Beck and his radio co-hosts have displayed a strong pattern of making sexist, crude, and demeaning comments about female public figures -- Beck has even called Hillary Clinton "the stereotypical bitch." (She was a U.S. senator and presidential candidate at the time.)

    The object of today's vitriol was Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain. McCain -- who is no stranger to degrading and sexist attacks from the right -- recently appeared bare-shouldered in a public service announcement raising awareness about skin cancer and promoting the use of sunscreen. She was rewarded for her advocacy for public health with a radio bit in which Beck repeatedly pretended to vomit while discussing her participation in the PSA. Radio listeners heard the sound of Beck mock-vomiting as he dumped water into a garbage can to mimic the sound of being sick (a stunt Beck has pulled in the past in reference to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi). The premium members of Beck's website were treated to this lovely visual:

    Beck Mock Vomits Into A Trash Can

    Although Beck and his sidekicks claimed that Beck was sick because he had been traveling to the Middle East, Beck usually did his mock-vomiting shtick after McCain's name was mentioned or her voice could be heard in the PSA. As if the point weren't obvious enough, co-host Pat Gray commented, "That's weird that -- 'cause she was really -- there she was, naked, and that's when you threw up." After the PSA ended, Beck said, "Well, I think this is an effective --" before Gray interjected: "It's a weight loss thing, though."

    This childish barrage lasts for about eight minutes, during which Beck and Co. suggest that McCain should "put some extra clothes on," going so far as to ponder whether she has "thought about, like, a burka, just so she's extra safe?"

    As if this segment wasn't disgusting enough the first time through, visitors to can view the video feed that was recorded live. It can be seen under the headline "Meghan McCain gets naked, Glenn vomits." It's accompanied by the following text:

    Glenn's certainly proven to be very sensitive. He cries all the time, he complains about his vegan diet, he whines about the temperature of the studio. But as far as we know, very little actually causes him to vomit -- just look at how he handles all that crap he eats all day! But if anything could turn his stomach, it's naked videos of Meghan McCain. "May I just say if you want to talk about essential, luscious, delicious, yummy, just... just a delectable appetizer for the main course, it would have to be Meghan McCain's naked commercial. Oh. My stomach, hang on. I might have eaten something bad."

  • Beck Twists Statement By Obama Adviser To Portray Her As Anti-Israel

    ››› ››› TERRY KREPEL

    Glenn Beck played an edited video clip of Obama adviser Samantha Power to suggest she favors a "mammoth protection force" to "protect against Israel." In fact, Power was asked what would be necessary to stop a move toward genocide by "one party or another" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; she said it may require investment in a new Palestinian state and a "meaningful military presence."