Among high-profile media pundits, Glenn Beck has used some of the most divisive language when speaking about President Obama. Just last week he called Obama a “racist” who “hates white people.” But yesterday on his Fox News show, an unusually subdued Beck turned down his hostility to deliver a message, in an apparent attempt to insulate himself, saying the interaction needs to be “respectful, polite, forceful and peaceful” because “one lunatic like Timothy McVeigh could ruin everything”:
BECK: If anyone thinks that it would be a good idea to turn violent, think again. It would destroy the Republic. They have awakened a sleeping giant. But just one lunatic like Timothy McVeigh could ruin everything that everyone has worked so hard for. Because these people in Washington won’t pass up the use of an emergency. Look how the media ran with the abortion doctor killing. They tried to pin that despicable act on Fox in general and specifically Bill O’Reilly and me. …I don’t want to ever hear from our own Americans, anyone voicing some sort of Muslim-extremist type justification.
Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen writes: “Beck has spent months — literally screaming and crying — insisting that the president is a socialist/fascist/communist/racist who’s trying to destroy the country through totalitarian means. Major media outlets have plenty of irresponsible voices, but Beck has been unique in his insane rantings. It wasn’t hard to imagine some of his viewers/listeners getting so worked up, they might at least consider doing something dangerous.”
Update: A fan of Glenn Beck was recently arrested for “scouting out and taking pictures of an Air National Guard base." The woman had an arsenal that included an XM-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and 500 rounds of ammunition.
Glenn Beck Fan Busted for Casing National Guard Base
Dear CNN and Fox: This is what happens when you give false legitimacy to people like Glenn Beck:
As reported by Saturday's NY Post ( http://bit.ly/... ), "A Long Island mother of three -- armed to the teeth with an assault rifle and shotgun -- was arrested for scouting out and taking pictures of an Air National Guard base.
" Her arsenal included an XM-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and 500 rounds of ammunition.
The woman, Nancy Genovese, had been seen at the base a few weeks earlier, taking photos and questioning the guards. This time she had returned to take photos of the perimeter of the base. It's not difficult to make the connection that she was paranoid about "FEMA Camps".
Genovese is a Glenn Beck fan, according to her MySpace page ( http://bit.ly/... and archived at http://www.webcitation.org/...). "He is mad as hell and so are we. He is right and so are we", writes Genovese, who also posted a video of a Glenn Beck rant.
Genovese additionally posted an amateur video indicating her apparent affinity for right-wing militia movements.
Just look at her MySpace page -- and in case that's wiped, here's the archived version. She's convinced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is evil (and not because of the rotten job it did under Bushes One and Two). FEMA FEMA FEMA! (And like Michele Bachmann, she's not fond of census takers, either. Or health care reform.)
At last report, she was being held for psychiatric observation after going "berzerk" in the courtroom. A picture of Ms. Genovese, as well as the picture of what she had stashed in her trunk (see above) can be found at the Southampton Press' story on this incident.
Oh, and check out her Twitter page. Yes, she's a tea bagger, too.
Meanwhile, Glenn Beck was spotted lying his ass off about the highly successful "cash for clunkers" program.