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The Glenn Beck-Sarah Palin Rally to Un-Pervert MLK

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Posted on Aug 19, 2010

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There’s almost too much crazy going on here to cope, but Media Matters does a bang-up job of explaining how Sarah Palin (who told Dr. Laura N-Word “don’t retreat ... reload!”) and Glenn Beck are planning to “reclaim the civil rights movement” with a rally on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “dream” speech.

Media Matters:

While promoting his upcoming “Restoring Honor” rally that falls on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s “I Have a Dream” speech - and chalking up said coincidence to “divine providence” - Glenn Beck has repeatedly invoked the memory of the civil rights movement. According to Beck, the rally will “reclaim the civil rights movement” because “Martin Luther King’s dream” has “been distorted” and “massively perverted by progressives.”

As we’ve noted, Beck’s shameless co-opting of King’s legacy for his own self-aggrandizement is especially appalling in light of his long history of race-baiting (including, but far from limited to calling President Obama a “racist.”)

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By jimch, August 29, 2010 at 11:24 pm Link to this comment

call me Roy, August 29 at 6:05 pm

All my life I’ve heard “dumb blonde” stories. Now I understand why.

I’m watching “Meet The Press.” Mary Landrieu is chastizing Glen Beck on his erroneous “facts” about New Orleans post-Katrina. She isn’t the “press” who is critical of him. Beck just pulls HIS facts from…guess where.

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By call me roy, August 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment

If anyone still thought the lame-stream media were objective, this article should clear up that particular misconception. In addition to the various slanted/wrong reportage mentioned above, I would like to point out that (taxpayer supported) NPR’s morning coverage of the about-to-unfold event was remarkable in its sneering tone. An example: MSN’s homepage does not even have the event listed on the first page. Gee, Newsvine and MSNBC are really Pravda America aren’t they?
I like this example:
A comment from Pat C who was at the event. Wasn’t Maritn Luther King all about “character rather than color of skin”? So why does Al Sharpton think he has claim to “everything Martin Luther” simply by the color of his (Sharpton’s)skin? Don’t you think Martin Luther would be happy to see a celebration of his life by a gathering of people of all skin colors? MLK is a piece of American History. I am American. So why can’t I embrace him too? Al Sharpton’s existence and notoriety is dependent on the continuation of racism, so he has a stake in making sure that racism continues to exist, or at least portraying it as such. This does not mean that racism does not exist, but rather we have moved beyond this in the general scheme of things. Sharpton misrepresents the extent of racism and also, racism works both ways. BTW, I am blonde and I have experienced stereotyping because of my hair color. Does this happen often? No. Do I use this as an excuse when things don’t go my way? No. I don’t want to trivialize race issues, but we need to move past this.
Many of the Guest Speakers in the Restoring Honor Rally were of different races. Two of the Speakers in the rally who actually got the most applause were black and hispanic. So why did multiple news media only talk about Glen Beck and Sarah Palin? Could it be that this whole rally was not consistent with their “liberal paradigm” and their reporting simply had to make it fit their agenda? I think the answer is obvious. I am sick of the mainstream media trying to make and twist news. Maybe that’s why Fox News has a much larger audience than all of the other networks combined. When will the mainstream news outlets wake up and start doing their job the way they are supposed to?

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By call me roy, August 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment

The biggest news in cable news of 2010 is the remarkable rise of Glenn Beck at Fox. His Friday night special drew huge numbers and leapfrogged his show above long-time #2 Sean Hannity. What was CNN thinking when the let this guy get away? As for the rest of the cable news pack, some were up a little, some were down a little. And Larry King continues to be CNN’s last man standing. Not now. So who does MSNBC have? Nobody except Keith Olbermann who has the contagious virus going around MSNBC called the “Maher Syndrome.” Keith’s commentary never included a smidgeon of intelligence but now it’s even worse, he now sounds like a cross between Mel Gibson and Lawrence O’Donnell. As the syndrome progresses it will cause Keith to fall into the “Chris Matthews phase.” This will lead him to believe that he is his own guest, in other words, he asks and answers every question.This will lead Larry to start spitting when he pronounces certain words, it’s similar to Sylvester the Cat’s lisp.  Sylvester’s lisp of course was much worse but at least the people he talked to stayed dry. The next phase is the Dylan Rattigan phase and he will find himself starting to spend time in Hugh Hefner’s grotto and believing the women when they tell him “you were great” or he will start believing the info coming out of MSNBC. The last stage of the syndrome is called the Bill Maher psycho phase. This phase will start with an eye “tremor” or eye itch, similar to the one that Inspector Dryfus had (Inspector Clouseau’s enemy) in the Pink Panther movies. The angrier you get, the more it twitches. The more it twitches the angrier you get. And of course with this last phase, he will start believing the notes the Progressives have him reading.

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By MeHere, August 20, 2010 at 9:21 am Link to this comment

felicity - Indeed!  And some of them are holding office already, if I’m not

Jaded Prole - Yes. They generally also excel at putting on circus shows.
Watch for the coming attractions.

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By sciencehighway, August 20, 2010 at 9:06 am Link to this comment

I’m just old enough to recall watching the Army/McCarthy hearings on television in the early 1950s. (Google it if this means nothing to you. While the targets of his wrath might have differed, the rhetoric spewed by the Junior Senator from Wisconsin will sound very familiar.)

As an aging optimist (some would say fool, but I’ve read enough history to recognize the sine wave of societal debate), I continue to believe that the outrageous nonsense spouted by the likes of Beck, Palin and the team at Fox must eventually hit a tipping point - a degree of super-saturation that will knock the blinders off even their most passionate followers. Sadly, I can’t imagine the depths to which we’ll likely descend before that happens. We’re a very long way from the brand of opportunistic schemer who could be driven back to boozy obscurity (as Senator McCarthy was) by the words “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

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By felicity, August 20, 2010 at 8:32 am Link to this comment

MeHere - and we have history to prove it.  The
Depression caused political upheaval almost world-wide. 
Enter nationalistic demagogues put in place by
desperate citizens.

At this point in our ‘history’ our demagogues are
merely popping up all over the place but give us time
filled with enough economic upheaval and they’ll be
holding offices.

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By jimch, August 20, 2010 at 6:02 am Link to this comment

Inherit The Wind,

Question #2: Who the FUCK is stupid enough to buy into this bullshit?

I think there are at least two: Roger Ayles and Rupert Murdoch. Of course we could throw in the entire Fox staff as well.

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By Jaded Prole, August 20, 2010 at 4:32 am Link to this comment

If there is one consistent characteristic of ultra-right fascists it is that they possess an unlimited amount of audacity. Shameless audacity.

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By Inherit The Wind, August 20, 2010 at 4:19 am Link to this comment

Palin and Beck are going to reclaim the Civil Rights movement because “We are the people who did it”?????

This defies reality.

Fact: The famous rally and “I have a Dream” speech took place August 28, 1963.

Fact: Glenn Beck wasn’t born until Feb 10, 1964.

Fact: Sarah Palin wasn’t born until Feb 11, 1964.

Fact: The Civil Rights Act became law on July 2, 1964, when Beck-Lin were 5 months old, far from walking or talking, and shitting their diapers.

Fact: The Voting Rights Act became law on Aug 6, 1965, when Beck-Lin were 18 months old, probably talking and walking, but STILL shitting their diapers.

Question: How the FUCK can these two hallucinating liars claim THEY made the Civil Right Movement happen or are going to “reclaim” it?

Question #2: Who the FUCK is stupid enough to buy into this bullshit?

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By MeHere, August 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment

It doesn’t fail.  Whenever things get worse in a society, fascistic mania surfaces as a problem-solving illusion.

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By squeaky jones, August 19, 2010 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment
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It appears Beck and Palin are the voice of White Skinheads. They are willing to disrespect African-Americans out loud. Let us always remember what they stand for, White Supremacy.

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By KenDen, August 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment

What would be great is that if someone could organize a counter rally that would completely drown out these f***ing morons.

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By kerryrose, August 19, 2010 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment

First Palin devalues feminism and call herself a ‘new feminist’.  Now they both devalue the struggles that led to the civil rights movement.  It is ugly and beyond disrespectful.

Remember, this country is discussing Palin as president.  I never forget, and it colors the way I look at my entire community.  I know the people who write the textbooks support Palin, maybe my superintendent, maybe my doctoral adviser. 

The world deserves a lot less respect than we are led to believe.

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By ibh, August 19, 2010 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment
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They both should to be horsewhip for speaking out of turn

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By Queenie, August 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

No one is going to co-opt Mr. King. And certainly not insane pigs like Palin and Beck. But MSM will fan the flames nevertheless.

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By diamond, August 19, 2010 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment

All this proves is that the right are a bunch of shameless, lying bastards. But I already knew that.

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