The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

20 May 2005

Liberals Target Glenn Beck Show For Extinction

President Not Moore Valuable?

New Selective Outrage From The Left


Liberal organizations and bloggers are in overdrive, after nationally syndicated, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck was said to have threatened Michael Moore's life. It's sparked a write-in and telephone campaign to get Beck off the air, via his syndicator, complaints to the FCC and calls for his arrest.

Don't these lefties have a very selective sense of outrage?

Here's what Media Matters, a leftist site, claims Beck said on May 17:




BECK
: Hang on, let me just tell you what I'm thinking. I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could.

I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out -- is this wrong? I stopped wearing my What Would Jesus -- band -- Do, and I've lost all sense of right and wrong now. I used to be able to say, "Yeah, I'd kill Michael Moore," and then I'd see the little band: What Would Jesus Do?

And then I'd realize, "Oh, you wouldn't kill Michael Moore. Or at least you wouldn't choke him to death." And you know, well, I'm not sure.


If this transcript is accurate (and indications are that it is), then it's not something conservatives can condone or defend.

Sure, regular listeners know Beck's crazy man routine, intended to be entertainment. Looks like it crossed the line here.

"Progressives" have a fairly good track record ruining talk show hosts, they pretty much wiped Dr. Laura off the map, after her comments about gays several years back. More recently, they scared most of Michael Savage's advertisers away, after his cable television outburst about "sodomites".

Now they have their sights set on Beck, who's in a fairly vulnerable position, having recently lost some key affiliates in Atlanta and elsewhere. Once touted by Clear Channel's Premiere Radio Networks as the next big talk radio star, Beck's popularity has declined, but still does well in some cities.

Perhaps they see him as an easy target.

Funny how when two liberal talk hosts called for the President's extermination (previously documented here) the left was silent. Nothing came of two outrageous incidents by nationally syndicated host Randi Rhodes, other than an apology after the second instance.

As reported by NewsMax in April:

The controversy stems from a Social Security reform bit on her program, in which someone from the fictional "American Association of Armed Retired People" says, "A spoiled child is telling us our Social Security isn't safe anymore, so he is going to fix it for us.

"Well, here's your answer, you ungrateful whelp," says the imagined retiree - and then four gunshots ring out.

Now they're hopping mad, from blogs to lefty activism sites, furious that Beck isn't the subject of a police investigation.

Is Michael Moore's life really more valuable than the President's?

From a discussion at the Daily Kos, it's clear liberals are pretending their own incidents never occurred. Here's "Let's Be Frank":


What would the right do if Al Franken said this?

They would do everything in their power to rip him apart and permanently destroy his reputation, send complaints to the FCC and lobby to get him taken off the air.

That is exactly my point. I refuse to play the character assasination and free speech suffocating game that the right does, and I will not stoop to their level with this "gotcha" game.


Frank is miles off in the first part of his statement, conservatives spent very little energy trying to remove Rhodes and a local host from the airwaves, probably realizing it would be a futile effort.

However, a Secret Service investigation was demanded in each case, because civilized Americans know it isn't okay to encourage the President's execution.

Note: early reader responses to this piece point out that Beck's context must be considered. Was it part of a parody skit? True, but that's exactly how the second "Randi Rhodes Show" incident went down, a recorded bit she was able to blame on production staff in another city. We can consider the circumstances, but shouldn't made excuses.

Unlike the left, conservatives don't feel the need to stand by everything done or said by people who claim to subscribe to the movement. In the Rhodes case, clearly there should have been more outrage from the left, but mostly they covered for her.

Conservatives don't want to get into that habit, either.

Frank's second point, considered flame bait in the discussion, is just as wrong.

The left invented this "gotcha game", see the above examples. It really began with years of unsuccessful efforts to remove Rush Limbaugh from the airwaves, from advertiser boycotts, to Congressional efforts to reinstate the FCC's former Fairness Doctrine, known on Capitol Hill as "Hush Rush" legislation.

A radio industry discussion of the matter is found here.

So far, conservatives seem to be unaware of the movement against Beck, with little or no discussion about it on right-leaning sites so far. Ignoring it would be foolish.


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23 Comments:

  • Yet they are silent about Indra Nooyi and Linda Nooyi

    By Blogger DonSurber, at 20 May, 2005 15:59  

  • **So far, conservatives seem to be unaware of the movement against Beck, with little or no discussion about it on right-leaning sites so far.**

    Amazing isnt it... especially since they were all over Randi the next day, calling for her to be investigated by the secret service...

    Glen Beck... conservative media... crickets chirping...
    -Marty
    Seattle

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 20 May, 2005 17:12  

  • Marty, think that if you want, but I'm saying they actually hadn't heard about it yet. I've been checking and if the liberals hadn't decided to make a big deal about this, it probably would have gone unnoticed.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 20 May, 2005 17:53  

  • What Beck didn't realize was, he doesn't have to kill a guy who's working so hard at killing himself, with every Papa-size pizza and mega-cheeseburger he shoves in his piehole, but though I admire Glenn's sense of humor, his foot's never been too far from his mouth.
    Since the internet is fast-becoming the stronghold of real conservatives while the socons and faux-cons wane on talk radio, I don't expect a lot of attention from the real right.

    By Blogger Galt-In-Da-Box, at 20 May, 2005 18:44  

  • Since moving to the Texas Gulf Coast from the Socialist Soviet of Seattle, yeah, have heard the very insufferable Glen Beck, one who not only takes himself too seriously, but comes across as a pompous jerk who fancies himself as a kinda comedian - really.
    Rather than be bombasted by him, I leave the radio off and play some Clifford Brown, Art Pepper, Basie or Brubeck (among others).
    I was driving into Freeport from my home on Quintana Island, heard that quoted passage, shook my head in sympathy and turned off the radio. Candidly, he sucks -- and as a retired broadcaster, my top choices (again) include Dori Monson (who's the only one I miss), Limbaugh, Larry Elder, my fellow Libertarian.......
    Have a great weekend!

    By Blogger Frost, at 20 May, 2005 18:55  

  • Somehow I don't think the lefties would be making a big deal out of Beckie's overwrought (as are so many things with him) declaration re: the Bearded Whale, if the VRVM (Virtuous Right Wing Media) hadn't zeroed in on Randi's bit.

    BTW, Beck was syndicated based on huge numbers he ran up in Tampa at WFLA. Those were 'juiced.' First, at that time WFLA was the only news-talker in the market, and had not had serious competition in about five years. Secondly, the Program Director fired every other local host just before Beck started at WFLA, and at that time he was the only local host in the number 21 radio market. The company even cancelled a conservative talker on another station in the same group who was bartering his time, not even an employee, just so Beck could have a clear shot.

    Beck's lackluster performance in many markets shows that his Tampa 'success' was a fluke.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 20 May, 2005 19:47  

  • Wait a minute, Brian. Are you saying you wouldn't kill Michael Moore or you don't think Glenn Beck should kill him? I'm torn...I'm still worried about that puppy Glenn threatened to kill. But alas, I think his life was spared. By the way, is Micheal Moore still around? Why haven't we heard from him. Maybe Glenn really killed him! Hmmmmm

    By Blogger rich glasgow, at 20 May, 2005 20:15  

  • We need Moore ALIVE for as long as possible. He helps the GOP more than anybody, save Jim McDermott or Ted Kennedy.

    Long Live Michael Moore!

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 20 May, 2005 20:20  

  • I guess I'm going against the grain here. I really enjoy listening to Glenn Beck. I heard this stupid "skit" and e-mailed him about how inappropriate it was.

    As far as him taking himself too seriously, that may be, but he did a pretty good job with that mayor of Columbus.

    There still is a big difference between threatening to kill a bloviating blowhole and threatening to kill the President of the United States!

    By Blogger RUMPLEMINTZ, at 20 May, 2005 22:09  

  • Yeah, Beck is arrogant, but he is entertaining. I would rather listen to him than O'Reilly or Savage. Arrogant? THEY take the cake.

    By Anonymous Cottam, at 20 May, 2005 23:59  

  • I don't like Beck.

    I don't listen to Beck, and avoid hisbest buddy who comes n before him here in Houston, Pat Gray. Heck, I try to avoid listening to KPRC completely, because i would rather hear the real conservatives over at KSEV.

    But what I see in the transcript seems to be an explanation of how, while he might fantasize about killing a political opponent, his religious beliefs would keep him from doing it. In that he is differentiating himself from the atheistic Left & the Islamist horde.

    For that reason, i am not as disturbed as the folks on the Left who are ginning up a controversey, or those on the right who are falling for it.

    By Anonymous Rhymes With Right, at 21 May, 2005 10:11  

  • Rhymes:

    I do understand that with Beck, there's always a context issue, don't think he intends to be taken too seriously.

    At the same time, do you want to hand your opponents ammo on a silver platter?

    No, Beck needs to watch it a bit.

    Remember, context is the same excuse used at first for Rhodes.

    On the other hand, this is generating publicity for Glenn, which might have been his intent from the start.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 21 May, 2005 11:44  

  • Brian

    I don't think it was a publicity stunt, like I said I heard it and it was more of a rambling skit without any real direction.

    By Blogger RUMPLEMINTZ, at 21 May, 2005 14:24  

  • "What would the right do if Al Franken said this?"

    Personally? absolutely nothing. have you scene Air America's ratings... not worth the time or concern.

    By Blogger Calvus, at 21 May, 2005 14:43  

  • I look at talk Radio as entertainment with an attitude where on-air hosts are working hard to maintain ratings...so many things are said for effect rather than factuality.
    Saying you would like to kick somebody's ass doesn't do much to convince anyone that such is your intent, so I have a difficult time signing on to most of the blatant crap that comes across the airwaves (left and right).
    I think the bottom line ends up being a bell curve effect regardless of the talk host or the topic.
    Firing an on-air personality for expressing an opinion does not show me much character, but radio managers are probably as honorable as politicians anyway.

    By Blogger dailyread, at 21 May, 2005 20:05  

  • Brian,

    You write that the "liberal media" has made a big deal of Beck's comment about Michael Moore. This is simply false.

    I did a Lexis search for "beck" and "michael moore." There was exactly ONE mention of this in a printed newspaper (and none contained in TV transcripts). Moreover, that mention was contained within a story, rather than being the story's central focus.

    Compare that to Randi Rhodes' Bush comment/sound effect, where you had an editorial about it in Investor's Business Daily, a discussion of it on CNN, etc.

    Your liberal media myth continues to drown...

    By Anonymous Lou, at 23 May, 2005 11:41  

  • To illustrate the total hypocrisy here:

    Last year, after the Janet Jackson Super Bowl fiasco and immediately after he was dropped on six Clear Channel stations, Howard Stern wished that Lowry Mays, the CEO of Clear Channel, die! At the time Mays was in the hospital undergoing major surgery. Not a peep was heard from anybody, especially on the Left or in the media. Oh, that was Howard being Howard!

    Glenn Beck is no Howard Stern but he is also no President Bush. Any attempt to equalize the two "incidents" is absurd!

    By Anonymous ira, at 23 May, 2005 19:47  

  • To illustrate the total hypocrisy here:

    Last year, after the Janet Jackson Super Bowl fiasco and immediately after he was dropped on six Clear Channel stations, Howard Stern wished that Lowry Mays, the CEO of Clear Channel, die! At the time Mays was in the hospital undergoing major surgery. Not a peep was heard from anybody, especially on the Left or in the media. Oh, that was Howard being Howard!

    Glenn Beck is no Howard Stern but he is also no President Bush. Any attempt to equalize the two "incidents" is absurd!

    By Anonymous ira, at 23 May, 2005 19:49  

  • This is hogwash. Right wingers have a history of defending this conduct by their own. In fact, right wingers have the most selective ethics on the planet.

    Newt the Hoot is banging an intern at the same time he's persecuting President Clinton for the same conduct. Do we hear the right go after Newt?

    Spokane's gay and homophobic mayor is caught in a sting and the right defends him. Can you even imagine if that were Sims instead?

    And I don't hear Brian Baloney calling for Beck to step down. The right never polices their own. Period.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 May, 2005 09:03  

  • Wow, a man threatens a mans life and it is passed off as a joke. Then the people who don't like it are called Liberals. Then the I know you are but what am I mentality comes up. I have never seen a dumber group in all my days.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 25 May, 2005 16:24  

  • Typical Brian misinformation, he says, "Note: early reader responses to this piece point out that Beck's context must be considered. Was it part of a parody skit? True, but that's exactly how the second "Randi Rhodes Show" incident went down, a recorded bit she was able to blame on production staff in another city. We can consider the circumstances, but shouldn't made excuses"

    Randi Rhodes also apologized for the parody, saying it was in poor taste. Interesting that you only seem to want to tell the part of the story that suits your agenda.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 June, 2005 09:57  

  • anyone who hasn't listened to Glenn Beck and just reads or gets a verbatim of this quote will obviously think he is nuts.

    anyone who cares about context and understands sarcasm knows just how OBVIOUS this was done with tongue in cheek.

    Are you anti-Beck critics interested in calling Jonathan Swift out for his "Modest Proposal" of eating children?

    Obviously Beck will be targetted because he is an effective somewhat conservative voice in the media. But frankly, targetting him for this comment is laughable.

    Do you same people also believe that Beck runs a corporation called "Evil Conservative Industries", as he often claims on his show.

    You have to listen to him for more than 30 seconds before determining context of comments. You don't just listen to a comedian for 30 seconds, hear a naughty joke, and then picket their shows.

    Rediculous. If you want to understand Glenn Beck, listen to his skit about Bobo the puppy that he smothered with a pillow on the air. Once you've listened to that in it's entirety (including the aftermath) you will understand, and love Beck just as much as I do. Or you're dumb. :D

    aim tdcjason
    email hager47@marshall.edu
    jason hager

    By Blogger tdcjason, at 20 January, 2006 12:04  

  • "anyone who cares about context"

    I love how conservatives suddenly care about context when it's one of their own.

    Didn't much care for context when you all went on about Al Gore claiming to have invented the Internet (and you still go on about it to this day.)

    Didn't much care for context when you all went on about Bill Clinton attempting to redefine the word "is" (which he wasn't--was trying to avoid answering a badly worded trick question.)

    Didn't much care for context when you all went on about Jocelyn Elders wanting to have masturbation taught in schools (which she wasn't advocating at all but using as an example.)

    But suddenly you're all so concerned about context. Go figure.

    By Blogger ZipX, at 13 February, 2006 03:30  

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