If there is a more disingenuous hypocrite in American media, I swear, I can’t think of who it might be. Glenn Beck, who is twiddling his thumbs until his new show premieres on Fox News, tells this story of a recent encounter he had with a truck driver at a Wendy’s Restaurant. Here is the juicy part:
“He looked at me and the recognition was immediate and he said, You racist bigot! And I just said — I wanted to say, I think you have me mistaken for someone else, but I knew he knew who I was and he just hated me for who I was. You conservatives that have destroyed this country! And the hatred was so deep, it was breath taking. Luckily the swat team was there and I just separated myself from him and he just shouted through other people and there were children in the restaurant and he blamed me for everything, I believe including the Holocaust, and the hatred was palpable. The guy screamed at the restaurant, you better not let me see you in the parking lot because I’ve got a truck and I’ll run your ass over! Wow. Is this who we’ve become? Is this who we’ve become?”
I have to hand it to the truck driver who felt compelled to express himself when confronting the face of evil. Beck is indeed a racist bigot, and he needs to hear it more often from the public he assaults from the safety of his studio. But here’s the funny part:
“I could stand in line with Michael Moore and I wouldn’t say that to him. I would say some things to Michael Moore, but it wouldn’t be that. Is this who we’ve become? I believe there is a caldron of hatred on both sides, but the left is quite frightening. The extreme right is frightening, as well. I don’t care if you’re a Republican, Democrat, or independent. I don’t care who you voted for. We cannot become that person.”
Someone needs to remind Beck of his radio broadcast on May 17, 2008:
“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.”
That’s right Glenn Beck. You are that person. But an even worse version who is so thoroughly delusional he probably should be in a padded room. He certainly shouldn’t be on the radio or TV.