Thursday, May 26, 2011

Glenn Beck Verbally Attacks Malia Obama

Even some of the most vicious criminals have a code of honor. No matter how much you hate your rival, you never attack his wife or children.The same can be true for most politicians and political commentators, who typically have enough decency to realize that your children have nothing to do with political combat.

Glenn Beck broke that code recently on his radio show when he decided to engage in an unprovoked attack on 11-year-old Malia Obama, the president's daughter, by mocking her inquiries into the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Beck ridiculed the education level of Obama's children. He even joked that Malia likely asked her father why he "hates black people." The routine went on for a while and apparently, Beck, his guests and Fox News producers thought it was amusing to make fun of an innocent child before a national audience. Sorry my friends, but it's not.
Beck's comments were disturbing, even in comparison to his colleagues, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. By making Obama's children part of his hateful dialogue, he has sunk to a new low and even made his conservative colleagues uncomfortable. I am not even sure if Rush or O'Reillly would have stooped to this, since only a complete coward would hurt a little girl.

The mistakes in Beck's attack were two fold: First, he got personal with Obama's family. It is one thing to criticize someone's policies, and it's another to attack the intelligence of your enemy's children. Second, he brought race into the discussion.
Given that some Fox News hosts already have a sordid history of playing with racial stereotypes (anchors once referred to the first lady as Barack's "baby's mama") and Bill O'Reilly recently said that black scholar Marc Lamont Hill looks like a cocaine dealer), this comment fits right in with the insensitive style of the network. I am not sure what corporate sponsor would want to be associated with a show like this one, given that Beck has gone out of his way to prove that he and anyone associated with him proudly carries the banner of unapologetic bigotry.

Excerpt Reprinted from The Grio Blog, Author Dr. Boyce Watkings (5/28/11)

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