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Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2009 04:53:10 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Battle of the race-baiters: Beck vs. Limbaugh
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Battle of the race-baiters: Beck vs. Limbaugh

Race-baiting opportunists Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck seized on the
controversy surrounding the arrest of Harvard University professor
Henry Louis Gates Jr. to claim that it is Obama who has a problem

Beck told the Fox & Friends crew on Tuesday:

This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy, over and over
and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the
white culture -- I don't know what it is.

Seconds later, however, Beck said:

I'm not saying that he doesn't like white people. I'm saying he has a

And Beck's coup de grace:

This guy is, I believe, a racist.

Surely, such a ridiculously absurd and offensive statement would not
be tolerated on any respectable news network. Surely Fox News hasn't
mainstreamed so much lunacy (thanks in large part to Beck) that they
are OK with one of their anchors calling the first African-American
president -- who was raised by a white mother and white grandparents
-- a "racist" and asserting he has a "deep-seated hatred for white
people"? Right?

Well, Fox News senior vice president of programming Bill Shine put
the following statement later that day:

During Fox & Friends this morning, Glenn Beck expressed a personal
opinion which represented his own views, not those of the Fox News
Channel. And as with all commentators in the cable news arena, he is
given the freedom to express his opinions.

Oy. Another network head shamelessly tries to claim that his anchor's
rhetoric is not reflective of the network itself.

At least some in the media called out Beck for his comments.

NBC News posted on its First Read blog Wednesday:

What's most amazing about this episode is that what Beck said isn't a
fireable or even a SUSPENDABLE offense by his bosses. There was a
when outrageous rants like this would actually cost the ranters their
jobs. But not anymore; if anything, it's now encouraged.

MSNBC's Donny Deutsch took a more pragmatic approach, listing Beck's
advertisers and encouraging viewers to write to those sponsors and
demand that they pull advertising money from Beck's show.

Even The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck -- who often regurgitates
conservative talking points from Fox News -- said there was "danger"
in Beck's rhetoric. "Whenever you throw that word out at somebody,
better be able to back it up, and he's not able to," she said on
Friday. (Flashback: Beck gets PWND by the View co-hosts and is forced
to admit he "mischaracterized" a story about co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg
and Barbara Walters.)

CNN contributor Roland Martin called Beck "the P.T. Barnum of

And Stephen Colbert summed it up thusly: "Beck likes arguing but has
deep-seated hatred for logic."

Although Beck may have stolen most of the headlines this week for his
"racist" comment, Limbaugh's comments this week about Obama's
to the Gates controversy were merely the latest examples of his
longstanding reliance on race-baiting.

In addition to calling Gates "an angry racist" and suggesting Obama
an "Oreo" and a "thug," Limbaugh claimed "white policemen are under

Of the "beer summit" between Gates, Obama and Sgt. James Crowley,
Limbaugh said it happened because "two guys with an attitude jumped
all over a cop."

And in the most ridiculous and tortured analogy of the week, Limbaugh
repeatedly referred to Obama as "Barack Nifong," a reference to the
district attorney in the Duke lacrosse rape case. Don't bother to try
to figure it out.

As Chris Matthews observed, Limbaugh and Beck are in "competition" to
"see who can be the more virulent" in attacking Obama on race.

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