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megimoo
08-26-2009, 07:57 PM
" Glenn Beck is under attack. And as Rush Limbaugh has repeatedly proved, under attack is the best place for a conservative commentator to be. It allows the blusterer to play victim – and it gives a savvy spin doctor a chance to rile up his base."
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Glenn Beck, the conservative commentator and star of one of the most successful shows on Fox News, is under attack. And as Rush Limbaugh has repeatedly proved, under attack is the best place for a conservative commentator to be. It allows the blusterer to play victim – and it gives a savvy spin doctor a chance to rile up his base.

First, let’s get you up to speed. Last month, Glenn Beck told the hosts of Fox & Friends that President Barack Obama has a “deep-seated hatred for white people.” That statement apparently wasn’t explicit enough, so Beck made sure everyone understood his point: “This guy is, I believe, a racist,” he said.

Plenty of folks on the left have accused Beck of treason for his comments. But let’s give him the benefit of the doubt, and assume his internal filtering mechanism was temporarily disabled. What is the appropriate response to that kind of rhetoric? For his part, Bill Shine, Fox’s senior vice president of programming, told TVNewser that Beck had expressed a “personal opinion which represented his own views, not those of the Fox News Channel.”

Why the boycott against Glenn Beck will almost certainly backfire