Advertisers pulling ads from Glenn Beck's show
Take the racism issue:
The controversy started on July 22 when Obama, the first African-American president, inflamed the Gates controversy by saying the Cambridge, Mass., police "acted stupidly" in arresting Gates, a Harvard professor, while investigating a possible break-in at his home.
Two days later, Obama acknowledged: "I could have calibrated those words differently" and "unfortunately, I think, gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge police department" or specifically Sgt. James Crowley, the arresting officer.
The president then announced on July 28 that he Gates and Crowley had both agreed to meet with him at the White House for beer and reconciliation. That day, Glenn Beck was on the morning show "Fox and Friends" and asked about the president's remarks about Gates and Crowley.
Beck said: "This president 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." He added that "you can't sit in a pew with Jeremiah Wright for 20 years and not hear some of that stuff and have it wash over."
Specifically on the Gates arrest, Beck said, "What kind of president of the United States immediately jumps on the police? Just like what kind of president would say, 'Oh he's black, of course he's breaking into the house.' You'd never do that."
When the other hosts raised the point that the White House staff is largely white, Beck stood his ground, saying, "I'm not saying that he doesn't like white people. I'm saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist.'' . . .
Is Jeremiah Wright a racist? Does Obama see things through a race tinted lens?
Take the government medical care issue:
Did the National Socialists (the Nazis) push through national health care? Yes. Did they use it to decide who would get treatment and who didn't? Yes. Did they misuse the government's power over health care? Yes, did Beck say that he didn't think that the Obama administration was going to use it for eugenics? Yes. But anyone who had watched the show would know that it was the general question of whether we want the government to make these health decisions and that there is a risk of abuse.
It isn't clear what impact that this has had on Fox News' bottom line:
Fox News Channel has said that the advertisers have shifted their ads to different time slots so the campaign is not affecting revenue. Beck's 5 p.m. show is Fox News' third-highest rated, with over 2 million viewers, according to Nielsen. . . . .
Meanwhile, on August 14th, Paul Begala just called Palin "about half a whack job" and "flaky." I only have a CNN link on this so click through only if you want to reward Begala for this type of language.
"He is trying to treat her like a serious person. She is not. OK? She is about half a whack job."