Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Hypocrisy Alert: The Left and BoycottBeckorama

Living overseas, I do not get to watch Glenn Beck live on the air. In fact, the last time I was living in a country where I could watch Beck on television he was still on CNN/Headline News. I still see clips of his show on the internet – and I was not really surprised when I started reading headlines saying he called President Obama “racist.” As expected, the left and much of the MSM have gone completely haywire over this. There are boycotts, counter boycotts – it is dramarama central.

Glenn Beck has quite a bit of freedom on the air – and he chose to use it. The great thing about America is that if people do not like what he says they can write letters and boycott, just as many Americans did several months ago when David Letterman made sexual jokes about Sarah Palin’s teenage daughter. And guess what? People who support Glenn Beck can boycott the companies who have pulled their advertising from Beck’s show in a counter boycott. That is the beauty of a free country.

What bothers me about this whole situation is the hypocritical outrage directed at Beck because of his comments. How dare someone call the beloved president racist? Funny how the tide has turned.

Here are just two examples of what a certain MSNBC pundit said about Bush:

Of course, it was alright to say Bush was un American, had no sense of decency, that he was engaging in “melodramatic fearmongering,” that the actions of a “ceaseless line of terrorists” could not measure up to his wrongs, and that “the threat this generation of Americans needs to take seriously is you (Bush).”

If you click here, you can visit Zombie’s collection of photos from leftist rallies comparing Bush to Hitler and the Nazis.

Free speech for me, but not for thee.

The group leading the campaign against Beck – Color of Change – was founded by Van Jones who, Newbusters reports, is part of the Obama administration. Coincidence? I think not.

Kathy Shaidle reports on the “success” of the boycott so far, and the counterboycott is well underway.

Would I have called President Obama a racist on national television? Probably not.
Do I support Glenn Beck? Absolutely.

Exit question: How much attention is BoycottBeckorama diverting from the health care debate and is this part of the plan?