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Friday, November 17, 2006

Selected Criticism of Glenn Beck

The Huffington Post:
What The Hell Is Wrong With Glenn Beck?

Glenn Beck at CNN interviewing the first Muslim congressman in American history says, "Prove to me that you are not working with our enemies." It's a pretty amazing thing to say (click on the link to see the video). The obvious question I would have for Glenn Beck, Prove to us that you are not working with our enemies.

Never mind the impossibility of proving a negative. The enemies I'm talking about are ignorance, intolerance, racism. The enemies I'm talking about are the people that don't want us to have a diverse, pluralistic society.

In the same breath Glenn Beck insists that he has been to many mosques and has many Muslim friends. Let me be the first to say, I doubt it. [Link]
The Houston Chronicle:
A low point in American journalism

When I first watched this clip of CNN's Glenn Beck interviewing Keith Ellison, just elected to Congress who will be the country's first Muslim Congressman when he takes office, I thought I was watching one of Stephen Colbert's "Better Know a District" segments from his satirical "faux news" show.

BECK: OK. No offense, and I know Muslims. I like Muslims. I've been to mosques. I really don't believe that Islam is a religion of evil. I -- you know, I think it's being hijacked, quite frankly.

With that being said, you are a Democrat. You are saying, "Let's cut and run." And I have to tell you, I have been nervous about this interview with you, because what I feel like saying is, "Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies."

Unbelievable. Ellison, to his credit, handled it well.

Of course, given Beck's record of bias and inaccuracy perhaps someone should ask him to prove that he's really a journalist before CNN allows him back in front of a camera. [Link]
Salon.com:
Fox isn't the only "fair and balanced" one

Who needs Fox News when you've got CNN's Headline News?

In an interview this week with Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison, who was just elected as America's first-ever Muslim member of Congress, Headline News' Glenn Beck actually asked the following question:

"OK. No offense, and I know Muslims. I like Muslims. I've been to mosques. I really don't believe that Islam is a religion of evil. I -- you know, I think it's being hijacked, quite frankly. With that being said, you are a Democrat. You are saying, 'Let's cut and run.' And I have to tell you, I have been nervous about this interview with you, because what I feel like saying is, 'Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.' And I know you're not. I'm not accusing you of being an enemy, but that's the way I feel, and I think a lot of Americans will feel that way." [Link]

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