Conservatives -- real conservatives -- are turning on Glenn Lonesome Rhodes Beck (& Rush Limbaugh). Big Time.
NY Times Columnist David Brooks:
David Brooks: "Loons" Beck, Limbaugh, Levin "don't control" GOP (via Media Matters), from the October 4 edition of NBC's Meet the Press:Sen Lindsey Graham:
Sen. Graham takes jab at Glenn Beck: ‘Only in America can you make that much money crying’ (via Think Progress):Keith Olbermann covered Sen. Graham's comments on Countdown's October 1st episode:
[...] at the Washington Ideas Forum sponsored by the Atlantic, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sharply criticized “talk radio, MoveOn.org, the 24-hour news cycle” for the polarization in politics. He then specifically mentioned Fox News hosts Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck.
Graham fires back at Beck
Oct. 1: CQPolitics.com’s Craig Crawford talks about Sen. Lindsay Graham’s criticism of Fox News’ Glenn Beck, saying he’s a “cynic” in a nation made by great believers.
Graham on Fox News Sunday: "Beck doesn't represent" GOP; "I choose not to" watch Beck" (via Media Matters), from the October 4 edition of Fox Broadcasting Company's Fox News Sunday:Right-Wing Hate-Radio Host Mark Levin:
Mark Levin Lashes Out At Glenn Beck: He’s ‘Mindless, ‘Incoherent,’ ‘Pathetic’ (via Think Progress):
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Glenn Beck:
In an interview with Katie Couric for her new web-only show, Fox News pundit Glenn Beck said he thinks John McCain would have been a bad president because he’s “this weird progressive like Theodore Roosevelt was.” Beck added that McCain would be worse than Obama.Beck’s opinion elicited a fierce and angry response from right-wing radio host Mark Levin yesterday. “To say [McCain] would be worse is mindless, mindless, incoherent as a matter of fact,” Levin said on his radio show. He then suggested Beck is playing politics: “I don’t know who people are playing to. I don’t know why they’re playing to certain people.”
Levin never mentions Beck by name (he refers to Beck as “the 5 pm’er” because Beck’s show airs at 5 pm on Fox News). He concluded with this final dig at Beck:
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Joe Scarborough: 'Glenn Beck is bad for conservatism,' You cannot preach Hatred''NY Times Columist, David Brooks (again):
Sept. 22: Joe Scarborough plays a clip of Glenn Beck’s conversation with CBS' Katie Couric, and lists the reasons why Beck should be called out by other conservatives.
“You cannot preach hatred. You cannot say the president is racist. You cannot say things that have very deadly consequences. I was in Congress in 1995. I know where this can end."
David Brooks: "Every single elected leader of the Republican Party is afraid to take on Rush and Glenn Beck" (via Media Matters), from the September 20 edition of the NBC-syndicated Chris Matthews Show:Right-Wing Hate-Radio Host Mark Levin, again (via Politico):
Conservative Columnist Kathleen Parker and NY Times Columnist David Brooks (again):
Radio host Mark Levin, whose book "Liberty & Tyranny" just surpassed 1 million sales this week, laughed off the suggestion that Beck may be eclipsing Limbaugh as the voice of the right.
"Are you kidding?" Levin said in an e-mail. "Comparing Rush Limbaugh to Glenn Beck is like comparing George Washington to George Jefferson. Beck can be very entertaining and even informative, but he is neither the face nor the voice of the conservative movement. He is one of many."
Kathleen Parker: Beck and Limbaugh are "empower[ing] racists"; David Brooks: Beck and Limbaugh are "race-baiting" (via Media Matters), from the September 20 edition of The Chris Matthews Show:Rush Limbaugh on Beck's role in promoting the 9/12 hate march (via Politico):
"I don't rally people and haven't since the first year of my radio show," he wrote to POLITICO. "At that time, all local talk hosts were attempting to prove their worth by getting people to cut up gasoline credit cards, call Washington, etc. I thought it was cheap and disingenuous. The few times I did, early on, suggest people call Washington, the reaction to it from the media was that the response was not genuine (I shut down the House switchboard) because people only did what they did because 'Limbaugh told them to.'"Little Green Footballs' Charles Johnson: (via Media Matters):
Little Green Footballs' Johnson: "Wehner agrees with me: Glenn Beck: Harmful to the Conservative Movement." Conservative blogger Charles Johnson said on his blog, Little Green Footballs, "TIME Magazine's David Von Drehle asks: Is Glenn Beck Bad for America? I don't know why anyone would think a far right populist demagogue who rants and weeps in front of millions of people and spreads conspiracy theories straight out of the canon of the John Birch Society would be a bad thing." In a subsequent post, Johnson said of Wehner's "Glenn Beck harms the conservative movement" blog post: "Commentary's Peter Wehner agrees with me."Peter Wehner, a former political adviser to President Bush:
Glenn Beck: Harmful to the Conservative Movement (via Commentary Magazine):Even Elizabeth Hasselbeck dumped on Beck (from July):
I understand that a political movement is a mansion with many rooms; the people who occupy them are involved in intellectual and policy work, in politics, and in polemics. Different people take on different roles. And certainly some of the things Beck has done on his program are fine and appropriate. But the role Glenn Beck is playing is harmful in its totality. My hunch is that he is a comet blazing across the media sky right now—and will soon flame out. Whether he does or not, he isn’t the face or disposition that should represent modern-day conservatism. At a time when we should aim for intellectual depth, for tough-minded and reasoned arguments, for good cheer and calm purpose, rather than erratic behavior, he is not the kind of figure conservatives should embrace or cheer on.
Elizabeth Hasselbeck slams Beck: "[D]anger in what he said," and he is not "able to back it up" (via Media Matters)UPDATE I:
View co-hosts also blast Beck's remarks as "ridiculous," publicity-seeking, and igniting and inciting "flames of prejudice"(via Media Matters) , from the July 30 edition of ABC's The View:
And, just for added measure, the English rock group Muse asks Beck to retract his endorsement of them (via Think Progress):
Last August, hate radio host Glenn Beck played a song by “one of his favorite new bands,” the English rock group Muse, claiming that the band endorses his radical anti-government views. The UK Telegraph reports that Muse asked Beck to retract his endorsement of them, prompting Beck to childishly claim the album he once praised is “awful and you should never go out and buy it.”
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MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Rush Limbaugh:
After Limbaugh said this:
"Obama been "running around the world for nine months telling everybody how much our country sucks. He's been running around the world apologizing for the United States of America. Why would anybody award the Olympics to such a crappy place as the United States of America?"
Joe Had this to say: Voters see Limbaugh cheering Olympic bid defeat and say, "My God, the Republicans have gone off the deep-end" (via Media Matters):