Glenn Beck Provides the Gasoline, then Waits for the Match?

John Santore of Media Matters calls out Glenn Beck for helping to spawn a right wing cultural climate of hysteria and paranoia that is now poised to spill over into very real and serious violence:

How many times can Beck portray Obama as a traitor who is destroying our national sovereignty, or compare the president’s health care proposals to those of the Nazis, before the anger spills over? He calls for calm, and then describes the Obama-led “brownshirts” who are silencing dissent and the “enemies list” the White House is compiling of those who dare to voice their opinions.

Glenn Beck, of course, is playing the game of having it both ways. He pours the gasoline, and should someone bring a match forward, Beck can simply disassociate himself from the match lighter.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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4 Responses to Glenn Beck Provides the Gasoline, then Waits for the Match?

  1. DRH says:

    Hmm…. aint you doing the same thing here that you accuse Glenn Beck of, Skippy?

  2. santitafarella says:


    You mean by calling attention to right wing hate? Just pointing it out is to fuel it?


  3. goldenae says:

    It perplexes me how guys like Beck and Rush can get away with so much. Rush is not held accountable in any area, but he wants to be critical of everyone he does not like. And people let him get away with it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    thanks for posting the blog. i think your others are interesting too. i find more political insight from shows like spongebob than i do from those hosted by beck and hannity.

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