The vomitously liberal National Catholic Reporter is feigning outrage over Glenn Beck’s comment that President Barack Obama is a racist. But to be fair they’re always outraged over there. Not a lot of humor at that site. But their obsession of the moment seems to be Glenn Beck.
Michael Sean Winters writes:
I can’t improve on my colleague Thomas C. Fox’s takedown below of Glen Beck’s outrageous comments calling the President a racist. But, the controversy caused me to watch Beck’s show last night. It is truly shocking that someone is allowed a prime time television slot who brings precisely no analytical capabilities to the task of reporting the news, who rants instead of argues, and who distorts history and the news in equal measure in fits of tortured logic that are pitiful even by the low standards at Fox News. I wondered to myself, “Why would anyone consent to be on such a show?”
Whew. Methinks Glenn Beck made NCR a wee bit mad.
Now while I think what Glenn Beck said was stupid, I am slightly amused by the outrage coming out of NCR. I mean, give me a break. NCR? Really? So it’s “outrageous” and “shocking” to NCR that someone in the media called Obama a racist?
I know they want to make it seem that they’re appalled that someone would sully the office of the Presidency in such a way. But take a walk down memory lane with me, will ya’?
This is the same NCR that essentially called George W. Bush a Nazi in writing about Bush’s flight onto the deck of a carrier to declare “Mission Accomplished.”
We may look forward to the 2004 campaign TV spot of his plane majestically lowering itself godlike through the clouds to the strains of martial music — as in that other propaganda film, Leni Riefenthal’s 1935 “Triumph of the Will.”
Now, that’s not outrageous? Come on. In case you don’t know Riefenstahl was a Hitler propagandist who portrayed Nazis in an uber favorable light.
(And in case you also didn’t notice NCR spelled Riefenstahl’s name wrong. But you’ve got to understand they were so excited to call Bush a Nazi that they couldn’t waste time on spellcheck.)
And NCR also seemed more than willing to print allegations that Bush was racist without any other opinions being aired.
Michael Eric Dyson’s latest book, Come Hell or High Water: Katrina and the Color of Disaster, examines arguments common to the editorial pages and overheard discussions in every American city: Does the Bush administration care about black people?
And in an article called “Liberals Fight Back” in 2003, NCR highlighted the fact that the media which had been in the tank for Bush for so long was finally waking up. And they approve of this turn and point to a Village Voice cartoon which shows “Bush taking a whopper punch in the jaw.”
So we’ve got Nazi metaphors, allegations of racism, and violence to the President printed by NCR. So what’s missing? Oh yeah? George Bush is a jihadist. How could we forget?
In a cover story, Tom Roberts wrote about a book written by another writer for NCR:
In his book, “WAR Is the Force that Gives Us Meaning,” (Chris) Hedges draws several comparisons between the United States and those we are fighting today. He compares the military campaign outlined by President Bush to a jihad, and says we have embarked on a campaign “as quixotic as the one mounted to destroy us.” He also says the hijackers learned from the United States “that huge explosions and death above a city skyline are a peculiar and effective form of communication.” Had we sown the seeds of our own attack?
So please spare me the outrage. Let’s face it, NCR isn’t actually upset that a commentator besmirched the office of the Presidency with an allegation, they’re upset that a conservative commentator called Obama a racist. We know it. They know it.
You know, I’ve got to wonder when this story was written and edited did they not think that some idiot blogger like me wouldn’t run a search through their archives to highlight their hypocrisy. Maybe they could get away with that in the past. Not anymore. CMR is here. We’re idiot bloggers, we’ve got internet access, and some time to kill. We’re dangerous.
So in the end let’s just rework that NCR quote from the beginning of the story and see who it described pretty darn well.
It is truly shocking that someone is allowed a newspaper which brings precisely no analytical capabilities to the task of reporting the news, who rants instead of argues, and who distorts history and the news in equal measure in fits of tortured logic that are pitiful even by the low standards at Fox News. I wondered to myself, “Why would anyone consent to be on such a newspaper?”
July 31, 2009 at 5:46 am
For the the left words don't have meanings, they have emotions. So it's not that Beck made a claim that may or may not be true, it's that to their ears he called Obama an insulting name like, I don't know, Chimpy or something like that (I'm sure no one on the left would ever call anyone that name).
My personal opinion: Was Beck out of line? Probably. Was his opinion completely unfounded? Probably not.
July 31, 2009 at 6:19 am
I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I'm a big Beck fan, so I'll say that he makes a pretty decent case, but strictly on the (Modern)Liberal definition of racism, mainly, if one allows race to define one's opinion about something instead of a person's merits. Given this broad view, even believing in Affirmative Action fits the definition.
…But maybe I'll save hugely defending him until some comments on just how evil he is.
Instead, I'd like to briefly point out that maybe because the "Left" and "Right" have become so widely diverged on basic facts (Global Warming, McCarthy, pretty much you name it), it would make sense for a Democrat to assume Beck simply spouts nonesense. Otherwise they wouldn't be "knowledgeable."
July 31, 2009 at 1:14 pm
But wait! I thought Obama's election meant the nation was no longer racist!!
Winters acted stupidly here. But not surprisingly.
July 31, 2009 at 2:49 pm
"We're idiot bloggers, we've got internet access, and some time to kill. We're dangerous."
July 31, 2009 at 2:55 pm
What William said.
July 31, 2009 at 3:01 pm
Gee NCR, sorry. Perhaps you can come up with a better term to describe someone who grew up marinated in black-rage ideology.
August 1, 2009 at 4:17 pm
No, Matt, that's really not " Nuff said" about NCR. The fact that they are scandalized by Beck on primetime doesn't hold a candle to the Scandalization their newspaper causes me by the fact that it can, with a straight face, proclaim itself to be "Catholic" after all these years.
Its the same Scandalization I felt last May 17 re: the Notre Shame affair…Obama did what Obama does, no story there. But Fr Jenkins' facilitation of the whole nauseating farce could only make me think of Judas who, Jesus said, had greater culpability than Pilate. NCReporter ditto.