Glenn Beck was just forced off of Fox News, but his hate-filled rhetoric continues to rear its ugly head on the radio.
With cruel disregard for the innocent victims of the Norway shooting, Beck said the youth camp that was attacked “sounds a little like the Hitler Youth.” And if that baseless comparison wasn’t disturbing enough once, he went on to make it a second time. It’s shameful and disgusting. But most of all, it’s intolerable.
Beck may not be on TV any more, but Americans are still not safe from his brand of hate-filled right-wing propaganda. He’s still leveling vicious attacks on innocent victims, and sowing seeds of bigotry and hate in our country with his despicable and disgusting rants. His advertisers on Fox News didn’t want to be associated with him, and he left Fox amid declining ad revenue, social relevance, and television ratings. But we need to make sure that there is accountability for the lies and reckless vitriol that Beck poisons our radio airwaves with, too.
Since the beginning of the year, eight radio stations have made the prudent business decision to drop Glenn Beck’s show from their lineup. This is good, but we’ve got more work to do.
We’ll take your signatures to station managers at key stations and let them know how deep the American outrage is over Beck’s statements.
In pathetically typical fashion, Beck didn’t turn around and offer an apology or clarification–or even address his comments– on his next show. Instead, he said that if we can’t use Hitler analogies in “logical conversation” then “we are going to be a society of gas chambers.”
If Glenn Beck doesn’t even have the compassion to respectfully discuss the deaths of teenagers at a youth camp, he’s not going to listen to our pleas for reason or commonsense decency.
So, we’ll hit him where it hurts — his advertising dollars. Tell advertisers to drop Glenn Beck.
Getting Glenn Beck off television and relegating him to radio was a critical first step. But it’s clearly not enough. We’ve got to keep pushing to make sure this mean-spirited venom doesn’t spread any further.
Thanks for all you do,
President and CEO Media Matters for America