Editorial Columnist Kathleen Parker writes:
"Glenn Beck isn't to be treated so-so-seriously. Simple rule: Recognition empowers. If Fox News were a nation, Beck would be Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. You don't want to give him ammunition. (snip)
As a one-man doomsayer, Beck liberally sprinkles his right-wing rhetoric with hot-button references. Last week Politico's Ben Smith counted the number of times Beck has used certain adrenaline-pumping words since the show began airing in January:
MARXIST/MARXISM-- 127 TIMES
SOCIALIST/SOCIALISM --404 TIMES
Let the little dogs yap, Mr. President. Trust that the people who put you in office can tell the clowns from the ringleaders."
Parker nails it! The Rovian tactic of saying something enough times, people begin to believe it is true. The idea is to paint with broad strokes that these things are "evil", often blurring all three into one. Of course the socialist label covers things people really like-- medicare, Veterans health care and support programs, Senior housing that is subsidized- Beck the clown likes to use the scare tactics for ratings. Hard to believe he's still on the air.
PARTY OF NOBODY!
Congressman Grayson (d-FL) has created a website that honor those who have died because they had no health care.