...people left of absolutely insane think Glenn Beck is an idiot. The same guy who is telling the nation he abhors violence is violating one of the cardinal laws of gun safety (finger off the trigger) with a handgun similar to the one used in the shooting he condemns. He also went on tv today to deny that he ever uses violent rhetoric and that, as usual, the left is painting an unfair portrait of the right.
However, the problem is that Glenn Beck is lying. He does use violent speech in addressing those he disagrees with- either repeatedly warning listeners to watch out for his imaginary gang of violent liberals, or issuing threats like this one:
While Glenn cannot go back in time and erase the thousands of hateful statements he has made on-air, he should own up to them and atone for his wrongs. If he continues to deny that his speech is sometimes vitriolic, all he will do is continue to spew the kind of hatred he's become known for. And every few months, some nutbag will take him at his word. Nothing will change as long as infotainers like Beck refuse to admit that their words can inflame.
As much mud and blame are slung today, the difference between Fox News and MSNBC is admission of guilt. As someone who is a recovering alcoholic, you'd think Glenn Beck would understand that unless you are prepared to atone for your wrongs, you will continue in your destructive behaviours.
I want Glenn Beck to succeed in becoming a better, more peaceful man. However, he has to truly want it and he is absolutely unwilling to seek help in remedying his addiction to bullshit. Like all other addicts his primary addiction is to lying, and as long as he is being enabled by Fox and others he will never truly hit the bottom that makes Step One possible.
Step One: " We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable."