Monday, August 23, 2010

The Truth About Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" Rally

In five days, Glenn Beck will hold his rally in Washington, D.C. - the "Restorting Honor" event to be held on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech - and I had found it peculiar that conservatives applaud the gathering as an all-American bipartisan celebration.  What got me thinking about all this was that Glenn Beck's rally is really an extension of his 912 Project, which called for Americans to go "back to the place we were on Sept. 12, 2001" - I found that interesting because here Glenn Beck was exploiting the tragedy of September 11th to push his political agenda, but as he may argue, his event was on the following day of the anniversary- much like the Park51 project will be built a few blocks from Ground Zero, not on Ground Zero - but then he decided to change the day of his followup rally from September 12th to August 28th because he claimed that he didn't want people to work on the Sabbath.


September 12th, 2010 is a Sunday, and Glenn Beck seems to want to observe the Sabbath, but what about other faiths that view Saturday as the Sabbath?


Seventh Day Adventists?

Glenn Beck could have easily picked September 13th, a Monday, or even the following week, so why did he decide to go back three weeks?  Are they not included in his plan, after all, Glenn Beck has made anti-Semitic comments in the past?

I did find it interesting that Glenn Beck's fellow tea party friends, FreedomWorks, are having their own little rally on September 12th at the Washington Monument.  Did Beck change his rally to give his tea partiers some more room, or even a boost?

It is odd that Glenn Beck announced his rally on August 28th conveniently after he had accused members of the Congressional Black Caucus for making false claims racist slurs were used against them as they had walked to pass monumental health care reform, and in the following weeks, Beck focused his show on the Civil Rights movement, aiming to redefine the history - Beck maintains his ignorance in the significance of his chosen date, but considering how much Beck claims to read, then it becomes pretty obvious that Beck knew exactly what he was doing.

While the event is trying to distinguish itself from it's tea party roots, it is clear that this is a tea party rally disguised as just a regular rally, presumably to try and propagandize those who have not already fallen victim to the tea party's assault on the truth. The only thing I wonder now is how many people the right-wing media will claim attended this event...


  1. Ho, hum...just go away obviously are not a fan, so why bother the rest of us with your boring comments? We aren't impressed. Snore.

  2. Kevin, if you would actually watch Beck's television show or listen to his radio show, you would know that your comments are biased politically. You sound like a Media Matters croney. Go watch/listen to Rachel Maddow and the rest of the MSNBC Obama apologists...they need the ratings. Leave Beck and his fans alone. Frankly, we really don't care what your opinion is. Only those who agree with you will praise your comments, so why bother? Beck's television show has better ratings than the ENTIRE MSNBC lineup! Go figure?

  3. Actually, I do watch Beck's television show and listen to his radio program, and after his programs I typically look into the topics he discusses.

    Politically biased? Maybe, but that has nothing to do with where I get my news and opinions from. I find Glenn Beck's "news" to be factually lacking and his conspiracy theories seem to lack any definitive proof (which makes them a good conspiracy and nothing more).

    As for Media Matters, Rachel Maddow, and the rest - I enjoy them more then Glenn Beck and I believe ratings has nothing to do with accuracy or quality. Beck amounts to nothing more then modern day yellow journalism.

    Every once and a while Beck & Co. may make a comment that I agree with - my beliefs are rather moderate and I tend to see the new conservatism coming from Fox News and the GOP to be a departure from classical definition...

    I am more critical on people like Beck and used this issue to illustrate a point - the hypocrisy coming from the right (which I believe stems from a desire to advance their conservative agenda at all costs)...

  4. Another thing is that regarding this post - I utilized a Beck-ian journalistic tactic by insinuating what Beck's intentions were, and by drawing loose connections.

    Did Beck really know what day the 28th was?

    Did Beck surrender the day so the Tea Party could share in the exploitation of 9/11?

    Of course I don't know the answers, but by simply posing the questions, my audience will draw a conclusion, and that conclusion is based on the "bias" of the entire story...


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