by Lydia Cornell @ 9:15 PM PDT
Imus lost his MSNBC show, a signal that sexist, racist hate-speak will not be tolerated on the public airwaves. But much worse than Imus are Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage — who also have their own shows. They systematically engage in hate-speak. Glen Beck has actually screamed out death wishes to his fellow Americans, and said he "hates the 911 and Katrina victims." I just discovered a website called FIRE GLEN BECK. Out of 1,750 comments, here is one that jumped out at me:
"Glen Beck is factually wrong, intellectually lazy and willfully misleading on the vast majority of subjects that he discusses. But the reason he should be fired is that his hate mongering (hate pornography) is below the dignity and quality that I at one time took for granted with CNN and Time-Warner. He, at best, sows division and hate when our country is in desperate need of healing. Blame-shifting, scapegoating and resulting violent hate crimes become more and more commonplace in the last decade. There seems to be a growing number of stressed, ignorant, volatile, hateful and dangerously imbalanced people in this country. These are people who may well be motivated to commit violent acts by Beck's dishonest vilification of both individuals and large swathes of American society. His hate filled rants could result in more attacks on judges, physicians, clergy, congressmen, professors, environmentalists etc. Please help lead CNN back in the direction of decency, principles, and objectivity. Some of CNN's programming and personnel decisions (as with other networks) are starting to make those in the 70's movie "Network" look highly responsible by comparison."