I’ve never been a Glenn Beck fan. Nothing against him, but I’ve never seen his show on Fox and I’ve read only a handful of his columns. Many people think he does a great job, and I have no reason to disagree. Nor is it my normal practice to bash fellow conservatives.
However, this is pointless and stupid:
Fox News Channel commentator Glenn Beck said he believes President Barack Obama is a racist.
Beck made the statement during a guest appearance Tuesday on the “Fox & Friends” morning show. He said Obama has exposed himself as a person with “a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” His remarks came during a discussion of Obama’s reaction to the arrest of Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. …
Beck’s statement was challenged on the air by Fox host Brian Kilmeade, who noted that most of the people who work for the nation’s first black president are white. “I’m not saying he doesn’t like white people,” Beck said. “He has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist.”
Video is here.
President Obama has many faults, but there is no evidence that hating white people is among them. (In this particular case, class snobbery is more likely the culprit.) Conservatives should not mimic liberals by recklessly deploying the charge of “racism,” a term that has largely lost its meaning. And Obama’s foolish jumping into the Gates controversy was a self-inflicted wound, so why take him off the hook with baseless accusations?
Mostly, though, Beck’s comments were dumb because they weren’t true. Obama is, so far, an awful President. Let’s leave it at that.