Monday, October 22, 2007

Glenn Beck's "Handful of Haters':

Another Media Matters Moment


by Mondoreb

The latest "attack" by Media(about Hillary)Matters is another yawner. Doesn't anyone over at M(aH)M earn their donated salaries anymore?

Every week, week after week, it's the same thing, just change the name and quote. Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and now--Glenn Beck. Take a conservative commentator, next take a quote--any quote--out of context, issue PR releases and hope someone notices.

Well, you have to admit: it's easier than shilling for HillaryCare.

M(aH)M's "handful of haters" quote was lifted, headlined and PR-release-issued in true M(aH)M fashion. Here's something you didn't hear if you didn't go deep into it.
From Media Mattters:
Beck's comment immediately followed his statement that "we're all one America" and "just because I disagree with you doesn't mean you hate America, and I love America. We all love America. We just disagree on how we should function."
You have to read down the PR release to get to the above contextual Beckism. Of course, the calls for Beck's head, such as this one soon followed.

Then They Came For Glenn Beck
As JammieWearing Fool succinctly states it:
It's Beck's opinion that some who hate America live in that area.
Is this even debatable?
These Clinton stooges forfeited all credibility in their most recent smearing of Rush Limbaugh.
Jammie has it exactly right here, with the emphasis on the "Clinton stooges" part.

Beck states his opinion. But first he prefaces it with something that wouldn't have made his quote nearly as useful as a Media(about Hillary) Matters fund-raising tool. But, true to form, you don't hear about that unless you read the entire press release--if anyone is given the chance. The "handful of haters" is dragged out and put on display. Sort of like an old bowling trophy.

But at least M(aH)M did include a transcript this time: unlike the poo-flinging PR release they issued on Limbaugh. They should change the channel, or at least their tired "attack" template.

UPDATE: Sometimes When You Write in a Hurry Department...Upon re-reading the above, it wasn't made clear about the context of the ellipses, but was done so nicely by Bilby's, as he jams the rebound:
Media Matters headline: "Beck: "[A] handful of people who hate America ... are losing their homes in a forest fire today"

You have to love the creative use of ellipses. They must be fairly confident some people won't understand those represent the context that was taken out.
An example of what can be accomplished when people cooperate!

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