Glenn Beck, one of the most inflammatory and hate-mongery television personalities actually said “faggot” [quoting another actor] on the air and dismissed it as a “naughty name.” CNN is making excuses for him again.
This is what we have come to expect of Beck, and unfortunately, of CNN.
For a fuller story on this episode click here.
Why do I call him “the Thinker” though?
On May 25, 2006, Mr. Beck did a segment about the transgender teen in Indiana, who was barred from a high school prom for wanting to wearing an appropriate prom gown after wearing girl’s clothes in school for an entire school year. Mr. Beck carefully analyzed the legal situation the school faced. By carefully analyzing, of course, I mean he called the teenager “Dame Edna” and remarkably “freak boy.” Then he announced, “I`m not a lawyer. I am a thinker.” So that’s nice. So I call him “the Thinker.”
Here is the link to that episode. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0605/25/gb.01.html
Working with GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, we called CNN on Beck’s bigotry and were told pretty much what we are hearing now about this latest bigotry, that is that Beck’s show is not a news show, but rather an opinion show. I can’t remember why I think that a show on CNN’s Headline News network might confuse Americans into thinking that there was news content. Could it be that the CNN Headline News network has the word “news” in its name not once, but twice CNN’s (Cable News Network) Headline News.
Imagine being a teenager and being called “freak boy” on a national news network–I mean opinion network. It is simply wrong and unfair and plain bigoted.
Mr. Beck’s may be the one of the most egregiously explicit anti-trans of the news, errrr, opinion shows, but actually, he disrespects us on the air less often that Tucker Carlson of MSNBC. More on that in a later post.