It simply amazes me that a major network like CNN carries such a juvenile such as Glenn Beck. In his most recent article on the CNN website, titled "Thank you Big Oil" he spent the firdst three small paragraphs on an into to big oil being made out to be a villain and the rest of the article bashing Al Gore. If you can stomach it, I urge you to click on the link and read the article but for those who don't dare to go there I understand. I provided a couple of lowlights for you.
Congress has picked "Big Oil" as their enemy of the week. These companies inexplicably put profits above people, ravaging the environment and financially assaulting the poor to put another couple of dollars on their balance sheet. That's the storyline we've all been taught.
OK so far. He is making his point. As you read this remebering the title, you come to understand that the above paragraph is Beck's thesis, but hold on a second. More below the jump...
The other villain of the moment is the global warming "denier." Anyone who disagrees, even in the slightest, must be ridiculed. On "60 Minutes" last weekend, Al Gore said: "They're almost like the ones who still believe that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those who believe the Earth is flat. That demeans them a little bit, but it's not that far off."
Now we are getting to the real motivation and thrust of Becks column. Yes, Gore bashing, and stinkin environmentalists.
The "60 Minutes" piece wasn't just filled with misrepresentations of opinion; it had plenty of Gore-style hypocrisy. He was embroiled in controversy when it was revealed his mansion used 20 times more energy than the average American. His explanation? "Since then" his house has been retrofitted with solar panels. I'm sure Eliot Spitzer hasn't been renting many women since he was caught either. (Although I'm not betting my life on it.)
The rest of the column continues with even more fallacious statements about Gore, the nobel prize and other things that have been churned up and thourougly debunked ad nauseum. Beck closes by referencing to the darkened image of the Sears tower on Earth Day
Behind the darkened Sears Tower was the city of Chicago, with lights shining brightly as far as the eye could see. For one hour the Sears Tower knew what it was like to be Al Gore: A larger than life symbol, blocking our view of reality.
Beck is the one who distorts reality. Yes there is a vast concensus that Global Warming exits but it is people like Beck and his enablers at CNN who confuse the public with this bullshit so that people come back and pat him on the back like these responders:
"As usual - thanks for putting out the truth, no matter how unpopular! Keep it up!" Mark
"Thank you Glen, you are a voice of sanity in a sea of unreason." Roger
I live in Richmond, VA and there are a couple of billboards around town that have pictures of Glen Beck with the big bold letters saying "CUT THE CRAP."
What we should all do is to contact CNN and tell them to CUT THE CRAP and dump Glen Beck.