Glenn Beck; Race Relationships or Health Care Reform



Glenn Beck calls Obama racist

Americans may recall, it began with a Sweet aside and grew into a [Glenn Beck] beckon.  Now, the stage is set.  The audience is explosive.  Words of woe are shouted from every hall.  For more than a month the media has given rise to the troublesome message.  The reason for health care reform; the Obama Administration yearns to provide a platform for “stealth reparations.”

Reporters, Lynn Sweet and Glenn Beck, as well as the corporations who support their work have helped refocus the nation’s attention.  What the country imagined would be a time to talk of health care reform has become an era of ethnic erosion.  Pundits pose the possibility as a reality; it is “us against them,” white against Black, or perhaps, the American people in opposition to President Barack Obama.  Since, a press conference held many weeks ago, claims of racism have filled the airwaves.  The victim, or according to Fox News host Glenn Beck, the purveyor is the Commander-In-Chief, Mister Obama.

Mister Beck was given the stage, amidst all the hoopla over health care reform; when Chicago Sun Times Columnist Lynn Sweet opened the door.  Ms Sweet offered a not so sugary treat.  In late July she created a distraction from the crucial debate over medical insurance.  It would seem that Ms Sweet had no time or interest in how a broken health care system might be fixed.  Nor did the profundity of the debate appeal to Fox News Announcer Beck.  However, as a source of entertainment Mister Beck thinks the topic truly fine.

The flamboyant Fox News broadcaster does not relate to the fear of a sudden recission. At least for now, Mister Beck feels certain that his health care costs are covered.  The possibility of a legal retroactive cancelation of his or his entire family’s policy is not an “option” Glenn Beck considers.  The opinionated Anchor boasts only of the advantages of the current private health care system, as he links health care reform to Nazis.  Mister Beck suggests any alteration in our insurance system would kill elderly and newborns.  Surely, he surmises our very survival depends on maintaining the status quo.

Pride and prejudice; these are the qualities that work well for Glenn Beck.  He has realized people respond when he speaks of the President’s supposed bigotry.  Popularity and the prosperity fame reaps are a far more pleasant endeavor for each of these Reporters. Tis true for the two; the treatment of Black persons at the hands of law enforcement is a more titillating theme than the cost of medical services. Perchance, that is why these members of the Press thought Professor Gates, the Cambridge, Massachusetts police officer, and a beer summit, were food for their fodder.  

Lynn Sweet.  who in the past promised analysis is not her preference.  “Product.” Is Ms Sweet’s penchant.  Glenn Beck concurs; “topical talk” is his trademark.  The drier subject of an American health care crisis is not as dicey as overt discrimination might be.  

The subject of segregationists offers a superior slant to those who wish to garner attention.  Indeed, separatism has allowed for much sensationalism.  Couple these with Socialism and succession, and what a wonderful stew Sweet and Beck have brewed.  These themes have helped to ignite fires and fury in many a town hall meeting.

Currently, Americans can speak of nothing else.  Some say, the first African American President wants to take over the country.  Others offer beware of a Black nation..  

Some terrified citizens coalesce around the Glenn Beck battle cries, the volume increases.  Fans of, the boisterous Broadcaster say Beck represents us.  Thus, the man behind the “people’s” movement is in demand..  Special appearances are arranged.  The American people want to know what the man who offers the “Fusion of Entertainment and Enlightenment” thinks. Beck opines, any and all of the President’s proclamations prove Barack Obama to be . . .  “a racist.” [sic].

However, once this accusation was publically posed Announcer Beck did not receive the reception he had hoped for.  Sure, Glenn Beck has his followers.  He also has his detractors.  Some of these were once partners.  Embarrassed by the snide, rude, and crude criticism, “the President is a racist,” many advertisers withdrew their financial backing for the Glenn Beck Program.  While the corporations may not have had a problem with the popular performer or his sharply pronounced bigotry, these businesses understood the power Glenn Beck’s words would have.  

Perhaps, entrepreneurs’ worried of their earnings.  Possibly, public relation became the priority.  Outright racially charged outbursts do not make for the popularity of a product.  Capitalist comprehend the truest concern the public might be offended by what seems more pronounced than a simple offhand remark made in private.  In America, it is important to maintain an image.  Colorblind is the politically correct manner of the day.

Complaints did indeed pour in.  It is not polite to call the President of the United States a bigot.  Heaven forbid, or more accurately, the Almighty dollar dictates decorum.  Hence, companies, which did not wish to be associated with such  vile criticism, took contracted commercials off the Glenn Beck Program schedule.  A petition drive demonstrated approval for the move.  “More than 180,000 of “the people”, us, have stood up and 62 companies have pulled their support.”

Now, another appeal has appeared.   Add your voice  The contention is . . .

Our campaign has been a huge success so far. As Beck’s show decreases in value, FOX will do everything possible to reverse the trend.

It’s time to thank those advertisers who dropped Beck and keep them from returning, while calling on more advertisers to pull back as well.

It takes just a moment to sign, seal, and deliver a thought.  Perhaps the American people can still reclaim the conversation, and health care can again take center stage.  Rather than allow Glenn Beck an opportunity to rant, rage, and call the President of the United States a racist, the people can call for calm.  Citizens need only pen a paragraph as I, Betsy L. Angert did in the following.

Dearest News Corporation President, Chief Executive Officer, and Fox Board of Directors. . .

Please do not let Glenn Beck continue to yell, “Fire in the theatre,” or to state the President started the blaze.  A fearful audience is quick to anger.   A person who feels threatened by the inferno will do more than blame the individual they are led to believe started the combustion.  People will pummel the being even if that that man, woman, or President is innocent.  

Please News Corporation executives, ask yourself; would you wish to be responsible for providing a raucous instigator a platform.

If you would, reflect upon the public fury Glenn Beck incites, and do not allow him to be the source of a stampede.

Perchance, if, we the people insist on more than a Sweet; yet sour aside, if we eschew persons or products whose sponsors pay for slice and dice discussion, than the cultural divide will not dominant our policies, practices, and programs.   Should we speak up and speak out civilly, the chaos in the amphitheatre called America will be calmed.  Shun racist rhetoric, then, perhaps, we, as a nation would become as our forefathers envisioned, one, indivisible . . . . . and fully insured regardless of race, color, or creed.

References for the racial, media prompted rants . . .

A Sweet Profile



Lynn Sweet “Surprised” Obama Said Cambridge Cops “Acted Stupidly”

copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert.  BeThink.org

It was not the first time.  Many individuals fear it will not be the last.  Last evening, during a Presidential press conference, millions witnessed the characteristic wonderment that is Lynn Sweet.  Whilst citizens in this country anxiously awaited more words from the President on what, for most is truly a tangible issue, Health Care coverage, Ms Sweet decided to move the conversation in her own memorable manner.  Provocateur , otherwise known as Chicago Sun Times Columnist Lynn Sweet did as she often does.  She changed the subject.  

For her, it seems entertainment, or that which might expand her now illustrious career is far more pleasurable than the tedious text that has the potential to improve life for every American.  Sweet might justify her stance by saying; “racial profiling” affects us all, or does it.  Perchance, her personal profile is the priority.

As she had done in the past, on the evening of July 22, 2009, this previously little known Journalist diverted attention.  Lynn Sweets said it was not a plot.  She had no intention of inciting the American people.  It was merely a matter of “timing.”  The White House Press Correspondent thought it “appropriate” to speak of what no one had throughout the night.  “Noted Harvard African-American studies Professor Henry Louis Gates Junior,” and his arrest at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts was, in her mind, the more meaningful matter.

For a long while, Lynn Sweet has defined what her readers must think of as imperative.  Her personal desires and chutzpah drive her.  “I do come from a place where people are not shy about mixing it up a little bit.” If Ms Sweet is not interested in a subject or a soul she will ignore what she thinks irrelevant.

In 1999, a  virtually unknown Illinois State Senator Barack Obama introduced himself to the Sun Times Washington Bureau Chief.  The author handed the Chicago tabloid Writer his autobiographical account, “Dreams From My Father.”  Five years later, in June, she belatedly began to leaf through the pages of the tome.  It was not until late in 2004, after United States Senator Obama  delivered his address at the Democratic National Convention, and the book was re-released that Sweet thought of the read as other than a bothersome endeavor.  

Once read, the Columnist offered quite a critical review of what had become a widely praised publication..   Perhaps, in 2004 and in July 2009, Sweet preferred to deviate from the norm, if only to distinguish herself as different.   No one can know with certainty.  Nonetheless, Americans were able to observe the Chicago Sun Times Correspondent created this distraction much in the way she had previously done.  Perchance, her style has helped advance her personal prominence.

Surely, she would later say, people have a right to know what the President thinks about issues other than Health Care reform.  Indeed, in her own blog post Lynn Sweet reminds Americans that two other reporters spoke on themes not related to Health care.  However, each of these asked what the Administration might do as it pertains to policy.  

The Sun Times Bureau Chief however, chose to ask the President for a personal perspective.  Intentionally, she presented a problem that evokes much passion. She stated, “What does that incident say to you and what does it say about race relations in America?” Certainly, Lynn Sweet defends; she did not consider how much the public loves to engage in divisive discussions.  The innocent bearer of information did not ponder the known veracity.  Conflict sells papers.  Assuredly, it never occurred to Ms Sweet she would garner greater visibility if her question were emotionally charged.  

However, history gives us pause.  We have seen in the past, when Lynn Sweet does what she does best; create a scene, her pocketbook and professional status profits.  A sensational story will cause her numbers to soar.   And so it was.

Damn the proposed reforms.  Forget what Americans think vital, possible alternatives that would improve medical practices.  Lynn Sweet wants to talk about race, racism, police, anything but policies that could benefit average Americans, Black, white, and every shade in between.

Friends, fellow reporters, readers of her articles, and of her blog understand.  Barack Obama was not able to charm Lynn Sweet.  she is not characterized as one who has an axe to grind.  Ms Sweet is sincerely on a mission.  She has her own plan.  The Correspondent’s mission began but a short time ago.  The Washington Bureau Chief said of herself.

“I started looking at a lot of blogs and I realized you need a sensibility!” she said. “Why am I here? What can I give you? I suppose I could make a blog on ‘Lynn Sweet’s thoughts about … whatever!'” . . .

“If I had choice between writing about something Bush did, or a congressman did, or Obama, why wouldn’t I go to something I saw people were backing? I just knew from the enormous amount of coverage Obama was getting that oooh, I knew I should be all things Obama. I never had a meeting; no one ever told me to do it. It was just like, I, I just smelled the coffee. I just understood that’s what I could be about.”

Thus, Ms Sweet became the news writer most closely associated with anything Obama.  Frequently, on radio, she speaks on the subject she claims to know best, Obama. The go-getter from the President’s hometown, Chicago, appears on most every television network.  The ascent of the man who now resides in the White House helped boost Sweet’s visibility.  Today, she is considered as she designed herself to be, an acknowledged expert on the President. As reported in The New York Observer,

When Andrea Mitchell introduced Lynn Sweet for her mid-afternoon show on MSNBC on May 16, she said, “Lynn Sweet is with the Chicago Sun-Times and has been covering him for years.”

That’s partially true. She has covered him for less than two [now near here] years. She has spent the majority of her other three decades covering any other number of political stories in Chicago.

Yet, the depth of her knowledge matters not.  Lynn Sweet has realized her dream.  She is the media and the message.  Since Barack Obama entered the scene, Sweet’s inquires have become the dominant news of the day.  

It matters not to Ms Sweet that each day, “If we do not act, 14,000 Americans will continue to lose their health insurance.”    She does not seem to think it exceedingly significant that “These are the consequences of inaction. These are the stakes of the debate we’re having right now.”  What the President might wish to say seems meaningless to someone such as her.  She rather know what Barack Obama thinks about topics that might propel her career. It appears, fame and fortune is her mission..

Americans might assume that this Reporter is not interested in what affects the electorate most.  She made no reference to a reality that affects all Americans.  Near fifty million citizens have no health care coverage.   2.3 million more people lose health coverage each year.  The tale that might titillate, was Sweet’s temptation.  What was the President’s reaction to a story on race.

She did not address the disparate treatment whites receive. Nor did she find her way to  studies that show the ranks of the underinsured are on the rise.  The invincible Lynn Sweet had other ideas.  While countless worry that the cost of such a climb could be disastrous, the Columnist with a stated singular focus acted as though this might be superfluous.

For Ms Sweet it would appear that a moment of personal fame, or public fury, is her preference.  Health Care reform will not be a concern for her as long as she remains popular.  Perchance, the better word for what Lynn Sweet hopes to achieve is the term that currently defines her calling.  She is without doubt a provocative and profitable professional.

References for the raiser of public rancor . . .