Glenn Beck Attacks Ed Schultz for Being an Advocate Not a Journalist

The hypocrisy meter nearly exploded today when on his radio show Glenn Beck attacked MSNBC’s Ed Schultz for engaging in political advocacy instead of journalism. Beck claimed that nobody is watching Ed Schultz because he supports Obama, “Maybe people aren’t watching you because, ‘you busted your ass for Obama.’ That’s not journalism. That’s advocacy.”

Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:

Beck played an edited clip of Ed Schultz’s speech at Netroots Nation saying that he busted his ass for Obama, and now Obama doesn’t talk to him. He goes to Bret Baier on Fox News. Beck said, “Stop just a second. Maybe because people are watching Bret Baier and not you, Ed, and maybe people aren’t watching you because quote to quote you, ‘you busted your ass for Obama.’ That’s not journalism. That’s advocacy. It’s not even opinion. I mean that is a, that’s an activist, and nobody is watching because you are in the minority.”

So when Glenn Beck offers to hold a fundraiser for Michele Bachmann he is not engaging in political advocacy? I guess Beck’s on air campaigning for Doug Hoffman wasn’t advocacy either. According to Beck his role as the mouthpiece for the Tea Party isn’t advocacy either. At least Ed Schultz does hide his advocacy behind charity the way that Beck will be on August 28. This arrogance and hypocrisy is even more astounding when you consider that just this week, Fox News got busted for using some of their “advocacy” to get Shirley Sherrod railroaded.

Glenn Beck’s sole defense for his actions has always been that he is not a journalist but an entertainer, so it is interesting that Beck views himself as qualified to lecture Ed Schultz, who does do advocacy, but unlike Beck he doesn’t feel the need to hide it. Notice that when somebody does something in support of Obama, it is advocacy, but when Fox News race baits and creates phony scandals, it is journalism, such are the ethics, or lack thereof, of Fox News.

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18 Replies to “Glenn Beck Attacks Ed Schultz for Being an Advocate Not a Journalist”

  1. I can tell you one thing, since this whole Sherrod thing started Becks viewers have went right back up to 2.4 million. They were down to 1.9 million. So it appears that Fox has certainly profited from this.

    I would put Beck more into the comedy area than entertainer. He can say whatever he wants. His defense against Olbermann was so weak it smelled

    Nice website. Am I in the wrong place?

  2. If you are asking about the fact that you can still get on the site while it is busy, no you are in the right place. This is design that I have been tinkering with, it is the default WordPress 3.0 for about a month or so. The problem as with everything else is time. I didn’t realize until today that out design was causing the site to lock up when it got busy. Traffic has been so strong that I may have to add to this layout on the fly while it is live on the site.

  3. Jason: Layout – I love it. I was about to write to tell you so but I’ll just say it here. Keep it. I miss the slideshow but it’s a very classy and easy-on-the-eyes look.

    Story: I’m still laughing. Honestly,you know he can’t seriously believe he doesn’t act more like an advocate than a journalist. I’m sure he’s equally aware that his viewers are unaware – he knows they’re stupid because they’re watching him – proof in the pudding.

    It’s a rather sad state of affairs.

  4. Jason, I like the new layout. As for Beck and his ratings or FoxNews ratings, I’ve blocked all Fox channels on my cable. I can always watch a particular segment from the Internet through a progressive site if I’m interested. Since I like to plan for “worst case scenarios” and was concerned that while channel surfing I might have an unexpected spasm, fit or fall down and land inadvertently on a Fox channel which would contribute to their ratings, I blocked everything that said Fox.

    I’m outraged at the influence of FoxNews, Beck, Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity, etc., etc. The very worst in our society are dictating the conversation and influencing the outcome of votes in the House and Senate.

  5. They are nothing but poison….all of them!
    Fox news has to be held accountable for the outright
    lies, distortions misinformation and HATRED.
    I have email every Beck Sponsor I could find in the past 24 hours, I HAVE HAD IT WITH THIS MAN! “HE” is ruining this country, poisoning the uneducated with crap, him and Fixed Noise have to go, and I will continue to fight them every step of the way.

  6. It’s easy to laugh at the undeniable stupidity of Beck and company. However, their equally undeniable influence on a significant number of Americans is a dangerous sign that the anti-intellectualism and hatred FOX spews is poisoning the political well.
    They are very effective in influencing people to vote against their own economic interests, and they have been fanning the flames of racial division. Their gullible followers are actually led to believe that blacks are victimizing the white race.
    It’s long past time they were held accountable for the damage they do. If everyone they ever victimized were to sue them and win, it would take a big chunk out of their revenue. That’s probably the only thing that would get their attention, since they are both morally and intellectually bankrupt.

  7. All we can do here is if you are on twitter and say anything about fox, always hit the @foxnews so it shows up on the Fox page. The same for @seanhannity, @glennbeck and the rest of the frauds.

    That way the little beck wannabes will always see it

  8. FTA

    “Fox News got busted for using some of their “advocacy” to get Shirley Sherrod railroaded.”

    Are you an idiot? FOX News had nothing…N-O-T-H-I-N-G to do with Shirley Sherrod getting fired. They didn’t even air the audio or her name until after…A-F-T-E-R…Sherrod got fired.

    This is just nutty. Plain nutty. The author of this article is so far off the mark it’s ridiculous

    And then there is this:

    “He goes to Bret Baier on Fox News. Beck said, “Stop just a second. Maybe because people are watching Bret Baier and not you, Ed, and maybe people aren’t watching you because quote to quote you, ‘you busted your ass for Obama.’ That’s not journalism. That’s advocacy. It’s not even opinion. I mean that is a, that’s an activist, and nobody is watching because you are in the minority.”

    So when Glenn Beck offers to hold a fundraiser for Michele Bachmann he is not engaging in political advocacy? I guess Beck’s on air campaigning for Doug Hoffman wasn’t advocacy either. According to Beck his role as the mouthpiece for the Tea Party isn’t advocacy either. At least Ed Schultz does hide his advocacy behind charity the way that Beck will be on August 28. This arrogance and hypocrisy is even more astounding when you consider that just this week, Fox News got busted for using some of their “advocacy” to get Shirley Sherrod railroaded.”

    Beck never said he wasn’t an advocate. He was comparing Baier to Schulz…AS YOU POINTED OUT.

    Wow. Stupidity at it’s finest. You contradicted yourself in a matter of sentences. Well done.

  9. “FOX News had nothing…N-O-T-H-I-N-G to do with Shirley Sherrod getting fired. They didn’t even air the audio or her name until after…A-F-T-E-R…Sherrod got fired.”

    Except that’s not true. But you get what you pay for when you count on Beck and O’Reilly to give you accurate facts about Fox News. Remember the time that O’Rielly claimed no one on Fox had ever said you’d go to jail for not buying health insurance? Good times, good times…

  10. I would like to thank you all for giving me some comedy to read before bed. There are not enough words in the world to define the foolishness of your posts. I can understand attacking Glenn Beck beacuse he has belifs diffrent from yours and is in the public view. But to call those who watch and belive him stupid and uneducated is just shows that you are the ones who are immoraly bankrupt as you put it. and for your infromation i just recently started watching and my views where simillier to his beacuse thats how i was raised not beacuse some talking head told me so

  11. Hope you had your Cable/Satellite provider block them and you did not just remove them from your remote/tv. If you do it yourself, your Cable provider still is paying Fox for “delivering Fox content” to you. If you ask them to block it, they are supposed to comply with your wishes (by installing a filter), and they won’t be shipping any of your cable fees off to Fox anymore.

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