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C-SPAN Takes a Swipe at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally

Posted on August 28 2010 2:00 pm
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From the C-SPAN home page:

Radio and Fox News host Glenn Beck has partnered with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation to host a “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial today, but faces criticism for holding it on the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech there.

Promoted on Beck’s website as a tribute to American military personnel and others “who embody our nation’s founding principles of integrity, truth and honor,” organizers say the “non-political” rally is not affiliated with any partisan organizations. The conservative commentator will also be joined by former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Rally critics say the ideology expressed by Beck and other speakers stands in conflict with the spirit of Dr. King’s remarks. In protest, Rev. Al Sharpton will lead counter-rally and a “Reclaim the Dream March” through D.C., coverage of which will air on C‑SPAN Saturday afternoon.

Sharpton and Faith and Freedom Coalition Chair Ralph Reed, who will attend the Beck rally, join C‑SPAN’s Washington Journal this morning to preview the day’s events.

When I read that first sentence, I envision someone using the first two fingers of each hand as visual quotation marks while saying the words Restoring Honor. It seems to be written in a sarcastic and derisive manner.  And although Glenn Beck is referred to as a “conservative commentator” and Sarah Palin as Republican, Al Sharpton is neither identified as leftist nor Democrat.

And who are these “rally critics” who say that the ideology expressed by Beck and others stands in conflict with the spirit of Dr. King?  I suspect the “rally critics” are right there in the offices of C-SPAN.

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