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The coming insurrection against Glenn Beck

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Glenn Beck is at his best when he’s bashing liberal Americans. The last few days he’s been bashing the Egyptian people instead. Obviously that’s not going to fly. Will he shift targets? And if he doesn’t, will Fox keep him on the air?

When Mubarak stepped down today, joy swept through Cairo and around the world. Americans—because it’s coded into our DNA to support the overthrow of anyone who looks like a king—cheered with the Egyptians.

But not Glenn Beck. On his Fox News broadcast this afternoon—augmented with the chalkboards you see above and a video feed from Tahrir Square—he accused liberal Americans and Europeans of orchestrating the overthrow of the Egyptian government. The revolution, he says, is a means to create global unrest, part of a conspiracy to build an Islamic socialist state in its place. Beck cites an anarchist book called “The Coming Insurrection” as outlining the blueprint for this disruption. He’s spent this week warning ominously of a Caliphate, a term for a single, unified Muslim state. Here’s a clip from today’s show:

Today Beck said, “If the West, and the Western way of life is to survive, then we have to have people high up on the wall, who can see over the wall, and over the horizon, and be willing to recognize what is coming and warn their neighbors about it.”

Do you hear a dog whistle? To some Beck viewers, “Western way of life” will mean non-Muslim. To others, it will specifically mean white Christians. Beck is preparing his viewers for a global war between Christians and Muslims. (Wouldn’t now be a smart time to invest in gold?)

Sarcasm aside, there are plenty of things we don’t know yet about the Egyptian revolution. But if any single fact is clear, it’s that this was the Egyptian people’s revolution. America was always a beat behind whatever was happening. To suggest that Egypt’s revolution was orchestrated, in secret, by liberal Americans and Europeans, is an obscenity. It insults Egyptians, denying them the status of independent actors. It says they aren’t capable of accomplishing something, of making decisions, without Western interference. Beck’s words fall somewhere between crazy and bigoted.

For all his faults Beck has an amazing command of language, and some of his viewers will believe anything he says. But something tells me this may be the one thing that disunites Beck from his fans. Hearing Glenn Beck spit hateful words on the Egyptians—especially as the rest of the world unites to pray for their success and stability—is not going to sound good to most Americans, regardless of their politics.

Mubarak did not survive the revolution. Will Beck?

— By Daryl Lang. Filed under News & Journalism, Politics