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Fear-Monger-In-Chief Beck Turns On The Christmas Schmaltz

Reported by Ellen - December 20, 2009 -

There was more than just a little bit of self-serving histrionics going on in Glenn Beck’s Christmas special last night (12/19/09) as he played his mother’s favorite Andy Williams Christmas song and cried, as if on cue, right in the middle of an interview with Williams. Far be it from me to denigrate someone’s Christmas memories, especially those involving a mother who committed suicide. But please pardon for me being just a tad unconvinced that the man who has staked his career on relentlessly fear-mongering and hate-mongering just about anyone or anything he finds a convenient target, including ridiculing Nancy Pelosi when she cried on camera, is such a softy that he can’t keep back the tears while filming a television show. And I don’t know about you but if it were my mother – who, as a matter of fact also died young and tragically – I would not be parading my personal sorrows about her in the middle of a televised Christmas special. Further straining my credibility was that just a few minutes later, Beck went on to say that “if we could capture who we are at this time of the year… if we do that all year long, we’d be fine.” This, just three days after he had trumped up an excuse to accuse President Obama of “bordering” on treason. Beck concluded this segment by suggesting that if only more catastrophes a la 9/11 would strike us, we’d all be better off. With video.

I’ll admit the show had some enjoyable moments, even from Beck, who told a funny story about some little people getting on an elevator with him and his kids shortly after telling them that he had met an elf when he was young. And there was a wonderful African American choir that sang intermittently throughout the show. I also enjoyed seeing the troops in Afghanistan wishing their family and friends a Merry Christmas.

Then it was time for Williams. As soon as they were done with the introductions and the plugs, Beck stole the limelight. He held up an old Williams album and turned on his sensitive, earnest voice. “This album, Andy, I, I spoke to you on the radio, and I said some of my biggest Christmas memories have all happened with this in the background.” The moment a song, called “Little Altar Boy,” began playing, Beck’s chin started quivering.

“I wanted to ask you about this song,” Beck said. “When I was little, my mother used to play this all the time and she used to come up to me on this song and she would put her hands on my shoulders… Then she’d say, ‘You’re my little altar boy.’” He went on (through his tears) to say that his mother had committed suicide and that many years later, he came to understand “what she was saying to me with this song, that it’s about redemption and she was too afraid to approach the Lord herself and say, ‘I’m sorry, I want a second chance.’”

When Beck was done talking about his mother and that song, he asked Williams, “Have you seen a change in American audiences at all (since beginning his Christmas shows) or are we the same people that we were? I think that if we could capture who we are at this time of the year, if we do that all year long, we’d be fine. Are we the same people that we were in the 1960’s?” Maybe it's just me again, but that seemed like a nudge to get Williams to go after some of Beck’s favorite scapegoats, progressives.

In any event, Williams didn’t go there. “I think we’re better,” he told Beck. “I think everybody has grown and grown… more and more into thinking for themselves and believing in America.” He added that he feels a great deal of hope from his audiences.

Then Beck made this bizarre and troubling statement: “I don’t want to make this about politics... I think we’re becoming a more spiritual people… We did it for a while after 9/11, and then we lost it again. The more we lose, the more humble we become. The more we’re driven down to our knees, we can actually kneel in front of the manger and see the baby and see what it’s really all about.”

You can contact the show and ask what Beck has decided to lose in the spirit of 9/12 and Christmas at glennbeck@foxnews.com.