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Glenn Beck Makes Himself Into A Hero For Apologizing About Mocking Malia Obama

Reported by Ellen - June 4, 2010 -

I want to believe that Glenn Beck had good intentions when he brief apology on his website over last weekend. Yet that apology reiterated his original attack - just without the smear against Malia - with its opening line: "In discussing how President Obama uses children to shield himself from criticism, I broke my own rule about leaving kids out of political debates." Beck could have merely said he had broken his own rule or opened with, “In discussing President Obama’s response to the oil spill…” Instead, Beck reiterated his attack as if to say, “I was right, I just said it wrong.” Beck followed that up on Tuesday’s television show (6/1/10) with a longer, more emotional explanation that was supposed to be a mea culpa. But did Beck look into the camera and apologize for any harm or offense he may have caused Malia or the Obama's? No, not in either apology. Instead, Beck recast himself as redemptive hero for having the integrity and courage to stand up and do the right thing by admitting he was wrong. Oh, and by the way – Beck also falsely claimed he had never done anything like this before.

It was pretty clear from the get go that this little segment was going to be more about making himself look good than about making any direct amends (as they say in AA) to Malia. First, Beck boasted about his cojones for saying what he was about to say: “I want to talk to you about something that there isn’t a TV executive or consultant or a PR person… or anybody that is in their right mind that would advise me to do… It's counter-intuitive for me to bring this up, especially if you know the way the press works.” He also clapped himself on the back for bringing the issue up that day, instead of burying it on a Friday afternoon.

Then he said, “I want to talk to you about something that happened last Friday to me.” Excuse me? Wasn’t this supposed to be about something he did, not something that happened to him?

Beck continued by highlighting his own honesty. “I broke my own rules. I brought his children and his family into it. And I didn’t even realize it at the time… I could tell you right now that I was misinterpreted. It was poorly handled or I misspoke or you misheard… That can’t happen any more. Times have changed and so must we. I told myself… I wasn’t making fun of the kids. And I believed it. But then something happened…“

What happened was Beck’s “wife came along” and asked him why he had “made fun of the president’s children.” Beck snapped and swore, even though he doesn’t usually swear, he said. He just happened to point out what villains he has to deal with by repeating what he said to his wife: “’You don’t understand the media cabal that’s out there… You don’t look at these 'expletive' people, I have to look at them every day and their actions. I know who they are…’" He added, "I was a monster. And it took me by surprise.”

According to Beck, his wife told him, “I think you might need a nap.”

Beck said he issued his written apology and said a prayer and then he apologized to his wife. He spent more time talking about his apology to his wife than he did about his regrets about smearing the Obama family.

“There is absolutely no excuse or reason to ever, ever, ever, ever even come close to the line of dragging somebody’s family into the debate," Beck continued. Then, he falsely said, "I’ve never done it. I’ve never done it. Until last Friday. And I hope that’s my bottom.”

I hope so, too. But considering that Beck has repeatedly smeared the Obama family as well as made other vicious personal attacks, you’ll have to excuse me for having my doubts.

Video via Crooks and Liars.

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