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Beck Tells Couric He’s Sorry The Way He “Phrased” Accusation That Obama Is A Racist, Goes On To Paint Obama As A Racist Again

Reported by Ellen - September 23, 2009 -

In his lengthy interview with Katie Couric last night (9/22/09), Glenn Beck claimed he didn’t give much thought to the advertising boycott organized by ColorOfChange.org which to date has resulted in a loss of 62 advertisers. But it’s clear he has at least some regrets for having called President Obama a “racist” with “a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” Beck told Couric he was “sorry the way it was phrased.” Then he went on to paint Obama as a racist again. With video.

For those who may have forgotten, Beck made the accusation in the wake of Obama’s comments at a press conference last summer when he made a few remarks about Professor Henry Gates, arrested by a white policeman after breaking into his own home.

In the first video below, which is an excerpt of the longer one underneath it, Beck told Couric, “This is Barack Obama saying, ‘I don’t have any of the details of my friend, who happens to be African American, busted by a white cop. I don’t have any of the details but the cops were stupid.'”

Actually, Obama did not say the cops were stupid. He said, “The Cambridge Police acted stupidly.”

Beck continued, “If you don’t have the details, what is it that colored your glasses to say the cops were wrong?”

One could ask the same of Beck. If he misquoted Obama and then attacked him for something he never said, what is it that colored his glasses?

What Obama actually said was, “Now, I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that, but I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge Police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there is a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That's just a fact.”

Furthermore, Beck was implicitly admitting Obama didn’t say anything overtly racist. Beck was suggesting that Obama's comments indicated a mind set that, to Beck, somehow “proved” Obama was not only a racist but held a deep-seated hatred for white people or white culture. Couric later asked Beck what he had meant by "white culture" and he refused to say.

After Couric suggested that perhaps the prism Obama was viewing the incident through might be the history of racial profiling in this country (and he had said as much), Beck said, “Isn’t that important to know?”

“Is that the same as saying he’s a racist?” Couric asked.

“I’m sorry the way it was phrased,” Beck said. But he went on to indicate that that’s exactly what he thinks or at least that he plans to continue to characterize Obama as such.

Beck said the accusation was a serious question that deserved a serious answer, and that he had given it on his television show. But rather than summarize his answer (and I think Couric let him off too easily here), Beck went on to accuse Obama further. “If George Bush would have sat… in a pew for 20 years where he had a preacher saying black people are wrong and bad, black people are poisoning white people. Would you not question if he immediately made a snap judgment on something and said the black cop was wrong?”

“So you’re bringing it back to Rev. Wright,” Couric said.

“That’s one example… We could go longer on that,” Beck replied.

Later in the interview, at about the 24 minute mark of the complete video, Beck painted himself as the victim when he asked, “How am I the target for just asking the questions?” In the first place, Beck never “asked” whether Obama is a racist. He flat-out accused him of it. Secondly, Beck’s “questions” are some of the most vile hate mongering known to mankind. Second, it’s more than a little ironic that a guy who dishes out such incendiary rhetoric should start whining when he’s feeling the heat. My heart goes out to him – not.

Later, at about the 37 minute mark, Beck said, “Americans need to be able to speak freely and speak without fear.”

Unless of course, you’re President Obama speaking off the cuff about a black man confronted by the police for breaking into his own home and, after proving he was the homeowner, arrested by a white cop for not behaving well about it.

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