Glenn Beck to Christians: “Ayyyyyy”

Much like The Fonz, Glenn Beck thinks he can say or do no wrong. But then he goes and “jumps the shark.”

From Media Matters:

Glenn Beck has repeatedly attacked the concept of social justice and churches that promote it, asserting that it is “code language for Marxism” and warning that “when you see those words, run.” In fact, numerous churches and religious faiths, as well as prominent religious scholars, espouse social justice, including the Catholic Church, the Conservative and Reform movements of Judaism, and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Where is the pushback to this insult to many major religions, the Bible, and Jesus Christ, himself? So far, it’s only coming from Sojourners’ Jim Wallis. And if Beck believes what he says to be true, does that mean that the Bush administration’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives was a waste of time? And if now neither governments nor faith-based organizations should worry about the poor and disenfranchised, then who will?

It must be nice and comfortable up there on that cushion of money, power, and privilege Mr. Beck is sitting on.

Has anyone heard of any other opposition to Beck from religious leaders?

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(Because I am too much of a lady…)

“Rush Limbaugh is the fart in America’s elevator.”Frank Schaeffer, on the Thom Hartmann Show

T/F/B: R. Neal of Knoxviews.

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Spring Breakin’ 2: No Liberadio for You

Breakin 2 PosterJust a heads up that there won’t be a Monday, March 8 edition of Liberadio(!).

I’m in Syracuse at the 25th reunion for WJPZ 89.1 FM, a college radio station I used to work for and I don’t get back until Monday.

Well, that’s just not true.

I’ll be back on Sunday in plenty of time to see They Might Be Giants at the Exit/In.

So we’re really not doing the show because I can’t possible see reunion-ing it up all weekend, TMBG-ing it up all Sunday night, and then getting up at 5 am on Monday to do the show.

I’m just being realistic here.

And besides, Vanderbilt is on Spring Break.

We’ll miss you guys.

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Summary: Featuring guests Bill Howell, Regional Organizer Middle Tennessee Office, Tennesseans for Fair Taxation, John Flansburgh, Senior Fellow, They Might Be Giants, and Karl Frish Senior Fellow for Media Matters for America.

Part 1: Makin’ a Little Birdhouse in Your Radio News roundup, three words to describe the Vancouver Olympics closing ceremonies, the to do list, Tennessee politics are important politics, and while our U.S. Senators refuse to fight for health care security for all Tennesseans, one lone State Senator takes a stand. Plus, our interview with Bill Howell of Tennesseans for Fair Taxation. Fair fair fair fair fair. [23.34MB download mp3]

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Part 2: Makin’ a Little Birdhouse in Your Radio We take your calls on what the lack of meaningful health care reform means to ordinary Tennesseans, plus John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants joins us for a rollicking interview in which we learn many, many secrets about New York Politics, kid-friendly rock shows, song lyrics, the Flood album, and bathtub conversations. We finish up with Karl Frisch, Senior Fellow for media watchdog organization Media Matters for America, and his take on the media coverage of President Obama’s health care summit and Freddie’s comments on Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Zach Wamp’s unchallenged assertions that mountaintop removal is “good for the environment.” [24.14MB download mp3]

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Summary: Featuring guests Dr. Joseph Romm, Senior Fellow for Center for American Progress and editor of ClimateProgress.org and Karl Frish Senior Fellow for Media Matters for America. Listen to the full Weekly Radio Address from President Obama at whitehouse.gov.

Part 1: Best. Invention. Ever. Make a simple hyperbolic statement and soon we’re discussing discussing politics, energy sources, and the existence of God with our listeners all in the context of just what is the Best. Invention. Ever. Remo, Mary’s dad, even calls in with his unique take. Plus the rich are getting richer and we call “shenanigans” on the guy making fun of the President for using a teleprompter while he was, you know, using a teleprompter. [20.59MB download mp3]

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Part 2: Best. Invention. Ever. The discussion continues and we conclude that the Best. Invention. Ever. just might be Tennessee State Senator Andy Berke. Plus, a debrief of a trip to our nation’s Capitol (and making plans for another), a listener calls in with a fantastic energy saving idea, an interview with Dr. Joseph Romm of ClimateProgress.org on why now is the time to pay attention to the science of climate change and not the weather, and Karl Frisch, Senior Fellow for media watchdog organization Media Matters for America, covers Conservative Political Action Conference. [23.7MB download mp3]

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“Must See TV” is back on (MS)NBC with Rachel Maddow, who is doing amazing work. Her appearance on Meet the Press last Sunday was stunning when she held Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) accountable for “railing against a spending bill in public while touting its benefits in his home district:”

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And last night she continued shining her special brand of sunshine on the Republican legislators who simultaneously praise the good results of stimulus dollars with their hands out for more while tearing down the stimulus bill because…well, because of the good results and their willingness to destroy the country to take back even just a little bit of power:

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Happy President’s Day

Update from Newscoma: She sees my talk radio host smackdown and raises me a presidential debate shellacking.

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The Main Stream Media’s Conservative Bias

Sarah Palin Taking Cues from her hand.NPR has really been pissing me off lately. You may have noticed it too – an overcompensation borne of decades of being accused by the conservative movement of being harbingers of a non-existent media bias. And it’s not just NPR – it’s every major mainstream media outlet.

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters nails it – using this past weekend’s tea party festivities as a example – in his essay on the “media double standard that favors Republicans over Democrats.”

And Karl Frisch, a Senior Fellow at Media Matters and Liberadio(!) media correspondent, said on our show on Monday that the responsibility for correcting this, er, “overcorrection,” rests solely in our hands:

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“For 40 years, the right has been pushing the idea of liberal media bias, and since Palin is one of the most popular people on the right, the press – because of the pressure they get from every level of the conservative movement from the lowliest volunteer to the presidential candidate – they get immense pressure to bend-over backwards and be “fair.” And by “fair” I mean not correct the public record. The left has only come into its own in terms of coming after the media to get things correct for about 5 or 6 years now in any kind of organized fashion. And even then it’s still not from the lowliest of campaign activists to the tip-tops of the presidential candidates.

It was surely something when the White House started becoming critical of Fox News because we had not seen that before from the left. But this is something that has to be ingrained in the psyche of the progressive movement that you must challenge the media when they get something wrong. Because then, at least, we can bring the press back to a natural center where they’re bending over backwards perhaps for both sides but in the end we’re getting a better news product.

As it stand right now, everybody on the Right complains about the media. Every day. On every issue. That doesn’t happen on the left. And that’s why Joe Biden ends up being charicatured in the way that he’s charicatured but since the campaign nobody has said – I hesitate to say nobody – but, by and large, for all the gaffes Sarah Palin has had, since exiting the campaign trail, she’s certainly not held to the standard that other politicians would be if they were quite as dumb as Palin on the stump.”

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C’mon guys. This is getting ridiculous.

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Summary: Featuring guests Graham Perry Social Curator of Tennessee State Museum and Karl Frish of Media Matters for America.

Part 1: No Scrimmage: Healthcare on the One-Yard Line. President Obama’s latest weekly radio address, a recap of the most super of bowls, the year of the underdog continues…from 2008, the Tea Party seen through rose-colored glasses, our interview with Graham Perry, curator of the We Shall Not Be Moved: The 50th Anniversary of Tennessee’s Civil Rights Sit-ins at the Tennessee State Museum, and the work continues for affordable health care for all. [24.44MB download mp3]

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Part 2: No Scrimmage: Healthcare on the One-Yard Line Guess what? Jobs bills are important for the states! A couple of callers try and scold us for using the term “tea bagger” to describe the racist funny-hat-wearing xenophobes personified by Tom Tancredo at this past weekend’s Tea Party Convention, and Karl Frisch, Senior Fellow for media watchdog organization, Media Matters for America brings it to the lapdog mainstream media…and Sarah Palin too. [23.7MB download mp3]

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