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Friday, April 17, 2009

Glenn Beck Vs Little Green Football's Charles Johnson

Let me preface this post with a brief comment. I often disagree with Glenn Beck and Charles Johnson. Beck because sometimes he reaches a bit far in his theories and Johnson because he is too quick to "turn" on conservatives to prove he is more moderate. Even so, both do make fabulous points quite often, so I do pay attention even if I do not follow either on an every day basis.

With that said, Beck and Johnson seem to have a little mini-war going on, so here is your Beck/Johnson obligatory post.

Beck has some things to say about Johnson after Johnson said something about Beck, video found at YouTube and shown below (his comments on Johnson start at about 7:40 into the video)

Transcript (H/T to PoliGazette)

“Today’s Glenn Beck expert: Charles Johnson, a jazz musician, software programmer and writer for the blog “Little Green Footballs.”

Johnson says: “I don’t know if he’s necessarily going to incite violence, but I do think it’s irresponsible. It kind of drags down the discourse to a level that I, for one, am not comfortable with.”

As evidence of this lowered discourse, he posted a video that supposedly showed a fan of mine yelling “burn the books” at a 9/12 project meeting. Only later, did someone do the two clicks of research that showed she was actually just a liberal there to make fun of the gathering.

That’s not really the point. There probably are a couple of stupid people at the meetings. There always will be stupid people saying stupid things. There will always be violent people doing violent things.

But the insinuation that this network is somehow responsible or approving of anything violent is ludicrous and quite honestly a destructive attempt to silence free speech. That’s something blogger Charles Johnson should know about, since he’s been called an anti-Muslim bigot by most of the same people that unfairly said the same things about me.

We’ve come to a place where we’re not even playing a game of “blame the messenger,” it’s a game of “blame the messenger who’s specifically saying the opposite message.”

That message — for the one trillionth time — is: If you are considering violence against anyone who isn’t a pirate off the coast of Somalia, you are not only wrong, you are an enemy of the state and an enemy of freedom and liberty.

The Founding Fathers fought and died for our freedom so that we would have the structure available to achieve change without doing the same.

And you know that: 300,000 people peacefully gathered yesterday and honored our founders. That’s why today, instead of an honest critique of the spending of Barack Obama, George W Bush and both sides of the aisle in Congress, you’re getting non-stop “tea bag” jokes and accusations.

It’s almost like they want to distract you from what’s really important.”

Of course Johnson had a response titled "LGF on Glenn Beck," in which he calls Beck a "freak" and a "punk."

I would say both these gentlemen need to go to their corners and focus on actual issues instead of sniping at each other.

Both Beck and Johnson can be quite valuable in getting news to those that would not see certain things elsewhere, both can be quite an asset as future elections loom ahead and both have a considerable audience, but as long as they focus on sniping, picking and generally wasting time on each other, the focus will be on that.

If I could say one thing to both men it would be "Keep your eye on the ball gentlemen and not on each other."