People like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and their sort take up their airtime by spewing hate-speech and expressing their senseless enmity towards all things different. When they’re not doing that, they are completely lying about something else. The nonsensical, rhetorical speeches they vomit up aren’t political commentary or partisan talking points. The things they say are bigoted, narrow-minded, and, for the most part, fabricated.
When challenged about these things, some hosts say that they are “entertainers,” and their job isn’t necessarily to present the news as it is. Others plead first amendment rights.
Well, Glenn Beck, here’s what I have to say to you:
Yes, entertainers have different societal roles than newsmen. Entertainers don’t have to tell the truth, and can blow anything out of proportion at their prerogative. It’s the job of the entertainer to amuse an audience, not to educate it. But if you have deemed yourself an entertainer, then you shouldn’t be working for a nationally syndicated news organization, and certainly not one whose single, cliché slogan is “Fair and Balanced,“ because that, Glenn Beck, would make you a liar.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
-First Amendment, United States Constitution
The constitution gives you the right to say whatever you want, wherever you want, whenever you want. The founding fathers trusted you to use these rights for the good of the people around you. But the Bill of Rights is not to be abused. If the second amendment is abused, people die. If the sixth amendment is abused, guilty people are set free. And if the first amendment is abused, the trust and security of our society is compromised. As a rabbi said in synagogue today, you can’t shout “fire” in a crowded theater.
Don’t underestimate America.