Just remember that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is lauded by "progressives" and the MSM (one and the same, really) as a "moderate;" however, one would think Glenn Beck is the devil incarnate based on the reporting of his Washington DC rally this past weekend. We've already shown you the preposterous double standard in the MSM regarding the GZ mosque and Beck, and it got worse the past few days.
First, there's the pathetic Howie Dean calling Beck a "racist" (surprise!) and a "hate monger" (surprise!), and those who attended his rally "lost souls."
You know, I think, it was kind of a Tea Party type of event. You know, 300,000 people is a lot of people to have on the Washington Mall, but in terms of who, how many people vote, it's not a very big crowd. I don't know what, I think that Glenn Beck has got a few things the matter with him, up here, up in the head there. So I just don't know what to make of it. I mean, it's a lot of people.
What I see is, these folks are kind of, and I don't mean this in a mean kind of way, but they're a little like lost souls in the sense that they really do, they're at sea, the country's changed a lot, they don't, they're in the middle of a horrible economic downturn which has probably affected a lot of them personally. So they follow this guy who is like Father Coughlin from the 1930s. He's a racist, he's a hate-monger.
Dean followed on the aptly named Charles Blow who had earlier said,
Well Beck is an incredibly divisive figure, and no amount of him wrapping himself in the flag and hiding behind a cross is going to scrub his history of the things he has said and done. And he is part of what I see as a rhetorical assassination of a good man (Barack Obama).
Again, I'll ask: Who is more "moderate": Imam Rauf or Glenn Beck?
Elsewhere, the WaPo thinks Beck is out of line for criticizing Obama's version of Christianity. (Jeremiah Wright, anybody? Not the WaPo.)
Meawhile, the "Rev" Al Sharpton said regarding Beck's rally that "We're not giving them this day. This is our day, and we ain't giving it away." Now, just imagine how the MSM would react if that was a conservative Republican saying that about Ground Zero (just replace "day" with "site").
Then, ABC's Ron Claiborne pressed Dr. Alveda King, niece of MLK who attended Beck's rally, to answer the charge that "Beck's rally is an affront to what the Civil Rights Movement stood for." How often has the MSM pressed Imam Rauf and other GZ mosque proponents similarly?
Perhaps the "best" instance of moonbat hilarity was offered up by "progressive" pundit Bill Press who compared Glenn Beck to al Qaeda.
CBS told black attendees of Beck's rally that [they were] "noticing that there aren't a lot of minorities here today."
And, lastly, of course the MSM penchant for selective labeling came into play as the big three networks dubbed Beck a "controversial conservative," while Al Sharpton was merely a "civil rights leader." Yeah -- nothing at all remotely controversial about Sharpton, eh?