When Fox News gets rid of you because you are too conservative, you know you have a problem. Or at least you should. Instead, Glenn Beck is still living it up on a network that can’t fire him – because he owns it. Yesterday, Beck decided to reach out to the teens killed in Norway by saying the camp they were attending was reminiscent of the “Hitler Youth.” Shut your mouth, Glenn.
Sometimes, I grant you, its difficult to know when too far is too far. Questions abound as to when something is “too soon.” Is it too soon to make that Michael Jackson joke? Is it too soon to bust out my best joke about your mom when she just divorced your dad? But, I’m sorry, when 76 people are killed in a shooting spree on an island, it’s pretty easy to know where the line is.
Here is what he said:
“As the thing started to unfold and there was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler Youth. Who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing,” Beck said.
His comments are more ridiculous still when you realize that Beck is closely affiliated with The 9-12 Project, which funds – you guessed it- POLITICAL CAMPS aligned with the Tea Party for children eight to 12 years old. Whose the Nazi now, Glenn?
But what I find even more disturbing is the rate that Beck throws around words associated with Hitler. Some phrases should be used carefully. Guilty of genocide? Ok, that’s pretty Hilter-esque. Guilty of sending your children to a political activism camp? Not at all a reminder of the Hitler Youth.
But he is no stranger to tossing around such horrifying terms. He uses them all the time to describe basically everyone he doesn’t agree with. To add a bit of lightness to this post, here is Lewis Black on Glenn Beck’s “Nazi Tourette’s.”
Funny? Yes. Not so funny is Glenn Beck himself:
Torbjørn Eriksen, a former press secretary to Norway’s prime minister, described Beck’s comments as “a new low” for the ridiculous “broadcaster.”
“Young political activists have gathered at Utoya for over 60 years to learn about and be part of democracy, the very opposite of what the Hitler Youth was about,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “Glenn Beck’s comments are ignorant, incorrect and extremely hurtful.”