The Blaze Jumps The Shark

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Following Glenn Beck’s recent shark-jumping.

Unless this post is retracted, and an apology offered forthwith, I see no reason to continue having The Blaze on my blogroll, or to ever visit the site, again. Glenn Beck and pals are deploying the left’s most despicable Alinsky tactics against fellow conservatives,  now, and it defies all rational explanation.

Big Journalism’s John Nolte wonders what the heck is going on over there?

Beck’s fall from grace started when his site, The Blaze, falsely attacked James O’Keefe — to the delight of the very people who used to attack Beck. Then Beck, of all things, betrayed the Tea Party in the worst way any conservative could. I thought he’d hit bottom with that. After all, how much lower can you go than selling out to the mainstream media?

Well, yesterday, what I thought had been a rhetorical question was answered when The Blaze went full Andrew Sullivan, full Politico, full Wonkette, and and attacked Sarah Palin over a situation involving her family.

The Governor’s sin? Composing what amounts to a touching article about her family’s life with Trig – Todd and Sarah Palin’s youngest son with Down Syndrome.

To understand how misleading the Blaze attack is, you first have to read what Beck’s writer, a piece of work named Eddie Scarry (more on him below), wrote:

What’s the first thing that came to mind when you heard that Rick Santorum‘s special needs child was in the hospital with pneumonia late last month? I bet all of Mitt Romney‘s money it wasn’t Sarah Palin unless you are Sarah Palin. …Of the roughly 900-word article, 123 of them relate to Santorum and his daughter Bella who was born with Trisomy 18, a disability similar to Down syndrome.

It’s all downhill from there. For more perspective, the names “Rick” and “Santorum” appear three times total and are all found in the first paragraph. The word “my,” in reference to Palin herself, appears 15 times throughout the rest.

What the Blaze is intentionally doing here, is misleading its readers into believing Governor Palin was supposed to write a piece about the Santorum family and their daughter Bella. Moreover, The Blaze obviously wants their readers to believe that Palin selfishly exploited what happened to the Santorums so that she could write something all about herself.

Read the rest at Big Journalism - You won’t want to miss the screenshot of a vile tweet from the writer, Eddie Scarry.

The truth is, in the wake of the Santorums’ close call with Bella’s illness, Newsweek had reached out to Sarah Palin, asking her to write a piece about her life raising a special needs child. She had already written a Facebook post dedicated to Beautiful Bella Santorum.

The comments  at The Blaze are in virtual 100% agreement that the post in question was in poor taste, and a poor excuse for journalism:

Here are some samples:

KyWriter

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 11:59am

Geez, Glenn, this is one of the creepiest excuses for a blog article I have ever seen. Did you know this clown was writing it or did you assign it to him? If he wrote this without your knowledge, it’s time to tighten up your management style. If you assigned this hit piece, you need a prayer or two.

JackieJill128

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 11:51am

What a complete moron and perfect example of Palin Derangement Syndrome! I sincerely hope he will be dismissed. Very disappointed that Glenn and his staff overlooked this creep! Glenn: Do the right thing and remove him from your staff and issue an apology.

bigspike

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 12:08pm

time to send him back to Kos or PuffHo or wherever they scraped him up.

Rightwinger22

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 11:31am

You are losing your base Glenn. Time to wake up.

All the comments are in a similar vein.

Shark-cleared.

UPDATE:

Scarry updated with a weak attempt at a correction.

UPDATE: Many Palin supporters have read this post and taken issue with the fact that it does not mention Palin was actually asked by “Newsweek” to write about her experience raising a special needs child. She did not approach the publication and that is a crucial piece of information that should have been included for BLAZE readers.

This post was a brief analysis of the perception I, among others, had of Palin contributing to a magazine she regularly criticizes. And though my thoughts on Palin’s column still stand, it‘s also important to acknowledge that Palin’s experience raising her son Trig is a fascinating story and is worth a read in her book “Going Rogue.” –Eddie Scarry

No, the  point of the post was clearly to insinuate that she was selfishly and brazenly inserting herself into someone else’s story. Why else would he have been mocking her for referring to herself more than Santorum? The bit about Palin writing in a magazine she “regularly criticizes” was a single line, and obviously not the point of the piece because who the hell cares?

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10 Responses to “The Blaze Jumps The Shark”

  1. MM Says:

    Beck lost me(for good) when he said he’d go 3rd party if we nominated Newt-I always took him with a grain of salt but he’s snapped.

  2. Nice Deb Says:

    Not to mention, he said the tea party was racist if they supported Newt. Unbelievable use of the race card from someone supposedly on our own side,
    This primary has just been insane.

  3. Monday Roundup Says:

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  4. BeckyC Says:

    Never been a Beck fan, and apparently never will be.

  5. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere Says:

    You don’t win readers by tweeting to the ones who disagree with you that they’re whores.

    My guess is that he is a KOStard plant.

  6. ConservativeOnWestCoast Says:

    I never liked Beck. He preys on the uneducated by feeding them erroneous bits of our history about things that never happened and giving them ridiculously paranoid scenarios in our future that never will happen. Poor Ma & Pa Kettle who never left their front porch are scared to death of the world as it is and don’t know any better. They don’t know that the food products they just bought to store away just in case those fictional “bad guys” in those commercials about food insurance run by a Mormon company, (oh, they don’t tell you that, do they?) blow up the world. He carries on like a crazy man with only enough sense for Ma & Pa to follow…just enough for them to follow so they’re scared out of their overalls. Just enough to pay his OUTRAGEOUS fees for his stupid website…for a while anyway, until Monster Truck season starts up and then they’ll have to decide which is more important.

  7. Carlos Says:

    Beck should be taken as any other salesman – with a grain of salt, a healthy dose of skepticism and a fact-check book. Same with Hannity, Limbaugh, Kos, Huffington, ABCCBSNBSCNNPMSNBC etc. One should take what any of them say with the same face value as any other media star, which is none at all, at least not until the facts have been checked and the propositions evaluated.

    Sorry, Rush, sorry, Sean, but I’m not one of P.T.Barnum’s “one born every minute” rubes.

  8. spon Says:

    Have long since stopped linking stories from Beck.
    He’s now 40% MORE full of himself than Obama.

  9. Geo Says:

    Beck provided a priceless awakening and education after his start at FoxNews. He exposed the prog movement for what it was and laid out the tortured journey of how we got to the position we are at today. It didn’t happen overnight and libs are relentless.

    I’ve always wondered what happened between Beck and Fox [Roger Ailes] that caused the split. Yes they were getting heat from sponsors, but for that time slot they still had record numbers that couldn’t be touched elsewhere. I’m sure Ailes was getting enormous heat from the Soreoooze crowd, but he is hardly a wilting flower and has fought in that arena for years feeding off the controversy.

    He [Beck] made some major errors along the way, [which is fine by me, it was bound to happen] but once the error was noted he tried to backfill what he actually did or said. However the overwhelming majority of material that he presented was based on historical facts and history and were exactly on the mark.

    Recently it would seem he has jumped the shark and entered the Twilight Zone of Johnson and LGF terroritory. I understand he is trying to establish something monumental but if he thinks that he will build it by sacrificing the people who got him where he is . .. . he is mistaken. Some of the hires that he has bragged about certainly would seem to be suspect.

  10. Andrew A. Sailer Says:

    Obama has produced the Truth Team. Why do people need to use the phrase truth? Doesn’t that make a person question if they are being truthful? George Orwell had his figure Winston work the Ministry of Truth, which is contributing to propaganda and historical revisionism. His work ended up being re-write past newspaper articles to enhance the ruling party belief. Who’s going to be spinning the past for President Obama?


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