Glenn Beck said (once again) that he regrets some of the things he said while at Fox News. According to a story on The Huffington Post, he appeared on CNN’s show, “Reliable Sources,” where he said that he hadn’t meant to add to the widening gulf between the left and the right. He also said:
“When you live your life 5 hours a day on live television and radio you’re going to say stupid things.”
Well, that may be true, but he keeps doing it.
You see, this isn’t the first time he’s said he regrets being so divisive. The Huffington Post reported that just a quick search on Google for “glenn beck stupid comments” brings up dozens of results. Many of those are from 2011 and earlier, but it hasn’t gotten much better. Just last month, he shilled for a book that claims white slave owners were the worst victims of slavery (say what?!).
Racist much, Mr. Beck?
He also claimed, back in May of this year, that there’s a war on God. Part of the divisiveness in this country is this misguided idea that liberals are trying to stamp out Christianity altogether. The evangelicals keep pushing religious rights laws (which only serve Christianity), keep trying to get creationism (which isn’t science) into public schools as science, keep pushing abstinence-only education and the list goes on and on.
These people see the resulting backlash, and the backlash against things like the Hobby Lobby ruling, as a war on Christianity, and a war on God. It’s one of the primary sources of our deepening divide, and Glenn Beck just adds to it when he says nonsense like this.
So, what is Beck really doing when he says he regrets adding to our current political climate? Most people, when they truly regret doing something, work hard to avoid doing it again. The first time he said he was sincerely thinking about what all he’d done, and whether or not he’d actually helped anyone he lost his voice. He did an entire show in cue cards, expressing deep remorse over his divisive and hateful attitude.
In January of this year, he claimed he thought that if he’d talked about unifying issues, instead of how we’re all different, things might be a bit better. He said, at that time, that he believes he’s played a role in tearing the country apart, and that’s not who we are, or should be.
But, he continues to be…Glenn Beck and his words are ringing ever more hollow by the day.
Instead of talking the talk, maybe he should try to walk the walk. His ratings might slip for a while, but if he became an advocate for unity like he keeps saying he should do, perhaps he wouldn’t have to worry about his ratings at all.
Sadly, we’re not likely to see him actually act on his words anytime soon.
h/t: The Huffington Post