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Monday, August 30, 2010
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Glenn Beck on his 'Restoring Honor' rally
"Hundreds of thousands of people attended the 'Restoring Honor' rally in Washington Sunday, where Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and others appealed for a return to Judeo-Christian values. The rally was mostly non-political and entirely peaceful; the crowd honored itself by demonstrating love of country. This is a huge victory for Glenn Beck and Americans who believe that his message of honor and dignity is worthwhile. But the forces opposed to Beck viciously attacked him. New York Times columnists Bob Herbert and Charles Blow implied that Beck is a racist, shaming themselves in the process. It's fine to disagree with Beck, but to attack him personally is disgraceful. Are you hearing me, Howard Dean? Dean accused Beck of having some things wrong 'in the head' and called rally attendees 'lost souls.' That kind of stuff is simply unacceptable and Dean should be ashamed of himself. All fair-minded Americans should respect people with whom they disagree if the person is honest and sincere, and Glenn Beck is certainly that. Glenn Beck urged Americans to come to a rally that encouraged spirituality and honesty, and he was attacked for doing that."

The Factor was joined by Glenn Beck himself, who selected his favorite moments from the rally. "The best moments may have been private moments," Beck replied. "Praying with Alveda King or talking with a father and a son before the rally started. The son was beaming and the father was crying." Beck reacted to the hatred spewed in his direction. "The attacks are going to get worse, and not just at me. The 'black robed regiment' was introduced on stage - 240 pastors, priests, rabbis and imams who locked arms and said the principles of America need to be taught from the pulpit. They're going to get attacked." The Factor praised Beck for his willingness to take a monumental gamble: "You put yourself out there - I agree with some stuff you said and I disagreed with others, but I'm going to defend you. I don't think there's anyone else in the country who could have mobilized that many people."

Rev. Al Sharpton, who held a far smaller counter-rally Saturday, also entered the No Spin Zone and outlined his objections to Beck's event. "I said they were trying to disgrace our day," Sharpton said, "and Beck said he was going to 'reclaim the civil rights movement.' When he announced his march no one criticized him, and when he got that date no one criticized him. But when he said he was going to take back the civil rights movement, that's when we had a right to address it. If he had never said that, we never would have said a word. And when he talked about God and country, my question is how do we apply that? He hasn't answered that."
Did the 'Restoring Honor' rally make a political impact?
The Factor welcomed Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer, who assessed the political impact of Glenn Beck's massive rally. "I don't think the event itself has a political impact," Krauthammer said, "but the size and how much it surprised the mainstream media are important for symbolic value. The mainstream media expect these people to be right-wing yahoos pining for the days of segregation, but it turned into a lovely and sweet church picnic. The only political moment was when Sarah Palin said we don't want to 'change' America, we want to 'restore' it. That is a very succinct way of describing the opposition to Obama. The people who want to change America fundamentally see America as a flawed and sinful nation, and there's an enormous constituency that sees America as deeply and intrinsically good."
President Obama on Glenn Beck
Asked about the "Restoring Honor" rally, President Obama said this: "It's not surprising that somebody like a Mr. Beck is able to stir up a certain portion of the country." The Factor asked FNC analysts Mary Katharine Ham and Juan Williams whether the rally will affect the President. "How can it help President Obama," Williams surmised, "when most of the people out there are critics of his? So when Glenn Beck says this was not a political rally, people have to shake their heads. This was obviously a highly politicized event with Sarah Palin as a featured speaker." Ham disagreed with Williams' characterization. "You had this spectacularly benign event that was sort of a multi-faith worship service with a lot of patriotism thrown in. It actually made critics look silly for getting so up in arms about it." The Factor agreed that Beck kept the event relatively free of politics: "Beck was quite clear that he didn't want any political signs, he didn't want any divisiveness, and he even told Sarah Palin that he didn't want any political speechmaking. I don't know how much clearer the man could be."
Evaluating media coverage of Beck's rally
The Factor invited FNC's Bernie Goldberg to assess the media coverage of Saturday's rally. "There were a couple of things that bothered me," Goldberg began. "One thing was that CNN described this as a 'conservative' rally. It was, but they don't label environmental or anti-war or feminist rallies as 'liberal' rallies. When you give labels to conservative rallies, you're putting a warning label on your news story that is similar to a warning label on a pack of cigarettes. Liberal journalists do this is because they see these conservative views as alien and out of the mainstream, but they see liberal rallies as mainstream and middle-of-the-road." Goldberg also theorized that many media liberals are doing everything possible to prevent a Republican sweep in November. "They see the tsunami that's coming and they don't like it. So they're saying you're stupid and un-American if you oppose the mosque near Ground Zero or if you oppose immigration. They've become unhinged."
Reality Check: Obama and the Ground Zero mosque
President Obama has reiterated his belief that Muslims have every right to build the mosque near Ground Zero. The Factor's Check: "That's not what the issue is all about. What's the wisdom of the mosque decision, Mr. President? That's the question you have not answered." The Factor ended Monday's program with some sound bites from attendees at Glenn Beck's rally. This is what a few folks had to say: "I believe that our country should be putting God first once more" ... "Hopefully this will be a call to restore the historical values in our nation" ... "We've got to stop spending and we've got to get some ethics and morals back" ... "I believe in our Constitution and this administration doesn't" ... "I can not disagree with our President more, I believe he's leading this country in the wrong direction."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
John Reid, Dublin, Ireland: "The slander being delivered by the far left on controversial issues is predictable. They label people bigots too easily."

Glenn Bacon, Nongprue, Thailand: "How is it that the left continues to harangue the Tea Party because a few nutcases were on display, when they turn around and say we should not condemn Islam because of a few nutcases?"

Crystal Morris, Mesa, AZ: "My husband always watches the Factor but I resisted for many years. Now, I am hooked. You are better than the View, O'Reilly."
Who's helping, and who's hurting?
Monday's Patriot: Singer Taylor Swift, who donated $100,000 so her home town in Tennessee could build a new playground. And the Pinheads?: Possibly David Letterman and/or his guest, NBC anchor Brian Williams, who joked about Dave's competitor Jay Leno.
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