Radio Host Joe Madison Confronts Glenn Beck On Claim Obama Is Racist
Glenn Beck was visiting the studio where Joe Madison does his XM radio show, and Madison was able to convince Beck to sit in front of his microphone. Good for Madison. Not good for Beck (h/t Think Progress). Beck admits he didn’t know what he was talking about when he called President Obama a racist. He also admits he doesn’t know what Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for, which is especially interesting in light of how Beck was in D.C., where Madison does his show, to co-opt the King message. Beck says he’ll “talk to Alveda” about what King stood for, even though Alveda King, King’s niece, is not quite the messenger for King that Beck purports her to be. And Beck speaks out against social justice, which is exactly the opposite of the King legacy.
Madison: I am so angry with you.”
Beck: Oh boy.Did I just walk into something I shouldn’t have walked into?
Madison: Yes you did…Why would you call President Obama a racist? He’s not a racist.
BECK: What is he? […] I’ve talked about this at length, and so I’m going to rehash it all. I’ve already said stupid comment, off the top of head. And I said just the other day, an ignorant comment. Now that I really understand how he grew up, where he grew up, what his influences were — it’s more of a liberation theology, a kind of attitude he has. That I immediately interpreted — because I didn’t understand him. His attitude is more of, like Bill Ayers — that America is an oppressor. And I just disagree with that.
MADISON: You do not believe President Obama is a racist?
BECK: I’ve said this before.
MADISON: A mistake? Was that a mistake?
BECK: Absolutely it was. And I’ve said that before. I misunderstood — this I just said the other day — I misunderstood his philosophy and his theology, which is liberation theology.
MADISON: Which was King’s philosophy. Big time.
BECK: Didn’t know that. I’ll talk to Alveda today about it.
MADISON: Oh, talk to his father. You know who you should talk to? Talk to Walter Fauntroy. Rev. Walter Fauntroy, who grew up with King. That was his philosophy — it was the theological philosophy of social justice.
BECK: Right. I am not a fan of social justice.
MADISON: That’s where we really part. I’m a big fan of social justice.
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