Sunday, January 28, 2007
CNN gave him a forum, and now "Good Morning America" wants to do the same: libertarian/conservative Glenn Beck is about to start on ABC's morning show.
However, Beck is outspoken in his condemnation of Islamic terror. So, Muslims in the US are mad and are demanding that ABC not hire him.
Let us see which side has power in the US: free speech, or Islamic intimidation.
We fear that we know the answer.
Arab groups protest Beck's hiring
NEW YORK - Three groups are urging ABC News not to keep CNN Headline News personality Glenn Beck on as a "Good Morning America" commentator because they believe he's biased against Arabs.
The Arab American Institute, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the Muslim Public Affairs Council all said Thursday they had written to ABC News President David Westin about Beck.
"Good Morning America" executive producer Jim Murphy has spoken to a representative of the groups and has invited them on the air to talk about their grievances, said ABC News spokeswoman Jeffrey Schneider. Beck has appeared twice on the show, once together with a Muslim religious leader.
The groups said that Beck _ who's drawing strong ratings with his evening show on CNN Headline News _ has stated on his show that Arab and Muslim Americans are apathetic to terrorism. During an interview in November with Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, Beck asked him to "prove to me that you are not working with our enemies."
"That blatant anti-Arab, anti-Muslim bias has been given credibility on a larger news show is something that concerns us," said Arab American Institute spokeswoman Jennifer Kauffman.
What ABC should do is hire us for commentary. Then these Muslim fanatics will get a view that makes Beck look positively moderate.