Oof. Is it ever really a good idea to fight crazy with crazy? In an attempt to express his displeasure over Glenn Beck‘s plan to hold his ‘Restoring Honor’ rally at the Lincoln Memorial on August, 28th, the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, talk radio host and author Bill Press made this unfortunate and over-the-top comparison.
“In a slap at both President Lincoln and Dr. King, not to mention the American people, the National Park Service has given Glenn Beck permission to hold a Tea Party rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28 – 47 years to the day after Martin Luther King gave his magnificent ‘I Have A Dream’ speech”…If you ask me, that’s like granting al Qaeda permission to hold a rally on September 11 – at Ground Zero. What the hell were those bureaucrats at the Park Service thinking?”
Also what was Press thinking? Beck may offend many people, but he is not Al Qaeda…by a long shot. It’s an offensive analogy. Particularly so to the people who lost loved ones on Sept 11. Moreover, it’s one that does nothing but ratchet up the conversation till next thing you know Congressmen are reading out columns comparing President Obama to Hitler on the house floor.
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