Saturday, April 02, 2011

Glen Beck laughs 6 minutes about babies dying

Day by day, Glenn Beck makes himself a more pathetic target.–KAS

Political battles are made easier when at least some of your opponents are clueless, careless, and, well, frankly creepy. So this morning my thanks go out to Glenn Beck.

As you know, American Family Voices put out an ad last week about House Republicans’ attempt to cut the heart out of enforcement funding for the Clean Air Act. We carefully documented everything in the ad, citing scientific research from multiple sources. The facts are indisputable: In 2010, the Clean Air Act prevented 160,000 early deaths, and kept 230 babies alive by keeping deadly poisons like arsenic and mercury out of the air.

Glenn Beck and his radio partner Pat Gray, who apparently don’t believe in even the most basic fact checking, did one of the strangest six-minute riffs on this ad I have ever heard in my life. Starting with the rather obvious falsehood that the ad was paid for by the EPA (guys, the words “Paid for by American Family Voices” were on the screen in clear lettering for four seconds, and yes, we do have a website any 18-year-old research intern could have checked out), they spent the next six minutes joking and laughing about the idea that kids might die of arsenic poisoning. In the creepiest section of all, they started naming the names of children (maybe their own, I was so horrified it was a little hard to track) who could die from arsenic poisoning.

Now I know they were just joshing around, their point being that government could never do anything as good as saving children’s lives from poisoning (despite the science that demonstrates that it does just that). But seriously, guys: six minutes laughing about the idea that babies might die?

But look, I’m not complaining. With appealing allies like Glenn Beck making their case, the oil and coal companies and the House Republicans trying to gut the Clean Air Act will be a lot easier to beat.

Make a contribution of $10, $100, or even $1,000 to American Family Voices today so we can keep making your voice heard — even by Glenn Beck. Click here to donate.

Thank you for all that you do,
Mike Lux
American Family Voices

p.s. Kevin says, “Ask Glen Beck and Fox News to donate, too.”



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