FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 28, 2010
Jess Levin (202) 772-8162
After saying "Leave the families alone," Beck mocks Malia Obama
Washington, DC -- Today, Media Matters for America denounced Glenn Beck's ongoing crusade against President Obama's family, in which he has connected the Obama daughters to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, attacked Michelle Obama's physical appearance, and, most recently, mocked Malia Obama. As Media Matters noted, just two days ago, Beck said, "Leave the families alone."
"Just two days ago, Glenn Beck sanctimoniously declared that attacks on families were off-limits. It seems he's willing to break that rule when it's politically advantageous," said Eric Burns, President of Media Matters. "It takes a big man to attack an 11-year-old girl."
During a May 27 press conference, President Obama remarked that Malia asked him of the Gulf oil spill, "Did you plug the hole yet, daddy?" Discussing those comments the next day, Beck mockingly affected Malia's voice, asking "Daddy" why he "hates black people so much." Beck then attacked Malia's intelligence, saying: "That's the level of their education, that they're coming to - they're coming to daddy and saying 'Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?' This routine lasted for several minutes.
On May 26, Beck, responding to news that reporter John McGinniss had moved next door to the subject of his upcoming book, Sarah Palin, said (emphasis added):
You don't go after Chelsea Clinton. You don't talk about the Bush kids. Now the minute the get into politics, that's a different story. You leave the families alone.
Beck's mocking of Malia was only Beck's latest attack on the president's family. Other examples include:
At some point, there's a tipping point. At some point, you look at -- you know, you start with Jeremiah Wright. OK, there's one thing.
Now, I still have a problem -- because, I mean, I know my kids come home and -- on Sunday, and we're driving in the car. And my daughter will say, you know, "Blah blah blah blah blah." And we'll -- and my wife and I will just look at each other and go, "Where did you get that?"
"Oh, Johnny said it." We're like, "What? Explain -- what were you guys talking about?" You know.
Are you telling me that for 20 years, no one in that family -- the kids didn't pick it up? They didn't hear anything and repeat something outrageous? Michelle didn't?