Beck 'Hijacks' MLK Anniversary for Tea Party Rally

Lincoln Memorial rally will trample legacy, King supporters say
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Disillusioned
Posted Jun 28, 2010 10:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – With his critically maligned new thriller—accused by some of being a playbook for armed insurrection—perched happily at the top of the New York Times bestseller list, Glenn Beck is on to new provocations. His plans for a massive “take our country back” Tea Party rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, have caused great umbrage among King loyalists, stunned that the Parks Dept. would give the Fox host a permit for that day.

It's not the first instance of Beck Kingsploitation, Devona Walker reports on Alternet, but usually he's just used King's words to promote and protect himself. "Now, he is actually hijacking King’s legacy for purposes that run counter to everything King stood for. This—even more than calling President Obama a racist—seems to be the most vindictive and spiteful move yet." Liberal radio host Bill Press, too, pulled out all the stops, saying, "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?”
(Read more Glenn Beck stories.)

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