3/3/09 1:21 PM

Meet Glenn Beck: Sadistic, Psychotic Child Abuser?!

There's nothing like a bit of character assassination to brighten a dark day over at the newshounds (another fine product of the Outfoxed syndicate). Their latest victim? Glenn Beck. Before we document the personal attacks, let's first look at the video clip that started all this. Yes, that's right, it's not a segment that the newsmutts actually saw (heaven forbid they actually see an entire discussion before "analyzing" it)...it's a snippet edited down to 15 seconds by Jon Stewart:


Armed with this 15 seconds of data, Priscilla commences the smearing:
Beck, looking earnestly at the Fox News camera, admitted on national TV that he spanked his four year old son for having “caught” him in a lie (which was not described). What makes this even more troubling is that he admitted, on his radio show in 2007, to having done this before, apparently to the same child.... If this is part of a pattern...
Yes, that would be a pattern of spanking his child once every two years.
...it suggests that there could be some serious issues (possibly clinical) that need professional intervention. Child development experts, generally, agree that spanking is an inappropriate and ineffective tool for parenting...
Priscilla doesn't explain where this nugget of information came from, and we are reluctant to accept an unsourced claim from one with a history of making things up. And indeed, Time magazine and CNN found no such "general agreement":
Psychologists and other academics are similarly divided... Neither the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) nor the American Psychological Association (APA) has come out fully against the practice.... Plenty of experts believe that spanking is not always wrong.... Robert Larzelere, a psychologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, concluded that in children under 7, nonabusive spanking reduced misbehavior without harmful effects. Not only does spanking work, Larzelere says, but it also reinforces milder forms of discipline, so that children are more apt to respond without spanking the next time.... The clearest indication that there's no simple answer to the spanking dilemma, though, is that some professionals who work with parents to prevent child abuse and teach appropriate discipline methods also acknowledge spanking their kids--albeit sparingly. Right or wrong, for most parents, spanking remains a private matter.
Priscilla continues:
...could, depending on the severity of the spanking, constitute child abuse and criminal assault.
Well, that's kicking it up a notch. But if you think that was an injudicious slander, just look at what followed. The kennel-dwellers swarmed into the comment threads and eagerly upped the ante. There were a few who saw through the ad hominem defamation, but most were all too happy to revel in the personal attacks:
  • All of these people have some sort of personality disorder.
  • Beck should look into it and possibly look into getting help for his own benefit as well.
  • That child is living with a bully at best or worst, a child abuser.
  • Beck's wife Tania is young enough to be his daughter.
  • Bullying a four-year old is Beck's style.
  • Torture Begins at Home. eh, gle, you hitting-a-four-year-old coward.
  • No surprise there with either one of these religious nutcases. The more devoutly religious people are, the more that violence is acceptable.
  • Wait some woman got pregnant with Glenn Beck's baby? Shutters.
  • The sick [deleted] goes on to say he attacked a 4 year old child, then just shrugs it off as if it was no big deal. Thanks for sharing what a [deleted] you are, Glenn.
  • I have always felt that Beck was in serious need of psychiatric help.
  • I also enjoy the fact that Beck likes smacking around his adopted child. Jeez, a shrink could have a field day with him.
  • I fear for the mental health of his children.
  • Spanking a 4 year old for "telling a lie" is over the top authoritarianism.
  • I wonder if he had been drinking.
  • Glenn Beck is a monster! Hell, he probably adopted the kid to begin with just so he could spank him every time he lies.
  • Glenn Beck is a five-star [deleted], and a brass-plated ignoramus.
  • His mental state is questionable and therefore his take on spanking and discipline, in my opinion, is just plain scary.
  • The real story probably starts out with Glenn getting a little drunk.
  • What state does Glenn live in? I would like to report him to CPS and get that adopted son taken away and put into a loving home where the parents will not beat him.
  • The most sexually confused and kinky weirdos are usually devoutly religious republicans.
Postcript: All of the above comments were specifically approved by hound moderators before they appeared. Keep that in mind as we present the following quotes, from the Department of Irony and Hypocrisy:
The "ad hominem" attack. This is an ancient technique which every human being has used at one time or another in his/her life. If you don't have a good answer, divert your opponent's attention by calling them a name or impugning their mother's sexual practices. Such personal attacks serve to deflect your opponent's attention away from the issue at hand. --newshounds

According to Jewish Law, character assassination is considered a profound sin, possibly equal to taking a physical life. --newshounds.




Fox Fan
I guess my kind and loving mother was a sadistic, psychotic child abuser all this time and I never even knew it. Weapon of choice: the dreaded wooden spoon.  
 
Thanks for the life-altering revelation, NHs!
February 1, 2009, 1:50:14 PM EST – Like – Reply


Blackflon
Priscilla, of News Hounds, is the worst of the worst over there.

Edited By Siteowner
February 1, 2009, 2:56:04 PM EST – Like – Reply


Cecelia
I guess my kind and loving mother was a sadistic, psychotic child abuser all this time and I never even knew it. Weapon of choice: the dreaded wooden spoon.
 
Fox Fan | Homepage | 02.01.09 - 1:55 pm | #  
 
THAT explains a lot, FF...  
February 1, 2009, 4:50:18 PM EST – Like – Reply


Cecelia
I agree with Priscilla. It is not appropriate to administer spankings to a four year old child.
 
Waterboarding him is so much more effective...
February 1, 2009, 4:56:34 PM EST – Like – Reply


HaggisFarmer
Hi-Ho everyone...Have you missed me?
FF I love the Badgers....I thought I was on the mushrooms while reading this post.
More importantly...I think Beck needs to stop throwing states out of America...must have been listening to Palins friends a little to much. just think Ashley would have to move. Arnold could always give him some ArnoldBucks to help change his mind...He could buy some nice cake with them...Instead of that manky stuff he had the other night.
February 1, 2009, 4:59:19 PM EST – Like – Reply


Olby Sucks
Hi-Ho everyone...Have you missed me?
 
by haggy
 
Depends on which personality you are referring to......
February 1, 2009, 6:25:50 PM EST – Like – Reply


tony
Haggis: I see that the doctors gave you a 48 hour furlough. Dont run out of meds. again. You know what happens.
February 1, 2009, 7:46:32 PM EST – Like – Reply


HaggisFarmer
Cardinals 7-17 Steelers  
 
Obama just keeps winning....Come on Steelers!!
You've got to hand it to NBC...They can put on a show...And The Boss is bringing the house down...But I'm sure the Friends will disapprove some how.  
 
Tony, your spot on....I had no access to the tin last week...Played havoc with the head.
February 1, 2009, 8:19:16 PM EST – Like – Reply


Pegleg Peggy
"Children who are spanked or given some form of physical punishment by their parents may be more likely to have sexual problems as adults, a new study finds."
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,333551,00.html

February 1, 2009, 8:50:01 PM EST – Like – Reply


Olby Sucks
Dont run out of meds. again. You know what happens.
tony | 02.01.09 - 7:51 pm | #  
 
Yes, he starts posting links from blogs he claims he's never been to.
February 1, 2009, 8:52:42 PM EST – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
From that link:
 
The literature on effectiveness of spanking to correct behavior is still "very mixed," says Robert Larzelere of Oklahoma State University, who has studied parents' disciplinary methods.
"Like any discipline tactic, it depends on how it's used," he says.
 
So much for the "general agreement" falsely posited by Priscilla.
February 1, 2009, 8:52:55 PM EST – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
Warning: posts with no connection to the topic will not stand.
February 1, 2009, 8:54:25 PM EST – Like – Reply


Olby Sucks
"Children who are spanked or given some form of physical punishment by their parents may be more likely to have sexual problems as adults"
 
Does being homosexual fall into "sexual problems" peggy? Just curious.
February 1, 2009, 9:01:03 PM EST – Like – Reply


HaggisFarmer
It's very sad that a grown man has to resort to hitting a 4 year old....I bet if someone hit Beck...they would be arrested...But he's happy to hit his defenceless 4 year old son.
February 1, 2009, 9:06:20 PM EST – Like – Reply


Cecelia
Defenseless?  
 
Obviously you don't know much about four year olds...
February 1, 2009, 9:16:48 PM EST – Like – Reply


Olby Sucks
Obama just keeps winning....Come on Steelers!!
 
by haggy
 
obamas team is the bears, they lost. Now, the steelers are going down just like olbermann. LOL! Checked the demo ratings, haggy? :lol:
February 1, 2009, 9:52:17 PM EST – Like – Reply


Bababooey
Olby Sucks | 02.01.09 - 9:57 pm | #  
 
Who is going down like Olbermann?
February 1, 2009, 10:35:48 PM EST – Like – Reply


Cecelia
Johnny, it's hard to take the topic seriously.
 
There's just so much mountain-outta-a-molehill vapors drama one process weekly from the News Clowns.
February 1, 2009, 10:47:28 PM EST – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
Cecelia, too true. But I do have a daily open thread. There's no law forcing people to post in this topic.
 
Oh well, it's Super Bowl Sunday. I guess I should be lucky to see any comments at all.
February 1, 2009, 10:49:44 PM EST – Like – Reply


Fox Fan
I think a lot more kids need to be spanked. If any of you go to the mall or movies in the city you know what I mean.
 
I take it a step further (like CC). I think abortions should be legal until the 30th trimester. If it ain't right after 8 years or so, there's no hope.
February 1, 2009, 10:52:28 PM EST – Like – Reply


Grammie
Give me a break!
 
FF, mama once wopped me upside my head with the spoon she was stirring the red beans with. Having beans sliding down my hair, unfortunately, didn't start a trend.
 
I would relate the details but it happened almost 60 years ago and would be so non PC that the demented doggies might have a case of the vapors if they read about it.
 
It seems the pooches can't distinguish the difference a few swift swats to the behind to reinforce a lecture from an assault with a deadly weapon.
February 1, 2009, 11:24:39 PM EST – Like – Reply


Olby Sucks
Don't whack your kids and they wind up wearing their pants below their ass, covered with tattoos, etc. Been to SF, Seattle, Chicago or NY lately? They don't believe in discipline and it shows.
February 2, 2009, 12:21:18 AM EST – Like – Reply


Fox Fan
Grammie, I'm sure you deserved it as did I my whoopins! Hell, I'd whoop my younger self today for the trouble I caused.
 
OS, I'll be taking bets on how many NHs fit your description.
February 2, 2009, 1:33:31 AM EST – Like – Reply


Cecelia
Grammie,
 
I think spankings are fine, although I can only remember my father giving me one once-- when my younger brother and I took a hose and filled his car up with water to see if it would leak.
 
I swatted my daughter two or three times when she was a child and slapped her once when she was fourteen and had mouthed off under her breath. Nothing like that was ever needed again until once, while we were in a salon, she said something VERY thoughtless and disrespectful to the owner/friend of mine that horrified me so much that I threw the extra large fall fashion edition of some magazine at her. Hit her right in the head. Bullseye.
 
She's as warm and loving a daughter and person as I could ever hope, and we seldom go a day without talking via phone or computer.
February 2, 2009, 8:26:49 AM EST – Like – Reply


Cecelia
It seems the pooches can't distinguish the difference a few swift swats to the behind to reinforce a lecture from an assault with a deadly weapon.
Grammie | 02.01.09 - 11:29 pm | #  
 
I've no doubt you're aware that their ability to distinguish the difference is contingent upon who's doing it.
February 2, 2009, 8:29:47 AM EST – Like – Reply


Cecelia
Great point about retroactive abortion, FF, but I see the "CC" has appeared.  
 
I was kidding in my waterboarding post, obviously. Kidding too about your spooning
February 2, 2009, 8:38:59 AM EST – Like – Reply


Ashley
just think Ashley would have to move. Arnold could always give him some ArnoldBucks to help change his mind...He could buy some nice cake with them...Instead of that manky stuff he had the other night.
HaggisFarmer | 02.01.09 - 5:04 pm | #  
 
I get confused when I read this. I can't tell if Haggis has gone off his meds, or if he has gone back on them.
February 2, 2009, 12:30:54 PM EST – Like – Reply


vstol
Hi-Ho everyone...Have you missed me?
 
by haggy
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Who are you? Were you here? Did you go away? Were you banned for calling someone a "Ho?"=-=-
 
I've no doubt you're aware that their ability to distinguish the difference is contingent upon who's doing it.
Cecelia | 02.02.09 - 8:34 am | #  
 
But, but, but.....that would be hypocritical!!! NHs??? Hypocritical???  
 
It HAS TO BE a false flag post.
February 2, 2009, 1:38:36 PM EST – Like – Reply


Fox Fan
Of course I was joking about retroactive abortion, CC. Seems China would disagree with us however.
 
Not sure what you mean about "CC" appearing or me spooning (someone?).
February 2, 2009, 1:40:32 PM EST – Like – Reply


Blackflon
THe News Hounds need something to gripe about. They seem to have that liberal gene which causes them to become drama queens over trivial things.
February 2, 2009, 1:58:35 PM EST – Like – Reply


Cecelia
Vstol,
 
One unfailing characteristic of a troll is that they though they are gleeful of their egocentric life's work in forcing we contrarians to face our deficiencies, they also believe that they are delightful capricious souls who add whimsy to our dull lives.  
 
Live and let live is the LAST thing they are able to do.
February 2, 2009, 3:12:09 PM EST – Like – Reply