Parody Site Owner: ‘Shame on You Mr. Beck’ Your Fear Tactics Cause ‘a Great Deal of Harm’

November 11, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Glenn Beck, as expected, lost his legal battle against the parody site Did Glenn Beck Rape and Murder a Young Girl in 1990, which he filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization. After prevailing in the legal dispute, the owner of the satirical site Isaac Eiland-Hall, published a letter condemning Beck for his shameful fear mongering and harmful irresponsible journalism, which relies on smear tactics and claims of guilt by association.

After shaming the controversial right-wing Fox News host, Hall thanked Beck for drawing more attention to his parody site, by filing his complaint.

In the written judgment of the international organization, it was found that the site was a “satirical critique” of Beck as a public figure and “strongly protected” under long standing law safeguarding free speech.

Hall created the website to give Beck a well deserved satirical slap in the face, after his infamous interview with Muslim lawmaker Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN):

“No offense and I know Muslims, I like Muslims, I’ve been to mosques, I really don’t think Islam is a religion of evil. I think it’s being hijacked, quite frankly. With that being said, you are a Democrat. You are saying let’s cut and run. And I have to tell you, I have been nervous about this interview because what I feel like saying is, sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies. And I know you’re not. I’m not accusing you of being an enemy. But that’s the way I feel, and I think a lot of Americans will feel that way.”

Eiland-Hall invoked Beck’s reprehensible interview of Rep. Keith Ellison, using his same circular rhetorical style forcing someone to prove a negative. The website owner also received inspiration from an hilarious Gilbert Gottfried Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget.

The parody website stated: “Notice: This site is parody/satire. We assume Glenn Beck did not rape and murder a young girl in 1990, although we haven’t yet seen proof that he didn’t. But we think Glenn Beck definitely uses tactics like this to spread lies and misinformation.”

In Eiland-Hall’s shaming letter to Beck he condemned the Fox Host’s irresponsible journalism and dirty smear tactics:

It bears observing that by bringing the WIPO complaint, you took what was merely one small critique meme, in a sea of Internet memes, and turned it into a super-meme. Then, in pressing forward (by not withdrawing the complaint and instead filing additional briefs), you turned the super-meme into an object lesson in First Amendment principles.

“It also bears noting, in this matter and for the future, that you are entirely in control of whether or not you are the subject of this kind of criticism. I chose to criticize you using the well-tested method of satire because of its effectiveness. But, humor aside, your rhetorical style is no laughing matter. In this context of the WIPO case, you denigrated the letter of First Amendment law. In the context of your television show and your notoriety, you routinely and shamelessly denigrate the spirit of the First Amendment. The purpose of the expressive freedoms embodied in the First Amendment is not to simply permit the greatest possible scope of expression, but also, in doing so, to also strive for excellence in the conveyance of ideas. Rather than choosing to strive for excellence and civic contribution, you simply pander to the fears and insecurities of your audience. And in the process, you do them, and all of us, a great deal of harm. Shame on you Mr. Beck.”

Eiland-Hall, after sufficiently making his point, decided to hand the parody site over to Beck and forwarded him the username and password to access the domain.

The site has now been taken down, but a copy is retained here for prosperity.

Will Eiland-Hall’s public mockery and shaming of Glenn Beck’s vile fear mongering and smear tactics make a difference in how Beck behaves going forward? Doubtful.

Source: Raw Story


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One Response to “Parody Site Owner: ‘Shame on You Mr. Beck’ Your Fear Tactics Cause ‘a Great Deal of Harm’”

  1. 2sayf on November 11th, 2009 8:52 pm

    “While fears of being raped and murdered by Glenn Beck in 1990 will probably always haunt us. Thanks to people like Eiland-Hall and the First Amendment at least we no longer have reason to fear that Beck will come after those of us with the courage to ask the tough questions about his murky past.” – http://wp.me/pBfFK-kc

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