OX News host Glenn Beck is a practiced hand at whipping up controversy, but critics are calling his latest tactic a new low. After Obama mentioned his daughter at a press conference on the BP oil spill, Beck — who's previously made it clear he considers public figures' children off-limits — gleefully pilloried the 11-year-old Malia Obama on his radio show, mocking her education and impersonating her asking Obama why he hates black people. Though Beck has apologized, the incident triggered debate. "This happens when a president drags his kids into a political controversy," says Don Surber at the Charleston Daily Mail. Still, says Jon Bershad at Mediaite, even if Obama deserved to be mocked for the "trashy" move of "using [his] kids as a political ploy," going after his daughter was "obnoxious and unfunny." Beck "clearly stepped over the line." Listen to the recording here:
- Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars' injuries: A professional weighs in
- 4 secret societies you probably don't know about
- This is the twistiest tongue twister ever, says science
- The secrets of happy families
- Battle in a blizzard
- Did God have a wife?
- How to stick it to the poor: A congressional strategy
- Why Newt Gingrich is getting flak for defending Nelson Mandela
- Which professions have the most psychopaths?
- 7 health benefits of playing video games
Subscribe to the Week