Sunday, March 20, 2011

Right-Wing Triumverate On Japan: Limbaugh Mocks, O'Reilly Dismisses, Beck Decodes

What do three prominent media voices on the right have to say about the disasters in Japan? Rush Limbaugh is amused that an earthquake and tsunami hit an environmentally conscious country. Of course, it’s more debatable than ever just how much nuclear power reflects environmental awareness; however, that point is lost in the midst of Limbaugh's mockery. Referring to Gaia, the mythological Earth goddess, he states, “Even now, refugees are still recycling their garbage, and yet Gaia levels them [laughs], just wipes them out":

According to Bill O’Reilly, despite a Japanese death toll approaching 6,000, almost 10,000 missing, nearly half a million in shelters, the destruction of towns and the threat of nuclear meltdown, the media is “hyping the nuke situation in Japan a bit too much”:

Glenn Beck is back at his familiar role of prophet, suggesting that the earthquake might mean a “message [is] being sent by God.” What message is Beck decoding? “Hey, you know that stuff we're doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it. I'm just saying."

Finally, just as every gun massacre leads to calls from conservatives for less gun control, the right-wing blogosphere, the Wall Street Journal and Fox are calling for more nuclear power in the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis–and attacking renewable energy. Amazing how counterintuitive they are about disasters.


Lizzie said...

Limabugh, Reilly, and Beck all have valid points that need to be considered. First of all, Rush Limbaugh’s comments are taken out of context. He is making fun of Diane Sawyer’s comments on the recycling occurring in the refugee camps and how she was emphasizing how the Japanese are setting a good example with recycling instead of concentrating on the devastation of the tsunami. Rush just thinks that worrying about recycling in a time of such tragedy is ridiculous and it is in his style to react in this way.
Bill O’Reilly says that the media is hyping the nuke situation a bit too much because of the fact that the media does not know the outcomes of this nuclear situation and are making guesses and putting out false information to produce fear in Americans. Bill O’Reilly’s claim is not off course, but brings reality to the situation that has received a lot of hype.
As for Glen Beck, he is making a valid point that a lot of people have been thinking about. For example, Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News discussed the possibility of the apocalypse based upon all of the recent catastrophes. So why can’t Glen Beck say ‘this is a sign from God’? Many people in the US have similar thoughts to Glen Beck’s because of the increase of these natural disasters and these could lead to the end of the world.


Jeff Tone said...

By focusing only on the Diane Sawyer material, you are not considering Limbaugh’s attack on environmentalism and his lack of compassion. The transcript is here: According to Limbaugh, after all the Japanese have done for environmentalism, look how the Earth, personified by the mythological Gaia, pays them back: “The Japanese have done so much to save the planet. …Even now, refugees are still recycling their garbage, and yet Gaia levels them [laughs], just wipes them out. Wipes out their nuclear plants, all kinds of radiation. What kind of payback is this?” Limbaugh has a jolly old time considering the “payback” of the environmentally aware Japanese.

On O’Reilly, I provided the statistics regarding the death toll, the missing, the destruction, the ongoing threat of nuclear meltdown. Since then, it’s gotten only worse. The reality is that Japan is already in the midst of a disaster. Does O’Reilly refute any of these statistics? No. And the fact that we don’t know how it will all end certainly does not disprove that a disaster has already occurred.

The fact that others have been thinking about something along with Beck, including Lester Holt, has nothing to do with whether his points are valid, which they are not. I’m not sure which other natural disasters you are referring to; natural disasters, including volcanoes erupting, have been occurring since the beginning of time. This is just Beck’s apocalyptic rhetoric for this month; last month, it was the nonsensical proposition that the Egyptian revolution was fomented by Marxists and Islamists, two groups that are opposed to each other, with all sorts of wild speculation about what was going to happen to the rest of the world.

In short, Limbaugh, O’Reilly and Beck make no valid points worthy of serious consideration.