Controversial FOX News Talk Show Host Holds Rally In DC on Anniversary Of I Have A Dream Speech08/26/10 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Robert Lorei. The Associated Press is reporting today that:
"Glenn Beck's rally on the anniversary and at the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech is drawing criticism, protests and questions about his intentions.
Beck insists the event Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial is not about politics, even though Beck and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, will attend. But the rally is drawing a strong reaction â€” and several counter-rallies â€” as the nation looks toward November's elections.
Beck, a popular figure among tea party activists and a polarizing Fox News Channel personality, has said it is merely a coincidence that the event is taking place on the 47th anniversary of King's plea for racial equality. Beck has called President Barack Obama a racist.
The event's website says the "Restoring Honor" rally is to pay tribute to America's military personnel and others "who embody our nation's founding principles of integrity, truth and honor." It urges citizens to attend and "help us restore the values that founded this great nation."
One of the groups sponsoring a counter-event in DC this Saturday is Celebrate the Dream, sponsored by ONE DC, EmpowerDC, Campaign for Americaâ€™s Future, New Organizing Institute, National Organizerâ€™s Alliance, Media Matters, Americans for American Values, and Jewish Funds for Justice.
A spokesperson from the group, Ari Ravin-Havt joins us now.
Film maker Robert Greenwald has put together a film juxtaposing soundbites from the I Have A Dream speech with recent statements by Glenn Beck.