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New Left Media has another entertaining video from Glenn Beck’s Saturday Tea Party rally in Washington, D.C. Think of the attendees what you will, but there is one striking part of the video regarding Beck.

Last year, Beck referred to Barack Obama—our country’s first African-American President–as a “racist… who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” When offered the chance to respond to Beck’s statements, his fans either agreed with him or simply refused to believe that he had ever made them.

It definitely happened, even if Beck recently walked back (kind of) from his comments. Anyway, check out New Left Media’s rally interviews below.

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In his weekly New York Times column today, Ross Douthat says he underestimated Glenn Beck and that the Fox News personality’s star is indeed on the rise. I was surprised to discover that Beck’s star was not on the rise; true, his ratings are down somewhat, but it is summer, and he keeps publishing book after ridiculously terrible book. Perhaps even more importantly to his anti-liberal image, his appearances on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” border on constant these days.

In any event, Beck managed to make a day that otherwise would have been about Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights about himself and laissez-faire economics. By all accounts it upset contemporary civil right leaders and anyone with a firm grasp on the real meaning of the civil rights movement.

Douthat is surprisingly deluded about the event’s real focus and the general presence on the ground, outside the press box he occupied.

The Fox News host had promised that the rally, billed as a celebration of American values, would be an explicitly apolitical event. And so it came to pass: save for an occasional “Don’t Tread On Me,” banner, the crowded Mall was nearly free of political signs and T-shirt slogans, and there was barely a whisper of the crusade against liberalism that consumes most of Beck’s on-air hours.

Really? Apolitical and lacking the usual offensive right-wing signs? Photos from the crowd are rife with people wearing quasi-racist or anti-liberal, including this man, who wore a shirt that read “Obama is a Socialist, a Fraud, a Liar & a Racist Bigot” underneath a shirt that read “Blacks own slaves in Mauitania [sic], Sudan, Niger & Haiti.” Furthermore, as Douthat himself notes, many people were carrying “Don’t Tread on Me” flags, staples at any Tea Party event. True, reports note that this event had markedly fewer such signs and t-shirts, but nevertheless it was far from an apolitical event.

As for the “whisper of the crusade against liberalism,” the speeches were political rhetoric couched in spirituality. As Beck said:

For too long, this country has wandered in darkness. This country has spent far too long worrying about scars and thinking about scars and concentrating on scars. Today, we are going to concentrate on the good things in America.

2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and Fox News personality Sarah Palin also spoke. She noted she was asked to speak “not as a politician… no something more something much more; I’ve been asked to speak as the mother of a soldier.” Simply by acknowledging that fact she is irrevocably linking the two. She went on to refer to Obama:

We must not fundamentally transform America as some would want; we must restore America and restore her honor.

For many people, and especially on the right, religion and politics are intertwined. For them, and for anyone who knows how to read between the lines, this was a political event.

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Sliced Bagel, Taxes on Top [via The Wall Street Journal]

Who would have thought bagels would so soon make a reappearance in the Morning Briefing? Trying to beef up state tax revenue, Albany officials have begun enforcing an archaic ordinance taxing sliced bagels or bagels eaten in the store (even if not sliced by the staff). The approximate tax, around 8 cents per bagel, has upset patrons; one store owner said customers believe the store itself is charging to slice the bagels now.

Wildly conflicting reports about Beck rally size [via CNN]

CNN rounds up crowd estimates from Fox News personality Glenn Beck’s Saturday rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. CBS says 87,000 (plus or minus 9,000). ABC said more than 100,000; Fox News pegged it at over 500,000. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who spoke at the rally, reportedly had the highest number: “”We’re not going to let anyone get away with saying there were less than a million here today – because we were witnesses,” she said afterward.

All the Men That’s Fit to Print [via NYTPicker]

So far this month, the New York Times has published 76 obituaries — 70 of men, six of women. For the year to date, it’s 604 men and 92 women. The NYTPicker throws out the Times’ argument that because the obits are based on people influencing the world in the 1950s and ’60s, there is naturally more of a bias toward white men. “As the gold standard of American journalism, it should fall to the NYT to aggressively find and chronicle the lives of women who deserve attention in the obituary column right now — women whose rich lives and notable achievements warrant the honor of recognition when they die.”

Bound for Glory [via The Los Angeles Times]

Today in Jobs I Can’t Believe Exist in This Economy, the LA Times profiles “personal-library preservationist” Michael Tuttle. A Class A book snob (although, I’m one to point fingers, I’ve got three bookcases in my bedroom), Tuttle says Kindles and such are fine for newspapers or beach reads, but there’s no replacing that first edition smell. (Side note: Writer Laura Zarubin seems to be of the use-one-little-quote-and-paraphrase-the-rest school of thought; ignore that maddening aspect of this piece and it gets much better.)

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