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Katie Couric asks Glen beck what he meant when he said "Obama hates white culture." Hilarity, and obfuscation, ensues.

By Ezra Klein  |  September 29, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
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Martin Mull did a series in the mid-1980's called "The History of White People in America" that was hysterical satire.
That pretty well sums it up. No style, total white-bread suburban nothingness. Lots of white people don't think so much of generic "white culture" either.

Posted by: Mimikatz | September 29, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Good for Katie. He could not answer.

Posted by: LindaB1 | September 29, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Ezra Glenn Beck not Glen Beck.

Posted by: NeilSagan | September 29, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't you find a version of the clip with the audio at a decent level? It's partly because of other things going on around me, but I couldn't make much of that out using (non-amplified) earbuds.

Posted by: WarrenTerra | September 29, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

What I actually see is the Fox news/Talk radio culture on full display. Don't you dare try to illicit a response out of me that could be used against me. Now any single word a Democrat says is fair game no matter what context... Broadcast it everywhere possible.

Posted by: shadowgunman | September 29, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

His paranoia was as screamingly obvious as Palin's ignorance. Katie Couric amy be our best interviewer.

Posted by: callingalltoasters | September 29, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

...which is not to say that Beck isn't also ignorant and Palin isn't also paranoid.

Posted by: callingalltoasters | September 29, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Another question would be...

What is Black culture?

Posted by: WrongfulDeath | September 29, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

According to Sandy Baron in his 1960's album:

From a black nationalist "What is the white mans culture? Drinks, dice, dope, and dames! And that's just the Ds."

From a White segregationist "What is the black man's culture? "Cursin, cuttin, conivin, and carryin on. And that's just the Ks."

Posted by: srw3 | September 29, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: adamiani | September 29, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Glenn's just not gonna play Katie's game where she asks a straightforward question regarding a direct quote. You remember how she trapped Sarah Palin with those dirty tricks! There are several pieces here, Katie, you trapper, you.

Posted by: Jenn2 | September 29, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

isnt there even a coalition of sane, younger republicans who want to take their party back and restore some honor and civility to it?
how can young and older leaders be so craven that they will not stand up to these bullies?
i really dont understand why there is not resounding, unequivocal and unified condemnation.
how can young and old republicans, who have not taken leave of their senses, watch this happen to their own party, no less, the country?
how do they sleep at night, knowing that their party has fallen into the hands of these unhinged people?
i wonder, even in spite of her age, why nancy reagan does not issue a statement, in the memory of her husband, against the repugnant spokespeople that represent her husband's party now? what about george bush senior?
even if one did not like their politics, they were more reasonable, and more human than these messengers of hate.
what about mccain?
isnt there anyone young or old that laments what honor and crediility their party once had?
no sense of personal responsibility to speak out?

Posted by: jkaren | September 29, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh my. I never watch that guy--have gathered from other sources that he would not be my cup of tea, to put it mildly. But that was astonishing. What a hostile jerk.

Posted by: tpuppie | September 29, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

This reminds me of when Wolf Blitzer asked Michael Moore that since he believed capialsim evil, which country is using a system that he would endorse....

Nothin' but crickets...

Posted by: WrongfulDeath | September 29, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"Americans should turn over all the rocks and make their own decisions."

Is that part the hilarity, or the obfuscation?

Posted by: whoisjohngaltcom | September 29, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama was born of a white mother and brought up in a white household which means he is "culturally white" regardless of what that is according to Glen Beck. Could that be the problem then with Glen? That there is this AA who is knows the 'secrets' of 'white culture' yet he is "not white"?

Posted by: FebM | September 29, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Wrongful Death: When a public figure issues a statement that some other public figure hates "Black Culture", then that is a totally legit question, but that's not the question here. Beck brought up Obama hating "White Culture" so he should at the very least be able to explain what he meant. If he was just speaking off the cuff and doesn't really know what he meant or upon reflection thinks that was a poor choice of words, or whatever, that's fine but he should say that.

The issue that people are taking here is that he's being asked a simple, straightforward question about a direct quote and is acting like a dick about it. Couric is doing her best to state the question as plainly and as un-aggressively as possible and he's treating it like some kind of ambush. Either stand by your statements or don't, but don't act like you're being attacked when people ask, "Wait, what did you mean?"

Posted by: MosBen | September 29, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he means the culture of Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell. That culture. You know, the culture that I keep hearing "isn't really black."

Posted by: whoisjohngaltcom | September 30, 2009 5:58 AM | Report abuse

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