Rhetorical Assassination

Like the president, Howard Dean views those who support mainstream American values as having mental problems. Charles Blow of the Times proves himself also to be a hater who hates hate speech.

Beck is an incredibly divisive figure, and no amount of him wrapping himself in the flag and hiding behind a cross is going to screw up his history of the things that he has said and done, and he is part, as I see it, of the rhetorical assassination of a good man.

Liberals are so critical of "hateful" commentary from the right, but seem not to notice the hatefulness of their own rhetoric.

You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

I haven't heard Glenn Beck say anything hateful. Have you?