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Cameron vs. Beck, Round 2: Host addresses fracas, doesn't exactly tell whole story

March 24, 2010 |  6:11 pm

Glenn Beck took the bait -- bait probably understating the appeal; lollipops dangled in front of a toddler are less likely to be grabbed -- after James Cameron knocked down Beck last night for his position on global warming, for calling him the Antichrist and for asserting the talk-show host spread  "poisonous" ideas.

Beck spends most of the three-minute segment on his show today focusing on the Antichrist comment from 2007. Beck would actually seem to have a point in saying that he was joking and Cameron shouldn't take it all seriously. "I did call James Cameron the Antichrist...but only because of the Celine Dion song [from 'Titanic']. Horrific, really."

But what Beck doesn't say is that the context for the original remark wasn't some TiVoed broadcast of the 1998 Oscars. It was Cameron's announcement back in 2007 for a documentary he was producing that the director had uncovered proof that Jesus in fact wasn't resurrected. So Beck wasn't making some harmless "My Heart Will Go On" joke -- he was attacking Cameron's research and beliefs. And Cameron was basically calling Beck out for his hyperbolic name-calling in which he panders, as he so often does, to our more divisive impulses.

In other words, he was calling him out for for being Glenn Beck, a far more understandable diss.

Beck rounded out the segment today with his usual they're-out-to-get-you brand of anxiety-stoking. "He's upset with you because you're a global-warming denier," Beck said, turning to the audience -- as though the guy who's made some of the most popular movies of our time, and whose entire career is built on getting people to see his movies, is some kind of snooty anti-populist.

It's an interesting dynamic. Beck's penchant for incensing viewers by preying on our collective sense of an amorphous enemy is brilliant, but not new. Cameron's mouthiness for the last few months, and especially this week, is, however, more unexpected. Most don't take the bait when Beck dangles it right in front of them. Cameron is either too stupid or too smart -- or maybe just too rich -- to sit back and take it; in fact, he's the one who cast out the line in the first place. That would seem like a dicey move because it does what most of us thought impossible: It makes Glenn Beck a victim. Of course, as today's telecast shows, it doesn't take the host very long to undo that.

--Steven Zeitchik

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since both line their pockets with money paid to them from fox -- isn't this known as synergy?

Let me get this straight:

- if a liberal (cameron) incites violence and threatens to shoot everyone who does not agree with him that's ok.

- if a bunch of tea party people peacefully rally then they are inciting violence?

- if a conservative is invited to a university to speak (ann coulter) she ends up not being able to go because conservatives just should not be allowed to speak. Is that the end game?

- cameron can say what he wants, beck can say what he wants and people can judge for themselves; of course they have to look elsewhere online because this is purely slated towards cameron...

What do you think?

Before they tell a lie the left's calculation is always whether more people hear the lie than will hear the retraction. Unless Cameron embeds his comments in his movie, he's wasting his time going after Beck and his audience.

now i know who glenn beck reminds me of: paul giamatii! just looks and body language.

Steven,

Wow! I must have watched another broadcast. Beck's point was that Cameron had held all that anger about a comment for 3 years! Whether he addressed a documentary on Jesus's resurrection or just addressed the issue of the Titanic song, what does it matter?

By the way, this documentary must have been dead on arrival. Being somewhat of a Film junkie I heard nothing about this documentary.

Back to the subject... Being that Mr. Cameron is a Director I would think he would be used to critics. Surely, a TV host would not be worth his time to hold a grudge over a criticism of a Documentary... Tolerance, and inclusiveness is part of the liberal ideology, right?

Cameron is responding hollywood style,,cameron senses his street cred is falling even though his wallent gets fatter,
so he picks on conserative talk show host to stay in the news. Avatar was not successful in the sense the sondtrack, and the games haven't done much at all I guess cameraon is trying to give this smurf movie some legs..

Not that I expected the LA Times to have let alone understand journalistic integrity, but I guess I keep trying to be optimistic about the MSM. Here's the words the Times is referring to but "shockingly" not including:

"Well, “The Real Story” tonight is that many people believe that James Cameron officially has tossed his hat in the ring today and is officially running for anti-Christ. It seems that the director of “Titanic,” “Aliens,” and “Piranha Part II: The Spawning,” has a new project, “The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” a documentary that claims the resurrection of Jesus never happened and that old Jim has found the coffins of Jesus and the whole Jesus family."

And really, if Cameron is out to "disprove" the resurrection, by definition he isn't all that far off from anti-Christ. But Beck only insinuated he was running for it, not that he IS the anti-Christ.

Oy, LA Times, have you heard of Google? If you're going to be lazy about your journalism, you could at least try to appear like you did some research.

WOW!! Now this is getting really serious ... One makes a lot of money making fiction and fantasy ... one makes a lot of money teaching history and current events ... both evangelical ... time to take off the gloves, get out the baseball bats and whatever else is handy ... forget the civil part of discourse and find someone who has good insurance and needs help qualifying for new front teeth ... As for me, I think I'll just sit back with a cool beverage, some snacks and enjoy the summer action from my comfortable chair...Go get 'em boys ... now, come out fightin'

Thank God the only people who read the LA Times are liberal hollywood types anyway. NO decent free thinking American would ever buy into their shotty reporting, bias delivery and out right manipulation of the truth.
Shame on you LA Times


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