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Monday, April 6, 2009
Sheppard: Don't Hold Beck Accountable For His Inflammatory Rhetoric
Topic: NewsBusters

If a conservative says it, it's not controversial.

That appears to be the conclusion Noel Sheppard has come to in an April 5 NewsBusters post declaring that "prominent left-wing bloggers" in their "vitriolic postings" have come to the "disgusting conclusion" that Glenn Beck should take responsibility for his anti-Obama rhetoric in light of Richard Poplawski's shooting of three police officers in Pittsburgh.

Sheppard doesn't bother to tell his readers what Beck said that the "prominent left-wing bloggers" found so offensive -- specifically, Beck has hyperbolically asserted that gun rights are under fire, and friend of Poplawski claimed that he feared "the Obama gun ban that's on the way" -- yet he asserts that it is "hateful" and "unfounded" to conclude Beck's words had any effect whatsoever on Poplawski.

Sheppard loves to defend right-wing rhetoric -- a couple weeks ago, as we noted, he insisted that Bernard Goldberg had no inspiration on a man who allegedly killed two people in a Tennessee church shooting, even though the man specifically said that "Who I wanted to kill was every Democrat in the Senate + House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg's book."

This also dovetails with the refusal of his MRC bosses to criticize Ann Coulter no matter what offensive thing she says. 

UPDATE: Sheppard was rewarded for his defense of Beck with a guest spot on Beck's show.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:22 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 1:52 AM EDT

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