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Tag: Glenn Beck


Conservative pundits take issue with health care poster child Marcelas Owens

Marcelas Owens visits with Patty Murray on a recent D.C. visit.

From Les Blumenthal in D.C.

WASHINGTON – Conservative talk show hosts and columnists are taking issue with an 11-year-old Seattle boy’s account of his mother’s death as a “sob story” exploited by the White House and congressional Democrats like a “kiddie shield” to defend their health care legislation.

Marcelas Owens, whose mother got sick, lost her job, lost her health insurance and died, said Thursday he’s taking the swipes from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin in stride.

“My mother always taught me they can have their own opinion but that doesn’t mean they are right,” Owens, who lives in Seattle, said in an interview.

Owens’ grandmother, Gina, who watched her daughter die, isn’t quite so generous.

“These are adults, and he is an 11-year-old boy who lost his mother,” Gina Owens said. “They should be ashamed.”

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‘Patriot’s History’ hits No. 1 on NYT bestseller list

Funny what a little plug from Glenn Beck will do. University of Washington Tacoma professor Mike Allen’s “A Patriot’s History of the United States” just hit No. 1 on the New York Times paperback non-fiction bestseller list. Allen and coauthor Larry Schweikart published the book in 2004 as a conservative answer to “A People’s History of the United States.” It was revised in 2007, but really took off recently after Beck talked about it on his show.

“At my age, at this stage of my career, it’s quite a pleasant surprise,” Allen said in a UWT

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Salon: Questioning the death of Glenn Beck’s mother in Tacoma

Writing for Salon this week, Alexander Zaitchik reports about Glenn Beck’s connections to Washington state.

The report, which includes references to The News Tribune’s coverage of the 1979 drowning death of Beck’s mother in Commencement Bay, raises questions about whether Beck is telling the truth about that tragic event: Was it suicide, as Beck claims, or was it an accident?

The controversial radio and television talk show host, who stirred a furor over his branding of President Barack Obama as a “racist” earlier this year, is expected to travel to his boyhood home of Mt.

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