OUTRAGE! Why don't Beck & Limbaugh use their resources to...

United States
February 10, 2010 5:02pm CST
help people in dire straits? Just imagine it for a moment, folks. Each day they talk to millions of people and get them to move on political issues like tea parties or investing in Scott Brown's campaign. Since both call for less government it would befit their politics to call for charitble donations to help others. You may disagree with Keith Olberman, but he is promoting help for the tens of thousands of people frozen in South Dakota or starving for health care in our ciites. Why don't they help? PLEASE explain, folks...
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@sierras236 (2740)
• United States
11 Feb 10
They are helping the poor. The poor that don't benefit from government subsidies. The working poor that are struggling to pay bills against a Government that is throwing us deeper in debt everyday. The poor who are barely squeaking by on a mix of credit cards and odd jobs. The poor who are getting poorer every single day that goes by and thinks about what their children face. These poor have a name it is "The Middle Class" Americans. In fact, where is the question about President Obama taking care of his own aunt. She is poor, living in public housing and probably on food stamps. Where is the answer to the answer to that question? Surely, the President has some influence to at the very least send her a couple of bucks for groceries or something. If you are going to ask that question about Beck and Limbaugh why aren't you asking the same thing about someone with way more power, President Obama?
• United States
11 Feb 10
Please get to the [part where they are really helping the poor. Maybe through their private charity, but not through their 'bully pulpit'.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
11 Feb 10
How often do you listen to Beck or Limbaugh Valentine? Do you KNOW that they aren't using their shows to promote charities?
• United States
20 Feb 10
Every weekday.
@anniepa (27242)
• United States
10 Feb 10
Maybe they don't do it because to do so would mean acknowledging there are people in this country who are HURTING bad and it's not their own fault. Their talking points about how we have the "best health care in the world" (that's not the problem!) and that "all anyone without insurance needs to do is go to the ER" would lose credibility! It's SOOO much better for them to keep on saying those who are in trouble are lazy, stupid and just not worthy of any help if they can't help themselves! Annie
• United States
11 Feb 10
They believe in charity just not government charity. They believe in private charity. Where people get to choose where and how their money is spent an on what charity. The government was NEVER set up to be a charity organization. Also by making the government...you take the choice away from the people on what and who their "charity" money is spent on. Government charity is "forced" charity. Because you don't have the choice NOT to give.YOu also do not a choice on how much do give either...because the government decides on how much you give. Robinhood was still a theft you know.
• United States
11 Feb 10
Annie, Did you ever read the classic "Blaming the Victim", great book!
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@anniepa (27242)
• United States
17 Feb 10
I'll have to read that book! I STILL say these guys could easily get some of their affluent listeners to open up their wallets if they wanted to. People DO give if their favorite celebrities ask them to. Look at the telethon for Haiti and other events like it. They wouldn't have to hound people and harp on it, maybe take a few seconds out of a show once a week or so to remind people that everyone isn't as well off as they are. Annie
• United States
10 Feb 10
They do charity work...they just don't use it on their shows to say "hey look at me, look what I did, I am soo great". People in this coutry KNOW there are charity groups out there. They know there are people who need help. They are not dumb. But charity is a choice. You can either choose to do it or not. I can tell you right now that I won't go out and do charity work just because Rush, Beck, Obama or anyone else "tells" me to. It is a personal choice. I will either do it because I want to do it...or I won't. Personally I get sick of all those celebrities bragging and rubbing peoples noses in their charity work. They are only doing it for that purpose and not to really help the needy. The ones who do charity work and then not make a big deal about it are the ones that are doing for the right reasons. They are actually doing to help other people instead of just ot make themselves look good.
• United States
11 Feb 10
Wouldn't it be great if they could harness the power they have to do real, tangible "meat and potatoes" good, not just doing satirical political theater? Instead of bemoaning the growing poverty rate... do something about it... even if it winds up shaming the Obama administration!
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• United States
11 Feb 10
What they choose to do with their time and their show is their business. If you don't like it don't listen. But most people listen to those shows to listen to political issues and current events....not listen to "go do this chairty event" or "I am so great I did this charity event". I could care less what charity they give to or volunteer time at. That is not the purpose of the show. Your idea of "worthwhile" and other people's idea of it are not always the same thing.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
10 Feb 10
And you know they don't do charitable work or donating how? Not everyone who does charity does so with or for public recognition...or to make a political point like Olberman did with his healtcare clinics. Unfair assumption you say on that last one? No worse than assuming unfairly that Beck and Limbaugh don't do charity wouldn't you say?
@anniepa (27242)
• United States
10 Feb 10
X, I get what you're saying but don't you think it would speak better of them if they used their huge influence to raise awareness and maybe persuade some of their wealthier listeners and viewers to help those who are less fortunate instead of making fun of them and blaming them for their hardships? Annie
• United States
11 Feb 10
annie- "huge influence"? What huge influence? Just because people listen to their shows does mean they are going to run out do charity work or donate to a charity just because "they" say so. No more than when Obama came out with his call for people to volunteer. People are either going to get involved with charities because they want to or not. But they are not going to do it just because a celebrity of some kind says so. Everyone in this country knows what kind of shape we are in. Everyone knows there are needy who need help. We don't want or need every TV or Radio personality in the country harping on it. If anything if people feel like it is getting cramped down their throats they are more turned off by the idea and less likely to do it.
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
19 Feb 10
Interesting to see how you ran from your own discussion when your claims were challenged. Do you every watch or listen to Beck or Limbaugh? Do you KNOW that they aren't promoting charities or are you just assuming that because you disagree with their politics?
• United States
20 Feb 10
I listen to them every day as I travel for my job. Please be assured I know of what I speak.
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
11 Feb 10
I'm wondering, do you just make crap up as you go along? Do you have ANY idea how much Rush Limbaugh gives to charity? Do you have any idea what charities he promotes and how often he promotes them on his show? Or, and I'm pretty sure we both know this is true, do you just ASSUME he's a generic fat greedy republican who doesn't care about anyone but himself and NEVER gives to charity? Tell you what, spend about ten seconds doing research on something like this before making a fool of yourself. I don't watch or listen to either one of them, but it only took me 5 seconds to find this. "So the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, it's now official, is going to get in excess of $4.2 million because I am matching Betty Casey's bid on eBay -- $4.2 million. I asked Senator Reid to match and all the other senators who can afford to do so. I haven't heard from them on that." http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_101907/content/01125110.guest.html http://blogs.tampabay.com/media/2010/01/tampa-charity-helps-glenn-beck-rally-earn-129000-in-five-days-after-on-air-endorsement.html http://firstgiving.com/glennbeck
• United States
20 Feb 10
Did you read what I wrote, really? It is not about personal genrosity, but their opportunity - - maybe obligation - - to foster the public to act.