Glenn Beck, whose right-wing views are so extreme they’ve been deemed unpalatable even for Fox News Channel, has now succeeded in alienating one of the most respected families in the conservative community – the McCains.
What’s his beef? That Meghan McCain, 26 – the daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain and wife Cindy – came out against skin cancer. As Moe Szyslak might exclaim on “The Simpsons”: “Wha’?!”
Meghan McCain responded Thursday to Beck’s vehement disapproval of her participation in an eye-catching new public-service announcement for the Style Network in which a handful of female celebrities appear partially nude to drive home the point that exposing oneself to the sun places one at risk for skin cancer. Both of McCain’s parents have had the disease.
Beck was apparently offended by the way Meghan McCain looked in the spot, and he complained about it and even feigned vomiting on his nationally syndicated radio show on Wednesday (his show happens to get videotaped and clips have been making the rounds).
McCain fired back in a column she writes on The Daily Beast. “Clearly you have a problem with me, and possibly women in general, but the truth is, it’s 2011 and I heard your show on Fox was canceled,” McCain wrote. “Isn’t that an indication that the era of the shock jock pundit is over?” she wrote of Beck’s rant. “There really is no need to make something like my participation in a skin cancer PSA into a sexist rant about my weight and physical appearance, because I’m going to let you in on a little secret, Glenn: You are the only one who looks bad in this scenario, and at the end of the day you have helped me generate publicity for my skin cancer PSA, a cause that I feel quite passionate about.”
Meghan’s mom Cindy had already taken a shot at Beck when she tweeted: “I’m so glad Glenn Beck is leaving Fox. Enough vitriol and hate. Glenn you are no rodeo clown. They are decent and nice. You aren’t.” We’re glad to see she managed to include a defense of rodeo clowns in there too – it’s about time! Seriously, what was the deal with that?
So far, there’s been no response to Beck from the McCain family patriarch, John McCain.