Allow me to take a stab at that question. But before doing so here’s the underlying premise.
If you visit the Blaze today you’ll see the following story:
“Why Glenn Beck Says ‘Nobody’ Is Covering Ted Cruz’s Decision to Join Mercury One’s Border Relief Effort” – Glenn Beck said Friday that “nobody” in the media is covering Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) decision to join Mercury One’s border relief effort because the media is already starting to play “presidential games.”
Mercury One, the charity Glenn Beck founded, will be in McAllen, Texas, on Saturday, passing out roughly $2 million in food, water, clothing and toys to illegal immigrant children. Beck and a number of volunteers will be there to help.
But as Beck said, while many news outlets, including MSNBC, have reported on the relief effort, few have said anything about Cruz’s involvement.
“Why is nobody covering this?” Beck asked on his radio program Friday. “This came out yesterday. This is a big deal. Why is no one covering that Ted Cruz is going down to the border for a relief program?” (link)
If you visit GlennBeck.com you’ll also find the following lead story:
“Ted Cruz to join Glenn and Mercury One at the border this Saturday” – The Mercury One Children and Family Border Relief Fund has raised over $2 million over the last several weeks, and Glenn is going to the border town of McAllen, Texas on Saturday to begin distributing aid to local churches and charities. On radio this morning, Glenn announced Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) will be joining him and several other politicians and faith leaders in McAllen. Glenn also expressed his frustration with the media coverage of the immigration crisis. (link)
But you can scour them all and find ZERO information about what is ACTUALLY TAKING PLACE. There is some obscure generalization about McAllen Texas as noted in the referenced articles. But where? Where in McAllen Texas?
In both sites you’ll note a Beck story (in the video) about “a church” needing a new kitchen and Mercury One’s decision to build them a new kitchen. However if you want to know, what church, where, and any details thereof – NO LUCK.
Now I’m not knocking Glenn Beck, or his motivation, or his expressed efforts per se’. But what we are directly challenging is this notion of desperate churches in need of assistance, and more specifically the claim that no media are paying attention against the backdrop that it’s impossible to find out information.
If this is indeed a “cause” to champion -one that needs the full efforts and support of a caring broader community as shared- then why can you not find a single mention of where this event is actually taking place, who are the benefactors, what “churches” are being assisted, and what are their specific needs right now?
Beck says they have raised $2,000,000+ from supporters. GREAT. But for who?
Would not the basic starting point for such a worthy endeavor be sharing such details with the intent of drawing attention to this “overwhelming plight” ? Yet I challenge you to find out where, who, why, when or how ? Good luck.
So does it not strike as a little more than disingenuous to proclaim some grand scheme of collusion between the liberal left and the far right. According to Beck the liberal media do not want to give Ted Cruz uplifting PR for his assistance and are ignoring the partnership because Cruz cannot be heighted as a man of compassion.
Conversely, according to Beck, the right wing haters will not share the decision of Ted Cruz to join Beck because those right-wingers want to keep Cruz a potential possibility for 2016 conservative Presidential hope; and any association with “compassion” and/or “mercy” toward the plight of the immigrant is antithetical to any hope Cruz might have in a presidential run.
Yes, I already know what many are thinking and I have no idea how, somehow, in the mind of Glenn Beck he thinks such pontifications are even remotely helpful. Alas, yes, these are his own espousals. Go watch the video(s) to hear for yourself.
Then reconcile this frustrated Beck-ism with the fact it is impossible to find out who, what, where, when and/or why, such charitable “mercy” is being requested and/or delivered.
Or, ….is something else really the motivation ?