Since the FIFA World Cup began in South Africa this month, conservatives have seized the opportunity to declare a war on soccer. Fox News’ Glenn Beck has been leading the charge. “I hate it so much, probably because the rest of the world likes it so much, ” he said, adding:
BECK: It doesn’t matter how you try to sell it to us, it doesn’t matter how many celebrities you get, it doesn’t matter how many bars open early, it doesn’t matter how many beer commercials they run, we don’t want the World Cup, we don’t like the World Cup, we don’t like soccer, we want nothing to do with it. … They continually try to jam it down our throat.
ABC News asked Sunday’s This Week roundtable guests in its online “Green Room” session about Beck’s rant. Fellow Fox News host Greta Van Susteren jumped in to answer first. “Can I answer that one first since it’s Fox News?” she asked. Van Susteren then gently mocked Beck, rhetorically asking, “Who’s the ‘we’?”
NPR’s Tell Me More host Michel Martin then took a jab at Beck’s “paranoid rantings”:
MARTIN: Thank you. But first of all, you’re making me violate my rule to be a Glenn Beck free zone, because I really don’t feel like his paranoid rantings have anything to do with improving my life and I don’t know anything about his personal life but if he has kids, guess what? They’re playing soccer. It’s the most popular youth sport in the country. It is the most popular sport in the world. If he doesn’t want to be part of the rest of the world then go back to his island and stay there. Sorry I’m watching the games. Love it. Sorry.
“We get into soccer, globalization,” Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass said. “Like it or not we are now joining the world and as the United States also becomes more Hispanic we’re going to even get better.” Watch it:
Read more about the right-wing war on soccer in the June 15 edition of The Progress Report.