Prominent conservatives and right-wing groups are making plans to use the 9/11 anniversary this weekend to rake in some cash. Among them are Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, who are teaming up for a rally in Anchorage, AK. The right-wing duo are charging attendees between $74 and $225 to hear them speak. The Hill reported, “There was no indication as to whom or what the proceeds will go.” And, the AP reports that promoters for the Palin/Beck rally seem to want to downplay this perceived 9/11 profiteering:
Event promoter Christopher Cox says the 9/11 date is a coincidence. Cox originally eyed Sept. 4, but didn’t want to compete with the Alaska State Fair.
Cox says Beck will be introduced by Palin, a potential 2012 White House contender who hasn’t announced her political intentions. Palin spokesman Doug McMarlin didn’t immediately return requests for comment.
Is it a coincidence that Beck’s rallies happen to fall on important dates in history? Or do he and Palin know that they’re exploiting them for personal, political, and or financial gain? After all, Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally just happened to fall on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, and Beck just happened to deliver his speech near where King’s gave his nearly five decades ago. Beck denied that he knew he was scheduling his rally on the King speech anniversary. If they are coincidences, perhaps Beck isn’t much of a historian as some might think?