Glenn Beck on Monday ripped into NBC's coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics, saying it may as well consider itself a "communist network" at this point.
Beck referred to NBC's coverage of the opening ceremonies, in which a narrator described communism as a "pivotal experiment" while speaking of the "towering presence" of an "empire that ascended to affirm a colossal footprint." The narrator also described the "collective heart" of the people that have "resisted any notion of limitation."
"I didn't realize that killing 50 million people was a 'pivotal experiment,'" Beck said in a withering tone. "Bless their collective heart ... can you imagine saying that about fascism? That was a pivotal experiment, wasn't it? You know, 'Here we are in Berlin, where this was the home of a pivotal experiment.' No, it was called fascism. Killed millions of people."
Beck added that the people had a "collective heart" because they "had a gun to their head."
"And the entire society was about limitation," co-host Stu Burguiere said. "You will limited in everything you did by the power of the government."
Beck said he understands that NBC has millions of dollars invested in its coverage of the Olympic Games, but that the network should focus on praising the people and the athletes, not Russia's history. The Russians can take care of glorifying themselves, he said.
"I mean, this is the network that ... eschews all American exceptionalism, and then they're ballyhooing the Russian exceptionalism as paramount to the greatest empire in the history of the world," Beck's co-host Pat Gray added in disbelief.
Beck agreed, saying America did "horrible things" to the Native Americans in the 1800s, but that Russia, until far more recently, was conquering sovereign countries, stealing people's land, and killing those who resisted along the way.
"In any sane, free country, this would brand NBC as a communist network for the rest of -- they'd never get away," Beck said simply.
Beck also spoke about Russia's role as host of the Olympic Games, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin is sending a clear message to his detractors.
"Do you know why this is in Sochi?" Beck asked. "Because a dictator, Vladimir Putin, decided that, 'You terrorists, I am not going to put up with you. I will annihilate you...' And he is sending a message, 'Hey, you remember what you did in Beslan? ... And then remember you took that theater in Moscow? Yes, we killed all the audience, but we killed all of you too.'"
Beck said that by holding the games near the Caucasus Mountains, which have long been a hotbed of Islamic extremism, Putin is telling his enemies: 'I will go to your heartland and I will take $51 billion ... and I will spend it and I will pave over your dead bodies ... I will completely wipe you off the face of the map to build an Olympic village. And the world will come and skate on your bones. That's what this Olympics is. Make no mistake."
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