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Larry King Owes an Apology to Larry Elder

September 25, 2009


Last week, on Wednesday September 16, something happened on the Larry King show that has been bugging me so much that I have, nine days later, decided to write about it.

King was harassing Larry Elder, libertarian commentator and best-selling author, about racism, implying that he (King) was upset about it and Elder somehow wasn’t. This was within the context of whether opposition to President Obama is rooted in racism.

King asked Elder, with an accusatory tone, why he wasn’t “angry” about racism, the premise being, of course, that King was a better human being because he was properly outraged. Elder answered:

“Larry, do you want me to be angry? My father does not know who his father was. He grew up in the south. He got kicked out of the house by his mom. He grew up in Jim Crow south. This is now 2009. We have a black president. We’ve had back-to-back black secretaries of state. I’m grateful that I live in America. And right now, it’s about hard work, accountability and not blaming other people. I’m not going to go there where I don’t see racism. You’re not going to make me.”

There’s something grotesque about Larry King taking the moral high ground with an African-American and telling him that he needs to start getting angry about racism, as if Elder himself doesn’t have his own personal experience with racism and hasn’t dealt with its hurt in his own soul, in his own personal way. The key issue Elder is discussing, among other things, is what human beings, whatever their color, must do to better themselves (i.e. take personal responsibility) and to improve the society in which they live under potentially adverse circumstances.

In any case, King anointed himself as the great moral conscience of the nation and of our age, stating condescendingly to Elder:

“I tell you something, somebody’s anti-Semitic, I’m angry.”

Wow! Really Larry King? Anti-Semitism bothers you and you get angry about it?

Let me see, is that why, with your inability to sleep at night because of the case of Ilan Halimi in Paris, you’ve had a whole show about the horrifying fate which that Jewish boy suffered? I suspect that even with all your posturing about your “anger” about anti-Semitism, not only have you never had a show about Ilan, but you never will.

Ilan Halimi was kidnapped by a group calling itself the “Muslim Barbarians” because he was a Jew. He was tied up and tortured for 24 days in an apartment building, with all Muslim dwellers, where numerous tenants not only heard Ilan’s screams and didn’t call the police, but came to participate in the torture. Freedom fighter Pamela Geller recounts:

“. . .the thugs cut bits of flesh off the young man. They cut his fingers and ears. They burned him with acid. They poured flammable liquid on him and set him on fire.”

In their communication with Ilan’s family, the torturers consistently referred to their captive’s Judaism and recited Koranic verses over the phone while Ilan screamed in agony.

So, Larry King, if anti-Semitism really makes you “angry,” why haven’t you had a show about this homemade concentration camp in Paris? Why haven’t you zeroed in on what theological teachings and ideology inspired it?

No, we couldn’t do that now, could we Larry? Your “anger” doesn’t take you to such politically incorrect and uncomfortable places that could, well, you know, lose you your friends, your popularity in your social circles, and, well, even more discomforting, might create enemies for you among the masses which produced Ilan’s torturers.

Is this the reason you also haven’t had a show about the roots of Islamic anti-Semitism, which has its foundation in the Koran? Hmmm, it’s fascinating: your “anger” about anti-Semitism has yet to lead you to express your moral indignation on a show about the Koran’s teaching that Jews are apes and pigs.

How many shows, Larry, have you had about the more than one hundred Muslim Students Associations on American college campuses that have refused to condemn the genocidal terror groups Hamas and Hizbullah, and have declined to repudiate the infamous Hadith (or saying of Muhammad) which calls on Muslims to kill Jews? Or is the answer obvious?

Could it be, Larry, that your “anger” about anti-Semitism isn’t, well, how could I say this … isn’t really real? Because your “anger” does not translate into noble action and true courage where it is desperately required.

But it’s understandable, Larry. Liberals and leftists have a long tradition of sacrificing  millions of human beings on the altar of their ideals. It’s not a great surprise that you will never utter Ilan Halimi’s name on your show in a genuine way – in a way that leads to an honest inquiry on your program into why he was barbarically tortured and killed.

Leave that to the Larry Elders of this world, our true modern day warriors who don’t dedicate their lives to mouthing empty slogans to please popular trendy milieus, but who stand courageously, often alone, facing hostility and ridicule, reaching out to the victims of terror to tell them we will never forget them, and denouncing their persecutors as the barbarians that they are.

  1. September 25, 2009 4:39 am

    I think Thomas Sowell calls what Larry’s doing “moral exhibitionism.”

    • Jamie Glazov permalink*
      September 25, 2009 4:57 am

      You got that right Kathy!

  2. Sanford Kaplan permalink
    September 25, 2009 6:16 am

    You’re absolutely right, Jamie. Last night King showed his “anger” with the anti-semite Hugo Chavez by cowering in his presence like a little girl.

  3. Zopilote permalink
    September 25, 2009 6:59 am

    Larry King? I had no idea anyone even watched his show anymore.
    He’s a dinosaur, he’s so irrelevant.

  4. jbtrevor permalink
    September 25, 2009 8:09 am

    Jaime, good piece and I would add one point about Larry King (et al) that I think you overlooked.

    King et al have so long used the stirred up African American base to move their agendas that without the anger of racism to rile them; the “agendas” of the Left, King included go no where.

    In other words, without that black anger they move nothing. How shocking it must be to realize the people you’ve been using all these years are no longer “yours”.

    Remains to be seen how much emphasis (high moral ground) goes into rhetoric to re-anger them.


  5. carterthewriter permalink
    September 25, 2009 8:10 am

    As I get older, I just hope they put me in an isolated nursing home rather than embarrassing my self and my family as Larry is doing.

    Maybe his suspenders are too tight, restricting blood flow to his brain.

    • jbtrevor permalink
      September 25, 2009 8:36 am

      I’ve read your posts, carterthewriter…I hope you continue to blog from the “home”

      • carterthewriter permalink
        September 25, 2009 11:51 am

        Thanks, but considering the direction our government is heading; a soft spot under a bridge might well be my next residence.

        • Swemson permalink
          September 25, 2009 12:15 pm

          Just fill that nice sportscar up with gas, and head for galt’s Gulch !

  6. Elaine permalink
    September 25, 2009 8:31 am

    Larry King and Barbara Walters-both washed up, liberal robots that just won’t go away. Like the Kennedy’s and the Clintons.

    • Swemson permalink
      September 25, 2009 11:16 am

      They’re liberal elites, their egos would NEVER allow them to do that…

  7. Larry D. Crumbley permalink
    September 25, 2009 8:32 am


    Larry D. Crumbley

  8. Cynic permalink
    September 25, 2009 9:28 am

    Maybe “moral exhibitionism” but maybe King, in today’s clime, and looking to Obama’s seeming rebuke to Jews in his New Year greeting to them, has to declare that he is also a “good” Jew?

  9. Bodie 601 permalink
    September 25, 2009 12:04 pm

    Wow Jamie – Nice takedown!

  10. September 25, 2009 6:37 pm

    It was clear from the show that Elder doesn’t fit King’s limited profile of what a black man is. King is a relentless hack, totally incapable of thinking outside the block that’s his head. It was quite funny watching him trying to bait Elder. Elder was cool under fire and wouldn’t nibble – I’d go out on point for him any day.

  11. Joseph Cottrell permalink
    September 26, 2009 3:54 am

    You’re all forgetting that Larry King is so far-gone by now that he doesn’t remember saying this stuff by the time he’s finished saying it.

  12. John G van Vliet permalink
    September 26, 2009 10:12 am

    Well Larry is a nice guy who want s to pleas every one …and in addition to that he gets a wonderfull salary from a left wing media CNN which claimes to be a world leader in news…..but there dediccation to that is very biased and medioker and so are most of ther journalist……ecept maybe for Anapour……but i think that she will not stay that long with Larry and his cohords……….I have found that after presure from the islam in the US, Glennbaeck had to go the news of our socialist news madia is going DOWNHILL

  13. September 26, 2009 10:41 am

    I never watch the L. King-but I remember him from years back on radio in Miami-he was the king of bad checks-and Wolfson bailed him out from under a felonly. This pose of his is such a crock-the only one he cares about is himself

  14. September 26, 2009 10:45 am

    Larry is a phony. He’s following the script for CNN. A lot of nerve is right.

  15. MarR permalink
    September 26, 2009 12:54 pm

    Good article- but what’s the point? Larry King and CNN are immune to criticism. I don’t watch- nor MSNBC or the networks. Like Pravda in the old Soviet Union it’s tantamount to an Orwellian experience. While I do see the need to engage the loons I see no need to get too riled over their loony one sidedness. Of course I am not Jewish and I can only imagine the pain and outrage as we see the rise of the horror of anti-semitism on such a wide scale. That being said I find watching these clowns the epitome of a waste of time and not good for my health.

  16. Judy permalink
    September 26, 2009 2:25 pm

    You identified the problem with Larry King as with other elite Progressives in that they have a concrete view of what an African-American man should be. Elder, JC Watts, Dr. Sowell and others that have developed independence, self-reliance, education, integrity and other personal traits that place them out of the Progressive paternalistic umbrella will always be ridiculed and marginalized. It was no surprise to read of King’s attitude and response. It was as if King and Elder were in different universes. What infuriates Progressives, and the elitists within the movement the most is that there are African-Americans, minorities, and especially women that do not need their social programs in order to succeed. Mr. Elder understood exactly where Larry King stood and how he was being baited by someone that has eliminated the terms personal responsibility, self-reliance and other positive traits of independence that are not compatible with Progressive ideology. Two different universes.

  17. Don Belding permalink
    September 26, 2009 10:04 pm

    As a disabled person, I am a member of one of the Progressives’ favored groups. However, as a conservative religious Jew, I refuse to serve on the Liberal Plantation. Larry King seems to “know his place” and is definitely not “uppity” like those conservative persons of color: Larry Elder, Michelle Malkin, Clarence Thomas, &c. who are my greatly admired role models.

    We need to strongly point out the damage that many “Liberal” policies and programs have done to their favored groups by promoting dependency, breaking up families, seeing people as groups rather than individuals, and thereby help more people to escape from the Liberal Plantation and its overseers such as Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, and suchlike.

  18. Jack Hampton permalink
    September 27, 2009 5:40 am

    John G van Vliet
    Christian Armanpeur is a rabid leftist and supporter of terrorist killers. I do not believe you will see her at a real news network

    Now back to Larry King I remember him from KGO radio in San Francisco that is where he went when he left Miami. I fully expect to see him marry Brittany Spears in the coming weeks and settle down in Vermont where they will adopt a platoon of young boys. By the way is Larry King still alive?

  19. Joy permalink
    September 27, 2009 6:34 am

    Love all the remarks about Larry King v. Larry Elder – now, THERE’S a contrast if ever there was one! King, the would-be race hustler (who, IMO, has probably told more than his share of “schvartzeh” jokes back in the day – eons ago – when it was “kosher” to, wink-wink, ridicule & make demeaning jokes about blacks) trying to hustle the straight-shooting Elder…

    Are you kidding about King having the cajones to dare to touch the TRULY scary subject of militant & totally intolerant radical Islam? That’s political quicksand for the likes of spineless comedians like King. I have a feeling, however, that good old Father Time will come to our “rescue” in due course.

    • September 27, 2009 4:25 pm

      Due course is long overdue…

  20. patricia permalink
    October 3, 2009 4:05 pm

    Right on Mr.Glazov! thanks for writing about this, it bothered me tremendously also. i’ve been lucky enough to have listened to Mr. Elder’s radio show for many years as well as an avid reader of his columns and books and am not the least bit surprised at how well he responded to king’s ridiculous remarks. he’s truly a class act and we need his voice out there more than ever before. also people like you mr.glazer, who will keep noticing & writing about it. bravo!!

  21. Mike Friedman permalink
    October 5, 2009 4:52 pm

    I get angry when people become successful by exaggerating their relationship to Sandy Koufax. It makes one wonder about their veracity. Like they used to say about Howard Cosell, “He changed his name, wears a toupee and tells it like it is.”

  22. October 17, 2009 5:32 pm

    kings a shmuck.always was.from the park at the bay.till today.


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