Commentary: Glenn Beck, Hank Williams Jr. are bellyaching all the way to the bank

The Fort Worth Star-TelegramSeptember 7, 2012 

Only a month ago, Texas hosted "Restoring Love."

Looks like it didn't take.

In a week when national TV viewers watched an 82-year-old man verbally assail an innocent chair, musician Hank Williams Jr. unleashed a Stockyards harangue against gays and "Love" host Glenn Beck himself blew up at a cranky flight attendant.

Beck acknowledged to his radio audience Tuesday that "I lost my cool" Monday at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport after an American Airlines attendant "barked" at him, banged down his soft drink can and otherwise snubbed him on a flight from New York.

Beck said the flight attendant made him feel "subhuman." He used his show to blast "liberal American Airlines" for the personal slight.

A young Southlake passenger on the same flight saw it differently.

Beck "threw the most immature hissy fit I've ever seen," Colton Hess wrote on Twitter.

Beck, 48, moved to Westlake from New York last year and hosts daily radio and Web shows from a former movie production studio in Las Colinas.

He told radio listeners how he was mocked by strangers and servers on a weekend visit to New York.

For no apparent reason, Beck noted that one offending barbecue shop was "minority-owned."

Already in full victim mode, Beck boarded the flight home, only to encounter a flight attendant who ignored him while fussing over other passengers.

According to Beck, the attendant bragged about his time in the Israeli army and said he was "so proud of the very liberal cities in America."

For that, Beck blamed the airline and "the kind of people that American Airlines likes to hire."

In one fleeting moment of humility, he added: "I shouldn't have lost my temper."

This airport drama came after Williams treated the Stockyards Music Festival to a complaint about "queer guitar-pickers."

In the middle of what is billed as his "Taking Back the Country 2012" tour, the 63-year-old musical malcontent added convention commentary.

According to The Dallas Morning News, Williams said: "We've got a Muslim for a president who hates cowboys, hates cowgirls, hates fishing, hates farming, loves gays, and we hate him!"

Like Beck, he's bellyaching all the way to the bank.

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