In a lengthy tirade on his Web broadcast Wednesday,
Although Beck acknowledged that as an employer the
"How can people advance if we suppress any thought?" asked Beck, dressed in quasi-military garb, adding, "I'm not putting the N-word into any category of great thought."
Nevertheless, he likened Deen’s plight to that of historical figures such as Christopher Columbus and, yes,
"Where would the world be if Columbus and Magellan and other world explorers believed conventional wisdom and believed the world was flat… Where would we be if Martin Luther King didn't speak and challenge segregation? Where would we be if everyone in the world thought in the box?" Beck wondered.
After chronicling at length his own support for politically incorrect statements made by Bill Maher, Beck urged viewers to "defend our right to speech and whenever you see it under assault."