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January 1, 2011 Volume 2

Beck and crew attack Native American student for singing a song honoring troops at Reid rally
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Nevada: Earlier this year, Nevada's senators Harry Reid and John Ensign welcomed Christina Thomas to Washington, D.C., as an American Indian ambassador.

Last Fall, Thomas was attacked by radio and tv host Glenn Beck. Thomas had chosen to sing  a tribal flag song instead of the National Anthem at a Reid rally. The Paiute, Shoshone and Hopi woman told the crowd she would sing the tribal flag song instead.  "I sing this in honor of all our veterans" and for "those who are still fighting for our freedoms overseas," she said.

After Thomas shared her message, Beck said, "Ladies and gentlemen, the national anthem." While playing the audio of Thomas singing, Beck said, "not really our national anthem, maybe her national anthem.  When somebody says, 'Please rise for the national anthem,' what song are you expecting?"

He then ridiculed Christina for not showing enough patriotism. 

After attacking Thomas, Beck compared her choice to a 2008 incident in Denver. Rene Marie had been introduced to sing "The Star Spangled Banner."  Instead, she sang "Lift Every Voice and Sing," a song often called the black national anthem.  Beck said Thomas choice was "the same thing ... with the Democrats in Denver."

Later on his radio program, Beck said, "Ladies and gentlemen, please rise for our national anthem."  He then played a  parody of the Soviet national anthem with the lyrics, "All hail the messiah, Obama."

He dedicated it to "our savior, Barack Obama."

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