Beck Vs. The Boss
March 15, 2010 at 11:30 AM (PT)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN has long maintained that his hit "Born in the U.S.A." has been misinterpreted as a rousing patriotic anthem when it became a theme for RONALD REAGAN's 1984 campaign, and PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS host GLENN BECK agrees, but in a slightly more extreme way: BECK has called the song "anti-American," raising the ire of liberal media watchdog MEDIA MATTERS FOR AMERICA.
The NEWARK STAR-LEDGER reports that on BECK's FOX NEWS CHANNEL show, the host, pointing out that the lyrics are about a VIETNAM vet returning home unable to find work, said of the song, "That's what AMERICA's about, according to BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. It is time to wake up out of our dream state, wake up out of the propaganda. You know, this is the thing that people who come from the Soviet-bloc or CUBA, they're all saying, 'How do you guys not hear this? How do you not see this?' Well, that's 'cause we don't ever expect it." SPRINGSTEEN has said that the song is a story about the spiritual crisis of a working man, and the lyrics refer to the vet with "nowhere to run, ain't got nowhere to go."
BECK also criticized WOODY GUTHRIE's "This Land Is Your Land," which in some versions and in the original manuscript refers to hunger in AMERICA and asks "Is this land made for you and me?"