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04/09/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Arianna Debates Hugh Hewitt About Glenn Beck And Political Paranoia On CNN's Reliable Sources

On CNN's Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz, Arianna was asked to explain her critique of the inflammatory rhetoric used by Fox News host Glenn Beck.

"What's happening with Glenn Beck is, he takes these apocalyptic statements that basically fuel people's fear and anxiety and has made them his stock and trade," she said. "Literally, practically no show is done without some kind of form of inciting fear in the American people, and I think that is dangerous, especially at a time like this."

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt argued that Beck shouldn't be held responsible for using the word "slaughter" in the context of the Obama administration because "if you talk for 30 hours a week, you're going to use the word 'slaughter,' and you're going to use it sometimes without even knowing it." Hewitt said that instead of talking about those statements, "we ought to focus on Glenn Beck and why he is so popular."

Later in the show, Kurtz played tape of Keith Olbermann's controversial criticism of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown. Arianna pointed out that Olbermann himself acknowledged the comments were over the top and she asked Hewitt, "when was the last time Glenn Beck said he had ever gone over the top?"

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