HuffPost editor Roy Sekoff appeared on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" Thursday night to weigh in on the "my demo is bigger than your demo" war of words between host Ed Schultz and Fox News host Glenn Beck.
Sekoff dismissed Beck's effectiveness at rallying people to his cause, noting that the Fox host has been less than successful when it comes to taking down Barack Obama, the stimulus, the health care bill or financial reform. But he cautioned that Beck's disaffected adherents shouldn't simply be ignored.
"I think we have to be careful not to denigrate the people who turned out to the Mall or to try to put down or to make it sound like there's less real, legitimate anger in the country. There's a lot of suffering, Ed, as you've documented in the show day after day," Sekoff said. "The danger for progressives is they can't leave a vacuum for a charlatan and a demagogue like Beck preaching a phony gospel of unity when he's really talking about hate."