From The Grio — Even some of the most vicious criminals have a code of honor. No matter how much you hate your rival, you never attack his wife or children. The same can be true for most politicians and political commentators, who typically have enough decency to realize that your children have nothing to do with political combat.

Glenn Beck broke that code recently on his radio show when he decided to engage in an unprovoked attack on 11-year-old Malia Obama, the president’s daughter, by mocking her inquiries into the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Beck ridiculed the education level of Obama’s children. He even joked that Malia likely asked her father why he “hates black people.” The routine went on for a while and apparently, Beck, his guests and Fox News producers thought it was amusing to make fun of an innocent child before a national audience. Sorry my friends, but it’s not.

Beck’s comments were disturbing, even in comparison to his colleagues, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. By making Obama’s children part of his hateful dialogue, he has sunk to a new low and even made his conservative colleagues uncomfortable. I am not even sure if Rush or O’Reillly would have stooped to this, since only a complete coward would hurt a little girl.

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