Jan
12
2011

Harold Meyerson on Tucson and Right-Wing Paranoia

Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson writes an important column today (1/12/11) about right-wing rhetoric and the Tucson shootings. Meyerson's point is that discussing certain symbols–like the Sarah Palin "cross hairs" map–makes little sense without understanding the paranoid worldview that is advanced by right-wing leaders and commentators like Glenn Beck. When folks like Beck and Erick Erickson use threats of violence in discussion flu vaccines and Census workers, it's an articulation of their worldview. The primary problem with the political discourse of the right in today's America isn't that it incites violence per se. It's that it implants and reinforces paranoid […]

Nov
15
2010

Glenn Beck's Jewish Problem

Last Wednesday (Glenn Beck Program, 11/10/10), we got a glimpse of how low Glenn Beck will go to smear a political opponent. Beck's lie that philanthropist George Soros helped "send the Jews to the death camps" during World War II, was, in essence, an attack on a Jewish child for the heartbreaking things he was put through in the course of surviving the Holocaust. But the smear was just part of the anti-Soros crusade Beck is carrying out on his national radio program and his Fox News show, portraying Soros as an "puppet master" who operates behind the scenes to […]

Nov
10
2010

Fox News: The No. 1 Name in Murder Fantasies

Bill O'Reilly's recent "joke" about decapitating Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank was only the latest example of a demented Fox News culture that permits on-air personalities to fantasize about assassination and other forms of violence against those deemed enemies of the station, its personalities or their worldview. During the cable channel's 2008 election coverage, in what she later called an attempt at humor, Fox News contributor Liz Trotta linked Osama bin Laden to Barack Obama as people who both should be assassinated: And now we have what some are reading as a suggestion that somebody knock off Osama, uh Obama. […]

Oct
26
2010

Why Isn't the Obama Tyranny Assassinating More Journalists??

Fox News must be a funny place to work. The biggest star there is constantly talking about how the Obama administration is leading us toward tyranny, slavery and dictatorship. Meanwhile, on the FoxNews.com website (10/25/10), you've got "frequent contributor" and Bush State Department alum Christian Whiton (you couldn't make these names up) complaining bitterly that Obama hasn't declared the WikiLeaks team to be "enemy combatants" and taken them out via "non-judicial actions." It's hard to think of another country where the opposition news media complains that the government hasn't assassinated enough journalists.

Sep
24
2010

Meet the New Boss–Glenn Beck's Old Boss

CNN president JonKlein is out–replaced byKen Jautz, who was theboss at Headline News. He is, among other things, the guy who brought Glenn Beck to television: CNN's Headline News has hired radio talkshow host Glenn Beck to host a one-hour primetime show, according to a Daily Variety report (1/17/06). Variety quotes CNN Headline News president Ken Jautz's description of Beck: "Glenn's style is self-deprecating, cordial; he says he'd like to be able to disagree with guests and part as friends. It's conversational, not confrontational." As Klein leaves,I can't help but rememberthat back in 2005 he explained to Charlie Rosethat there […]

Jul
22
2010

Glenn Beck Shares a Tides Foundation Obsession With Alleged Mass Murder Plotter

Web-based outlets like Salon (7/21/10) and Talking Points Memo (7/21/10) have picked up on the connection–apparently first pointed out by dagblog (7/21/10)– between shooting suspect Byron Williams and Fox News host Glenn Beck. But to judge from a Nexis search, traditional media have ignored the story almost completely. (One exception, found via Facebook: local CBS station KPIX, 7/21/10.) Arrested in Oakland after he was wounded in a shootout, Williams is said by police to have had both a hefty arsenal and plans to commit mass murder at the ACLU and the Tides Foundation. The latter organization, a group that supports […]

May
05
2010

Historical Fraudster a Regular on Glenn Beck's Show

Glenn Beck says progressives are trying to "fundamentally transform the country" by rendering the Constitution "irrelevant" ("In 1920, they stopped studying the Constitution in law school and started studying case law!"), and by expunging from history the role "religion and morals" played in our founding. On his April 28 show, Beck announced the launch of Founders Fridays segment, a special feature by which Beck intends to counter these progressive lies with…the truth: Every Friday is going to be Founders' Fridays on the program, at least for the next month. And if nobody watches, well, then, we'll keep doing it anyway. […]

Apr
28
2010

Glenn Beck Thinks Some People Have Gone Too Far

Fox host Glenn Beck has had it (4/27/10) with opponents of Arizona's new immigration law making analogies to Nazi Germany: I hate to rain on the hate parade here, but can we please slow down for just a minute and, I don't know, think? You are comparing the systematic, cold-blooded extermination of millions of Jews to America making sure people are here legally. The parallels are… nonexistent. Indeed. The guy who's made a regular habit ofderiding various White House officials as Communists, Maoists and the like is urging restraint with the historical analogies. Save the Hitler talk for people who […]

Apr
14
2010

Glenn Beck's Social Security Problem

Fox News host Glenn Beck (4/13/10) came out against Social Security yesterday: Have you ever wondered why we even have Social Security? It's not an American idea. It's first from Germany in the late 1800s. Hmmm, lets see, who else was prominent in Germany at that time…Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche. This is where the first progressive ideas came from, and when those ideas floated across the Atlantic, they took America off course…. The progressive wave of European social insurance infected America and this is the result of it. This is European thinking, not American. Now, factchecking Glenn Beck is a […]

Mar
31
2010

Beck: No to Censoring Foes, Yes to Violent Death

Appearing on the O'Reilly Factor (3/25/10) to discuss being named by Joy Behar as one of the media figures the View panelist (3/22/10) says are inspiring hate among Tea Party activists ("There is a difference between free speech and hate speech, and we've been listening to it from Beck and Limbaugh now. And these people are all juiced up by these two. That's what's happening"), Glenn Beck attempted to demonstrate his tolerance for his political foes in the following exchange: BECK: Have you or I ever said Michael Moore shouldn't be allowed to make a movie? O'REILLY: No. BECK: Michael […]

Mar
15
2010

Fox Reporters Worried About Their 'Credibility'

The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz turns in a profile of Glenn Beck today (3/15/10)that includes a few interesting anecdotes.He reports that "Fox staffers note that veteran producer Gresham Striegel left the network after clashing with Beck and say the host has surrounded himself with loyalists" from his own radio company, and that "a vice president was assigned 'to help keep an eye on that program' and review its content in advance–a full-time job." Kurtz also notes that some Fox reporters aren't crazy about what his new fame is doing to them: Beck has become a constant topic of conversation among […]

Mar
10
2010

Glenn Beck Needs to Devote More Time to His Strange Obsessions

I don't know why it should surprise me that Glenn Beck doesn't know what he's talking about, but you'd think that if you had a furious grudge against someone who died 40 years before you were born, you would spend at least a little time finding out what exactly was wrong with that historical figure. But then, as Tom Frank explains in a subscribers-only column in the Wall Street Journal (3/10/10), you're not Glenn Beck: Consider how Mr. Beck, the popular host of a Fox News program, began his performance at CPAC: "Hello. Please. Thank you. Please be seated. I […]

Oct
19
2009

Know Your Enemy

Politico (10/14/09) published a list of top topics on Glenn Beck's Fox News show, based on a search of Nexis transcripts since the show's January 2009 debut. It's instructive to look at the placement of some individuals, groups and places in the news as an indication of Beck's sense of whom and what his audience should be informed about: ACORN: 1,224 Van Jones: 267 SEIU: 259 Afghanistan: 97 Iraq: 95 Valerie Jarrett: 52 Mark Lloyd: 50 Al-Qaeda: 50 Bill Ayers: 46 John Holdren: 43 Jeremiah Wright: 42 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: 41 Osama Bin Laden: 40 Taliban: 38