Beck Unhinged With Racial, McCarthyesque Animosity Toward Obama Administration
Reported by Ellen - September 2, 2009 -
Instead of taking his critics head on and defending his accusation that Barack Obama is a racist, or apologizing if he can’t, Glenn Beck spent nearly 19 minutes during the opening of his television show yesterday (9/1/09) attacking as racist communists various African Americans associated with Obama. It was all wrapped up with the less-than-implicit suggestion that he must be one, too. The bulk of Beck’s vilifications were aimed at Van Jones, Obama’s "green jobs" czar. Jones also happens to have co-founded the civil rights group ColorOfChange.org which has organized an effective campaign against Beck’s advertisers in the wake of Beck calling Obama a racist with a “deep-seated hatred of white people.” Maybe that’s why Beck was able to go so long without a commercial break. Throughout the diatribe, Beck made it all about himself, how he has uncovered what nobody else has, how he is suffering for it, how he is very popular nonetheless (though he admitted 99% of the country doesn’t watch him), how he wishes he didn’t have to “get on the air every night and tell you this stuff.” He wrapped it up by saying - I kid you not - that he just wants to have fun and laughs. With video, for those who have the stomach for it.
You really have to see the video to get the full picture of just how unhinged Beck became but I’ll do my best to impart it in words. Warning: long post ahead.
“I have to tell you, I am increasingly concerned about our country,” Beck began, leaning into the camera.
Turns out, Beck’s concern was all about himself. “Because we have started to peel this onion – and it’s layer after layer, and the deeper we get into this onion, the worse it looks. But I am encouraged because… the ratings are outstanding.”
Beck went on to brag, “One in every hundred people last week – one out of every hundred Americans were watching this program!” Maybe so but that would mean 99% were not watching.
“What are we gonna do with the information? Can you spread this information any more? It has to go beyond the people who watch this show... to the decent people on all sides of the aisle that are not communists and not crazies,” Beck exhorted his viewers.
Having demonstrated his bipartisanship and his respect for Americans of all stripes, Bent spent almost the next 18 minutes attacking the Obama administration with the most vile, guilt-by-association denunciations and insinuations.
But first, it was time for a little more self-importance. With his sincere face, he said, “I think this hour is one of the (dramatic pause) – some of the most shocking stuff that we have shown you. It will take the breath away from you on a couple of occasions, I believe.” He was right about that, but not for the reasons he had hoped.
And then it was time for Beck’s high-tech lynching of Van Jones. Once again, Beck failed to mention that Jones is the co-founder of ColorOfChange.org and failed to mention the campaign the organization is waging against him. Do you think the “we report, you decide” network’s viewers might find that relevant information?
“For the last couple of months, we have told you that (Jones) is an avowed, radical communist – revolutionary!” Beck said. “Well, in the last few days, the left has been trying to scrub this man’s image clean to the point to where now they are claiming that he has totally transformed into a raging capitalist!” Beck disparaged the left for saying that Jones’ communism was “just youthful indiscretions” and painting him as a “combination of Bill Gates and J. Paul Ghetty.”
“If that’s true, great,” Beck said. But without bothering to investigate or having any guest who might offer a more in-depth balance beyond the general comments from “the left” that Beck referred to, Beck quickly added, “But if that’s not true, what is?”
As “proof,” Beck played video of Jones saying on March 9 “just weeks before Jones was appointed.” Actually, Jones was appointed March 10 and began work on March 16, but why quibble when there was so much worse to come?
Jones was shown saying, “All we do is take out the dirty power system, the dirty power generation in a system and just replace it with some clean stuff, put a solar panel on top of this system. But (if) we don’t deal with how we are consuming water, we don’t deal with how we are treating our other sister and brother species, we don’t deal with toxins, we don’t deal with the way we treat each other. If that’s not a part of this movement, let me tell you what you’ll have… You’ll have solar-powered bulldozers, solar-powered buzz saws, and bio-fueled bombers and we’ll be fighting wars over lithium for the batteries instead of oil for the engines and we’ll still have a dead planet. This movement is deeper than the solar panel… Don’t stop there… We gonna change the whole system. We gonna change the whole thing.”
In Beck’s vengeance-seeking mind, that was enough to be certain that Jones is not only a communist but, from his perch as the green jobs czar, somehow muscle his communistic views into the upper echelons of the Obama administration’s policy making.
“Did you notice that he said if we don’t work on how we treat each other?” Beck asked accusingly. “This is social justice. Social justice. Making up for the problems of the past. That’s what that is.” I don’t know about you, but that’s not what I heard Jones say. He said we have to “deal with the way we treat each other,” not “the way we treated each other.”
“America,” Beck said pompously to his audience (even though he had just admitted he was talking to only 1% of it), “It’s time we stop accepting the claim that this man is an average, everyday, capitalist America.”
Before moving on with his hate mongering, Beck took time out for a little more about himself. After claiming that the White House watches the show “every night,” Beck wondered, “Boy, I can’t even imagine how thick the file is on me.” Oh, I’ll bet he can.
His voice rising, sermon-like, Beck declaimed, “How much more evidence do you need that we have radicals in the White House?”
Need or want more or not, Beck had more. Leaning into the camera now, he said, “We need to at least… start having the necessary discussion of, do we want communists in the United States government as special advisors to the president?”
Maybe we should also ask, do we want a reincarnation of Joseph McCarthy hosting a prime time cable news program?
Really on a McCarthy-esque witch hunt now, Beck said, “Barack Obama did not campaign on openly changing the whole system… Based on the fact that (Obama) will not reject this man and others like him in this administration, I’m beginning to wonder. Didn’t Venezuela, didn’t Chavez… wasn’t he ‘democratically’ elected? I don’t believe he campaigned as a communist. But boy, things sure changed once he got into office. President Obama did leave telltale signs.” Beck played a clip of Obama saying, five days before the election, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
What Obama obviously meant was transforming the country from what the Bush administration had made it. The larger context of what Obama said, which Beck neglected to play was, “After decades of broken politics in Washington and eight years of failed policies of George Bush and 21 months of a campaign that's taken us from the rocky coast of Maine to the sunshine of California, we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America."
The Maneater, the newspaper at University of Missouri, where Obama spoke those words, noted that the line to get into the event stretched for more than a mile and that students had lined up the night before to get in. The clip Beck played showed the crowd cheering enthusiastically as Obama spoke those “communistic” words, yet Beck said, “Very few Americans paid attention back then.”
Wait a minute, Didn’t Beck just say that Obama did not “campaign openly” as someone who wanted to “openly change the whole system?” Then how can you play a clip that supposedly shows that he did? Either the American people knowingly voted for that change or there was more to the clip than Beck showed.
“We need to wake our neighbors up,” McCarthy, I mean Beck continued. “If our founding principles are no longer relevant — if the system in which this country was founded is somehow unjust or unworkable now — and communism, Marxism, socialism, statism, whatever it is we’re headed towards is right and the relevant path, then that is the discussion that you have in America! But to subversively bring in a "new system" through the back door, in the middle of the night — That is unacceptable.” I must have missed something but how did Obama subversively bring in a new system through the back door? He said from the start he wanted health care reform with a public option. Was the subversive part hiring Van Jones to work on green jobs? It's worth noting that with all the attacks, the accusations and insinuations, Beck never pointed to a single subversive, communistic or racist thing Jones has done in or out of office.
Rather than dwell on how to fight the subversive communist plan Beck never identified from Jones, Beck went back to attacking him with another clip, this time of Jones saying, “Native American sisters and brothers who were pushed and bullied and mistreated and shoved into all the land we didn't want, where it was all hot and windy. Well, guess what? Renewable energy? Guess what, solar industry? Guess what wind industry? They now own and control 80 percent of the renewable energy resources. No more broken treaties... Give them the wealth!... Give them the dignity. Give them the respect that they deserve. No justice on stolen land. We owe them a debt.”
Oh, my God, Jones is happy about Native Americans having the opportunity to cash in on the green market. The country is falling apart!
Beck went to his blackboard and started race baiting. “Wealth should be taken from one group and given to another based on race,” he read, though Jones said no such thing, nor did he seem to mean any such thing.
“Give them the wealth? Is that what you voted for?” Beck asked, even though Jones clearly meant “let them earn the wealth from their green energy which is a good thing for everybody else and rights an old injustice, too.”
Beck ratcheted up the race baiting by comparing Jones to Rev. Wright. Sure enough, Beck had a clip of a worked-up Wright saying, “We believe God sanctioned the rape and robbery of an entire continent. We believe God ordained African slavery. We believe God makes Europeans superior to Africans and superior to everybody else too.” I didn’t see it but somehow, Beck thought the two clips were similar.
But Beck wasn’t through with his racial acrimony (all the while insisting it was others who were racists). He now turned to Rev. Joseph Lowery, who gave the prayer at President Obama's inauguration ceremony and who just received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Beck showed Lowery at the inauguration saying, “And in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back; when brown can stick around; when yellow will be mellow; when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right.”
What that has to do with being happy that Native Americans own 80% of green energy resources, I don’t know. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that everyone Beck picked on during this segment is African American.
“When white is embraced by what is right,” Beck said condemningly.
Then it was back to Jones again, that key (for Beck) figure in the Obama administration. Jones was shown saying, “What about our immigrant sisters and brothers? …What about people who come here from all around the world who we're willing to have out in the field, with poison being sprayed on them… because we have the wrong agricultural system. And we're willing to poison them and poison the earth to put food on our table, but we don't want to give them rights and we don't want to give them dignity and we don't want to give them respect?”
And another clip of Jones: “We're really entering a third wave of environmentalism in the United States. The white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people of color communities.”
“How is he now a fully converted capitalist? I didn’t hear it there,” Beck said. I didn’t hear it that he isn’t. Jones is just too concerned with social justice for people of color for the color-phobic Beck. “He’s qualified to make decisions at the highest levels of our government? Or he’s at least involved in them.” Yeah, about green jobs.
Beck’s voice rose theatrically. “Did you take him at his word, should we take him at his word when he said (Beck was shouting now) and I quote, ‘I am willing to forego the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of the radical ends!” In that case, shouldn't we take Beck at his word that he'd like to beat Rep. Charles Rangel (another African American, surprise, surprise) to death with a shovel?)
Then Beck brought it all back to Obama. “Look, the president has tried to pass himself off as a guy who just sat in Jeremiah Wright's black liberation theology church for 20 years… he first said, ‘I didn't hear those things.’ Then he said, ‘I heard them but I didn’t really notice them... Then it was just ‘Jeremiah Wright’s just a crazy old uncle.’”
Beck pressed, “What is it this time? What is the excuse now for appointing the same type of radical to an influential position in our government?”
Beck yelled “Are white people poisoning people of color, yes or no, Mr. President? Yes or no? …Did you vet this man? … How did you miss this? …Did the FBI not do its job?”
Ever the showman, Beck said melodramatically, “I’d really like to share with you a personal story from today but I can’t because it puts my family in danger. Do you think I want to get on the air every night and tell you this stuff? Do you know who I am? … You know what? I am a clown. I am a guy who… I just want to have laughs and fun… I want to live my life with my family. I don’t want to have to live with security and walls and gates and everything else. Do you think I want to live that way? … I don’t want to believe these things. But unfortunately, I find them true.”