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Beck Contradicts Himself: At Least For Today, President Obama Is Not a Socialist

Reported by Julie - February 28, 2010 -

On last night's O'Reilly Factor (2/26/10), Bill O'Reilly, with guest Glenn Beck (entitled, "Beck on Biggest Danger Facing America") in the "No Spin Zone" spun that top like a dervish to the right, as the pair took turns taking swipes at Capital-P Progressives. And Beck, despite all of his accusations that President Obama (and, of course, all the people he surrounds himself with) are socialists and Marxists, decided that -- at least for today, since it must have suited his purpose -- President Obama is neither a socialist nor a Marxist. Whoda thunk? He, is, though, a Capital-P progressive . . . which in the No Spin Zone is, as O'Reilly dramatically noted, ". . . the cancer that has seeped into the fabric of America, did I get it?" With video.

Glenn "Mr. Sensitivity" Beck giggled a little bit about his "cancer talk" at CPAC, and then, promoting O'Reilly's book like a student taking an apple to teacher, noted, "Bill O'Reilly in his book "Culture Warrior" . . . you write, this whole thing is about Progressivisim, so now you're coming down on me . . . the whole darn book is about . . . ."

"I didn't say it wasn't a cancer," O'Reilly cried, "I'm just asking about the cancer." Looks like the Cavuto Mark (otherwise known as "just askin'") is alive and well across the board at Fox News.

Beck self-promoted some "deal" he's doing in the summertime, and read a little bit from O'Reilly's book: ". . . about restoring honor. From Culture Warrior . . . 'sloppiness of character, it can become habit-forming . . . to be a person of honor . . . by being stand-up you tell the truth' . . . .'"

O'Reilly noted, "That's what you did at the CPAC convention. . . both the left mocked you and the right mocked you."

Beck declared pompously, "My point at CPAC was, there is a disease, it is set up to eat our Constitution . . . the Progressive movement." Well, Beck, just call for another revolution, since, despite all your promoting on their behalf, the teabaggers haven't achieved it yet.

"I wrote a whole book on it," O'Reilly agreed.

"So then," Beck countered, "How come you don't see the evil insidiousness that is going on especially in the Democratic Party and the Obama Administration, this giant progressive movement . . . ." Evil insidiousness . . . hell, can't be more evil than what Republican Jim Bunning is doing right now, blocking extended unemployment and COBRA benefits, and tossing out a careless "tough shit" when called on it. There, folks, is your evil.

"We take it apart but we don't generalize in a big tent . . . ," O'Reilly declared (as if this entire segment weren't doing just that). But, since O'Reilly was pompously declaring he doesn't "generalize," big tent notwithstanding, I think a little look into his past "generalizations" might be in order. As News Hounds has reported on multiple occasions, O'Reilly has consistently generalized people from the left as "left-wing loons." And, as Priscilla from News Hounds pointed out in her excellent post that was re-published on The Atlantic Wire, O'Reilly seems to have no problem generalizing when it comes to some people . . . for example, rape victims. Some of you may recall that in 2006, O'Reilly was harshly criticized for promoting the notion that Jennifer Moore, an 18-year-old woman who'd been raped and murdered, "was partially at fault for walking around in a miniskirt at night." Unfortunately, as Priscilla noted, O'Reilly's generalization in this regard earned him a second speaking engagement at a resource center for rape survivors. Gotta wonder . . . .

O'Reilly and Beck agreed -- Beck more reluctantly -- that corruption on the Republican side is "almost as bad" as the Democrats. Well, when it comes to corruption, we need look no further than the RNC Chairman, Michael Steele, who a year ago, as reported by the Washington Post, ". . . arranged for his 2006 Senate campaign to pay a defunct company run by his sister for services that were never performed . . . ." Despite all the braggadocio on the right -- the "moral party" -- that they keep their own house clean, a little Googling assured me that Steele is still installed as RNC Chairman. And if you're interested in a little more on Republican corruption, look at this list from a few years back of both Republicans and Democrats engaged in corruption. As the blog noted, "It includes both Democrats and Republicans for fairness, but in all fairness, it is hard to find the Democrats because they are so buried in the list of corrupt Republicans."

O'Reilly touched, not for the first time, on a theme that must be eating at him: "Rush Limbaugh mocked me for not saying, not calling, not branding President Obama a socialist . . . I know you think he's a socialist . . . ." O'Reilly declared that when he interviewed President Obama, he accused him face to face of being a big income redistribution guy, "and that is a socialist tenet."

"I'm not soft on Obama," O'Reilly made a point of saying, "I identify what he does, but I'm not gonna say that he's Hugo Chavez." Hear that, Rush? I'm not soft on Obama . . . .

"If you want to be technically accurate," Beck instructed, "He's not a Marxist, he's not a socialist, he's a Progressive." Gosh, despite the fact that Beck equates "progressives" and "socialists and Marxists," I'm not sure the statement that "Obama is not a socialist" is a consistent position from Glenn Beck. After all, in February 2009, as noted by Crooks and Liars, Beck -- probably in conjunction with chalkboard-writing and hand-wringing - dramatically noted, "Hey, has anybody noticed this crazy thing that we're on the road to socialism?"

Also in February 2009, as reported by News Hounds, Beck hit the socialist theme again, likening President Obama to a "heroin pusher."

In January 2010, also as reported by News Hounds, Beck claimed that President Obama is a "trojan horse" for Marxism.

And, as reported by Media Matters in January 2010 (video below), Beck went on the following diatribe to prove that "Marxism and socialism are the same thing," with, of course, the conclusion that President Obama is both, as well as a capital-P Progressive: "Do you think President Obama is a socialist? Well, I'd have to ask his Marxist preacher for 20 years for his opinion. Is he a socialist? I'd have to ask his self-proclaimed Communist green jobs czar. Is he a socialist? I'll have to ask the guy he appointed as the . . . manufacturing czar, Ron Bloom, who said capitalism is dead. I'll have to ask Anita Dunn for her opinion, who said her favorite philosopher is Chairman Mao . . . He has admitted to being a progressive and the difference between progressives and Marxists really is a word game and also an approach. Marx, revolution -- Progressive, evolution. So, Marxist or socialist, yeah, I think so . . . I'll just call him a Progressive 'cause I think that's the same thing."

O'Reilly agreed with the Progressive label, saying, "Exactly . . . I have no beef with that . . . ."

"People don't understand what "progressive" really means," Beck said ominously. "The difference between Marxism and Progressivism is Marxism has a revolution, like what Van Jones would like to do. Progressivism says bit by bit we'll eat at the Constitution . . . ." Well, I'd like to point out that people in "let's start a revolution" houses shouldn't throw stones. First of all, Beck failed to mention some salient points about Van Jones -- the White House czar that he relentlessly persecuted. Despite Jones' previous "communist" leanings, as I reported for News Hounds, "Jones later discarded the hostility and antagonism with which he had previously greeted the world, which he said was part of the ego-driven romance of being seen as a revolutionary . . . and said, ‘I'm willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends. . . '" Beck also failed to mention is that, in the 1990’s, Jones transformed himself into an “environmentally friendly capitalist . . . ." Jones, unlike Beck, is also a Yale law school graduate, a tireless human rights activist, co-founder of the Oakland, California-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (an organization that promotes alternatives to incarceration), founder of Green for All (creating green jobs in impoverished areas), and his philosophy is, “Let’s green the ghetto first.”

And about that revolution thing . . . Beck failed to report something about Beck, as well -- namely, that he himself in February 2009 called for a revolution. He ramped it up in May 2009. Ginned it up again in September 2009.

"Progressivism wants to take your stuff, that's it, that's what it is, it wants to take your stuff," O'Reilly declared.

"They don't want to kill you?" Beck deadpanned. Hardee-har-har.

"No, because then they won't have your stuff, if you're dead you can't earn stuff that they want," O'Reilly explained.

"They don't just want to take your stuff," Beck lectured, "They want to control every aspect of your life."

O'Reilly said dismissively, "Maybe, that's a totalitarian thing that Chavez and all these guys get into. I don't think Obama cares what you do in your spare time . . . ."

Beck made a cast-off comment about "Communist kind of Constitutions," something about a right to work and a right to rest, and the pair then merrily tripped off, hand-in-hand, down the path into a brand new, shiny Spin Zone.