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The Beck Week That Was; Beck Whines About The Media Ignoring His Expose Comparing Regulation To One World Government And Slavery

Reported by Guest Blogger - May 2, 2010 -

Guest blogged by Aunty Em

As we ended our last exciting episode of “The Beck Week That Was,” a political career was being contemplated for Fox News’ slowly sinking hero, Glenn Beck. His 100 Year Plan, called “The Plan,” and all the Progressive bashing could only mean that he’s running for office and not starting his own religious cult, a la L. Ron Hubbard.

However, the ever-clever Beck is obviously keeping his options open. He will give the commencement speech to the class of 2010 at Liberty University on May 15th. You may remember Liberty U, founded by Jerry Falwell. It teaches Creationism. You may also fondly remember Falwell, who died in 2007, by such ringing statements as, “AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals” or “Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions.” Beck was invited by Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. (didn’t they have Chancellors in Nazi Germany? Just asking.) and the students are certainly excited The Beck is on his way.

Beck kept his options open in the political arena as well when he gave a firebrand speech at a well-publicized rally the previous weekend (04-24-10) to boost Texas Govenor Rick Perry, who has advocated secession in the past. Perry hitched his horse to The Teabagger Wagon early, and it’s not the first time Beck’s given him a helping. Earlier this year, on his Radio Drama Theatre, Beck sandbagged Debra Medina, then the Teabag darling and Perry challenger, with a question about 9/11 Truthers. While Medina booted the answer inarticulately, the issue had not come up previously in Texas gubnatorial politics and that single interview is credited with sinking Medina’s chances to dethrone Perry.

It sounded like it was a real Texas Hoedown. First, State Rep. Leo Berman ceremoniously presented Beck with a flag that had flown at the statehouse and called him a “true American hero whose patriotism is an inspiration to all Americans in this great Republic.” It’s understandable Berman would wave the (metaphorical) Red, White, and Blue and play the base with jingoistic buzzwords. Teabaggers like nothing more than red meat with their teabaggery and Berman not only cut the meat up, but chewed it for them. He said, “I believe that Barack Obama is God’s punishment on us today, but in 2012, we are going to make Obama a one-term president.”

The aforementioned Perry also made Beck an “honorary Texan,”. The best takes on the event are “Glenn Beck, unhinged in Texas” at Huffpo and Burnt Orange Report’s “Lone Star Hate-Mongering: Rick Perry, Glenn Beck, and Leo Berman Rally In Tyler.”

The whole Texas Enterprise doesn’t sound a whole lot different from the recent Cincinnati Enterprise, when Sean Hannity was providing fund-raising and political support for candidates in Ohio. Yet, there appears to be a double standard over there at Fox News. The network, in a fit of pique, ordered Hannity back to the studio. Yet, here was Beck tripping through Tyler, Texas thrilling the Teabag Troops. Unlike Hannity, Beck was not selling tickets to his Fox News show, but since Rupert Murdoch has said "I don’t think we should be supporting the Tea Party or any other party," I’m not the first to ask why Fox News allowed Beck to do this.

Maybe being left out of Fox News’ self-congratulatory advert is punishment enough for the 32 Million Dollar Boy Wonder.

All this before Beck even opened his show on Monday (04-26-10) by comparing regulation to One World Government and slavery.

Much of the time, when quoting Beck’s show, I just grab what I laughingly call “the official transcript” over at the Fox News site and warn the reader how inaccurate usually it is. I am being disingenuous. I suspect “the official transcript” is what appears in the teleprompter when he’s in front of the camera. I will quote him verbatim (although it’s time consuming), and at length (although it’s time consuming), when what he says differs so much from the text that it would be a shame not to let his freak flag fly. Beck is like a good Jazz musician; he knows the tune in the teleprompter, but can riff on all the counter-melodies and chord progressions to create new word architecture and design, shaky as though the foundations might be. It’s a marvel to any wordsmith and, if you only read the official transcript, or if you only catch a clip or two, you would be forgiven for not realizing what a master Beck is at this.

Let’s compare and contrast.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Faith, hope and charity: We used to seek God's blessings on the country, we used to pursue maximum freedom to solve problems and we'd rely on one another in times of need.

Now we're being pushed towards what progressives have always found hope in: Dependency on regulations and administrations. Average Americans find that approach to be red tape. Our Founding Fathers found it to be slavery.

So it kind shocks me when there's no outcry to news stories like this one reported in the Financial Times over the weekend: The "U.S. is preparing to pivot from domestic regulatory reform to push for a tough new international capital regime."

Excuse me?

BECK TRANSCRIBED: Welcome to The Glenn Beck Program. I’m just looking at my desk. There’s a reason why this and this are on the desk today. And, of course, this great bill is wonderful. I’ve been saying for a while that we’ve got to get back to faith, hope and charity, but I think I’ve been misunderstood because tonight we have to talk about Cap and Trade, Goldman Sachs, and immigration. Al Gore—Faith! Faith! “We’ll save the planet.” Cass Sunstein—Hope. “We’ll regulate.” And, Charity—Mr. Jim Wallis. He says—he says, “Don’t follow the law.” Excuse me? Forget Social Justice. Whaddaya say we try “Equal Justice” for a change? Does anybody in this country remember what that is? Tonight I’m going to show you the difference between the two and we’re breaking a story on “Cap & Trade” OH, and surprisingly Goldman Sachs that I challenge the rest of the media to even cover once. Come on, let’s go.” [RECORDED OPENING]

Okay, so that’s unfair; I’m being disingenuous again. All of that was said before the pre-recorded opening and that’s never quoted in the official transcript. However, some of that will come in handy later. Here’s where the program starts to diverge; almost from the very first words of the “the official,” far more antiseptic, “transcript.”

BECK TRANSCRIBED: Oh boy. We got a lot on our plate today, gang. That-twoeywha [that’s what it sounds like]. I want to talk to you a little about faith, hope and charity. You know, we used to seek God’s blessings in the country. We used to pursue maximum freedom to solve problems. We would let the little guy do it. We would rely on others in times of needs. Well, now, it seems, we’re being pushed towards what Progressives have always found hope in: dependency and regulation. The administration will make everyone dependent and we can regulate Social Justice.

Average Americans used to call that red tape and we used to find that abhorrent. Our Founding Fathers used to call it slavery. So it kind of shocks me when there’s no ourcry in America to news stories like this one over the weekend: “The U.S.—The U.S. is preparing to pivot from domestic regulatory reform to push for a new tough [sic] international capital regime.” What does that mean? Oh! New international capital regime. That’s a Global Government. You know: A New World Order for your money.

The official transcript doesn’t mention a “Global Government” and “New World Order,” but Beck knows what dog whistle will have his audience baying at the moon when he lays out his new phony-boloney, connect-the-dots, conspiracy between Al Gore, Cap & Trade, Goldman Sachs, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and, of course, Socialist President Barack Obama. He was right in his opening, though. Not a single media outlet picked up on the story and he was left whining about it the next morning on his Radio Drama Theatre. Media Matters said other media didn’t report it, quite rightly, “Because it’s delusional and stupid, Glenn.” Simon Maloy wrote a very funny article, well worth reading for yourselves.

What Beck fails to take into account, whenever he whines about one of his exposés being ignored, is how rapacious the media is at uncovering real news. Try and stop it. However, Beck would rather have the Fourth Estate connecting the dots between non-related coincidences and natural business connections, as he does, to find a conspiracy behind every bush. The simple fact is this: Even the most passionate Obama-loving reporter would chase a real story that could bring down the Obama administration, because journalists covet Pulitzer Prizes more than administration gratitude. If there were any reality to a single one of ‘Jimmy Olsen’ Beck’s Big Scoops, a real reporter would jump on the story faster than he could jump on a chocolate éclair. No, Glenn, the deafening silence you hear is the sound of reporters ignoring nothing at all.

That was the overarching theme of the week on his eponymously named Tee Vee Extravaganza. As the week progressed, it appeared Beck became more and more unhinged about this story that no one else was covering. However, there is always room for bizarre tangents on the Glenn Beck Conspiracy hour. Illegal Immigration came in for several segments with Beck getting off the best line in the whole debate on Tuesday (04-27-10). “Arizona is really putting the AZ in Nazi, aren't they?*” It’s unfortunate he was being facetious. You can tell because his next lines were, “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. It's like deja vu. I can envision some sort of equivalent to the Holocaust museums already in the works to document the horrors of Arizona's immigration law. I'm sure Abe Foxman at the Anti-Defamation League is working on a press release right now, to make sure that he commends Jared Polis for pointing out how much illegal immigration is like the extermination of 6 million Jews.”*

Oh, spare me the hypocritical faux outrage. Beck has made so many comparisons of progressives to Nazis that looking them up would be tedious, but it’s the exact sort of thing my editor demands.

Thursday (04-29-10) had Beck in Full Manic Mode. To prove the show was live, he had the control room put up a small box in the corner of the House getting ready to vote on Puerto Rican statehood. He blamed the delay, because the vote was supposed to have happened earlier, on his viewers, who did something about something. I never really did figure that one out, And, he promised another bombshell “that will boggle your mind” to prove that Cap and Trade, and Franklin Raines, and Goldman Sachs, and Al Gore, and Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac, and the Chicago Climate Exchange and the U.S. Government are all turning into Crime Incorporated. And, he did no better at connecting the dots—or getting the rest of the media interested in this bogus story—than he had earlier in the week. But, before he got to that, Beck the Movie Critic gave us a brief synopsis of Ocean’s 11.

Really. You need to watch it to believe it. And, after the fold, read what was left out of the official transcript."

BECK TRANSCRIBED: Why is it just Goldman Sacks [being painted as the bad guy]? That question led me to show you something that originally came in from a watchdog on this program. That’s somebody who just emails us information. Tiffany? Can you put the email address at BeckTips at—can you put that—? I don’t even know what it is. [It never appeared onscreen.] Or, I read Twitter at night and I see the things that people are tweeting and we try to follow them. It led us, looking for one bad guy into a wormhole of bad guys: The Chicago Climate Exchange. You won’t believe what we found today.”

“By the way, I want to preface this with: I’m not suicidal, I’m not depressed, I don’t like to swim with the fishes, I don’t like concrete boots, uhh, I’m a very good driver, I just had my breaks checked, so if something happens, I think you might know who did it. [Gestures to chalkboard with all the aforementioned villains prominently displayed.]”

Of course Beck will deny that his rhetoric is divisive, eliminationist, and foments violence.

The rest of the show was spent finding all the ways these people are tied together, and how they are fundamentally transforming our nation. And that’s pretty much how the week sputtered to an end: Beck connecting invisible dots and lamenting how the rest of the media couldn’t see what was clearly visible to only him.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention “Founding Founders’ Fridays,” Beck’s latest way of wasting an hour of Friday airtime, a studio audience, and chalkboards. Despite the fact that this week (04-30-10) FFF (F3?) was supposed to be all about Sam Adams, Beck (more or less) began talking about another president saying (this according to the unofficial transcript, which is me), “Let me tell you how this all started. Woodrow Wilson.” While an attack of Wilson is expected, on average, of one per show, this one came off as stranger than most. Right after mentioning Wilson, almost inaudibly, he hissed “I hate that guy,” and it was clear he did. Beck acted like he was a recalcitrant little boy (which, based on watching him day in and day out, isn’t at all far from the truth), who was almost afraid to be overheard. Returning to his normal voice, he continued:

“Woodrow Wilson wanted to transform America, along with Teddy Roosevelt. They were both Progressives. The Progressive Movement had started. This is about 1915 to about 1920. The whole thing was falling apart and they couldn’t get America to really go for it. They couldn’t get—They couldn’t control Americans. They couldn’t do it. They wanted to transform America so they had to do three things and tell me if they’ve accomplished them.

“One, undermine faith in religion. This is the point when Social Justice comes in. It’s no longer about equal justice, or about redemption. It’s Social Justice. They got into our faith and our religion and perverted it, they controlled it, they convinced us that we shouldn’t be faith-going people—these people weren’t—what?—God? That’s so yesterday.

“Then, undermine the Constitution. Back at the turn of the century people talked about the Constitution. They would—you would go places and people would say, ‘I don’t think you can do that constitutionally.’ How many times have you had that conversation outside of the last year? Most people don’t even know—people in Congress don’t even read the Constitution.

“The last one was, we had such an attachment to our Founding Fathers cause we knew who these people were.”

Which, as naturally as day follows night and Progressives follow Woodrow Wilson, leads to Founding Father Samuel Adams. Beck lamented Adams is known more for beer. However, since Adams was a malter beer was part of the family business for a while. I won’t argue with Beck that scant attention is paid to some of our Founding Fathers. Thomas Jefferson considered Adams as “truly the man of the Revolution.” Nor will I argue with Beck’s constant refrain that we have to learn some history. Consequently, it wouldn’t hurt to sum up this column by quoting Samuel Adams, who seems to be reaching through the mists of time and talking directly to Beck and his unquestioning audience.

“How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!”

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.”

“Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.”

“It is a very great mistake to imagine that the object of loyalty is the authority and interest of one individual man, however dignified by the applause or enriched by the success of popular actions.”

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Beck Bits:

This week Beck pissed off Armenians. While this article is called “Apigian-Kessel: Reader Mail: Glenn Beck Raises Armenian Ire,” The Armenian Weekly buries the lede in the 8th graph and never does tell us what Beck said that angered so many Armenians.

Just passing along an amusing article called “Defending Glenn Beck,” over at Pajamas Media. It begins: “He’s been called a “Fearmonger”; a “buffoon”; a “fake revolutionary”; a “loudmouth idiot pundit”; “easily the stupidest,” compared to Michael Savage and Ann Coulter, “in this pool of incredible stupidity”; “clearly psychotic and paranoid”; “ a “spokesdouche”; a “ranting hobo”; a “right-wing blowhard who talks endlessly about stuff he doesn’t have a clue about”; a “crybaby purging every last tear from his body”; an “insane, delusional, and paranoid whack job”; “a perverse and high-impact media spectacle”; a “wife beater”; a “moron in a hurry”; “a dick”; a “demagogue”; a possible murderer; a “lying scumbag”; a “complete and utter tool”; and, to make a very long story short, conflating from many other sources, a purveyor of hysteria, lies, ridiculous rants, and pathological utterances. The yada yada appears to be endless.”

While the rest of the article makes an attempt to rehabilitate Beck, it doesn’t really work, especially after an opening paragraph which is so eloquently accurate in its description of The Many Moods of Glenn Beck, all on display just this week, except for the crying.

With all my love,

Aunty Em

* Official, often fake, Fox News transcript.


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