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Glenn Beck Roots For the Underdog: Senator Joe McCarthy. No. Really!

Reported by Guest Blogger - June 29, 2010 -

By Auntie Em

In his ever-increasingly shrill rhetoric linking the Obama administration to everything evil, Glenn Beck took to his show last week (6-24-10) to rehabilitate Senator Joe McCarthy’s reputation, because we all know how much ‘Tailgunner’ Joe was maligned during his lifetime. (snark off)

In the above video Beck says, “The best thing to ever happen to communists was the red scare and Joseph McCarthy. We had beaten communism, soundly discrediting it in every sense. People viewed communists as traitors who wanted to destroy America. They crept back into unions — especially teachers' unions — that coupled with colleges, you now had a situation where communists were starting to be the ones writing and teaching history.”

Since Beck is so intent on rooting out (Bad! Evil!) Communism in the government, it makes sense that he would want to legitimize McCarthy’s thoroughly discredited efforts, if only in an attempt to legitimize his own thoroughly discredited efforts. Beck has denied his antics bear any similarity to McCarthy’s:

To hear Beck tell it, ol’ Tailgunner Joe had the power of subpoena behind him, doncha know? McCarthy had the full power of the Senate behind him. But, feel for poor Beck, who stands alone. He compared himself to that other guy in that monumental ‘50s conflict: Edward R. Murrow, against all odds fighting against the corruption in government when the rest of the nation’s journalists are too afraid of witch hunts and blacklists to speak out. Oh, yes he did.

However, it’s more than deliciously ironic that the definitions of McCarthyism not only say nothing about subpoena power, but appears to accurately predict Glenn Beck’s whole schtick:

McCarthyism - unscrupulously accusing people of disloyalty, as by saying they were Communists

The New World Encyclopedia goes a little further, stating “McCarthyism is a term describing the intense anti-communist suspicion in the United States in a period that lasted roughly from the late 1940s to the late 1950s. This period is also referred to as the Second Red Scare, and coincided with increased fears about communist influence on American institutions and espionage by Soviet agents. Originally coined to criticize the actions of U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, "McCarthyism" later took on a more general meaning, not necessarily referring to the conduct of Joseph McCarthy alone.”

And, if anyone typifies the tactics of McCarthyism, and even Joe McCarthy himself, it’s Glenn Beck. Using tenuous reasoning, out-of-context quotes, and plain old fabrications, he has connected the White House to Communism, Socialism, Totalitarianism, Fascism, Maoism, Nazis and chocolate éclairs.

It’s not just leftists (Communists?) making the comparison. As I mentioned in January of this year, Tim Harney of OpEdNews, no leftie himself, said:

This is my opinion of what was broadcast on the Glenn Beck show last night- modern day McCarthyism targeting not the "good" liberal, but the "bad cancer" of the democrat [sic] party, the progressive, who Glenn Beck says has hijacked and taken over the democrat [sic] party to the point of killing it. Is this modern day McCarthyism? I'm conservative and I think so.

To continue to rehabilitate McCarthy’s reputation Glenn had on as his guest M. Stanton Evans, who wrote the latest apology of the Communist Red Scare called "Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Sen. Joe McCarthy", where he argues that poor Joe was not only misunderstood, but was absolutely right in making the baseless charges that were never proven. Evans said:

EVANS: So there was an Affirmative Action program for communists. And so they flooded into the government. This one is temporary wartime agencies, the Office of Strategic Services, Office of War Information. Those guys at the end of the war were dumped into the State Department. That's where all the McCarthy — most of the McCarthy cases came from. They came from those agencies. So there was definitely the cover of the crisis and the domestic problems. And also, in that case, the war became the pretext for putting these people in the government. And so the parallels to what you are talking about are there.

BECK: OK. Let me talk to you about this man, Cass Sunstein.


BECK: I think — I've said, and nobody in the press — they don't even question why I even say this. They just discredit me for it. I think he's the most dangerous man in America. Would you agree?

EVANS: Well, again, what I know about him I know from you. Mostly, I listen to you talk about Sunstein and you know, what little hair I got stand on end.*

This is what is known as a Closed Loop System. Beck gets his facts on Communists and McCarthy from Evans, who gets his information on Communists and Sunstein from Glenn Beck, who gets his information from Evans.

News Hounds anxiously awaits Beck coming to the rescue of Father Coughlin, another demagogue he has been compared to on many occasions.

* Official Fox News transcript

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