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Is Beck calling President Obama a racist again?

Reported by Ellen - September 10, 2010 -

Co-authored by David

The Glenn Beck show which aired on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 mostly consisted of “greatest hits” of clips from previous Beck shows. Predictably, there was a segment with Beck attacking Woodrow Wilson. Beck called Woodrow Wilson a racist. Beck said, “We were never taught about Woodrow Wilson. Woodrow Wilson was a racist of the first order. This guy was a spooky, spooky dude.” But later Beck made a point of likening Wilson to President Barack Obama. Was this a backdoor way of calling President Obama a racist again? Despite his recent recantation, Beck told Katie Couric a year earlier that his only regret was in how he phrased his original accusation that Obama is a “racist” with a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” Or was Wednesday's show just an inadvertent – but revealing – juxtaposition on the part of Napolitano and/or the Beck producers?

In one of the old clips Napolitano revisited, Beck was shown saying Wilson “subverted the Constitution” and “invented propaganda.” Beck went so far as to say that “He (Wilson) was the man that Goebbels learned it from.” Beck never explained how or what Goebbels learned from Wilson. Napolitano’s historian guest, Burton Folsom, Jr., merely told us that Wilson subverted the Constitution by “put(ting) people in jail for disagreeing with him… newspapers were shut down, some never reopened. We had people in jail who never were allowed out of jail, even after the war was over… fundamentally interfering with the liberty of contract that the Constitution gives us.” Apparently, being told some heinous things that Wilson did were reason enough to believe any and all accusations. Never mind that Folsom’s work has been repudiated by mainstream historians. So much for “we report, you decide.”

Later, in another clip supposedly comparing Obama to FDR, Beck was shown saying, “I think (Obama) is more like Woodrow Wilson.” He referred to both Obama and Wilson as “spooky.” Using “Beck Logic,” he was suggesting that Obama is a racist who is bent on destroying the Constitution and a master of state-sponsored propaganda.

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