Glenn Beck visited The O’Reilly Factor tonight, ostensibly to discuss the tension between the Republican Party and the Tea Party. But about halfway through, Bill O’Reilly changed the subject to the story he “broke” last week about sensitivity training at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It wasn’t long before Beck was ranting that the Obama administration is deliberately training federal workers to hate white people.
Without noting the history of racial problems at the USDA, Fox has been hyping the sensitivity training as some kind of racial brainwashing engineered by the Obama administration. On Fox & Friends Weekend yesterday, host Tucker Carlson and his Judicial Watch guest explicitly accused the Obama administration of inculcating anti-white feelings into federal employees. Tonight, Beck reiterated the charge.
It’s worth noting that Beck’s racial comments were egged on by O’Reilly. This is not the first time O’Reilly has hosted Beck with an aim of getting him to air his racial thoughts about Obama. Don’t tell me O’Reilly has forgotten Beck’s accusation that Obama is a “racist” with a “deep-seated hatred” of white people. Although the subject had nothing to do with the Tea Party or Republican politics, he played a clip from the sensitivity-training video in which the moderator said the pilgrims were illegal immigrants and never gave their passports to the Indians.
Beck didn’t need any more prodding to go off on a racial rant:
Look at what this government is doing! This government under Barack Obama is hiring people to teach people how to be racist! …This is a coordinated, planned effort to go in and teach government workers to be racist!
Just as he did when O’Reilly hosted Beck to comment upon President Obama’s “We’ve got your back” campaign ad targeted at African Americans, O'Reilly now played the good cop. “Define the racism deal, though,” O’Reilly said skeptically. “I see politically correct, no doubt.” His voice trailed off, waiting for more from Beck.
And Beck gave it to him.
Politically correct? Go back one sentence from where you picked it up, where he’s saying, ‘You know, everybody needs to say, ‘Thank you, black man. Thank you, black man.' What is it with this? What is it with this? We are all in this together. Here’s an organization that is our government spending your tax dollars trying to teach this nonsense. …They’re teaching the white man came over and stole the land from the Indians. That’s what they’re teaching here, Bill.
Is Beck saying the land wasn't stolen from the Native Americans? O'Reilly didn't question it. Instead, he helped promote Beck's call for viewers to contact Congress “and you tell them to pull the funding from the USDA.”
Which is probably just about as likely to happen as Beck’s libertarian Disneyland.
Exactly. BOR was making a smart, calculated move with this segment. He knows damn well that the FOX “news” viewers eat the “Obama is a racist/hates white people” theory up with a big spoon. And he also knows that it works for FOX “news” when they play up white victimization/demonization angle (much like it works when they play up the christian/conservative victim angle as Jon Stewart has so hilariously shown us).
In light of some of his own past remarks and the sh!t he rightfully caught for them, BOR realizes that he would come off bad if he were to run with the racist accusations himself. So he uses pundits like Bek who are more than willing to go there which gives BOR wants – for the viewers to believe the racist charges being made against USDA (and, by extension, Obama). And all BOR has to do is offer a little encouragment (which is an easy task when it comes to getting Bek to rant). And, bingo, the folks get the right-wing talking points reinforced while BOR is pretty much off the hook because it was actually Bek that cried racism. Once again, BOR lets someone else do the dirty work for him.
Translated: Had it not been for Bahamian Blacks, Coconut Grove might still be a swamp.
That pic is now part of my Unpacking Coconut Grove series: http://notnowsilly.blogspot.com/2012/08/unpacking-coconut-grove-compendium.html
With all my love,
The reason Fox News objects is because they don’t like the content of the seminar. But when you hear what the guy is saying, there’s nothing outrageous there.
It’s no secret that Beck and Jones don’t get along.
The Tea Party is not happy that Nixon-trainee Roger Ailes resigned Karl Rove. A fact, the Actor and Billy failed to mention to their audience.
We advice the masses to tie Rove to Fox “News” Channel, and remind the Tea Partiers of this fraudulent network’s close association with Rove.
I’m not saying that he’s being a racist to get that back, I’m just saying that he’s a racist.