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Glenn Beck Tries To Rally The Country Around Fake ACORN Video

Reported by Ellen - September 16, 2009 -

Glenn Beck began his “One Thing” editorial yesterday (9/15/09) with his sincere, “I just want the best for America” voice as he claimed he hoped to unite the country. But moments later, it was clear that his vision of “united” was for the country to unite behind his attacks on ACORN and the Obama administration. By the end of the segment, he was full of unhinged, McCarthyesque fury as he shouted and postured and gesticulated his demands that there be a “complete investigation” into the radical communism at the highest levels of Congress and the Obama administration. Unfortunately for Beck, the video he was trying to rally the country with, showed ACORN punking the filmmakers. With video.

“Tonight I want to appeal to your common decency,” Beck began. “This is not about Republicans and Democrats… If we can’t unite in the next 60 minutes, the country’s just not going to stand… If we can’t unite on this, we won’t be able to unite on anything.”

What he meant was that if the country didn’t go along with him on his ACORN attacks, the country would never unite on anything. Never mind the economy, Iraq, Afghanistan or health care reform. For Beck, it was all ACORN, all the time that mattered. I’m sure that it had nothing to do with the fact that he’s feeling the backlash of his hideous, ridiculous accusation that President Obama, raised by a white mother and white grandparents, is a “racist” with a “deep-seated hatred of white people.” I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that Beck’s entire ACORN crusade against ACORN included the exculpatory (for Beck) suggestion that Obama is, in fact, some kind of racist .

Leaning toward the camera, Beck said, “It involves ACORN but this is not about ACORN.” Right. It’s about Beck.

After a few digs at the “mainstream media” for ignoring the significance of Beck’s witch hunt ACORN gotchas, Beck took a brief detour to rehash accusations against Van Jones, the “self-proclaimed radical, revolutionary communist.” Beck left out that Jones is a best-selling author, published by Fox News sister company HarperCollins, a Yale Law School graduate and someone Meg Whitman has said she admires.

“Can anyone in the press provide the evidence… Show me his pivot point, love to see it,” Beck said. He put up a quote of Jones: I am willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends. I suspect Beck got that quote here, where it was used as part of author Eliza Strickland’s article on Jones’ transition from Marxist to capitalist.

“In other words, there are radicals in the White House advising our President,” Beck declared, apparently forgetting that Jones is no longer in the Obama administration.

Next it was on to attack “tax cheat” Timothy Geithner, “science and technology czar” John Holdren and “regulatory czar” Cass Sunstein. Quite a uniter Beck is!

Then, it was on to Beck's ultimate target: Obama. Beck showed a brief clip of Obama talking about who would “shape his ideas” and “surround” him in the White House (Sen. Richard Lugar, Warren Buffett, Paul Volcker, Joe Biden, Gen. Jim Jones), as if that proved Obama had hidden the truth from Americans in some way. But with all his showboating, Beck never proved Obama wrong. He certainly has never shown that anyone from ACORN is advising the president on policy.

But that hasn’t stopped Beck from suggesting otherwise. “Now, we’re expected to believe and accept that the way to help people in the inner cities and to set them on a path of growth and education is to support WITH TAX DOLLARS an organization that has demonstrated its corruption over and over and over and over again.”

Beck forgot to mention that tax dollars were also given to ACORN by the Bush administration. But, of course, that didn’t fit in with the Beck-rehabilitation-by-accusation scenario.

Despite his fixation on ACORN, Beck never bothered to tell his viewers what percentage of ACORN workers were corrupt, what effect that may have (or not) on the overall operations of ACORN or any kind of broader perspective of the scope and quality of ACORN beyond Beck's self-serving agenda. To her credit, Greta Van Susteren raised that issue with Beck on her show this week and Beck failed to offer any proof that there is any system-wide corruption or ineptitude at ACORN.

Meanwhile, Beck went into full-tilt demagoguery as he shouted in his best fire-and-brimstone fashion, “While the government is gonna make speeches and throw you a bone of cutting off funding… until the Republicans and the Democrats rise together and demand a full, independent, rigorous investigation that doesn’t concentrate just on the local level and these few dirt bags, but goes all the way to the top, to the power brokers, at the highest levels of ACORN and in our own halls of Congress, and this administration, it’s all gonna be a sham."

And then Beck went on to play the latest ACORN video to rile up his troops, a video which purportedly showed an ACORN worker talking about how she killed her husband. But, as would be exposed later in the day, he had been punked.

As Media Matters' Jamison Foser asks, Will Fox News hold Beck to its Dan Rather standard? Don't hold your breath. But feel free to write them at [email protected] to give the "fair and balanced" network your feedback.