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Glenn Beck's Revisionist History Helps Him Repeat His "Nazis Are Coming Back" Scare Tactics

Reported by Ellen - October 3, 2010 -

There's an excellent analysis by the Washington Post's Dana Milbank of Glenn Beck's history of dissembling and of dissembling history to serve his fear mongering agenda against President Obama. Though Beck postures as something of a professor at a chalkboard and now, for $9.99 a month or $74.95 a year, you can enroll in Beck University. Milbank runs down how Beck gets facts wrong, distorts others and skips over much of what stands in the way of drawing a conspiracy-ridden line from Hitler and/or "progressive" Woodrow Wilson to present-day liberals, President Barack Obama and nearly anyone associated with them.

After noting that Beck wrongly said the United States purchased Alaska in the 1950's (when the territory was actually purchased in 1867) and that he placed the end of the Dark Ages about six centuries too late, Milbank wrote:

...At the heart of Beck's technique of amplifying fringe theories is his obsession with Nazism. For much of the past 70 years, there has been an unwritten rule in U.S. political debate: Avoid Hitler accusations. Once you liken your opponent to the Nazis, any form of rational discussion becomes impossible. But Beck, it seems, has a Nazi fetish. In his first 18 months on Fox News, from early 2009 through the middle of this year, he and his guests invoked Hitler 147 times. Nazis, an additional 202 times. Fascism or fascists, 193 times. The Holocaust got 76 mentions, and Joseph Goebbels got 24.

...Wilson's ties to Che, like Obama's ties to Hitler, are history as you never read it -- and as it never occurred. But that's how history is taught in Professor Beck's classroom. "I know you're busy," he pleaded with his Fox viewers one night in March 2010. "The last thing you want to do is pick up a book and read about Woodrow Wilson -- I hate this guy." But, Beck continued, "you're going to have to. You're going to have to learn history."

Or, to be more precise, you're going to have to relearn history, night after night, until it matches Glenn Beck's worldview.

The entire article is a must read. (H/T Hula)

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