Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Glenn Beck on Progressives

The National Examiner ran a piece about Glenn Beck's latest foolishness. I honestly can't believe anyone sees him as anything other than an entertainer. (After this Stephen may have to change the title of his blog.)

Last Friday Glenn Beck aired a "documentary" which illustated the atrocities committed by historical leaders like Mao, Stalin, and Hitler. Throughout the documentary Beck hinted that these men were all somehow "progressives" and that progressive policies would lead our country to the same end.

POLITICO has since run a piece in which various professional historians contradict Beck. Their issue is not so much with Beck's condemnation of Mao, Stalin, and Hitler (almost every sensible person agrees they were evil dictators) but instead with Beck's twisted connection between these men and progressives.

What's your opinion about Glenn Beck? Please leave a comment.


  1. It amazes one to realize the extent to which this silly country is susceptible to such blatant propaganda as spewed forth on a Daily basis by FOX Noise.

    These are the days of America’s ultimate doom. When a clueless thought Nazi like Glenn Beck is able to hijack America political conversation, it only proves beyond a wisp of a doubt that America has swallowed the fatal capsule of its own demise.

    Seriously, did you ever, in your weirdest, stupidest fantasies think your country would fall as low as it has? It kinda makes you wonder.

    Tom Degan

  2. Tom, Thanks forthe comment. I think you're absolutley right about Beck.

  3. I pay about as much attention to Glenn Beck as I do Olbermann, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Maddow or any of the other political talking heads. Which is to say none. I'm perfectly capable of forming my own opinion, so I don't need the help of these pundits.

  4. Gee, what a big surprise, getting wrong information from someone who does not even have a college education. Beck never finished college and like Karl Rove is only skilled at working within a flawed and corrupt system. Like Beck, Karl Rove also never finished college. When you know that information it explains why America is now in a perpetual war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Every time you mention and discuss his name Mike, you are only giving him free publicity and further giving the medium of television more power. The Internet is the great equalizer in taking back a lot of the power the medium of television has. As you should well know living in Italy, Berlusconi did not become Prime Minister if it was not for his ownership and control of the media.

  5. I blog about G Beck quite a bit. I am always curious/horrified by what he does but, like mikeb, and all the commenters here, I don't think of him as a news persona so much as I think of him as a scary clown. I don't like the dissemination of so much blatant disinformation, and I like even less that so many are all too happy to eat it up.

    I do like Rachel Maddow, though. But while I might (on some points) fall on the same part of the ideological spectrum as Olbermann, I think he does himself - and liberals - a great disservice sometimes with the needless histrionics and name calling.

    The general problem I have with the "news" characters is that they are on what purport to be real news channels, which necessarily lends them an air of authenticity. As opposed to those on Comedy Central, where it is *clear* that the shows are primarily satirical in nature, however much they are based on "true" events.

    Hmmm...can't get OpenID to work on here...

  6. "When you know that information it explains why America is now in a perpetual war in Iraq and Afghanistan."

    Oh, that's why. I thought it was because the Democratic controlled house and Senate keep voting for it year after year.

    It turns out it is Glen Beck's fault. That makes sense since he has been on Fox News for about 18 months now.

  7. Fat White Man:

    "Oh, that's why. I thought it was because the Democratic controlled house and Senate keep voting for it year after year."

    Let's the war started in 2002, under Bush and yet as soon as the dems became the "majority" it became their war? I got a bridge to sell anyone who will swallow that one.

  8. Democommie - Kinda hard for the war to continue if the Congress doesn't fund it...

  9. It certainly wasn't Glenn Beck's fault who didn't even start with Fox news until late 2008.

    Actually, the war began in 2003 and both the House and the Senate voted for it, including Hillary, Schumer and most of the other leftards with very few voting no.

    In fact, in 2003 only me and maybe Hussein thought it was a bad idea, everyone was excited about it. And now here we are, almost seven years later, and the house, senate and the president, all that have the power to end it, continue the war.

    How long can you blame Bush, he is out of power? At least he started it. What did Glenn Beck have to do with it?

  10. SFL, Thanks for the comment. I think we're on the same page about this.

    Il Principe said for the fifth time, "Every time you mention and discuss his name Mike, you are only giving him free publicity and further giving the medium of television more power."

    I don't think that's a fair criticism since the point of my postings is always to point out how ridiculous and wrong Glenn Beck is. I don't believe his credibility would be increased by what I do. But, rather, I might influence some few people to see him more clearly, to recognize that he's bad for the country, to identify his mercenary motives.

    I'd say this is a perfect example of utilizing the power of the internet properly. Far from giving Beck free publicity, I and other liberal bloggers are helping to spread the word that he's bogus. And far from increasing the power of TV, I'm doing exactly the opposite, working in the medium of the internet, as I am.

  11. So how is Beck any different than Oprah? They are both entertainers that have their own following. They both push books and both deliver the "news" with their own political slant.

    Oh, one is for Obama and one is not. That seems to be the dividing line of what is ok with the liberals.

    Oprah comes on, I change the channel. If Beck comes on, liberals want him driven from the airwaves. More of that same old ban mentality.

  12. mikey:

    So, you're saying we should just unfund the war in Afghanistan? And you're on the record with this sentiment since when? 1/21/09?

    Fat White Man:

    Oprah doesn't, as a general sort of her schtick, tell a lot of lies about the GOP, whites and the religious right. Bek, on the other hand, tells nothing but lies to his audience of credulous boobs.