Olbermann/Huffington: Glenn Beck, “fearmonger-in-chief”

November 20, 2009

Updated birth certificate posts/videos/lawsuits

Herr Olbermann is a plain nasty human who spouts lies that no one calls him on. He’s after the birthers again with the same old tired racism. What does he know about racism and/or the birthers? He still thinks barry’s birth certificate was what was posted on barry’s website.

Arianna Huffington is the guest and the two of them talk about Beck’s fear-mongering by fear-mongering themselves. They both say “it’s frightening”. Remember how that was the campaign whine when his numbers dropped? First Secy Clinton and then Palin. It’s getting old.

Then they talk about how “various establishments” are going to have to stop Beck and stop Sen Grassley from giving out Beck’s book. And that if violence erupts – Beck, Ailes and Murdock will be morally liable.

When did she become God?

And why isn’t she saying that about the muslim murderer?


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The ugly environment was not fostered overnight, but town hall opposition to health care reform and all those tea bagger rallies gave comfort to racism and even intonations of violence. The Birther movement was nothing more than extreme and desperate attempt to delegitimize a new president. And Congressman Joe Wilson‘s “you lie,” though a first should not have been a surprise.

Our third story on COUNTDOWN, a sweeping new report on anti-government rage in America not only connects the dots it refuses to let off the hook the most irresponsible voice in the mainstream media, the man it describes as the fearmonger-in-chief, Glenn Beck. Simply stated Beck creates an intersection between the mainstream and the extreme, according to the report by the Anti-Defamation League. It calls Beck, “The most important mainstream media figure who has repeatedly helped to stoke fires of anti-government anger…”

Beck has compared Obama to Adolf Hitler.

[Why is it he forgets how Pres Bush was portrayed as AH by his fellow liberals? And DL Hughley said the Rep Convention looked like Nazi Germany.]

One of Beck‘s guests claimed that Obama was trying to create a civilian national security force.

[barry said it himself in a stump. Watch for yourself.

We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.

OLBERMANN: Beck once promoted the conspiracy that theory FEMA was building concentration camps to house dissidents, but he eventually backed away from it.  But Beck has consistently posed Obama is “dangerous to America.” The United States, Beck say, “Is headed towards socialism, totalitarianism beyond your wildest imagination.”

Beck‘s obsession with so-called czars is one example, decrying a term proudly launched by the Republicans under Nixon and Reagan and not actually used by the current administration.

[What? barry’s called them czars.]

OLBERMANN: Beck is just part of the ADL report which takes stock of the ugliest aspect of those town hall meetings and the tea bagger rallies, the birther movement and Joe Wilson‘s “you lie.” But the September 12th rally in Washington, the report notes, featured the worst in racist, violent imagery since Obama was elected.  That event, heavily promoted, of course, by Beck, a man who projects his own hate onto others.

[That’s the pot calling the kettle black.]

OLBERMANN:  It would be nice to think of Glenn Beck just as a joke, as fodder for this show and the “Daily Show” and others that point out how stupid some of this stuff is.  But this report, you know, suggests something else, this is—fearmonger-in-chief term is frightening.

HUFFINGTON: It is frightening.

[Talk about fear-mongering.]

HUFFINGTON Well, I would say the fearmonger-in-chief title should still be reserved for Dick Cheney, even in retirement.  But barring that, there is something that we need to really pay attention to with Glenn Beck. We cannot just dismiss him.  Because the truth of the matter is that there is a good reason why we have an exemption to the free speech protection by the first amendment when we say you cannot shout fire in a crowded theater.

And he‘s doing that every night.  He‘s basically using images of violence to bring together with all that he‘s accusing the Obama administration of, which varies from racism to communism, Nazism and everything else in between.  So, all that has definitely an impact.  I believe words matter, language matters and he‘s using it in incredibly irresponsible ways night after night.

OLBERMANN: What do you say to the argument that this country has always self corrected, that whether Father Coughlin on the radio in the ‘30s or Bo Carter (ph) who was a newscaster who presented literally stuff that was made up on the hour in CBS News in the ‘30s or the columnist Westbook Pegler or Senator Joe McCarthy?  All these people a finale in which they exited the stage and suddenly.  What is to say that that‘s not going to happen here?

[The internet and talk radio.]

HUFFINGTON: Well, I hope it‘s going to happen, but it‘s not going to happen without people pointing out what Glenn Beck is doing.  I mean, we saw how it worked with Lou Dobbs and John Klein. You know, John Klein in the end, fired Lou Dobbs from CNN. Pressure makes a difference. 

So, we all have a part to play here in pointing out what Glenn Beck is doing.

And even though he may not be legally liable if violence ensues from what he does, he‘s morally liable and so is Fox and Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes for keeping him on the air.

[And her and olbermann? They’ve been lying and riling people up since barry was campaigning. And they’re talking about fearmongering even as they do it.]

OLBERMANN:  Some of Beck‘s claims, according to the report from the ADL, let me quote it again, “play an important role in drawing people further out of the mainstream making them more receptive to extreme notions and conspiracy theories.” And without going into Sociology 101, isn‘t the point here that people like Beck enable some of the wildest, most paranoid notions about what the U.S. government is doing and instead of people thinking, as they think these things, for whatever they think them, no, that‘s crazy, he says, no you‘re not crazy, come with me down this path?

[A moment of truth. Of course, she makes no connection to the fact they’re legitimately angry because of barry. That would be sacrilegious.]

HUFFINGTON: Yes.  But, on top of it, Keith, what makes it possible for Glenn Beck to enable and even take advantage of what‘s happening is the fact that there‘s a lot of misery out there, there‘s a lot of legitimate anger.  People are losing their jobs.  They‘re losing their homes.  Or they‘re afraid of losing their jobs or losing their homes, so it‘s in this climate of often legitimate rage that Glenn Beck comes in and provides scapegoats.

I mean, traditionally throughout history, these are the dangerous times.  And that‘s why various establishments also need to become much more sensitive to what is happening out there and not leave it up to the Glenn Becks of the world to take advantage of what‘s happening.

[VARIOUS ESTABLISHMENTS?? Take advantage of what? barry’s ineffectuality? And what is happening?

Of course, here’s the old standby of race-baiting. Every single person who did not vote for barry is a racist. It’s getting awfully tired – especially coming from old white men’s mouth.]

OLBERMANN:  Obviously, the new component to this is the race of the president.  And a lot of this rage that we‘re discussing here is rooted in racism, something we certainly knew before the ad put out its analysis. But Beck tried unsuccessfully to turn that one in the other direction, claiming that Mr. Obama is the racist.  Is that the twist by which he and the other actual racists are rationalizing their own prejudice simply project it on to the other people?

[He’s projecting it onto every person who doesn’t agree with barry. Everyone is a racist to him. And Huffington has become Mrs Freud.]

HUFFINGTON: It is a classic case of projection. But, even worse than Glenn Beck saying that is the fact that Rupert Murdoch endorsed it, all though then he took it away.  Or to have people like Senator Chuck Grassley giving away books of Glenn Beck.

[Can’t give away books? Do they even hear themselves? What’s more frightening – state run media or freedom of speech? Even a convicted muslim murderer got access to barry’s books.]

HUFFINGTON So, this is really what the ADL report is talking about, this sort of intersection between the mainstream and the extreme.  There are always extremes.  There are always paranoids who sound like Russell Crowe in “A Beautiful Mind,” you know, connecting everything and scaring everyone.  But, it‘s when that becomes part of the mainstream that it becomes dangerous.


Precisely what this rehearsed chat is doing. The entire conversation was fear-mongering to the leftists. One by one they’re trying to pick off non barryfans.

The question is who gave them their marching orders?

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