On Glenn Beck's show of 6/29/10 on Fox, Beck played a video of President Obama at the G-20 meeting in Canada last weekend; and Obama's words really set Beck's "Marxism" alarm off.
Obama: A strong and durable recovery also requires countries not having an undue advantage. I think we all have the same interest, and that is the United States compete with anybody as long as we've got and even playing field.
Beck then said, "Let's think this through before we break out the chants for equality."[Emphasis added] In what universe does an even playing field ever lead to or mean equality? An even playing field means that every one is playing by the same rules and has the same chance of winning. It does not mean that the players end up being equal. Perhaps Beck lives in a parallel universe.*
Breitbarts the President's speech
One of Beck's frequent tactics is to quote people out of context. The President's entire speech at the G-20 Summit is available for your interpretation at whitehouse.gov. Beck connected two sentences of the speech that were not connected. Obama was answering a questing and addressing rules for trade, not redistribution.
Beck went on to explain what that is going to mean starting with a chalk board chart showing the incomes from around the world. At the top was Switzerland at $55,000 followed by the U.S. at just over $47,000.
First, Beck's numbers were wrong. In nobody's analysis of the data do the Swiss have the highest incomes in the world. According to Nationmaster.com, Luxembourg is the highest at $37,500 per person with Switzerland second at just under $37,000 per person and the U.S. fifth at just over $33,000 per person.
According to seikhenn.tripod.com Bermuda is #1 at just under $70,000, with the Swiss at 18th place with $32,300 per person and the U.S. is 6th at $41,800 per capita. According to success-and-culture.net, Luxembourg is highest at $54,430 per capita, the Swiss are 7th at just over $32,000 and the U.S. is 3rd at $37,500 per capita.
Beck continued to demonstrate how leveling of incomes around the world would lead to everyone making $14,600 per person, the amount shown above the line below.
He claimed that this would result from implementation of Cap and Trade, and that George Soros would make money from this by "taking a cut." (Beck calls Soros "evil" and doesn't miss an opportunity to make baseless claims about him.) In the upper right hand corner Beck wrote "Had enough?"
Many people have had enough of Beck misinterpreting virtually everything the President says because of his reactionary bias. You can say so.You can send Fox News an e-mail, but using their toll-free number will be harder to ignore. The Fox "Channel" is listed firstname.lastname@example.org. It's easier for them to ignore e-mails that it is a call.
If you've had enough of Glenn Beck, tell Fox. From the Fox website: "We want YOUR input! Tell us what you love, tell us what you hate...just don't keep it to yourself!...if you're more of a phone person, you can call us at 1-888-369-4762." Choose option 3 and then 1 and leave a message for Roger Ailes. With Beck still losing advertisers every week, a little public pressure might be enough to have Fox rethink Beck's value to their brand name.
Glenn Beck is a charlatan, and this is just another example of his purposeful distortion of the President's words to undermine Obama and sow the seeds of fear in his audience.
* Update, 2/12/11: This editing of the President's speech, the first sentence from his opening remarks and the second from Obama's answer about trade with China, was not a misinterpretation. This was flat out deception, conscious and purposeful. It is some of the most irresponsible piece of propaganda seen by The Review to date. It was also picked up by a guest blogger at News Hounds(1) and by the blogger at Why I don't like Glenn Beck(2).