Saturday, July 17, 2010

The week in summary: Beck redefines words

The following come from Glenn Beck page listed on the Media Matters for America website just for this week, July 12-July 16. This is mostly for the legions of Beck's supporters who keep insisting that Beck just tells the "truth."

  1. From the July 12th radio broadcast of The Glenn Beck Program, Beck claims that the Restoring Honor rally that he's spent most of a year planning and paying for is a "grassroots" campaign because "you networked with people." Grassroots, Mr. Beck, is not a rally conceptualized and organized by a millionaire to promote his book release.
  2. On the same radio program, Beck announced that he had been e-mailed information about an "executive order" that would "reconstruct" the economy of the Gulf region and some "debt" would be paid to Native American tribes. Beck was referring to a "Memorandum of the President" that was issued on June 30th and placed in the Federal Register on July 6th. It was not an executive order. The reference in the Memorandum to Native tribes was an acknowledgement that the spill affected them too, and their needs should be assessed.  The memorandum acknowledged its own limitations: "This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employee, or agents , or any other person.
  3. On the same radio program Beck falsely claimed that the "Navy has not been called in" to assist with the clean up and response effort in the Gulf. In fact, the Navy has been involved with the response to the Deepwater Horizon spill from the very first day.
  4. Here Beck is staying true to his paranoid style while making false claims that revolutionaries are in the government. He names no names except Cass Sunstein whom Beck accuses of infiltrating the Tea Parties. There is no evidence to support this claim.
  5. On his Fox show, again from the 12th, Beck argued that "we have the most radicalized President this nation has ever seen." President Lincoln dissolved a whole classification of property rights in the southern states (slave ownership), but President Obama is somehow more radical than this.
  6. Beck argued on this same show on Fox on the 12th that radical revolutionaries, the New Black Panther Party and the Weather Underground "have ties to the White House in a myriad of ways." Beck doesn't prove this claim other than the false accusation that Eric Holder will let these groups "do what they want to do. He'll look the other way." This is absurd, but not to Beck's loyal followers who believe that Beck is telling them the truth.
  7. Still from July 12th, Beck described that his Restoring Honor rally on August 28th, the anniversary date and place of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech, has opposition building to it, but, Beck claimed, "I don't have a choice." He could have moved the date up or back one week once he realized the significance of when and where he made his plans, but Glenn Beck prefers controversy. It is his bread and butter; controversy is Beck's formula for success. Beck choose to create controversy by not changing the date or venue.
  8. Again from the 12th, as previous detailed on The Glenn Beck Review, Beck claimed that there has been no new investigations of ACORN in January, 2009. In fact, there have been five separate investigations into ACORN, all found that no criminal acts had been committed.
  9. On his Fox show on July 13th, Beck made a number of falsehoods and distortions. Two follow: Beck complained that it took 47 days for the Administration to address that they had hired Van Jones, "an actual communist," although long before he had been appointed, Van Jones had  made clear  that he no longer held those beliefs.
  10. On the same episode, Beck further claims  that AZ had been "begging for reinforcements" for border security for 454 days and received "nothing." In fact the Administration has  implemented numerous measures for border security and immigration enforcement.
  11.  Jesus never said take from the rich and give it to the government perhaps because the government was the occupying Roman Empire! Also, there is no certainty - except for those who put faith before scientific research - that Jesus said what he is given credit for having said in The New Testament which was written no less than 50 years after He was killed on what may have not even been a cross. Rent the documentary, The God Who Wasn't for more on this perspective.
  12. On his radio program on July 14th, Beck had the tape of Mel Gibson's latest profanity laced tirade played and one of his colleagues commented after that it "sounds like the end of a Keith Olbermann rant." Someone commented that "he's a little more calm than Olbermann." Beck wouldn't know. He's claimed that he doesn't watch Countdown. Of course, this is patently absurd. Olbermann is pointed, caustic, critical, overly dramatic and sometimes hyperbolic; but he's never delivered the kind of abuse on the air that Gibson was giving his ex-girlfriend.
  13. On his Fox show on July 14th, Beck declares that the mainstream media (not including Fox "News" of course) are not covering the Black Panther story "because it's part of a plan...If you are looking to destroy America, there is a plan out there." There is a plan to destroy America, but it's not coming from the American media. We don't know the plan; Al-Qaeda isn't sharing it with us.
  14. On the same show Beck claimed that Fox News manager Roger Ailes is a "civil rights leader." See "Beck's boss at Fox is a civil rights leader?"
  15. On his July 15th show on Fox, Beck read from a right wing, Cybercast New Service report that alleged tax payer funding of abortions in Pennsylvania  which echoed House Minority Leader, John Boehner's claim that if "you want proof that President Obama's Executive Order on taxpayer-funded abortion was a sham, look no further than Pennsylvania."  Representative John Stupak, the Department of Health and Human Services and the PA Insurance Department had already debunked the idea that PA high-risk pools will cover elective abortions. For details see "Beck repeated discredited claim...."
  16. On his July 16th show on Fox, Beck was interviewing Alveda King who falsely claimed that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "made some statements" confirming "that there is a whole genocide movement who's trying to sterilize or abort or eliminate certain members of the population." Beck agreed with King adding that Ginsburg recently made "a revealing admission in favor of cleansing of America of unwanted populations by aborting them." This paranoid style has been documented and analyzed previously, but more to the point, Beck's and King's claims are flat out false.

Ginsburg was saying "some people felt [Roe] would risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn't really want them."

From The New York Times Magazine interview:

Q: If you were a lawyer again, what would you want to accomplish as a future feminist legal agenda?

JUSTICE GINSBURG: Reproductive choice has to be straightened out. There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore. That just seems to me so obvious. The states that had changed their abortion laws before Roe [to make abortion legal] are not going to change back. So we have a policy that affects only poor women, and it can never be otherwise, and I don't know why this hasn't been said more often.

Q: Are you talking about the distances women have to travel because in parts of the country, abortion is essentially unavailable, because there are so few doctors and clinics that do the procedure? And also, the lack of Medicaid for abortions for poor women?

JUSTICE GINSBURG: Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae -- in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.] Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn't really want them. But when the court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong. [Emphasis added]
It's up to Glenn Beck's supporters to address this list of falsehoods accumulated just this week. They and Beck claim that he "tells the truth,"  but the facts interfere with these claims. Perhaps it is ignorance; often it's clearly purposeful distortion.  Coming soon: a review of Beck's  falsehoods detected by PolitiFact.

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