Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Petition: Fire Glenn Beck


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On his Fox show yesterday, Glenn Beck asked, "do you really believe that I could...just make things up and remain on the air?" He proceeded to make up facts about the health care insurance reform legislation, American food safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act and repeated an old lie about former SEIU president, Andy Stern. In response to earlier programs that smeared billionaire philanthropist, George Soros, mentioned again during this episode, the Jewish Funds for Justice organization are circulating a petition to have Glenn Beck fired. Since Glenn Beck makes up "things," shouldn't you consider sending Rupert Murdoch a message to give Beck what Beck thinks Beck deserves, a notice of termination from Fox? Consider what Beck made up in just one episode.


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During this episode Beck claimed, "it was SEIU's then-president Andy Stern, the most frequent visitor to the White House by far, who pushed for the tactic known as deem and pass. That gave the final passage of Obamacare." The Review has previously exposed Beck's lie about Stern being "the most frequent visitor to the White House." The health care insurance reform bill did not pass the House from the tactic "known as deem and pass." McClatchey Newspapers reported on March 20th that "House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Democrats abandoned 'deem and pass' because the party leadership is confident that the votes to pass the health care bill."

After misinforming his viewers about food safety in the United States, Beck then encouraged his viewers to call their Senators to have them vote against Food Safety Modernization Act. First, Beck downplayed the current dangers of food poisoning in the U.S.  He asked, "Is there a big problem that I don't know of? I mean, I know that, you know, we could always make things better here. There was a problem with spinach a couple of years ago, and then guacamole or avocados, or something. I think that was quickly resolved -- minimal to no interruption of our normal food supply." In fact over 5,000 people die of food poisoning every year in the United States. Yes, Mr. Beck, your ignorance is showing again.


Beck also claimed that the Food Safety Moderization Act "going to mean higher taxes for you as well. Congressional Budget Office estimates between $1.4 billion and up, between 2011 and 2015." What the CBO actually wrote was, "CBO estimates that implementing the bill with the manager's amendment would increase spending subject to appropriation, [not taxes] on net, by about $1.4 billion over the 2011-2015 period, assuming annual appropriation action consistent with the bill." The FDA would collect fees, not taxes, to defray the costs of performing the food safety activities.


Beck also claimed that this bill would result in higher food prices. One cannot lie or make false claims about the future. A prediction is just that, so the expert opinion of Craig Harris of the Food Safety Policy Center at Michigan State to the contrary is just that. Chances are, because of rising energy prices and decreased food production resulting from climate change, food prices will go up. Only during the current period of deflation have food prices remained fairly stable, and Beck lied about that last week. Living up to his reputation as a fear-monger however, Beck did make the absurd claim that the end result of this bill would be "starvation." How is that not something that Beck just made up? The bill passed in the Senate today 73-25. 


Because of Beck's despicable assault two weeks ago on George Soros, a petition is being circulated calling on Fox News owner, Rupert Murdoch, to fire Glenn Beck. Since Beck "makes things up" fairly routinely, would it not make sense to fire him? If Fox were a genuine news network and not a propaganda outlet for conservatives and reactionaries, it's a good guess that Beck would have been fired after calling the President a racist last year. Still, it doesn't hurt to let Mr. Rupert know that deception and character assassinations have no place on television. Get involved. Please, click on this logo and sign the petition to have Beck fired. It may not do any good, but it can't hurt.

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3 comments:

Kat7 said...

"Beck also claimed that the Food Safety Moderization Act "going to mean higher taxes for you as well. Congressional Budget Office estimates between $1.4 billion and up, between 2011 and 2015." What the CBO actually wrote was, "CBO estimates that implementing the bill with the manager's amendment would increase spending subject to appropriation, [not taxes] on net, by about $1.4 billion over the 2011-2015 period, assuming annual appropriation action consistent with the bill." The FDA would collect fees, not taxes, to defray the costs of performing the food safety activities."

What don't you progressives get?
Do you actually think the public is so stupid they do not understand that appropriation and tax cause the same result? The consumer pays more! Someone IS GOING TO PAY and it sure AIN'T Obama and minions.

I suggest you run a product producing business other than "hot air" (on a blog) before you make yourself look totally stupid to your readership.

Before you counter with another foolish "she doesn't know this or that" ... I was a part of a thriving 55 year old family food business that had employees that we supported and paid benefits to and for. We sold and the government has made it almost impossible for the new owners to make a living much less expand. It is likely Obamacare will put them completely out of business. By the way this bill WILL HELP NOTHING in the way of protecting the public.

Does that reality work for ya?

The Glenn Beck Review said...

Kat7 said..."By the way this bill WILL HELP NOTHING in the way of protecting the public."

Your ignorance about this bill is not impressing anyone. The "reality" you lay claim to is, like Beck's alternative reality, quite unreal. You come off as nothing more than an extremist, reactionary crank. That's clear when you suggest that any price increase in food as a consequence of this bill will not be paid for by the President's "minions." Minions? Really? But more to the point, Kat, how do you think that the President's supporters will avoid paying more at the grocery store. Your assertion, like many of Beck's, is utterly absurd. You learn well grass hopper.

dmoreno56 said...

I agree--he needs to go.