Sunday, December 26, 2010

Deceiver of the year award is renamed after Glenn Beck and awarded to Sarah Palin in 2010


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The deceiver of the year award has been renamed in honor of last years' stand-out winner, Glenn Beck. It is now named the Glenn Beck Honorary Excellence in Misinformation Award, and this year it was given to half Governor Sarah Palin, a former candidate for vice-president and now a leader in the extremist (reactionary) Tea Party movement. She sometimes repeats a version of a lie that Beck has told, so to show the link between these two (a common lie about the first lady, Michelle Obama and her effort to improve the American diet) will be exposed and analyzed.

First the award video:



In addition to these lies, common between them, Palin recently falsely claimed on her "nonpolitical" show, Sarah Palin's Alaska, that in the first lady's efforts to get young people to exercise and eat more healthy to combat the obesity epidemic that the United States is experiencing (Let's Move), Mrs. Obama said "we should not have dessert." Beck has been ridiculing the first lady's efforts to improve the eating habits and health of Americans for weeks.

This time, it was another conservative, the formerly obese, 55 year old Governor Hukabee, a Fox "News" colleague of Mrs. Palin, who spoke out about this lie and chastised Mrs. Palin for her mistreatment of Mrs. Obama's efforts.



Governor Huckabee is a well known proponent of exercise and healthy eating. Glenn Beck is a well known blowhard(1) and proponent of unhealthy eating. What Huckabee said about Palin certainly applies even more-so to Glenn Beck's efforts to mock Michelle Obama's efforts to support healthy living. Huckabee didn't challenge Beck's ignorance on diet and health for political reasons; some of Beck's evangelical or fundamentalist Christian followers might be folks who will support Huckabee in his primary campaign to win the Republican nomination in 2012.

More to the point, every American parent that takes Glenn Beck's nutritional advice represents one more triumph of Glenn Beck's convincing ignorance. Any American, who accepts any assertion made by Glenn Beck as fact without checking the veracity of the information, embodies the success of Glenn Beck's fiction as reality, the success of his lies as the truth, the success of his hyperbolic and deceitful propaganda over real punditry informed commentary and the success of emotional persuasion over solid proof.  Beck's accepting followers demonstrate the veracity of President Lincoln's assertion that "you can fool some of the people all of the time." It's bizarre to have a former candidate for vice-president and potential candidate for president repeating any of the nonsense that Beck spouts including his belief in the "Cloward-Piven strategy," another far-right, fictional meme that Glenn Beck frequently replicates.(2) It's bizarre but not surprising. Beck and Palin share the same reactionary political values, and sadly ideology and fantasy trump reason and reality for extremists on the far right.

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1) True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society, Farhad Manjoo, John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ, 2008, p. 146.
2) At the Tea Party: The Wing Nuts, Whack Jobs and Whiter-Whiteness of the New Republican Right...and Why We Should Take Them Seriously, ed. Laura Flanders, O/R Books, New York, 2010, pp. 131-9.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

This was informative. I actually learned the real goal of Michelle by reading this.