On the day this week that President Obama
released his "long form" birth certificate, the title of Glenn Beck's newsletter that day was "Obama releases birth certificate -- VIEW IT
." The picture of Obama's birth certificate on Glenn Beck dot com
conveyed much more about Glenn Beck
than it does about the President.
Inside the newsletter and next to an advertisement for birther, Donald Trump
, the author wrote:
President Obama held a brief press conference this morning to address the ongoing (and completely ridiculous) birther issue. The White House released his original birth certificate and Obama followed that up by stating what most Americans already knew - that he was born in Hawaii. Obama said the nation has bigger, more important issues to talk about, saying he was 'puzzled and amused' that 'sideshows and carnival barkers' keep getting dragged on and on and on. He said America doesn't have time for this 'silliness' and it's time to move on. But will the hardcore birther crowd be satisfied? In a word: NO. Glenn, Stu and Pat reveal how the birther claims will be taken to the next level on radio today. PLUS: The birth certificate the President doesn't want Americans to see: LOOK
Under the SCREAMING headline "BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!! (Media won't show this one!!)" and without any further comment Glenn Beck published this on his website:
Why would Beck publish this? That image certainly is taking birther claims to another level, but it's not the next
level so much as it is the most base and despicable level of media propaganda. Aside from the Islamophobic addition of "666 Muslim St
" to an empty space on the document, what is Beck, a supposedly anti-birther, someone who claims that birtherism is dumb
and for flat-Earthers, trying to accomplish by posting this on his website with this modified version of the President's birth certificate?
Is Beck pandering to the racists
in his flock? Is this a joke from a rodeo clown? It is linked to under the line "The birth certificate the President doesn't want Americans to see
," which means what?
leader of men?
On the day that the President wants to divert attention from the "carnival barkers" and get the focus back upon the serious problem faced by the U.S., this carnival barker chooses to push the envelope of absurdity and controversy. It's been argued that Beck creates controversy as a marketing mechanism. Controversy gets media coverage which leads to more attention being paid to Glenn Beck, which leads the most reactionary elements (racists, anti-government zealots, Obama haters, etc.) to start listening to his yellow propaganda and then become followers, members of his flock, and that leads to greater ratings for his shows, greater book sales and greater income. Beck creates controversy which he sells like snake oil, and this is just another example. Beck is a rabble rouser, and in this case he is appealing to the least-adult-like Americans.
More followers has a political, as well as a marketing, implication. More followers means more people in Beck's "army" of "psychotics."
Beck is not just a master of marketing for the hateful and fearful nonsense he spouts; he is also an ignorant genius of reactionary, yellow propaganda. Beck's "freedom" agenda is to get the government out of the way of the large corporations so they can molest the public interests of clean water, livable temperatures, un-posioned land and clear air to breath. He gets people to think along the lines that he wants them to think
, no matter how far removed from reality his thinking is
By publishing this childishly modified image under screaming headlines, Beck is showing the world that he is not a leader of men, that Beck is not a serious commentator, not a "thinker," and that Beck appeals to the most immature Americans who already hate this President as well as racists who don't believe that Obama is the legitimate President of the United States. Beck is an entertainer, a gifted carnival barker, a rodeo clown and not a leader of adults. He should be ignored by the media and serious adults of all political orientations
, even serious libertarians
. Beck is a bad joke, a stain upon the American political discourse and gifted salesman of false narratives. That his flock cannot see through their hero's foolishness, many hypocrisies
and deceptions is a sad statement about the dearth of critical thinking that is developed in the secondary schools in this country. Beck's followers are not serious adults, but they are people who stopped maturing at an early age.
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