From "Beck On Obama's Israel Speech," via Media Matters.
Lawrence O'Donnell covered the President's speech and offered a different, more rational and centrist discussion.
In a piece on AlterNet, senior writer Joshua Holland wrote the following, more progressive and centrist opinion about the President's speech:
In his second major address about America's relationship with the “Muslim world,” Barack Obama continued a course correction that's been woefully slow for his base at home and much of his overseas audience, yet has been frighteningly fast for some.
Obama tried to thread a narrow needle. He sought to reassure the citizens of the Middle East and North Africa that the U.S. would support their “Arab Spring,” defusing charges that the administration had been slow to support protesters in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere. At the same time, he didn't once mention Saudi Arabia and gave short shrift to Bahrain – signaling to our traditional allies that U.S. policy wouldn't change too dramatically or too rapidly. He tried to assure Israel – and skeptics within the American Jewish community – that his administration would continue to support the Jewish state, even while renewing his calls for a negotiated solution to its decades-long conflict with the Palestinians. He promised greater efforts to spur regional growth.
The resulting speech was more check-list than sweeping narrative – he covered all his bases. Throughout, one could sense a contest between the administration's idealism and its realism. “For decades,” he said, “the United States has pursued a set of core interests in the region: countering terrorism and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons; securing the free flow of commerce, and safe-guarding the security of the region; standing up for Israel’s security and pursuing Arab-Israeli peace.” He pledged to continue those policies.
From "You Are Not Like Obama" via Media Matters.At the same time, Obama acknowledged “that a strategy based solely upon the narrow pursuit of these interests will not fill an empty stomach or allow someone to speak their mind.”
Beck's assertion that his viewers are not like Obama because of some perceived anti-colonialism is absurd and probably born of his sheer ignorance of American history. Americans fought a War of Independence against Great Britain in order to not be a British colony. American revolutionaries were anti-colonial! If Beck were half the "historian" that he pretends to be, he would never made such a bogus claim against the President, but his fraudulent claim here is even more obvious. After World War II, the United States led the effort to decolonize Africa, the Middle East and Asia in order to give American transnational corporations access to those markets. Again, Beck is not aware of fairly recent, anti-colonial positions of the United States; or, if he is, he choose to ignore this history in order to deceitfully make President Obama "other," different from us.
Glenn Beck sells himself to his tea party and reactionary followers as a "historian," but if there is propaganda against the President to be made, the facts of history are ignored or changed. Beck makes up his own reality no matter what the facts. In this clip, remember, there is not one politician anywhere on the globe who has honor. Not a tea party Republican, not the Prime Minister of Israel, not President Truman, whom Beck gives kudos to seconds later, not one. Beck fails as a historian, fails as an observer of current events and does remarkably well as an ignorant genius of reactionary, yellow propaganda. Beck also continues to tell his lie about the bust of Churchill that he has previously told. Dishonesty, not history, is Glenn Beck's forte.
From "Obama's Policy on Israel Ends with 'The Destruction of Israel' and the 'Western Way of Life'" via Media Matters.
Beck combines fear-mongering, false prophesy and misinformation here in order to sell the idea that Obama's plan is radical, outside of mainstream American thinking and dangerous. Beck doesn't mention the fact that Israel has enough nuclear weapons to fend off attacks from Iran, another lie of omission. If Israel is a "keystone" of the West, then the West is quite secure for the foreseeable future no matter what compromise is hammered out in a negotiated potential peace agreement, something that is unlikely anytime soon.
Fox's yellow propagandist
The last word on this subject will be provided on a clip from Hardball with Chris Matthews where the President's ideas and White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu were discussed in a non-propagandistic manner among the guest host, Michael Smerconish, Politico reporter, Jonathan Martin, and an MSNBC analyst, Chris Cillizza.
"It's the messenger, not the message." That is the crux of Beck's run on Fox: yellow propaganda attacking anything and everything Barack Obama. This is why Beck was hired by Fox and why he was not fired by them long ago for his lies, smears, ignorant commentary, fear-mongering, hate-mongering, vitriolic divisiveness and bizarre conspiracy theories.
For a summary about Glenn Beck, see "Becoming Paul Revere"
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