Monday, July 11, 2011

Debunking Glenn Beck

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There is a new book out that may be interesting and useful to those who are interested in, not only in Glenn Beck's many deceptions, but how propaganda in American media functions. Entitled Debunking Glenn Beck: How to Save America from Media Pundits and Propagandists, the book was written by Karl Rogers. The following description comes from the ABC-CLIO site.

what's to debunk?

Taking the example of Glenn Beck as a media pundit and propagandist, this timely and provocative book shows how mainstream media fails in its duty—and explains what the American people can do about it.

Glenn Beck is a controversial figure. He has regaled fans with conspiracy theories, declared progressivism a cancer, and denounced "social justice" as the path towards Communism, all while advocating "conservative libertarianism" and claiming to be on a mission from God to restore America to its founding principles. The question is, are media pundits like Beck saving America, or are they destroying its most basic values?

Debunking Glenn Beck: How to Save America from Media Pundits and Propagandists was written in response to Beck's Arguing with Idiots. Its most immediate concern is with exploring the agenda behind Beck's arguments and exposing the flaws in his reasoning. But this book's real mission is something much broader. Using Beck as an example, author Karl Rogers also shows why media reform is so vital to the future of democracy.

To make that case, Dr. Rogers offers a detailed discussion of the ideas and ideology at work in Beck's arguments, revealing how the well-known conservative pundit has distorted and twisted facts to misrepresent American history, the meaning of progressivism, and even the U.S. Constitution. The book examines topics ranging from the Second Amendment to health care, education, housing, the Supreme Court, unions, democracy, and government. It concludes by explaining how Americans can revitalize the Constitution as a living document and, by doing so, revitalize public debate and democracy itself.

• A foreword by Harvey Sarles, professor of cultural studies and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota
• An index

• Draws on history, political philosophy, and law to take on Glenn Beck's arguments and show their flaws
• Transcends Beck's message to address broader issues ranging from gun control to health care
• Offers authoritative insights for readers interested in and concerned about the state of public debate and democracy in America
• Aims to rediscover the history and meaning of the U.S. Constitution
From a communication on Facebook about his book Rogers wrote:

What my book does is show how Beck's arguments are flawed, even if we accept his facts and take him seriously; while also viewing Beck as a symptom of what has gone wrong with mainstream media in America, and pointing out what Americans can do about it.

Help save America and order your copy by clicking the title/link or book cover above today.

Update, 8/05/11: On Facebook, Debunking Glenn Beck wrote:
The purpose of the propaganda from the right, such as disseminated by Beck and others, is to further alienate the nationalistic conservative and libertarian rightwingers from any conception of good government in order to disavow any possibility of democracy. Hence all other media is misrepresented as "liberal", the federal government is misrepresented as being involved in some Marxist conspiracy, and corporatism is equated with freedom. The fact of the matter is that multinational corporations have taken over all three branches of the US government. They are transforming the Republic into a corporate-state. They have already defeated the Left Opposition; now they are defeating the Right Opposition. Beck et al are directing their propaganda against the conservative working and middle classes. They are deceiving them from the fact that they have been duped, in order to suppress any resistance from the armed proportion of the citizenry, which is the proportion that the corporatists are actually afraid of rising up in rebellion. Hence, the purpose of the propaganda is to misdirect the blame and encourage conservatives and libertarians to either vote Republican or stay out of political life altogether. "Go back to your churches, homes, and neighborhoods, because government is a lost cause and democratic participation is anarchism and mob-rule." That's the message.

For a summary about Glenn Beck, see "Becoming Paul Revere"

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