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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
ADL Report on Glenn Beck and Right-Wing Extremists Has At Least One Major Error
A recent opinion piece by Tim Rutten on Glenn Beck is worth reading. Rutten quotes a passage from a recent ADL Report "Rage Grows In America: Anti-Government Conspiracies":
The report notes that while "other conservative media hosts, such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, routinely attack Obama and his administration, typically on partisan grounds, they have usually dismissed or refused to give a platform to the conspiracy theorists and anti-government extremists." By contrast, "Beck and his guests have made a habit of demonizing President Obama and promoting conspiracy theories about his administration. ... Beck has even gone so far as to make comparisons between Hitler and Obama."The fact is that Limbaugh and Hannity have both cozyed up to anti-government extremists and have promoted paranoid conspiracy theories. Although Limbaugh was not a supporter of David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, during the Clinton years, Limbaugh vilified the Clinton administration for their actions in Waco, suggesting that the Clinton administration targeted the Branch Davidians because they were "people of faith." Similarly, Hannity's radio show was an early forum for indicted extremist Hal Turner's racist and extremist rants.
Limbaugh and Hannity have also been the proponents of discredited conspiracy theories long after they have been debunked. Years after investigations conducted by the United States Park Police, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the United States Congress, Independent Counsel Robert B. Fiske, and Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr found that Clinton deputy White House counsel Vince Foster's death in Fort Marcy Park was a suicide, both Limbaugh and Hannity have suggested that foul play by the Clintons was responsible for Foster's death (Hannity also defended the Reverend Jerry Falwell's fleecing of his flock when he sold bogus VHS tapes claiming that the Clintons murdered Foster).
Addendum: Quick: Someone give Glenn Beck Some Cocaine! Although I love to party, I hate cocaine and I have never liked or associated with people who use cocaine. Every coke user I have met has been a narcissistic asshole. I think it's not only because coke is a stimulant but because it makes people feel good without having done anything good.
Glenn Beck used to be a cokehead. What's really messed up about Beck is that he's become a more of a douche-bag after quitting cocaine! At the very least, he's more paranoid).