Aug. 25, 2013 By Jack Jodell.
This is the second installment of my intermittent series on mass media personalities who have built successful careers by repeatedly telling one lie after another. Today I will focus on the king of conspiracy theorists, the charlatan known as GLENN BECK.
Glenn Beck was born in 1964 to a bakery owner father and a manic-depressive mother in Everett, Washington. A very wise uncle once told me years ago to “never trust a crying rich man”, and he must have had Glenn Beck in mind when he mentioned that. For Beck has spent a good deal of his on-air time on radio and television drying and lamenting about the state of the nation and its political leaders. This blogger wouldn’t trust Beck as far as he could spit, and views him as an ignorant, conniving racist who has built a large nedia fortune based on silly, wholly unfounded conspiracy theories and outright lies.
Beck has proudly claimed “I’m the whitest guy you will ever meet. The first time I saw an African-American, my dad had to tell me to stop staring.” This ignorance has led to many rash and even stupid remarks over the years, including Beck’s outrageous and outlandish 2009 statement that President Obama “has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture…I’m not saying he doesn’t like white people. I’m saying he has a problem. The guy is, I think, a racist.” It didn’t matter that Obama had a white mother, or that the President’s white grandparents had helped raise him and his sister. No, in Beck’s devious world of utter fantasy, the President hates white people and the white culture.
Similar to his FOX associate Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck has never received a degree in Journalism and has never spent a single day as a legitimate reporter. He hasn’t even studied any appreciable time at any university. That h asn’t stopped him, though, from being the self-appointed expert on all things political, economic, or international. His flair for the dramatic and vastly overactive ego have led him to present numerous conspiracy theories on radio and television. He usually surrounds himself with lots of props and often uses a blackboard to emphasize his major points, as if he were the expert teacher and his viewers were the fools in need of his instruction. He seems to spin his crazy theories out of thin air, as virtually NONE of them carry any validity. All begin with a tiny kernel of truth, around which are surrounded many layers of fiction and irrational paranoia. The whoppers he has told are far too numerous to mention fully here now, but some of them have been:
1). Cautioning his viewers and listeners not to use Google because he said they were engaged in a possible disinformation campaign. “May I recommend if you’re doing your own homework, don’t do a Google search. It seems to me that Google is pretty deeply in bed with the government.”
2). Reck alleged that information about the recent Bostom Marathon bpmbing was being withheld from us; that the “government wasn’t telling us the whole truth about the ‘Saudi national’ who was questioned and released. The government has not come clean. Some of this information has come out over the weekend, and immediately the government tried to discredit it.” This was utter nonsense, and simply a way for Beck to capitalize on a national tragedy to gain himself attention.
3). In 2010, Beck said that the Obama administration would soon orchestrate an Oklahoma City-style terrorist attack on a major American city so as to improve the President’s standing among the people. There was never any bombing, of course, so Beck soon moved on to his next crazy theory.
4). Beck once claimed that Obama wanted to create his own “civilian army” that will be deployed to implement socialism, Marxism or anti-colonialism all across the country. Beck never came clear, however, on what the exact mission of the civilian army would be, He simply warned us that “This is what Hitler did with the SS. He had his own people. He had the brownshirts and then the SS.” Well, four and a half years into his tenure as President, Obama has yet to implement such a force, and it’s clear to all sane, thinking people that he never will.
It has become abundantly clear to this blogger that Glenn Beck is either a master dramatic showman or another Master of Mass Deception. If the former is true, then he has no business whatsoever masquerading in front of a microphone or camera as though he were presenting real news. If it is the latter, as I strongly suspect it is, then this man is very deluded and dangerous. His deliberate misleading of stupid, foolish, or low-information voters is inexcusable in today’s society. Such a person belongs in jail rather than roaming freely, circulating paranoia and one vicious lie after another. The man has no empathy and is wholly self-centered and cold-hearted. How else can one explain his ridiculous rant after 9/11, wherein he said,”You know, it took me about a year to start hating 9/11 victims’ families…I’m so sick of them because they’re always complaining. ” Disinformation like what Beck regularly spews forth should be penalized rather than rewarded as it is today in America. The fact that Glenn Beck has achieved multimillionaire status despite peddling lies to the country the whole time is an insult to every single hardworking honest person in America today.
Glenn Beck is best to be aboided by all truth-loving, intelligent persons!