Recently, British Member of Parliament Tom Watson said:
“The Glenn Beck show in no way achieves those vitally important aims. That type of journalism is dangerous and can have wide-ranging negative effects on society. The kind of material broadcast by Glenn Beck is not unique; a number of other “shock jocks” operate in the States. However, none has displayed intolerance on such a frequent and irresponsible scale as Glenn Beck. It is vital that that kind of “news” is not made or broadcast in the UK. However, the proposed acquisition of BSkyB by News Corp means that there is an increased threat of its becoming a reality.”
“If Glenn Beck were here today I would say to him: “Glenn Beck, you are a bigot. You bring shame to your country, not because you lack balance, but because you are an unthinking buffoon. Rupert Murdoch tolerates you because you are his useful idiot. He uses you to get a foothold in the doors of the powerful. Like his phone-hacking journalists and his pugnacious leader-writers in Australia, you are expendable. Let us hope he disposes of your nasty brand of intolerance sooner rather than later.
It is Rupert and James Murdoch who should answer for bigots such as Glenn Beck and phone hackers such as Clive Goodman and Glen Mulcaire. They employ them. They promote them. They are responsible for them. It is time for thinking citizens in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia to unite against the Murdochs’ vicious brand of politics that masquerades as publishing.”
We , in America, are, often, not as forthright in calling out the curse on America that is Glenn Beck as is Mr. Watson. Neither are we as forthcoming in calling out the cancer in America that is Rupert Murdoch. But, the truth is Glenn Beck is a very dangerous person, whether or not he means to be. His frequent, intellectually challenged, rants are red meat for his followers, who cannot seem to discriminate fact from unconnected ramblings and act on what he says. One has only to watch Beck’s supporters on Twitter to realize what is happening .. and it may just need a single match to ignite a deranged mind to act against those who are the victims of Beck’s rants.
1: Beck has called President Obama a “racist” with a “deep seated hatred for white people”. he also has claimed that Obama’s agenda is designed to settle old racial scores.
2: Beck’s rants reportedly motivated Byron Williams, a California man, to assassinate workers at the Tides Foundation in San Francisco, a frequent target of Beck’s incredible claims that it is a center for left-wing plots against America.
3: Beck frequently tries to connect Obama and his administration to a dangerous group of left-wingers who live and work in the shadows.
Quick searches of Google and YouTube will give you a wealth of resources that illustrate Beck’s far-right conspiracy theories. They all seem to stem from his “guru”, Cleon Skousen, and from the philosophies of the John Birch Society. Often they seem to echo conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones.
Beck’s shows are permeated by paranoia and a constant, albeit subtle, incitement toward violence against the “enemies” who want to take down America, as he knows it, and replace it with a Marxist society. And here, Obama is always the enemy, ably assisted by a variety of Marxist/Communist/Socialist allies.
I have read reports that death threats against President Obama are up around 400% more than against President George W. Bush. Beck cannot be blamed for all of this, but he feeds into the constant steam of vitriol and incandescence directed against Obama (and Democrats) by right-wing and far-right talking heads, bloggers, radio and TV hosts, and members of the GOP and Tea Parties.
Beck says that he is a former alcoholic and drug addict, who also suffers from Attention Deficit disorder (ADD). Have these addictions been replaced by a “Messiah Complex”, or a need for adulation.
The problem I see is that Beck does not have to convince everyone who hears him to violence, but just one – just one nut. So, is Glenn Beck a curse on America? To my mind, he is.