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Who's Watching Glenn Beck? [Says FoxNews Must Not Allow Platform For "Extremists"!]
LATimes ^ | November 24th 2009

Posted on 11/24/2009 7:10:55 PM PST by Steelfish

Opinion Who's Watching Glenn Beck?

Much like the Depression-era demagogue Father Charles Coughlin, the Fox News personality is promoting a mass movement. Should his bosses be pulling the plug?

By Tim Rutten November 24, 2009

For nearly a century, the Anti-Defamation League has stared unflinchingly into the dark corners of America's social psyche -- the places where combustible tendencies such as hatred and paranoia pool and, sometimes, burst into flame.

As a Jewish organization, the ADL's first preoccupation naturally was anti-Semitism, but in the last few decades it has extended its scrutiny to the whole range of bigoted malevolence -- white supremacy, the militia movement, neo-nativism and conspiratorial fantasies in all of their improbable permutations. These days, the organization's research is characterized by the sense of proportion and sobriety that long experience brings.

That makes its recent report on the extremist groups and propagandists that have emerged since President Obama's election -- "Rage Grows In America: Anti-Government Conspiracies" -- particularly notable. For the first time in living memory, the ADL is sounding the alarm about a mainstream media personality: Fox News' Glenn Beck, who also hosts a popular radio show.

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1 posted on 11/24/2009 7:10:56 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
Who's Watching Glenn Beck?

Who's Reading the LA Times?

2 posted on 11/24/2009 7:12:33 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Socialism is an opportunistic infection of the body politic. It occurs when defenses are low.)
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To: Steelfish

....anyone else think it’s ironic that a press outlet built on free speech and free press is now lecturing us on the evils of those ideas and suggesting that maybe free speech/press is a bad idea?


3 posted on 11/24/2009 7:13:15 PM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Steelfish

Mass Media getting Glen Beck Derangement Syndrome. No reference to MSNBC’s mental retard: Keith Olbermann. Where the Jewish anti-Defamation League?


4 posted on 11/24/2009 7:13:45 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: FormerACLUmember

I thought the whole White Hut was watching all of FOX.


5 posted on 11/24/2009 7:13:48 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: FormerACLUmember

LOL! Good one!


6 posted on 11/24/2009 7:13:59 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("The people will believe what the media tells them they believe." Orwell)
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To: Steelfish

I must have missed Beck’s anti-Semitic rants. Guess I’ve been listening to leftists and theirs.


7 posted on 11/24/2009 7:13:59 PM PST by boop (Democracy is the theory that the people get the government they deserve, good and hard.)
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To: Steelfish
Glenn is getting to the Socialist Elites
8 posted on 11/24/2009 7:14:27 PM PST by steveab (When was the last time someone tried to sell you a CO2 induced climate control system for your home?)
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To: Steelfish

Since when is telling the truth “Extremism”?


9 posted on 11/24/2009 7:15:14 PM PST by doc1019 (Obama, not so much.)
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To: doc1019

Since democrat foisted political correctness took over Amerika, that’s when.


10 posted on 11/24/2009 7:16:24 PM PST by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: FrdmLvr

Who’s Watching Glenn Beck? ...Who’s Reading the LA Times?

“Rules for Radicals”: In your face back at the Marxist sub-humans at all times.


11 posted on 11/24/2009 7:17:06 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Socialism is an opportunistic infection of the body politic. It occurs when defenses are low.)
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To: Steelfish
From the ratings, about 3 million or more. Could there be a better endorsement for Beck than to be demonized by the LA Times?
12 posted on 11/24/2009 7:19:09 PM PST by Nosterrex
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To: FormerACLUmember
Who's Reading the LA Times?


13 posted on 11/24/2009 7:19:28 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo
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To: Steelfish
What gives all of this nonsense an ominous twist is Beck's announcement that he intends to use his TV and radio shows to promote a mass movement that will involve voter registration drives, training in community organizing,,,

You mean, like ACORN?
14 posted on 11/24/2009 7:19:54 PM PST by Signalman
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To: Steelfish

Glenn Beck remembers watching terrorist attacks in the 70’s and 80’s as a young man. We knew it was coming. It did and Clinton did squat. It hit hard in 2001 and Bush said enough. The liberals are very stupid to not know that course of learning.


15 posted on 11/24/2009 7:20:49 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: Steelfish

LaTimes who?


16 posted on 11/24/2009 7:21:51 PM PST by bmwcyle (When do they collect and jail the homeless when they don't buy their health care?)
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To: Steelfish

Why don’t the LA Times spend a little effort covering extremists on the Left. It wouldn’t be hard: some of them are in the White House.


17 posted on 11/24/2009 7:22:57 PM PST by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: Steelfish

I don’t watch television news (actually the only TV I watch any more are online episodes of NCIS, but I digress), so I don’t watch Beck.

I do, however, have a colleague who does (interestingly a fellow who’s now on our side, but had been part of the Chicago hard left in the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s), and he observes that the White House has devoted a webpage to answering the ‘lies’ and ‘distortions’ from Beck (or maybe it’s Fox News generally), and that the ‘answers’ consist of picking on minor errors of factual detail: there is no answer to the main theses or major factual claims Beck makes. In effect, the Obama administration by claiming to answer his ‘lies’ and only picking on minor details, admits that the main substance of his factual claims are true.


18 posted on 11/24/2009 7:23:40 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: popdonnelly

Make that “Why doesn’t”.


19 posted on 11/24/2009 7:23:53 PM PST by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: Bobkk47

Nice!


20 posted on 11/24/2009 7:24:23 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

THE ADL stands for All Democratic Liberals. Not the ADL I used to work with.

Foxman is a fool and a KAPO.


21 posted on 11/24/2009 7:24:44 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Steelfish

The ADL is the liberal Jewish version of Father Coughlin.


22 posted on 11/24/2009 7:24:45 PM PST by sergeantdave (obuma is the anti-Lincoln, trying to re-establish slavery)
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To: doc1019
Since when is telling the truth “Extremism”?

See my tag line. Liberals grow angry when confronted by truth.

23 posted on 11/24/2009 7:24:49 PM PST by highlander_UW (To anger a conservative tell him a lie. To anger a liberal tell him the truth.)
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To: Steelfish

The ADL is a uber liberal group - and the only “paranoia” they seem to be able to find in on the right. They “missed” weatherman groups and Bill Ayers and his wife types... Missed all of ‘em.


25 posted on 11/24/2009 7:27:40 PM PST by GOPJ (ObamaCare - slush fund scam that would make Bernie Madoff blush.)
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To: All
"and the damage he is doing to the GOP.....

As if the GOP needed help? Man that's a hoot!

26 posted on 11/24/2009 7:28:46 PM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Steelfish

If liberal outlets like the LA-Slimes want Glen Beck shut down then FOX is doing exactly what they should be. What we NEED them to do.

Way to go FOX.... Give em’ hell Glen.


27 posted on 11/24/2009 7:29:00 PM PST by Bullish
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To: Tzimisce
...anyone else think it’s ironic that a press outlet built on free speech and free press is now lecturing us on the evils of those ideas...

They believe in free speech - but only for themselves.

28 posted on 11/24/2009 7:29:39 PM PST by GOPJ (ObamaCare - slush fund scam that would make Bernie Madoff blush.)
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To: Steelfish

If the LA Times doesn’t get welfare, they’re through.


29 posted on 11/24/2009 7:30:18 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Steelfish

The ADL is just another Communist front group like ACORN. Only even more dangerous. It’s one of the many 5th collumns leftists go to for work when they come out of their indoctrination camps.


30 posted on 11/24/2009 7:30:51 PM PST by Dogbert41
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To: Steelfish

LA Times? What’s that?


31 posted on 11/24/2009 7:32:01 PM PST by cranked
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To: Steelfish

“bigoted malevolence”

So, now, spirited debate and positions clearly in opposition to those of the anointed one and the 0bamaroids are ‘bigoted malevolence”? Fine. I’ll take that. Bigoted against the anti-Constitutionalists in the government? Yep. And, I always will be.

It’s time to take back the country.


32 posted on 11/24/2009 7:33:12 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

I thought that was the LA Slimes.


33 posted on 11/24/2009 7:35:03 PM PST by lolhelp
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To: Steelfish

I ALWAYS make it a point to send back their postage paid envelopes when they BEG for subscriptions about ten times a year.


34 posted on 11/24/2009 7:35:47 PM PST by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Who's Reading the LA Times?

Louisianan Times?

35 posted on 11/24/2009 7:36:38 PM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: Steelfish

I am watching Beck and I believe most of what he says. Actually, he says what I am thinking, much like Limbaugh. And that must scare the hell out of the socialists who are in control!!!!!


36 posted on 11/24/2009 7:40:04 PM PST by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: Steelfish
As a Jewish organization, the ADL's first preoccupation naturally was anti-Semitism, but in the last few decades it has extended its scrutiny to the whole range of bigoted malevolence

Typical Mission Creep.
37 posted on 11/24/2009 7:42:33 PM PST by steel_resolve
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To: RckyRaCoCo

I receive phone calls to subscribe to LA Times for I live in area. I tell them no- their newspaper is to liberal for my family.
And you guess right-— my family all listen to Glenn every day- we love him & his views.
I have learned more from Beck then going to school for years.


38 posted on 11/24/2009 7:42:36 PM PST by mendedheart
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To: FormerACLUmember

The LA Times is extremely liberal but the editorial page makes the rest of the paper look conservative. To give you an idea about the paper for a short time they added Mallard Filmore but they quickly dropped it saying it was too political for the comic page and not suitable for the editorial page leaving Dunesbury, La Curcaracha and one other liberal strip (not counting Prickly City) which are all very political and of course very liberal on the comic pages.


39 posted on 11/24/2009 7:52:32 PM PST by airedale
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To: Steelfish
For nearly a century, the Anti-Defamation League has stared unflinchingly into the dark corners of America's social psyche -- the places where combustible tendencies such as hatred and paranoia pool and, sometimes, burst into flame.

Glad to hear it. I'll be looking forward to their unflinching commentary on the social psyche behind this beating death of a white college student:

Local College Student Dies After Brutal Attack 22 November 2009

40 posted on 11/24/2009 7:53:25 PM PST by Ken H
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To: Tzimisce
"....anyone else think it’s ironic that a press outlet built on free speech and free press is now lecturing us on the evils of those ideas and suggesting that maybe free speech/press is a bad idea? "

Well, I still think it's a good idea, but those who (formerly) made their living based on it seem to think it's more of a suggestion, than an right.

I was watching a snippet on the news tonight - and I forget the country - but they just found mass graves with lots of people buried in them, INCLUDING 12 JOURNALISTS.

Then it occured to me, these 12 Journalists probably thought they had freedom of the press too...however there comes a point in totalitarian regimes that once the "dictator" has acquired the power he needs, that the useful idiots of the press can go bye-bye and the czars and "generals" can take over. Maybe that's what happened with the dozen journalist in that grave.

The kenyan is fairly close to that point, as he's already turned the lamestream press into publishers of "The Weekly Reader", a newsletter-photo opp-sound byte chain that exists solely for aggrandizement of "dear leader".

The kenyan promoted a mass movement, but most of his power didn't come from "the people", it came from thuggery outfits like ACORN and SEIU.

These thugs didn't promote freedom, liberty, the Constitution, or a stronger America...they registered Mickey Mouse and dead people to vote, and floated the rumor that if "obama didn't get the nomination there would be riots in the streets". Chicago style primaries.

Now, here comes Glenn Beck - outshining most America by exhibiting the courage and willingness demonstrated by very few others in America. Yes, he's angry, but so are the majority of us.

The left is trying to morph this movement into something that needs to me controlled by the government, and they are trying to use anti-semitism as the catalyst. I'm a fairly regular watcher of Glenn's show, and I've read a couple of his books...never have I seen or read anything anti-semite.

From those who have been trying to "hush Rush" all these years, we now have the "spin Glenn" movement. But the weird thing is, it's mostly the press doing the bitching about Glenn's "free speech". Oh, I know the top 10 newspapers probably have a conference call every morning with the White House to get the latest daily talking points, how else could they all jump on the same bandwagon at the same time?

But, you could just take a transcript of Glenn's idea about "organizing", do a "search and replace" with obama's name...and, it's "Community Organizing". Using their own ploy against them is ripping them a new one. "Fighting fire with fire" is not just an old adage we heard from our parents, it actually works.

The left throws everything that's not tied down at conservatives - everyday it's Palin bashing, Glenn Bashing, Rush Bashing, Hannity Bashing, et al. But I got to thinking, I never, ever gripe about all the squirrels in my yard, until they start chewing on my logs (log home), then I gripe about them. Same with the left, they never attack us unless we're chewing on something they don't want chewed on.

Well, it seems Glenn's little rally has - at least - the LATimes worried, they have sounded the alarm, pulled out their coveted copy of "Mein Kampf" to find all of the Nazi synonyms to throw at Glenn.

Now, I'm retired, and don't know how I'll afford it, but I'm stashing back my pennies and I'm going to try to be at Abraham Lincoln's feet next August in Washington. I'd like to see us all rally here on FR and charter some buses to share the transportation costs and call it the "Free Republic Express", and turn out in force like we did back during the Republican Revolution.

Oh, and LATIMEs...here's my freedom of speech..."F*** YOU AND THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON."
41 posted on 11/24/2009 7:54:52 PM PST by FrankR (SENATE: You cram it down our throats in '09, We'll shove it up your ass in '10...count on it.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

The LA Times is extremely liberal but the editorial page makes the rest of the paper look conservative. To give you an idea about the paper for a short time they added Mallard Filmore but they quickly dropped it saying it was too political for the comic page and not suitable for the editorial page leaving Dunesbury, La Curcaracha and one other liberal strip (not counting Prickly City) which are all very political and of course very liberal on the comic pages.

This op-ed is written by Tom Rutten who is one of their more outspoken liberals who seems to dislike anything that is even the tiniest bit moderate. Based upon his writings he makes Bernie Saunders look like a conservative.


42 posted on 11/24/2009 7:55:38 PM PST by airedale
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To: Steelfish

If major news organizations shouldn’t provide a platform for extremists, then the author of this piece is advocation his own blacklisting.


43 posted on 11/24/2009 8:05:23 PM PST by sourcery (Climatology will be science (and not a religion) when Hell freezes over, and AlGore doesn't deny it!)
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To: Steelfish

Didn’t realize the ADL had branched out so much. I think I’ll send off for their reports on Code Pink, The New Black Panther Party, Keith Olberman and Chris Matthews and other lightening rod leftist organizations and individuals.


44 posted on 11/24/2009 8:08:07 PM PST by Will88
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To: Steelfish
The writer throws in Father Coughlin of the depression era. He mentions the statements of Father Coughlin said to create anti-semitism.

This has absolutely nothing to do with Glenn Beck. It is an old liberal tactic and possibly still works well. This tends to confuse honest persons who have not done their homework. They then associate Beck with a "rabid" Father Coughlin. Coughlin is long dead.

One type of person will used this method to whip up the masses. One could say of the writer, he has a touch of the would be demagogue about him.

No fan of Beck myself, since he bit off the head of an innocent caller, a woman, who mentioned the electoral college and the question of Barack Obama's birth.

45 posted on 11/24/2009 8:10:40 PM PST by Peter Libra
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To: steveab

RE: “Glenn is getting to the Socialist Elites”

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Any minute we will hear from leftist Martha (ex-con) Stewart that Glenn is confused, boring, and dangerous (interesting combo!), and that Stewart would never read anything Glenn has written — the same things Stewart said about Palin the other day. LOL


46 posted on 11/24/2009 8:14:07 PM PST by CaliforniaCon
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To: eeriegeno

RE: “I am watching Beck and I believe most of what he says. Actually, he says what I am thinking, much like Limbaugh. And that must scare the hell out of the socialists who are in control!!!!!”

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Yes! It was a relief to find Beck as I was thinking about and saying exactly what he says now — well before the election of 11/08. He’s not teaching me anything — I already felt the same way he does!


47 posted on 11/24/2009 8:16:29 PM PST by CaliforniaCon
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To: Steelfish

Glenn must be getting to the bastards!!! Good!


48 posted on 11/24/2009 8:22:26 PM PST by RAY (God Bless the USA!)
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To: The_Reader_David

It is ironic how the rest of the media constantly attacks the delivery or style of Beck.

They can’t attack the message.


49 posted on 11/24/2009 8:49:40 PM PST by volunbeer (Dear heaven.... we really need President Reagan again!)
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To: volunbeer

Think for a moment how bad it would be without Fox and Talk Radio.


50 posted on 11/24/2009 9:02:20 PM PST by screaminsunshine (!!)
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