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Glenn Beck Isn't Going To Stop Saying Something Just Because It Is False

Last week we noted that Glenn Beck had started promoting a new conspiracy claiming that a racist, anti-gay black nationalist Department of Homeland Security employee named Ayo Kimathi was responsible for the shortage of ammunition in this country, because he was buying it all up for the government in preparation for a coming race war.

Beck insisted that Kimathi was "in charge of buying all of the bullets for the Department of Homeland Security," which, as we pointed out, was totally false.

Kimathi's actual position was as a "Small Business Specialist" within the ICE Office of Acquisition Management, meaning that it was his job to "provide advice to small business owners on individual procurement opportunities and how to do business" with the various government agencies.

As the SPLC, which first broke the story, reported, "among his duties at DHS and ICE is speaking at various vendor events. He’s one of the agency’s public faces. It is his job to advocate for small business owners 'white, black, historically disadvantaged, disabled veteran-owned, everybody.'"

Helping small businesses navigate the government procurement system is, obviously, not quite the same thing as being "in charge of buying all of the bullets for the Department of Homeland Security" ... so, of course, Beck repeated the same false claim on his radio broadcast today.

"At the Department of Homeland Security," Beck said, "he is the acquisitions officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement who is in charge of buying all the weapons and ammunition for the government ... This is the guy who's in charge of buying it all":

It wasn't true when Beck said it last week and it was just as untrue when he repeated it today - and it will continue to be untrue every time Beck repeats it in the future, which he will most certainly will do because he simply does not care that it is false, so long as it feeds his narrative and helps him promote his agenda.

Fischer: Liberals Can't Be Wise Because They Don't Fear The Lord

Bryan Fischer began his radio program yesterday with a discussion of Psalm 111; in particular, the verse that states that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding."

"That is the basic divide in our culture," Fischer claimed, asserting that liberals cannot be wise or have any understanding because they do not fear the Lord.

"We talk everyday for two hours about how clueless people on the left are. Why is that? Because they do not have the fear of the Lord.  You cannot be clued in, you can't be discerning, you can't be perceptive, you can't be wise unless you begin with a holy reverence for God":

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/26/13

Right Wing Leftovers - 8/26/13

  • It is amazing to see anti-gay activists keep attributing language found in Justice Scalia's DOMA dissent to Justice Kennedy's majority opinion.
  • Does anyone care what Todd Starnes thought of last night's Video Music Awards? Of course not.  But he wrote about it anyway.
  • Wait, Trump University was a total scam? Who would have guessed.
  • Robert Knight thinks that the movie "Lincoln" was "a clever way to justify the ruthlessly partisan enactment of Obamacare."
  • In case you need them, here are "The Dos and Don'ts of Fashion as a Christian."
  • "Coach" Dave doesn't understand why he gets accused of hate speech.
  • Finally, Kelly Boggs warns that "the push to have homosexuality accepted as natural, normal and healthy in the United States knows no compromise. The movement to have homosexuality celebrated in America will not stop, nor will it be satisfied, until all voices that would even whisper it is sinful are squelched."

Fischer: Russia's Anti-Gay Law Is Exactly The Sort Of 'Public Policy That We've Been Advocating'

On his radio broadcast this afternoon, Bryan Fischer delivered a vigorous defense of Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law, saying that, if anything, it doesn't go far enough.

Fischer commended Russia for trying to reestablish their Christian heritage and for understanding that "homosexual behavior is a moral evil."  Fischer lamented that, for now the law only bans the spread of homosexual propaganda to teenagers, but remains hopeful that Russia will eventually realize that homosexuality is a "moral evil" for everyone.

Even still, Fischer said, "at least they're ahead of us on recognizing that it's a moral evil to propagandize this lifestyle among teenagers."

Fischer then wondered by so few in the anti-gay activists have been willing to stand up in defense of Russia's bigoted law, especially since "this is public policy that we've been advocating and here is a nation in the world that is actually putting it into practice":

McCullough: Obama Is A Racist And A 'Flaming Hypocrite'

Despite the fact that authorities are saying that race did not play a role in the shooting death of Christopher Lane or the beating that killed World War II vet Delbert Belton, commentators on the right are absolutely convinced that it did.

As such, "AFA Today" broadcast host Kevin McCullough blasted President Obama on Friday for failing to speak out about either crime, which apparently proves that Obama is racist and a "flaming hypocrite":

Please Mr. Obama, explain to me your silence, explain to me your deafness to the cries of people that genuinely hurt.

What's that?  All we have is crickets?

Oh, because you're a flaming hypocrite. I get it.  Okay.  As long as we understand the game as it's being played. As long as we understand that it's okay for you to be a racist in the White House while accusing everyone else to be a racist.  As long as we understand that that's the way it works; now we know.  Now we've been made fully aware and now we can operate in a world where truth exists because we now see for ourselves that you're nothing but a flaming, hypocritical opportunist that seeks to prop up your own advantage via created outrage and anger when it doesn't exist and totally willing to be a total flaming hypocrite when it does exist on the other hand.

The fact that you're a two-bit circus squaller [sic] about this and that you're out there and your willing to chase that ambulance when you think there's a buck in it for you and you're not willing to take a stand, take a morally righteous stand to defend people that are shot down or beaten to death flashlights simply because they happen to be race that is different than the people attacked them.

Mr. President, I'm grateful; you're helping me today, Mr. President, you're helping me understand that racism comes in all forms and colors and that you yourself exhibit it as much as anybody else does, especially those that you've accused of it in the past.

Filling In For Glenn Beck, David Barton Lies About Common Core

As we noted several months ago, Glenn Beck has transformed his The Blaze network into a public policy organization dedicated to fighting the implementation of Common Core because he is convinced that it is going to lead to a 1984-like learning environment where students are strapped to computers and monitored at all times.

Leading this effort has been none other than David Barton, who, after hosting another gathering of anti-Common Core actvists and state legislators at Beck's headquarters, sat in for Beck on his television program on Friday for a hour-long program dedicated to Common Core and who, during his opening monologue, played this misleadingly edited video of an educator supposedly saying that, under Common Core, it doesn't matter if students think that 3 x 4 = 11 so long as they can explain how they arrived at that answer (skip ahead to 7:30 mark):

Following the clip, Barton said it showed that education under Common Core is not about "getting right answers," which is fundamentally false, and Barton knows it.

As we pointed out earlier this month, this video has been misleadingly edited, since the speaker is cut off after supposedly saying that getting the wrong answer is not important when the full video shows that she then goes on to say that any student who answered that 3 x 4 = 11 would be wrong and would be corrected.

In fact, Beck's own The Blaze network debunked the very clip that Barton played on the program last Monday:

The truncated clip features August’s statement: “But even under the new Common Core if even if they said 3 x 4 was 11, if they were able to explain their reasoning and explain how they came up with their answer, really in words and oral explanations and they showed it in a picture but they just got the final number wrong? We’re more focusing on the how and the why.”

An audience member then asks whether students will be corrected for giving the wrong answer.

“Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. We want our students to compute correctly. But the emphasis is really moving more towards the explanation, and the how, and the why, and can I really talk through the procedures that I went through to get this answer — and not just knowing that it’s 12, but why is it 12? How do I know that?” August replies.

A fuller video of the forum, however, reveals that August said first students should certainly know that 3 x 4 equals 12.

This is now the third time that we have found something debunked by The Blaze being repeated on Beck's shows as statement of fact.

Maybe the people at The Blaze who help put together Beck's programming ought to start reading their own reporting.

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/23/13

Right Wing Leftovers - 8/23/13

  • Take one guess who wrote this: " In defense of Russia’s law on homosexual propaganda."
  • Nidal Hasan has been convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for his shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009.
  • Gary Bauer blames the murder of Christopher Lane on the educational system and popular culture: "[Young people] are told that we are all the result of a cosmic accident, that human life is just an accident, instead of being created in the image of God. We destroy over a million innocent babies a year and tell our children it is merely a choice."
  • Liberty Counsel says Chris Christie has ruined his chances of becoming president by signing the ban on ex-gay therapy.
  • We are pretty sure that Glenn Beck will never bother to mention this story.
  • Finally, Jeffrey Kuhner says that "by refusing to speak out on [Christopher] Lane’s death, Mr. Obama has shown conclusively that he is a demagogue who plays the race card in order to inflame racial tensions, thereby galvanizing the minority electorate. He is our race-hustler-in-chief."

How Glenn Beck's Conspiracy Theories Are Born

As we have noted before, one of the great ironies of Glenn Beck's The Blaze network is that it operates under the slogan "Truth Lives Here" when Beck himself is one of the most recklessly dishonest media voices in operation today.

And nothing better demonstrates this fact than his current obsession with the story, broken by the SPLC, of Ayo Kimathi, a Department of Homeland Security employee who runs a racist, anti-gay black nationalist website on the side where he openly proclaims that "we are going to have to kill a lot of whites."

That story is outrageous enough on its own, but for Beck it is just further proof of his theory that the Obama administration is seeking to foment a race war, and he is now tying this story to the on-going right-wing conspiracy claiming that the government is stockpiling weapons and ammunition for use against American citizens.

Despite the fact that both the original SPLC piece and Beck's own article report that "Kimathi is a small business specialist" with DHS, on his radio show today Beck baselessly proclaimed that Kimathi "was in charge of buying all of the bullets for the Department of Homeland Security."

"So the shortage of bullets that we have," Beck stated, "may very well be caused by this guy. The reason you don't have bullets is because this guy ... is in charge of all of the procurement of the bullets and the weapons for the Department of Homeland Security."

Kimathi's actual job, contrary to Beck's false claim, is as a "Small Business Specialist, who serves as a point of contact for private firms seeking agency-specific acquisition information" ... but Beck doesn't care about the truth at all, and instead is using this as further evidence that "our administration is in bed with very bad people":

Just keep this in mind the next time Beck starts to wonder why everyone calls him a crazed conspiracy theorist.

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