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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.

Fischer: 90% Of Americans Think Gay Sex Is Disgusting And Repulsive

Earlier this month, a recording was leaked in which San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan could be heard railing against a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance and gays in general.  There has understandably been an outcry over her comments, such as her statement that homosexuals are "disgusting," but Chan is refusing to apologize ... and, for that, she is being praised by Bryan Fischer.

Fischer said on his radio program yesterday that Chan has nothing for which she needs to apologize because everything she said are "things that anybody who is thinking rightly and clearly about homosexuality would believe."

"I would guarantee you," Fischer said, "90% of the American people, if they would stop and think about what actually happens in homosexual sexual behavior, they would find it disgusting":

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/22/13

Right Wing Leftovers - 8/22/13

  • Liberty Counsel has officially filed suit against New Jersey's new law banning "ex-gay" therapy for minors.
  • San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is reportedly finally ready to resign from office.
  • A decade after the fact, Roy Moore stands by his decision to place a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Supreme Court.
  • Apparently, "Cory Booker supports abortion killing, or womb lynching."
  • Glenn Beck continues to compare the United States to the fall of the Roman Empire.
  • Finally, Bryan Fischer says it's "almost as if black victims of violence are of more value to the President than white victims of violence."

Beck: 'The Nazis Are Here'

For the last several days, Glenn Beck and his The Blaze network have been heavily focused on the plight of Coptic Christians in Egypt, culminating in a segment on his radio program today in which Beck grew increasingly emotional as he declared that the Nazis have returned, just as he predicted.

"It is the Night of Broken Glass," Beck said, "the Nazis are here. They have finally walked through that door. When I was comparing people to Nazis in the Muslim Brotherhood and everybody said 'oh no, they're not Nazis,' well now you can see that they are!"

Beck went on to deliver a fire and brimstone warning to his audience that everyone will be held accountable by God for how they respond to this situation, saying that if this situation is not stopped, the Jews will become the next victims before eventually Christians all over the world will become targets.

"It is time to stand together," Beck proclaimed, before breaking down in tears and apologizing "for being this guy; I don't want to be this guy and I'm sorry to be this guy" as he repeatedly warned that "the hour grows late":

Barber & Staver Outraged That Chris Christie Thinks He Knows Better Than God

Shortly after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation banning the use of "ex-gay" therapy on minors, the anti-gay activists at Liberty Counsel announced that they would be filing suit.

On today's "Faith and Freedom" broadcast, Mat Staver and Matt Barber discussed their forthcoming lawsuit and were particularly outraged that, in signing the legislation, Christie said that he doesn't believe that homosexuality is a sin.

Staver vehemently disagreed, stating that homosexuality "is a disordered situation; it is sin; t is wrong."

Barber was likewise outraged, blasting "the hubris behind him saying that he knows better than God, that he knows better than thousands of years of tradition, the Catholic Church, the Christian church, the Bible about homosexuality and the sin inherent in those behaviors":

Klingenschmitt: The FCC Is Letting Demonic Spirits 'Molest And Visually Rape Your Children'

Citing a campaign launched by Morality In Media to ensure that Tom Wheeler, President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Communications Commission, will enforce decency standards, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt said on his "Pray In Jesus Name" show that demonic spirits are using lax FCC enforcement of these standards to "molest and visually rape your children."

"Dr. Chaps" said that former FCC chairman Julius Genachowski failed to adequately enforce the decency standards during his time in office and that was because there was a "demonic spirit of tyranny or immorality inside of him."

And even though Genachowski outwardly appears very polished and successful, "the demonic spirit influences him to abuse and, dare I say, molest and visually rape your children":

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