Glenn Beck

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.

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.

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.

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":

Beck: 'If Anyone Does Anything In This Company Because Of Global Warming, They're Fired'

Outraged that employees in his organization had begun placing recycling bins throughout The Blaze's headquarters and studio and replaced individual water bottles with a water cooler, Glenn Beck brought the Vice President of Studio Operations onto his radio program today to explain why these changes were taking place.

When she claimed that doing so was saving the company money, Beck not only didn't buy it but also didn't really care and instead issued a new company-wide policy that any employee who buys a compact fluorescent light bulb when non-CFL options are available will be fired.

"Global warming is a pile of crap," Beck declared, adding that he would be issuing a memo informing everyone that "if anyone does anything in this company because of global warming, they're fired":

Beck: 'Oprah Winfrey, You Disgust Me'

Over the last week, Glenn Beck has repeatedly attacked Oprah Winfrey for daring to compare the Trayvon Martin case to the murder of Emmett Till and, in response, has been focusing on a gruesome 2007 murder of a white couple that was tortured and brutalized by five African Americans, demanding to know why the media has not been covering this story.

Apparently the simple fact that it happened five years ago is no excuse for Beck, who returned to it again today on his radio program during an extended rant against Winfrey, which culminated with Beck declaring that Winfrey disgusts him as he self-righteously compared himself to the Statue of Liberty.

"Oprah Winfrey, you disgust me!" Beck fumed, as he ranted that she has overcome so much in her life and achieved wild success, only to turn around and tell us "white people are the problem."

Beck then grew very somber as he declared "Oprah, I choose to be the person that America thought you were," calling on people to gather around him as a beacon of hope.

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free," he said. "Give me the ones that you have told 'you'll never make it.' Send them to me. The tempest-tost, because I hold my lamp beside a golden door":

Glenn Beck Psychoanalyzes President Obama

Glenn Beck opened his radio program today with a truly fascinating psychological analysis of President Obama during which he proclaimed that Obama is a coward who feels like he doesn't fit in and is so lacking in self-confidence that he cries himself to sleep at night, curled up in the fetal position because he is terrified that the world is going to realize that he is a total fraud.

Ironically, the entire segment seemed like little more than an exercise in projection to us:

Beck: Anti-Obama Rodeo Clown Is 'A Very Brave Artist' And Victim Of McCarthyism

Last night, Glenn Beck's opening monologue was another one of his "history lessons" that was so genuinely nonsensical and incoherent that we literally cannot even figure out a way of editing the video so that it makes any sense. 

Basically, Beck expanded upon his belief that the controversy over the Missouri rodeo clown is a sign that progressives are freaking out because they know that their efforts to implement revolution are falling apart, as just as the progressives during the Woodrow Wilson-era, and during the New Deal, and during the Vietnam War, all likewise failed to successfully implement their own revolutions.

Then, citing recent comments made by Bono and Ashton Kutcher, Beck linked it all to Martin Luther King and John Lennon and the Beatles' song "Revolution" as he declared that it all somehow proves that the 9/12 and Tea Party Patriots are on the verge of achieving victory.

Like we said, none of it made any sense right from the start, like when Beck said that the fall-out from the rodeo clown performance is modern day McCarthyism and no different than book burning, because this particular rode clown was really "a very brave artist" ... which can only be properly explained by the game of Kerplunk:

Beck: 'Today I Declare Myself Officially A Rodeo Clown'

When Glenn Beck is not telling his audience that the world is falling apart and warning them that the End Times are just around the corner, he is busy telling them that things are getting better and promising that they're right on the verge of finally winning.

Back on the upswing this week, Beck sought to rally the troops again today on his radio broadcast by stating that the controversy over the rodeo clown in Missouri is proof that liberals "are terrified" that decent Americans are waking up and are doing everything they can to try and shut them up.

Beck warned that if the rodeo clown association bans this person responsible for this performance, they will "forever damage rodeos; you'll shut them down" because "clear-thinking, common-sense farmers, cowboys, [and] straight-ahead Americans" will stop attending.

He then went on to assert that liberals are trying to destroy this clown because "they're terrified; they have got to shut you up; they have got to get you so afraid that you will not say anything, that you'll continue to sit down.  They are terrified; they know it's about the fall apart."

"They know this thing is falling apart," Beck bellowed, "that's why they're going after the rodeo clown; they're freaking out. Good! Advance, America! Advance! Don't you dare retreat, don't you dare sit down."

And with that, Beck proclaimed "today I declare myself officially a rodeo clown":

Beck: It's Been Like Watching Progressives Sneak Into Your Child's Bedroom And Smother Them

Last month we noted that, after having been incredibly despondent about the future of this nation and humanity in general, Glenn Beck was suddenly rejuvenated after attending a Tea Party rally in Washington, DC, only to shortly thereafter fall back into a funk as he despaired that we were on the verge of the End Times.

So, logically, Beck is now back on the upswing these days and transforming himself into something of a self-help guru as he is now urging his audience to follow his lead and change their lives by choosing to accentuate the positive and put their faith in God.

Beck has recently banned all video games in his house and warned his family that if anyone is caught playing them, every electronic device in the house will be tossed into the family swimming pool. It has made a remarkable difference, says Beck, reinforcing his view that the changes he is making in his life will work not only for him, but for the listeners on his program as well.

As such, no longer will he focus only on the things that make him miserable, but rather on the things that bring him joy, because for too long he has felt like someone who had to sit back and watch as people have set about murdering every thing that he holds dear.

"I feel as though I have seen a killer," Beck explained, "that I can identify - the progressive movement - and we have seen them lie their way into our child's bedroom every single night and smother it with a pillow":

Beck: Obama Is Not The Prophet Muhammad, 'Stop Treating Him Like God'

Glenn Beck is outraged by an incident that took place over the weekend at a rodeo in Missouri where a clown put on a mask of President Obama and that audience cheered on the prospect that he'd be run down by a bull.

Beck is not outraged by the act itself, of course, but rather he is outraged that people are outraged about the act and apologizing for it, declaring on his radio program that tomorrow will officially be "Mock the President Day" because Obama is not god.

"I'm sorry, but the guy is a danger to the Constitution of the United States of America," Beck fumed. "He's not Muhammad, and I know he would like to ban anyone who says anything about the Prophet Muhammad because I think he thinks he is the Prophet Muhammad.  He's not.  Stop treating him like God!"

'When All These Chickens Come Home To Roost': Glenn Beck On The Verge Of A Meltdown

Having traveled to Egypt this week, along with Senator John McCain, Lindsey Graham declared that he had not realized how dire the situation was and warned that the country was on the verge of massive bloodshed.

That comment fueled a truly amazing rant to open the show today on Glenn Beck's radio program as Beck spent literally twenty minutes excoriating Graham and mocking him in with an exaggerated southern accent and generally fuming over the state of the world and that fact that nobody has been listening to his warnings. 

"I challenge you," Beck furiously demanded, "for anybody who thinks I'm a nincompoop, I challenge you to find anyone on planet earth who has had the direction and the specifics as right as I have and we have over the last six years. I challenge you! Bring me the names."

"When all these chickens come home to roost," Beck declared, the entire globe will slide into total chaos and America will once again see lynchings in the street:

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A Biblical American History Lesson With Glenn Beck

It was only a matter of time, given Glenn Beck's current obsession with Israel, before he dedicated a program to Biblical history, which is just what he did last night, spending his opening monologue tracing Western Civilization back to the twelve tribes of Israel and explaining that all of our contemporary laws and society are directly rooted in the Kingdom of Judah.

In Beck's telling, following the defeat of the Assyrians, the lost tribes of Northern Israel fled across the Caucus region and settled on the coastlines of Europe where they created Western Civilization and eventually became the Pilgrims that founded America.

"All of Western Civilization," Beck declared, "is based on the laws of Israel and our entire history is directly tied to this moment" before going on the explain that our Statue of Liberty is, in reality, a representation of Moses proclaiming the Ten Commandments.

Does Glenn Beck Even Read 'The Blaze'? Part II

A while back, we wrote a post noting that sometimes it seems like Glenn Beck doesn't even read the reporting done by The Blaze because he asserts things on the air that have been debunked by his own network.

The same thing happened again today when Beck kicked off his radio program by complaining about how the trial of Nidal Hasan is being handled, during which he asserted that Hasan received a military promotion even while sitting in jail awaiting his trial on multiple murder counts:

Of course, Beck's website debunked that claim several months ago, noting that it only required "little cursory Googling" to discover that the claim was false:

A little cursory Googling immediately shows that the article is false. For instance, the full article mentions figures named General William Hewitt and Colonel Nathan Butterworth. No such Army officers exist. In fact, the only General William Hewitt we were able to find is a British army officer.

How could such a story be written, then? Simple: It is not a story. It is satire — a joke. The Duffel Blog is not a news site. Rather, according to its own “About” page, it is essentially a military equivalent to “The Onion.”

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Even if you don’t find the joke funny, it’s difficult to argue with the basic fact that it is a joke, and there is no “story” to substantiate the rumor. Major Nidal Hassan remains a Major, and his only potential promotion is to the post of “ex-Major.”

Beck: San Antonio's Anti-Discrimination Proposal Is Just A Bid By Mayor Julián Castro For Higher Office

On Monday night's broadcast of "The Glenn Beck Program," Beck and John Hagee dedicated a segment to railing against a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance in San Antonio, Texas that the Religious Right is convinced would ban Christians from running for office or in any way working for the government.

It is not true, of course, but Beck returned to the topic again last night when he asserted that the filibuster Texas state Senator Wendy Davis carried out against the radical anti-abortion legislation earlier this summer was nothing more than a stunt designed to raise her profile in order to allow her to run for higher office, just as San Antonio's anti-discrimination proposal is an effort by the city's mayor to become Vice President of the United States.

"In this case," Beck said, "the mayor of San Antonio is a Hispanic and he's trying to show Hillary Clinton and all the other Democrats that he is the perfect running mate in 2016."

Because that makes sense, since presidential candidates frequently tap mayors to serve as their running mates:

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/6/13

Beck: 'All Of Western Society Comes From The Torah'

Glenn Beck once again hosted John Hagee on his television program last night, where he introduced him as "one of the great men alive today" based on their mutual love and concern for the nation of Israel, which they both explained was rooted in the Bible.

After Beck declared that he "gets his pro-Israel stance from the Bible" and that "between the Bible and the history of America, I know whose side we're supposed to be on," Hagee proclaimed that "the Jewish people do not occupy the land of Israel, they own the land of Israel" because it had been given to them by God. 

As such, Hagee said, Christians are obligated to protect and defend them and Beck eagerly agreed, adding that "we're so indebted because, if it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have the Torah, which most of our laws come from; all of Western society comes from the Torah":

Right Wing Leftovers - 8/5/13

  • Glenn Beck's The Blaze network has opened a Washington, DC bureau and added a correspondent with White House credentials.
  • RNC chairman Reince Priebus is threatening to pull Republican primary debates from CNN and NBC "unless those companies pull their current Hillary Clinton-related film projects."
  • Sen. Ted Cruz doesn't seem to understand how BuzzFeed operates.
  • Bryan Fischer says that, even today, God is raising people from the dead.
  • Apparently, environmentalists are responsible for the deaths of the nineteen firefighters who died fighting a forest fire in Arizona earlier this summer.
  • Finally, John Boehner’s office says that nobody on staff remembers Boehner ever "agreeing" with Rep. Ted Yoho's claim that Obamacare is racist.

Beck: US And Russia Are On The Verge Of World War III

Glenn Beck views all of human history as little more than a series of cycles that continuously repeat, seeing it as his responsibility to understand those cycles and uncover the modern-day recurrences in order to warn all of humanity what is coming down the road.

So when something happens today, it is just like what happened in the past, which means that what happens next will be just like what followed when it happened the last time in exactly the same fashion and on the same timeline.

All of which is a convoluted way of explaining that, according to Beck, we are now on the verge of World War III.

"It's the United States versus Russia," Beck declared on his radio broadcast today. "This is what all of us who are my age grew up worried about. This is it.  It's been a cold war. It's been a proxy war. It's been one where nobody really understands it yet. But I think you're about to.  I think this whole thing in the Middle East is the beginning of the end of the proxy war and the covert war. You're now going to see an openly hot war, I fear, and the beginning of World War III":

Beck: Obama And His Administration Are Sowing The Seeds Of A Race War

One of the great ironies of Glenn Beck's current trajectory is that he spends hours every week warning his audience that certain groups (e.g., progressives, unions, socialists, communists, Muslims, etc...) are working to divide the nation by blaming all of society's problems on other groups in order to implement their radical agenda ... while Beck's entire worldview hinges on the idea that it is these groups who are responsible for everything that is wrong with this nation.

Last night, he dedicated most of his program to laying out "The Anatomy of a Racist," and while he used Adolf Hitler, Louis Farrakhan, and David Duke as his examples, he was really trying to make the case that President Obama is following the same pattern.

On his radio broadcast today, Beck returned to the topic as he asserted that "many in this administration" fit this definition of racists, warning that they have been intentionally sowing the seeds to racial discord and are just waiting for the proper "crisis" to set off a race war:

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