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Is Hillary Clinton The Antichrist Or An Illuminati Witch? Jennifer LeClaire Is Just Asking

That provocative question headlines a new Jennifer LeClaire column for Charisma, which promotes what she calls a “documentary” titled “Hillary Clinton – The Antichrist Or the Illuminati Witch?” LeClaire writes:

I don't believe Hillary is the Antichrist, but the fact that so many people are utterly convinced is telling. The chatter continues. One thing is clear, believers are paying close attention to the signs of the times—including the rise of the Antichrist.

The video, though, does offer some shocking info about Hillary. Check it out for yourself.

“Documentary” is a far too generous term for the incoherent 22-minute mash-up of right-wing, Hillary-hating news clips, interviews and voiceovers that appears on the "End Of The World" YouTube channel.

Disappointingly, the video doesn’t directly address the question of whether Clinton might be the Antichrist. It does recycle conspiracy theories like Clinton’s supposed plan to confiscate everyone’s guns and talks about “that sexual relationship with Huma Abedin that is whispered about in the dark corners of Washington.”

The video includes snippets from Benghazi hearings, attacks on Planned Parenthood and its founder Margaret Sanger, right-wing news coverage of the Clinton’s email problems, and old news clips about the Whitewater scandal. It includes bits of video and audio from some recognizable speakers like Dick Morris, Robert Novak, Phyllis Schlafly, Glenn Beck and Ben Carson. Oddly, it ends with a number of somewhat endearing clips of Clinton gamely dancing with celebrities during speaking appearances like Ellen DeGeneres’s television show.

The most inflammatory comments seem to have been snagged from an Infowars video featuring Larry Nichols, who is identified by Infowars as a former “Clinton machine insider.” Nichols says of Hillary Clinton, “she’s an animal.” He says that when the Clintons were still in Arkansas, Bill told him that Hillary would go to Los Angeles once a month with a group of women to be “part of a witches’ church.”

This is the “documentary” that LeClaire writes is “demanding answers.” What is the question exactly?

Glenn Beck Can't Believe People Can't See That We're Living Under God's Judgment

Last night, Glenn Beck told his studio audience that he simply cannot believe that his fellow Americans cannot clearly see that this nation is under God's judgment. 

God wants us all to be happy and get along, Beck said, but He also gives us free will, which we are using to make terrible choices, leading us to suffer the consequences of violating God's laws.

"Because of our choices as a nation," Beck said, "He's really clear, I mean, He does this every time. My gosh, I can't believe that we are the people that you read in the scriptures where you're going, 'These people are are so stupid.' I mean, I can't believe it, every time you read it and I've never understood it. I think I remember asking when I was young, 'How come the people in the Bible are always so stupid? Didn't they see?' No. No, they didn't see, and it's amazing to be living in that time and seeing how many people are just blind to it."

"So what does He do? He wakes us all up," Beck continued. "At some point, dad walks in the room right before you're going to be late for school and he turns on the light and rips the sheets off of you and all of a sudden you're freezing when you were toasty warm and he's like, 'Get up, now!' That's what's coming, but He's only doing it because He loves us."

Right Wing Promoting Clinton Conspiracy Theory On Murdered DNC Staffer

Kyle reported on Wednesday that Glenn Beck appeared to be promoting a new conspiracy theory that a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer was killed to keep him from exposing Hillary Clinton emails, or possibly in retaliation for his already having done so. The conspiracy theory, being fanned by Wikileaks’ Clinton-hating Julian Assange over the objections of the victim’s family, is getting wider circulation among right-wing activists.

Today, William Murray’s Government is Not God PAC sent an email with the headline, “Who Had DNC Staffer Killed?” His email linked to a WND story that suggested the staffer was just another victim of the “Clinton machine.”

“Three people with tangential connections to Bill and Hillary Clinton have died in unusual circumstances over the last few weeks,” the article says, “sparking a renewed interested in the so-called 'body count' of people who allegedly got in the way of the ‘Clinton machine.’"

There’s more:

Is there something to the talk of a growing body count, or is it all just in the minds of "conspiracy nuts" who intersect with reality only on rare occasion?

The question was raised in a commentary Tuesday by Rachel Alexander at Townhall.

She cited the recent deaths of Democratic National Committee worker Seth Rich on July 10; Shawn Lucas, who helped serve the DNC with a summons in a fraud allegation, on Aug. 2; and John Ashe, the former president of the United Nations General Assembly, on June 22, just before he was scheduled to begin pretrial meetings "involving shady financial dealings regarding a former Clinton crony."

"Since the Democratic National Committee emails were leaked a few weeks ago, three people associated with the DNC have all been found dead under what could be questionable circumstances," Alexander wrote. "Some – including Bernie Sanders supporters – suspect the Clintons were behind the deaths, just more episodes in the alleged ‘Clinton body count' dating back to the 1990s. 

The WND story cites an earlier story by The Political Insider that claims “46 people who were close to the Clintons have died during their 3 decades of political power,” adding, “That number should give us all pause.”

The idea that the Clintons have routinely had people killed has circulated on the right since at least the earliest days of the Bill Clinton administration, when Jerry Falwell used his Old Time Gospel Hour to hawk videotapes suggesting Clinton was involved in drug smuggling and murder.

Donald Trump has joined in, calling the death of former White House aide Vince Foster “very fishy” and saying “there are people” who bring it up because they think Foster was murdered. As we have reported, Donald Trump is an avid promoter of conspiracy theories, and his followers tend to believe them.  

Glenn Beck Appears To Cite Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory To Justify Not Revealing His Confidential Sources In Defamation Lawsuit

As we noted earlier today, a federal judge issued a ruling yesterday ordering Glenn Beck to reveal the names of several confidential sources upon whom he relied during his 2013 crusade to prove that Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi was "the money man" who financed and orchestrated the Boston Marathon bombing.

Alharbi is now suing Beck for defamation and demanding to know the identities of Beck's sources so that they can be deposed by his lawyers, and the judge overseeing the case has ordered Beck's legal team to reveal them.

Beck kicked off his radio program today by discussing the conspiracy theory that a Democratic National Committee staffer was recently murdered, supposedly because he was some sort of whistle-blower who was going to expose Hillary Clinton. And while Beck did not directly address the defamation lawsuit or the judge's ruling in his comments, it was quite obvious that he was using this conspiracy theory as justification for his refusal to reveal the sources behind his attack on Alharbi.

"Read the papers," Beck said. "Read the internet. Sources are under attack. Confidential sources are under attack and you cannot reveal confidential sources because there are sources that are concerned about this very kind of thing ... I am convinced, after talking to people in the government and talking through others to sources, I am absolutely convinced that people feel this way; that if I say anything [they will be killed.]"

"Have we crossed a line to where our government or our politicians or our political institutions now feel comfortable enough to where they will kill you?" Beck asked. "Now that sounds crazy, but are we not moving towards Russia?"

More Bad News For Glenn Beck: Judge Sides Against Him On Key Issues In Boston Marathon Bombing Defamation Case

Yesterday, the federal judge overseeing the defamation lawsuit filed against Glenn Beck by Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing and whom Beck spent a month accusing of being an al-Qaida "control agent" and the "money man" who financed and orchestrated the attack, issued a ruling ordering Beck to identify the confidential sources that he relied on when making these claims so that Alharbi's lawyers can depose them:

U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris ruled that Beck must disclose the names of two Department of Homeland Security employees who allegedly gave a Beck producer information backing up the radio and TV host's claim that Alharbi was the "money man" behind the attack.

The judge said deposition testimony from Beck and two of his top deputies at the time — Joel Cheatwood and Joe Weasel — was "vague and often contradictory" about what the sources said and when they said it. She also noted that the key sources spoke directly only with Weasel, who claimed to record the information on Post-It notes "which he then discarded."

Saris said she ordered the production of records from several government agencies, but they were not of help in confirming what the Beck aides were allegedly told. "None of the documents supports the idea that Alharbi was the 'the money man' financing the Boston Marathon attacks," the Boston-based judge wrote in her 61-page ruling.

As the judge's ruling makes clear, there is no evidence to back up Beck's assertion that Alharbi was "the money man" behind the bombing other than the say-so of Beck's confidential sources. And that is bad news for Beck, as the judge also dismissed his legal team's effort to assert that Alharbi was a "limited-purpose public figure," which would have required Alharbi to prove that Beck knew that the allegations that he was making against Alharbi were false or that he made them with reckless disregard for the truth. Instead, the judge ruled that Alharbi was merely a private figure who was thrust into the news by events beyond his control and therefore he simply needs to prove that Beck was negligent in leveling these public allegations.

And, according to the judge, Alharbi looks to have a strong case since Beck's legal team was unable to produce any documentation to support Beck's claim that Alharbi financed and orchestrated the terrorist bombing, which he continued to make long after claims about Alharbi's involvement in the attack had been debunked by the government, investigators and even reporters from Beck's own network:

As a private figure, Alharbi is only required to prove negligence as opposed to malice. See Ravnikar, 782 N.E.2d at 510-11. Under the negligence standard, “the defendants are required to act reasonably in checking on the truth or falsity of the communication before publishing it.” Jones v. Taibbi, 512 N.E.2d 260, 269 (Mass. 1987) (internal quotation marks and alterations omitted). At this stage, the plaintiff has put forward enough evidence for a reasonable jury to conclude that the defendants did not act reasonably in verifying the truth of the broadcasts about Alharbi, particularly the May 8 statement that Alharbi was the “money man.”

To begin with, the defendants have put forth no admissible evidence that the statements are true. At the summary judgment hearing, the plaintiff highlighted an email from Weasel to Cheatwood on April 22, which states that another staff member of TheBlaze, Sara Carter, was “getting a very different picture” about Alharbi’s connection to the Boston Marathon bombing from her sources. Weasel Decl., Docket No. 117, Ex. 18, at 84. According to Weasel, Carter reached out to the FBI and ICE on the record to ask about the plaintiff’s involvement and the government documents provided by Source 2. Her sources allegedly responded that “Alharbi is considered innocent and not connected to the bombings or the suspects.” Id. at 85. Her sources also corroborated Secretary Napolitano’s testimony that Alharbi was temporarily placed on the terror watch list as a “precaution” before the government “determined whether he was more than a witness from the scene of the crime.” Id. at 84. 

According to the defendants, TheBlaze’s determination that Alharbi was involved in the Boston Marathon bombing was ultimately based on the two government documents they received from Source 2, and Source 1’s and 2’s explanation of these documents. The documents themselves are dated April 15 and 16, and the defendants agree that they were created in the immediate  aftermath of the bombing. Although the documents refer to Alharbi as a “suspected terrorist,” who is “armed & dangerous,” and mention the § 212(a)(3)(B)(i)(II) designation, they do not say anything about Alharbi being the “money man” or otherwise funding the attacks. 

When asked specifics about what Sources 1 and 2 told the defendants at his deposition, Weasel testified that the sources did not explain when the alleged financing took place, how any funds were transferred, the amounts of financing, what the financing was used for, or how the financing was otherwise accomplished. See Weasel Dep., Docket No. 109, Ex. H, at 160. Thus, the plaintiff has put forward enough evidence to demonstrate a genuine issue with respect to whether the defendants were negligent. 

Glenn Beck: Mitt Romney Should Be Drafted In Case Trump Implodes

On his radio show today, Glenn Beck became so alarmed over Donald Trump's cratering poll numbers and forecasts showing him falling further and further behind Hillary Clinton that he called on Mitt Romney to throw his hat into the ring just so that Republicans have someone to vote for in case Trump has a complete meltdown.

"I am not a Romney fan," Beck said, but "Romney should be drafted at this point and put his name in on Friday just in case this guy implodes and is 20 points behind. We have to have some place else to go."

"I really think that we have to draft somebody," he said. "I know he hates my guts, but I think we should reach out to Mitt Romney ... or maybe I should reach out to Ted [Cruz]" and encourage them to "just put your name on the ballot in case we start to have [Trump falling] 20 points behind."

'That's What They Claim': David Barton Falsely Tells Glenn Beck He Has A Doctorate In Education

Glenn Beck is hosting an event at his network headquarters in Texas this weekend to promote the release of his latest book, "Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control," and his good friend David Barton will be on hand, offering private tours of various historical artifacts that Beck and others have collected that have been put on display for the event.

Beck brought Barton onto his radio program today to promote the event by spreading his latest bogus claim that the United States put its own soldiers in danger by specifically warning Japanese civilians which cities we were going to bomb before dropping atomic weapons during World War II.

During the conversation, Beck once again falsely claimed that Barton earned his doctorate in education.

"You have your doctorate, don't you?" Beck asked Barton.

"That's what they claim," Barton replied. "I've got papers for it."

Perhaps realizing that "that's what they claim" is a rather odd answer to a simple yes or no question, Beck sought to clarify.

"You have your doctorate in education," he reiterated.

"Yeah, that's right," Barton responded.

"So he's a doctor of education," Beck stated. "David has an actual doctorate."

Barton, of course, does not have a doctorate in education, as we noted earlier this year when he somewhat confusingly admitted that he doesn't have a Ph.D. In fact, his own bio reports that he merely "holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oral Roberts University and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Pensacola Christian College."

Glenn Beck Says $400 Million Payment To Iran Is 'Much Worse' Than The Iran-Contra Scandal

Like so many other uninformed right-wing commentators, Glenn Beck is predictably outraged by a report that the United States sent $400 million in cash to Iran earlier this year, declaring on his radio program today that this transfer is "much worse" than the Iran-Contra scandal and that President Obama and Hillary Clinton will now have blood on their hands if any of that money is used to finance terrorist operations.

As we noted yesterday, this transfer was announced by the State Department back in January and openly reported on at the time and stemmed from the settlement of a dispute between the U.S. and Iran over undelivered weapons dating back to 1979. But conservative commentators don't care about the basic facts of the matter and are, instead, falsely claiming that the transfer was a ransom paid by the U.S. for the release of several American hostages being held by Iran.

Beck is convinced that this payment was made in cash so as to make it "untraceable" so that it can be used by Iran to finance Islamic terrorism around the world, thereby making it far worse than the Iran-Contra scandal.

Iran-Contra may have been illegal, Beck said, but it was carried out to further American interests and was therefore "a very pro-American thing to do," whereas "this is the president breaking the law, giving our tax dollars, $400 million in cash, to a terrorist state."

"Terrorism that is sponsored by Iran will be on the hands of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton because they're paying for it," Beck declared, seemingly oblivious to the fact that Clinton left the State Department back in 2013, three years before this payment was made. "Any time there is a terrorist you can trace back to Iran who is walking around with money in his pocket, you can thank Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Period!"

President Trump? President Clinton? Either One Ends With Glenn Beck In Jail

On Tuesday night, Glenn Beck appeared on "Tomi," the nightly political commentary program hosted by Tomi Lahren that airs on Beck's The Blaze network, to promote his latest book, which is rather ironically titled "Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control." 

During the discussion, Beck asserted that it doesn't really matter, at least for him, whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton gets elected in November because he'll wind up in jail under either one.

Under a Clinton presidency, Beck said, "I think we're looking at Argentina, I think we're looking at Evita," while under a Trump presidency, "we're looking at Mussolini."

America is facing the choice between a fascist dictator with Trump or a communist one with Clinton, Beck said he told his daughters recently, and "either one of those end with dad in jail."

Glenn Beck's Current Caliphate: Russia Is Trying To Collapse America And Foment Revolution

For the last week, Glenn Beck has been laying out his latest convoluted theory about what is "really" going on with the Russian hack and suspected leak of documents from the Democratic National Committee, which he summarized last night on Fox News by explaining that "Russia is trying to take down Hillary Clinton, destabilize our election and foment revolution on our streets."

On his radio program today, Beck begged his audience to heed his warning because he supposedly has an amazing record of making accurate predictions and he has the same feeling about this theory as he had about his warning of a coming caliphate.

"We have a pretty decent record on some pretty big things," Beck said. "I feel a growing sense that I — and I don't know if this is right yet, so take it with a grain of salt — but I'm beginning to believe that this is the same kind of ... I'm feeling the same way I did at the beginning the caliphate prediction, if you will, that it's the same kind of thing, that people are going to dismiss it and I need to warn you about this."

Russia is "trying to collapse" America "into revolution by going after Hillary Clinton, the DNC and our confidence in the election process," Beck warned. "Now we can either choose to pay attention to it and prepare and have hope in the future because we are not burying our heads in the sand or we can eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. It's our choice. This program is going to cover this in the coming weeks and months and we're going to be prepared for whatever might come out way, God forbid that it does."

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/2/16

  • Some interesting insights into Glenn Beck's lawsuit against his own former CEO.
  • Laurie Higgins warns that efforts to protect the rights of transgender students mean "that eventually all restrooms, locker rooms, and showers will be co-ed."
  • The AFA's Walker Wildmon calls for an end to Muslim immigration and says that "if [Donald] Trump wins and we change our policy to spend the time and energy suspending immigration from countries we deem a significant risk, then we must be willing to monitor mosques." 
  • Bryan Fischer says that naming a Navy ship after Harvey Milk is building a "'Jerry Sandusky Stadium' at Penn State."
  • Finally, the AFA shares Fischer's outrage and has launched a petition urging activists to "contact your members of Congress now, urging them to get involved in stopping plans to name a United States military ship after known sexual predator and pedophile Harvey Milk."

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/1/16

Glenn Beck Unloads On 'GOP, RNC Idiots' Who 'Don't Know Your Ass From Your Elbow'

Glenn Beck got rather riled up on his radio program today, fuming at the Republican Party for supposedly ignoring the values of the Tea Party movement and thereby allowing the Democrats to co-opt the movement's messaging during the Democratic National Convention this week.

"Here's the message the GOP — shame on you  needs to hear," Beck said. "You don't know your ass from your elbow!"

Democrats, Beck claimed, realized that average voters connect with "the Tea Party values, the constitutional values, the red, white and blue values, the values of our founders" and so the party co-opted that messaging and put it front and center during the convention in an effort to appeal to moderate and conservative voters who are uneasy about supporting Donald Trump.

The Tea Party movement was on the verge of victory and of finally saving America, Beck said, but the GOP squandered the opportunity by nominating Trump, thus allowing the Democrats to cynically appropriate Tea Party messaging in order to trick voters into supporting Hillary Clinton.

"GOP, RNC idiots!" Beck seethed. "You idiots! Maybe after you get your ass handed to you by a bunch of Marxist revolutionary radicals who have just cloaked themselves as you, maybe you'll figure it out!"

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 7/28/16





  • Glenn Beck is asking his audience to "send a letter of support to Ted Cruz, thanking him for his bravery and character" in not endorsing Donald Trump when he spoke at the GOP convention.
  • David Kyle Foster has some advice for conservative Christian parents who have gay children: "Despite what the media and all of the pride parades might have you think, no one wants to be gay! Your child did not choose to have same-sex attractions. Your children are not the enemy — Satan is." 
  • CBN's David Brody reports that "Newt Gingrich is working with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to craft a bill that would repeal the controversial Johnson Amendment."
  • Jerry Newcombe defends Ben Carson for attempting to link Hillary Clinton to Lucifer.
  • Finally, an all-caps warning from Jerry Boykin, so you know it's serious: "THE DEMOCRATS ARE IN PHILADELPHIA, MARXISM IS ON THE RISE IN AMERICA AND ISIS ARE THE WOLVES AT THE DOOR."

Glenn Beck Walked Out Of 'God's Not Dead'

Glenn Beck opened his show today by arguing that a key difference between conservatives and progressives is that conservatives make their case using facts, whereas progressives make their case using stories. Progressives, Beck claimed, always win because emotional stories are more powerful than facts for many people. 

Conservatives, he argued, must take this lesson to heart and learn to present their views using effective storytelling if they are to have any chance of turning America around and pointed to the Christian film "God's Not Dead" as a perfect example of how not to do that and, as a consequence, why conservatives keep losing.

"I know a lot of people liked 'God's Not Dead,'" Beck said. "I didn't. I don't think I've ever said this on the air. I walked out of it."

Beck said that he went to see the film with his daughter and neither could stand it because it was so poorly done and one-sided and that they walked out after 40 minutes.

"It might feel good to have a movie come out where we get to slap people across the face," he said," but that's not helpful."

Bailout 2016: The Desperate Plan To Make Right-Wing Author Brad Thor The Next President Of The United States

NOTE: Sadly, this scheme fell apart when Thor announced today he would not run for president. See the update below.

For the last few days, Stu Burguiere, one of the co-hosts of Glenn Beck's daily radio program, has been promoting a desperate, last-ditch effort to prevent either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton from winning the required 270 electoral votes to become president that he is calling "Bailout 2016."

The plan involves finding a third party candidate who can be placed on ballots in deep red states like Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and possibly a few others, around whom "Never Trump" conservatives could rally for the purpose of hampering Trump without helping Clinton in order to create a scenario in which no candidate can secure the necessary number of electoral votes.

As the plan explains, if a third party candidate could win the popular vote in a few conservative states, it could deny Trump a handful of electoral votes that he would need to win the election outright, thereby sending the election to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, which would then hopefully choose this third party candidate to be president and save America from either a Trump or a Clinton presidency. 

Among the names floated by Burguiere when he first laid out this plan was Brad Thor, a right-wing author of thriller novels who is probably best known for getting Beck's radio show suspended earlier this year after Trump supporters accused him of calling for Trump's assassination.

During President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention last night, Burguiere and Thor came together on Twitter to rally behind this plan and it looks like Thor is all in: 













Update: Despite all of Thor's bluster on Twitter last night, he appeared on Beck's radio program today to declare that he is not, in fact, running for president:

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 7/27/16

  • Stu Burguiere, Glenn Beck's co-host, has come up with a brilliant plan to prevent both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton from being elected president.
  • Take one guess what Michael Brown's answer is to this question he has posed: "Seeing that Hillary Clinton is a radically pro-abortion candidate and seeing that the Democratic platform reinforces those radical views, can a Christian vote for Hillary in good conscience?"
  • CBN's David Brody has an interesting response to Donald Trump's lunacy and recklessness: ".@realDonaldTrump isn't a traditional political candidate and when he doesn't act like one media gets in a frenzy. #chillout."
  • Jennifer LeClaire prays that Miley Cyrus "will be like the prodigal son and return to her Father's embrace."
  • Finally, a warning from Laurie Higgins: "The Republican Party is rapidly becoming less shaped by serious Christians and thus less conservative on essential issues related to sexuality, including marriage and physical privacy. The party is being corroded by vipers like U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) who has asex-rejecting daughter, foolish men with deep pockets like Peter Thiel, and by homosexual activists like Milo Yiannopoulis." 

'I Don't Know How He Sleeps At Night': Glenn Beck Cannot Understand Sean Hannity's Shameless Shilling For Trump

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck said that he doesn't understand what has happened to his former Fox News colleague Sean Hannity or understand how Hannity can sleep at night given his shameless shilling for Donald Trump.

Beck and his co-hosts were discussing the fact that Hannity declared that Ted Cruz "blew it" when he spoke at the GOP convention last week and refused to endorse Trump, but then called Bernie Sanders "a gutless coward" for endorsing Hillary Clinton. Beck and crew pointed out that Hannity was basically ripping Cruz for not doing the very thing that he was now ripping Sanders for doing.

"There are too few honest brokers" in the media today, said Beck's co-host, Pat Gray, pointing specifically to the likes of Hannity and Tucker Carlson as people whose positions have become utterly incoherent as a result of their support for Trump.

"I've heard the Sean Hannity" clip, Beck said, "and it is jaw-dropping. And I say this as a friend of Sean Hannity's: I don't know how he sleeps at night, I really don't."

"He's got to have some justification in his head," Beck said. "I'd like to know what the hoop is that he's jumping through because this is truly dramatic."

A Professional Obituary For Roger Ailes

Amid multiple accusations of sexual harassment, Roger Ailes is reportedly in talks to depart his position as chairman and CEO of Fox News. 

To those of us who observed Ailes from the outside, this comes as a shock, despite multiple reports that Rupert Murdoch and his sons wanted the network chief out. He was a skilled infighter who over the years had survived numerous internal fights against powerful foes in the News Corp/21st Century Fox universe.

Fox host Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment allegation brought about the end of his career. (It should be noted that accusations of sexual harassment have floated around Ailes for decades.)

The impact of this moment cannot be overstated. In 2010, at a meeting with progressive donors, I watched a very senior Democratic media consultant tell the audience, “Roger Ailes is a Republican operative with a news network. Give me $100 million and I can build the same thing.”

This was not true.

The operative underestimated the raw talent and ability Ailes brought to the task.

He didn't just create the behemoth of Fox News, running the network outside of Murdoch’s control. Ailes shaped the way we consumed cable news, sometimes at a granular level. The ubiquitous news crawl at the bottom of your television screen? That was a September 11, 2001, Fox News innovation.

Ponder this for a moment: What is the longest-running show on MSNBC?

Answer: Hardball.

It was Ailes who put the show and it’s host Chris Matthews on air when he ran America’s Talking, the precursor network to MSNBC.

In the early 1990s, Ailes built CNBC into the dominant business cable television network.

In the 1960s, Ailes rose from production assistant on the Mike Douglas Show to become its executive producer, as it bloomed from a local variety show to one of the most watched shows in America.

The Mike Douglas Show green room was where he met Richard Nixon and launched his political career.

It is this combination of talents that has led to the incredible power of Fox News and the damage Roger Ailes has wreaked on our country for nearly 50 years. His late friend Joe McGinniss, author of "Selling the President," a book about the 1968 campaign, said of Ailes in 2014: “From Richard Nixon to Rupert Murdoch, I think everyone he’s ever worked for has harmed this country in some way. I also think Fox News is an excrescence. And Roger knows that.”

Ailes’ most common tactic has been to use race as a weapon to divide the American people. In 1968 McGinniss himself quoted Ailes musing before a televised Nixon event, “You know what I’d like? As long as we’ve got this extra spot open. A good, mean, Wallaceite cab driver. Wouldn’t that be great? Some guy to sit there and say, ‘Alwright mac, what about these n**gers.’”

During George H.W. Bush’s 1988 campaign, he remarked to a reporter, “The only question is whether we depict Willie Horton with a knife in his hand or without it.”

And while denying he had anything to do with the infamous ad, Ailes’ testimony before the FECrevealed how he thinks about race and politics:

Q: Did the Bush committee have any policy about not using Mr. Horton's photograph?

A: I have no knowledge of that. I personally rejected the use of Mr. Horton in the advertisement.

Q: How is that?

A: A young researcher brought me a picture of him sometime and I tore it up and threw it in the wastebasket and said we’re not going to do that.

Q And why is that?

A: I knew the issue would backlash because of the liberal media.

Q: And what was that about?

A: When Republicans see Willie Horton they see a criminal, and when Democrats see Willie Horton they see a black.

Later, running Rudy Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign, he used similar tactics in an attempt to pit the black and Jewish communities of New York against each other.

During the Obama administration, Fox News never missed a chance to use minorities to scare its predominantly elderly, white audience. Bill O’Reilly mused openly on air that Rev. Jeremiah Write was Willie Horton “times a thousand.” As I’ve previously written, “That was the beginning of an almost endless list of divisive racial controversies stoked by Fox – Shirley Sherrod, the New Black Panther Party, and Glenn Beck’s statement that Obama was a racist. Each of these was designed specifically to scare white voters away from the President.”

Roger Ailes also represented the paranoid streak that infests the Right, from the Trump campaign to Glenn Beck. As I reported in the book I coauthored with David Brock, "The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned A Network Into A Propoganda Machine":

From the paranoid rants about the creeping threats of communism to odd comparisons between mainstream political leaders and Nazis, Glenn Beck gave voice to some of Ailes’s deepest fears about the Obama presidency. In October 2009, Obama adviser David Axelrod was interviewed during the First Draft of History conference, hosted by The Atlantic magazine. Addressing the polarization that was infecting political discourse, Axelrod mentioned a conversation he had once with a “significant figure on the right”—later revealed to be Roger Ailes—who tried to explain to him why conservatives were suspicious of the president.

Ailes told Axelrod he believed Obama wanted to form a national police force, based on a twenty-one-second clip from a speech where the president proposed a civilian force that would complement the military in providing humanitarian aid around the world. Axelrod quoted Ailes telling him, “You can understand why that has people very nervous. This has shades of Nazism.”

For the last three decades Roger Ailes has been a central force in our media. His departure from Fox News won’t change the network overnight, but the absence of Ailes will have an immeasurable impact, not just on Fox News but the entire media landscape.

Roger Ailes will go down in history as one of the most talented television producers ever, but his entire career has been an excrescence.

Glenn Beck Will Not Vote For Donald Trump Because He Doesn't Want To Answer To God

Glenn Beck spent a portion of his television program last night debating with audience members who are not very happy with his refusal to support Donald Trump, which Beck continues to insist he cannot do because voting for Trump carries eternal consequences.

To vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton is to give his approval to genuine evil and "darkness," Beck said, and so unless God tells him otherwise, he cannot vote for Trump.

"We have to do what we feel the Lord would want us to do," Beck explained. "All I'm looking for now is to be seen in eyes of favor. Lord, I know who you are and I can't imagine standing in front of you and saying, 'But you don't understand, you weren't there.' He was there. And I don't want to say, 'I didn't have enough trust in you to hold the line on my principles' because those principles were right! Even if they were going to throw me in jail and crucify me upside down, I'm not wavering because I believe what I believe in and hopefully the Lord will recognize those who have trust in Him."

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