It's a refrain Glenn Beck hasn't stopped singing. The folks at his 8-28 "Restoring Honor" rally were "regular working stiffs, moms and dads, people just like you who care about America." He stressed the point tonight on his Fox News show by contrasting the 8-28 attendees with the "radicals" who showed up for the 10-02 rally this past weekend on the Mall, whom he called "communists, revolutionaries, people who have called for the destruction of America."
Beck said he knew they were radicals because they were "carrying giant signs bragging" about being socialists -- unlike at 8-28, where "there weren't any signs because the people who came weren't professional protestors or agitators." Excuse me?
Beck spent weeks telling his Fox News viewers not to bring signs to the rally for fear that the "message" would be lost. For example: [from Nexis]
Following allegations that Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman knowingly employed an undocumented immigrant, Fox News has taken pains to cast doubt on the charges, alleging a "political stunt" by her Democratic opponent and that Whitman is the "victim of a last-minute smear campaign." However, Fox personalities have criticized Timothy Geithner for similar issues.
A recent report detailed growing tension between Fox News and its most famous on-air personality, Glenn Beck, and cited complaints by Fox president Roger Ailes of "Beck's hawking his non-Fox ventures too much on his Fox show." Fox News journalists are reportedly "worried about the prospect that Beck is becoming the face of the network."
The man who popularized the term "feminazi" to vilify progressive women boasted recently of how he is a "defender and protector of American women and women worldwide."
He has routinely complained that women are "chickifying" society, accused women of castrating the male population, said he would send Justice Sonia Sotomayor and other women "a bunch of vacuum cleaners to help them clean up after their meetings," and even dabbled in the sort of sexist commentary that serves only to reinforce gender stereotypes. Is snickering about alleged sexual harassment, as Limbaugh recently did, the new definition of defending and protecting women?
This is what Limbaugh should have said on his show Tuesday: "Rush Limbaugh, defender and protector of [conservative] American women and women worldwide" -- because, in essence, that's what he meant to say.
Glenn Beck has said that he is "not a prophet," but he "can see what's coming at us" and "we've never fought anything like the perfect storm that is coming to shore." Media Matters compiles Beck's advice on how to survive the "cataclysmic change" headed our way.
As if we needed any more reasons to recognize that Rush Limbaugh will latch on to any pretext to bash President Obama. Today he offered quite the analysis: because Obama spoke at length about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during his United Nations, he was "bashing Israel."
In fact, during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Obama strongly chastised those "trying to tear down Israel," whose "existence must not be a subject for debate." He went on to warn that any who try to "chip away at Israel's legitimacy will only be met by the unshakeable opposition of the United States."
Here's what "bashing Israel" apparently looks like to Limbaugh:
OBAMA: Those who long to see an independent Palestine must also stop trying to tear down Israel. After thousands of years, Jews and Arabs are not strangers in a strange land. After 60 years in the community of nations, Israel's existence must not be a subject for debate.
Israel is a sovereign state, and the historic homeland of the Jewish people. It should be clear to all that efforts to chip away at Israel's legitimacy will only be met by the unshakeable opposition of the United States. And efforts to threaten or kill Israelis will do nothing to help the Palestinian people. The slaughter of innocent Israelis is not resistance -- it's injustice. And make no mistake: The courage of a man like President Abbas, who stands up for his people in front of the world under very difficult circumstances, is far greater than those who fire rockets at innocent women and children.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly doesn't share Limbaugh's take on Obama's speech. In fact, he had nothing but praise for it, reportedly saying: "I commend this important speech of Obama's and his call to renew the peace process without preconditions. I commend his unequivocal support of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people."
This is hardly the first time Limbaugh -- who once boasted that "there is no bigger supporter of Israel than me" -- has suggested that Obama harbors some anti-Israeli bias. Limbaugh has asserted that Obama "surrounds himself" with "Jew-haters" and "anti-Semites" and that he "run[s] around with people who don't like Jews or hate Israel." He has also accused Obama of "ramping up hatred for Israel" and "hatred of the Jewish people."
Perhaps Christine O'Donnell isn't yet ready for prime time -- on the networks or on Fox. As we noted this morning, CBS' Bob Schieffer tweeted that the controversial Republican Senate candidate has backed out of her planned Sunday interview on Face the Nation. Well, the Associated Press reported around noon today that O'Donnell has gone ahead and also cancelled her scheduled Sunday appearance on Fox News Sunday.
From the AP:
O'Donnell had been set to appear on "Face the Nation" on CBS and "Fox News Sunday."
Campaign spokeswoman Diane Banister told The Associated Press on Saturday that O'Donnell canceled so she could attend previously scheduled events, including a Republican picnic Sunday in Delaware's Sussex County, where she received key support.
Banister says O'Donnell would love to appear on the shows in the future.
Now how does cancelling on Chris Wallace square with Sarah Palin's advice to "speak through Fox News"?
Glenn Beck is quite taken with Dinesh D'Souza. The Fox News host couldn't get enough praise in today for the conservative writer, who recently penned a controversial Forbes cover story that claims "the U.S. is being ruled according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950s." And while several commentators have lambasted the article -- with Daniel Larison of The American Conservative calling it "the most ridiculous piece of Obama analysis yet written" -- Beck repeatedly applauded D'Souza during an hour-long interview on his syndicated radio show. Beck hailed D'Souza as "someone who really gets it" and who "has a better handle on [President Obama] than I think anybody else out there."
Beck was so impressed with D'Souza's "handle" on Obama that he said he could now see that his statement that Obama is a "racist" was "almost infantile" "in its understanding of the president." Beck stated:
BECK: I couldn't figure out what the president was doing and I missed the fact because I hadn't really looked into him. It becomes almost an illusion of racism -- and it's not racism. It's anti-colonialism. It is -- it's liberation theology, which is also in a way anti-colonialism. It's Marxism in its roots. And when you understand these things, all of a sudden everything makes sense. ... His grandfather and his father -- when you understand what they were doing, you all of a sudden can see Barack Obama and where he's going.
He would later add:
BECK: This doesn't have anything to do with race. And that's why I said my comment about a year and a half ago was infantile on its understanding of Obama, because that's your gut that says, 'Wait a minute, it's about race.' No, it's not. It's not about race; it is about colonialism, which is still the message of the left -- that America is stealing the resources of the rest of the world.
This is at least the second time Beck has "amended" his claim that Obama has "exposed himself as a guy" with "a deep-seated hatred for white people." He had previously explained that he had "miscast" Obama's viewpoints as racism, not understanding that "really, what it is, is liberation theology." As we noted at the time, believing in liberation theology may well be worse than hating white people -- according to Beck, liberation theology is "evil" and is part of a belief system that "can lead to genocide."
The fact that Beck has now latched on to D'Souza's theory that Obama is an "anti-colonial" is hardly an improvement.
Fox News, Andrew Breitbart, and other conservative media have attacked Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf because one of his "former associates" believes 9-11 was an "inside job." However, Rauf has repeatedly said the 9-11 attacks were perpetrated by extremist Muslims; moreover, Fox News and Breitbart have their own -- much more significant -- "truther" ties.