In the wake of NPR's decision to terminate Juan Williams' contract following controversial remarks he made about Muslims on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, Media Matters provides a retrospective of the many anti-Muslim statements made on Fox News or by Fox News personalities.
Glenn Beck isn't supposed to be funny, but he is increasingly starting to seem like the comedian who has run out of fresh ideas. The one who has to rely on the same brand of rhetoric he has used for years, which no longer attracts the kind of audience he once commanded. Well, this is exactly what happened in Jackson, New Jersey, a week ago.
At a NJ tea party-sponsored event on October 2, the "Restoring America Rally One State at a Time," Beck returned to warning Americans that "[w]e're entering ... the most dangerous two years of our republic"; he invoked a favorite boogeyman -- unions and union leaders; said that America is up against its biggest foes; gushed of his love for NJ Gov. Chris Christie; and explained that while he doesn't mean to scare people with his doomsday rhetoric, "they're gonna kill us all if we don't stand up." He then ended the night by comparing himself to Moses.
First, President Obama was an anti-colonialist; now, however, he is a "Fabian socialist" -- or so goes Glenn Beck's new argument. Tonight on his Fox News show, Beck claimed that Obama's philosophy is akin to that of Fabian socialists because as a state senator, Obama opposed certain bills that supporters called the "Born Alive Infants Protection Act."
Beck suggested Obama supports infanticide and implied there was no difference between his supposed views on the matter and those of British advice columnist Virginia Ironside, who recently said that "any good mother" would kill their child if they were "deeply suffering" and nothing could be done.
Weaving a chilling tale of babies being left to die "intentionally, compassionately" in American hospitals, Beck stated:
BECK: But has anyone ever died in the closet of a hospital here in America and put intentionally, compassionately into that closet so you couldn't hear the child's screams as it died? Yes. Yes, here in America. A baby that didn't die from an abortion was left in a U.S. hospital in Illinois, left in a laundry room so no one would hear. There was a law voted on to prevent this thing from ever happening again. But guess who didn't vote for it? Guess who showed up only to vote "present"? Illinois state Senator Barack Obama. Why?
Oh, and the response to the U.K. hospital deaths is that the nurses have to sign a public pledge that they'll treat everyone with compassion and dignity. Yes, but I've heard compassion already today from someone.
Beck then aired a clip of Ironside supporting euthanasia for suffering children, and said:
BECK: Here's a mother saying it's compassionate to smother. What's the difference? It's what happens when you're under the influence of a Fabian socialist or a progressive model. Human life is devalued. Just as our dollar is being devalued and they are connected, because the only reason you would have to ration something like medical care is when there is a shortage of supply, of doctors, or of money.
Suddenly, those who have to decide who lives or dies -- they have to decide. You may have to decide. I'd feel better if we had to decide ourselves, but it's not. It's going to be in the hands of a government official -- a progressive or a Fabian socialist like it is over in England. It's a cold calculation based on the greater good for society.
Except that Obama doesn't support infanticide or eugenics. And those votes he cast as a state senator to defeat the Born Alive Infants Protection Act? As we repeatedly pointed out when conservative media seized on the votes to claim Obama's opposition to the bill amounted to support for infanticide, Obama and other opponents of the bill said it posed a threat to abortion rights and was unnecessary because, they said, Illinois law already prohibited the conduct supposedly addressed by the bill.
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."