Monday on Hannity, Ann Coulter blamed the continued focus on the conspiracy theories about President Obama's birth certificate on the "liberal media," claiming that "you don't see that on Fox News." Coulter also stated that "every responsible conservative organization" that examined the issue "has shot it down."
On his March 25 Fox News show, Hannity said:
HANNITY: What are we to make of what he's -- the question he's raising? You know, John McCain had questions about whether he was born in America. Dick Cheney had to prove his residency in Wyoming. If we want to take it back further, other presidents have been questioned about their residency. What's wrong with asking about, "OK, can you just show us the birth certificate?" I was born in the same year as the president --
HANNITY: I don't get to make the final decision. But the answer is, do I think he was? Yes. Do I think he's -- do I think this is odd that they won't produce the birth certificate?
DANIELS: Well, I think --
HANNITY: It's beginning to get odd to me
When will Coulter call out the platforms she appears on for promoting what she calls "a conspiracy theory that won't die on the internet?"
Fox News' decision to end Glenn Beck's show comes after a tumultuous two years during which Fox News figures were constantly forced to defend Beck's outrageous comments or distance themselves from the controversial host.
Several Fox News figures have recently demanded that countries hosting an American military presence reimburse the U.S. financially.
Prompted by Louis Farrakhan's remark that America is a "habitation of devils," Glenn Beck asked, "[W]hat happens when you can convince enough people" that something is "full of demons"? Beck himself has a long history of linking progressives to "the devil" and calling them "enemies of God."
Fox News has revived the false conspiracy theory that President Obama arranged for an Export-Import Bank loan to a Brazilian oil company in order to enrich George Soros at the expense of the United States. In fact, the loan in question was approved by a Bush-appointed bank board and will go toward the purchase of U.S. goods and services.
Glenn Beck has presented audio of a speaker at a conference as evidence of a plot to commit "economic terrorism" by "collaps[ing] the system." However, Beck himself has said that our economic "system" "needs to be taken down, and then we rebuild it back up," and that "this system will never work" and that we should "[l]et it come down and retool."
Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are accusing the Obama administration of subverting American interests by allowing a Brazilian company to drill in the Gulf of Mexico. But the Bush administration granted the initial permit, and Obama has granted deepwater drilling permits to American companies since the Gulf oil disaster.
Glenn Beck has repeatedly used his Fox News show as a platform to villify labor unions, accusing unions of perpetuating violence, linking them to communists, likening union pensions to rape, accusing unions of wanting to destroy "the Western way of life," and claiming that unions are destroying children's education.
Andrew Napolitano claimed that increased oil drilling "would lower the price of gasoline tomorrow." In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy and PolitiFact agree that increased access to offshore oil drilling would not have a significant effect on gasoline prices.
Glenn Beck was talking revolution today. Specifically, he was concerned with the "socialist radical" raised-fist kind of revolution.
Discussing his general bogeyman of socialists, communists, and whatever other kinds of revolutionaries he never-endingly rants about with David Horowitz, Beck showed logos of two separate organizations that have one thing in common: the image of a raised fist in its promotional materials.
Beck and Horowitz explained the connection:
BECK: David, I know you don't have - I don't think Fox doesn't go to LA, they don't let it in - LA. You can't see these, but I'm holding them up. And one is the International Socialist Organization logo, and the other is the AFL-CIO Stand With Wisconsin logo. They're identical. Would you guys agree they're identical? Yeah, they're identical.
HOROWITZ: Well of course. The socialist radical left took over the AFL-CIO years ago.
Well of course. If an organization promotes the image of a raised fist, it must be a "socialist radical left" organization.
(h/t Charles Johnson)