Once again refusing to offer any specifics, Glenn Beck claimed on Friday that The New York Times took "things" that he "never said" out of context to "smear" him.
According to Nexis, Beck's name appears in two separate Times blog posts in the past two days - both criticizing him for comparing a youth camp in Norway where scores of young people were massacred to the "Hitler youth."
In a blog post headlined "A madman and his manifesto" Timothy Egan wrote:
The bodies of those Norwegian children slaughtered by a terrorist had yet to be fully recovered, let alone buried, when Glenn Beck compared the victims to Nazis.
The summer camp where children of the Norwegian Labor Party went for soccer, swimming, political debates and lectures "sounds a little like, you know, the Hitler Youth," Beck said in his national radio broadcast.
Over at The Lede, Robert Mackey wrote:
A good deal less attention has been paid to the ideas of the dozens of people he killed, among them young members of a Norwegian political party who were attending a summer conference at a campground on Utoya.
Into that void stepped Glenn Beck, who, with apparently little or no information about the victims, told listeners of his radio show that the conference of young activists "sounds a little like the Hitler Youth."
"I mean, who does a camp for kids that's all about politics? Disturbing."
There is simply no mitigating context in the comments Egan and Mackey highlight that can explain away the offensiveness of what Beck said:
Well, when we heard the explosion everybody was willing to say, it's Muslim extremists; it's Muslim extremists. I don't think we made a comment on it, because we didn't know other than there was a bombing that happened. And as the thing started to unfold, and then there was a shooting at a political camp -- which sounds a little like the Hitler youth, or whatever. I mean, who does a camp for kids that's all about politics? Disturbing.
This is the second time Beck has complained he was being dishonestly attacked since he came under fire for those statements.
New rule for bigoted slurs: If Glenn Beck didn't see it, it never happened.
During the Tea Party protests on Capitol Hill over health-care reform, several Democratic Representatives had to pass through a crowd of protesters to get between different buildings. TPM reporter Brian Beutler reported:
Early this afternoon, standing outside a Democratic whip meeting in the Longworth House office building, I watched Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) make his way out the door, en route to the neighboring Rayburn building. As he rounded the corner toward the exit, wading through a huge crowd of tea partiers and other health care protesters, an elderly white man screamed "Barney, you faggot"--a line that caused dozens of his confederates to erupt in laughter.
After that incident, Capitol police threatened to expel the protesters from the building, but were outnumbered and quickly overwhelmed. Tea party protesters equipped with high-end video cameras were summoned to film the encounter and the officers ultimately relented.
According to Beck, this is a "lie." After a long-winded rant about conservative victimization for sometimes being accused to racism, Beck said today:
And for the one thousandth time, no one called John Lewis the n-word. No one called Barney Frank the f-word. It didn't happen. Stop the lies.
Then again, it's not a far leap for Beck to go from trying to clear the record of things he actually said to denying first-hand accounts of hateful things Tea Party protesters have said.
Beck spent much of his radio show Wednesday urging his listeners to call their Senators and demand passage of "cut, cap, and balance," a legislative plan that includes a balanced budget amendment.
Economic experts say that a balanced budget amendment would harm the current economic recovery and make future recessions worse, and that it would force drastic cuts to major programs like Social Security and Medicare. Tuesday seven economists -- including five Nobel laureates -- sent a letter to President Obama and Congressional leaders noted these economic concerns and declaring that "writing a requirement into the Constitution that the budget be balanced each year would represent very unsound policy."
Listen to Beck push for unsound economic policy:
Fox News has aggressively supported a Republican plan to add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. However, progressive and conservative experts alike have made clear that a balanced budget amendment would make future recessions worse and damage the current recovery.
Over the course of just two nights, Sean Hannity has taunted President Obama as a "crybaby" at least 12 times. Hannity even had Frank Luntz ask his focus group whether they agreed that Obama was "becoming a crybaby."
Criticizing President Obama over debt negotiations, Sean Hannity invoked the discredited myth that the stimulus failed and worsened the recession. In fact, independent experts agree that the stimulus bill significantly raised employment and increased GDP by several percentage points.
Earlier this week, Fox News continued its transition from Glenn Beck with The Five, a show that debuted with a litany of sexist stereotypes. On Tuesday, the show gave co-host Greg Gutfeld a platform to dismiss concerns that childhood obesity was an epidemic and to instead compare it to bad breath.
After discussing Michelle Obama's recent trip to the Shake Shack, Gutfeld called the First Lady "our nation's anti-obesity leader," and went on to dismiss the widespread problem of childhood obesity:
But health experts agree that childhood obesity is a severe health crisis in America. A 2007 working group report by the National Institutes of Health stated that childhood obesity had "reached epidemic proportions" in America; according to the Centers for Disease Control, "childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years." The CDC also outlined how dangerous obesity is to the health of children, both immediately and continuing into their adulthood:
- Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.5
- Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.3,6
- Obese youth are more likely than youth of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults, and therefore more at risk for associated adult health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.6
Fox News' The Five, launched as a "new weekday program" to fill the time slot previously held by Glenn Beck, debuted with a barrage of sexist stereotypes, including comparing government spending to spendthrift wives, discussing whether Sarah Palin could be elected "based just on her hotness," and asking a female panelist whether she was "looking for a sugar daddy."
Meet The Press moderator David Gregory is still misrepresenting President Obama's economic record.
In June, Meet The Press aired a graphic claiming that "President Obama's Economic Record" consisted of higher unemployment, debt, and gas prices.
During an interview with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Meet The Press aired a virtually identical graphic minus the line about gas prices, which Gregory called "the chart of the president's economic record":
What these graphics do not show, and what David Gregory did not see fit to mention, is that President Obama's recovery measures have boosted employment by several million jobs, according to several different independent estimates. Furthermore, a March 2010 study in The Wall Street Journal found that 70 percent of economists surveyed said the stimulus "boosted growth and mitigated job losses." As well, analyses have shown that virtually all of the debt added in the last several years are attributable to Bush-era policies and the economic downturn.
When Gregory presented this graphic to Geithner, he dismissed it as "a ridiculous table." Watch:
Hopefully, the Meet The Press graphics department can come up with a more truthful chart before the show next discusses economic issues.
Fox Business host Eric Bolling demonstrated this week how he responds to facts that undermine his preferred falsehoods: He laughs at them.
For several months, Fox figures have used deceptively cropped video of National Education Association official Bob Chanin's farewell address to smear the union. Sean Hannity suggested that the video showed that the teachers' union doesn't "care about the children," while Andrew Napolitano cited the video to claim that the NEA cares only for "power," and not representing its members.
Chanin's full speech clearly shows that he was explaining that caring about schoolchildren is not enough for the union to be an effective advocate - he was saying that the NEA is a more effective advocate for children because it has power to negotiate and advocate for certain policies. In his speech, Chanin explicitly said that the NEA's power would "enable us to achieve our vision of a great public school for every child."
Bolling stuck to the Fox script Tuesday, playing a deceptively cropped video of the speech and then claiming that the NEA cares only about political power and is "not about the children." Bolling described Chanin's edited comments - edited to fit the Fox News falsehood - as a "despicable slip." Fox contributor Mike Gallagher later said the comments illustrated that the NEA is "an evil, evil, corrupt entity."
And when one of Bolling's guests attempted to point out that Bolling was wrong, he simply laughed, repeated the Fox script, and moved on.