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)
Glenn Beck mischaracterized a study assessing the vulnerability of the United States to economic warfare to falsely suggest that a "Pentagon report" backed up his theory of a "perfect storm" involving "all of the forces in the world that want to take America down." In fact, the report's disclaimer states that its conclusion is not the view of the government.
Fox News has pushed a litany of falsehoods while reporting on pro-labor protests in Wisconsin, thereby proving right the many Wisconsin protesters who have broken out into chants of "Fox News lies."
Sean Hannity falsely claimed that public workers in Ohio earn more than private sector workers, parroting a discredited USA Today analysis. In fact, the Economic Policy Institute found that compensation for Ohio public employees is "slightly less than what they would receive in the private sector" after controlling for factors such as education and experience.
Rush Limbaugh claimed that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposed union-busting bill is designed to "save union jobs" from a budget crisis that would necessitate layoffs. In reality, the parts of the bill restricting collective bargaining would not affect Wisconsin's budget shortfall.
Bill Kristol and other media conservatives have recently denounced Glenn Beck for using "hysteria" and "apocalyptic conspiracy terms" in his commentary about the uprising in Egypt. This is the latest case in which Beck's violent rhetoric and conspiratorial fearmongering have triggered criticism from Republicans and right-wing media figures.
Fox Nation today posted an article from Alex Jones' PrisonPlanet.com website, entitled "Obama's Blocking of New Power Plants Triggers Nationwide Blackouts?"
As Kate Galbraith reported yesterday in the Texas Tribune, the rolling blackouts throughout Texas earlier this week were primarily caused by problems with the power plants from the extremely cold weather -- not a government conspiracy:
Initially, it appears, some coal plants went offline due to cold-weather problems, taking a large chunk of electricity out of the grid. Luminant, a major power-generation company, confirmed that its two coal units at the Oak Grove plant in Robertson County failed, as did two units at a coal plant in Milam County. "We are in various stages of start-up and operation for that group," Allan Koenig, a Luminant spokesman, said via e-mail. Three of these four units only began operating in the last few years; Fraser, who chairs the Senate Committee on Natural Resources, noted that they had new emissions-control technologies, and said one question was how those technologies had handled the cold.
Dave Knox, a spokesman for NRG, another power company, said that a cold-weather problem also caused a shut-down of its Limestone coal plant near Jewitt, Texas. The problem occurred yesterday, albeit after the early-morning crisis, and the plant returned to operating early this morning.
Natural gas plants were hastily turned on to make up for the coal-plant failures. But, Fraser said, some power cuts affected some stations for compressing natural gas -- so without power they couldn't pump gas, causing some gas power plants to go offline. In addition, rules regarding "curtailment" of natural gas -- who gets first dibs on gas when gas supplies are tight -- were last revised in 1972, Fraser said, leaving some power plants at risk of losing out on supplies.
Fox Nation is just the latest Fox entity to mainstream Jones. Fox Business host Andrew Napolitano previously revealed himself as a 9-11 Truther on Alex Jones' radio show in November 2010. Napolitano has long been friendly with Alex Jones during his employment with Fox. Alex Jones himself is best known for his wild conspiracy theories, and was cited as an inspiration by alleged would-be assassin Byron Williams last year.
Glenn Beck recently promoted the turmoil unfolding in Egypt as the "Archduke Ferdinand moment" he claims he has been warning about for years, warning that it could lead to a "Muslim caliphate" and a Marxist "insurrection." This is at least the seventh different "Archduke Ferdinand moment" Beck has identified in the past four years.