On his Fox News show, Glenn Beck claimed that the civil rights movement "has been co-opted by progressives." However, Beck routinely uses both the civil rights movement and its rhetoric for his own political agenda, such as his claim that his August 28 rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial will "reclaim the civil rights movement."
Addressing comments he made on his May 28 radio show attacking President Obama's daughter, Glenn Beck lied about his history of "dragging" Obama's family "into the debate," falsely claiming that he had "never done it until last Friday." In fact, as Media Matters has previously documented, Beck has repeatedly brought up Obama's family in his commentary over the last several months.
This apology is incomplete. Beck involved Obama's children in another attack on the president earlier this week, comments Beck did not address in his apology today.
Further, Beck limited his apology to just "my own rule about leaving kids out of political debates." But he has repeatedly stated that entire families are off-limits -- and he has dragged President Obama's family into "political debates" several times over the past year. In a sexist attack on the president's wife just last week, Beck referred to an image on the Drudge Report of Michelle Obama at a White House state dinner for the Mexican president and his wife, stating:
I don't think I've ever seen the first lady with her -- excuse the expression -- but with her breasts all smooshed up.
Beck has also repeatedly brought up Obama's parents on his Fox News and radio shows -- specifically in the context of discussing Obama's politics -- and more than a year ago, he made fun of President Obama's aunt.
Glenn Beck's apology is incomplete until he apologizes for all the other instances in which he dragged the president's family into his political attacks.
Right-wing media figures -- including Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh -- have attacked critics of the Arizona immigration law by invoking the idea of a civil war. For example, Beck suggested President Obama is "trying to destroy the country" and pushing America toward civil war.
Fox's John Stossel has repeatedly called for the repeal of part of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, saying that "private businesses ought to get to discriminate" and that free-market forces will resolve racial discrimination.
Glenn Beck falsely claimed that "this new cap-and-trade bill" extends unemployment insurance by three years and encourages workers to move overseas. In fact, the energy bill most recently considered in Congress, sponsored by Sens. John Kerry and Joe Lieberman, has no such provisions, and Beck's claims distort provisions from the Waxman-Markey bill that the House passed last year.
Media Matters for America has compiled and debunked myths and falsehoods about Solicitor General Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination.
Yet again, Fox News has demonstrated its lack of concern for the ethical implications of Karl Rove's dual role as a "political analyst" for the network and his involvement in a GOP "campaign apparatus." Tonight, Greta Van Susteren opened her show with a lengthy segment in which Rove spoke extensively about Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and her three potential GOP challengers. Following the path laid in Happening Now co-host Jon Scott's interview of Rove yesterday, Van Susteren made absolutely no mention of Rove's role in this GOP political operation, introducing him only as "the author of the new book Courage and Consequence":
One would think that after its Sean Hannity ethical nightmare, Fox News would take these things seriously. Media Matters has already pointed out this particular issue with Rove three times previously. Where does Fox News draw the line? Will it wait until its employees actively fundraise and campaign for GOP candidates?
Glenn Beck distorted remarks by Apollo Alliance co-founder Joel Rogers to suggest that Rogers' "definition of the green economy" is to bring "the economy to a complete halt" by eliminating "every power plant" and stopping "every car in America." In fact, nowhere in the remarks that Beck played did Rogers advocate "bringing the economy to a halt," and the Apollo Alliance's plan for a "clean energy economy" includes improving the efficiency of cars and power plants -- not stopping them.
On The O'Reilly Factor, Ann Coulter stated that "everyone is blatantly lying" when saying the new Arizona immigration law could lead to racial profiling. However, several Fox News personalities have said that the law may lead to racial profiling.