Yesterday, I documented how Glenn Beck turned a paid radio advertisement for his sponsor into a segment on his Fox News show within a single day.
Tonight, Beck doubled down, devoting his entire monologue to the perils of food inflation:
During his paid radio ad for Food Insurance on November 1, Beck told his audience that people he knows have urged him to tell his audience to invest in food commodities:
When I got this one guy on the phone, and I've had two now tell me this. They have said to me, "Glenn, please, tell your audience -- food. If you're investing, buy corn or commodities, because commodities are going to go up." One of the guys, who's not a crackpot at all and very, very reasoned, said to me, "It doesn't seem unreasonable that in the next 12 months, a quarter of this country can't afford food, because commodities -- the foodstuff is going up."
During tonight's Fox News monologue, Beck suggested that food commodities were an excellent investment, saying:
Now, if you would be scared of what would be coming next, if you're in the rest of the world, and you're like, OK, I don't really know, I got gobs of money. What do I put it in? What do I invest it in? I don't know if I trust bonds. I don't know what I trust anymore. What do you buy?
Well, you don't -- if you think that maybe times are going to be a little tough, you don't necessarily, you know, put your money into a company that's going to be making those 200-inch plasmas. You look for something stable.
What does the world always need? Food, corn, rice, wheat -- commodities.
It is abundantly clear that Glenn Beck is, without disclosure, taking an argument he used to promote his radio sponsor Food Insurance and turning it into a 17-minute long monologue on his Fox News show. Indeed, Glenn Beck seems to have quite the relationship with this particular sponsor. On the Food Insurance home page, the company features a Glenn Beck ad with the words, "as recommended on the Glenn Beck Program."
Isn't it about time Glenn Beck's employers at Fox News investigate whether he is violating his contract with them -- again -- by serving as a paid product spokesperson, like they did nearly a year ago when it came to his incessant promotion of gold?
On his radio show yesterday, Glenn Beck announced that he would do a segment on his Fox News show that night discussing how there really is inflation, because, he says, the dollar's value is declining and commodities such as food will cost more. It all sounds like a perfectly normal Beck monologue -- except he said the exact same thing in a paid radio advertisement for his sponsor Food Insurance the previous day.
Glenn Beck appeared to reverse his history of ridiculing birthers tonight by promoting Tom Tancredo's candidacy for governor of Colorado on his Fox News show. On more than one occasion, Tancredo has repeated the long-debunked birther conspiracy theory by claiming that President Obama has not revealed his birth certificate.
Beck, who previously labeled a birther protester an "idiot" and begged people to "please run away from the birther movement," introduced Tancredo as one of the 2010 candidates he thought was "worth talking to."
As Think Progress reported, Tancredo questioned Obama's birth certificate during the April 27 edition of Alan Colmes' radio show [emphasis from Think Progress]:
COLMES: Do you really believe -- you know he was born in Hawaii right?
TANCREDO: I have absolutely no idea where he was born.
COLMES: You've seen he was born in Hawaii; he was in two Hawaiian newspapers within two days of his birth.
TANCREDO: Anybody can put an article in a newspaper. Just show me your birth certificate!
Think Progress noted that Tancredo again jumped into birtherism during a rally in Phoenix in June [emphasis from Think Progress]:
I used to think, I used to believe that the greatest threat we ever had to this country -- I remember when I was a kid, it used to be Russia with the atomic bombs, and after that it was al Qaeda -- but there is somebody who is a greater threat to American liberty today than anybody else I can think of. His name is Barack Obama. He does not see the America that you and I see. He looks at a different place. He looks at the America that you and I love, he looks at the America that the Founders put together, and he says, "I don't like that, I'm going to create something else." And he says, when his friend, the President of Mexico is here, he says, "We are not defined by borders." Well maybe he isn't defined by borders. Citizenship is not important. I can understand why somebody like Barack Obama would say citizenship is not important since he refuses to even produce his own birth certificate!
Glenn Beck is so enthused about Tancredo's candidacy that on October 27, he said he "may move to Colorado" if Tancredo is elected governor.
Beck also did his part for FoxPAC's campaign efforts tonight by hosting two Republican candidates for Congress, Ruth McClung of Arizona and Ryan Frazier of Colorado. Fox News has relentlessly promoted GOP candidates all week long.
Glenn Beck tied President Obama and George Soros to a group he has vilified for purportedly bringing "violent revolution" to "our shores." Beck has repeatedly demonized Soros as "evil," characterized Obama as a Soros pawn, and has accused Soros of putting a "bounty on my head."
Glenn Beck promoted radio sponsor FreedomWorks on his Fox News show, placing president and CEO Matt Kibbe in the audience and turning to him in response to a question from another audience member about political organizing. FreedomWorks has been advertising on Beck's radio show since April, a fact he neglected to disclose tonight.
Here is FreedomWorks president and CEO Matt Kibbe on Glenn Beck tonight:
Glenn Beck has a close working relationship with FreedomWorks that dates back to at least April of this year, when he read a paid advertisement from FreedomWorks on his radio show. FreedomWorks has continued to sponsor The Glenn Beck Program, with Beck advertising for its $200,000 money bomb just last week.
The right-wing media have recently advanced the conspiracy theory that the $1.8 million grant to NPR from the Open Society Foundations -- which were founded by philanthropist George Soros -- is related to Juan Williams' firing. Andrew Breitbart's websites have dramatically one-upped that conspiracy theory, accusing the White House of having a role in Williams' termination and suggesting that Williams' firing is evidence of a "shariah-mandated stealth jihad" -- perhaps part of a "Muslim Brotherhood influence operation."
Glenn Beck has vilified the Tides Foundation for what he said were efforts to "indoctrinate" children with a film that has been shown in schools. But recently, Beck helped raise money for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which reportedly plans to distribute teaching guides to schools around the country.
Tonight, Glenn Beck took up the cause of Florida GOP congressional candidate Allen West, whom Beck called a "man of integrity." In doing so, Beck defended West for assaulting a detainee during an interrogation when he was serving in Iraq -- actions military officials say violated the law. West also reportedly has a close relationship with a motorcycle club suspected by the FBI of criminal activity.
Here is what Beck said about Allen West tonight:
CNN contributor Erick Erickson, who once promised that he would ban birthers from his RedState blog, announced today that he would guest-host longtime birther G. Gordon Liddy's radio show. Erickson, who later seemingly reneged on this pledge, took to his Twitter account to make his announcement:
In a February post, Erickson equated birthers with 9-11 truther conspiracy theorists and was specific about his position on not letting them post at RedState:
If you think 9/11 was an inside job or you really want to debate whether or not Barack Obama is an American citizen eligible to be President, RedState is not a place for you.
Birfers and Truthers are not welcome here. Period. End of Story.
He also wrote, "The tea party movement is in danger of getting a bad reputation for allowing birfers and truthers to share the stage."
One must wonder how he can reconcile his concern that birthers are damaging the reputation of tea partiers with guest-hosting G. Gordon Liddy's radio show, given Liddy's long history of supporting and repeating birther allegations against President Obama.
Rupert Murdoch claimed in a recent speech that "the most virulent strains" of anti-Semitism "come from the left." However, his own Fox News personalities have a history of promoting anti-Semitic sources and mainstreaming people who have associations with anti-Semitic groups.