Glenn Beck has said that "there is no one" more "pro-Jew" than himself, but we've shown that claim to be pretty dubious. Not only has Beck used his show to promote the work of anti-Semitic writers like Eustace Mullins and Elizabeth Dilling, he also flogged anti-Semitic stereotypes during his series of lengthy "reports" on the supposedly shadowy international financier and "puppet master" George Soros. Beck has also repeatedly advanced former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's claim that Soros was "helped trigger the economic meltdown" of Southeast Asian currencies in 1997 -- which Mahathir had reportedly suggested was part of a Jewish "agenda."
And then there was tonight's episode, the theme of which was that the 20th century should be seen as "the era of the big lie." According to Beck, during the past 100 years a loose association of shadowy figures who believed themselves to be the "intelligent minority" infected the country with their notion that the people are "animals" who can be controlled through propaganda. He further warned that this same elite was leading the modern progressive movement and would similarly seek to manipulate the masses in the twenty-first century.
So who are these nefarious figures from government, finance, media, and academia who believe they can and should control everyone's choices, "not just in politics, but everywhere"? In tonight's episode, Beck singles out nine of them. One is AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. Here are the other eight:
- Propagandist and ad man Edward Bernays, who revolutionized 20th century public relations.
- Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, who was Bernays' uncle and influenced his method.
- George Soros, who Beck claimed shared Freud and Bernays' philosophy that people are "animals" who can be "experimented with."
- Cass Sunstein, who Beck insisted "is Edward Bernays" and has called "the most dangerous man in America."
- Former SEIU president Andy Stern, who Beck said is part of a self-proclaimed "intelligent minority" of powerful men trying to manipulate the "bewildered herd" of America.
- Walter Lippman, a prominent columnist of the mid-20th century, who Beck accused of viewing government "as a way to control people."
- Frances Fox Piven, professor at CUNY, who Beck accused of "sowing the seeds" of revolution.
- Ed Rendell, the governor of Pennsylvania, who Beck said thinks of himself as "one of the elites that are there to guide the herd."
Eagle-eyed readers might notice what all eight of these people have in common. Yes, eight out of the nine villians Beck identified tonight are Jewish.
Probably just a coincidence, right?
Here's just a taste of tonight's episode: