O'Reilly Reveals Beck's Role In Aiding The GOP

Blog ››› ››› SHAUNA THEEL

O'Reilly advised the GOP to "explain" that Obama is driven by social justice and "scare" them by saying he is "pushing the country over a cliff" on his show tonight. In fact, Glenn Beck's daily show on Fox News has pushed just those points - revealing Fox News' role as the GOP's communications arm once again.

On his Fox News show, Beck has relentlessly pushed the claim that Obama is committed to the "evil" cause of social justice. In one instance, Beck said:

BECK: [E]verything that is getting pushed through Congress, including this health care bill, are transforming America and they are all driven by President Obama's thinking on one idea: reparations. You crazy right-wing extremist!

Before you say anything, President Obama is against reparations. He, himself, said so. He said that, but what the media didn't report on conveniently during the election ignores the reason why he is against reparations. As I warned before the election, he doesn't think that reparations would go far enough.

Quote, "I fear that reparations would be an excuse for some to say, 'We've paid our debt,' and to avoid the much harder work."

[...]

BECK: Obama is no dummy. He knows that he would never pass reparations. He knows he would never pass any of this stuff. This is all affirmative action.

He also knows we can't afford health care. He knows we can't afford cap-and-trade and more stimulus bills.

But see, that's assuming that he wants to take care of somebody's health. It's assuming that he wants unemployment numbers the way we all understand unemployment numbers, and he said that he wants to take care of the environment.

But I don't think those are his goals. That's a nice bonus.

His goal is creating a new America, a new model, a model that will settle old racial scores through new social justice. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 7/23/09, transcript via Nexis]

And O'Reilly has adopted Beck's tactics, repeatedly connecting President Obama to social justice. And as he said tonight, those accusations can only help the GOP:

O'REILLY: If the Republicans want to defeat President Obama, they have to explain him to the country. Because I don't believe most of the country understands the President and how he is driven by one thing and one thing only, and that is social justice. Above all else, that's what he wants. And in theory that's good. But in practice, it's pushing the country over the cliff. So as much as he's personable and sincere, the country's going over the cliff. And if the GOP can't make that case, it's gonna lose.

O'Reilly later added: "I think you're going to have to scare the American people a little bit."

Beck is Fox News' fearmongerer in chief. In the past he has accused the Obama administration of "taking you to a place to be slaughtered," and creating "slavery." He's also smeared Obama himself as a "Marxist" who may not be a Christian. Here's an example of the hyperbolic rhetoric coming from what even Beck's colleagues call his fear chamber:

BECK: So what does Obama do, he says, boy, I'm not -- I'm just out of stuff to do. What else could I possibly do to the American people?

President Obama, why don't you just set us on fire? For the love of Pete, what are you doing? Do you not hear -- do you not hear the cries of people who are saying stop? We would like some sanity in our country for a second.

We didn't vote to lose the republic. We didn't vote for any of this stuff. We voted for change.

[...]

BECK: We can disagree with each other on policies, but Good Lord Almighty, man, please. Some of us don't agree with all of the policies. We'd like to have a country left in the end of four years. No need to set us on fire. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 4/9/09]

O'Reilly has previously demonstrated that Beck's conspiracy theories and fearmongering will continue to get play on Fox News even after Beck's departure. Today he made it clear that Beck's anti-Obama campaigning will continue to get play as well.

Posted In
Government, The Presidency & White House
Network/Outlet
Fox News Channel
Person
Bill O'Reilly
Show/Publication
The O'Reilly Factor
We've changed our commenting system to Disqus.
Instructions for signing up and claiming your comment history are located here.
Updated rules for commenting are here.