G. Edward Griffin

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  • Ten Of The Most Ludicrous Fox News Guests

    Blog ››› ››› BEN DIMIERO

    Last week, Fox News invited discredited conspiracy theorist Kathleen Willey on air to smear Hillary Clinton. Willey has for years spread outlandish conspiracies about the Clintons, including suggesting that they may have been behind the death of her husband and former White House aide Vince Foster.

    During the interview Fox host Megyn Kelly pointed out that "detractors" say Willey is a "dishonest person," and that "there's no direct evidence tying the Clintons" to some of Willey's more outrageous allegations. But the fact that Willey is dishonest and lacks evidence for her smears merely highlights the folly of giving her a platform in the first place. 

    Fox News has had similar lapses in judgment when hosting other conspiracy theorists and smear artists in the past. Among others, Fox has hosted a person who thinks the Obama administration may have "orchestrated" the Benghazi attacks; a guest that believes the president and Osama bin Laden are literally the same person; a blogger that thinks Obama's father isn't Obama's father; a contributor that once wrote a column arguing Rep. Gary Condit had Chandra Levy killed by a gay Caribbean motorcycle gang; and someone who thinks the president "bears traits that resemble the Antichrist." 

    Below is an admittedly incomplete list of the least credible guests the network has ever hosted. People that just missed the cut include a self-proclaimed prophet who warned that the Antichrist "will employ precisely the same methods" as President Obama and the author of the birther tomes Where's The Birth Certificate? and Where's The Real Birth Certificate? 

  • The Cato Institute Should Apologize For Legitimizing Beck's Anti-Fed Conspiracist

    Blog ››› ››› TODD GREGORY

    The Cato Institute contributed to an egregious offense against responsible discourse on Friday. In an episode of Glenn Beck's Fox News show devoted to "get[ting] educated on the Fed," Beck presented two guests as experts on the Federal Reserve. One was Mark Calabria, who holds a doctorate in economics and is the director of financial regulation studies for Cato.

    The other was G. Edward Griffin, author of the anti-Fed book The Creature From Jekyll Island, life member of the John Birch Society, and promoter of multiple lunatic conspiracy theories.

    Another of the books Griffin has written is titled World Without Cancer: The Story Of Vitamin B17. It "marshals the evidence" that cancer is caused by a dietary deficiency that can be cured with "an essential food compound." The book explains that "orthodox medicine" has "waged war" against this cure because of a "hidden economic and power agenda." Griffin also co-produced a film called What in the World Are They Spraying? The Chemtrail/Geo-Engineering Coverup, which claims that we are "being sprayed with toxic substances without our consent" and that "they are lying to us about it."

    The Cato Institute is a Washington think tank that strives to advance libertarian ideas through credible methods -- writing research reports, publishing books, and hosting policy forums. Calabria has served as a Senate committee staffer and as a deputy assistant secretary in the Department of Housing and Urban development. This all contrasts starkly with the fevered conspiracy theories that are Griffin's stock-in-trade.

    Whether Calabria knew that he was going to appear with Griffin or not, he and the Cato Institute should apologize for helping to confer legitimacy on Griffin and his fringe ideas.

  • Who Is G. Edward Griffin, Beck's Expert On The Federal Reserve?

    ››› ››› SEAN EASTER

    On his Fox News show, Glenn Beck presented author G. Edward Griffin as a credible authority on the Federal Reserve. But Griffin has an extensive history of promoting wild conspiracy theories, including the notions that HIV does not exist and that cancer is a dietary deficiency that can be cured with "an essential food compound."