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‘Non-Political’ Fox News Messiah Glenn Beck and His ‘Black Robe Regiment’ Represent the Views of 180 Million Americans

… well, according to Glenn Beck anyway.

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Beck Introduces the New Black Robe Regiment

That’s right, 240 preachers show up at Beck’s ‘Gull on the Mall’ party — his ‘Black Robe Regiment’ — and, somehow, they represent what 180 million Americans think? This must be the miracle Beck was promoting!

Our New Messiah Glenn Beck’s Message From God: ‘Just Do It’

“This is the beginning of the great awakening of America … We must give voice to what God says we must do My message to you tonight is stand where He wants you to stand and trust in the Lord. If He tells you to do it, do it. If you can’t figure it out, He will. Just do it.”
— Glenn Beck yesterday on his ‘Restoring Honor’ rally message, as quoted by NBC news services, Aug. 28, 2010.

Is Glenn Beck listening to God or Nike’s advertising agency?

“All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.”
— John Arbuthnot

So do ‘non-political’ tea parties and jumped-up bipolar Shock Jocks who pretend to be religious figures.

Fox News’ Six Big Tricks

…And it’s not just Fox. Both CNN and MSNBC are also occasionally guilty of some of these insults to journalism.

Regular readers of this site already know most of them, but it’s useful to be reminded of how pernicious is this propaganda and how the Neo-News tainted sausage is made. From Mark Green, as published by the New York Observer:

The Tricks of Fox’s Trade
By Mark Green
August 3, 2010 | 6:17 p.m

For professional reasons, I watch a lot of Fox News. And it’s not easy to fully convey its nightly mendacity or how programs are little more than RNC video ads. Of course, two weeks ago the cable network was caught hyping the Andrew Breitbart political smear of Shirley Sherrod, first on its Web site and then on Hannity and O’Reilly. But like repeat pyromaniacs who waltz away from the fires they set, Fox has neither explained what went wrong nor apologized for it.

To help viewers spot the next Sherrod, here’s a brief guide to the six parlor tricks Fox uses to mislead the credulous:

Rhetorical questions. “Is the N.A.A.C.P. racist?” asked Bill O’Reilly last month, leading some viewers to an obvious-though false-answer. “Will the [New Start treaty] leave the U.S. defenseless until it’s too late?” wondered anchor Megyn Kelly. Rinse. Repeat. Every day.

Creating reality by repeated slogans. Fox’s anchors and hosts reiterate certain loaded phrases to see if they’ll catch on and reframe the political conversation. The only problem with “death taxes” and “death panels” and “climate-gate,” however, is that they all describe made-up stuff.

Conclusory lies delivered with certainty. To rational minds, facts lead to conclusions; at Fox, conclusions lead to “facts.” The key is that they are said so quickly and authoritatively that they seem self-evident. So the stimulus hasn’t created one job … or any private-sector jobs … or not very many.

I encountered this in 2000 when I was on O’Reilly. In one of many efforts to show that Christians were an oppressed minority, the host asked why nativity scenes were barred from public places but menorahs weren’t. I agreed that both should be barred since they were comparable religious symbols. On his next show, he called me “anti-Christian” because I would allow a menorah but not a cr碨e. Whoa. When I asked for a retraction, his producer blithely said, “Well, Bill had a different interpretation.”

Highlight out-of-context aberrations and ignore all contrary data. Did you know that Ted Williams always struck out? I can prove it with a tape showing his whiffs, but not those hits producing a lifetime .344 batting average. Did you know that Barack Obama largely created all our deficits? Actually, George Bush’s last budget anticipated a deficit of $1.3 billion in Mr. Obama’s first year, and America’s debt today comes largely from Reagan’s and Bush 43’s tax cuts and deficits, as David Stockman explained in a New York Times op-ed last week.

McCarthyism and causation. Liberals are evil because in 1969 the Weathermen issued a manifesto suggesting revolution in America, said Glenn Beck on two shows last week. Without explanation, this 40-year-old report was somehow linked to Mr. Obama and his appointees.

In this category goes repeated references to Mr. Obama as Hitler or a Nazi. Mr. Beck did this so often that comedian Lewis Black strung them together on The Daily Show in what he called a medley of Beck’s “Hitler Tourette’s Syndrome.”

When in doubt, race-bait. This is not to accuse Fox of racism, which is a losing argument since, in America today, it appears to be worse to call someone a racist than to be one.

What we do know is that Fox relishes targeting minority leaders and groups-from Sonia Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” comment, to ACORN, Van Jones and two weirdos in Philly supposedly discouraging white voters and purporting to be members of the previously unknown New Black Panther Party. Some 50 Fox segments highlighted the latter-or about 50 more than the number of segments about suppression of black voters the prior decade. Also, recall when Beck called Obama a “racist … he has problems with white people” (like his mother)?

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The News Pauper: The American Dream is in the Way of the Master Raceit Must Be Destroyed.

By W.B. Dunne

How is that going to be done?

Ask the next generation, right now, if they have any faith at all in their 401kstheyll say, What 401k? Put out story after story about the weakness of the Social Security system and the failures of government in general. Starve the system, with inordinately large tax cuts for the rich and create a culture where the representatives feel free to take bribes from lobbyists to submit bills that industry wrote themselves. In other words, foment chaos and undermine the rule of law.

I would like to thank the GOP for releasing their August outrage accelerant in this:

It really is quite the exquisite propaganda piece. It has jarred the News Pauper from his repose in the dismay from the BP debacleand heres why:

If on September 11, 2001, you realized that you were witnessing a commercial shoot for the 2010 midterms, what would your reaction have been? Language does not exist to describe the below-lowliness of the GOP for creating a false controversy in the form of the Ground Zero mosque, which is not at Ground Zero and is farther away than a mosque that was there from before 9-11and conflating it with the image of the twin towers being hit in this one-minute commercial.

This is exemplary of their desperation. They’re convinced that they have sufficiently stirred up the racist element in the voting block with the border brouhaha and can simply transfer that energy to the Muslims just in time for the election. I know that there is someone out there that would be more eloquent about the ethics of this offensive, truly un-American atrocity, and I look forward to any feedback that may help me comprehend what lies behind it. It is brutally simple. It wont work; the NP predicts that there will be the mother of all backfires.

Americans are decent people; they possess the capacity for empathy when it is cultivated. Our country has had great leadership from people that knew what the common welfare meant. Only in recent times have we fallen from the sensible path, especially with the advent of Fox News and their brand of “journalism.”

Kudos to Obama for putting Tom DeLay back in the limelight; it is nicely placed in the election pre-season. What a great reminder to the public of the institutionalized corruption of the GOP. Tom will, no doubt, appear on Fox to crow about his “exoneration,” when in fact the AG probably figured that prosecuting him was too expensive for the resulting wrist slap from the GOPs Supreme Court. Better to use his notoriety and famous vanity to put the hypocrisy of a once grand old party on display.

The GOP cannot get away with this; nothing will remove the stain that George W Bush was to the GOP brand. Some media company isnt going to revive them by turning their greatest failure into anything other than just thatan Epic Fail.

Contact the author at WBDunne@ltsaloon.org

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