Glenn Beck continues to push the lunatic theory that recent events show that the left and the Obama administration are laying the groundwork for military action against Israel. In fact, Beck's theory rests on utter falsehoods and wild distortions.
Fox, of all the networks, knows television is big business -- particularly when it comes to prime-time programming. After all, the network's American Idol telecasts almost always top Nielsen's most-watched lists. For the weeks ending March 13 and 20 in fact, that show's Wednesday broadcast was the most watched of all the network shows. American Idol's Thursday results show was the second-most watched. As well, Glee, House, and Bones also routinely make the top 10.
That's why Fox Nation's attack against President Obama deferring to another network's programming, and giving his Libya speech before the traditional start of TV prime time, makes not a bit of sense:
This is the same network after all that snubbed Obama for even its lower-rated shows. Back in April 2009, Fox's broadcasting network refused to air one of Obama's prime-time press conferences because it deemed Lie to Me more important.
So, Fox is saying that if Obama makes a speech in prime time, its broadcasting network may not air it, but if Obama makes a speech before prime time, its news operation will attack him for it?
The Urban Institute recently published a report contradicting the claim often pushed by Fox News that the health care reform law will "kill jobs." But Fox's Bill Hemmer nevertheless used the institute's report to attack health care reform and its "effect on jobs."
Today, Fox News reported that during a debate on controversial immigration legislation in Arizona, Republican state Sen. Lori Klein read a letter alleging that Hispanic students "do not want to be educated but rather be gang members and gangsters." As Fox News reported, after Klein read the letter, the legislation went down to defeat. Fox News responded to the controversy by giving airtime to Klein to spew outrageous comments, including the claim that the National Council of La Raza "is a far-leftist, racist organization that is inciting young Hispanics to ... spit on America."
Klein also claimed that the letter-writer is "not a racist" because he is "married to a Hispanic."
Here's the backstory:
Following the release of a dubious report on "birth tourism" by the Center For Immigration Studies, Andrew Breitbart's website Big Peace highlighted the study's conclusions that hundreds of thousands of women visiting the United States give birth to babies here each year and that some of them are likely "terror babies" who will eventually use their U.S. citizenship to attack the United States in 20 to 30 years.
In the wake of the earthquake in Japan and the resulting threat of nuclear disaster in that country, right-wing media have attacked renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, arguing that it's a waste of time to pursue these sources as possible alternatives to fossil fuels and nuclear power. However, studies show that the use of wind and solar energy is increasing at a record pace, and continuing investment in wind and solar will yield significant economic benefits.
As we pointed out yesterday, and have for some time, Glenn Beck habitually promotes books and hosts guests who view the world through the prism of good versus evil. Certain events, catastrophes, natural disasters -- all are "signs" of what they feel are the coming end times, the Biblical Apocalypse Beck has said he doesn't believe is imminent. But on his Fox News show Monday night, Beck again opened the door to that end-of-the-world theory, telling the story of a Bahamian preacher's supposed warning about the "awful things" that "would come, and here they are."
From Beck's show:
BECK: I was at church yesterday and I was -- I heard a preacher. I went to a gospel church in Harbor Island, in the Bahamas, and it was an amazing experience. I want to bring this guy in. He's the preacher there and he was amazing. He's a former Rastafarian and he was a drug smuggler. He changed his life.
But he prayed for the people of Japan and the people of America. He prayed for a revival all around the world. And he said, "Lord, you told us these things would come, and here they are. And your people are preparing and your people are standing together."
It's amazing to me -- in a way it's tragic -- that it takes awful things to happen for us to find the best in ourselves.*
Last month, Beck hosted author Joel Richardson, a self-proclaimed prophet who thinks Islam will be the "primary vehicle" "used by Satan to fulfill the prophecies of the Bible." In a March 14 column, Richardson claimed that recent earthquake activity points to "the soon coming of the return of Jesus."
Fox News frequently lambasts National Public Radio as a "bias[ed]," "defamatory" news outlet, and attacks have intensified of late because of the recent forced resignations of two of its top executives. However, Fox News parent company News Corp. appears to harbor a different view of NPR's value considering the media conglomerate's subsidiaries have donated at least $2 million to fund and sponsor the nonprofit organization.
Fox Business host Eric Bolling revived the right-wing lie that nearly half of Americans don't pay taxes, claiming on Fox News' Fox & Friends that "43 percent of households don't pay any federal tax" in order to suggest that "socialism" is coming if the nation does not change course. In fact, all working Americans pay federal payroll and other taxes, such as federal excise taxes.
For the past week, Glenn Beck has been heavily criticized for bashing Detroit and for comparing the Michigan city to Hiroshima after it was bombed during World War II. This isn't the first time Beck has railed against the city; he has attacked Detroit for years in pursuit of what one local pastor calls "his agenda."