On Fox News' Fox & Friends, Fox News contributor Andrea Tantaros responded to Daily Beast contributor Michelle Goldberg's statement that "lunatic theories" about Egypt have aired on Fox by claiming, "I haven't seen any of that on this network." In fact, Glenn Beck has been widely criticized for his "lunatic theories" about Egypt.
Fox News Contributor Andrea Tantaros Hasn't Seen "Lunatic Theories" About Egypt On Fox
Tantaros Claims, "I Haven't Seen Any" "Lunatic Theories" About Egypt On Fox. On the February 3 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, Tantaros debated Daily Beast contributor and author Michelle Goldberg about the situation in Egypt. During the discussion, Goldberg stated that "your own network has been running absolutely, you know, lunatic theories about this being some kind of conspiracy between Van Jones, Code Pink, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood," to which Tantaros responded: "What? I haven't seen any of that on this network." [Fox News' Fox & Friends, 2/3/11]
In Fact, Numerous "Lunatic Theories" About The Egyptian Conflict Have Appeared On Fox
Beck's Egypt Narrative Riddled With Imagined Connections. On the February 2 edition of Fox News' Glenn Beck, Beck claimed that connections exist between the Muslim Brotherhood and more than two dozen Muslim organizations in the United States, calling them "organizations and friends" of the Muslim Brotherhood. Beck did not, however, draw any connections between these groups and the Muslim Brotherhood. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/2/11]
Beck: Food Shortages In Egypt, High Oil Prices Tied To "Coming Insurrection." During the February 1 edition of his Fox News show, Beck stated: "There is a strange alliance between the left and the Islamicists that we're seeing. I think it's all part of the coming insurrection. It is easier to put pressure on us and the West if we can raise the price of oil and have the fuel and food shortages that they now have in the Middle East. We've shown you tonight that Code Pink, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood are linked together." [Glenn Beck, 2/1/11]
Beck Strains To Tie ACORN To Egyptian Unrest. During the February 1 edition of his show, Beck stated:
BECK: It's interesting to note a few other leftists who seem somewhat involved in what is happening in Egypt. Believe it or not, Wade Rathke - Wade Rathke, the ACORN guy, and Drummond Pike of the Tides Foundation are both on the board of the Organizers Forum.
This is a forum that was planned to host their fall 2011 international dialogue in Egypt, where they will meet with labor and community organizers and other activists in Cairo.
I'm sure that they're just there for social justice. That's it. What a coincidence. Wade Rathke even put on his Web site -- or this is actually not Wade's Web site. This is the coalition's -- the forum's Web site.
It says: "Exciting changes and developments are currently taking place in Egypt with elections coming soon to determine leadership transitions in what has been an autocratic regime now challenged by the Muslim Brotherhood and succession and democracy issues."
Maybe they've always wanted to see the pyramids. Or maybe they're sowing the seeds of unrest, because global revolution is what they're looking for. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/1/11]
Beck Links Obama To Mubarak, Suggests He's Exhibiting "Sign[s] Of A Dictator." Beck appeared on the February 1 edition of Fox & Friends to discuss unrest in Egypt. During the segment, he stated: "Did anyone notice the remarkable statements from the president last week where the president was saying, 'Look, as long as people are peacefully assembling, they have a right to speak and the government should listen to them.'" Beck later said of Obama: "He's telling Mubarak, 'Anybody who tries to control the Internet and television and radio, that's a sign of a dictator?' Come on." [Fox & Friends, 2/1/11]
In Egypt Protests, Beck Sees "A Muslim Caliphate That Controls The Mideast And Parts Of Europe." During the February 1 edition of his show, Beck stated: "I believe that I can make a case in the end that there are three powers that you will see really emerge. One, a Muslim caliphate that controls the Mideast and parts of Europe. Two, China, that will control Asia, the southern half of Africa, part of the Middle East, Australia, maybe New Zealand, and God only knows what else. And Russia, which will control all of the old former Soviet Union bloc, plus maybe the Netherlands. I'm not really sure. But their strong arm is coming. That leaves us and South America. What happens to us?" [Glenn Beck, 2/1/11]
Beck: Egypt May Be "The Archduke Ferdinand Moment." During the January 31 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, Beck stated: "I think we're actually, possibly on the -- witnessing the Archduke Ferdinand moment. Archduke Ferdinand was the guy who was killed, shot, a few months later started the first world war. I think we are in real dangerous territory." This is at least the seventh time in the past four years that Beck has uncovered an "Archduke Ferdinand Moment." [Fox News, The O'Reilly Factor, 1/31/11; Media Matters, 2/1/11]
Beck's "Lunatic Theories" Have Also Been Widely Criticized
Matthews Tries To Decode Beck's Wild-Eyed Theory On Egypt. During the February 2 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews held a discussion on Beck's theories that "the uber-left" are "sowing the seeds and helping those in Egypt. All they want is more pressure on the United States." [MSNBC, Hardball, 2/2/11]
Walsh on Beck: "He Is Definitely Losing His Audience ... And He May Be Losing His Mind." On the February 2 edition of Hardball, Matthews hosted Salon's Joan Walsh to discuss Beck's remarks on the Egyptian conflict. In response, Walsh stated that Glenn Beck is "Looney Tunes. ... He is definitely losing his audience -- he's lost it by about a third -- and he may be losing his mind." [Hardball, 2/2/11]
Jordan's Queen Noor Rejects Beck's Caliphate Prediction, Criticizes His "Zero-Sum" Worldview. On the February 2 edition of Hardball, Matthews asked his guest, American-born Queen Noor of Jordan, her opinion on Beck's caliphate theories:
MATTHEWS: Is there a reason for that kind of alarm right now at this point?
QUEEN NOOR: No, I don't think there is. Glenn Beck's approach appears to be that kind of zero-sum approach to looking at the world. [Hardball, 2/2/11]