Yesterday, Glenn Beck's new website The Blaze posted two videos from Beck's 8/28 rally of "black conservatives taking a real stand in the face of adversity" -- the adversity being heated discussions with purported "liberals." The URL describes the post as "black-conservatives-stand-for-truth," further suggesting that The Blaze approves of the people in the videos.
But one of the clips features a "black conservative" accusing another black man in the crowd of being an "Uncle Tom" and "a sambo," presumably for supporting Democrats, and tells another person in the crowd that they're "going to hell." A Fairfax County, Virginia, blogger appears to be the source of the video, which has also been posted on Andrew Breitbart's website.
Beck's radio show aired a portion of the video yesterday, but omitted the man's inflammatory statements. The clip only included the rantings of the "liberal," who says, "Christianity is a white man's religion." Beck suggested that they would air the video later on his Fox News show. But they didn't.
Aside from the incendiary statements made in the video posted approvingly by The Blaze, this man appears to be an all-around crazy person. His name is Michael/Maurice Symonette, but has also reportedly gone by "Michael the Black Man," "Maurice Woodside," and "Mikael Israel." On his YouTube page, he is identified as "Michaelwarns." He has several websites, including MichaelWarns.com and MichaelDefeatsSatan.com, Gods2.com, and MichaelsVictory.com, all of which promote his book, "written primarily to show the BLACK MAN, and the WORLD the true source of their problem, 33% of the BLACK WOMEN of AMERICA (BABYLON)." The cover of the book declares that Oprah Winfrey is "the devil" and "Obama is the beast 666, given power by the dragon (serpent), Oprah."
Glenn Beck has made a big deal about how his new website, The Blaze, will be staffed by real "journalists" who will "stand in the middle" and tell the truth without taking sides. But as others have noted, The Blaze seems to be short on actual journalists and long on right-wing political operatives.
One of them is Pam Key, the activist behind the Breitbart-promoted operation Naked Emperor News (as it so happens, The Blaze is edited by former Breitbart operative Scott Baker). Key's videos are well known for attacking the Obama administration while omitting necessary context:
With this kind of history, it's no surprise that Key's first video for The Blaze is similarly misleading. Headlined "Key Obama Ally Works with Socialists for Global Tax," it features the AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka discussing a proposed global transaction tax intercut repeatedly with a clip of Obama talking about spending his birthday with "good friends" like Trumka. Key thus implies that Obama and his administration support the transaction tax.
But they don't.
To supplement his burgeoning self-promotion empire, Glenn Beck has launched TheBlaze.com, a "news, information and opinion site" that, despite its stated goal to "post, report and analyze stories of interest on a wide range of topics" appears to have a disproportionate number of stories covering -- you guessed it -- Glenn Beck, as Gawker has noted.
As of 10 PM tonight, the range of topics on The Blaze remained woefully narrow, with four out of the fifteen main stories on the homepage containing Beck's name in the headline and another four touting Beck's August 28 "Restoring Honor" rally, itself another exercise in self-aggrandizement.
This doesn't exactly jibe with what Beck reportedly told Mediaite: that he hopes visitors to The Blaze will find "original reporting, insightful opinions and engaging videos about the stories that matter most." Unless Glenn Beck thinks Glenn Beck is what matters most.