Will Beck attack Fox News' Gingrich for citing Mao?

Given his 60-minute rant attacking White House communications director Anita Dunn for pointing to Mao Zedong as one of her favorite political philosophers, it's worth asking: Does Glenn Beck know what his own guests have previously said?

A May 1995 Roll Call profile of then-Speaker of the House and current Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich reported:

While Gingrich, who made his reputation by attacking the ethics of fellow Members, did call the House a “personable place” where colleagues use “friendship to minimize friction,” the overall theme of his remarks was downright martial.

Schools do a bad job of teaching students about Congress, said the former college history professor, because they emphasize lessons about how things get done, rather than how Members fight. The two houses of Congress, said Gingrich, are “arenas for conflict” where “we sublimate civil war to bring people together.”

Gingrich even quoted a political leader not previously known to be one of his influences. “War is politics with blood; politics is war without blood,” said the Speaker, citing the late Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung. [Roll Call, 5/29/95 (accessed via Nexis)]

Gingrich regularly appears on Fox News' Hannity, The O'Reilly Factor, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, and Fox News Sunday, and according to a search of the Nexis news database, he appeared on the February 3 edition of Beck's Fox News show.


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