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Excerpted Beck quote: "They believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You're going to have to shoot them in the head. But warning, they may shoot you."

Glenn Beck on air promoting Elizabeth Dilling's book, 'The Red Network,' 06/06/10. (photo: Glenn Beck Radio)
Glenn Beck on air promoting Elizabeth Dilling's book, 'The Red Network,' 06/06/10. (photo: Glenn Beck Radio) your social media marketing partner


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+64 # Paul Habib 2011-01-23 23:28
This man is a raving lunatic! What he speaks is pure drivel!
+22 # DaveW. 2011-01-24 11:22
Paul, "Drivel" is much to kind a word for the rambling, dangerous incoherency of Glen(They're out to getcha) Beck. Not more than a few years ago, the only place you could hear this kind of whacked out commentary was on the 700 Club, prior to Joe McCarthy and Father Coughlin of course. Way back in the day, Chuck Berry wrote and performed "Back in the U.S.A." with one of the lines being "with a hamburger sizzlin' on an open grill night and day."
Today the "grill" is Fox News and Right -Wing radio shock jocks and the only thing sizzlin' is the nearly "fried" mentality of the American citizen. And don't forget: They're open 24/7!
-14 # charsjcca 2011-01-23 23:28
No, I can not tell...
+32 # Happy 51 2011-01-24 00:10
What concerns me most is that I've seen this clip many times, and have not yet heard a criticism of the swastika behind him! His words with that symbol are truly dangerous. IMHO
+2 # cydfan 2011-01-25 11:39
First thing I noticed. I was wondering if anyone else picked up on that....
+33 # David Allen 2011-01-24 00:11
This klutz Beck wasn't even on the air in the 90s. Nobody ever heard of him. He's nuts. Belongs on the funny farm.
+43 # Lgagliano 2011-01-24 00:17
Beck truly lives on his own paranoid planet. If only the dems were as "dangerous" as he claims ! Who are these progressives and where's this awesome revolution they are creating ? Scary how much of an audience there is for his hatred and hysterical displays -and sad how little evidence there is of anything progressive going on in "big government" or anywhere else.
+36 # billy bob 2011-01-24 00:32
Awe come-on forTEAparity, WHERE'S YOUR COMMENTARY?

You know the "left is equally guilty" for the current political environment, right? So, why is it that whenever there's another one of these articles you don't comment?

Please inform us. Who on the left (especially with a loud blow-horn to spout from like faux) is talking like this? Please show me how quotes of left-wingers calling cheney a dirtbag are equal to "glenn the TOWN CRIER" suggesting members of our side of the argument be shot in the head!!!

You keep insulting the rest of us whenever you comment. I'm still waiting for your comment to one of these articles. Please explain how this transcript from his tv show is all in our collective imaginations. Please tell us how we can rest assured that no matter what the madman TOWN CRIER of faux says, his lunacy has NO AFFECT on the lunacy of OTHER MADMEN who may actually take his words seriously.

Please give us another one of your heartfelt lectures about how "BOTH SIDES" need to "tone it down" again. I'm dying to hear your rationalization for this. I'm waiting to hear the faux talking points on this subject.

+48 # karenvista 2011-01-24 00:47
I always find it amazing when our right-wing compatriots (see, I was polite) call us Nazis and Communists. That must be because they are graduates of Beck U. He is so history impaired that he tells them that Hitler and Communists worked together when anyone who was ever even awake in high school history knows that Hitler exterminated the Communists-and liberals. Facts do not impede them.
+14 # hms 2011-01-24 00:59
Thanks Glen, you always remind us that the Whackos exist out there! Scary.
+29 # DaveM 2011-01-24 01:37
I have read the transcript three times and am trying to find a thread of logic that leads from the initial premise to the conclusion, if one can call it that. Am I the only one who cannot find it? Or for that matter, find support for any of his statements?
+14 # Diana Douglass 2011-01-24 10:41
You are far from the only one, Dave - I find his "logic" completely missing. The man is a raving lunatic and it is dangerous and irresponsible in the extreme for him to be on the air. Shame on you, Rupert Murdock and Roger Ailes!
+8 # Judy A Kennedy 2011-01-24 12:30
I keep trying to find the thread between the Obama administration and Amajina-whateve r and the Ayatollah K. I keep re-reading, but I still don't get it. Is Ama-J a progressive??? We were taught to look at connections or syllogistic thought. I'd like to see this one spelled out please.
+5 # Capn Canard 2011-01-24 13:29
DaveM, well crazy is as crazy does. His statements are based on his own dark fears and the fantasies created to counter those irrational fears. He is not a healthy person. Like many, FAR TOO MANY, in the conservative movement he is deathly afraid of that which is unavoidable: CHANGE, the only thing we know for certain will happen is change. Whether change is helpful to us or not is always based on how we adapt to it. It is our play.
+15 # maddy 2011-01-24 02:23
It's interesting what Beck says because it has been Palin that has over the passed years called for revolution, and the Koch's father is the one who helped overthrow the USSR and Russia became a communist country,---- so does he mean to shoot Palin and the Kochs???????
+25 # Foolkiller 2011-01-24 04:02
And the level of moronic drivel is falling lower day by day, year by year. I used to listen to Limbaugh on the radio to get my blood racing, so I could understand what was going on in the right. Now, with their open calls for guns to the head and murder, they are out of the closet and right in our living rooms.......... ........ 1933
+19 # finnerty 2011-01-24 05:45
beck... hitler with one syllable.
+23 # John W Greenwood Jr 2011-01-24 05:50
All political parties get infiltrated by extremists. This is a sad fact. Take a look at the GOP. There extreme right is made up of THE KKK, Fascist white supremest, corporatist, and organized crime.
+16 # m.aamodt 2011-01-24 06:09
Of course Beck is a raving lunatic rambling on his drivel. Tragically, not without consequence, i.e. Tuscon.
How to make his audience wake up remains the question
+28 # Erica 2011-01-24 06:38
This guy is reprehensible. Why hasn't the media jumped all over this? He should be fired.
+17 # billy bob 2011-01-24 10:02
If they were going to "jump all over this" they would have several years ago. This isn't an isolated incident. Check out some of the things limbaugh, coulter, o'reilly, and g. gordon liddy have said over the past decade. Only half of the country cares - and it's not the half that owns the media.

It would be nice to figure out a way we could MAKE THEM "jump all over this", but that might be hard with current laws restricting protests and the fact that the media don't cover left-wing protests any more. Maybe if we infiltrate tea-party protests with signs to the contrary, like some have already done, some of our half of the country's message will be heard. Otherwise..... ....?
+14 # CL38 2011-01-24 11:26
Because the media is now primarily and controlled by the right.
+7 # redjelly39 2011-01-24 12:04
Quoting CL38:
Because the media is now primarily and controlled by the right.

Yes CL38 and here are the numbers - which dont bode well for US as the Corporations are there to sell the ideologues & products.

As of 2000, 90% of all radio/TV media is owned by 6 Corporations. Thats 6... AOL-Time Warner, Viacom, NewsCorp, Disney, Bertelsmann & Vivendi Universal.

Here is the chart -

In 2004, Bagdikian's revised and expanded book, The New Media Monopoly, shows that only 5 huge corporations -- Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch's News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) -- now control most of the media industry in the U.S. General Electric's (Comcast) NBC is a close sixth.
+13 # goodsensecynic 2011-01-24 14:10
"They" haven't jumped all over this because Beck is "them."

And what is "them"? That would be the corporate media, owned an controlled by a very few large companies which try to keep two things happening: (1) maintain profits (which is why Mr. Olbermann was allowed a small niche); (2) maintain ideological control of the American electorate (which also helped Mr. Olbermann for as long as he was on the air, there could be the illusion of free speech and open debate - in a different context, Herbert Marcuse call this "repressive tolerance."

Mr. Beck who feeds their jaw-droppingly stupid followers the raw meat they crace will be kept ... until his ratings fall (for any reason).

Mr. Olbermann had to go, because he became too popular. Now, he has been cast aside, and the other "liberals" at MSNBS have been duly warned.

Liberals will be allowed, but they mustn't become too popular. They will be will be tolerated, but they must be kept on a short leash.

The USA has "free speech" but only as long as no one is listening.
+1 # billy bob 2011-01-25 06:22
+6 # rothie 2011-01-24 06:52
It is a wonder he is allowed to be on the air, could you just hear Fox cry if that was said on one of the other left programs? Ever see a rightie nut on a left program? They out talk the others, guess they are told to do that.
+16 # glennBecker 2011-01-24 07:30
Glen Beck is spooky period.

It is sad that someone like him sits on tv and rants on like this.

He helps create these people who take him seriously & passionately and leads them to walk around with guns and "literally shoot people in the head" because "they believe in something".

It is sad.

There has to be another way for us as a country to discuss differences rather than to divide one another because one side has a different opinion than the other side.
+15 # noitall 2011-01-24 12:49
Beck isn't the spooky element, that adjective defines the power (wealth) that funds this mouth, this puppet, this rabble rouser. Koch, and those like him, with no national patriotism, the true global citizens that use these 'wannabees', who have become 'somebodys' only because of the phenomenon that air time and visibility creates some sort of twisted 'reality' to many. Reality that is 'reality' only because we 'saw it on tv'. A conscious effort must be made by the public to keep fantasy (dilusion, propaganda, etc) from becoming reality (something much more complex and difficult to understand without an objective and truthful media). False reality is what was the McCarthy era, Nazism, Viet Nam, Iraq,etc.). The culprit is not the brainless mouths such as Beck but those who reward his wildest ravings with $$ thereby creating this cretin because of the desired ends, a split, uninformed, and distressed citizenry. This is the danger to this Republic. This is what our failsafe systems (constitution, Supreme Court, political 'leaders', etc.) have been compromised or sold out to. This is why we can rightly be afraid for the future of our Republic and our future way of life. We are headed for a medievel serf/lord society. When our wages are sufficiently low, the jobs will return. Its much cheaper to have serfs than slaves.
+28 # pgobrien 2011-01-24 07:41
the Tea Party is always calling for revolution and "Second Amendment Remedies," not the progressives.
What a strange, projecting madmen Beck is.
+1 # AML 2011-01-26 14:42
You took the words right out of my mouth; "Beck, thou doest project too much."
+19 # CreepingSocialist 2011-01-24 07:48
To be a talk radio/TV host or political pundit, there is almost no such thing as being too right wing, or too crazy.
0 # AML 2011-01-26 14:44
The airwaves are public property. We need to petition the FCC to stop incendiary language on OUR airwaves!
+24 # zenblue 2011-01-24 08:08
It is kind of funny that Beck starts this show by telling people that anyone can get on TV. He proves his own point by rambling incoherently. I couldn't even finish reading this piece because of the disorganized stream of consciousness style he uses to "communicate." Why do people listen to this guy and why is he making a very robust living? These are the questions I ponder.....the content of his show is worthless but people still listen and "follow" him and he is still making a fortune with this dribble? Our country really has some serious thinking and self analysis to do!!!
+11 # othermother 2011-01-24 10:51
Reading his rant makes it clear how little there is in the way of logic. But he speaks it to an audience used to communicating in sound bytes. So they don't see it laid out and fail to appreciate that he's barking. Reading this transcript, I don't know whether to send the tinfoil hat to Beck or to his listeners.
+25 # Heartbeatt 2011-01-24 08:27
In most countries this man would not even be allowed to speak on television. He is a kind of Goebbels figure and even has a swastika behind him. Inciting division and hatred. Not one word he says is true.
Isn't there some legal way Americans can take him off the screen?
+20 # Cynthia 2011-01-24 08:28
This entire argument is built around one piece of evidence: a harmless, mildly optimistic statement by a Progressive citizen, a statement that showed no revolutionary tendencies, much less foundation. This article is a non sequitur from that point. Before that point it was pure inventive introduction. As an aside, I have always wondered why right-wing demagogues love to say that they "revere" the Founding Fathers, when those Founders were not particularly religious, and some were atheists. That does not invalidate their ideas about self-government , but one would think that it would give people pause who go on about the necessary relationship between our Republic, Democracy, and Christianity.
+19 # genierae 2011-01-24 10:28
Cynthia: Their "Christianity" is a thin veneer, a cover for their crimes. They actually revere the Founding Fathers because they were rich, authoritarian, white exceptionalists , who owned slaves and thought it was okay to murder native Americans. The right-wing apple doesn't fall too far from the Founding Fathers' tree, does it?
+4 # Hammy 2011-01-24 13:17
Beck is not a Christian. He is a mormon and that is certainly NOT Christianity.
0 # genierae 2011-01-24 18:36
Hammy: I just looked up the Mormon religion, and it said that the organizational structure of their church "is the same as that which Jesus Christ organized during his life on earth". Sounds like Christianity to me. The difference is that they believe in modern prophets, and most Christian churches don't.
0 # AML 2011-01-26 14:47
Did you catch Michele Bachmann's "response"? She claimed that the Founding Fathers did away with slavery! I guess we didn't read the same books in school.....
0 # othermother 2011-01-27 03:27
AML - you probably did read the same books--it's just that Bachmann read every third word and ignored the others.
+7 # Vermonter 2011-01-24 15:07
I'm surprised that no one has noted the irony of one who supposedly reveres the "Founding Fathers" while repeatedly disparaging revolutionaries . The Founders were the leaders of the American Revolution, who were fighting against what they saw as unjust rule.

God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion..... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. ~Thomas Jefferson (his thoughts, not mine)

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty. ~Ben Franklin (Him I agree with!)
+17 # Ken Carman 2011-01-24 08:44
"You guys are clearly overreacting. When Glenn says, 'shoot them in the head,' he obviously means for it to be done non-violently."

How the HELL can "shoot them in the head" be anything BUT literal? Why is it that a movement that consists of many strict Constitutionali sts and literalists get all squishy and metaphorical when their own icons make such outrageous statements? Maybe because the carnage pleases them?

Stop pushing intentional BS/propaganda. YOU know damn well what "shoot them" means.

Note: it's not just the Right that owns guns, and we have every damn right to defend ourselves.
+7 # Goldenstate 2011-01-24 14:11
Quoting Ken Carman:
"You guys are clearly overreacting. When Glenn says, 'shoot them in the head,' he obviously means for it to be done non-violently."

How the HELL can "shoot them in the head" be anything BUT literal? Why is it that a movement that consists of many strict Constitutionalists and literalists get all squishy and metaphorical when their own icons make such outrageous statements? Maybe because the carnage pleases them?

Stop pushing intentional BS/propaganda. YOU know damn well what "shoot them" means.

Note: it's not just the Right that owns guns, and we have every damn right to defend ourselves.

It is EXACTLY these type of statements that make it "ok" to use sick analogy which then becomes a rationalization for the lunatic fringe to act out. Wake up Mr. Carman and realize that words have power way beyond what you "think!"
+2 # Reyn 2011-01-26 13:50
I completely disagree -- realism is not the same as incitement. Mr. Carman is correct -- I have children, I do not intend to let them be dragged away - those on the Left will never drag children away, but those on the Right--- its happened before (even here during WWII and to a degree during McCarthy) -- they well might.

I don't see a path of flight if things get that bad, the US simply has too much military power. If the country falls to the Right -- truly falls -- then the world is in danger, and no place we could make residence is safe.

It's horrible to think about - but these people have been getting crazier since I was born - and they can't be placated - that was England's error in the 30s. You cannot placate the insane.

It is very scary.
+8 # fredboy 2011-01-24 08:56
This guy is so far out there he's never coming back.

We now have TV shows with raunchy sex, sluts, murder, mayhem, and now--insanity.

Let's hope a friend will calm Beck down before he hurts himself.
+4 # Gareth D 2011-01-24 10:12
The pathological factor of these people who spew hate and death to dissenters of their way of thinking is something for the DSM books.Look up sociopath in the latest DSM. also fanaticism and the like.
Been looking at the FOX tv listings and have come to a terrible (duh) conclusion. Many many judge shows, their form of the news, and the rest is cartoons and cop crap. They really want a stupid America so the Boners and Wrecks can infiltrate the brains of those left...err, right.
+10 # Foxtrottango 2011-01-24 10:52
Beck is proof the America has sunk to a new low level of violence, corruption, and lies!
+15 # Susanna 2011-01-24 09:22
Beck is clearly insane. It's frightening that he has the ear of so many who believe what he has to say.
-6 # Kwami 2011-01-24 09:27
Sure thing! One clear shot and a chance to get away. Beck is gone. Small NATO round from an extended barrel. No problem. Give him what he craves. Idiot
+13 # Jeff 2011-01-24 09:35
What is a wonder is why the FCC is not enfoircing its own rules. If its foul language on the radio or public airways they are right there with enforcement, but if inciting violence, insurection by violence or harm to an individual(s), there is silence. Just like failure to regulate oil rigs or farming practices that contribute to salmonella in the food supply. Are these any less of a disaster? And the same people, Libertartian Conservatives continue to argue for a small, weak, underfunded government with less regulation. How stupid are we to even listen to this?
+7 # honest 2011-01-24 09:36
This is certainly a nervous masturbater
+18 # redjelly39 2011-01-24 10:07
When you see the tell-tale signs of a mass murderer and wonder why nobody did anything to stop them - here is a prime example and he has an audience. He has all the signs of a deranged & psychotic personality and yet instead of taking him to the psych ward and running tests, they are handing him a microphone.
+16 # CL38 2011-01-24 10:14
Over many years of listening to those like Beck and others like him, it's become clear that they project what they're doing and how, in everything they say about Democrats and other who disagree with them:

" the civil war in the Democratic Party that's happening right one in the media is exposing it. And it is dangerous, what is happening.

The radicals have infected the party. They have been brought in by politicians who don't really care about anything. They just want to win. They've been tolerating the revolutionaries -- the Democrats have."

Beck is describing exactly what's taken place in the Republican party, not the Democratic party.

If Obama HAD brought more progressive (not radical) leadership and ideas into his administration, (and the Democrats were driven by progressive ideas) our country would be in much better shape, on all fronts: economically, environmentally , politically, and in creating new jobs and energy policy.
+6 # llrnz68 2011-01-24 10:29
Beck has a national TV audience....thi nk about that and how f..... we are??
+12 # Todd Williams 2011-01-24 10:38
Beck was right, anybody can get on TV! He proves his own point. A raving, idiotic, paranoid, lunatic can get on TV. Hey, Hitler took power. I believe anything can happen. But what is really scaring me is that he has enought viewers that Fix Noise keeps him on the tube, spewing hatred like Hitler. And it's not just entertainment. It's serious propaganda with an agenda. This is not a big joke. This is really scary shit.
+11 # Lee Black 2011-01-24 10:49
The entire article is based on the first premise: “Progressives are not necessarily communists...” That is like saying, “Progressives are not necessarily Catholics..” when you begin with a false premise then anything based on that is incorrect.
When you say “I’d like to shoot them all” you may be speaking metaphorically but when you say “shoot them in the head” it goes beyond that. It paints an image that makes it more realistic. Which may be effective but it is also irresponsible.
+11 # Foxtrottango 2011-01-24 10:50
And to think the right wing conservatives, the Christian Coalitions of America, the rank and file Republican Party, the FOXNewsKKKap are on record by saying this mad lunatic is "gifted!"

Mean while, the five conservative Supreme Courts Justices look the other way around. The truth is, Justice in the USA is for sale to the highest corporate bidders and the gun lobbys are part of it!

All of the above have degraded a once proud international nation in the mud.
The USA was a nation who has forfeited it's place of honor on the world's civilized nation's conference table.

The recent comments from the UN chief as soft on human rights confirms this.
+7 # jakaranter 2011-01-24 10:55
Beck deals in sensationalism and it sells. He gives his audience what it wants, and I sometimes wonder whether he believes everything he spews forth. He is first and foremost interested in money and power, and therefore his rants do not need to be logical or based on fact. He knows he gets his followers riled up as long as he plays his "Mr. Sincere" routine, sometimes replete with tears. Pretty sad commentary on what appeals to the masses.
-10 # 2011-01-24 11:03
Responding to Billy Bob, presumably the opposition does not respond to articles like this because they agree that Beck is often overheated and intemperate. Since that is what the article is in effect saying, there is no need to rebut the claim.

But at least so far, tea party types have been notably peaceful and law-abiding in spite of their rhetoric -- imagine having a couple of hundred thousand people rallying on the mall in DC without even one arrest and having the group leave the mall more litter-free than it had been when they arrived!

These are, for the most part, older, middleclass boring white people who have lived their entire lives within the legal and conventional constraints within society. To be scared of them seems a stretch to me.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
+12 # billy bob 2011-01-24 14:23
I wrote this comment to someone else before, but RSN never printed it. It bears repeating:

RECENT EXAMPLE #1: July, 2008 - right-wing psycho goes on killing spree in a Unitarian Church - later claiming it was because he hated liberals. In his house were found books by o'reilly and hannity.

RECENT EXAMPLE #2: April, 2010 - Richard Poplowski kills three police officers after making himself a well known follower of glenn beck and his words

RECENT EXAMPLE #3: May, 2010 Dr. George Tiller is murdered while attending church after o'reilly refers to him as "Tiller the Child Killer" on 29 different episodes of his show.)

RECENT EXAMPLE #4: July, 2010 - Byron Williams ends up in a shootout with cops while trying to murder members of the Oakland ACLU, after listening to Glenn Beck’s rants about the coming appocalypse.

+12 # billy bob 2011-01-24 14:31

RECENT EXAMPLE #5: April, 2010 Charles Alan Wilson threatens Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) for her vote to pass health care reform. He left messages saying, “It only takes one piece of lead. Kill the (expletive) senator! … Now that you’ve passed your health-care bill, let the violence begin” and “I do believe that every one of you (expletive) socialist democratic progressive (expletive) need to be taken out.”

His family later said all of this was due to the fact that he watched too much Glenn Beck.



This didn't just start this week. It's an ongoing pattern.

Here's ANOTHER link to an article published just a little over a week ago by RSN:

It points out the fact that FAR RIGHT REPUBLICANS ARE "SCARED OF THEM" because they've been threatened for not being far right ENOUGH.

This is a serious threat and it involves MORE than rhetoric.
+6 # Robert Griffin 2011-01-24 14:32
In the 1970s and 1980s I went to church with 'older, middleclass boring white people who have lived their entire lives within the legal and conventional constraints within society', and some of them were indeed VERY scary in their long term intentions. I met John Rousas Rushdoony (whose magazine Chalcedon advocated Biblically based slavery and the capital punishment of practicing homosexuals among other things) because he was invited to speak at the church.
Be Well,
Bob Griffin
+5 # billy bob 2011-01-24 14:36
The opposition does not respond to articles like this, but then makes comments to OTHER articles, that the "left bears equal responsibility" for the violent rhetoric.

The opposition doesn't respond to articles like this because it wouldn't suit their argument well to do so. It continues responding to other articles claiming "shared responsibility" , because, for the most part, no one calls them out on their selectivity with facts.
+1 # Reyn 2011-01-26 13:54
Actually, I was in a crowd of 200,000 on the mall a few weeks later - and there were no arrests, I am not impressed, particularly since as we were not older or bored (mostly White, yes, but more diverse than the crowd that Beck drew - which by the way was pegged by the BBC at 67,000 - and the pics I've seen support that.
+5 # Dean Carrier 2011-01-24 11:03
What Glenn says are based on facts...unfortu naterly they're limited to Glenn's "Facts" and are only backed up by opinion, innuendo and the ravings of other crazies. Glenn seems to think the scientific method is a dental hygiene routine.
+6 # redjelly39 2011-01-24 12:25
I think he carefully orchestrates his half-sentences and partial clips as a prequel to what he wants to say and his ignorant viewers mistake this as fact. Its a long held practice used by Faux Newz. How many times do you hear the blurb "Some people say" and then add whatever blatant lies they wish to follow the statement with and its all about repetition. They will have another newscaster come on after and repeat the same BS and then the next one will come in and follow suit. They just keep hammering away the lies until even they believe it.
There is a movie called "OutFoxed" which exposes many of these tactics and as immoral and untruthful as they are, they still work. Rupert Murdoch/NewCorp /Faux Newz has an agenda and it is very ugly how far they will go to propagate their lies for their ideals.
+5 # Cabbagehead 2011-01-24 11:16
Charles Manson did secretly what Beck does publicly, and no one really objects. I heard Beck once and never listen further, but this attempt to kill a Congresswoman, with tragic consequences not only for the victims, but for the nation, needs more than a compassionate photo op for the President. He needs to get the cops on the case. Follow the money, they say.
0 # aitengri 2011-01-24 11:43
The orders are out on this creep. His worst projections are on the way to fulfillment, targeting him.
-13 # John Henry 2011-01-24 12:23
The Cloward-Piven strategy does indeed call for violence. Anyone who has listened critically to the Beck TV show will recognize the interpretation given this voice clip to be the distortion it is. Beck is indeed aware of our nation's history and the present tyranny of media support of the progressive agenda. Anyone aware of the literary history of Western civilization for the last century and a half will recognize that Beck is but a beginning history student but on the right track. Listen to the man on his TV show for a week and see what he really is saying. I doubt this comment will pass your censors.
+9 # Robert Griffin 2011-01-24 14:40
Wow! 'the present tyranny of media support of the progressive agenda'!
And both Michael Jackson (the radio talk show host of the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s) and Keith Olbermann are off the air, NPR programs are solicitous of opinions from the Cato Institute, and the Pacifica stations continue to struggle with low, listener-provid ed funding.
+4 # billy bob 2011-01-24 19:33
It doesn't really take a whole week of listening to beck to see that he's obsessed with the word "tyranny". As Lewis Black puts it, "he has Nazi Tourette's".

Could you be little bit more specific about the threat of "tyranny" as you, or beck perceive it? Is there a particular person you think of as a potential or real tyrant in America today?

If so, what do you do, as a God-loving red-blooded American patriot, when you think your country is threatened by tyranny?
+2 # Reyn 2011-01-26 14:03
I've listened to Beck -- I also am fairly well read -- there is no tyranny of media support for the progressive agenda - and you can prove it to yourself -- its easy. Count the stations and papers owned directly or indirectly by acknowledged right wing organizations - start with News Corp (Murdoch), then Gannett News and then Clear Channels -- add to those three all of the stations owned by the Religious Right and the independent Right Wing talk radio stations. You will find, as I did when I did this equation, more than 50% of the total US media firmly in the hands of the Right. If you argue that NPR is to the Left, and add in MSNBC and Pacifica and a few other tiny networks - MAYBE you can get to 10% of the media being to the Left. The remainder are truly old style journalists - and Centrists.

So, Fox can be extreme, and other Ring owned stations can cleave to the center-Right - under the cover of Fox - and before you know it the whole debate moves Right a pace. Rinse, repeat.

That's the intention, and the practice - it works well. 30 years ago most people, including the vast majority of Republicans, would not have believed most of the crap being slung now, but by moving the debate gradually, even Centralism is viewed differently, and most Americans don't know.


0 # billy bob 2011-01-29 21:51
-19 # NancyEvans 2011-01-24 12:57
He also said "Shoot me in the head before I stop talking about the Founders. Shoot me in the head if you try to change our government." I don't see an outcry in these comments about Beck inciting violence on himself. Oh, I forgot, it is only violence if it happens or is directed to liberals and liberalism.
+4 # Robert Griffin 2011-01-24 14:45
Why should his listeners, who generally are in agreement with him, wish to prevent him from 'talking about the Founders'?? And which of his listeners would even distantly approach satisfaction if there were a threat of someone changing the government?
+9 # billy bob 2011-01-24 19:51
Beck isn't "inciting violence on himself". He's forever playing the victim card. Nobody's knows the trouble glenn beck's seen. This is why he cries constantly. It's an age old tactic among right-wing pundits going back at least as far as joseph mccarthy, to portray themselves as persecuted victims of some vast left-wing conspiracy meant to undermine our entire democracy starting with them, because they are so self-important they think that's the only way our country could possibly be destroyed.

This little tactic of his was a convenient way of instilling in the mind of the shut-ins who can't reach the remote the image of HIM as the victim of violence.

This segues nicely into inciting violence on the left while calling it self-defense.
0 # Reyn 2011-01-26 14:04
Actually, those sorts of comments further inform those who think he is insane -- self-destructiv e behavior is the epitome of proof of various forms of mental illness.

Thank you for the note.

Kind thoughts,

+6 # Interested Observer 2011-01-24 13:18
All too typical. Everything he is describing is what is happening to the GOP. This sort of projection seems to pervade what I read and hear from the secular and religious right. It is the GOP that has become infested with radicals bent on purging the last shred of moderation, cooperation or compromise. America was built on compromise, failure to compromise gave us the Civil War, compromise gave us a great if imperfect republic. Unmitigated power given to the present amalgam of neo-cons, tea partiers, and end times religionists is the most dangerous outcome I can imagine. Those commies he is talking about are long gone, the advocates of second amendment remedies with delusions of someday enjoying the tax breaks they grant to wealthy are still just coming on.
+5 # Capn Canard 2011-01-24 13:24
Beck's theories is evidence of his psychotic method and attempt to make sense of the world. Not being able to make sense of the complexity of our world leaves him teetering on the edge of insanity. That is his major error in reason. His statements appear to be very delusional and beyond rationality, dare I say schizophrenic? This man needs professional help.
+5 # Interested Observer 2011-01-24 13:25
Pathetic isn't it how they grieve for the end of the cold war? Still in denial after 20 years. If Beck is sincere (a bet I don't take) then Beck is feeling the threat of communism today like a amputee feels the missing limb. And so do most of them right up to the former vice president. In manner of speaking they are amputees, history lopped off their strong right arm for propaganda.
+8 # Peace-B-Now 2011-01-24 13:50
This man is pure, unadulterated MANIAC... calling on himself to be "shot in the head" is bad enough, but calling on his listeners to go shot someone they don't agree with, is nothing short of CRIMINAL. There is absolutely NO LOGIC or reasoning to this man... the ugliness of his entire chatter is evil and repulsive and makes absolutely NO SENSE what-so-ever. So, Mr. Murdock - why don't you get rid of this TOXIC WASTE and allow decent news and greater journalism to walk your halls - honest words to speak from your vastly viewed podium? I don't know about you folk out there, but I'm fed up with anger and vile saliva foaming in journalists mouths only to be spat out with such venomous violations. It's got to STOP and the "STOP" should begin with BECK.
+4 # Capn Canard 2011-01-24 13:50
One comment on this notion of Left and Right. The terms of Left and Right mean nothing in the broader scope of political debate. Nothing. The words left and right are weak descriptors that SIMPLIFY the complex nature of political discourse. In essence we take a complex social issue and put it in a simple dialectic/duali stic/good-evil matrix. It is far more complex than one variable, it is a calculus of multiple variables and even that doesn't do it justice. BTW, those variables are almost all Liberal because Conservative can't abide any change. With his behavior, for all to see, I think there is plenty of evidence that suggests that BECK and those like him would affirm the use of violence as a means to an end. I am of the firm belief that violence would not solve Glenn Beck's problems.
+3 # STP 2011-01-24 18:13
Glenn Beck will say ANYTHING to keep his name in lights, same as Palin, Bachman, Hanity and O'Reilly. He doesn't care if it's a lie or if others are killed because of his words. He cares about MONEY and FAME. If not for Fox News and his showmanship, he'd be the same loser as always was. Don't give him attention. Boycott FOX NEWS & it's sponsors and encourage others to do the same. FOX NEWS IS POISON and needs to be removed from our airwaves now. Do not back down from the right in any way or you and your children will live your lives on their terms. Simple as that.
+3 # stan beitscher 2011-01-24 20:49
If Beck was merely amusing, he would be tolerable. But there are folk that might actually believe what he says and that is what makes him dangerous.
+4 # truthbug 2011-01-25 09:12
Ahmadinejad never said he wants to "wipe Israel off the map." Beck's listeners should do as he says and Google that phrase, in order to prove it to themselves. I have a transcript of the original Ahmadinejad speech and it's astonishing tale of slander when you see how widely this misconception has spread.
+1 # Allison 2011-01-25 09:57
Un-effing-belie vable -- that he can twist an innocuous speech into "revolution" and that people believe his lunacy.
+3 # John Bouy 2011-01-25 18:49
This is just more proof of what I have been saying for years. Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter ... are nothing short of highly inflammatory, ultra-right will terrorists; plain and simple! The lies and garbage that spews out of their oral orifices is akin to standing in a packed theater and yelling, “Fire!” They are not held accountable for their lies and Hate mongering and yet good and innocent people are dead because of these hate mongers. Weak minded right-wing idiots listen to this constant barrage of hatred spewing from these three terrorists and when they take action and kill, as they believe that are justified in doing, the three Hate-monger deny any culpability. They epitomize the basic tenants of the Republican Party: 1) Worship Greed, Power & unlimited Wealth! 2) No lie is too big to tell if it gets you votes! 3) If you tell a big enough lie and you tell it loud enough and long enough, the people will believe it! 4) There is always someone else to blame for your problems: the Jews, the Blacks, the Mexicans, the illegal immigrants! 5) Never underestimate the stupidity of the American People.
+1 # Burkey 2011-01-26 00:35
The last time I talked to my Dad was before he called me a Fascist. What is there to say after that, really?
He's apparently a huge fan of Glenn Beck because after sending me the "Liberal Fascism" book (which I returned) he sent me a Glenn Beck book. I haven't read it, but it came in a nice red leather box I might be able to use for something else.
People like this Beck guy have done their share of making politics into something that tears families apart. And all the while my Dad is convinced Beck is an underdog. I just don't get it.
0 # othermother 2011-01-27 03:30
Don't give up on talking to your Dad. I have a family where brothers don't speak to each other except at funerals because their politics don't agree. This kind of breakdown goes a long way to explain the polarisation and non-engagement of political discourse in America today.
0 # sharring 2011-01-28 09:34
Yeah, but violent rhetoric in the media has been _proven_ not to influence people's behavior. Well, except for this:

Things that make you say, "hmm"?

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