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Glenn Beck Talks ‘Truth Problem’ With Leno

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Posted on Dec 21, 2009

Glenn Beck took time off from televised crying last Friday to explain himself to Jay Leno. “I’m a regular guy. I’m a self-educated man,” said Beck, who bragged about his 10 weeks of college. Shortly before announcing “I’m not a TV guy,” Beck declared that “we have a truth problem” in America. No shit.

Blowhards always tone it down for the more mainstream Leno audience, but there’s something especially obnoxious about the greatest purveyor of nonsense in this country telling us we have a “truth problem.” 

Here’s a sampling of Beck’s commitment to the truth, along with the sponsors that pay for it:

Beck’s rant against Harvard types should not be ignored. The right has been doing a better job speaking to the growing populist rage in this country. If Beck and his colleagues can channel that anger towards flag waving and away from tax-raising, his paymasters at Fox will no doubt be pleased.

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By ThomasG, December 28, 2009 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment

Night-Gaunt, December 28 at 6:26 pm,

You are apparently caught up in the Lone Political EXTREMIST Theory, waiting for someone else to be interested in your foolishness and lack of awareness; go somewhere else if you want to defend Glenn Beck and those who enable his prating prattle of sophism and propaganda.

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By Night-Gaunt, December 28, 2009 at 2:26 pm Link to this comment

Define for me where Beck has done things in that “Hitleresque” way you describe. I mean lay it out for us A to B etc. not just fatuous finger pointing okay? Can you actually do that? Some muscle on that bone you throw at us.

Beck is just in a long line of fear and hate mongers creating their own distorted tapestries of lies and truth to perpetuate deception and promote their point of view. They did it before 1923 and long since after and independent there of.

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By ThomasG, December 27, 2009 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment

Night-Gaunt, December 23 at 3:29 am,

If you want examples, review the activities of the Republican Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Media Echo-Chamber from the time of Goldwater through Reagan, Bush I, Bush II to the present time that have accused, condemned, denounced and demonized the Left and Liberals as an organized movement activity of the Republican Party.

Glen Beck is Hitleresque opinion journalism gone wild that should be condemned for the unsubstantiated garbage of subjective sophism and propaganda that it is, that serves no other purpose than of accusing, condemning, denouncing and demonizing those who do not go along with the Republican Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Agenda to enable fascist control of the U.S. Government.

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By ThomasG, December 27, 2009 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment

Atilla, December 23 at 2:37 am,

I mean the Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Republican Party Media Echo-Chamber that has been accusing, condemning, denouncing and demonizing the Left and Liberals as a Hitleresque Republican Party Movement activity from the time of Goldwater through Reagan, Bush I, Bush II to the present time.

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By Night-Gaunt, December 27, 2009 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment

Zeke Norris most of us don’t hate Glenn Beck just point out where he is constantly distorting history an people and making a conspiracy scenario that just doesn’t fit the facts. Reich wingers have been in charge of our gov’t since 1980 in an unbroken chain from Reagan to Obama. Otherwise we wouldn’t be in a Great Depression* on the verge of a Greater Depression right now. Nothing has been fixed just halted. So where do you get off making such reich wing talking points on this and dropping the onus on us? I suspected he was going to be another Clinton—stealth cryto-fascist in the Democratic party and sadly I was right. (Even if his isn’t one he is acting like a Conservative bringing down the Republic to make way for the rise of a fascist state in its place anyway.) His actions speak clearly to me doesn’t it to you?

One thing Obama is not is a racist that I have seen. Beck was just speaking out of his ass on that, showing his own prejudice but put it on Obama but it is really his racism toward black Americans that is really on display here.

*The real unemployment has been between 17-22% as counted the way they did in the last one. That qualifies. On the downhill since 2001.

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By tom, December 26, 2009 at 4:57 am Link to this comment
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I’m still waiting for Beck’s Sep 8 prediction

http://www.breitbart.tv/beck-forecasts-by-the-end-of-this-week-people-will-go-to-jail/comment-page-2/#comment-2803771

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By Zeke Norris, December 25, 2009 at 8:16 am Link to this comment
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To all you Glenn Beck haters. Beck has been highly critical of Obama so your hatred of him implies you like Obama and his policies. Would one of you explain to me how you can support this pretender who recently declared on national TV “I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of you know, fat cat bankers on Wall Street.” This after he generously bailed out the same fat cats he now denounces. What hypocrisy. Yes I know the loser Bush also threw taxpayer money at the despicable bankers but he didn’t then proclaim disdain for them. You Beck haters no doubt despised Bush for selling us all out but have no quarrel with your guy doing the same fricking thing. I guess hypocrites of a feather stay together. I now anxiously await your rationalizations for Obama’s copycat actions to be followed by your slurs and insults against me. You’re all so predictable, not to mention shallow and closed-minded.

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By Zeke Norris, December 25, 2009 at 5:53 am Link to this comment
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Ardee why don’t you give it a rest. To resort to insults demonstrates your small-mindedness and lack of character. Why don’t you show me how open-minded and unbiased you are by admitting something that Beck has gotten right. What? Nothing? Now who’s the bigot?

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By ardee, December 24, 2009 at 4:35 am Link to this comment

Zeke Norris, December 23 at 12:47 pm #
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So then, Zeke, you posit that Beck is the lesser of two evils thus justifying his bigotry, lies and hatreds?

Perhaps rethinking is in order…Oh wait, rethinking implies that you actually thought in the first place.

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By Purple Girl, December 23, 2009 at 9:40 am Link to this comment

If your Education is limited to only your own life experience, so is your ‘wisedom’
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History, which is contained in those things called Books, gives us perspective, a precedence, a warning.

In fact the attainment of historical information not only makes us different than other species- it makes us superior to them. We can examine and analyze successes and failures in the past to determine the best course of action forward.

The Fall of numerous top heavy empires has proven that ‘Trickle Down’ never happens. Shit rolls own hill, not wealth or resources.They are siphoned off, hoarded and used to leverage power and control.

That when Symbols and ensignias, not representing US, are controlling ‘We the People’, it is an act of disloyality. Family Crest or logos, it’s all the same.

Also that Tribal or clan based nations are impossible to conquer. It’s a sure fire way to bleed a ‘superpower’ dry, literally and figuratively.

We know that when the credos of any religion begins seeping into the affairs of the State and dictating citizens rights- Horrid acts of Inhumanity occur.

We know that Torture has always elicited false confessions. Again need only read about the Inquistion, witch trials. In fact, Just ask old “Songbird”.

We know that if one tries- because they hold a fatalistic conviction, or just enjoy the fervor- you can divide this country.Interesting Glen’s reference to ‘we are out of time’- End of Dayer??

‘If you fail to learn history, you are doomed to repeat it’, is only half the point. If you Know history, and repeated anyway regardless of it’s negative outcome, then you do so with forethought and malice.It is becomes a criminal matter of the highest orders.

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By Zeke Norris, December 23, 2009 at 8:47 am Link to this comment
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Ardee, Denmak and Dennis: Thanks for educating me to what a lying scumbag Glenn Beck actually is. After reading the links you referred me to it is obvious the man really is mentally ill. I now fully endorse everything the tax-dodging, criminal and communist Obama administration is doing. I agree that breaking nearly all of one’s campaign promises qualifies you as the most truthful president in history rather than another lying scumbag like that alcholic Beck guy. Come on, let’s all hold hands and help Obama “fundamentally change America”. Screw the Constitution. After all it was written by a bunch of slave owning elites. Who says the rule of law is a good way to govern. I’d much rather have Nancy Pelosi,Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Tim Geithner and my hero Ben Bernanke arbitrarily calling the shots behind closed doors. These guys have our best interests at heart. Right Denmak?

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By Silvio, December 23, 2009 at 6:49 am Link to this comment
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Glenn Beck serves a purpose.

He’s a terrific litmus test.

Clearly anyone who admires Beck is an ignorant dipsh*t who should be forced to wear a scarlet “B” so that reasonable citizens can steer clear.

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By StPete, December 23, 2009 at 6:13 am Link to this comment
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All the fools are already on board.  The institutional liars like Beck, O’Rielly and
Hannity can’t grow much bigger.  Neither can their Teabaggers posse.  They’ve got
all they’re going to get as far as audiences and true believers… those people
willing to ignore the documented truth, and it’s downhill for them from now on.

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By Marmann, December 23, 2009 at 5:00 am Link to this comment

I noticed the huge amount of applause coming from one particular area in the audience. Does Beck bring along his cheering team, the same way Coulter does when she appears on Leno?

Thanks for including a list of his sponsors. I think they should be boycotted, and I plan on doing just that.

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By Night-Gaunt, December 22, 2009 at 11:29 pm Link to this comment

Show us examples of where Beck and Hitler operated in much the same way please?

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By Atilla, December 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm Link to this comment
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“the Republican Party that is engaged in accusing, condemning, denouncing, and demonizing the Left and Liberals…

You mean the same way the Democrats engage in accusing, condemning, denouncing, and demonizing the Right and Conservatives?

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By ThomasG, December 22, 2009 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment

Glenn Beck is just one more Hitleresque sophist propagandists in a long line of Hitleresque sophist propagandists from the time of Goldwater through Reagan, Bush I and Bush II to the present REPRESENTING the Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Movement, the Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Media Echo-Chamber and the Republican Party that is engaged in accusing, condemning, denouncing, and demonizing the Left and Liberals in the same way that Adolph Hitler did the Jews.

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By liecatcher, December 22, 2009 at 6:10 pm Link to this comment

Glenn Beck Talks ‘Truth Problem’ With Leno

It seems to me that the problem is more about the
messenger than the message.
It’s like looking at Michael Moore, a morbidly obese
individual who is unpleasant to look at, and missing
the essence of what he is saying because how could a
person who looks like that possibly have something
useful to say about health.
Beck’s philosophy appears to be:“I’d rather be
controversial & highly paid, than a mainstreamer”.
More power to him. Rush has his own followers & so
does Beck. Leno had Bush3 on, so how could he refuse
Beck?

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By rollzone, December 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment

hello. Mr.Beck is only the person in position at the right time with the right talents to capitalize on a grassroots movement- it would have been whomever was postured as he was. i applaud the man for not ruining his own opportunity alike so many do, and have no jealousy towards him. he speaks what he believes is truth to an audience that wants to hear what he thinks. this would be the appropriate forum to embellish a notion that truth is lacking in government, and i completely support full disclosure. whomever takes full disclosure and capitalizes upon it (alike Mr. Beck) does not concern me. we are being lied to about almost everything involving our government, and its relation to the populace, and some honesty would be refreshing. complete honesty would be heart warming.

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By JS Cam, December 22, 2009 at 4:56 pm Link to this comment
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I know the comments are moderated. Who moderates the articles?  What a poorly written point, not worth reading. Who opens an article with the brilliance of writing, “No shit”?
Match the interesting titles to worthy articles. This was a waste of time and electrons.

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By Night-Gaunt, December 22, 2009 at 11:00 am Link to this comment

Zeke Norris can you tell me where mister Glenn Beck has shown that president Obama has shown any racist tendencies? To me it shows that it is Glenn Beck himself voicing his racist views about Obama but reversing it to say he is talking about Obama‘s racism and not his own toward blacks. [Or at least the reich winger we have in office now.]

I am self educated too and I can see that that he is very partisan in his guest line up. Rarely even a Democrat much less a real Liberal or Progressive. Very rare on his show. As for the Ivy League schoolers I do have a problem with them holding the lion’s share of political and corporate control. Not their education per se.

((“The most dangerous kind of lie is one wrapped in a kernel of truth.”))Ben Franklin

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By ardee, December 22, 2009 at 5:38 am Link to this comment

zeke norris, December 21 at 9:37 pm #
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Mr.Krueger: People like you who want to attack Beck can only resort to name calling. You are unable to actually disprove anything he says so you stoop to personal attacks instead. Pathetic. I challenge you to name one lie.

Mr. Norris, now that your challenge has been met, even exceeded in that more than one lie has been verified, I wonder if you will return to the field or slink away as seems typical of your sort?

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By Spokker, December 22, 2009 at 3:48 am Link to this comment
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I guess I will be canceling my insurance with State Farm. I don’t agree with anything Beck says, but boycotts are BS. Companies that cave into them are even worse.

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By rico, suave, December 22, 2009 at 2:02 am Link to this comment

You call those clips “hate speech?” Are you serious?

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By denmak, December 21, 2009 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment

*laugh* Mr. Zeke Norris, it would be a lot more difficult to find an iota of TRUTH in any of Glenn Beck’s statements. Mr. Krueger is a lot closer to the mark that you realize.

Since you asked for an example, I’m going to take bait and give you two, straight from the horse’s mouth (and then I’m going to apologize to horses all over the world for comparing them to Glenn Beck):

1. Beck warned people not to go on the “cash for clunker’s” govt. site, because there is a privacy act you have to agree to before you get your cash wherein the govt. can access your computer and get any information on you they want:
http://www.snopes.com/computer/internet/clunkers.asp


2. Oh, this is too good - will let you read it yourself:
This one is so good I’ll just give you the link:
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2009/jul/29/glenn-beck/glenn-beck-claims-science-czar-john-holdren-propos/

Incidentally if you navigate the last site, you’ll notice that Glenn Beck has spoken NO truth in any of his announcements - no, really!

Also you’ll find that Obama is probably the most honest president we’ve ever had (no wonder his approval is going down, how long do honest folks last as politicians) raspberry

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By Dennis, December 21, 2009 at 7:11 pm Link to this comment
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Zeke, actually it would be more difficult to find ONE truth in all the purported ‘facts’ from Glenn Beck. But since you asked for one lie, I am going to give you two DIRECTLY from the horse’s mouth (and then apologize to horses all over the world for comparing them to Glenn)

1. Cash for Clunkers
http://www.snopes.com/computer/internet/clunkers.asp

2. Oh this one is too good, you should read it yourself:
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2009/jul/29/glenn-beck/glenn-beck-claims-science-czar-john-holdren-propos/

Actually if you navigate the last site a little bit more, you might find that Obama is probably the most truthful president in history! raspberry

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By zeke norris, December 21, 2009 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment
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Mr.Krueger: People like you who want to attack Beck can only resort to name calling. You are unable to actually disprove anything he says so you stoop to personal attacks instead. Pathetic. I challenge you to name one lie. Never mind, I know you can’t which is why you resort to slander.

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By Allan Krueger, December 21, 2009 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment

Glenn Beck - a shrill, mentally ill, lying scumbag! Ya’ know, I used to love to eat at Red Lobster!

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By knute, December 21, 2009 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment
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I hear Faux is auditioning a new pundit. A baboon that sits and throws its poop at the camera lens and squauks away incessiantly whether anyone is listening or not. It will be something new and refreshing we are told…before long the tea-baggers will be gathereing at events staged all thru the country, tossing thier poop up in the air as they cheer Palin on. Spewing their disdain for all non-poop tossers. Soon the baboon will be on Oprah.

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