As in the Days of Noah

Posted Sunday, April 10, 2011, at 10:06 PM
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  • You mean lie like Glenn Beck has for the past 2 years and finally finally fox and the republicans wised up.. I mean they followed him for 2 years and believed in him saying he has it right.. he is our savior... and now they are not even going to claim him...

    WASHINGTON -- Last Friday, the unemployment rate dropped to 8.8 percent, as businesses added jobs for the 13th straight month.

    On Wednesday, Fox News announced that it was ending Glenn Beck's daily cable-TV show.

    These are not unrelated events.

    When Beck's show made its debut on Fox News Channel in January 2009, the nation was in the throes of an economic collapse, the likes of which had not been seen since the 1930s. Beck's angry broadcasts about the nation's imminent doom rode the wave of fear that had washed across the nation, and the relatively unknown entertainer suddenly had 3 million viewers a night -- and tens of thousands answering his call to rally at the Lincoln Memorial.

    But as the recession began to ease, Beck's apocalyptic forecasts and ominous conspiracies became less persuasive, and his audience began to drift away. Beck responded with a doubling-down that ultimately brought about his demise on Fox.

    He pushed further into dark conspiracies, urging his viewers to hoard food in their homes and to buy freeze-dried meals for sustenance when civilization breaks down. He spun a conspiracy theory in which the American left was in cahoots with an emerging caliphate in the Middle East. And, most ominously, he began to traffic regularly in anti-Semitic themes.

    This vile turn for Beck reached its logical extreme two weeks ago, when he devoted his entire show to a conspiracy theory about various bankers, including the Rothschilds, to create the Federal Reserve. To make this case, Beck hosted the conspiracy theorist G. Edward Griffin, who has publicly argued that the anti-Semitic tract "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" "accurately describe much of what is happening in our world today."

    Griffin's website dabbles in a variety of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, including his view that "present-day political Zionists are promoting the New World Order."

    A month earlier, Beck, on his radio program, had described Reform rabbis as "generally political in nature," adding: "It's almost like Islam, radicalized Islam in a way."

    A few months before that, he had attacked the Jewish billionaire George Soros, a Holocaust survivor, as a "puppet master" and read descriptions of him as an "unscrupulous profiteer" who "sucks the blood from people." Beck falsely called Soros "a collaborator" with Nazis who "saw people into the gas chambers."

    Fox deserves credit for finally putting an end to this. Its joint statement with Beck's production company, claiming that they will "work together to develop and produce a variety of television projects," is almost certainly window-dressing; you can be confident Fox won't have Beck reopening what his Fox News colleague Shepard Smith dubbed the "fear chamber."

    In banishing Beck, about whom I published a critical book last year, Fox has made an important distinction: It's one thing to promote partisan journalism, but it's entirely different to engage in race-baiting and fringe conspiracy claims. Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity may have their excesses, but their mainstream conservatism is in an entirely different category from Beck's.

    Fox has rightly, if belatedly, declared that there is no place for Beck's messages on its airwaves, and Beck will return to the fringes, where such ideas have always existed. Because his end-of-the-world themes will no longer be broadcast by a mainstream outlet, there will be less of a chance for him to inspire off-balance characters to violence.

    There are, happily, signs that the influences that undermined Beck are doing the same to other purveyors of fear. The March Washington Post-ABC News poll found that Sarah Palin's favorability rating among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents had dropped to 58 percent from 70 percent in October and 88 percent in 2008. Her negative ratings among Republicans are higher than those of other prospective Republican presidential candidates.

    In another indication of abating anger, a CNN poll released last week found that the percentage of the public viewing the tea party unfavorably had increased to 47 percent, from 26 percent in January 2010. Thirty-two percent have a favorable view.

    Beck, in losing his mass-media perch, is repeating the history of Father Charles Coughlin, the radio priest of the Great Depression. Economic hardship gave him an audience even greater than Beck's, but as his calls to drive "the money changers from the temple" became more vitriolic, his broadcast sponsors dropped him. He gradually faded from relevance as his angry themes lost their hold on Americans and his anti-Semitism became more pronounced.

    It is a sign of the nation's health and resilience that Beck, after 27 months at Fox, is meeting a similar end.

    Sam I think you live in a FEAR CHAMBER!!!!

    -- Posted by CLUELESS SW NE on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 10:50 AM
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    Your little history lesson would be great Sam, if it were based in any fact what-so-ever. Hitler and his regime were not a leftist government as you so proudly state. He and those that followed him were squarely to the right of the political spectrum. He himself was a totalitarian.

    There is a saying "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it". Maybe there needs to be a new one for people such as yourself. You rewrite history to benefit what you believe and you are willingly ignorant of what actually happened. Those who rewrite history will lead to that history being repeated.

    "You young folks need to be students of history, and I am not talking about the propaganda that passes for lessons in history today, I mean real history."

    My advice for you is to learn real history first before telling other people that they need to learn it. You talk about propaganda from the left? What you just posted above is just about the most obscene rewriting of history that I have ever seen.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 12:27 PM
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    Dear Clueless and Michael,

    The main thrust of the article was about excess, unsustainable spending, and the debts being passed on to our children, the 30-somethings. Sam is right about that, and neither of you has ANYTHING to say about it. You don't want to address the destruction of our economy by the socialists.

    Hitler was indeed a totalitarian dictator. Left or right makes little difference when you examine a guy like him. He wanted to run Germany. Then, he wanted to rule the world. The same way the socialists want do do--did not Nazi stand for National Socialist Party?

    We have seen in recent years in the US a determined movement to take over big parts of our economy, most recently the health care segment through Obamacare. The fact that it's unconstitutional does not matter to its proponents. Neither does the bailouts of General Motors, Chrysler, Wall Street and all the major banks.

    I don't believe he mentioned Glen Beck at all, but you spend all your response on him.

    Avoid the main elements of Sam's article, by all means.

    -- Posted by Boomer62 on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 12:56 PM
  • the sky is falling, the sky is falling.

    -- Posted by president obama on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 1:15 PM
  • I just put stuff up there to make you mad Boomer... plus I am so intelligent I feel I need to have a blog.. so that was mine for the week.. And no I am not worried about the trillions of dollars we are in debt as a country because it has been that way for years and years now from Bushy spending and Regan's famous trickle down economics that was a BUST!!! so no I am not worried now nor was anyone then..

    -- Posted by CLUELESS SW NE on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 3:30 PM
  • Ocho.. you got to learn to take a joke their Mr Robocop of blogging.. (that is not a title you want to hold) .. I am guessing you were captain of the chess club in school.. but enough about you.. The horrible deed I did earlier and the rotten plagerized article that I copied and pasted and I posted was from no one other than Dana Milbank from the Washington Post...

    Just Say'in EEEEERRRRRRR!!!!!!

    -- Posted by CLUELESS SW NE on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 3:54 PM
  • Right.. exactly.. I just said I did.. Good Job Bucko.. I mean Ocho I mean Robo-blogger.. I mean I admitted it.. and it's not a big deal as I wasn't trying to take credit fot it as any normal chess player can see at the top of the Article where it says WASHINGTON that is was copied and pasted.. Not trying to hide it... but I suppose if those are the rules of blogging Mr robo-blogger I need to abide by them.. I apologize and it won't happen again..

    are you still going to ticket me???

    -- Posted by CLUELESS SW NE on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 4:20 PM
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    Actually Clueless, when I initially skimmed your post I didn't realize you had posted someone else's article. You didn't use punctuation that would indicate you were quoting and furthermore you did not give credit to the author. So I think that fits fairly closely with the definition of plagiarism. Maybe I missed it because I'm not a normal chess player, but thank you for your apology.

    -- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 4:41 PM
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    I'm sorry if this is random and off subject but why do you say EEEEERRRRRRR!!!!!!?

    -- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 4:43 PM
  • exactly SW... exactly Ocho.. I apologized.. I did not post it correctly for the umpteen time.. it is a Mccook NE blog.. not federal court.. I said I plagerized it.. I copied and pasted it... again I COPIED AND PASTED IT!!!!!!!!!!!! do you want me to say it again??? I am saying I was not trying to take credit it for it.. I am not saying I didn't do it.. I did not try to make it my own.. I initially thought her name was at the bottom of it I guess it wasn't... I am saying wow!!! doesn't a savvy chess player like Ocho have something better to do than to play Robo -Blogger on the Mccook daily gazette...

    Hahahahah... and he posted actual regulations on plagerism for this blog and these posts like they actually mean something or people other than the 31 of us actually read them or care about them

    -- Posted by CLUELESS SW NE on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 4:52 PM
  • Ooops.. Just Say'in.. Nice blog Robo -Blogger

    -- Posted by CLUELESS SW NE on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 4:52 PM
  • No they don't.. why pay for music if millions of millions of people download it on free websites everyday.. cause you can...

    Just like why does the state jab us and put sales tax on used vehicles when the vehicle has already been fully taxed.. and then they do it again and again and again with the same vehicle..


    because they can

    -- Posted by CLUELESS SW NE on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 4:58 PM
  • Gimmie a break Ocho... really.. really.. tell me you were joking about your earlier blog with the plagerism.. cmon really.. like I was trying to plagerize on this blog to gain what?? to gain what Ocho?? credibility?? from who? for what?? seriously?? c'mon copyright police? Gimmie a break!!!

    -- Posted by CLUELESS SW NE on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 5:01 PM
  • Alert Alert Alert.. watch out.. the Copyright police has participated in the blog.. alert alert!!!

    And P.S downloading free music is illeagal if you didn't know... you could go to prison.

    Metallica might even beat you up for it like they did to the Napster kid.

    -- Posted by CLUELESS SW NE on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 5:16 PM
  • I say EEERRRR Like duh for Ocho. as his trademark as all of us know by now is Just Say'in..

    So I guess that one is mine

    To answer your earlier question SW.

    -- Posted by CLUELESS SW NE on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 5:25 PM
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    Thanks for answering.

    -- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 10:20 AM
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    Sam is right about the spending. Here is a wonderful article that examines the fix we are in now:

    We are well on our way to becoming a 3rd world country. Wanna live in the new Venezuela? Get ready for it!

    Clueless, you say you aren't worried about the trillions in debt? When it costs you $20 for a gallon of gas, you'll be singing a different tune.

    -- Posted by Boomer62 on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 8:55 PM
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    According to left wing media reports - every dime that fuel goes up, there are 2.3% less road fatalities. Source: CNN Of course the liberals would be screaming right now if there was a GOP President right now.

    As it is...we'll just have to live with this other guy for a while longer.

    -- Posted by Mickel on Wed, Apr 13, 2011, at 7:49 PM
  • Apparently liberal thought is that if you attempt to fix a problem, you must be afraid of it. No, it takes courage to stick your neck out and solve a problem, like the economy. It appears it is the liberals who are afraid of fixing the economy. Why, to repair the economy would free the slaves of the biggest plantation in history, the ever encroaching federal government. And they would be without power.

    -- Posted by Hugh Jassle on Thu, Apr 14, 2011, at 12:13 AM
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