Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Glenn Beck Lies

In the interest of full disclosure, I have listened to Glenn Beck's radio program but not watched his television show-- other than an occasional clip elsewhere. I used to hear him years back, before he got so powerful, and he was entertaining at times. Frankly, I like to hear a conservative slant to an issue; but he got farther and farther out as he probably became more and more famous. I quit listening and now only catch him once in awhile, for as long as I can stand it, when I am in the truck, as I click through the buttons looking for political talk.

Last summer I wrote about hearing him on our way to Arizona and finding he was making real sense on an issue (worried me no end about myself)-- until he went hysterical and began to milk the emotion cow. I turned him off then. I don't know if that emotional response of his is real or acting. I saw a video tape of him preparing to do a taped piece and he asked when he should start crying. It looks to me like he can do what he wants in that area, and he's not like John Boehner who really appears unable to not cry as he gets all emotional about himself.

So anyway because it's come up other places and because I went to some level of trouble (actually minimal) to find the lies of Glenn Beck, I am posting some of the biggest here if for no other reason than they'll be handy to me if this topic arises again and I want them in one place.

To be honest, I am hoping he, like Sarah Palin, will soon become only dusty remembrances from the political past as more meaningful and logical conservatives take over the power positions in the right wing movement. I don't know if that is unrealistic as certainly Beck appeals to a lot of viewers (although cable television is a small group). The thing is how much more does he impact through being repeated as if what he said was fact when bloggers and radio talk personalities as well at sites like WorldNetDaily and Fox News parrot it?

Before I haul off on the list, a logical place to start is with a definition of the word lie. I liked this one from Word IQ:

A lie is a statement that is untrue, when the falsity of the statement is known or suspected by the speaker. Depending on definitions, a lie can be a genuine falsehood or a selective truth, a lie by omission, or even [part of] the truth if the intention is to deceive or to cause an action not in the listener's interests. To lie is to tell a lie. A person who tells a lie, and especially a person who habitually tells lies, is a liar.

What follows are just a smattering of Beck lies. No way could I post them all, not to mention all the times he mangles the truth to suit an agenda. You know he's not a dumb man. He has had an intellectual's education, but where it comes to spreading lies, he is so blatant that he obviously doesn't worry his minions will care about his truthiness (word from another famous something or other). Frankly, I think if Beck changed what he does, he'd lose his followers in a heartbeat; so he's as much a captive of their expectations as they are of his.

Anytime you see black print, it's from someone else. I am sticking to varying shades of blue for anything I write. I thought about using red... but nah, definitely sticking to the blue side!.

By: Steve - December 31, 2010 - 9:30am

Think about this, Glenn Beck said he never lies, because if he did it would get him fired. And yet, he lies virtually every day, and Fox does not fire him. In fact, you can see his top 15 lies right here.

15) On his January 13th show, Beck claimed the Fed keeps it's profits, and that you can not even look at their books. Beck claimed the Fed made $50 billion in profits, and they just keep it, without paying any taxes on it.

Too bad it's all a lie, because the Fed Returns All Their Profit To The Treasury. The Federal Reserve will return about $45 billion to the U.S. Treasury for 2009, the highest earnings in the 96-year history of the central bank. The Fed, unlike most government agencies, funds itself from its own operations and returns its profits to the Treasury.

14) Beck claimed that Tax Dollars Funded A Jesus Art Exhibit At The Smithsonian.

Too bad its all lies while the Smithsonian does receives some Public Funding they do not Use That Money For Exhibitions.

The exhibition was funded by the largest number of individual donors for a Portrait Gallery show. The show, which cost $750,000, was also underwritten by foundations that support gay and lesbian issues.

As part of the Smithsonian, the gallery receives public funds. Overall, the Smithsonian gets about 70 percent of its annual budget from the federal government, but it does not use that money for exhibitions.

13) On his June 17th show, Beck said President Obama did not make the BP oil spill a priority.

Too bad it's all lies, During an address from the Oval Office, Obama said this: "But make no mistake: We will fight this spill with everything we've got for as long as it takes. We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused. And we will do whatever's necessary to help the Gulf Coast and its people recover from this tragedy."

Obama also said this: "Those who think that we were either slow on our response or lacked urgency don't know the facts. This has been our highest priority since this crisis occurred."

12) On his December 2nd show Beck said the U.S. is Sending "Another Trillion Dollars, Over To Europe."

Too bad it's all lies, because The U.S. is not even discussing a larger International Monetary Fund contribution to the European rescue package. And to this day it has never happened.

11) On his November 9th show, Beck accused George Soros of setting up a "shadow party" to interfere in the 2004 elections. Beck based his claim on this statement from Soros: "I Do Not Accept The Rules Imposed By Others" And "In Periods Of Regime Change, Normal Rules Do Not Apply."

But there is one problem with that, Beck claims Soros said it in 2004, but that's a lie, because Soros made that statement in a book that Soros wrote in 1995, a full 9 years before the 2004 election even happened.

10) On his April 7th show Beck said Obama wants to raise the Capital gains tax on every single American who invests their money.

Too bad that's a lie, because the White House budget for fiscal year 2011 called for reinstating the 20 percent capital gains tax rate only on families with income greater than $250,000 and on individuals with income greater than $200,000.

9) On his August 10th show, Beck said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is not a peaceful muslim, based on something someone else said 9 years ago.

Beck blamed Rauf for something he never said, and as far as I can tell, Beck either made a mistake, or he lied on purpose, either way, he was wrong. Even after saying his crack research staff is never wrong. The statement Beck said Rauf made, was actually made by Muhammad Gemeaha.

8) On his November 9th show, Beck said George Soros Manipulated Congress To Introduce Energy Legislation.

Too bad it's all lies, because contrary to Beck's claim that Soros manipulated Obama to introduce cap and trade legislation days after he was elected, Congress has been debating similar proposals for more than a decade. In fact, Sen. Barack Obama supported legislation that would have created a cap-and-trade system while campaigning in 2008. Years before Soros even called for a cap and trade bill.

7) On his April 23rd show, Beck said "There Has Been "Zero Warming For Over A Decade."

Too bad it's all lies, because NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The U.K. Met Office, And The World Meteorological Organisation Have All Stated That 2000-2009 Was The Warmest Decade On Record For The Globe.

6) On his November 4th show, Beck claimed the Obama Trip To India Would Cost "Up To $2 Billion to keep him safe."

Too bad it's a massive lie, and even Bill O'Reilly himself said that number is ridiculous. In a statement made public the day before Beck's broadcast, White House spokesman Matt Lehrich said that the figure had "no basis in reality." Lehrich also said, "Due to security concerns, we are unable to outline details associated with security costs, but it's safe to say these numbers are wildly inflated."

5) On his March 10th show, Beck claimed Obama Wants To Ban Fishing. Beck said that the administration's decision to end the public comment phase of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force means that Obama is likely preparing to issue an executive order outlawing recreational fishing in America.

And that is a giant lie, the fishing reporter Jeffrey Weeks wrote this about it: "To suggest that President Obama is about to ban fishing in America is the most absurd and irresponsible thing I have ever seen a major news outlet publish. There is not even a remote possibility that a standing president of the United States will outlaw fishing in America."

4) On his June 21st show, Beck claimed that the Obama administration was loaning $2 billion to Brazil to benefit foreign oil interests at the expense of the U.S. economy in order to make George Soros richer.

Too bad it's a massive lie, because Bush Appointees at the Export-Import Bank -- Not Obama -- Unanimously Approved the Loan To Brazil. even called the claim bogus, noting that the Export-Import Bank of the United States approved a preliminary commitment to Brazil." At the time, the Bank's Board consisted of three Republicans and two Democrats, who were all appointed by George W. Bush.

3) On his November 22nd show, Beck said Ohio City Has Not Taken Any Stimulus Money From The Government.

Too bad it's a lie!

As of November 22, reports posted at showed that the city of Wilmington received at least $2.6 million in stimulus funds.

As of November 22, 2010, reports posted at showed that Clinton County Ohio had received at least $4 million from the stimulus.

And Wilmington city officials confirmed that the city requested more than $63 million under the stimulus. State officials said that use of Medicaid, food stamps, cash assistance, and unemployment insurance have increased in recent years.

2) On his November 9th show, Beck claimed that Soros Was Responsible For "Taking The Property From The Jews As A Teenager."

Too bad it's all lies, because in an interview with Steve Kroft from 60 minutes, Soros Said He "Had No Role In Taking Away That Property."

In Soros: The Life and Times of a Messianic Billionaire -- a book cited by Beck during the program -- the books author Michael T. Kaufman said Soros did not collaborate with anyone.

1) On his November 29th show, Beck said "Do You Really Believe That I Could Just Make Things Up And Remain On The Air?"

After all the non-stop lies from Glenn Beck, he is still on the air. Despite All the False Claims, Fox News Has Not Fired Beck.

From another source-- Yahoo Answers regarding Glenn Beck Lies:

He said that no other President had never been sworn into office without a Bible. He said he 'checked'.

He either did not check or ... he's lying. John Qunicy Adams used a law book. Franklin Pierce didn't even swear. He affirmed. Teddy Roosevelt used no Bible. Several Presidents kissed a Bible but did not swear on one.……

Beck lie.

Glenn Beck lied when he said recently that $1.4 million of stimulus money was used to repair a door at Dyess AFB. The doors repaired were aircraft hangar doors and the cost was not $1.4 million.
The cost was $246000 out of $1.4 million in repairs funding.

Beck lie.

In June Beck lied when he said that the US was the ONLY country that had a natural birthright provision. Here is the list of other countries that do:…

Beck lie.

Glenn Beck lied when he said that the director of White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, "has proposed forcing abortions and putting sterilants in the drinking water to control population."
This one is so good I'll just give you the link:…

Getting specific about one of Beck's targets-- Van Jones, the following is Beck's accusations and the facts
Groups-- on Van Jones:

You may have heard about Glenn Beck's latest kook.rant, attacking Van Jones,
Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental
Quality, as an evil convict. We'll take Beck's absurd happy horse shit one
stupid lie at a time.

Beck has repeatedly claimed that Jones is a felon, convict and all around
bad guy who went to prison for taking part in the Rodney King riot.
The FACT is the Jones has no criminal record of ANY kind. The bat shit crazy
Beck boob is just making shit up.
Van has never served time in any prison. He has never been convicted of any
crime. And just to be clear: Van was not even in Los Angeles during those
tumultuous days.
I know because he was working for me -- in San Francisco -- when the four
Los Angeles police officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King. I
was the Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the
San Francisco Bay Area when Van was an intern.
OOPS! That's one Beck.boob lie shot all to hell. Let's move on...
Beck has repeatedly claimed that Jones is some sort of mysterious "czar"
with "billions" of off the record funds to spend that answers to no one but
Again, it's total bullshit. Back just made it up. It proves only that Beck
hasn't the slightest fucking CLUE as to how our government works.
Jones answers to the Department of Labor, who has complete authority over
the program. All of the nominal laws, rules and regulations governing the
disbursement of funds apply.
The law is clear that the Department of Labor has authority over the
program, with normal rules governing the funds. Anybody who thinks that a
lone government official can pass out money, arbitrarily and without
oversight, knows nothing about our legal system. A blizzard of lawsuits
would stop any such scheme in its tracks, if one were ever put in place.
OOPS! Another absurd Beck lie bites the dust. Moving on...
Beck has repeatedly asserted that Jones is a communist. Yeah, I know, silly,
but that's Beck.
The fact of the matter is Jones is promoting BUSINESS BASED solutions. And
his book, 'The Green Collar Economy,' presents only aggressively CAPITALIST
solutions. In fact, he is known in some circles as the green Jack Kemp.
In a YouTube clip, he (Jones) said recently that progressives and
conservatives should work together to find common ground and create a clean
energy economy.
Van said: "We are not promoting welfare. We are promoting work. ... We are
not expanding entitlements. We are expanding enterprise and investment. ...
We are not trying to redistribute existing wealth. We are trying to reinvent
an existing sector, so that we can create NEW wealth - by unleashing
innovation and entrepreneurship. This should be common ground."
He has been preaching that gospel, in various forms, for years and years.
Van Jones is the nation's "Green" Jack Kemp -- using business-based
solutions to attack poverty.
OOPS! More Beck horse shit mucked into the wheelbarrow of oblivion. Moving
Beck has tried to claim that Jones is still a believer of '60's radicalism,
a huge crock of shit even Bill O'Lieley ain't buyin'. Beck uses quotes from
an article where Jones specifically *rejects* his teenage 60's rhetoric as
proof Jones still believes 60's rhetoric.
Gee, isn't there a word for that? Oh, yeah, it's BULLSHIT.
I found it interesting that Bill O'Reilly in his interview repeatedly asked
Glenn Beck whether Van Jones' youthful views had changed over time. Beck
never answers those inquiries and instead keeps insisting that Van has
championed these ideas recently. Again, that is simply not true.
Quotes Taken Out of Context
Upon investigation, it turns out that Beck is quoting (out of context) an
article that in fact makes the OPPOSITE point.
The 2005 profile that Beck is flogging actually makes it crystal clear --
even in the headline -- that Jones has "renounced" his earlier views,
matured and moved on. Van's transformation is the entire point of the piece,
and it is impossible that Beck does not know this.
So, there you have it, folks. Beck isn't just a ---- crazy loon spouting
off about patently absurd conspiracy theory paranoid nut job idiocy. He's a
filthy ---- liar intentionally spreading lies he KNOWS are total
bullshit. No wonder he's on FIXED News...

For anyone who has not been following Beck's attack on George Soros, I found a good article on that to bring you up to speed. I won't paste it all here, but it's worth reading to look at how Beck operates in his attack dog mode. Point by point this story shows how he deliberately distorted or out and out lied to create a boogieman. This wasn't too hard for his viewers/listeners since Soros was already on the right wing, bad guy list due to funding left wing causes and working to defeat Bush II in 2004 (for a guy who was such a genuine, dangerous threat, that worked out so well for him didn't it)--

If you have a rightie friend or family member, who swears by Beck's importance to the conservative cause, likely that person won't care much about any of this. It's really the chicken and the egg. Which came first and would Beck be who he is without them? Looking at Beck for whether he tells the truth isn't something they care about because they apparently feel if he does lie, it's justified, just as it was justified to lie us into attacking Iraq.

However, I think it's important for us, on the left, to be ready to answer when they bring up points like about Soros, Van Jones, and whoever the next boogieman will be.

Lies not confronted end up being believed.
I really think we have to be confrontative (h0pefully in a nice but firm way) on these things, the following is why.

Yesterday I read something about Nancy Pelosi taking a vacation in Hawaii at the same time Obama did and probably staying in a $10,000 a day suite.
The question was implied that the taxpayers funded that as her last days of Speaker of the House and it asked at what cost to taxpayers. No evidence, no facts but plenty of innuendo of corruption.

Everybody knows Pelosi is a wealthy woman, who could have well afforded such a suite, BUT this was all about a possible instance she might've abused her privilege... or not.

I went looking for more information regarding what happened and who the original source was. Source was easy and not surprising-- right wing blogger calling themselves Hawaii Reporter which makes them sound connected to a newspaper but not that I found.

Then I looked for any other facts relating to what she had done and who paid for it. The original blog had been picked up by all the other right wing bloggers as though it was fact. Now this means if you went fact checking it, you'd see plenty of sources for it being true-- only they all came from the same source-- but who cares about details.

This is how the 'facts' about Obama's trip to India were rapidly distorted and spread. This also put out a lot of false information about John Kerry's military service from those who didn't serve with him, didn't really know exact details of his service. It inspired those who had served to vilify him even if they knew nothing about him personally-- and they still do.

Kerry, because he had protested the war after his service, made a good target and most of the righties who came to hate him from blog level information still believe it and will swear by it. Facts, we don't need no damned facts. It just sounded right to them! Kerry didn't look the hero part and oh yeah, GW Bush did. Hallelujah and throw facts to the wind.

In this environment, lies breed and multiply. The Internet is a hotbed of reproduction. The righties perfected their skills under Bush, and I have no doubt we will see a lot more of this with them itching to try and impeach Obama.

The third and fourth level of these type of stories don't even have to worry about lying. They are simply reporting what somebody else said. How discerning are most of their readers?


Kay Dennison said...

Great minds think alike! I did the "Top 15 Lies" this morning. It simply astounds me that anyone with a working brain cell could believe *anything* that Beck says.

Anonymous said...

Not a fan of talk radio. Much to be desired.

I appreciate the work you put into this post. I saved the Media Matters link for later. Lots to read.

BTW, I will miss TGB while she takes a break. Your blog and TGB are favorites. Good content!

s.g. said...

When you say there are lies, why don't you link to the video clip of the lie, and then debunk it? I mean, the exact clip of him lying, and then tell us where he went wrong. Everything I read I say, how am I supposed to believe that You are not lying?

s.g. said...

When you say he lies, why don't you post a link for a video that captures the minute or whatever exactly it is, that he is actually lying. Then debunk it. Everything you have here, I say, what if You are lying? Muchos Grassias!!

Rain said...

s.g. I don't listen much to videos on the internet because of limited allowance of usage meaning a UTube can throw me over the line and end up with slow speeds for awhile... very slow. I prefer to read the quotes anyway but just because of your comment here, I did a quick Google search. The videos are easy to find. Try this one: How many lies in five minutes?

Now I can't spend time watching this kind of thing but others could and if they have other prime videos, please send them here in a comment and I'll be glad to post the links... Even though Beck won't continue to be on Fox, he is not likely to cease being an important right wing influence through radio and possibly eventually his own program again on a different outlet. Perhaps he will someday run for office; so it's good to keep track of what he's doing for those with the stomach and aptitude for doing so. Right now he's been off my radar as I am more concerned with who might be the next Republican nominee and what stands will they have on various issues which matter to me.