The Anti-Defamation League has released a special report titled, “Rage Grows in America: Anti-Government Conspiracies.” The focus of the report is on Glenn Beck, including his participation and furthering of anti-government conspiracy theories.
The most important mainstream media figure who has repeatedly helped to stoke the fires of anti-government anger is right-wing media host Glenn Beck, who has a TV show on FOX News and a popular syndicated radio show. While other conservative media hosts, such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, routinely attack Obama and his administration, typically on partisan grounds, they have usually dismissed or refused to give a platform to the conspiracy theorists and anti-government extremists. This has not been the case with Glenn Beck. Beck and his guests have made a habit of demonizing President Obama and promoting conspiracy theories about his administration.
These kinds of claims from Beck create an intersection between the mainstream and the extreme. They play an important role in drawing people further out of the mainstream, making them more receptive to the more extreme notions and conspiracy theories.
The article lists examples including Beck encouraging his audience to read Hitler’s Mein Kampf, comparing Obama to Hitler, claiming Obama wants to create a “civilian national security force,” calling Obama “dangerous,” and promoting the idea of FEMA consentration camps.