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Keith Olbermann Dares Bill O’Reilly & Glenn Beck to Sue for Defamation

Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck are upset about a character on the fictional TV show Law & Order mentioning their spreading of hate and ignorance, so Keith Olbermann calls them out and dares them to sue. Of course, if they take this to the U.S. courts, and not the court of public opinion of like-minded viewers, their spreading of hate and ignorance will be used against them. They would rather play the victim and whine about it on TV where nobody can debate them. Here is Keith Olbermann’s response:

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Glenn Beck Called Van Jones ‘Convicted Felon’ – Retracts Four Months Later

It’s been pointed out numerous times that Glenn Beck’s statement(s) about Van Jones being a “convicted felon” were false. It’s taken four months, but Glenn Beck has finally admitted that he was wrong – that Van Jones IS NOT a convicted felon as Beck previously stated – thus proving that Beck is a shoot first, research later and admit fault much much much later (if at a all) type of commentator.

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Glenn Beck’s Conflict of Interest As Gold Investment Shill

As reported on before, there may be a conflict of interest in Glenn Beck’s promotion of gold investment companies while fear mongering about the economy and the state of the dollar, not to mention promoting his own investments. Now, according to Daily Finance, it appears that Fox News has taken notice and Beck may be in hot water.

Goldline International features Glenn Beck’s picture on their web site and his voice on their radio ads. Due to being a radio personality who does “live reads,” or live commercials, and a commentator, rather than an anchor, some of the normal contract terms have been relaxed. However, Fox News seems to have an issue with the personal nature of Becks relationship with Goldline. The exemption, apparently, is only intended for the live reads and a Fox spokesperson is discussing the matter with Beck’s agent.

Regardless, many journalism watchdogs have noticed the conflict of interest in taking money from a gold vendor while voicing views about the devaluation of the US dollar. Couple this with the fact that Glenn Beck is a gold buyer and is using his listeners to possibly inflate the value of his own investment. Beck calls Goldline a “top notch organization” – one that is mentioned on Ripoff Report here and here.

Politico reports that another company that has sponsored Beck is Merit Financial Services. The president, Peter Epstein had this to say about their relationship with Fox News:

You pay anybody on any network and they say what you pay them to say… They’re bought and sold.and I could care less what people think of him… We advertise on Fox because it makes the phone ring.” He said gold resonates more with Fox’s viewers because it’s the angry white man audience – it’s the conservative audience. … They are distrustful of the government, of the regime.

In a previous response received from another precious metals investment company, Wholesale Direct Metals, Damon Geller made it clear who their business caters to and why they chose to advertise on Beck’s show.

With all due respect… the product I sell is notoriously partisan and biased. Very few demographics buy physical gold as an investment of as an asset of last resort.  Those that have, have made a lot of money the last 8 years and sleep better at night.  If it wasn’t for FOX I wouldn’t have your business to lose anyway because you wouldn’t even know about my company.  I probably have nothing to worry about anyway because you either have no interest in owning real gold or no $$$ to buy any.  I seriously doubt you are a gold owner/investor.  Do you own any gold?  Or is your money in CDs at the bank earning nothing and just going backward slowly while the federal reserve prints more worthless dollar bills any robs you while you’re not looking?  LOL. [...] Get smart and get some Gold.. or go push your BS agenda on someone stupid enough to care about it. If all the companies in America were all more efficient and successful THAT’s what will build a better America.  Not you fear mongering small business that are trying to keep people employed.  And BTW… EVERY client that has ever bought gold from me has a portfolio that has risen in value… can the stock brokers and bankers of America say that??

Of course, since he called President Obama a “racist” and the ColorOfChange.org boycott started, Beck has lost over 80 advertisers. It’s no wonder these are the types of sponsors to stick around and that Beck is one of their biggest promoters.

Contact information for companies mentioned:

Goldline International, Inc.
1601 Cloverfield Boulevard
100 South Tower
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 1-877-376-2646
Fax: 1-310-319-0265
info@goldline.com
http://www.goldline.com/about-goldline/contact-goldline.html

Merit Financial Services
1300 4th Street, Suite 303
Santa Monica, CA 90401
1.866.787.3465
Phone 310.394.7577
Fax 310.393.7020

http://www.meritfinancial.com/Contact_Us.aspx

Wholesale Direct Metals, Inc.
15200 Sunset Blvd. Suite 202
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
tel: (866) 925-6626
fax: (310) 454-2194
info@wholesaledirectmetals.com
https://twitter.com/wdmgold
http://www.wholesaledirectmetals.net/contact-us.php

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Glenn Beck’s ‘Christmas Sweater’ Simulcast Show Flops

Glenn Beck‘s live show based on his book, The Christmas Sweater, was simulcast to hundreds of movie theaters across the country. In large cities, it flopped. Badly.

In New York, Beck sold 17 tickets. In Boston, another 17. And in Washington, D.C., the hotbed of political activism, his tearful film drew only 30

The two hour 15 minute movie performed better in more rural areas, selling out in some, including the closest theater to his home town of Mt. Vernon, WA. 10 miles away, in Seattle, only 70 of 415 tickets were sold.

All attendees were charged $20, double the cost of a non-matinee movie ticket and around three times the cost in smaller theaters. So much for catering to the “little guy.”

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Former Fox News Host Eric Burns Slams Network & Glenn Beck

Early last year Eric Burns, who had been with Fox News since its creation over a decade ago, was fired by the cable news network. He claims that Fox News did not give him a reason for the termination. Burns has since written on Huffington Post that Fox News is a “right-wing partial-news-but-mostly-opinion network.” He also has so not-so-kind words for Glenn Beck…

I speak out now because it is the time of year when one is supposed to count blessings. I have several. Among them is that I do not have to face the ethical problem of sharing an employer with Glenn Beck.

Actually, Beck is a problem of taste as well as ethics. He laughs and cries; he pouts and giggles; he makes funny faces and grins like a cartoon character; he makes earnest faces yet insists he is a clown; he cavorts like a victim of St. Vitus’s Dance. His means of communicating are, in other words, so wide-ranging as to suggest derangement as much as versatility.

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[Beck] is an embarrassment to all true conservatives, men and women who believe sincerely, thoughtfully and sensibly that the role of government in American life should be limited.

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Glenn Beck Gets Lesson on US Army Chain of Command

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
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Is Sarah Palin a Cash Cow for Fox News and News Corp?

Fox News Channel is owned by News Corp, who also owns Harper Collins, the publisher of Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue. It’s no surprise, many Fox News personalities were lined up to interview Palin and provide free publicity for her book. Early last month she posted the following on her Facebook page (emphasis added):

We’re in the process of arranging interviews with local and national media. An interview with Oprah Winfrey is already scheduled, and I’m also hoping to have the opportunity to talk with Bill O’Reilly, Barbara Walters, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Miller, Tammy Bruce, and others, including local Alaska personalities Bob & Mark and Eddie Burke. (Variety is the spice of life!)

At the end of her book, Going Rogue, Sarah Palin thanks, by name, the “bold and patriotic, fair and balanced media folks” who “mak[e] the idiots’ heads spin” (emphasis added):

To some media professionals whom I admire because you don’t let anyone tell you to sit down and shut up, please keep making the idiots’ heads spin. Thanks for not taking our Freedom of the Press for granted, you bold and patriotic, fair and balanced media folks. Keep calling it like you see it: Amanda, Andrew, Ann, Bill(s), Bob, Cal, Dennis, Dick, Eddie, Fred, Glenn, Greta, Hugh, Joey, John, Jonah, Larry, Laura, Lou, Mark, Mary, Michael, Michelle, R.A.M., Rich, Rush, S.E., Sean, Tammy, Walter … and there are more. I join you in standing up for what is right. Remember that as your voice is heard and your spine is stiffened, the spines of others are stiffened, too. (Going Rogue, Page 413) Source

It’s a safe bet the people she’s referring to include Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano, Bill O’Reilly, Dennis Miller, Glenn Beck, Greta Van Susteren, Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin and Sean Hannity, in addition to Ann Coulter, Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh.

If Palin is the type of person to like having two people fight over her, she must have been thrilled when she made her promotional rounds. Apparently, there was a feud between Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity regarding who would would get to air their interview with Palin first. They both recorded their interviews on a Tuesday, but Hannity beat O’Reilly in getting it on air by a day. According to a Fox News insider, O’Reilly threw a “hissyfit” and released a teaser on YouTube. Source

Also important to note is that Greta Van Susteren hyped Palin’s book, saying, “the entire country is buzzing…” and “no one — and we mean no one — can stop talking about her.” She also criticized media who “pooh-poohed” Palin. However, Greta failed to disclose the fact that her husband, John Coale, was an adviser for Sarah Palin and is also the creator of the political action committee, SarahPAC. Source

Unless Palin enjoys sexist behavior, the love may not be universal. While she seemed to entertain the idea of a Sarah Palin / Glenn Beck ticket for the 2012 presidential election, and Beck would certainly have his lips firmly planted on her derriere, he remarked that “She’d be yapping or something, and I’d say, ‘I’m sorry, why am I hearing your voice? I’m not in the kitchen.’”

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Another Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theory Including Rupert Murdoch

Glenn Beck has previously ranted about a Maoist conspiracy theory including the Entertainment Industry Foundation, EIF, of which News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch is on the “honorary board of governors.”

Beck has now criticized the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) workshop scheduled for December 1 & 2, 2009. He claims that they want to discuss how to “help journalists do their job.”

BECK: Yesterday, we had two stories that seemed like no big deal if you didn’t know what was behind them. The first story was about the government getting into Internet regulation. Remember, protect you from the shady Internet blogger trying to scam you into buying the perfect pancake maker. Oh, the government is here just trying to help you. Remember that?

Also, the other story was the FTC — not the FCC, but the FTC — they’re just getting together for a little lunch, you know, a conference in December, the 1st and 2nd of December. They just want to talk about how they can help journalists do their job.

Oh, I’d like to have a little speech there, too. They want to know, should there be extra funding for journalists? Should there be tax credits for certain news organizations?

Rupert, gravy train is about to come, I’m sure. Should the government be more involved? OK. Remember those two stories here.

Rupert Murdoch gave his speech this morning, as scheduled, at the FTC workshop titled “From Town Criers to Bloggers: How will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?” So, once again, Beck has linked his boss to another conspiracy theory…

The purpose of the workshop was not to find ways to “help journalists do their job.” Here’s what the FTC press release had to say:

The workshop will consider a wide range of issues, including: the economics of journalism in print and online; the wide variety of new business and non-profit models for journalism online; factors relevant to the new economic realities for news organizations, such as behavioral and other targeted online advertising, online news aggregators, and bloggers; and the ways in which the costs of journalism could be reduced without reducing quality.

Beck even intertwined this latest conspiracy theory with his idea that net neutrality is the government wanting to censor the Internet, the group Free Press is Marxist and that free speech is at risk.

Nowhere does the FTC press release state that the government wants to tell journalists how to do their jobs, regulate or censor what is published, or conspire against people like Beck in any way. Beck made that connection and included Rupert Murdoch, the CEO of FNC parent company, News Corp.

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Glenn Beck Event Loses Harlem Gospel Choir

A live performance of Glenn Beck’s “The Christmas Sweater” is scheduled to be simulcast in theaters around the country and was to include the Harlem Gospel Choir. After learning of Beck’s violent rhetoric and race baiting, the Harlem Gospel Choir has pulled out of the event.

Before we contacted the Harlem Gospel Choir about Beck, they didn’t know much about him. After learning more about Beck and his history of race-baiting, the choir quickly came to the right decision and cancelled their appearance with him.

The choir told the Daily News that their reasons for canceling with Beck were financial, and it’s understandable that they would want to avoid getting involved in what could be seen as a political fight — the choir is about faith and music, not politics. And it’s hard to blame them for wanting to avoid starting a fight with Glenn Beck — he is a powerful man with a large megaphone and a large audience that includes some very hateful people (based on some of the email we’ve received after launching our campaign against Beck, we know this first-hand at ColorOfChange).

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Sexist Glenn Beck Rules Out Palin-Beck 2012 Ticket

In response to the rumors about a possible Sarah Palin / Glenn Beck ticket for the 2012 presidential election, Beck had the following sexist remark to say last week:

BECK: I don’t think things are hoots. I don’t. I don’t think it’s a hoot. I would never use the word hoot, and I respectfully ask that every time my name is brought up she would stop using the word “hoot.” [...]

No, no I’m just saying — Beck-Palin, I’ll consider. But Palin-Beck — can you imagine, can you imagine what an administration with the two of us would be like? What? Come on! She’d be yapping or something, and I’d say, “I’m sorry, why am I hearing your voice? I’m not in the kitchen.”

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Former TV Host Leads ‘Hands Off My Public Option’ Rally

The following wonderful piece of parody arrived via email… Enjoy!

November 24, 2041

WASHINGTON — Government-sponsored health care was on the minds of angry conservative “tea party” protesters in the nation’s capital yesterday, as former TV host Glenn Beck led a “Hands Off My Public Option” rally on the mall.

The 77 year-old Beck, who was banned from the airwaves in 2014 after pouring what he thought was water over an intern as part of an on-air gag, only to discover after lighting a match that it was, in fact, gasoline, said the new president “needs to keep her cockamamie paws off our universal coverage.”

“Thirty-two years ago, Republicans fought tooth and nail for health care reform with a public option,” said Beck, choking back tears. “We fought for it and we bled for it. And we’re here to tell the president that any cuts or rollbacks will be met with a fury like she’s never seen. We surround you, Madame President!”

Protesters held up signs with slogans like, “Only Hitler would take away my pubic [sic] option” and “Don’t tread on my cradle-to-grave gov’t coverage” as they marched to the steps of the U.S. Capitol for a rally. D.C. officials estimated the crowd size at 5,000. Organizers disputed that, claiming that attendance “easily topped a couple million.”

Liberals responded to the rally by pointing out that, in fact, the Democratic Congress passed health care reform with a public option in late 2009 against unified Republican opposition, and the bill was signed by former President Barack Obama. It was subsequently strengthened in 2019 and 2024. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that improving efficiency and introducing competition to the health care industry has resulted in savings of over $4 trillion.

“There’s a reason Democrats have won every election since 2008,” said Senator Al Franken (D-MN), who voted for the original bill and is now serving his sixth term. “It’s great that Mr. Beck and his followers enjoy having access to affordable government health care, but let’s not rewrite the history books. Oh, and by the way, it’s worth noting that the president has every intention of strengthening the public option further, and hopes that the twenty Republicans in the Senate will climb on board. Frankly, I’m not sure why these protesters are out here marching except to vent their frustration over losing yet another election.”

Beck noted that health care is now the number-one issue with the Republican base, whose median age is 67 according to the latest U.S. Census figures.

There was only one confirmed injury, which occurred when guest speaker Bill O’Reilly, 92, tripped over a fire hydrant while lunging at Senator Franken with his walking stick. He was treated and released at the scene. No charges were filed.

The source was not cited in the email – if you know where it’s from, please drop a comment.

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Viggo Mortensen Slams Glenn Beck & Rush Limbaugh

Actor Viggo Mortensen, well known for his roll as Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, sat down with Mother Jones to discuss his latest film, The Road. During the interview, the issue of people comparing Obama to Hitler was brought up. Here’s what he had to say:

VM: …It’s amazing to me that Glenn Beck can be on the cover of Time, and there can be a whole article about him basically saying, “Well, you know, he’s controversial.” It’s like, No, he’s a dangerous idiot who needs the help of a good psychiatrist! But these are also guys who make money and they like the attention. Rush Limbaugh, for example, knows he’s lying his ass off, but he doesn’t mind making $50 million a year.

MJ: We had an in-house debate about how to cover these guys: The upshot was that you don’t follow their antics, but you’ve still got to cover them.

VM: You gotta do it honestly. It doesn’t mean you have to start swearing and using their tactics, but I think you have to call them on it. If you let them go with it they’ll go and go and go. They are bullies. But like all bullies, if you stand up to them they’re not so strong.

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Anti-Defamation League on Glenn Beck’s Conspiracy Theories

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.

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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.

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South Park Mocks Glenn Beck

You gotta love the part where Cartman uses the chalkboard to tell the student body that the school president wants to kills smurfs – similar to Beck’s OLIGARH claim! LOL

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Rupert Murdoch Defends Glenn Beck Calling Obama a Racist

Remember back in July, Glenn Beck called President Obama a racist? Of course you do… it resulted in Beck losing 80 advertisers! So, now, why in the world would the CEO of Fox News‘ parent company, Rupert Murdoch, publicly defend Glenn Beck and agree with Beck’s assertion that Obama is a racist?

“On the racist thing, that caused a (unintelligible–grilling?). But he (Obama) did make a very racist comment. Ahhh..about, you know, blacks and whites and so on, which he said in his campaign he would be completely above. And um, that was something which perhaps shouldn’t have been said about the President, but if you actually assess what he was talking about, he was right.

Either Murdoch is incredibly stupid, which is debatable considering the whole Google issue, or he’s in it for the ratings… Since we’re talking about it, it’s a safe bet he said it for shock value. Of course, there’s a strong possibility that Murdoch is completely off his rocker.

In any event, feel free to tell him how you feel!

Rupert Murdoch
Chairman and Chief Executive
News Corporation
1211 Avenue of Americas
8th Floor
NY, NY 10036
Main Phone: 212-852-7000
Possible Email Addresses:
rmurdoch@newscorp.com
murdochk.r@newscorporation.com

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