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Right Winger Mark Levin Goes After Glenn Beck

They’re going to start eating their own…

Conservative radio personality Mark Levin had some unkind words to say about fellow conservative radio personality Glenn Beck. Levin said, “Decide what you are. A circus clown, self-identified. Or a thoughtful and wise person. It’s hard to be both. You can’t wear the clown nose and not wear the clown nose at the same time.” He also had this to say:

I have no idea what philosophy Glenn Beck is promoting. And neither does he. It’s incoherent. One day it’s populist, the next it’s libertarian bordering on anarchy, next it’s conservative but not really, etc. And to what end? I believe he has announced that he is no longer going to endorse candidates because our problems are bigger than politics. Well, of course, our problems are not easily dissected into categories, but to reject politics is to reject the manner in which we try to organize ourselves. [..]

Finally, Beck is fond of congratulating himself for being the only or the first host to criticize George Bush’s spending. This is demonstrably false. … And as someone who fought liberal Republicans in the trenches when campaigning for Reagan in 1976 and 1980, I don’t need lectures from Beck, who was nowhere to be found, about big-spending Republicans.

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2009: A Year of Fox News Political Activism

Media Matters for America has released the following list exemplifying Fox News’ transition from a mere conservative “news” outlet to a complete right-wing political organization.

  • Fox News personalities set goals to “get rid” of administration officials, “take the administration down.”
  • Fox News led the charge against Van Jones and was widely credited for his resignation.
  • Fox News repeatedly and falsely accused Kevin Jennings of unlawfully failing to report “statutory rape.”
  • Hannity, in particular, crusaded against Jennings and has declared, “I want him fired.”
  • Beck repeatedly targeted NEA’s Yosi Sergant; Sergant was reassigned, then resigned.
  • Fox News figures advanced falsehoods about Cass Sunstein, including that he supports “forced sterilizations” and mandatory organ donations.
  • Fox News figures falsely claimed John Holdren supported “forced abortions” and forced sterilization.
  • Hannity repeatedly advanced dubious claim that Harold Koh supported the use of Sharia law in U.S. courts.
  • Fox News targeted Anita Dunn over remarks about Mao Zedong.
  • Beck launched 9-12 Project, which he said spurred “millions” to get “involved” in protests, including 9-12 march on Washington.
  • Fox News relentlessly promoted 9-12 protest.
  • Fox News heavily promoted April 15 tea parties.
  • Fox News aired over 100 commercial promotions and over 20 segments in less than two weeks.
  • Fox News’ coverage boosted protests, pushed other outlets to cover.
  • Fox promoted anti-health care reform disruptions of town halls.
  • Fox News’ town hall coverage amplified opponents of health care reform, ignored supporters.
  • Bachmann: “[W]e began this on Sean Hannity’s show.”
  • Hannity aired video from much larger 9-12 rally while discussing Bachmann’s rally.
  • In 2008, Morris asked Fox viewers to “give funds to GOPTrust.com” without noting his apparent financial ties to the organization.
  • After asking Fox News viewers for donations, Morris boasted about raising $2.5 million for ads against health care reform.
  • Huckabee sends viewers to his PAC — which pays his daughter’s salary and supports Republican politicians –under the guise of signing a petition.
  • Huck PAC asks “balancecutsave.com” petition signers to help remove Democratic health care proponents from office and campaign for conservative candidates.
  • Fox News led charge against ACORN.
  • O’Reilly: ACORN story “driven by Fox News almost entirely.”
  • Republicans thanked Fox News for its ACORN advocacy.
  • Hannity repeatedly pushed claim that Endangered Species Act protections are responsible for farmers’ hardship.
  • Hannity reportedly persuaded to do show by Republican congressman.
  • Hannity advocacy praised, seized on by Republicans.
  • Fox News devoted round-the-clock coverage to Gingrich’s anti-Obama advocacy.
  • Gingrich frequently promotes falsehoods, engages in advocacy on Fox News.

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Shepard Smith / DHS Report Timeline

Here’s a little time line that shows the progression of events leading up to many conservatives and right wing media personalities attacking Fox NewsShepard Smith.

  1. Department of Homeland Security releases report on right-wing extremists
  2. Conservatives blast Obama and Napolitano for ordering report
  3. Shepard Smith explains that the reports were ordered by Bush Administration and there was a left-wing report as well
  4. Several right-wing extremist related murders occur making national headlines
  5. Shepard Smith brings the DHS report back to light showing it was justified and
  6. Shepard Smith also provides examples of hate mail received
  7. Conservatives attack Shepard Smith and call for him to be fired

It’s amazing how blatant these nuts are in trying to supress the truth.

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Conservatives Want Shepard Smith Fired For Accurate Reporting

Fox News’ Shepard Smith, who accurately reported on the Department of Homeland Security report on right-wing extremists, is now under attack by conservatives.

RUSH LIMBAUGH: “For liberals to now claim that the atmosphere is somehow more violently anti-Obama is simply preposterous.” Limbaugh also said Smith was “whining and moaning and complaining about emails.” After stating that he, too, got “vile, sick emails,” Limbaugh said, “Shep, you got nothing on anybody out there.”

Atlas Shrugs blogger PAMELA GELLER: Shep, don’t preach to us about anger. This from a guy who hit a reporter with his car as she saved a parking space. He was arrested for it too. (Above photo is Smith’s mugshot) Yup. And who can forget his leftist asshattery last month, when Fox anchor Shepard Smith, on a post-broadcast Webcast, lost it when discussing his opposition to waterboarding, etc — bellowing: “We are America!” (slamming the table) “I don’t give a rat’s ass if it helps. We are AMERICA! We do not f—ing torture!!” He has got to go.

WorldNetDaily’s JOE KOVACS: Ironically, Smith himself allegedly engaged in activity some might deem questionable. As WND previously reported, during the presidential election fiasco in November 2000, Smith was arrested at the Florida Capitol for allegedly driving his Mazda Millenia into another reporter who was standing in a parking space she attempted to save for a friend. The victim, freelance journalist Maureen Walsh of Tallahassee, was hospitalized and released later the same day with bruises on her knees and legs.

On Michelle Malkin’s blog, HotAir – ALLAHPUNDIT: hamfisted attempt to draw a straight line between dopey ‘Hussein’ invective and the sort of decades-long dementia displayed by the Jew-loathing nut who pulled a shotgun in the Holocaust Museum today. (And who, by the way, hated neoconservatives generally and the GOP’s last two nominees for president in particular.) I don’t know how else to read this clip except as Shep warning America that his own viewership is teeming with would-be presidential assassins. If he truly believes that, why doesn’t he quit? How can his conscience stand it?

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Megyn Kelly Blames Sean Hannity for Fox News Bias

There is ample evidence to prove otherwise, but Fox News’ Megyn Kelly told Haute Living that the reason people think Fox News is right wing is because of Sean Hannity.

When asked about her employer’s reputation for being conservative, she attributed those perceptions to the network’s primetime host lineup, not its news coverage. “There is no question that Hannity is a conservative,” she says. “But I can tell you from personal experience after having worked with O’Reilly for years now, you never know where he is going to come out on an issue. He definitely leans right when it comes to certain social, traditional value issues, but he’s all over the board on certain other issues. And Greta-nobody knows exactly what her stripes are. I think [the conservative reputation is] really because of Hannity.”

Except for Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Greta Van Susteren, Mike Huckabee, Neal Cavuto, Fox & Friends, Red Eye and practically everybody else at Fox News, besides maybe Shepard Smith, it’s all Sean Hannity… Riiight…

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Shepard Smith: Viewers Emails ‘Out There in a Scary Place’

Thankfully, the voice of reason at Fox News, Shepard Smith, is still around who had this to say about the Holocaust Museum killing and the radical emails Fox News receives from viewers, which he says are “out there in a scary place.”

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Fox News Limits Reporting on Holocaust Museum Shooting

A day after the shooting at the Washington DC Holocaust Museum, it appears that Fox News has made the conscious decision to limit its reporting on the incident. Apparently, they only mentioned “Holocaust” and “van Brunn” three times during Prime Time. Three. From TVeyes.com for the previous 21 hours:

As of 10 a.m., the totals looked like this:

CNN: at least 168 mentions.

MSNBC: at least 121 mentions.

Fox News: at least 89 mentions.

The question is why? Is it because Fox News is embarassed by their incorrectly critical reporting of the Homeland Security reports on right-wing extremists? Is it because the shooter is not Muslim, but rather had ties to the Klu Klux Klan?

Apparently gay penguins were more important.

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DHS Report Haunts Fox News

If you recall, Fox News was upset about the Department of Homeland Security report on right-wing extremists that, as it turned out, was ordered by the Bush Administration.

Fast forward to today, in the wake of George Tiller‘s murder, which was committed by a pro-life Christian activist. We’re inundated by headlines and articles about the shooting that took place at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. The alleged murderer, terrorist if you will, was James Wenneker von Brunn, an alleged white supremest who, apparently, has connections to anti-government and hate groups. In other words, another right-wing extremist.

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Shepard Smith Reports Truth About DHS Reports

Contrary to what other Fox News personalities are claiming ( i.e. the Obama administration is targeting right wing groups), Shepard Smith shows some journalistic integrity and steps away from the blame game.

Smith: So if this bulletin from April 7 looks at the right-wing groups, is there a bulletin that looks at left-wing groups as well?

Herridge: Yeah, we were able to obtain that bulletin as well. It came out in January, and didn’t get — there it is — didn’t get the same attention. It looked specifically at groups like the Earth Liberation Front, or ELF, groups that in the opinion of Homeland Security, in the future will try and attack economic targets and specifically use cyber-attacks, because they see that is sympatico, or in concert with some of their other beliefs.

So there are two assessments. The one on the left, the one on the right is the one that’s getting the attention because of the leak.

… I would point out that both of these assessments, Shep, were commissioned under the Bush administration. It takes some time to do them. They only came out after he left office.

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Sean Hannity Wrong About DHS Report

Sean Hannity and Fox News, though it’s nothing new, are blaming the Obama administration for Department of Homeland Security reports focusing on “right-wing groups.”

  1. The same reports were ordered by President Bush
  2. The reports focus on both left-wing and right-wing (violent) extremist groups
  3. Bush appointees agree with assessing such threats

And, of course Hannity, not missing an opportunity to repeat the mantra brings up two totally unrelated topics (Bill Aires & Rev. Wright) when addressing Barack Obama.

“What do you think of that interpretation, especially coming from a guy that started his political career in the home of an unrepentant terrorist who bombed the Pentagon and capital and sat in Reverend Wright’s church for 20 years?”

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Republicans Want to Acquire Another FOX-Style Network

In what may be a Freudian Slip, author Robert G. Kaufman, makes the following statement regarding what the Republican party should do “when Obama fails” (his words).

“If I had to recommend one single thing that the Republicans should be doing to help articulate the message, it is to acquire another television network so that there is not just FOX, but multiple sources of alternative information that will do a much better job than we did in 2008 to keep things honest. “

Obviously, this isn’t a revelation about the GOP owning Fox News, but rather the fact that Fox News is responsible to the right. This further proves that Fox News is neither fair nor balanced.

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Conservative Bloggers Turning on Fox News

A conservative blog, LittleGreenFootballs, agrees with a piece from Politico.com that Glenn Beck’s extremist rhetoric is harmful to the rebuilding of the GOP. Some have called this the “Glenn Beckinizing of the right wing media.”

He’s right. This turn toward the extreme right on the part of Fox News is troubling, and will achieve nothing in the long run except further marginalization of the GOP—unless people start behaving like adults instead of angry kids throwing tantrums and ranting about conspiracies and revolution.

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