Monday, September 7, 2009

It's On - Let's Join Keith and Try to Rid Our Country of the Most Destructive Force Against Democracy, Fox News.

Send Me Everything You Can Find About Glenn Beck
by Keith Olbermann via Daily Kos

I don't know why I've got this phrasing in my head, but: Find everything you can about Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Roger Ailes.

No, even now, I refuse to go all caps.

No, sending me links to the last two Countdowns with my own de-constructions of his biblical vision quality Communist/Fascist/Socialist/Zimbalist art at Rockefeller Center (where, curiously, he works, Comrade) doesn't count. Nor does sending me links to specious inappropriate point-underscoring prove-you're-innocent made-up rumors.

Keith Olbermann's diary :: ::

Tuesday we will expand this to the television audience and have a dedicated email address to accept leads, tips, contacts, on Beck, his radio producer Burguiere, and the chief of his tv enablers, Ailes (even though Ailes' power was desperately undercut when he failed to pull off his phony "truce" push).

This becomes necessary after this in order to prove various cliches about goose and gander, and to remind everybody to walk softly and carry a big popsicle, and most particularly to save this nation from the Oligarhy of The Stupid.

I keep wondering if somewhere somebody named Ollie Garhey thinks he's in charge now. Or, even more entertainingly and societally satisfying, if somebody named Ali Garhi does.
Despite the worn-out snark above, I am in earnest here.

More Here From Raw Story:

As Beck eyes more White House scalps, Olbermann declares war
By Daniel Tencer

“Send me everything you can find about Glenn Beck,” screams the headline of a Daily Kos diary posting by MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann.

The liberal pundit’s posting continued, “Find everything you can about [Fox News host] Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Roger Ailes.” Stu Burguiere is Beck’s producer; Roger Ailes is the president of Fox News.

Olbermann goes on to state that, on his prime-time news show Tuesday night, he will announce a hotline where viewers will be able to phone in tips about the controversial Beck and “his TV enablers” Burguiere and Ailes.

Olbermann’s declaration of war against Glenn Beck and the news network that hosts his show is a sign that the Van Jones controversy is not over simply because the White House’s green jobs adviser resigned over the weekend.

Olbermann himself admits that this is about Van Jones — and also about Beck’s own implied plan to continue his political campaign against White House staffers.

Jones resigned on Saturday night over partisan attacks surrounding his signature on a petition requesting an investigation into the possibility of US government involvement in the 9/11 attacks, and over a remark he made earlier this year, when he called Republicans “assholes.”
Jones is a co-founder of ColorOfChange, the activist group that launched a successful boycott of Beck’s program after he called President Barack Obama a “racist” with a “deep-seated hatred of white people.” Although Beck had mentioned Van Jones in his programs prior to the boycott, it wasn’t until after he lost several dozen advertisers that his campaign to unseat kicked into high gear.

“Van’s resignation is the tragic result of a retaliatory witch-hunt by Glenn Beck and Fox News Channel,” Color of Change co-founder James Rucker told the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday. “Beck’s attacks against Van Jones haven’t been about finding the truth, they’ve been about changing the subject from his bigoted comments and continued race-baiting.”

And Beck doesn’t appear to be finished.

“Van Jones is the tip of the Iceburg [sic].As VJ has said:”personnel is policy”.Demand that the President DISAVOW EACH STATEMENT AND GROUP.CALL DC,” Beck Tweeted last week.
Another Twitter message to his followers last week read: Watch Dogs: “FIND EVERYTHING YOU CAN ON CASS SUNSTEIN, MARK LLOYD AND CAROL BROWNER. Do not link before burning to disc.”

Blogger David Weigel brought attention to Beck’s Tweets last week, and notes that Sunstein, a Harvard Law professor, is the Obama White House’s nominee to head up the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs; Lloyd is the chief diversity officer of the FCC, which regulates TV and radio; and Browner is an assistant to the president on energy and climate change issues.

As with Van Jones, the new targets appear to be at least partly personal for Beck. Lloyd, for example, is a known critic of the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine. From the 1940s until the Reagan administration, the Fairness Doctrine dictated that broadcasters using public airwaves must give equal time to opposing viewpoints. When Reagan repealed the Fairness Doctrine, it paved the way for the explosion in one-sided, right-wing talk shows, of which Beck is a part.
But re-instating the Fairness Doctrine could also affect left-wing news organizations, such as Air America or MSNBC, which may help explain why the Obama administration is opposed to bringing it back.

It isn’t only MSNBC’s Olbermann who is alarmed at a so-far successful campaign by one of the most radical TV personalities against the White House. Progressive activists are also upset with both the Beck campaign and the White House’s steadfast refusal to support Jones when he came under attack.

As Joe Garofoli writes in the San Francisco Chronicle:
The middle-of-the-night resignation Sunday of longtime Bay Area activist Van Jones as a White House environmental adviser left many progressives angry at the Obama administration for buckling to conservative criticism of Jones’ controversial past comments and actions.
The administration is losing not only one of the nation’s leading environmentalists, progressives say, but one of the few liberal voices with President Obama’s ear.

Supporters say the administration surely knew his background when they appointed Jones, the first African American to write a best-selling environmental book, as special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In fact, agents interviewed at least one of his former supervisors in San Francisco - Eva Paterson - when the FBI vetted his appointment.

At the Firedoglake blog, Jane Hamsher writes:
If these groups, if these liberal leaders, let Jones just hang there while Glenn Beck pounds his chest and celebrates the scalp, we have no liberal institutions. What we have are a bunch of neoliberal enablers who have found a nice comfortable place in the DC establishment that they don’t want to jeopardize, a place on the new K-Street gravy train that they don’t want to lose. Dropping Van Jones from their rolodex is a small price to pay.

But other commentators view the link between the ColorOfChange boycott and the Van Jones resignation differently.

“Not for a second am I denying the recklessness of Beck’s words about the president,” writes David Zurawik at the Baltimore Sun. “But the link between Jones and ColorOfChange is enough of a connection to raise questions in my mind about the propriety of an organization co-founded by an adviser to the president organizing a boycott against a broadcaster who criticized that president. Does this not sound like something out of the Richard Nixon-Spiro Agnew White House for dealing with so-called enemies in the press?”


  1. 'Does this not sound like something out of the Richard Nixon-Spiro Agnew White House for dealing with so-called enemies in the press?'

    No, the Nixon 'enemies list' was created with the express intent of marginalizing ideological opponents by fair means or foul, in stealth. ColorOfChange, conversely, operated out in the open with legitimate tactics that forced a reactive response from advertisers who truthfully couldn't have cared less what the message of the sponsored show was as long as the ratings were high and the commodities hawked on it kept flying off of the shelves into the hands of low-information consumers.

    The inability of a modern 'journalist' to process that substantial difference logically, instead choosing to treat a secret government pogrom against free speech and a blatantly public initiative from a private concern as being morally and effectively equivalent doesn't surprise me, and should surprise no one else.


  2. I hear you loud and clear Darkblack.

    Modern journalism is a shadow of it's former self and is no longer a check and balance on the political process. Bill Moyers says, "Sadly, in many respects, the Fourth Estate has become the fifth column of democracy, colluding with the powers that be in a culture of deception that subverts the thing most necessary to freedom, and that is the truth".