Boycott Beck! Brands Child Victims Hitler Youth

Glenn Beck, who was purveyed to the American public in their millions by Time Warner’s CNN for some time, before he was picked up and built up by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Cable News, is obviously unstable and has done a good job of encouraging others to be unstable.

But on his radio show on Monday, he went so far that if he ever has another gig where he is allowed to address more than 50 people (and those would have to be fellow inmates in the asylum) it will be one of the great media travesties of all time.

As bereaved parents are burying and mourning their children, Beck said of Anders Breivik’s killing rampage at Utoya Island,

‘ “As the thing started to unfold and there was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler Youth. Who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing…” ‘

The audio link can be found here.

Beck himself sponsored a children’s political summer camp, to indoctrinate the poor things in Beckism, so his statement is doubly macabre.

The irony is that Beck, in painting ordinary political liberals as fascists, is projecting his own dark desires on liberal democracies. Mussolini’s banning of labor unions and punitive policies toward the poor are exactly what Beck calls for.

It is hard to know what provoked the heartless comment. One could speculate Beck cannot sympathize with Breivik’s victims because Breivik’s political philosophy and obsessions resemble Beck’s so much. But perhaps it isn’t support for Breivik that led Beck to his monstrous statement, but rather hatred for the Labor Party and its policies. But when you hate a mainstream political party so much that you display this level of indifference to human suffering, then it raises questions about the judgment of radio station owners who choose to push this excrement at us.

In contrast to Beck’s poisonous hatred, which for-profit radio is making money off of, some 100,000 Norwegians in Oslo, and more around the country, responded to Friday’s massacre by calling for nonviolence.

We should honor the dead children, and honor the masses of Norwegians who stood up for non-violence, by boycotting any radio company that carries his sick rants to six million people every day, as well as the products of the companies that pay to keep him on the air. Beck has a right to say what he wants to say. But he does not have a right to be picked up in syndication by private businesses, who can choose other programs if they like. Private businesses have obligations to their customers, and one of those obligations is not to purvey to them political pornography of this sort.

The Prime Minister of Norway responded, calling Beck’s comments a new low.

Numbers to call, politely, to say you are tuning out until Beck is gone, are given here.. Premiere does syndicate him, so don’t let them off the hook if they say they don’t produce his programs. They buy & distribute them, which is worse.

17 Responses

  1. Beck is sure one to know about fascist views.

    link to english.aljazeera.net

    “Anders Behring Breivik, Mohammed Atta and Baruch Goldstein are all cut from the same rotten cloth. Anwar Al-Awlaki and Glenn Beck – the peddlers of the faith – all share the same core afflictions.

    These men are insecure, violently inclined, and illiberal. The outside world scares them. They hate homosexuals and strong women. For them, difference is a source of insecurity. Their values are militarism, conformism, chauvinism and jingoism. Worst of all they seek to pressure us into compliance while they work frantically to destroy themselves – and the rest of us with them.”

  2. He is bought and paid for by AIPAC. A pox on his, Pam Gellar and Ms. Rubins house for their racist remarks! Where is the Helen Thomas standard?

  3. I think it’s highly unlikely that Beck knows anything at all about the Norwegian Labor Party. He just figures that if kindred spirit Breivik hates them, he probably should too.

  4. Glenn Beck does this type of thing to create controversy, and its made him a multimillionaire. Hes actually apolitical.

    link to forbes.com

    He just says this nonsense because it sells, not because he actually believes it. Kind of like the national enquirer; would you waste time about what sick untruths that rag publishes? No you just ignore it and leave it for those dumb enough to believe in it. You are falling for his marketing gimmicks hook, line and sinker. The best way to neutralize trolls is to ignore them.

    • The problem with his type of marketing is that people actually believe him, as insane as that is, and then act on those beliefs. For the most part I just ignore all that Beck says since I know that he is a marketing genius-he knows what sells and he sells himself and hatred. The problem is that he goes too far. His brand of hatred is dangerous; it leads to the marginalizing of people of certain faiths, cultures or anything that makes them “different” from oneself. That sort of propaganda leads some to action, and that is dangerous to us all. Innocent people were killed due to one person’s actions, but those actions were rooted in his hatred for what they stood for. People like Beck are guilty of feeding such anger and hatred. Yes, we are all responsible for our own actions, but we are also responsible for our words if they lead someone down the wrong path especially one of hatred and violence. My fear is that Glenn Beck, and others like him, may fuel the flames of hatred and anger that someone already has in them and lead them to violence. If we don’t speak out against hatred, lies, and deception are would we not in a sense condoning what Beck says? Our society and the world has stood by before and done nothing when hatred and intolerance was preached. Beck may seem like a no body, a madman, but he has followers and that is dangerous. Words take people to action. Although, Glen Beck probably does not believe all that he sells, he is responsible for what he sells and he sells hatred and intolerance, both of which can lead to violence as history has proven too many times.

  5. Glenn Beck is an eighth grade bully who got airtime thanks to his cruel morning DJ pranks, rose (rose?) beyond forgettable shock jock and Ron and Ron wannabe thanks to Rupert Murdoch’s relentless drive to poison the airwaves, and is now seeking to reestablish himself through the same antics (see below) that got him noticed before.

    Glenn Beck is stupid to realize he was Murdoch’s tool whose main purpose was to make Hannity look intelligent and O’Reilly non-subhuman.

    An apt solution for Glenn Beck would be a shame (sic) trial for Really stupid crimes against human decency culminating in closing arguments where the defense attorney dons fake intellectual glasses and says to the jury, “Come on guys,” and then the prosecution wheels out a chalkboard where they draw two big circles writing “Glenn Beck” in one, “Dumber than monkey poop” in the other, and as the aud^H^H^H jury gasps, they draw a line between them, thus proving his guilt.

    Faux Collegiate Footnote from Wikipedia
    (21) <a href="^ a b c d e f Alexander Zaitchik (September 22, 2009). 'Glenn Beck becomes damaged goods; The radio phenom takes over the morning zoo, makes fun of miscarriages and flames out'. Salon Magazine."

  6. Operating on the theory that Glenn Beck is too stupid to even know who the NSDAP was or what it did (He probably saw “socialist” and assumed it meant the same thing everywhere. Sounds like a “republican” to me.), it is possible he is then too stupid to know how hurtful his comment was.

    In which case he was the mouthpiece for someone else, someone who fears the actuality of true, progressive youth socialist movements, much like today’s Koch party despises the achievements of the ecological movement in the seventies that gave rise to the EPA and the Clean Water Acts.

    A solution would be to work for more progressive youth camps, not fewer.

  7. As a swede and thus a fellow scandinavian I find Beck’s comments extremely insensitive. This man has time and time again shown himself to be not only stupid beyond belief but also willing to use his various radio and tv shows to spread his message of ignorance and prejudice to a large audience. Now, given the fact that Beck is politically illiterate and probably had never heard of the norweigan labour party(arbeiderpartiet) before Friday’s horrific events, I don’t even know if it’s worth mentioning that arbeiderpartiet took an active part in the resistance movement during the nazi-occupation of Norway 1940-1945. Thus he is not only offending the, mostly young, people who were killed but also falsifies history at the same time.

  8. I would join the boycot, but like many I’m sure, am not willing to listen to his show to figure out who to boycot.

  9. Glenn Beck should never have stopped drinking. He is himself pretty much disturbing and it seems all he seeks is to provoke, whatever the cost.

  10. I find what he said offensive in two ways. I am both Jewish and of Norwegian descent (my Mom was born in Oslo), and find Mr. Beck to be a loud-mouthed kook that dumb people listen to. The problem is his opinions are aired across the USA, and other kooks listen to him.

    A little knowledge goes a long way. Beck doesn’t know that these ‘camps’ are akin to ones promoted for the ‘Young Republicans’ and as someone pointed out he sponsors his own indoctrination camp in Tampa. In Norway these camps are state sponsored and are for recreation and not political indoctrination. The closest these camps come to politics is to teach leadership skills.

    If I could find a way to get a message to him, I’d tell him to apologize for his comments as he has this Nordic upset enough to punch his lights out.

  11. He’s not “unstable.” That’s the problem, Juan. If he were unhinged, it would be a simple matter of debunking his claims as nonsensical and we’d be done with it. But he’s quite smart about the use – and abuse – of poisonous polemics, riding it to well-paying gigs at CNN and Fox. The bigger question is why the corporate managements at his former employers – who, presumably, were rational men & women – decided to let this loose cannon blast away, night after night?

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