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GLENN: From high above Times Square, Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. My name is Glenn Beck. Have you heard the news, my friend? President Obama has inherited an economic mess from the Bush administration. This is from an article entitled Obama Excuses Wearing Thin from the Chicago Sun Times. You say you've hardly heard this news? But it's been the message sounded over and over by the White House. Top Obama advisor David Axelrod said on one of the many Sunday news shows, quote, he walked in the door, we had the worst economy since the Great Depression. In San Francisco this is what Barack Obama was saying.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I'm busy and Nancy's busy with our mop cleaning up somebody else's mess.
GLENN: That's right. In San Francisco.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: We don't want somebody sitting back saying you are not holding the mop the right way.
GLENN: He talked about being busy with our mop. White House heavy hitter Rahm Emanuel used the "worst economy since the Great Depression" line on the public TV news shows on Sunday. The Chicago Sun Times says that you'd think it was October 2008, the final month in the Obama presidential candidacy, rather than October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency. Yet, the Obama White House is in full fledged campaign mode because it needs to mask the shortcomings of the Obama presidency. Take, for example, says the Chicago Sun Times, all the talk of inheriting the worst economy since the 1930s crisis.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: My administration inherited a deficit of over $1 trillion but because we also inherited the most profound economic emergency since the Great Depression...
GLENN: Okay. Got it? The most profound economic crisis since the Great Depression. That came into response to the news that the federal deficit hit $1.4 trillion.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: We are going through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
GLENN: Got it.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: We've lost now 3.6 million jobs, but what's perhaps even more disturbing is that almost half of that job loss has taken place over the last three months.
GLENN: Yet just a few months ago the Obama camp was signing the stimulus package and they were singing a different tune. Because it was under criticism for the $787 billion stimulus package that had bulldozed through congress on the grounds that massive spending was needed to keep the unemployment rate from breaching 8%. When joblessness hit 9.5% in June, vice president Joe Biden said?
BIDEN: The truth is we and everyone else misfigured the economy. The figures we worked off in January were the consensus figures of most of the blue chip indexes out there.
GLENN: So they inherited the worst economy and the worst economic situation since the Great Depression. And the economy turned out to be worse than they thought. Which is it? Can anyone answer that question? It can't be both. The Chicago suns times says unless your brain is completely addled by the Obama charisma. Obama is still popular but polls show that the public is losing faith in his policies. We'll give you those polls from CNN here in a few minutes. Another indicator was Saturday Night Live, a skit lampooning Obama for the major accomplishments of his administration, Jack and Squat.
VOICE: Looking at this list I'm seeing two big accomplishments: Jack and Squat.
GLENN: Now, if the honeymoon is ending with the American voter, it isn't for the obsequious elements of the mainstream media. CNN prostrated itself fact checking the Jack and Squat skit from Saturday Night Live.
VOICE: The best improvements from the war in Afghanistan, is it better? No, I think it's actually worse.
VOICE: But is there any truth to this?
VOICE: They got some things wrong. For example
VOICE: Bill Adair, editor of PolitiFact.com, a nonpartisan fact checking website that rates statements of officials says SNL missed some of the marks on some of its claims. For instance, Afghanistan.
VOICE: I think SNL tended to kind of gloss over what is a fair amount of progress by this administration about sending two additional brigades to Afghanistan. We rated that a promise kept.
GLENN: That is unbelievable.
PAT: This just in. MSNBC has just fact checked last night's SpongeBob SquarePants episode.
GLENN: I mean, when have you ever seen that done?
STU: Crabby patties are not that expensive, and they need to make sure that the people know it.
PAT: Nor do they taste that good frankly.
STU: They are okay.
PAT: Sometimes they are stale.
GLENN: Chicago Sun Times continues: But that's harmless compared to the virulent campaign against Obama critics carried out by the denizens of MSNBC. It's Obama acolytes seek to demonize opponents of Obama's policies by focusing on most marginal corners of rightwing politics like, for example, the Birthers who deny that Obama is a natural born citizen. The larger scheme is to imply that Obama critics are racists.
VOICE: Janine Garofalo, good to see you.
GAROFALO: Thank you, there is nothing more interesting than seeing a bunch of racists become confused and angry at a speech they are not quite certain what to think. It sounds right to them and then it doesn't make sense which, let's be very honest about what this is about. It's not about bashing Democrats. It's not about bashing taxes. They have no idea what the Boston tea party is about. They don't know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism state up.
GLENN: You don't even know what the Boston tea party is really all about. That's the backdrop to the story of Rush Limbaugh, getting booted from a group bidding to buy the St. Louis rams. He was smeared on CNN and MSNBC with false accusations of making two racist comments. He is an abrasive critic of Obama; so he must be racist, or so goes the leftwing story line, writes the Chicago Sun Times. They continue: I wouldn't defend everything Limbaugh has ever said, but lies were used to blacklist him from professional football for his political views. Recently an MSNBC personality accused the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of lobbying for policies that amount to being treasonous to this country.
VOICE: Tom, that's irrelevant. That's irrelevant. If I set up a business where I can speculate
TOM: I'm not exactly sure the point you want to make.
VOICE: Let me finish. If I set up a business where I can speculate with your money, Tom, where I can go to your account and you're every taxpayer in America and the more I speculate with, the more I make, of course I'm going to speculate until the thing blows up. So unless the government and people like you that lobby to the exemptions that allow banks to do that get out of the way, we will never have fair play again in this country and we'll have job creation by virtue of taxpayer theft, which is ultimately destructive, and I would argue treasonous to this country.
GLENN: Did he say job creation through taxpayer funds?
GLENN: And that's treasonous. Do I have that right? Job creation through taxpayer funds.
PAT: So the stimulus would have
GLENN: Don't think it through.
GLENN: Remember how writing in the Chicago Sun Times, remember how liberals roared in outrage at any hint of their patriotism being questioned for criticizing the Iraq war. Well, it is the left that doesn't shy from attacking the patriotism of those it dislikes. Recall the repulsive moveon.org General Betrayus ad against Iraqi commander General David Petraeus. Recent opposition to Chicago's Olympic bid was cast as sign of lack of patriotism among Obama critics. An MSNBC blast against the chamber appears to dovetail with what the Politico newspaper reports is a White House and Democratic effort to marginalize the business organization that echoes the administration assault on Fox News. It says Fox isn't a news organization.
VOICE: It's not so much a conflict with Fox News but unlike, I suppose, the way to look at it and the way the president looks at it, we look as it is it's not a news organization so much as it has a perspective. And that's a different take. And more importantly is not have the CNNs and the others in the world basically be led and following Fox.
VOICE: I don't you know, I'm not concerned. Mr. Murdock has a talent for making money, and I understand that their programming is geared toward making money. All the only argument Anita was making is that they are not really a news station, if you watch even it's not just their commentators but a lot of their news programming, it's really not news. It's pushing a point of view and the bigger thing is that other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that way and we are not going to treat them that way. We're going to appear on their shows, we're going to participate but understanding that they represent a point of view.
GLENN: The White House is trying to dictate who's a news organization. Democrats are out to gut the Chamber of Commerce. Obama media allies damning Americans as racist, unpatriotic and now treasonous. Is this the America Obama promised when he campaigned to end the cynical and divisive politics of the past? That's in the Chicago Sun Times. Would you explain to me the story about the Obama administration now in bed with Media Matters on Fox News? Do you have that, Pat?
PAT: Yeah. Let's see.
STU: You said now embedded? Like as if there was another state of being?
PAT: Here's what moveon.org just sent out. Dear moveon member: All year Fox has worked 24/7 to block President Obama's agenda, repeating lies about death panels, promoting tea party protests and whipping up fake political scandals. Now President Obama is fighting back. The White House
GLENN: Hold on. Hold on just a second. What are the fake political scandals? And if it was so fake, shouldn't Van Jones sue the White House? He was forced to resign I'm sorry. No, he hasn't. He decided to resign. Should he have resigned over a fake political scandal? How about the NEA? Is that fake? This is quite the charge. I'd sure like an answer to that. Shouldn't you sue me if these charges are false? I mean, shouldn't you at least come out and make the charge? I mean, don't you have a right to face your accusers in this country? See, I will clearly, if we got it wrong and we have our researchers, I mean, I can show you all the paperwork that we've done. We have not done it to just higgledy piggledy run and smear somebody. We haven't done that. There's may I show you the board in the other room on the things that I could say but haven't? Because we don't have them verified? I mean, I got a list a mile long. If I were being irresponsible, I'd go with that list.