Stu's 3rd to Last Page - When Conservatives Attack!

A few months back on my blog at Glennbeck.com, I promised a more detailed deconstruction of the horrible piece about Glenn in The Weekly Standard, a theoretically conservative publication that used its pages to take unfair shots at Glenn for no discernable reason. Let’s start with their evidence of Glenn as a dangerous conspiracy theorist, and you decide if their reporting was fair.

For Beck, conspiracy theories are not aberrations. They are central to his worldview. They are the natural consequence of assuming that the world hangs by a thread, and that everyone is out to get you. On his television program, Beck promised to "find out what’s true and what’s not with the FEMA concentration camps"— referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency…

Only someone intentionally trying tomislead the audience would tell this story this way. In fact, dozens of Liberals have done so. The Weekly Standard either prowled liberal blogs or did the misleading homework themselves, but neither way excuses it.

Glenn likely did say at some point that he would "find out what’s true and what’s not with the FEMA concentration camps." He also said basically the same thing on the radio when a caller first brought them up:

Have somebody research the FEMA camps. I don’t believe the FEMA camps thing. Be very careful of the FEMA camps. I’ll look into it. I’ll see what we can, but I will tell you that I don’t buy into FEMA camps.

Glenn is on record, the first time this ridiculous conspiracy theory was mentioned to him on the air, saying he doesn’t believe it. No one reports that, of course. Regardless, some will say "he shouldn’t even have mentioned it.

Bringing up a conspiracy theory like this just gives it credibility." But as Glenn has said on the air, we no longer live in a world where CBS News gets to pick the information that everyone sees. The FEMA camp video was posted on YouTube and had, not a few hundred, or a couple thousand, but close to two million views. You can certainly argue that Glenn shouldn’t have mentioned this conspiracy, but when millions of people watch and believe something on the internet, there’s a good argument to be made to address it. Furthermore, there’s a lot of debate on the best way to handle conspiracies.

The Obama administration’s regulatory czar Cass Sunstein argues in his academic writings that the best way to dismantle conspiracy theories, like those related to 9-11, is to address more of them, rather than less. Does this make him a 9-11 truther? Of course not (Obama would never hire more than one truther-czar per four year term).

Others have said if you’re going to address a conspiracy theory, you have to immediately dismiss it, while citing one of Glenn’s promotional appearances on the topic. That strategy would beat odds with James Meigs from Popular Mechanics /i>magazine—author of the definitive book debunking 9/11 conspiracy theories:

We’re waiting to do a definitive deep dig on this, we don’t like to come out and say ‘oh well, we’ve debunked it’ after looking at it for two days, but… from our early reporting it looks like a classic conspiracy theory. Little grains of truth, but all adding up to something that isn’t true.

When did Meigs say that? On a little program called "Glenn Beck" on the Fox News Channel, as he promoted his segment on the FEMA conspiracy.

What you might have missed if you only read The Weekly Standard was that we worked with Popular Mechanics to find out the truth and report it, which amounted to quite a thorough debunking over two days. We spent valuable time and resources hammering holes in widely circulated conspiracy theories, which until that point had no real debunking on record. Now, when someone goes to YouTube the truth is available…with evidence.

We sent a camera crew out to the location. We showed that the facility in the video really was an Amtrak repair center, where trains—not people—were imprisoned. The camera crew was thanked by the Amtrak employees who were sick of people coming by to "uncover" something at their workplace. We showed the scary looking gates at the entrance were nothing more than subway turnstiles and an outdated time card system that no longer exist. We showed that the apparatus used for the supposed gassing of prisoners was actually just a heating system upgrade. We showed that the boarded up windows were actually just part of old buildings that were knocked down 15 years ago.

And we even showed a supposed prison camp in the U.S.—then proved that they actually were prison camps… in North Korea.

How does The Weekly Standard summarize all of that?

Beck later acknowledged that his staff could not find any evidence for such camps.

That’s it. No mention of the 20 minutes of national television spent over two days to close the case once and for all that this video was a bunch of useless inaccurate junk. Just "his staff could not find any evidence"—leaving the impression that Glenn’s theory was shot down against his will —when it was his will to shoot down the lies in the first place. But, The Weekly Standard doesn’t mention the extensive debunking –even in passing.

Of course, The Weekly Standard also could have mentioned that many give Glenn credit (or blame as the case may be) for ending the campaign of a Republican candidate running for Governor in Texas who wouldn’t disassociate herself with 9/11 conspiracytheories in an interview. They also could have mentioned that Glenn is on record calling the birther conspiracy theory "the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard." But they didn’t bother with that, because it didn’t fit their lazy reporters’ preconfigured opinion.

I guess the only explanation is that Illuminati were working with the neo-Whig-party to plant the author at The Weekly Standard.

But, there was much more in the article. While criticizing Glenn for being a conspiracy theorist, The Weekly Standard pushes a lazy conspiracy of its own: that Glenn’s worldview is being controlled by a dead guy who wrote a book he likes.

Glenn Beck is a Skousenite. During the "We Surround Them" program, he urged his audience to read Skousen’s 5000 Year Leap (1981), for which he has written a foreword, and The Real George Washington (1991)… More controversially, Beck has recommended Skousen’s Naked Communist (1958) and Naked Capitalist (1970), which lay out the writer’s paranoid scenarios in detail. The latter book, for example, draws on Carroll Quigley’s Tragedy and Hope (1966), which argues that the history of the 20th century is the product of secret societies in conflict.

This critique was lifted from a boringly self-important Liberal author who put this theory into a book and sold— I kid you not—664 total copies in its entire first month of release. A complete and utter failure. I find it difficult to bother addressing this argument considering the lack of a comma in total sales, but the idea that Glenn’s worldview is the result of being a "Skousenite" is nothing but lazy. If anything, he’s a "5,000-Year-Leap-ite."

Approximately 99 percent of the time Glenn has spent talking about Skousen have been spent talking about the 5,000 Year Leap. That’s (almost exclusively) the Skousen book he refers to, loves, and recommends. I’ve heard Glenn mention The Naked Capitalist a few times, mainly speaking of it as a period piece that criticized Quigley, a professor of Bill Clinton’s that Clinton called a big influence on him. Yet, the book Glenn barely mentions gets more ink than the book he’s constantly recommended. Why?

The answer is obvious. The Weekly Standard couldn’t find anything wrong with The 5,000 Year Leap, so they essentially skipped it. The fact that Glenn loves The 5,000 Year Leap doesn’t mean his worldview is formed by Skousen; it means his worldview is formed by the Founding Fathers.

But surely, a conservative bastion like The Weekly Standard wouldn’t criticize Glenn for his critiques of progressivism…right?

The policies that progressivism generates may be counterproductive. Its view of the Constitution may betray the Founders.’ Nevertheless, progressivism is a distinctly American tradition that partly came into being as a way to prevent ideologies like communism and fascism from taking root in the United States.

This paragraph is a mess. First of all, it’s not a "distinctly American tradition." Woodrow Wilson described this form of government in 1886 as "not of our making; it is a foreign science. . . It has been developed by French and German professors."

But the more important point is - who cares if progressivism is a distinctly American tradition? What does citing the country of origin of a damaging philosophy do to sanitize it? Spam (the meat, not the mail) is distinctly American too. Saying Spam is American is not a good argument when people complain that you made it the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner.

And finally, how does forming an ideology that pushes vast government control of your life "prevent" vast government control of your life? It’s like saying George W. Bush’s prescription drug entitlement was formed to prevent expanding government entitlements. Or better yet—it’s like telling your wife "Yes, I hooked up with my secretary, but I only did so to prevent a future stripper-orgy from taking root in my hotel room."

By attacking progressivism, Beck is taking on a big idea. He is forcing people to question their assumptions. He is introducing new thinkers to the reading public. But he is also engaging in a line of inquiry that—interesting though it may sometimes be—is tangential to the political realities of our day.

Unlike much of the piece, this is legitimate philosophical critique. In other words, talking about the historical basis of the philosophy of the opposition doesn’t help us win the 4th district of Georgia, so why bother? If you’re solely focused on winning elections for Republicans, this sort of criticism of Glenn makes some sense—although there are approximately 632 trillion people already doing that kind of radio and television, so I’m not sure why there isn’t room for Glenn too.

Here, then, are the two faces of the Tea Party. They look in different directions. They appeal to different audiences. They have different goals, different methodologies, different prescriptions…One imagines the Rick Santelli face could be easily integrated into a conservative Republican party, with an affirmative agenda of spending cuts, low taxes, entitlement reform, and free trade.

Oh, so the Santelli face is defined by "spending cuts, low taxes, entitlement reform, and free trade", but the Glenn Beck face is one of "conspiracy," "disturbing conclusions" and "nonsense." But why? Glenn is only defined that way because that’s how you’ve chosen to define him. To do so, you have to ignore the fact that Glenn has preached the benefits of spending cuts, low taxes, entitlement reform, and free trade endlessly. And, certainly no criticism of CNBC’s Rick Santelli intended, but Glenn has spoken to far more people, far more often, with far more impact. Read Glenn’s chapter about health care, or guns, or capitalism from (#1 NY Times bestseller) Arguing with Idiots for example. Would you say they’re loaded with conspiracy, disturbing conclusions, or nonsense? (Liberals, don’t answer the last two.)

All of this (combined with my initial complaint of presenting an obvious joke of Glenn’s as serious commentary, by selectively editing out the comedic elements) proves an intent to smear. My critique on The Weekly Standard piece isn’t really a commentary on epistemic closure; it was mainly a critique of journalistic failure. It’s not just that the author made bad points, it’s that he made bad points badly.

I expect that from MSNBC. Not from The Weekly Standard.


 



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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 486,702 (up from 434,595 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 22,022 (up from 19,603 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 117,448 (up from 111,853 Yesterday)
  • 4% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 4% Yesterday, and down from 19% in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases do currently require Hospitalization, but that number is expected to drop toward the international average as more people are diagnosed through testing.
  • US has 65,581 Confirmed cases and 1,036 Deaths, up from 54,941 cases and 784 Deaths yesterday
  • US has 428 total officially recovered, against 1,036 official deaths. Again, US numbers are expected to normalize toward international averages as more mild cases are diagnosed.

Brother, Can You Spare $2 Trillion? https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/25/coronavirus-stimulus-bill-updates-whats-in-the-2-trillion-relief-plan.html
  • US Senate Passes the largest economic stimulus bill in world history.
  • The Senate passes a roughly $2 trillion economic relief plan in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • It includes direct payments to Americans, strengthened unemployment insurance, loans to businesses small and large and increased health care resources for hospitals, states and municipalities.
  • Loans to small businesses are technically 'grants' covering payroll and rent payments. Grants do not have to be repaid.
  • It is unclear when the House will pass the legislation, though it aims to do so Friday.
Every American Will Get $1,200 in 2-3 Weeks, $2,400 plus up to 4 months Unemployment Benefits https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8152139/Every-American-four-months-unemployment-checks-earning-95-000.htm
  • Workers will get four months of unemployment pay plus additional $600 each.
  • Direct checks to Americans include 1,200 per adult making up to $75,000 a year before phasing out and ending altogether for those earning more than $99,000
  • That would result in $2,400 to a married couple making up to $150,000, with an additional $500 per child for each household.
  • 'Our expectation is within three weeks we will have direct payments out,' Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said.
Cuomo Confirms What Introverts Have Long Known: Social Distancing Works https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/3077011/coronavirus-new-york-governor-andrew-cuomo-says-early-signs-show-social
  • Stringent density control measures may be working to contain the coronavirus in New York state, the epicenter of COVID-19 outbreak in the US, as the rate of hospitalization shows early signs of abating, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday.
  • New York, which has 19 million residents and nearly 31,000 infections, now accounts for 56 per cent of the confirmed cases in the country and more than 7 percent of the world's total.
  • Cuomo had ordered all but essential businesses to shutter by Sunday evening and residents to limit their outdoor activities and practice social distancing, effectively putting the state on pause.
  • On Tuesday, the number of hospitalized patients had doubled every 4.7 days, slowing from the rate of every 3.4 days on Monday and every two days on Sunday, Cuomo said at his daily coronavirus briefing.
  • "This is a very positive sign," he said. "The arrows are heading into the right direction."
Were the Beads Worth It? Mardi Gras Gets Blame for Big Easy Outbreak https://news.trust.org/item/20200325200808-oc1ie
  • "Mardi Gras was the perfect storm, it provided the perfect conditions for the spread of this virus," said Dr. Rebekah Gee, who heads up Louisiana State University's health care services division.
  • She noted that Fat Tuesday fell on Feb. 25, when the virus was already in the United States but before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and national leaders had raised the alarm with the American public.
  • "New Orleans had its normal level of celebration, which involved people congregating in large crowds and some 1.4 million tourists," Gee said. "We shared drink cups. We shared each other's space in the crowds. People were in close contact with catching beads. It is now clear that people also caught coronavirus."
  • New Orleans is on track to become the next coronavirus epicenter in the United States, dimming hopes that less densely populated and warmer-climate cities would escape the worst of the pandemic, and that summer month could see it wane.
  • Authorities have warned the number of cases in New Orleans could overwhelm its hospitals by April 4.
  • New Orleans is the biggest city in Louisiana, the state with the third-highest caseload of coronavirus in the United States on a per capita basis.
  • The growth rate in Louisiana tops all others, according to a University of Louisiana at Lafayette analysis of global data, with the number of cases rising by 30% in the 24 hours before noon on Wednesday.
  • On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump issued a major federal disaster declaration for the state, freeing federal funds and resources.
US Military Officially On No-Travel Lockdown https://news.trust.org/item/20200325203242-zgoc4
  • Defense Secretary Mark Esper has issued a "stop all movement" order to the U.S. military halting travel and movement abroad for up to 60 days in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus through the ranks.
  • The measure is by far the Defense Department's most sweeping to date and will affect forces around the world.
  • Esper said in an interview that the order applied to all U.S. troops, civilian personnel and families, but noted that there would be some exceptions.
  • "The purpose is to make sure that we're not bringing the virus back home, infecting others, that we're not spreading it around the military," Esper said.
  • The order does include personnel who were to have been scheduled to be formally discharged from the Military in April or May.
  • Esper said one exception to the order would be the drawdown underway in Afghanistan, which will continue.
For The Best Darn Facemask In The Whole Wide World... https://www.foxnews.com/us/mypillow-other-us-companies-making-face-masks-to-meet-coronavirus-shortages
  • In Minnesota, the MyPillow company is refocusing 75 percent of its production to face masks for health care workers.
  • "We have the capacity to make a lot of things at big rates and we're going to be going hopefully from 10,000 units a day to 50,000 units a day in a very short period of time," CEO Mike Lindell told FOX 9 of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
  • The masks will go to hospitals in Minnesota as well as other states, he said. "Whatever it takes."
  • MyPillow worked with the Trump administration to get the proper design, Lindell told local Fox News 9.
  • Lindell joins literally hundreds of other companies in the US who have heeded the call of the Trump Administration to covert production to respirators, masks, ventilators, gowns and other needed medical equipment.
Further Evidence that COVID-19 Is Seasonal and May Spread Less in Summer Months https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-could-become-seasonal-top-us-scientist-001146451.html
  • There is a strong chance the new coronavirus could return in seasonal cycles, a senior US scientist said Wednesday, underscoring the urgent need to find a vaccine and effective treatments.
  • Anthony Fauci, who leads research into infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told a briefing the virus was beginning to take root in the southern hemisphere, where winter is on its way.
  • "What we're starting to see now... in southern Africa and in the southern hemisphere countries, is that we're having cases that are appearing as they go into their winter season," he said.
  • "And if, in fact, they have a substantial outbreak, it will be inevitable that we need to be prepared that we'll get a cycle around the second time," Fauci said, referring to a 2nd cycle in the US late next fall in November or December.
  • "It totally emphasizes the need to do what we're doing in developing a vaccine, testing it quickly and trying to get it ready so that we'll have a vaccine available for that next cycle."
  • Fauci's comments suggesting the virus does better in colder weather than it does in hot and humid conditions follows a recent Chinese research paper -- still preliminary and awaiting peer-review -- that reached the same conclusion.

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 434,595 (up from 392,156 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 19,603 (up from 17,138 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 111,853 (up from 102,850 Yesterday)
  • All 195 Countries On Earth have confirmed cases Antarctica (not a country) Still No Confirmed Cases. Penguins officially confirmed to NOT be carriers for COVID-19.
  • 4% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) down from 5% Yesterday, and down from 19% in February
  • Note that 13% of US Confirmed Cases do currently require Hospitalization, but that number is expected to drop toward the international average as more people are diagnosed through testing.
  • US has 54,941 Confirmed cases and 784 Deaths, up from 46,168 cases and 582 Deaths yesterday
  • US has 379 total officially recovered, against 784 official deaths. Again, US numbers are expected to normalize toward international averages as more mild cases are diagnosed.

LA County Sherrif Orders Gun Stores Closed https://www.foxla.com/news/la-county-sheriff-orders-gun-stores-to-close-adds-1300-deputies-to-patrol
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva declared gun stores as nonessential businesses that will be forced to close.
  • The Sherrif also confirmed that he's released 1,700 nonviolent inmates from county jails.
  • Villanueva also said he's adding 1,300 deputies to patrol.
America Loses 500,000 Millionaires to COVID-19 - Bernie Sanders Elated https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/markets/america-e2-80-99s-millionaire-ranks-shrink-by-500000-in-record-time/ar-BB11DrqN
  • At the close of 2019, there were an unprecedented 11 million American millionaires, a reflection of the longest bull market in history thanks to ultra-low interest rates and tax cuts.
  • Fast forward just a few months and it's a starkly different picture. The number of households in the U.S. above that threshold has dropped by at least 500,000 as of Friday, according to research firm Spectrem Group.
  • The tandem financial and health crises wrought by COVID-19 have disproportionately eroded the fortunes of the wealthy, who are more likely to own equities than the overall population.
  • At the end of 2019, the top 1% of households owned 53.5% of equities and mutual fund shares, according to Federal Reserve statistics.
  • The losses affected the rich at every level, from the mass affluent to those worth more than $25 million, according to the report. The wealth destruction at the very top has been especially steep, with the top 1% of households losing over $7.9 Trillion in wealth so far in 2020.
50% of Americans Living Under Shelter In Place or Home Quarantine Orders https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/more-than-half-of-us-population-will-be-under-orders-to-stay-home-by-midweek
  • The majority of the public will be ordered to stay home in the coming days as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the nation.
  • A total of 13 states and at least 16 municipalities have enacted measures to keep residents inside their homes to prevent the spread of the virus, according to CNN.
  • That number, which amounts to 148,577,262 people, or 45% of the population, is expected to grow this week as five more states and nine more municipalities institute additional measures.
  • After the new orders go into effect, a total of 176,385,537 people, or 54% of the population, will be asked to stay home.
  • Many states and cities have not named a specific date, although some, such as LA County and the State of New York, have identified April 19th as the target 'end' of the at-home quarantine orders.
Uniformed Military Personnel Set Up Make-shift Morgue Outside NYC Hospital https://nypost.com/2020/03/24/makeshift-morgue-for-coronavirus-victims-set-up-outside-nyc-hospital/
  • In a scene reminiscent of Hollywood disaster movies (and more recently China, Italy and Spain), US Military personnel have set up a tent-based morgue outside of Bellvue Hospital in NYC.
  • Two refrigerated trailers were trucked to the site at 30th Street and the FDR Drive, along with a customized RV with a printed sign labeled: "MOBILE COMMAND CENTER — MEDICAL EXAMINER."
  • A team of men wearing camouflage fatigues and face masks set up a series of white tents that form a tunnel to a larger, white tent.
  • Other men wearing jackets that identified them as members of the NYPD and the city's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner were also at the scene.
  • A source familiar with the operation said that additional refrigerated trailers would be brought to the site and that similar set-ups would be built up outside other hospitals.
  • "The plan is for them to be there and throughout the city," the source said, with as many as 6 temporary morgue locations near hospitals in New York City.
UV Rays Proven to Destroy SARS-Cov-2 Virus https://www.accuweather.com/en/health-wellness/what-infection-rates-in-iceland-and-australia-may-reveal-about-how-covid-19-could-spread-in-the-us/707057
  • The infection rate for COVID-19 is 22 times higher in Iceland as compared to Australia.
  • The research comes as scientists in Hong Kong demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, is easily destroyed with UV light, just like all other known Coronaviruses.
  • "Direct exposure to UV light breaks down the membrane that houses the RNA of the virus," Dr Lon Kiang, lead researcher of the study said. Without the membrane, the virus cannot attach itself to healthy cells in the human body.
  • "This was expected, but is still certainly good news," he said.
  • Researchers said the findings may indicate that the virus will have a harder time spreading during warmer summer months, when more UV light strikes surfaces, including clothing and human skin, which may contain viral particles.
  • Scientists warned against directly and intentionally exposing skin to UV lights, which can cause burns and carries other risks, such as Cancer.

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