1/19/10 11:18 AM

Media Matters Uses Fabrications to Smear Glenn Beck

For an exemplar of the Fox Haters noise machine in its full glory, one need look no further than this week's smear of Glenn Beck. The "hook": the killing of three Pittburgh police officers on April 4. The architects of the slander? The usual sources: Media Matters, and various other blue blogs and Fox haters serving as cyber echo chambers.

Consider Eric Boehlert's latest screed, supposedly about FNC as "militia media" but actually a crafty bit of character assassination against Mr Beck:

He felt entirely comfortable pondering whether the federal government, under the auspices of FEMA, was building concentration camps to round up Americans in order to institute totalitarian rule.
That appearance on Fox & Friends was to promote his discussion of the issue later that day on his own program. And if you watch the video that Mr Boehlert links to, Beck says nothing about the alleged camps' purpose being "to round up Americans in order to institute totalitarian rule".

Next, the actual discussion later that day that Mr Beck had been promoting. Here we get another dose of Boehlony, as he tries to link that discussion to the Pittsburgh killer:
Poplawski uploaded a video clip of Beck ominously referencing the FEMA camps on Fox News.
When you check out the link provided, it's a report from the ADL where we learn Poplawski didn't upload the video at all. He posted a link to it on the neo-Nazi Stormfront website. And the video itself turns out to have been a discussion between Beck and Rep Ron Paul.

And how about that special Boehlert touch: "ominously referencing FEMA camps"? Oddly Mr Boehlert doesn't link to the video. Wouldn't that be even more shocking to his credulous audience? Not exactly, because the video segment in question isn't as "ominous" as Mr Boehlert would have you believe. In fact, just 30 seconds in, Beck proclaims:
I don't believe in the FEMA prisons.
Wow. Sounds pretty ominous there Eric. What other ominous things does Beck say?
I am not willing to bring something to you that is half-baked. If these things exist that's bad and we willl cover it. If they don't exist it's irresponsible to not debunk this story. We have an independent group on this program looking into it, turning over every stone.
Hundreds of sites trumpeted the existence of this video, describing it not as "Glenn Beck doesn't believe in FEMA prisons", or "Glenn Beck promises investigation into truth of FEMA rumor"... but simply as Beck "talking about" or "promoting the idea of" FEMA prisons. Without mentioning that he doesn't believe in them.

Max Blumenthal, posting at The Daily Beast, had his own description of this exchange:
The alleged killer posted a YouTube clip to Stormfront of top-rated Fox News host Glenn Beck contemplating the existence of FEMA-managed concentration camps. (“He backed out,” Poplawski wrote cryptically beside the video.)
How "cryptic" could that comment possibly be, when in the first 30 seconds Beck says he doesn't believe in FEMA prisons?!? Did Mr Blumenthal even look at the video he's talking about? Or did he just take Eric Boehlert's word that it was "ominous"?

We have one final bit of Boehlony to address. Mr B does admit that Beck has used his program to thoroughly debunk the whole FEMA camp rumor, but has to falsify the truth to protect his premise:
It wasn't until this week that Beck was finally able to "debunk" the FEMA conspiracy theory.
Beck did do segments with Popular Mechanics debunking the FEMA rumors on April 6 and April 7. However, the first segment was not this week but was back on March 27--a week before the shootings in Pittsburgh.

Why is Mr Boehlert not telling the truth about this? Is it to make it look like Beck only started the debunking after the shootings? Does he not want you to know that if the shooter believed in FEMA camps, then--contrary to the Boehlert/Fox hater theory--he probably didn't like Glenn Beck at all?

We would ask Mr Boehlert to correct his falsehoods, but he apparently doesn't believe in that sort of thing.

Media Matters is News Hounds on steriods.
They all sleep in the same bed.
April 8, 2009, 5:58:23 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Pegleg Peggy
There is a hell of a lot in that article and you cherry-pick one thing. Granted, you are right about it, but let's see you discredit the rest.
April 8, 2009, 8:14:14 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Pegleg: "I pointed out exactly where Dollar was lying.... [vulgarity deleted]"
J$: I must have missed that, so please be specific and point to where I was "lying".
Pegleg: OTTOMH I can't remember what I was referring to, I'll have a look and get back to you later.
Still waiting. If you're going to break your word and not follow-up on this just say so. Otherwise, still waiting.
April 8, 2009, 8:16:17 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
Didn't Keith "Rip 'n Read" Olbermann use Boehlert's post as a source for Another Beck Attack in last night's WPitW?
April 8, 2009, 9:40:56 PM EDT – Like – Reply

L.N. Smithee
Oliver Willis (another Media Matters slimebag) refused to allow my corrections of his furthering of this scurrilous charge against Beck on his site, so I posted my response to him on my blog.  
I include a full transcript of the conversation between Beck and Ron Paul regarding anything FEMA in that YouTube video. I also point out that the ADL is at fault as well, because the original ADL.org article on which this smear is based implied that Beck was spreading the "FEMA prisons" hysteria rather than trying to quell it. Even so, that's no excuse for Boehlert, Sanchez, Willis, and other debris-peddlers suggesting Poplawski's murderous rampage over a minor neighbor dispute had either more or as much to do with Beck as it did his neo-Nazi beliefs.
April 8, 2009, 9:54:41 PM EDT – Like – Reply

THe Factor
This is the same old facist song and dance that Bill Clinton played when he sent his army of useful idiots after Rush Limbaugh after the Oklahoma City bombing. Funny how the left ranted and raved that George Bush was squashing free speech but when their masters in the midstream media starting calling anyone who disagrees with King Obama a terrorist, the left suddenly fall silent.
April 8, 2009, 10:10:57 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Smithee, excellent post at your blog. I recommend it to all readers for a really extensive analysis of the Glenn Beck smear.
April 8, 2009, 10:18:00 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Smithee, your original article is also very interesting. I never saw any of those details about Poplawski on the news sites or TV. The sociopathic, murderous, and inept website postings Poplawski wrote remind me of someone.....
April 8, 2009, 10:47:07 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mike C.
I just finished reading Smithee's blog post. I, too, found it excellent.
April 9, 2009, 2:13:59 AM EDT – Like – Reply

i don't see the point of entertaining dissections of the content of beck's shows - whether or not he believes in a given conspiracy theory.
msnbc has been pushing the item that we are in the presence of fascism under bush for eight years, and progressive outfits like democracynow have trafficed in nothing but insane, overheated conspiracy theories on that theme.  
and corespondingly, we can cite examples such as the case of andrew mickel of deranged progressives going on anti-government killing sprees.
if they want to coorelate political speech against one president or another with violence from one side or another - let's!
let's meet them toe to toe and expose their massive hypocrisy in this. hypocrisy being the only sin they care to acknowledge.
April 9, 2009, 2:28:19 AM EDT – Like – Reply

great post. I hadn't seen the fact that he wrote "he backed out" anywhere before. To expand on that point--doesn't this prove that not only was this guy not "inspired" by Beck--but he was actually upset with him? He thought Beck was going to embrace his conspiracy, and then Beck pissed him off when he said that he didn't believe in them. And, why would the ADL leave that out?
April 9, 2009, 8:00:33 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Good Lt.
>There is a hell of a lot in that article and you cherry-pick one thing.  
You don't seem to have a problem when Media Splatters does this EVERY DAY. Why do you care now? Could it be that you support cherry-picking the words and statements of those with whom you disagree politically for political ends, but condemn it when it's done to your political allies?
Isn't that called...what's the word...HYPOCRISY?  
Nah. Couldn't be. Democrats can't be dishonest or hypocritical about anything, you see. Neither can their hatchet men at Media Splatters. Nope. Straight up the middle, they are. Only Republicans can be hypocritical and dishonest. This conversation is over.
>Granted, you are right about it,
Then what's your problem with it?
This long-time Media Matters slime merchant just got a taste of his own medicine - and was shown in the process to be the same dishonest Democrat political hack that he's always - but nobody on your side seems to care.
I've covered this Boehlert loser before, too - he can't even read (or just filters out what he doesn't like when quoting his targets):
April 9, 2009, 8:07:40 AM EDT – Like – Reply

great post. I can't believe I haven't seen that the killer said "he backed out" next to the video. To expand on your point--doesn't this prove that the killer wasn't "inspired" by Beck, he was annoyed at him? He thought he had big media buy in on his conspiracy, and then Glenn let him down.
April 9, 2009, 8:44:51 AM EDT – Like – Reply

I watched a video of Rick Sanchez blasting Beck, Hannity and Fox News for "inciting" the Pittsburgh cop killer.
I have always thought that Sanchez was a weak journalist but this has confirmed my thinking.
Let me get this straight. A deranged man kills 3 cops and his friend said he listened to Fox News. Ergo, Fox News is responsible in some way for his behavior.
Sorry Rick, I ain't buying it. Go back to doing the weather in Miami.
April 9, 2009, 9:58:51 AM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Rick Sanchez has killed more people than Fox News has.
April 9, 2009, 10:04:56 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Here is some background on the "Fox News" killer from Pittsburgh.
This guy had serious issues totally unrelated to what Rick Sanchez has to say.
Hey Rick, STFU!!!
April 9, 2009, 11:05:20 AM EDT – Like – Reply

Rick Sanchez has killed more people than Fox News has.
johnny dollar | Homepage | 04.09.09 - 10:09 am | #  
J$ - thanks for posting this. I didn't know about this.  
The little one is demanding that you "prove" this. Funny how he always makes this demand, yet he repeatedly demonstrates his own incompetence by failing to prove his own claims. But I digress....
If you allow me to respond the l'il feller, may I tell the little one that proof can be found by contacting the family of Jeff Smuzinick and ask them what their lives were like from 1990 to 1995.
April 9, 2009, 12:42:46 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Pegleg Peggy
Good Lt. | 04.09.09 - 8:12 am |  
Bad argument. You MIGHT have one if I had cited Media Matters in some comment.  
April 10, 2009, 2:00:33 PM EDT – Like – Reply