Beck exploits economic misery, provides ‘scapegoats’: Huffington
Fox News host Glenn Beck is the media’s “fearmonger-in-chief,” helping to sow distrust and paranoia about the government through conspiracy theories, says the Anti-Defamation League.
The ADL, one of the world’s most prominent groups devoted to fighting racism and anti-Semitism, singled out the controversial TV and radio personality as having gone beyond other similar commentators in his opposition to the Obama administration.
Beck creates “an intersection between the mainstream and the extreme,” says an ADL report released this week. Beck’s claims “play an important role in drawing people further out of the mainstream, making them more receptive to the more extreme notions and conspiracy theories.
“While other conservative media hosts, such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, routinely attack Obama and his administration, typically on partisan grounds, they have usually dismissed or refused to give a platform to the conspiracy theorists and anti-government extremists. This has not been the case with Glenn Beck,” the report states.
Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington told MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann Thursday night that news personalities like Beck are exploiting the current economic crisis to radicalize the population, as has happened before throughout history.
“What makes it possible for Glenn Beck to enable and take advantage of what’s happening is the fact that there’s a lot of misery out there, there is a lot of legitimate anger, people are losing their jobs, losing their homes or they’re afraid of losing their jobs or losing their homes. It is in this climate of often legitimate rage that Glenn Beck comes in and provides scapegoats,” Huffington said on MSNBC’s Countdown.
“Traditionally, throughout history, these are the dangerous times,” Huffington continued. “And that’s why our various establishments need to become much more sensitive to what’s going on out there, and not leave it up to the Glenn Becks of the world to take advantage of what’s happening.”
While Huffington did not explicitly mention Germany in the era of the Third Reich, her comments in the context of a report from the ADL strongly suggested a parallel to the Nazis’ scapegoating of Jews for Germany’s economic woes in the 1920s and 1930s.
But in this case, it is a black president, rather than a Jewish community, that is being scapegoated, the ADL report suggests.
“In the year since we marked the historic election of the nation’s first African-American president we have seen a tremendous amount of anger and hostility,” said ADL head Abraham Foxman. “There is a toxic atmosphere of rage in America being witnessed at many levels, and it raises fundamental questions for our society.”
The ADL report subtly hints that the political trend of mainstreaming militant views could lead to politically motivated violence.
“The fact that these anti-government sentiments are coming from such a broad spectrum makes it more likely that some individuals will become so inflamed with anger that they will move farther toward the fringes,” ADL National Chair Robert G. Sugarman said in a press release. “This could result not only in the swelling of the ranks of anti-government extremist groups and movements, but might give rise to more individuals who are willing to act on their anger.”
This video is from MSNBC’s Countdown, broadcast Nov. 19, 2009.
Venezuela ex-intel chief missing in Spain ahead of US extradition
Venezuela's former military intelligence chief has gone missing in Spain just days after a court approved a request for his extradition to the United States on drug trafficking charges, police said Wednesday.
"They are currently looking for him," said a spokeswoman for Spain's national police, referring to General Hugo Armando Carvajal.
Judicial sources said police had gone to his house in Madrid after Friday's court decision but could not find him.
In mid-September, Spain's National Court had rejected a US extradition request, instead ordering the release of Carvajal, who served as intelligence chief under the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
How The Hill’s John Solomon helped Rudy Giuliani spread his Ukraine conspiracies
After John Solomon ran columns in The Hill that touched off a disinformation campaign against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the publication had discussions with Rudy Giuliani about a business venture.
As ProPublica revealed last month, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas had helped arrange an interview Solomon conducted with a Ukrainian prosecutor who claimed the Obama administration interfered with anti-corruption cases involving high-profile people, including Biden’s son Hunter. Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, trumpeted Solomon’s work on cable news. The Hill articles are now a central component of the Trump impeachment investigation.
Forget the politics — for now: Follow the flowing money in the Ukraine scandal
The Ukraine scandal is mostly viewed through the prism of politics — an attempt by President Donald Trump to gain an advantage over a political opponent. But, as most things are, it’s also about money — and we found lots of it flowing between key players in the scandal.
On this week’s episode of “Trump, Inc.,” we follow the money.First, Let’s Meet Our Cast of Ukraine Players
Richest among them is Dmitry Firtash, an oligarch who has been battling to avoid an extradition flight to Chicago, where he faces federal charges of bribery. The Department of Justice has described Firtash as an “upper-echelon” associate “of Russian organized crime.” (He denies the charges and says the prosecution is politically motivated.)