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Watchdog group awards Glenn Beck ‘Misinformer of the Year’

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After a long year hallmarked by bare-knuckle politics and a bevy of experimental attacks against a freshman president, a lone voice has resonated more than others in the war against reality.

Glenn Beck, the Fox News personality notorious for wandering, vague allegations of communism, racism and all-around quasi-evildoings within the Obama administration, has been named “Misinformer of the Year” by watchdog group Media Matters.

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“When he wasn’t calling the president a racist, portraying progressive leaders as vampires who can only be stopped by ‘driv[ing] a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers,’ or pushing the legitimacy of seceding from the country, Beck obsessively compared Democrats in Washington to Nazis and fascists and ‘the early days of Adolf Hitler,'” the group opined. “He wondered, ‘Is this where we’re headed,’ while showing images of Hitler, Stalin, and Lenin; decoded the secret language of Marxists; and compared the government to ‘heroin pushers’ who were ‘using smiley-faced fascism to grow the nanny state.'”

Among Beck’s 2009 highlights, he most memorably:

*Was revealed for using Vicks to cry on cue

*Tried to usurp a satirist’s Web domain for making fun of him on the Internet, then lost (and was publicly shamed for it)

*Lost dozens of advertisers (reportedly a total of 80) after activists launched a campaign over Beck’s claim that Obama “has a deep-seated hatred for white people”

*Got caught by Jon Stewart advertising gold, then using his platform on Fox News to scare viewers away from the dollar

*Was named “fearmonger-in-chief” by the Anti-Defamation League for his racially-motivated attacks on President Obama

*Tried to blame the disastrous aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on ACORN and former White House adviser Van Jones

*And became the trigger that prompted a former Fox News pundit to turn against her former employer, telling CNN that Beck is “way over the top” and even “scary”

And that’s just the beginning.

In honor of Mr. Beck, Media Matters pieced together a lengthy recap of of his other highlights, available here.

“For what it’s worth: past Misinformer of the Year recipients include Sean Hannity (2008), ABC (2006), Chris Matthews (2005), and Bill O’Reilly (2004),” Mediaite added.

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This collection of footage was put together by watchdog group Media Matters.


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