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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.

“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)

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*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

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*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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‘This American dream’: Pain overwhelms family of drowned migrants

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"They had this American dream," sobbed Rosa Ramirez after images of her drowned son and granddaughter, discovered face-down on the banks of the Rio Grande between Mexico and the United States, shocked the world on Wednesday.

The poignant pictures of Oscar Alberto Martinez and his toddler daughter Valeria -- not yet two years old -- has sparked outrage back home in El Salvador, where around 200 migrants like them leave for the United States daily, preparing to take similar risks.

"The pain has been immense. I still can't believe that my boy and my little granddaughter are dead, they only wanted to get to the United States.... they had this American dream -- to achieve a better life," Oscar's mother told AFP.

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Venezuela government says thwarted attempted ‘coup’

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Venezuela's socialist government said Wednesday it had derailed an attempted coup, claiming the United States, Colombia and Chile colluded in a military plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro and install a general and former defense minister in his place.

Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said the plan involved active and retired army officers and was to have been executed between Sunday and Monday this past weekend.

"We were in all the meetings to plan the coup d'Etat. We were in all the conferences," Rodriguez said, suggesting that government informers had infiltrated the alleged plotters during planning meetings.

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Democrats believe Mueller testimony could be tipping point for impeachment: CNN

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On Wednesday, CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju reported that some House Democrats view special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming public testimony to the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees in July as a potential tipping point that could sway both Democratic leaders and the American people in favor of opening an impeachment probe.

"Democrats who support opening up an impeachment inquiry believe this could bolster the calls to open up formal proceedings, perhaps shift public opinion, perhaps encourage the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move off of her opposition to opening up an impeachment probe because of what Bob Mueller will say," said Raju.

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