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article imageGlenn Beck continues 'fear mongering' Egypt’s new freedom

By Carol Forsloff     Feb 12, 2011 in Politics
Many people celebrate Egypt’s proclamation of freedom and promise of democracy as President Hosni Mubarack stepped down paving the way for it. But some say Glenn Beck raises fear by asserting the rebellion was inspired by Communists and fundamentalists
Over and over again, according to the Huffington Post, Beck has claimed he isn’t wrong. He has also maintained the New York Times has backed him up, by citing unsubstantiated claims about young men overheard to be speaking about those in control as under the direction of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Communists. No names have been given to support these claims.
The New York Times also has not supported Beck’s claim, that their sources had spoken to activists and that this media giant had serious evidence that gave credence to this Beck's statements.
Beck has come under considerable criticism for his claims about the Egyptian protesters. This isn’t the first time, however, that he has come under fire for his assertions about Middle East affairs or about minorities in general.
Not long ago 400 rabbis wrote letter to Rupert Murdoch, condemning how Fox News and Glenn Beck in particular defamed Holocaust survivor, George Soros. Representatives from conservative, orthodox and liberal groups maintain that Beck has undermined the status of Jewish survivors, undercut their sacrifices, and in particular has maligned the character of George Soros specifically. This, the rabbis maintain, has been done in a fashion that is injurious to the Jewish community.
On this latest controversy regarding Beck’s claims about the origin of the protests in Egypt, the Los Angeles Times writes how Glenn Beck plays on people’s fears about Muslims by distorting historical events. They refer to his fear-mongering as “silly and extreme,” pointing out that Beck stands distant from most observers of the events unfolding in Egypt, including Bill O’Reilly, also of Fox, who raised questions about Beck’s ideas.
The L.A. Times points out how Beck claims are irrational, particularly as folks are seen celebrating Egypt’s freedom from the tyranny of Hosni Mubarak and the media all over the world praises the event, that most of the world leaders praise also. Rainey, the author of the article, tells us it is that special provocation Beck brings to the discussion of the Egyptian protests. That is “when freedom has been achieved, if only for a moment, there's something else that at least stands a chance of holding an audience half a world away: the pitchman who's willing to deliver a little cold, calculated fear.”
But that’s not the end of Beck's accusations. On Thursday, as Beck wagged his finger and continued to assert his truths, he managed to claim how the revolt in Egypt would widen, bringing into the conversation Nancy Pelosi, Obama and others as part of a “populist rebellion bomb.”
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