Glenn Beck: “American People Stood Up to Bring Down Van Jones”

14 09 2009

http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/beck_jones_obama_boycott/2009/09/06/256993.html?s=al&promo_code=8838-1

NB/ I do not endorse Newsmax publications even though they do some good work.  I do not agree with some of their positions and I think their approach is often counter productive to achieving capitalism. 

The article is interesting however because of it’s insight into Beck’s approach to political activism.  I don’t agree with Beck 100% either but I thought it was interesting that he believes he is a voice for the people – or at least a large number of people.  Beck has been very successful in terms of ratings of late and he seems to be doing something right. 

“The American people stood up and demanded answers,” Beck wrote in a statement. “Instead of providing them, the Administration had Jones resign under cover of darkness. I continue to be amazed by the power of everyday Americans to initiate change in our government through honest questioning, and judging by the other radicals in the administration, I expect that questioning to continue for the foreseeable future.”

Jones resigned late Saturday following mounting criticism over his past statements and associations. The tipping point came when it was discovered that he signed a petition in 2004 supporting the “9/11 truther” movement, which believes the Bush administration may have been complicit in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

“Much of the credit for Jones resigning should go to Fox’s Glenn Beck, who as HuffPo’s Ryan Grim notes, has his “first scalp,” Politico reported Sunday.

Even before the attempted boycott, Beck mentioned Jones twice on his radio show and twice on television. The boycott started after Beck called Obama “a racist” on Fox & Friends, but the comment occurred in the context of the racial controversy surrounding the arrest of Obama friend Henry Louis Gates by a white Cambridge police officer.

Beck mentioned Jones on 14 episodes, according to the Washington Independent’s Dave Weigel, while also railing against him on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Beck also succeeded in keeping the national debate focused on the far left tendencies embodied in many of Obama’s policies and nominees, Politico pointed out. Now Obama is going into a key health reform speech before Congress on Wednesday with the taint of the Van Jones scandal marring his agenda.

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