Rep. Chaffetz Demands Answers From DOJ About Latest Glenn Beck Conspiracy
Shortly after the 2010 elections, Media Matters pointed out that the incoming Republican House committee chairs had indicated that they planned to investigate several of the phony scandals that had been detailed on Fox News. And last month, we noted that Rep. Peter King (R-NY) had selected Zuhdi Jasser, a friend and regular guest of Glenn Beck, as the star witness for his Muslim radicalization hearing.
It seems that trend of congressional hearings based on Beck's nonsense will continue. Beck devoted his Tuesday radio and Fox News programs to fear-mongering over union activist Stephen Lerner's suggestion that more Americans initiate civil disobedience against banks by refusing to pay their mortgages. According to Beck, Lerner's comments indicate that labor unions are preparing a campaign of "economic terrorism" to take down the U.S. economy and government, and President Obama knows all about it and it willing to let it happen.
But Beck's latest wild conspiracy appears unlikely stop on Fox News. In a letter obtained exclusively yesterday by Beck's website The Blaze, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) asks Attorney General Eric Holder to detail how the Department of Justice plans to respond to Lerner's "terrorist plans" and raises the specter of conducting Oversight Committee hearings into those "threats."
Chaffetz isn't just some lunatic backbencher; he's the chairman of a House Oversight subcommittee and is considered a "rising star among Congressional Republicans." And yet, he's taking Glenn Beck's conspiracies straight to the Attorney General of the United States, and possibly to the House committee chambers.
Chaffetz's letter gives no indication as to why he believes Lerner's comments are more worthy of the Justice Department's attention than, say, Glenn Beck's promotion of the idea that people withhold their taxes "not because they're cheats, but because they believe the principles that we were founded on have been violated, and they think this is wrong and they try to do something that they think is the only thing they can."
Perhaps it's this sort of willingness on Chaffetz's part to push Beck's claims while overlooking his hypocrisy that has led Beck to tell his audience that the Utah congressman is "one of the good guys that need your help" and a person "that I trust":