Rep. Peter King To Call Glenn Beck's Favorite Muslim To Testify On Muslim Extremism In America
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has said that Zuhdi Jasser, who professionally fear mongers about the dangers of "American Islamist organizations," will be the star witness at King's upcoming hearings on Muslim radicalism in the United States. King is not the only right-wing figure to tout Jasser: Glenn Beck has declared Jasser "one Muslim that we were all searching for after 9-11" and "a voice that I trust." Moreover, in recent days, Glenn Beck has called upon Jasser to help push his theory that the uprisings in Egypt were the result of communists and Islamists engaged in a conspiracy to create a Marxist revolution or an Islamic caliphate. Even many conservatives have rejected Beck's claims as "delusional," "wacky," and evidence that Beck is "out of control."
Beck: Rep. King's Star Witness Is "A Voice That I Trust"
Jasser Is "The Only Witness" King Has Identified For His Hearings On Muslim Radicalism. From the Washington Post:
In some ways, Zuhdi Jasser doesn't match the profile of the typical Muslim American. He's an active Republican who has supported the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, is an advocate for Israel and says his faith harbors "an insidious supremacism."
Yet the Scottsdale, Ariz., doctor will be the face of American Islam for a Capitol Hill moment. Other than members of Congress, Jasser is the only witness that Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) has identified so far for his upcoming hearings on radicalization of American Muslims. [Washington Post, 2/27/11]
Beck: Jasser is "One Muslim That We Were All Searching For After 9-11," And "A Voice That I Trust." From Beck's February 14 radio show:
BECK: In case you don't know Dr. Zudhi Jasser, he is a practicing Muslim, and he is one Muslim that we were all searching for after 9-11, somebody who comes out and says "Jihad, blowing yourself up, is an abomination," and he has been trying to root out the evils in his own religion for a while. He is a brave, brave, man. There are other voices that say these things -- Ayaan Hirsi Ali comes to mind, but she is not Muslim. Zudhi is, and he is a patriotic American and a voice that I trust. [Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program, 2/14/11]
Beck To Jasser: "I'm Proud To Be Called Your Friend." From Beck's February 14 radio show:
BECK: Zudhi Jasser, he's the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Go to his website, find out more information. AIFDemocracy.org. Zudhi, I'm proud to be called your friend and I thank you for all of the hard work that you've done and the risks that you take, and keep it up, brother. [Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program, 2/14/11]
Beck And Jasser Have Known Each Other For Years; Met When Beck Was Looking For A Muslim To Say "This Has Got To Stop." From Beck's February 4 Fox News show:
BECK: First, I want to introduce you to a friend of mine.
He's name is Dr. Zuhdi Jasser and he is -- Zuhdi, where are you? There you are.
Zuhdi is a good friend of mine. We met, I don't know, five years ago, six years ago?
DR. ZUHDI JASSER, AMERICAN ISLAMIC FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY: Six years, yes.
BECK: After 9/11 I said -- have a sit, Zuhdi. I said, where is -- where is the Muslim that is coming out and saying this has got to stop? Still a good practicing Muslim. I found you five years ago and you have steadfast calling for peace and saying this is not what we're supposed to be.
So, let's -- by the way, he's the founder and president of American Islamic Forum for Democracy, and a real American patriot. [Fox News' Glenn Beck via Nexis, 2/4/11]
Beck Hosted Jasser To Bolster His Egypt Conspiracy
Beck Linked Islamists, American Left In Elaborate Egyptian Plot
As Egyptian protestors took to the streets in late January, Glenn Beck began using his Fox News and radio programs to weave an elaborate theory about the forces behind the uprising. Beck has connected the protests and violence in Egypt to, among other things, Islamic socialists, Marxist communists, Bill Ayers, Code Pink, ACORN co-founder Wade Rathke, the Tides Foundation's Drummond Pike, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the AFL-CIO.
Beck: What's Happening In Egypt Isn't About "Politics," But "World Domination." From Beck's January 31 Fox News show:
BECK: In a few hours, millions are expected to be on the street of Egypt and food shortages are spreading rapidly throughout the region. The army, the tanks are roving through the cities, and no one is quite sure whose side to be on.
This isn't about politics. This is about world domination. The world is about to be dominated by maybe a couple of handfuls.
I believe, that I can make a case in the end that there are three powers you will see emerge.
One: a Muslim caliphate that controls the Mideast and parts of Europe.
Two: China, that will control Asia, the southern half of Africa, part of the Middle East, Australia, maybe New Zealand, and God only knows what else.
And, Russia, which will control all of the old former Soviet Union bloc, plus maybe the Netherlands. Not really sure. But their strong arm is coming. [Fox News' Glenn Beck via Nexis, 1/31/11]
Beck: Protests Aren't "About Egypt," They Are The "Story Of Everyone Who Has Ever Plotted Or Wanted to Fundamentally Change Or Destroy The Western Way Of Life." From Beck's January 31 Fox News show:
BECK: America, what you're really seeing is actually a repudiation of everything we think we know. This is -- this is Woodrow Wilson, repudiated. This is Saul Alinsky. This is STORM from Van Jones. This is "The Coming Insurrection." That's what really we should be paying attention to.
It's the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who said over the weekend at Davos that capitalism is environmental suicide. And there needs to be, quote, "a revolution." Oh! Well, that's helpful while the streets are on fire.
The former Soviet Union, everybody, radical Islam, every -- this is the story of everyone who has ever plotted to or wanted to fundamentally change or destroy the Western way of life. This isn't about Egypt. Everything is up on the table. [Fox News' Glenn Beck via Nexis, 1/31/11]
Beck: Protests Are "Not About Freedom" And Are "Being Orchestrated By The Marxist Communists And Primarily Also The Muslim Brotherhood." From Beck's January 31 appearance on The O'Reilly Factor:
O'REILLY: You've proving my point, OK? We tried to stay out of World War II. All right? The majority of Americans didn't want to get involved with Hitler. All right? And it was a disaster.
BECK: I understand that, but what you're not taking into account is that that is what the average person thinks, just like the average person on the street of -- of Cairo thinks they're swept up in some freedom movement. It is not about freedom. It is being orchestrated by the Marxist communists and primarily also the Muslim Brotherhood. [Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor via Nexis, 1/31/11]
Beck: "The Uber-Left, The Anarchists And The Communists And The Socialists, The Radicals" Are "Sowing The Seeds And Helping Those In Egypt." From Beck's February 1 radio show:
BECK: You see the evidence of it. We have evidence of the uber-left, the anarchists and the communists and the socialists, the radicals, sowing the seeds and helping those in Egypt. They -- all they want is more pressure on the United States. This isn't about the people there; this is about changing the globe, and I really believe that they think they will win in the end. Well, will you now? Dangerous game you're playing with billions of lives. It is a very dangerous game, and you need to know the connections. And this isn't about Barack Obama. This is so far beyond Congress and the next election. This is about our survival. The storm that I've talked about for many years is here. The coming insurrection is here. [Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program, 2/1/11]
Beck Claimed The "Fall Of Egypt" Is "Not About Freedom. It Is Not About Democracy. It Is About An Islamic State." From Beck's February 1 Fox News show:
BECK: Now, this is not the average person in Egypt. These are the people that are trying to grab power. And it can happen because you're not being told the full truth and you're not being told the full truth by the same people who didn't tell you the full truth before 9/11. They were nonchalant about the threat before 9/11 and they're doing it now.
The same people are telling you now that the Muslim brotherhood and the fall of Egypt is all about freedom. It is not. It is not about freedom. It is not about democracy. It is about an Islamic state. [Fox News' Glenn Beck, 2/1/11]
Beck Linked Egypt's "Day Of Rage" To Frances Fox Piven And Bill Ayers. From Beck's February 1 Fox News show:
BECK: There's one other slogan that has jumped out at me as well. They were promoting the January 25th, the Friday protest and they came up with a title in advance for them. Did you happen to catch what it was called?
Friday, this, was called the "day of rage." Because I have read all about the Marxist and the revolutionaries in America, I recognize the "day of rage." Where have I heard that before?
Oh, yes, that's right. We heard it before in the 1960s with Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground. That's when they had the violent student riots in the 1960s. That was the day of rage.
Weather Underground talks about it in the Weather Underground's works. Huh, coincidence?
By the way, day of rage -- wasn't Frances Fox Piven recently just saying, where is the rage? Where is the outrage? Where is the anger? You've got get on the street and have riots and embrace your anger.
Why would anyone -- can you imagine if the Tea Parties called for a day of rage, what would be said? Something is wrong. Why in the world would Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn even care about Egypt at all? Oh, they do, they care deeply -- another connection. Next. [Fox News' Glenn Beck via Nexis, 2/1/11]
Beck: Code Pink "Seems Pretty Darn Cozy With The Muslim Brotherhood." From Beck's February 1 Fox News show:
BECK: There's a question I'm guessing no one will ever ask. Why were Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers terrorists in the Weather Underground? And Code Pink founder Jodie Evans involved with the Muslim Brotherhood during in the Gaza flotilla.
Ayers and Dohrn organized an effort to bring political pressure to bear on the Mubarak regime and Israel to allow for the aid from Hamas, which is the Muslim Brotherhood, to be delivered through Egyptian checkpoints.
Remember Ayers and Dohrn participated in the Weather Underground, 1969 days of rage in Chicago. Last Friday's rioting in Egypt was dubbed by the Muslim Brotherhood "days of rage." What a coincidence.
Remember when we talked about that flotilla how tense the world was? Evans and Code Pink lobbied Mubarak's wife for assistance as well as U.S. embassy in Cairo. Guess who else was strong supporter of the flotilla?
The Muslim Brotherhood. Code Pink seems pretty darn cozy with the Muslim Brotherhood. Can you imagine a terrorist organization - can you imagine if any of us were cozy with Hamas?
Taking out a banner - they've gone so far to take out banner ads on the Muslim Brotherhood's official English language Web site. Now, I want you to see this because I don't even know what to think. I've never heard this kind of language before.
This is disturbing. "War arrests. Arrest the war criminals. Join us in cleansing our country." Cleansing our country? What does that even mean? I mean, cleanse the bathtub? Cleanse the kitchen floor, maybe? Cleanse my clothes? But cleanse my country?
Am I the only one that makes you think of ethnic cleansing? I've never heard anybody - cleanse the country? What does that even mean? That's disturbing. But remember, this is coming from a group who is friends with former Weather Underground members. And on tomorrow's program, we will show you how they meant cleansing back in the 1960s, because they did.
They talked about killing 25 million Americans who just wouldn't get it. I don't know if Code Pink is thinking that. But Code Pink is not shy about its support for Hamas. [Fox News' Glenn Beck via Nexis, 2/1/11]
Beck Connected ACORN Co-Founder Wade Rathke And Tides Foundation's Drummond Pike To Egypt. From Beck's February 1 Fox News show:
BECK: It's interesting to note a few other leftists who seem somewhat involved in what is happening in Egypt. Believe it or not, Wade Rathke - Wade Rathke, the ACORN guy, and Drummond Pike of the Tides Foundation are both on the board of the organizers forum.
This is a forum that was planned to host their fall 2011 international dialogue in Egypt, where they will meet with labor and community organizers and other activists in Cairo.
I'm sure that they're just there for social justice. That's it. What a coincidence. Wade Rathke even put on his Web site - or this is actually not Wade's Web site. This is the coalition's - the forum's Web site.
It says, "Exciting changes and developments are currently taking place in Egypt with elections coming soon to determine leadership transitions in what has been an autocratic regime now challenged by the Muslim Brotherhood and succession and democracy issues."
Coincidence just doesn't seem to stop. Why would Rathke and Pike plan a big get together in Egypt? Maybe the flights to Cairo are cheaper than the flights to Vegas. I don't know.
Maybe they've always wanted to see pyramids. Or maybe they're sowing the seeds of unrest, because global revolution is what they're looking for.
Wade Rathke, on his blog - he wrote this about Egypt, "But in the meantime, keep your running shoes handy and in good repair. The streets are on fire. We need to keep our feet in shape so the dogs can keep barking." [Fox News' Glenn Beck, 2/1/11]
Beck: Egypt Is Part Of A Plot By Those Who Want A "Caliphate" Or "Communism Or A New World Order" And Are Using The Playbook Of Frances Fox Piven To Cause "Global Chaos." From Beck's February 3 Fox News show:
BECK: Let me go to the playbook written by Frances Fox Piven -- you know, grandma as I call her -- she's knitting and she's also writing recently for The Nation. Quote, "The out-of-work have to stop blaming themselves for the hard times and turn their anger on their bosses, the bureaucrats and the politicians who are in fact responsible."
Now, they want you to believe that after people in Europe -- or in Egypt have been living around miserable dictator who's raped and murdered their family members for 30 years, out of the clear blue skies, Egyptian suddenly woke up and say, you know what, things are especially crappy today here, honey. I think I'm going to go out and riot. And I'm thinking about socialism and social justice as well.
Really? Those who want caliphate and those who want communism or a new world order, they all need the same thing first. Unrest and chaos -- this is unmistakably planned.
If you want to cause global chaos, what is the first place you set it? I mean, do you start in San Francisco? No. You start in the Middle East. [Fox News' Glenn Beck via Nexis, 2/3/11]
Beck: "This Is Not A Revolution In Egypt. This Is An Islamist Socialist Revolution. It Has Nothing To Do With Democracy." From Beck's February 3 Fox News show:
BECK: I don't know about you, because you have a life. I don't. I've read the Soviet communist constitution. It guaranteed right to work, rest, leisure, health protection, care on old age, sickness, housing, education, cultural benefit -- hmm, almost like a pursuit of happiness in a really twisted, distorted sort of way.
Do you see what they've done? They are taking the horrific ideas of communism -- a system that has produced nothing but misery, poverty and slaughter of tens of millions of people, hundreds of millions globally and packaged it around democracy, the republic, Thomas Jefferson.
They think you're a moron. This is not a revolution in Egypt. This is an Islamist socialist revolution in Egypt. It has nothing to do with democracy.
I mean, they must think we're really dumb. I mean, the ad that Code Pink is running on the Muslim Brotherhood's Web site says, "Join us in cleansing our country."
Well, can I ask you something? In this day and age of rhetoric, when you are working with a group -- two groups that want to destroy and kill Jews, this one and this one, do you really think it's a good idea to use the word "cleanse"? "Help us cleanse our country"? Does anybody think it's a bad P.R. faux pas that they are using, "cleanse our country"? Help us?
Remember, this same group that led the freedom flotilla with Weather Underground founders. Who? Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Yes.
But don't mind -- no, they don't pay -- oh, you're going back to the '60s? No. Recently. Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers, Code Pink -- they get together and do freedom flotilla. We pointed this out. We went over it.
Let me just remind you that Bill Ayers has never ever, nor has Bernadine Dohrn, ever said, you know what? I regret what we said and what we did in the '60s. In fact, they say, we should have done more. [Fox News' Glenn Beck, 2/3/11]
Beck Concluded Egypt Unrest Will "Eventually" Lead To "War" Between Leftists, Muslim Brotherhood. From Beck's February 4 Fox News show:
BECK: What's happening in Egypt isn't happy-go-lucky freedom lovers suddenly rising up. Oh, I'm sure there are some people like that in the mix.
But let's look at the latest poll numbers on the average Egyptian. Eighty-two percent believe adulterers should be stoned to death. Do you believe that? Seventy-seven percent believe thieves should be flogged or have their hands cut off.
This is a revolution, and it is playing with nitroglycerin and they're hoping that it will ignite the entire Middle East. Their revolutionary goals may be different, but I think they're willing to overlook that for now. But mark my words: these guys [points to leftist groups on blackboard] will go to war with these guys [points to Muslim Brotherhood on blackboard] eventually. They will. [Fox News' Glenn Beck via Nexis, 2/4/11]
Beck Hosted Jasser To Bolster His Conspiracy Theory, Attack American Muslim Civil Rights Groups
On his February 4 Fox News show, which capped off Beck's week of conspiratorial programs, Beck hosted Jasser to provide support for key aspects of his theory, while also warning of the supposed spread of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States. Jasser was similarly featured on the February 14 edition of Beck's radio show.
After Beck Laid Out His Theory, Jasser Explained Role Of "Islamic Socialism" In Egypt Uprising. From Beck's February 4 Fox News show:
BECK: One other piece because Zuhdi is probably the best guy to explain Islamic socialism.
Can you explain how the two are coming together?
JASSER: Yes, I think, you know, from our environment, it's sort of how the far, far left communism and Marxism comes together with the far right and fascism, and western politics in our history.
And Islamic socialism, theocracy looks to collectivize the community into one, which is that this is a dominion of God, it's a nation state, and Islamic state that is God's nation and under Islam, under Sharia law. So, Islamic socialism, you'll see in Islamist in Europe will come together with the left on the nanny state program that the government is supposed to provide welfare state, schools, education, health care, et cetera. But then come together also with the far right on family issues, et cetera. But far more to the right where they oppress women and become fascist and their oppression of minorities and supremacists.
So, Islamic socialism is a collectivism under the ideas (ph) of an oligarchy of clerics that interpret law like we see in Iran.
BECK: Zuhdi, people are saying it doesn't exist, it's not real.
JASSER: Well, I can tell you, it's existing and it's growing. And we've been missing in action. There is a war of ideas that we need to be involved in and we simply say, OK, now, Mubarak is going away, our security is going to be threatened. Our security is not stable right now. Mubarak has allowed these people to spread their ideas because it gives him legitimacy to oppress the moderate reform that needs to happen.
The Muslim community is starving for reform. Many of the families and Muslims I know, that's not the Islamic practice. We came to this country because of the inalienable rights that this government gives us. And I think, just as we allowed Poland and Czechoslovakia and other countries to repair from communist oppression, and we were involved on the ground in that progress -- now, I think, Egypt is going to wake us up to get involved in the ground on the process. [Fox News' Glenn Beck via Nexis, 2/4/11]
Jasser Claimed Islamic Civil Rights Groups Are "The Muslim Brotherhood In America." From Beck's February 4 Fox News show:
BECK: Yes or no -- is this kind of stuff planted throughout and we're all turning a blind eye?
JASSER: It's not only planted, it's been spreading by the Wahhabists from oil dollars in Saudi Arabia spread -
BECK: But here in America?
JASSER: And the Muslim Brotherhood in America is the nonviolent Islamist political groups that we all know that you talked about. The Islamic Society of North America, CAIR, et cetera, that are nonviolent, but within their own programs have not been about reform and the separation of mosque and state, which is what our organization is about, about First Amendment, the establishment clause. But rather, they're about just using the concept of minority status to anesthetize America to real issue of us of Islamism and Sharia. [Fox News' Glenn Beck via Nexis, 2/4/11]
Jasser: Muslim Brotherhood Is "Absolutely" In America, Muslims Who Deny It Are "Obfuscating Their Muslim Responsibility." From Beck's February 14 radio show:
BECK: Zudhi, is the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States?
JASSER: Absolutely. If you look at anybody that looks at any of the work being done, whether it's the Holy Land Foundation trial that showed a whole nexus, our documentary "The Third Jihad" put out by the Clarion Fund talks about the documents that were demonstrated from 1991 that showed a whole nexus of operating organizations that were founded by members that came out of the Brotherhood out of Egypt and out of the Middle East. And the bottom line is, when you say "Brotherhood,"
I know many on the left say, "Well, this is all conspiracy theories," and they're not card-carry members per se, but to me as an active Muslim, we formed our organization, the American Islamic Forum for democracy, because the Brotherhood is much more than the Brotherhood. It's an ideology of political Islam, it's a mixture of mosque and state, it's the desire to establish Islamic state and put Sharia law into the government. And these Muslims who deny that actually what they're doing is obfuscating their Muslim responsibility to reform our faith into modernity and to separate mosque and state. They're obfuscating the direct connection between the separatist ideology of Islamism and Western society's values. [Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program, 2/14/11]
Jasser: Muslim Civil Rights Organizations Are "Front Organizations." From Beck's February 14 radio show:
JASSER: CAIR and the Islamic Society of North America and others are front organizations. Why? Because their entire mantra is about victimology, it's that, "Well, terrorism is the West's fault, it's basically because Muslims are attacked." They use that so-called narrative that if somehow American foreign policy would change or anti-Islam rhetoric would change, that somehow terrorism would go away, and they don't recognize that it's a problem within the house of Islam that needs reform. [Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program, 2/14/11]
Even Conservatives Have Rejected, Ridiculed Beck's Egypt Conspiracy
Scarborough On Beck: "This Can't Last, He's Out Of Control." After airing clips of Beck discussing his Egypt theory, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said on Morning Joe:
SCARBOROUGH: I've been telling conservatives for about two years. This guy is bad for the movement.
This guy is losing it before our eyes. He's bad for the conservative movement. He's bad for the Republican Party. He's bad for Fox News. It's that simple. I mean, Mike, he is detached.
The damage is there and we've talked about it on this show. Richard, when he called the president a racist. I mean, he throws bombs out all the time, and it is the conspiracy theories as Robert Wright has suggested in The New York Times that are most dangerous because that gets people acting out in ways that in the end could hurt: Hurt politicians, hurt other people in the political world. [MSNBC's Morning Joe, 2/25/11]
Former Bush Aide Wehner: Beck Is "The Most Disturbing Personality On Cable Television." From former Bush aide Peter Wehner's February post to Commentary's blog, headlined "The Most Disturbing Personality on Cable Television":
In the past few weeks Glenn Beck has spoken about the coming caliphate that he believes is about to envelope most of the world. He then dilated on the anti-Christ with a man who says he has "new prophetic understanding into the end times." In 2009, this self-proclaimed prophet wrote a column titled "What Obama and the Anti-Christ Have in Common." Then, on a recent show, the discussion focused on the coming Islamic anti-Christ. And earlier this week, an irate, bellicose Beck spoke about the "perfect storm" America faces. "I can't honestly believe we're finally here," he said in praising his own prescience. In his version of events, Beck is the solitary Voice of Truth willing to expose the New World Order (complete with references to Van Jones and Code Pink).
It's hard to tell how much of what Beck says is sincere and how much is for show. Whatever the case, and even taking into account the entire MSNBC lineup, Glenn Beck has become the most disturbing personality on cable television. One cannot watch him for any length of time without being struck by his affinity for conspiracies and for portraying himself as the great decoder of events. Political movements are not just wrong; they are infiltrated by a web of malevolent forces. Others see the shadows on the wall; Beck alone sees the men casting them. The danger when one paints the world in such conspiratorial terms is that it devalues the rational side of politics. It encourages a cast of mind that looks to expose enemies rather than to engage in arguments. Few things, after all, are as they appear. [Commentary, 2/24/11]
NY Times' David Brooks: Beck's Caliphate Theory Is "Delusional" And "Wacky." From the February 11 edition of PBS' NewsHour:
DAVID BROOKS: Just on the -- on the Egypt thing...
JIM LEHRER: Yes.
DAVID BROOKS: ... there -- there was an interesting split among the Glenn Beck types, really with delusional ravings about the caliphate coming back, and I would say the conservative establishment, which saw this as a fulfillment of Ronald Reagan`s democracy dream.
And there was that interesting split. And there were really some fights, including between Bill Kristol and Glenn Beck this week...
MARK SHIELDS: That`s right. Yes.
JIM LEHRER: Kristol taking the position that...
DAVID BROOKS: ... saying, this is wonderful. What are you raving about? It is not the taking over of the Muslim fundamentalists.
And Glenn Beck, and you -- for the first real time, you began to see a lot of really serious conservatives taking on Beck and people like that, and saying, you know, your theories are just wacky. [PBS' NewsHour via Nexis, 2/11/11]
O'Reilly On Beck's Conspiracy: "I Don't See It" And "There's No Evidence That Says I'm Not Right." From a February 11 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
BECK: On my show I've been showing the tapes of communists revolutionaries who are willing to band with anyone here in America. And they're currently saying in big meetings and rallies, saying this needs to come here to America. And it will come here. And they're -- we are the last stop.
O'REILLY: I don't see the constituency. I don't see the constituency...
BECK: You don't have to.
O'REILLY: ... in Britain, in Germany, in the United States.
BECK: You don't have to.
O'REILLY: I don't see it.
BECK: You don't have to. All you -- all you -- what happened over in Greece -- remember the rise in Greece -- that's the best that the communists can do, is get that kind of riots. Those are all communist riots. Get that.
Now, if you couple that with Islamic extremism, which you know you have all over. That's why -- that's why Cameron came out. Merkel has come out and yesterday, Sarkozy.
O'REILLY: They can do a lot of damage.
BECK: Do a lot of damage.
O'REILLY: But they can't -- they can't change governments and they can't do -- seize power. They can't.
BECK: I hope that you are right. When...
O'REILLY: There's no evidence that says I'm not right. There isn't one situation in the country right now, in the world right now, not one.
O'REILLY: No, but it worked the other way. [Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor via Nexis, 2/11/11]
Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol: "When Glenn Beck Rants About the Caliphate Taking Over The Middle East ... He's Marginalizing Himself." From Kristol's February 14 editorial:
Now, people are more than entitled to their own opinions of how best to accomplish that democratic end. And it's a sign of health that a political and intellectual movement does not respond to a complicated set of developments with one voice.
But hysteria is not a sign of health. When Glenn Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines, and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society. He's marginalizing himself, just as his predecessors did back in the early 1960s. [The Weekly Standard, 2/14/11]
National Review's Rich Lowry: Kristol Took "A Well Deserved Shot At Glenn Beck's Latest Wild Theorizing." On NRO's The Corner blog, Lowry linked to Kristol's editorial and wrote that Kristol "takes a well-deserved shot at Glenn Beck's latest wild theorizing." [National Review Online, 2/5/11]
Washington Post Blogger Jennifer Rubin: Beck Is A "Ranting Extremist." From Rubin's February 8 blog post:
Beck once again has proven how uncivil and unreasoned he is, this time going after Bill Kristol, whom Beck has not the decency to refer to by his real name. Bill took Beck to task recently for his hysterical language and reaction to the Egyptian revolution. And Beck proved Bill's criticism correct by unleashing a stream of insults. You don't have to favor Bill's approach to Egypt or anything else to realize an ad hominem attack without any intellectual argument is really not what conservatives should be all about. There has been plenty of spirited and collegial debate on the topic on the right, as I have explained. But Beck's spasm of bile does his network no favors.
The problem with ranting extremists is they usually wind up impaling themselves and their employers. MSNBC figured out that it could field liberal hosts who were as popular with its audience as Olbermann, without having to put up with the hassles. You wonder how long Fox will take to reach the same conclusion about its own unhinged screamer. [Washington Post, 2/8/11]
Commentary's Alana Goodman: Beck Engaged In "Distribution Of Blatant Misinformation" About Egypt. From a February 7 post to Commentary's blog:
But as Americans grapple with these ideas, there's one thing that is especially unhelpful to the discussion -- and that's the distribution of blatant misinformation. Glenn Beck, instead of taking a hard, sober look at a situation that will have major ramifications for the U.S., has been using his high-profile FOX and radio shows to, in fact, misinform. The new theory Beck appears to be pushing is that the Egyptian revolt is being controlled by an alliance between leftist American organizations and Islamists.
Like most misguided ideas, this theory is based in some truth. Leftist groups like ANSWER and Code Pink have inserted themselves into the Egyptian uprising, and there are indications that they've been reaching out to Islamist organizations. But so what? Many leftist groups are anti-American. Islamist groups are anti-American. That they've reached out to each other is not a particularly surprising, or significant, development.
The danger of Beck's theorizing is that he's spreading the misconception that the uprising in Egypt was initiated by anti-democratic groups, and that it's Islamist at its core. While there's no doubt that the Muslim Brotherhood and socialist organizations have become involved in the protests, they didn't start the uprising, and that's not what the protests are about. [Commentary, 2/7/11]
Wall Street Journal's John Fund: Beck's Use Of "Apocalyptic Conspiracy Terms" In Egypt Commentary "Goes Too Far." From Fund's appearance on the February 6 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources:
Look, Glenn Beck is a commentator, and I think that part of his analysis is accurate. Look, we have to remember that the Iranian regime when it collapsed was going to be a democracy, then it was hijacked by Islamic extremists and we're still dealing with them 30 years later and their nuclear weapons. And obviously Europe has a lot more to worry about - you know, by 2030, 9 percent of Europe is going to be Muslim. But to carry that and take it into apocalyptic conspiracy terms about America becoming an Islamic state that goes too far, and I think if Glenn Beck had to do it over again, he might rethink that. [CNN's Reliable Sources, 2/6/11]
Jasser Used Beck Appearance To Tout King's Hearings
Jasser: "I Hope" King Hearings Will Cover "Long Continuum" Between Non-Violence And Violence Which Includes "Insidious Ideology" Of Muslim Civil Rights Groups. From The February 14 edition of Beck's radio show:
BECK: Will you confirm that political Islam, extremist Islam, if you will, that it is the way to go in, under cover, infiltrate, and destroy and decay from within?
JASSER: Yes, I mean, simply put, absolutely. But I do want to caution my conservative colleagues that we have to be careful not to say that good Muslims are non-violent, bad Muslims are violent, and that these guys become extremists. There is a continuum there. Even the most radicals like Anwar Al-Awlaki or Nidal Hassan, there is a continuum these guys slid down over ten years. That continuum begins with this sort of non-violent, motherhood and apple pie, "we want an Islamic state based in separation of powers, we love America," etc., but their vision of America includes sort of a crescent on the flag, it includes this universalism of Islam, not a universalism of individual rights and reason that our country was based on.
So we have to be careful to be able to nuance the continuum that these individuals slide down, and that's what I hope when we have radicalization hearings that Peter King is doing, that we start to look at that continuum, cause we can't as a nation do counter-radicalization as sort of this binary black and white. We have to recognize that there is a long continuum that includes the beginning of a political ideology of Islamism that slides some of them down to violence and others down to this insidious ideology that is a threat, the same time of threat. [Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program, 2/14/11]