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Glenn Beck, DiscoverTheNetworks, and exposing the left

September 25, 2009
Raising broadcasting to a whole new level

Raising broadcasting to a whole new level

In recent weeks, Glenn Beck has elevated political/news television to an entirely new level. Without fealty to any particular party, he is shining a light into the dark corners of a political cesspool that has been hidden for too long. He is taking the esoteric and making it accessible; taking the complex and making it simple. The result: Millions of Americans are waking up and beginning to understand, often for the first time, exactly what the left is all about. At the David Horowitz Freedom Center, we’re honored that one of the most vital resources from which Beck draws information that is presented on his program is our online encyclopedia of the left at It was our hope that by putting the networks, funders and covert agendas of the left up on the Web, we would awaken Americans to the internal threat to their freedoms from the legions of what is misnamed the “progressive” left. (In fact they are reactionaries and closet totalitarians who want to re-run the discredited socialist scripts of the past.) Since we launched DiscoverTheNetworks in February 2005, more than 20 million people have visited the site. But Glenn Beck is reaching over half that number of Americans every single day.

A thorough researcher who does plenty of homework in preparation for his program, Beck has perhaps done more than any other broadcaster to make Americans keenly aware of so many vital facts that few others in the media have ever even mentioned. For instance, he has stressed the immense significance of Saul Alinsky, the late godfather of radical “community organizing” — and probably the single most formative tactical influence on Barack Obama during his years as a political neophyte.

Alinsky’s blueprint for social upheaval and revolution largely eschewed any form of confrontational defiance that might scare off or alienate ordinary Americans. Instead he stressed the need for revolutionaries to mask the extremism of their objectives and to deceitfully present themselves as moderates, until they could gain some control over the machinery of political power. No source, anywhere, offers a clearer or more comprehensive exposition of Alinsky’s tactics, and by extension of Obama’s campaign strategies, than DiscoverTheNetworks. Glenn Beck has helped bring this information to the American people, presenting it in a way that everyone can understand.

Beck also has done a magnificent job of bringing to light the vitally important, though not widely understood, Cloward-Piven strategy — a key tactic of the left.

First proposed in 1966 and named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, this strategy seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands. Though undertaken ostensibly to protect the “rights” of the “poor” and the “working-class,” the strategy’s ultimate objective is to thrust society into a political and financial crisis that will cause people to lose all faith in the existing system (capitalism), and to follow the lead of a self-assured, charismatic “community organizer” to a socialist alternative. Again, DiscoverTheNetworks has proved to be a vital resource for Beck; no source, anywhere, has laid bare the principles of Cloward-Piven with greater clarity than DiscoverTheNetworks.

Cloward-Piven, of course, dovetails seamlessly with ACORN, an Alinskyite organization with a long history of attempting to stress American institutions to their breaking point. In its early days, ACORN members invaded welfare offices across the United States — often violently — bullying social workers and loudly demanding every last cent to which the law ostensibly “entitled” them – all in an effort to overwhelm the welfare system and spark an economic crisis. More recently, ACORN’s malign ambitions have focused on trying to overwhelm our electoral system by means of a voter-fraud campaign of unprecedented magnitude. And, on yet another front, ACORN worked long and hard, and with much success, to help bring about the collapse of the housing market — by aggressively pushing banks to extend credit to undercapitalized, high-risk borrowers in low-income, mostly-minority areas. Beck and DiscoverTheNetworks have been pointing this out for a long time.

In recent months, Beck has driven home vital revelations about so many significant people and organizations on the left: the Supreme Court Justice and promoter of ethnic politics Sonia Sotomayor; the Harvard professor and racial grievance monger Henry Louis Gates; the America-hating communist revolutionary Van Jones; the Apollo Alliance on whose board Jones sat, and whose environmental recommendations have a profound influence on President Obama; the former Weather Underground terrorist and current Apollo Alliance board member Jeff Jones; the FCC Diversity Chief who seeks to deal a death blow to conservative talk radio, Mark Lloyd; and most recently the Tides Foundation, funder of an anti-capitalist animated video that is being shown to schoolchildren across the United States.

Through it all, DiscoverTheNetworks has been a vital resource upon which Beck has drawn. His recognition of the value of the information in DiscoverTheNetworks, coupled with his unwavering commitment to truth – wherever it may lead – will go a long way toward waking up the American people to the corrosive agendas of the left.

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  1. theblanque permalink
    September 25, 2009 6:58 pm

    You know, Glenn used to worry me before this; now, he’s scaring the crap out of me–because before this, I thought he was a little crazy; now, I think he’s crazy as a fox.

    Now, I’m gonna have to track down his videos and watch them from the beginning.

    • Judy permalink
      September 26, 2009 6:23 am

      for anyone that is new to beck or have only watched a few and want more, here is a website that lets you have a week of shows at a time and then you can click on previous weeks. mondays are always at the bottom and fridays are at the top.

      and if you were not interested in his 9/12 show, but now are:

    • Colette permalink
      October 2, 2009 9:43 am

      Be sure to record them before they’re taken off the air, and sent into the never-never land where so many government official’s records are.

  2. fiftyfifty permalink
    September 25, 2009 8:24 pm

    Al Gore’s mouth whoha White House Climate Czar: Carol Browner.

    Driving the push for this massive power grab and circumvention of the elected branches is a key White House official who avoided Senate confirmation by being installed not as EPA director, but instead as White House Climate Czar: Carol Browner.

    Long before the Supreme Court ruled in a highly questionable 2007 case, Massachusetts v. EPA, that the EPA has the legal authority to justify its proposed 18,000 pages of greenhouse gas regulation under the Clean Air Act, Browner (then EPA director under President Bill Clinton) had her general counsel, Jonathan Cannon, prepare a now-infamous memorandum arguing—for the first time—that the EPA possessed such a power. At the time it was dismissed as a wild-eyed overreach that Congress would never allow. Now it’s happening, and Browner is right at the center of it.

    Mary Nichols, the chair of the California Air Resources Board, has confirmed that Browner was the lead White House negotiator in establishing new automobile emissions standards, which for the first time rely on EPA’s presumed authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the 1970 Clean Air Act. Nichols told The New York Times that Browner quietly orchestrated private discussions from the White House with auto industry officials. “We put nothing in writing, ever,” Nichols said.

    Left unchecked, Browner will move beyond automobiles to EPA’s entire staggering 18,000-page blueprint for regulating the U.S. economy. It will eventually regulate everything that moves (light-duty trucks, heavy-duty trucks, buses, motorcycles, planes, trains, ships, boats, tractors, mining equipment, RVs, lawn mowers, fork lifts, and just about every other piece of equipment that has a motor) and lots of things that don’t (any building over 100,000 square feet could be pulled in, along with smaller carbon dioxide emitters, like restaurants, schools, and hospitals that have commercial kitchens with gas burners).

    It’s bad enough that the EPA is moving ahead with plans to pursue expensive global warming regulations instead of leaving the complex issue to Congress, the branch of government constitutionally tasked with making laws. It’s made much worse by the fact that the effort is being led not by Lisa Jackson, the duly confirmed and therefore accountable administrator of the EPA, but by Carol Browner, the unaccountable, unconfirmed White House Climate Czar.

    Browner was made a czar so that her powers could be more sweeping than they would be in any single official appointment—witness her cross-agency role in the secret automobile emissions regulations—and to avoid the scrutiny of Senate confirmation, which would have been difficult for Browner. Since leaving the Clinton administration she has moved further left, even becoming one of the 14 members of the “Socialist International Commission for a Sustainable World Society” on whose Web site she was listed as a member as recently as January 5, the day she was named White House Climate Czar.

    This Commission pursues a clearly socialist agenda of centralized control under a regime of “global governance” that would enforce extreme environmental political correctness on a global basis. It’s far outside the political mainstream and would have presented serious problems for centrist Democrats facing a confirmation vote.

    It’s one thing for President Obama to surround himself with the advisers he’d like to have, but it’s another to bestow on them sweeping powers to broker secret negotiations and push forward vast new regulations that could cost American families thousands of dollars.

    Fortunately, we’ll be able to see this week where members of the U.S. Senate stand on allowing Carol Browner to direct taxpayer dollars and pursue vast new regulatory power grabs. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana has introduced an amendment (SA 2440) to the Department of the Interior appropriations bill that prohibits any federal funding for Browner’s policy directives. Any senator who votes against it is voting to support not just Carol Browner, but also her vast regulatory power grab and the president’s system of unaccountable czars.

    • Swemson permalink
      September 25, 2009 8:31 pm

      And to add insult to injury, the entire premise that the whole damn thing is based on, the idea that CO2 is bad for the environment is complete and total BULLS*~T !!


      This is the single biggest scientific fraud OF ALL TIMES..

      See the following News Real blog, if you don’t know the facts:

  3. Swemson permalink
    September 25, 2009 8:25 pm


    Thank you for this excellent post. When you say:

    “Though undertaken ostensibly to protect the “rights” of the “poor” and the “working-class,” the strategy’s ultimate objective is to thrust society into a political and financial crisis that will cause people to lose all faith in the existing system (capitalism), and to follow the lead of a self-assured, charismatic “community organizer” to a socialist alternative.”

    You expose what everyone else seems to be too cautious to say.. That everything we’ve heard from this gang of thugs has been an intentional lie or distortion of the truth, designed to hide the fact that what they’re real INTENT and goal, is is the destruction of everything that the American dream was built on and stands for…

    Last night, I wrote that Obama, after swearing an oath to Preserve, Protect and Defend our Constitution, immediately set about the task of dismantling the Constitution, and everything else about America that’s made this such a great country, and that by doing so, IMHO he was guilty of TREASON, and shouyld be punished accordingly..

    David thought that I was going off the rails when I said that… & claimed that what he was doing, didn’t qualify as treason… OK, so from the point of view of semantics, the word may not be technically accurate to describe this situation… I used the word because TREASON to me is just about the worst thing that anyone can do to his country…

    Obama is trying to destroy this country…. Can any act be worse than that ?

    • Keithstir permalink
      September 26, 2009 3:07 am

      “Obama, after swearing an oath to Preserve, Protect and Defend our Constitution, immediately set about the task of dismantling the Constitution”

      … simply another opportunity to watch himself on TV.

      I agree though. The administration and it’s panic modus operandi to get as much left wing agenda planted as possible before November 2010. Every day, there’s another domestic policy being shoved in our faces.

      I’m a little tired of eyes rolling when I bring up Beck in conversation. Him and his staff are the front lines.

      I would like to see the news section of FOX reiterate more of his research. He has done very well in presenting facts with a dialogue that everyone will understand, if they watch his show.

      • Swemson permalink
        September 26, 2009 1:00 pm

        Well said..

        I want to puke every time I hear O’Reilly say that he respects Obama…

        • Colette permalink
          October 2, 2009 2:21 am

          Hey Swemson……..

          I finally agree with you on something! *hug*

          Great article, and I agree that Beck is doing an excellent job …

          He use to be a lone voice crying out in the wilderness, but not anymore..
          America is waking up….
          God Bless Glenn Beck, God Bless America!

  4. Chris permalink
    September 25, 2009 9:11 pm

    Please give some credit to New Zealander Trevor Loudon- he’s been researching a good majority of these stories and feeding both DTN and Beck.

    Everyone who posts a comment here should be following his site. Seriously.

  5. The Inquisitor permalink
    September 26, 2009 5:16 am

    Excellent article! The people at DiscoverTheNetworks must draw a great deal of satisfaction that their efforts are paying off.

    DiscoverTheNetworks is gaining recognition. Some people I know who are not very political are talking about it. I’ve been asked:

    “Have you heard of the website DiscoverTheNetworks?”

    “Do you know about the Cloward Piven strategy? There’s an interesting article about in at DiscoverTheNetworks.”

    Very gratifying!

  6. Freeme permalink
    September 26, 2009 5:49 am

    I LOVE Glenn Beck! He is my Hero for having the courage to educate the masses in easy to understand (and often demonstrated) terms. He speaks for ME, and many others like me living in La La Land. I too use Discover the Networks for constant referencing in doing my research. There are other really good ones too ie: The Anti-Communitarian League, Canadian Freepress, Educate Yourself, and Science Daily (keeping up with technology), to name a few.
    It is important to find sources you can trust in forming educated opinions, and 99.9% of what GB presents, I can concur through my OWN research. Out of all the talking heads, he is THE ONE on cable news I TRUST MOST. I refuse to watch the ‘joker-degraders’ on the other Cable network news, as they do NOT present ‘news’ at all. They are only spin doctors who parrot the puppets handing down orders from the Puppet Masters who control them.

  7. Beverly Partain permalink
    September 26, 2009 5:51 am

    I only have one simple comment. I love this man, respect his honesty and trust him implicitly. He is bringing out information America is hungry for, because we haven’t been able to figure out what has been going on. Learning the enemy’s strategy is all important in knowing how to define and defeat!!! Ever see anything like his material anywhere else on TV….or radio….I don’t think so. God bless Glenn!

  8. semby permalink
    September 26, 2009 6:11 am

    Beck and Horowitz are my heros. They dig deep into the systems that have designs on destroying this nation. For years, I have thought Horowitz going into colleges and shining a light on the liberal education was a heroic thing. There is so much more to be done though. The NEA needs to be abolished, give education back to the States and stop it from being mandated on the federal level, this is unconstitutional.

    We need our country back and the likes of Horowitz and Beck are slowing by methodically educating the American people about the horrors of the radical left.

    I don’t need to watch shows that repeat the news of the day; or highlight news that I would never hear of unless watching that program. I need to know what is going on underneath it all.

    Thank You David and Thank You Glenn – God Speed and God Bless the United States of America!

  9. Jeanne Minton permalink
    September 26, 2009 7:51 am

    This is the most important article that I have read anywhere at this crucial time in our history. It pulls together all of the information needed to raise the alarm with independents and moderate Democrats, who think that it’s just business as usual and once 2012 comes around we can simply “vote the bums out.” I know liberals who are actually saying things like: “…if Obama would just spend some time meeting with doctors to find out what would work…. blah blah blah” — as if he cares!!!

    Thank you — this is something I can send to a lot of friends and associates to open their eyes.

  10. Joseph White permalink
    September 26, 2009 8:28 am

    I keep waiting for them to tax us for every liter of co2 that we expel. I believe the normal person breathes out more co2 than any coal plant, as does every animal in the world.

    Just like the 3800 dollar medical insurance default, I say good luck collecting, if they ever try this. Because I refuse to pay for perfectly free air.

    This just goes to show that radicals are trying to turn our country into another Mexico or guatamala, or even forbid, a cuba.

    • Swemson permalink
      September 26, 2009 2:32 pm


      Just remember that CO2 is plant food.

      In the last 50 years, US forests have increased by 40%

      During the Medieval Warm Period, when earth was about 3 to 4 degrees warmer than it is now, Greenland wasn’t an ice sheet… It was GREEN… that’s how it got its name !

      During those centuries, there were thriving vineyards in northern Scotland and England was a major wine producer.

      Rising temperatures are NOT a problem… Dropping temperatures, can indeed be a problem.

      During the Little Ice Age, temperatures were about 4 degrees lower than they are now… That could happen again, and indeed will eventually. When that happens, any population problem we have on this earth will disappear, as hundreds of millions will starve to death…

      This entire Cap&Tax scam, is totally bogus, and is ONLY a tool for the political elite to use to help them further take control of every aspect of our lives….

      This is THE biggest example of scientific fraud of all times.


      • Joy permalink
        September 27, 2009 10:12 am

        What a great argument to encourage ALL of us – students, teachers & the public – to learn as much as we can about the SCIENCE of earth & its atmostphere!! None of the bull crap that spews out of the mouths of politicians for, just as you say, the opportunities & means by which they are gaining more & more power – which, conversely, means that WE are LOSING more & more power!. Simply a great reminder that, with this emphasis on knowledge of science (including geologic history, the enviornment, astronomy and everything else y ou can connect) only then can we fight the enviro-alarmists, who are really at best, ignorant; at worst, liars & deceivers!

        Truth is power and knowledge leads to truth!!

  11. Highball permalink
    September 26, 2009 8:36 am

    Glen Beck and more importantly, David Horowitz, are astute observers and analysts of the subversion of American society. This is no Joe McCarthy style witchhunt. It was David, the writings of the communist theoretician Antonio Gramsci, and the disclosures of the former KGB agents, particularly Yuri Bezmenov (aka Tomas Schuman) that have illuminated the subterfuge occuring on many levels in our society. As a KGB Novosti operative in India, Besmenov fell in love with the country and its culture and saw how his specialized techniques were destroying that society and others. Those interested should view all his videos on you-tube and his writings especially his “Love letter to America”. Saul Alinsky, a Gramsci disciple, was just the agent needed to map out the path to break the “cultural hegemony” that blocked efforts at redistributive change. The destruction of this hegemony, the complicated matrix of a society’s traditional cultural and accepted beliefs and values, is the target for all dedicated marxists. Society must be weakened internally continually until its values seem outmoded or rejected altogether. Obama is simply a marxist educated, Alinsky trained, progressive constitutionalist. His appointment of Dawn Johnsen to the Office of Legal Counsel shows that the Constitution is now a target of these marxists.

    • semby permalink
      September 26, 2009 10:18 am

      Why did you write this….redistributive change, who has said that in the past?

      • Highball permalink
        September 26, 2009 11:09 am

        See Trevor Loudon at redistributive-change.html

  12. John S. permalink
    September 26, 2009 10:44 am

    David Horowitz deserves much credit for developing DTN, and also for his fortitude in weathering storms of abuse and hostility at college campus’s to help resist the thought, speech and mind control that exists in so many of them. I became aware of him when he published ‘Radical Son,’ which as a former leftist I found very compelling. David has become a battered warrior in the fight to preserve the most classic liberalism…that of our founders. God protect him.

    • October 26, 2009 12:06 pm

      Amen! I too pray for him, and the safety of Glenn Beck and all the “brave” men and women who are standing up to expose the agenda of the extreme left-power-hungry control freaks who are allowing CAIR and other groups to gain power and take over America……Pray for the peace of Jerusalem///

  13. September 26, 2009 1:29 pm

    Use your tools of Refereneda, Recall, Initiatives and Impeachment re the Constitution Violations, to stop this abominable infiltration to destroy Democracy.

    Otherwise your country will be in a tremendous battle against the trainees from 38 camps of RELEASED CONVICTS, Islamic converts who are convinced and taught to fight for Islam.

    Obama’s new force.

  14. Joy permalink
    September 27, 2009 10:29 am

    This has been one of the most powerful threads (“DiscoverTheNetworks”) that I’ve read here – or anywhere – in recent months/years! I’m old enough to remember the “red scare” and our post-WWII Cold War with Communism – all the time during which forces set on destroying America from within were alternately despised, supported & understood, and then discarded as just false fears & unncessary alarms.

    Well, the push for Marxism/Progressivism/Socialism keeps returning to the body politic – and each time we have to confront & callenge it. We’re at that crucial point right now in our country. The dreadful problem is, however, that our President either doesn’t care – or, worse, is actually hoping it might actually happen – and on his watch!

    • Swemson permalink
      September 27, 2009 1:26 pm


      Obummer isn’t just “hoping” it happens…

      He’s intentionally MAKING it happen !.

  15. Tom permalink
    October 3, 2009 9:49 pm

    Thank God David understands what Beck is trying to do. The Dinosaur Republicans have no idea they are facing immediate extinction from the predatory Marxists. They still think it’s politics as usual.
    Barak Obama and his crew are NOT “democrats” or “liberals”. They are Marxist Revolutionaries with a plan.

  16. October 26, 2009 8:46 am

    Thankfully, someone of national stature has “socialized” the Frankfurt School and its catastrophic impact on America’s culture (ans in fact, risk of survival). I believe that our nation’s potential for escaping “Frankfurt” (as now personified by Obama and his czars), can only be realized if Rush, Glenn, Sean, Mark L., et al, can be mobilized to powerfully “socialize” this “invasion” to all of America. In querying over 250 friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc. – this, re views about Frankfurt…just 2 knew what I referred to… the rest, blank looks but great anger when enlightened. We need another Beck ACORN and Jones outburst.

  17. October 26, 2009 11:54 am

    I encourage everyone to read this article published today in the Patriot Post…It starts out with….

    “But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” –John Adams

    You can either support Democrat health care or the Constitution … but not both…..
    People are waking up (slowly) …….I hope!

    The article goes on to explain

    The three branches of our federal government are no longer bound by the Constitution as the framers envisioned and what is worse is American ignorance and acceptance of such rogue behavior. Look at the current debate over government involvement in health, business bailouts and stimulus packages. The debate centers around questions as whether such involvement is a good idea or a bad idea and whether one program is more costly than another. Those questions are entirely irrelevant to what should be debated, namely: Is such government involvement in our lives permissible under the U.S. Constitution? That question is not part of the debate. The American people, along with our elected representatives, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, care less about what is and what is not permissible under our Constitution. They think Congress has the right to do anything upon which they can secure a majority vote, whether they have the constitutional or moral authority to do so or not.”

    gotta get back to work , and earn more money for Obama’s pipe dreams….read the article when you get a chance and have a NICE DAY…

    • October 26, 2009 12:01 pm

      is also on facebook…..

  18. November 4, 2009 10:53 am

    But, Glenn, Rush, Sean, Mark, et al, need to specifically and persistently “socialize” the Frankfurt School to the US public. Specifically to convey that Obama and crowd represent the planned end game of Adorno, Lukacs, MArcuse and Gramsci (when they first hit Columbia’s Teachers College and J-School in 1933). I’ve queried of 260 friends, colleagues and peers re their views re the “School” – – just 2 responded knowledgeably – – great anger by most when explained. Cheney’s current address would be 1600 PA Ave, DC if all America were aware, last Nov 4, of this 76 year old cultural invasion.


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