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Glenn Beck Mocks White House War on Fox News

October 13, 2009


President Obama‘s White House declared war on Fox News, and Glenn Beck couldn’t resist the temptation to mock the Obama administration for doing so.

Tearing a page from the Hugo Chavez playbook, White House communications director Anita Dunn said:

We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent. As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we don’t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave.


Beck responded on his TV show Monday by heaping ridicule on the famously thin-skinned President Obama’s immature hissyfit:

Write this day down in your journal because this is a new thing We haven’t seen anything like this. OK, yeah, JFK, he did cancel the newspaper one time when he got really upset but then he resubscribed; and there was that enemy list with Nixon but I think the enemy list, I believe the enemy list, that whole thing was who’s not coming to state dinners. Could be wrong. I don’t think that they’ve used White House resources, your tax dollars, to target the media before.

Beck even facetiously circled Fox News headquarters on a map of Manhattan to help President Obama in his war planning. Beck produced toy tanks, toy missiles, and toy attack aircraft and placed them on the map.


Meanwhile, the Sunday edition of the New York Times cited Steven F. Hayward’s Washington Post column on Beck’s influence. The passage cited is telling and worrisome to liberals:

[His] distinctiveness and his potential contribution to conservatism can be summed up with one name: R.J. Pestritto. Pestritto is a young political scientist at Hillsdale College in Michigan whom Beck has had on his TV show several times, once for the entire hour discussing Woodrow Wilson and progressivism. He is among a handful of young conservative scholars, several of whom Beck has also featured, engaged in serious academic work critiquing the intellectual pedigree of modern liberalism. Their writing is often dense and difficult, but Beck not only reads it, he assigns it to his staff. “Beck asks me questions about Hegel, based on what he’s read in my books,” Pestritto told me. Pestritto is the kind of guest Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity would never think of booking.

Okay, so Beck may lack Buckley’s urbanity, and his show will never be confused with “Firing Line.” But he’s on to something with his interest in serious analysis of liberalism’s patrimony. The Left is enraged with Beck’s scandal-mongering over Van Jones and ACORN, but they have no idea that he poses a much bigger threat than that.

  1. Julie Trevor permalink
    October 13, 2009 3:14 am

    Perhaps treating the “attack” on Fox news as a hissy fit work, but I would hope the minds at Fox News are mounting an aggressive counter-attack.

    If they are going to be called the opposition perhaps it’s time they stopped being fair/balanced and lived up to the Whitehouse namesake.

    • Walt permalink
      October 16, 2009 6:47 pm

      That actually is part of the counterattack. You subject your opponent to just ridicule. President Obama and his minions cannot bear not being taken seriously. That is just one of their weaknesses.

  2. October 13, 2009 3:24 am

    Nixon had an enemies list, yes, and there’s always been low-level conflicts in the past between El Prez and Le Press…actually, more like posturing as in “doin’ the dozens” between the Sharks and the Jets, Bloods and the Crips, etc. But nothing quite like the open declaration of hostilities from Dunn’s office that I can recall.

    The O-Team is dropping the mask of legitimacy and donning the garb of the totalitarian gargoyles they always were. It’s true colors time – brown shirts, green jobs, whatever – where will it stop? First the cable shows, next the writers, then the bloggers, artists, lawyers, entertainers, organizers, thinkers. It’s tantamont to treason to suggest this trend follows a Hitlerian model, so I won’t suggest it. I’ll just say it.

    • betty boop permalink
      October 14, 2009 5:12 am

      Sure looks that way… you said it brother!

  3. October 13, 2009 6:23 am

    There deserves to be a war on Fox!

    They just can’t disagree with the President and get away with it!

    • Walt permalink
      October 16, 2009 6:48 pm

      Yes, let them sing his praises like the little children in New Jersey.

  4. In the know permalink
    October 13, 2009 6:54 am

    I feared that no one would pick up Buckleys banner after he passed. I am glad to see Beck fighting lies and misinformation with facts and logic.

  5. October 13, 2009 6:57 am

    What a shame that facts and logic have no effect whatsoever on people of the Left.

    • In the know permalink
      October 13, 2009 8:55 am

      They never did. That’s what made Buckley (and now Beck) so admirable. They resist with logic in an arena where logic was outlawed decades ago. The advantage we have now is that the average American is now paying attention. The average American understands logic which is why the MSM ratings are tanking.

  6. October 13, 2009 9:04 am

    You’re much more optimistic than I am.

    I look at the public schools pumping out millions of little socialists each year who wouldn’t know a logical argument if it hit them in the face…and I grieve for our future.

    • In the know permalink
      October 13, 2009 9:45 am

      Trending shows that, despite their leftist re-education techniques, young voters are evenly divided between conservative and liberal. The reality is, a good majority of people know when they are bieng lied too. As an optimist, I beleive the liberal direction this country shifted to was due, in large part, to conservative apathy. Phlegmatic, worthless leaders who took “turns” running for office frustrated a good number of conservatives. That’s why, until recently, we let our neighbors deal with all of that “political stuff”. It’s easy to ignore things when you are constantly dealing with taking the kids to soccer practice, cheerleading, the holidays, work, the dentist, doctors visits, etc. The economy has forced a lot of families to slow down (out of monetary necessitiy). This has provided them time to pay closer attention to the direction we are headed. How many people were appalled at the fact that Congressman hardly read legislation before voting on it? Do you think the neo commies realized this and thats the reason they shifted the SS Lenin into flank speed. Captain Obama screaming “hurry, hurry, no time!” straight into an iceberg? I do.

      • betty boop permalink
        October 14, 2009 5:23 am

        “Phlegmatic, worthless leaders who took “turns” running for office frustrated a good number of conservatives.” Right on. And who were they calling “Conservative Republicans” all this time? McCain? Bush? Schwarzenegger? Come on… even ill educated kids aren’t all stupid. But the few legitimate Conservatives out there have not all fallen on deaf ears I don’t think. How else to explain Rush and Glenn’s huge numbers? We’re not all old. William F. Buckley still has huge numbers of fans, as does Ayn Rand. Check into ZoNation on PJTV for a fresh perspective, and see a brilliant young thinker.

        • Walt permalink
          October 16, 2009 6:50 pm

          But, you need people who are not dead.

    • October 13, 2009 9:47 am

      You exaggerate the problem of indoctrination in schools. As someone who graduated from college in 2006 and high school in 2002, who has siblings still in the school system, and has studied the issue of school indoctrination for years, the public schools are by no means “pumping out millions of little socialists.” The leftist infiltration of the schools is certainly a problem but one of David Horowitz’s constant refrains has been that in higher education — where the situation is the worst — at most only about 10% of profs are a cause for concern.

      • Julie Trevor permalink
        October 13, 2009 10:43 am

        I hope what you say is true for the rest of the country, but based on my experience here in VT as a parent of a 14 + 17 year old; I would say “In the Know” is 100% correct about the indoctrination in elementary and secondary education.

        I also agree with him/her regarding the apathy. I once wrote an op ed piece about how Vermont was taken over by the Socialists. What began as my parent’s generations curiosity and tolerance of “these people” resulted in apathy when they promised program after program as their means to get elected to office. In the past few years of Socialist control, we’ve lost our state motto, our state song and our Vermont way of life…Sad really.


        • October 13, 2009 11:00 am

          What percentage of teachers see themselves as political activists first, and teachers second? (And how do you come to that percentage?) I’ll bet good money that the percentage is incredibly low, though will vary depending where you’re at in the country.

          Most people go into education not out of some political calling but because they love children.

          These observations in place, those who would pervert education for political purposes still need to be fought. But we shouldn’t overstate the problem.

          • Julie Trevor permalink
            October 13, 2009 11:18 am

            I doubt any teachers “see” themselves as political activists; however open expression of their opinions in the classrooms and awarding lower grades to students who challenge them because of their political views (or berating them ) is as prevalent (or more so) in the Vermont elem and secondary schools as David Horowitz says it is in the post-secondary/graduate schools.

            Ironically, the policy of “opting out” of certain topics covered by the curriculum was implemented years ago by the Leftist who didn’t want the children propagandized by the Native Vermonters (nearly 100% Conservative Republican). Now the tides have turned and parents are using that policy to protect their children from the Leftist indoctrination i.e. opting out of An Inconvenient Truth and the following:


            • October 13, 2009 11:21 am

              “I doubt any teachers “see” themselves as political activists; however open expression of their opinions in the classrooms and awarding lower grades to students who challenge them because of their political views (or berating them ) is as prevalent (or more so) in the Vermont elem and secondary schools as David Horowitz says it is in the post-secondary/graduate schools.”

              I’m not disputing that. What I’m pointing out is that even if that’s the case then it’s still a very small minority – 10% – of teachers. Which is still a problem, but not one that’s as apocalyptic as many often make it out to be.

              • October 13, 2009 11:31 am

                I’d be thrilled if it were as low as 10%.

                I fear it is much higher.

                From the reports my brother has been getting (from three different schools in a conservative neighborhood)it is over 50%.

                • October 13, 2009 11:34 am

                  What’s the basis for 50%?

                  Because it’s notoriously difficult to get reliable numbers. The Academic Freedom issue is the one that first drew me into contact with David Horowitz and eventually into working for the Freedom Center. It’s not as easy to identify indoctrinating profs/teachers as one might think.

                  • October 13, 2009 11:44 am

                    I throw that figure out on the basis of my brothers 3 kids who all say that most, not all, of their teachers, have used some form of cheerleading for Democrats and some form of antipathy towrads Republicans at some point during the school year.

                    And some are more rabid (maybe 10%).

                    I actually think the more subtle ones are more dangerous as they give the air of impartialiaty when they are in fact, not.

                    Our kids are not learning what they ought be learning (for the most part)but they are learning something.

                    Talk to any high school student about the branches of government or ask them about American exceptionalism.

                    You may be in for a shock.

                  • Walt permalink
                    October 16, 2009 6:56 pm

                    I would say that one has to look at the conscious and unconscious aspect of indoctrination. We could look at the example of those New Jersey school children singing what were in essence praise songs to President Obama. The Principal and Superintendent of Schools for that district denied what was so obvious to others. Were these two people lying, or what might be even worse, simply unable to see anything wrong in what the teacher had those children do during school hours?

              • Julie Trevor permalink
                October 13, 2009 12:52 pm

                Where do you get your 10%? Does it vary by state? In Utah, I know the percentage would be significantly lower than in Vt

              • October 13, 2009 12:53 pm

                With respect David – Anything more than 0% is apocalyptic. There is no room in the classroom for a teacher to be the influencing factor in the societal/political development of a child. Ther job is always to be an educator first.

                • October 13, 2009 1:04 pm

                  Every profession is going to have a certain percentage of corrupt individuals abusing their position. The question is how do we reduce that percentage to as small as possible. Be pragmatic and realistic on how we deal with this issue.

        • In the know permalink
          October 13, 2009 12:52 pm

          I would like to point out that David was responding to theoldadam. My comment was more of a counter argument. Although, I do believe that a larger portion of teachers are pushing indoctrination through misinformation. Even a thousand years ago when “channel one” was forced upon us, I don’t think teachers realized there was a definite leftist slant bieng construed. The most important thing parents can do now is ask questions and get involved. They have checked out. I will caution them they will get the typical “we are the professionals, we know whats best for your child”. Speaking from experience though, most elementary and secondary teachers are far from experts in their respective fields. The profession has a saying, “those who can’t do, teach”. Sadly, it’s accurate presently.

          • Julie Trevor permalink
            October 13, 2009 1:06 pm

            It’s not just parents that ‘should’ get involved. Every taxpayer must get involved in the schools that teach our children.

        • betty boop permalink
          October 14, 2009 5:38 am

          Well, I dunno, but even back in the 70’s and 80’s when I saw someone with “earth shoes” and an enormous wool sweater, my mind immediately jumped to “Oregon or Vermont”… Talk about stereotyping… but those places have been “Hippie”for a VERY long time, David. I don’t doubt Julie for a second on this one. Appearances aren’t everything, but at a ridiculous level such as wardrobe choices, the Progressive trend is always so clear, it’s almost ludicrous. To paraphrase a point from a different thread this past week, Liberalism is often a fashion choice, and in New England and the Pacific Northwest, it seems to be a big deal… and no one’s more trend conscious than teachers.

  7. October 13, 2009 11:13 am

    Teachers used to teach (first). Reporters, the same thing.

    Now, for the left, and the vast majority of teachers at all levels are Democrats. The teachers unions are controlled by very Left Democrats.

    Now, for the Left, doing a job (whatever it might be) isn’t enough. They have a mission to mold and shape the minds of people they come in contact with (children too) to their vision of how things ought be.

    My brother is a parent in conservative Thousand Oaks and he says his kids (now teenagers) regularly spot attempts to indictrinate, from most of their teachers. Some in ways small, and some in large and in your face ways.

    I think the problem is much worse than we know.

  8. Bruce Cook permalink
    October 13, 2009 5:48 pm

    I am a veteran of public schools having spent my career in public schools in Kansas. I began my career in 1970 and retired from public school in 2002. School for me changed radically when teachers’ associations and the National Education Association entered the scene. In my third year of teaching I decided that they were not concerned about me but the welfare of their organization and left the group. Many who belonged at that time were more interested in the benefits of the business to their well-being than for children. I wear as a “badge of honor” that I ended my association with NEA in my third year of teaching and survived through the remainder of my career without being sued (their main plea for membership was liability insurance against lawsuits) once! I have since discovered that during the early 1970s, NEA began training their Uniserve directors in the Alinsky methods we have heard so much about. Disastrous impact upon the idea of teacher’s being concerned about the kids they were teaching.

  9. shane comeback permalink
    October 14, 2009 2:52 am

    I’ve been a para in middle school for over 12 years. The social studies curriculum concentrates on America’s sins,not the good it has done. For instance, in the WW2 unit,more class hours are spent talking about Japanese internment in the US ,and Hiroshima, than about Pearl Harbor and the liberation of Europe combined.No mention of the Bataan Death march is made at all.To listen,you would think US History consists of this: Exploitation of Native Americans followed by slavery followed by more exploitation of NA’s, followed by coolie labor on the railroads,followed by Industrial slavery,slums,the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire. Next,comes imperialism,expansionism,more wars,a depression solely caused by evil capitalists,internment of Japanese,carpet bombing of Europe,prejudice against blacks in the service,Hiroshima,more expansionism,consumer excess of the 50’s,”Bull” Connor and his firehoses,lynchings,burning kids in VietNam,illegal wars in the mid-East….don’t get me going on what happened Columbus Day.
    Language Arts had an instuctor who did nothing but pass out brochures on the above subjects as part of the “reading unit.” She ended the unit by saying,and I quote her exactly as it is burned into my brain, “The scourge of the world is the white,Anglo-Saxon Protestant male.” Boy,did this make the kids feel great,huh? She is now “diversity director” at school. Peter Principle at work.(and why does a middle school need a diversity director?”)
    Science teachers and global warming? As you would expect,we’re all going to drown as the seas rise.So you kids,stop breathing,your CO2 is pure poison! Whatever junk-science fad comes down the pike,as long as it’s from the left,is taught as truth set in cement.
    This country is more sinned against than sinning. But you would never know it,from what comes out of many teacher’s mouths. I’ve got a year to retire,and I’ll be glad to finally be out of it. Sitting through this crap has been very hard. It takes a toll on the kids,too,I think some of them want to fight back,but the teachers hold all the cards. Most just nod their heads. Oh yes,and some just “nod off.” Perhaps they are the wisest.

    • Julie Trevor permalink
      October 14, 2009 5:42 am

      Shane Comeback,

      thanks for your honesty. My niece who’s been teaching 5/6 grade for 5 years is in the same boat…unfortunately she has several years to tolerate it or move on.
      She is already considering leaving which is too bad for the school system she is in. The test scores (esp in math) for her kids have risen dramatically since she was hired.

      I am very fortunate to send my son (9th grader) to a private (boarding) school. He came home for his first weekend and when asked what he liked best about his new school – without hesitation he said the academics.


    • Bruce Cook permalink
      October 14, 2009 1:27 pm

      shane comeback,

      Mine is the post just above yours. To add my postscript, I left public education in 2002 and have been teaching in a private Christian school since. Kansas seems to be somewhat insulated from a lot of this stuff but this garbage is making inroads due to the teacher education programs in our universities. Someone once said it is OK to build castles in the air, just don’t live in them. That’s where many of our educators today are. If I had kids that were ready to attend school today, I would send them to a private school. And I would campaign for a voucher system.

  10. MaryAnn permalink
    October 14, 2009 5:16 am

    Home school.

    • Julie Trevor permalink
      October 14, 2009 5:45 am


      I have commented previously on the Socialist state of Vermont and the indoctrination of the children in public schools. It is becoming increasingly difficult for parents to home school their children in New England.

      The mandates, regulations and reporting requirements are onerous for most parents to consider it an option.


  11. Judy permalink
    October 14, 2009 12:19 pm

    An open comment to Ms. Anita Dunn:
    The glove apparently has been thrown down at your feet.
    It’s time to put up OR shut up.
    If you can’t tell the truth and be honest with the American public, then shut up.We are not children.We are not servants to the government. You work for us. And as an employee, you are quite frankly are not meeting the bare minimum requirements to maintain the position that you currently hold. EMPLOYORS do and expect honesty, loyalty,accuracy, and performance.
    The majority of American’s get it now. Any questions or dissent will not be tolerated by the White House in any form. We get it. Unfortunately for you, we don’t care about your opinion or un-Reality Check web site. We have all read the book, 1984.
    I challenge you to call Beck and answer the questions with exact facts, numbers, statistics, and all other requirements to prove your point that the anti-Obama legislation or information on the members of the White House staff is in error.Better yet, call his show and agree to appear on his show, by yourself and answer the questions that we all have. No B.S. or bloviating.No spin. Just answer the questions presented truthfully and to the point. We might actually gain some respect for you. Until then you will remain suspect and considered a liar (in my book) and unworthy of consideration.
    I, as an American, am distured by the continued venom, lies, and misinformation that flows from the White House in an attempt to convince us that what we see and hear is not really what we see and hear. What say you? Will you accept the challenge? Will you act as an adult and a professional and leave the safety of hiding behind the White House walls of missinformation and untruths and explain to everyone what the real truth is, because it is important to the health of a country that we love and do not want destroyed. I have never challenged anyone in a political role, but, it is time that Americans do challenge the people that work FOR US.

  12. coolmom9 permalink
    October 14, 2009 8:40 pm

    HOMESCHOOL!!!! We have for 11 years, combined! Our kids are Rush babies, who know how to think rationally, and express themselves well. After all, words mean things. Yes, homeschooling takes commitment, but so does any good thing in life. Give your kids the best start they can have–HOMESCHOOL!!!!


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