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Media Matters: Marx’s own words aren’t Marxist (you crazy stupid rednecks!)

November 17, 2009

Glenn Beck: the next Lou Dobbs?

Once again, Media Matters accuses Glenn Beck of “smearing” a prominent leftist. (As we’ve noted here before, the left has redefined “smearing” to mean “having the nerve to publicize undisputable facts about our friends that make them and us look bad.”)

Last night on his FOX News show, Glenn Beck reminded viewers that Andy Stern — leader of the super-powerful Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and President Obama‘s favorite White House visitor — is fond of quoting Karl Marx’s famous phrase, “Workers of the world unite.”

Stern says it often. Always unapologetically. Glenn Beck finds that troubling. And why not? Marx’s words eventually led to the murder of tens of millions of people.

Yet Media Matters keeps mocking Beck’s segments on Stern, reminding us that Stern’s also been quoted as saying, “the good news is communism’s dead.”

However, the crack researchers at Media Matters have only come up with one instance of Stern supposedly celebrating the fall of the Soviet Union, whereas Beck has unearthed clip after clip of Stern giddily quoting Marx’s call to action, often with a self-satisfied smirk on his face.

But as far as Media Matters is concerned, Glenn Beck is the one with the problem. That’s because, as Roger Kimball noted yesterday:

If you’re Media Matters, CNN or The New York Times, you are in the happy position of proposing that what you espouse is elevating, middle-of-the-road, non-fractious opinion that is acceptable to “polite company,” i.e., you and your friends.

Kimball was reflecting upon Lou Dobb’s departure from CNN, for which Media Matters took considerable credit. It seems obvious that Glenn Beck is their next target.

  1. politicalmoxie permalink
    November 17, 2009 11:50 am

    SEIU members pay dues, let me do some math here…Let’s say each member pays $2.00 per week, based on a 40 hour week (or 5 cents an hour/$104.00 per year). The Union take is $4Million per week or over $200Million a year. ..
    just didn’t want you to have the impression SEIU’s service to their member is simply altruistic.
    PS. The $2.oo figure I used has not been verified. If anything it’s probably higher, not lower.

    • Jeff permalink
      November 17, 2009 2:49 pm

      I’m in SEIU (grudgingly) and I pay $27.00 every two weeks.

      • politicalmoxie permalink
        November 18, 2009 12:47 pm

        @ Jeff

        No problem Jeff, I can redo the math…You didn’t give me the number of hours you work, but here goes…@$27.00 bi-weekly/your total is $702.00 per year. In the spirit of disclosure, union dues are tax deductible…for whatever that’s worth. If all 2,000,000 SEIU members were paying what you are compelled to pay, the take (I like that word, it’s so fitting here) the total is…..
        Call me Jeff, we’re going into business…..

  2. P-Diddle permalink
    November 17, 2009 1:09 pm

    As Beck so poignantly points out, if healthcare overhaul passes as is, i.e. gov’t control, who will stand to benefit handsomely? Oh, I suppose SEIU, as a vast majority of unionized healthcare workers are represented by this organization. SEIU is poised to make a BOAT LOAD of money from this “reform.” Coincidence that Stern has been to the White House more often than anyone else? I think not, but I am just an uneducated cynic, I suppose.

  3. November 17, 2009 1:25 pm

    Anyone with a passing familiarity with Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” knows that the best way to promote radical, transformative change on an institution is from within. Andy Stern exemplifies the prototypical Alinskyite infiltrator, changing the Capitalist system from within it.

  4. MizPris permalink
    November 17, 2009 1:58 pm

    This video should ride the net. Andy Stern, head of the SEIU; “We took names, we know how they vote, we know where they live”!

    That’s what we have in the white house. We have a thugocracy in the White House. The Black Panthers, one of which brandished a baton, who intimidated voters at a polling place, were not charged. The SEIU thugs who beat up a man who attended a tea party, as illustrated in the above video, were not charged.

    I don’t want to hear it’s the “Chicago way” along with a shrug of the shoulders and a meek smile as I have seen on TV, as if it’s to be tolerated. I’m not tolerant of thugs anywhere, let alone as arms of the White House.

    The video shows the President speaking with passion, which is the only time I’ve seen him speak with any feeling at all.

    We can only hope there are those out there who voted for Obama who are having buyers remorse. This is nothing but a disgrace, and a disservice to our country, and I for one, never believed that in America, it could come to this.

  5. Revnant Dream permalink
    November 17, 2009 8:24 pm

    While this circus continues Obama silently takes over the Judiciary. Having cronies making suggestions for more Superior Court circuit Justices . Which would cement his policies no matter who is voted for for years. With no way to change the status quo he has erected by ballot.
    In other words socialism has been made the legal framework of the Constitution. Its the filter the real Constitution is filtered through.

    Not to take away from Beck with his scoops, but Obama’s using him as a smoke screen for some real nasties. The same could be said for his attack on Fox. Obama is the original three card Montyman.

    • P-Diddle permalink
      November 17, 2009 10:24 pm

      Beck makes your final point, about the smoke screens, on a regular basis. He’s right, and so are you. Beck tries to battle this when he can, if he can.

  6. Saber permalink
    November 18, 2009 7:02 am

    Media Matters would find themselves up against many more then they perhaps suspect if they think the people would allow them to do to Beck what they claim they have done to Lou Dobbs.
    Beck has become Americas Ben Franklin…there are now well over a million supporters on Sarah Palins Facebook Page, all of Fox News and their viewership, every senior and every Veteren that would come to the defense of this man!
    Bring it on Media Matters the vast right wing and every conservative American Patriot is just waiting for the rally cry to move on you.

  7. tommyzax permalink
    November 18, 2009 7:54 am

    Oddly and interestingly, Conservatives have become the new oppressed group, persecuted by the very people who say they love diversity, freedom of choice, etc. They lie (of course). This line of Alinsky tactics has been growing for years and now has come to fruition. They are open because they feel giddy, on the brink of winning. Their high hand comes from their confidence that the economic system will collapse and, like Charles Manson and his family, they will emerge with a message of hope for a confused mass. They’re wrong (of course). They are deluded.

    • bob permalink
      November 18, 2009 8:41 am

      liberals are complicit in the demise of the usa.
      what is interesting is they don’t care that they will be the first on the chopping block.
      if we could only start now

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