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UPDATED: Glenn Beck goes after Color of Change co-founder Van Jones

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Glenn Beck used his popular Fox News show this afternoon to attack the background of Van Jones, a White House environmental advisor who co-founded an African American political advocacy group that organized an advertising boycott of his program.

During his 2 p.m. PDT show, Beck did not address the boycott spearheaded by Color of Change to protest the talk show host’s remark last month that he believes President Obama is “a racist.” 

Instead, he spent a large share of his program suggesting that Jones, who co-founded Color of Change in 2005, is a radical. Jones now serves as a special advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

During a six-minute biographical profile, set to ominous music, Beck said Jones was twice arrested for political protests and has described himself as a "rowdy black nationalist." The talk show host cast the piece as part of a broader examination of Obama's "czars," special advisers to the president who "don't answer to anybody."

"Why is it that such a committed revolutionary has made it so high into the Obama administration as one of his chief advisers?" Beck asked.

Christine Glunz, a spokeswoman for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, noted that Jones has been lauded as an environmental hero and said his entire focus is on “building clean energy incentives which create 21st-century jobs.”

“Glenn Beck is trying to change the subject,” said James Rucker, executive director of Color of Change, who noted that Jones has not been active with the group in almost two years. “The issue is his baseless fear mongering.”

Beck has gone after Jones in the past. On July 28, he called the activist a "self-professed communist" and questioned the role he was playing in the administration. His latest assault on Jones came as Color of Change announced that it has secured commitments from 36 companies who have pledged not to advertise on Beck’s popular program, including Wal-Mart and Sprint. However, some of the companies never had a presence on "Glenn Beck." Representatives of Procter & Gamble and AT&T – listed by Color of Change as companies that had signed onto the boycott – told The Times that their companies did not run spots on Beck’s program to begin with.

While the advertising boycott has generated substantial media coverage, Fox News said it has not impacted the network’s revenues or Beck’s audience. "The advertisers referenced have all moved their spots from Beck to other programs on the network so there has been no revenue lost," a spokeswoman said.

Since his Fox News show launched in January, Beck has attracted a sizable audience with his strident denunciations of the Obama administration and apocalyptic warnings about the country’s direction. Late last month, during an appearance on the morning show “Fox & Friends,” he accused Obama of having “a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”

“This guy is, I believe, a racist,” he added.

The flap that ensued did not appear to dampen Beck’s viewership. This month, his show has averaged 2.25 million viewers, 99% more than tuned in during the same period last year, when the network aired “America’s Election HQ” during the time period. And his ratings are up from July, when Beck's program averaged 2.05 million viewers. Fan websites such as Defend Glenn have called for viewers to fight back against the advertising boycott, and some media veterans have denounced the tactic as a suppression of free speech.

The controversy has triggered a broader discussion about the risks to advertisers of running commercials amid the incendiary rhetoric of cable talk shows. Clorox announced last week that it was pulling its ads off all political talk shows.

"We do not want to be associated with inflammatory speech used by either liberal or conservative talk show host,” the company said in a statement. “After a comprehensive review of political talks shows across the spectrum, at this time we have made a decision not to advertise on them. Clorox has done very little advertising on political talk shows overall, and given the sometimes inflammatory nature of these shows, we feel our advertising investment is best directed elsewhere.”

-- Matea Gold

File photo of Glenn Beck by Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

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I have been able to watch Glenns show on Fox several times and think it is brilliant, why doesn't he move to a later time slot so even more Americans can have the opportunity to see and be exposed to what is really going on??

I love Glenn Beck. He and a few others are the only reporters that are not in bed with someone. I will stop shopping at Walmart, and I will buy another brand of bleach. Keep giving the American Citizens the truth, Glenn.

Just one thing I think is really interesting for anyone who thinks they can get the truth by reading:
Go look at the Van Jones entry for Wikipedia - even Wikipedia has flagged it as being biased and parts of it as an 'advertisement'. There is a LOT of content missing here. Interesting to read the discussion page, too. Hurray for people who will continue to champion unbiased documentation, and who realize that leaving out information is just as dangerous. Rewriting history, maybe? Anyone read 1984 lately? (Not if you have a Kindle...)

Why so many Czars anyway? What is Obama hiding?
Van Jones should not be participating in any way, in the gov.
This is awful for America, that is the best way I can put it.
This man.......
And, I am NOT a racists......

In Glenn Beck's "attacks" against Van Jones, can anyone absolutely say that there is no truth to his statements? Can they disprove them? I would like to hear both sides.
Also, are not the advertisers who have boycotted Glenn Beck's show, not asking to be boycotted themselves by Beck followers?

Be careful what you wish for America, the landof the free is becoming the land of the fee, just like here in the UK where ordinary working people are taxed to death, ultra-rich people just move their money off shore so the country receives no income from them, and the lazy feckless professional 'under-privelaged' are given every benefit the state can throw at them, buying their vote you could say. Be afraid.......................

WOW

It's been 2 whole years since he was active in that group? I cant believe that anyone could still believe he is a radical after all that time!

Vince

It is sad that the Unions used their media muscle to dupe hopeful Amercans into voting for a globalist scoundrel fronting for "the man".

Someone needs to blow the whistle on this communist dirtbag! Obama wanted us to judge him by the people he has around him. So is Obama a socialist or a communist?

Beck's absolutely RIGHT!Jones is a big mouth racist and commy!Listen to Jones talk and spue his hate for the white people and you can't help but see his racisrt views!Wait that would mean Beck is right on! Your just another example of anything this admin does is just FINE!PEOPLE BETTER WAKE UP AND NOW! And let's not mention trying to buy votes with health care. If you don't think that when free health care come out, that the illegals won't get it, your NUTTS!They'll give the illegals health care and immunity for coming into the US illegally and then make them citizens. Then there goes the USA! It will be impossible to vote these Librals out just on the number of votes they'll buy! Don't think for one minute they don't know what's up. They have a plan and they are trying to push it thru.

we all are hurting obama said today the health insurance would be his way he would have the say. if the Congress lets him get away with it. i say there will not be another president in usa again Obama will be a dictator and his army will back him. i see two choises give in or fight like our for fathers did, or this will be another russia and alaska will be our siberia. up to all the people to stand together.

As I read through the comments I am saddened. Why can't you liberals see through this administration? You are losing your liberties daily! Glenn Beck is just enlightening those that don't already know this. You should be afraid of what is to come.

What's more amazing is that the person who posted that Fox "Entertainment" doesn't fact check. Well, 1st your premise is wrong & scondly Glen Beck shows videos of Van Jones & others telling us why they became communists. The President in his own book says that he searched out black radicals & Marxists and he told us that if we wanted to know what he stood for just see who he surronds himself with. Maybe you can tell us why self proclaimed Marxists and founding members of the "weather Underground" have the ear of the POTUS and they don't have to answer to congress or any oversite commitees. People who have went to jail as federal criminals that bombed U.S military installations. People who are praising Hugo Chavez's "amazing" take over of power and the way he took control of Venezuela was 'brilliant' because he understood that he had to gain control of the media and takes the land from the land owners only to give it to supporters. Chavez never ran on a communist party platform but now fully embraces a Marxist system that only rewards the few lucky ones in control and lets their people go w/out food or adaquate ways to support themselves.

Beck is 100 percent right and Obama hates most whites.The bolsheviks white jews in his administration just use each other.Both are marxist and both hate each other.Did you ever meet a black person who didn,t have some thing bad to say about jews.And did you ever meet a jew who wanted to live any where near a black population.Case closed Beck is right.

I am one of those lifelong Democrats who has recently left the party and become an Independent. I watch and listen to ALL kinds of radio and tv shows. I have always loved that on my way to dropping off my kids at school I could surf the radio and listen to PBS, Howard Stern, CNN (I get Serius FM),Fox News, Rush (for a minute) or whoever else is on. I can't stand MSNBC but I force myself to check in with them every once in a while because I think it is healthy to get all sides. BUT I am enraged that programs are now being boycotted and even moved. As of last week, I can no longer get Glenn Becks' radio show in Los Angeles. It makes me livid that advertisers, special interest groups and the government are screwing around with what we can and can't listen to. I don't want to only listen to politically correct dialog. I like the variety offered.... smart, crazy, off the wall.....and when I don't like it, I surf to another channel. It seems to me that there is something for everyone...for every Glenn Beck there is a Keith Olbermann (except one gets ratings and the other doesn't) Sensoring what we can listen to is a very scary and manipulative course of action. Be careful advertisers.....maybe the reason retail spending is not going up is, in part, because people are exercizing their right to boycott you when you begin to boycott what they can and can't listen to.

The differences between President Obama and Glenn Beck is his white mother and grandparents taught him humility and love for all people. Thank God for them. It is not Obama's or any decent human being fault that he clearly need help, but like any drug addictive person he
has to want help, the drugs has clearly cooked his brains and the hate is wearing on him like a cancer. I feel sorry for him and I'm sure
his parents are proud of what they have taught him, maybe by the grace of God he will become something more than a hater of the President. Beck need to know that Intelligent loving people do not use his free speech to spew hate. God bless him.

I'm Google-ing my way around this topic of Beck vs. Van Jones and all I found is evidence confirm Beck's claims and these articles either steering off topic noting the drop in advertising and one's that say such claims of communist affiliations are too crazy to consider. Believe me I really want to prove Beck wrong. I'm not an Obama supporter at all, 100% because of his actions on normal administration issues (health care, economy, etc.) Now I'm leaning over believing that he is surrounded by these communist people who are quoted as wanting to turn this country their way.

Please prove Beck wrong with evidence. Him losing sponsors is not evidence.

Thanks

After reading the posts in response to this "NEWS ARTICLE", aka "LIBERAL DRIBBLE". It convinces me even further that the vast majority of " Americans"are poorly educated IDIOTS!!!!!!After all look who they chose for President. time to clean the mud from the shallow end of the gene pool. At least Mr. Beck supports his "Real news" with facts from the accused own writings and orations.

Before you go off and try and discredit Mr. Beck try looking at the facts. Number one Van Jones has admitted to be a communist, member of the black nationalist, member of storm (communist), accusing whites of poisoning illegals immigrants in the fields, cop watch (which is a antagonistic behavior group when in 1990 crusade to free a cop killer. Also the Prison Industrial Complex, I'll let you find out about that one.

Do you think that if any president had a skin head or white power groups, or a person with ties to white extremists would be acceptable?????

No it would not be. If you think any other way YOU are also a dangerous person.

Carolyn Houghton

How can the left or anyone defend what Van Jones says?! Liberals, Independents, and Conservatives need to wake up! This is whats happening he and others are telling us what they want to do and how they are going to do it..........believe it! Glenn is one of a very few that arent being greased to look the other way or demonize those who oppose.
I love my country and love all its people........please take a breathe and realize where we are headed.

 
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