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


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


As boycott continues, Glenn Beck's audience swells

Comments () | Archives (2569)

GLENN I WATCH YOUR SHOW.I think your right.I think the president has alot of hate for the white race.All of my adult life i worked and supervised black and white people. One of the black men that worked for me told me that the reason blacks play the race card is because that is a sure fix to their problem on the job.glenn I think that it is going to take the next 4 years until before we have any change if its not to late by then.

thank you,

I guess Glenn was right about Van Jones. Bye Bye Van, you idiot self-acclaimed communist.

Why is everyone talking about Van Jones as if he is the whole problem. He is insignificant other than to bring light to the presidents agenda. As long as the point is being missed and Van Jones is the topic, nothing is accomplished. Wake up. Stop playing the game they want u to play. Address the common thread that weaves it,s way through the entire group of czars. This is what creates an agenda. Just address that. It is the whole point, everything else is just a means of understanding where ALL THIS IS HEADED. Stop allowing the radical left to dictate the conversation.

Oh what is everyone so afraid of? That our Black President is trying to equalize things in America? Oh no, that would be just wrong! *shakes head, rolls eyes* IDIOTS!! *laughing loudly*

People who DO NOT approve of Fox News are watching more than ever because:
1. They want to see who is still advertising during his shows to boycott them.
2. To see what other foolish things are going to come out of his mouth
3. Has he changed his message yet, or is he like a dying cockaroach, last kicks, fighting to stay alive.

OF Course there is an increase in viewers, but it's not because they are supporting him!!!
That's why several people I know watch! HA! More supporters for Glenn?! What a hoot!!! It's so clear why there are more viewers! HA!!!

I believe that the if a company agrees on pulling out their ads from an extremist, they have the freedom to do so regardless of whether Beck had Free Speech. I personally dont like Beck's programs because he's so one-dimentional that all I hear are one-sided rants and child-like imaginatio of what people do and who they are. I feel like I'm listening to a 10 year old telling me he's afraid of monsters that dont exist.
Not only that but he contradicts himself every half-second, while contradictions only make him human, it becomes rediculous. Here he calls Obama a racist then says "i didnt say he was a racist, he needs help" Why is Obama a racist? he never talks about it. It seems weird to call him that when he's part white as well and have white dudes working in his cabinate. I just think that I make a better conservative pundit than Beck and this is coming from a 19-year-old Mexican-American Democrat!

2nd timothy chpt. 3-- thank-you for not being afraid glenn to be a servant for GOD during these times. you are manifesting all those written of in 2nd timothy.god bless and protect you,sharon list

Ho ho ho, green job czar.


Rat vermin are being exposed in washingtoon.

What did he say about Van Jones? Now I am definitely a supporter of Color Of Change. :)

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