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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)

Certainly Jones, by todays standard is a radical, just as Beck is a ultra-right wing conservative.

The difference is not the difference between left and right, nor between white and black. The difference is that Jones contributes to the advancement of society as reflected in, among other things, the creation of the Green Collar Economy, and his creative view on the balance between socioeconomics and environment. His book deals with the creation of thousands of low- and medium-skill jobs that help conserve energy or use alternate energy sources (solar panels). And he sits on many boards as an advisor.

But More importantly, Beck offers nothing to society, except giving a voice to right-wing ideology and fanning the flame to racism.

Our nation tolerates both views but it is up to each individual to separate positive social action from mindless criticism.

Being arrested for a political protest should be viewed positively toward an individuals character...not something that labels them an "extremist". How many abortion protesters get negatively labeled as criminals from The Great Leader Beck.

If Glen would just stop rebutting all of his own points he might have a legitimate point every now and then...well beyond all the racial apocalypse talk

Glenn Beck will sell his soul to the devil for ratings... and if you dont belive me.. See his FLIP FLOP on health care.. When he was with CNN our nations healthcare was in the dumps... Now he is on FOX and our nations healthcare is the BEST in the world.. dont take my word for it.

Take a look: http://tinyurl.com/glennbeckASS

Mr Beck is entitled to his opinion, you can either choose to believe his view and statement or not. I am disappointed and will no longer buy products from any company that has pulled there advertising from his show or fox. If they are afraid of loosing consumers because of his comments they have just lost one for there actions. Please people think, listen, and read and make up your own minds, this is how we are in the mess we are in people hear but don't think and listen. Mr Beck speak your mind I am retired US Air Force I served my country and believe in it and free speech is one of those beliefs.

Bill Hewitt

Glen Beck either intentional "rants" to get ratings or he really believes all forms of government are inherently evil. In either case, he is certainly not a reporter and you are correct to file this story under "entertainment".

much ado about nothing, drive the heard with fear

If you can't shut this guy up with the truth...

Shut him down with a PAC...

All they had to say is "his baseless fear mongering" Why is it baseless? Heck ya don't even need to have a reason after the term "fear mongering".

This road isn't even paved with good intent but the destination is the same.

I support Beck. The reason that the radical hill in DC is up in arms, is that Beck is hitting the nail on the head and they are getting nervous of losing their toehold on this country. But WAKE UP FOLKS!!! It's going to be a foothold before too long if we don't do something fast!!! GO BECK!!

Another tosser of smoke screens.

Truth Beagle:

proper sequence of events:

1 “This guy is, I believe, a racist,” -Glenn Beck
2 boycott spearheaded by Color of Change
3 Glenn Beck used his popular Fox News show this afternoon to attack the background of Van Jones

The claim by Fox News that they have not lost revenue is BS.

Even if advertisers shifted ads to other time periods, they would not be paying the same amount for Greta Van Susteran or Trace Gallagher as they would for the higher-rated Beck. Plus, Beck's remaining advertisers...

(Extenze, Egg Genie, etc.) http://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP/?p=1371

...are certainly not paying what Procter & Gamble or GEICO did. It's like a telemarketing wasteland.

The Glenn Beck show and Glenn Beck is dangereous. They are hell bent racists determined to destroy America. I will support all sponors with my dollars who are committed to NOT advertising on the Glenn Beck Show or network. I encourage all sponors to withdraw their advertising. Glenn Beck tries to equate equal injustice with equal injustice as parity. If it is wrong for one party then it is wrong but you can not equate or infer that if one wrong is wrong then it is OK to do wrong as a payback. Glenn Beck only has an opinion which he misstakingly thinks is right but it is only his opinion and everyone has an opinion and an a--ho-- and his opinion comes from the second trait that we all have in common. Let all crazies and radicals find out where Mr. Beck and his family lives and where he and his children spent their time and let's tell all the crazies that he is a "racist," "liar," supports "treasonists acts against America" I am sure someone would like more information about Mr. Beck even if it is just an opinion. I wish Mr. Beck and his family no harm in fact I wish him and his family well just I hope he wishes President Obama and his family well. Mr Beck's talk show fans flames of fear that can inspire crazy results, but we all live on that street and some of us even live in glass houses. Crossing the line and screaming fire in crowd or throwing a stone and hiding your hands is a game that other can play also. My question is are the ratings worth the cost to our citizens, our President and his family or to many other families like Mr. Beck

Why is it that the GOP is moving so far to the extreme right? Is it desperation, or does the GOP just not get it. People are sick of divisive politics and fear mongering. Shame to anyone who attempts to profit off our basest instincts.

Does this surprise anyone?? He is probably the least talented, ill-informed, public waste mouthpiece that can be bought...By his own admission he is a recovering addict - it hasn't worked..He's still what he's always has been...a has been..

As soon as Beck can find some FACTS he'll actually have something to talk about but until then - just a bad piece of trivia.......

god bless glenn beck, the truth teller!

Republicans are on the march. They need to be stopped. Inform the public democrats! What is wrong with you guys? Start an ad campaign selling health care reform. Show statistics of how many people are estimated to have died(without health care) since the last attempt of health care reform in the 90s. Show these "Christians" how selfish and un-Christian they are. Bring out people who were denied health care because of a preconditions. For the fiscal conservatives, show how even they could loose it all with the right conditions - such as loosing a job and health care at the same time - and finally getting ill. Come on Democrats! What the heck is wrong with you. Forget compromise with the Republicans. They would not compromise if they held the power. Also, ask in a commercial - What solutions do they offer? - NOTHING!!!!

I'm finding out which sponcers pulled their ads and making it a point NOT to patronize their businesses. ...and I will be letting them know that I support Glenn Beck's position and that they will be losing my business. Keep up the good work Glenn!!

I love Glenn Beck.

Man, there are a load of right-wing trolls in this thread. The "people" aren't speaking, astroturff organizations that want to convince people to vote against their own economic interests are.

I am a liberal and like what Clorox did; put no ads on any political talk shows on tv or radio.
I am black and somewhat agree that we blacks shouldn't so liberally use the race-card. While racism exists, it's certainly not practiced by the major of whites. It's divisive and often an excuse for shortcomings.

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