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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

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Glenn Beck is an idiot. He calls the President of the United States a racist. Then he said that the President hates white people. How stupid can Glenn Beck be? Half of the Presidents family is white. Remember. The problem is that we are so used to doing the same thing in America, even when it is not working. That is the sign of an idiot. Glenn Beck and all those that believe in his thoughts, the President of the United States has white relatives also. Be slow to speak next time.


Glenn Beck does come from the extreme right, but he asked a valid question, that nobody in the mainstream media has followed up on: Is Obama racist? Hmmmm, lets see;
1) He attended Reverend Wright's church for 20 years!! Wright said the goal of black liberation theology is "their aim of destroying the "white enemy."" Obama said he didn;t hear anything like thi...in 20 years.
2) He hired Van Jones, to be the green energy czar. Van Jones is a militant black activist, who was active in the Jenna 6 trial, was arrested during the LA riots, Jones himself said he was a “rowdy black nationalist" in the 90s.
3)In the Gates issue, he automatically assumed the black guy was right, and the white cop was wrong...before hearing the facts.
4)Obama called his OWN GRANDMOTHER a "typical white person", in regards to HER racial attitudes.

If the roles were reversed and it was a white guy who attended a white liberation church for 2 decades, hires a "rowdy white nationalist" as an advisor, assumes "the black guy did it", and uses phrases like "typical black person", it would be ignorant and intolerable (and it should be).
I'm sure Van Jones being the subject of an expose on his show has absolutely NOTHING to do with them organizing a boycott of Beck.

If Jesse Jackson were to say George Bush was a racist....no one would accuse Jackson of being a racist for voicing his opinion....thanks for the double standard America!

God bless Glenn Beck for his willingness, his BOLDNESS to tell the truth!

For all of you "crying" about not being able to get health care due to loss of a job... let me fill you in on something.... AFTER COBRA (which your employer is REQUIRED TO OFFER YOU)

There's this little thing in insurance called "GUARANTEED ISSUE" which states that if you have LOST your health care within 61 days, THRU NO FAULT OF YOUR OWN, that you are GUARANTEED to be accepted into a plan with NO PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS EXCLUSIONS.

so, while all you people are trying to spend MY TAX MONEY, on the 11 million people left who don't have health insurance, after you take out the illegal aliens, people who can afford it, people who choose not to buy it, and people who qualify on medicaid- how about we find out HOW MANY QUALIFY under those statues?

Glenn you are amazing keep it up!

Glenn Beck for president!

Thank You Glenn Beck

NKM?? Are you that clueless? The black man sold his fellow black people into slavery. You know like throwing people that have helped you under the bus? I agree with Thomas. Blacks call whites racist ALL of the time especially if they disagree with them. Even white people that voted for Obama were called racist yet blacks (almost 100 percent) that voted for Obama and many strictly because he was black were not. I am also sick of the onesideness.
I think we have allowed this to go on for too long.

Hey Thomas,

maybe its because calling obama a racist is one of the dumbest things ever said of television (and that is saying alot i realize). But i guess that beck has a whole slew of idiotic things he has said before so its not too surprising

Hey Ben - in 2004, 90+% of Blacks voted for John Kerry...in fact, Black candidates have predominately voted for a White candidate in every presidential election since they got the chance to vote...until Obama ran. So how is Black Democrats voting for the Democrat racist? Or do you believe that only Black Republicans are racist?

If you want to see racists, how about the White Democrats who voted for Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry....and them somehow suddenly decided that after two wars, Katrina, and the worst recession in 75 years, the Republicans were suddenly the party with the right ideas.

So Glenn Beck says a so called "racist" thing about this guy who came from nowhere and has the same name as a terrorist.....um ok. So what happened when Jamie foxx called Miley Cyrus (who is only 16 btw) a white bitch that should get clamidia like Britney and make a sex tape like Paris? You don't herar anybody screaming racism now do you? hmmmm......you know why? Because the white person would get sued thats why! Any other nationality can come to the US and say anything they want about americans but as soon as a white american says anything that a different nationality takes the wrong way we are being racists! Really people..... you need to grow up and if you don't like it go back to your own country.

The only demographic watching Beck are elderly whites on their way to the "Early-Bird Special" with their walkers and canes...

Why does Glenn Beck merit the print? Does anybody watch him? I mean either than the freaks?

I stand behind Glenn Beck. The boycott can be a two way street. I personally called CVS and Walmart's corporate headquarters and let them know that I will no longer shop at their stores.
This is one more attempt in Washington to try and take away first amendment rights, nothing to do about racism.
My personal belief is that Obama is a racist. Look at his associtations...what do you call the rev.Wright and his hate messages Obama sat through 20 years of them....is that not calling the pot calling the kettle black.
Obama is just a closet bully with a mob mentality. He keeps talking about cable news and how they don't like him...wonder why? Because they and their viewers and listeners know that our freedoms are being taken from us and you bet we are going to scream like hell...At least Glenn has his integrity and the guts to tell the truth about Obama

I love the slant reporters inject. I'm no reporter but I can jot down facts and do my own research - something Matea Gold finds challenging at best. The article says:
"Beck has gone after Jones in the past. On July 28, he called the activist a "self-professed communist" ..."

This is written as if there's a question about the quote. This story would be newsworthy if Beck was misquoting Van Jones. Van Jones says of 1993 following the Rodney King riots that, "By August, I was a communist". He founded Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, which started as a group of anarchists and communists but then changed by ousting the anarchists.

The article also says, "Beck has attracted a sizable audience with his strident denunciations of the Obama administration..."

If the writer was interested in the facts, they might want to include that Glenn has stridently denounced the Bush administration as well. The border debacle, unreasonable government spending, and increased government powers come to mind as issues that Beck has raised against Republicans and the former president.

All the posts about Glenn being a hater are the weakest jab. If you can't argue the facts because you're lazy or wrong (or both), just call someone a hater, or a racist, or McCarthy. Stop being lazy - think for yourself and do some research in one place that you didn't look at yesterday. There are a lot of liars out there and they aren't all the one's you think they are.

My friends, here is the definition of a racist or racism: 1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races

There is no yellow, red, black or white within this defintion. Yet every comment has put a color to it. It can even be against someones "achievement" or "government".

If we are going to be an American society set-up the way the Constitution says we should be then lets use our heads give Glenn a platform. Just as Martin Luther King had. A free speech platform.

Yet if we are going to be a communist country. Let's just squash it all now. And not let anyone talk. Because all that matters is "the government".

On a note to the author, if this was all you came away with from Glenn's show today then you didn't even read the title. "The New Republic:America's Future, Reasonable Questions for Unreasonable times."

His whole show was based upon the question of whether or not He was "hateful" to ask the questions nobody else is asking. Maybe such as yourself. Are you asking questions? Or are you hating the people that do ask them?

"Why is it so easy for blacks to denounce whites as racists, but when the roles are reversed, people in the liberal media go nuts?

Posted by: Thomas Madigan"


I think your remarks point to a greater issue: "what is racism?"
I am a Black Man and I will concede that Blacks; like all other ethnic and racial groups, harbor discriminatory sentiments, and use streotypes to describe people that they don't know or understand. In short, there are some Blacks that simply don't like Whites or for that matter Asians, Latinos etc.
But, what is racism?
In my view racism is the institutional ability to prevent a specific racial group access to employment, housing, votin rights, education etc based soley on that person or groups race.
Glenn Beck was well within his constitutional rights to say this, and when there is backlash from such a comment he should "man up" and prove his point.
Proof needs evidence, and evidence should be indisputable in order to sway opinion. What Gleen Beck said was egregious and ill informed at best, inflammatory and stupid at worst.
I'm all for a real discussion about race in America. And every person's point of view should be considered. But let's elevate the discussion if our goal is to understand.
Ya dig?

It's a shame that Republicans were not concerned about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights when Bush passed the Patriot Act. You all sat on your hands for eight years as Bush and Co. looted the treasury, took away civil rights, and started pre-emptive war, but now you're upset because of health care reform? And please let me know what you mean by "I want my country back". Not one of you can honestly say that anything about your lives has changed except for the complexion of the guy in the oval office. Obama has not done anything to enflame the tension that is roiling around on the right and you have protested every move he's made since he was elected. You can pretend all you want and wrap yourselves in the flag and the founding fathers' rhetoric, but it is clear what you are really protesting. And just like many of you are ready, so are we. Just like many of you have been awakened, so have we.

Glenn Beck speaks for me also. It has become too easy for liberals to decry racism when they find themselves having to defend policies that are driving this nation into the abyss. I, for one, never considered Obama's color as a factor in my dissatisfaction with the direction his administration has taken us. He is a product of the Daly, Chicago political machine and everything that he has done while in office is a product of his associations with that organization, and I don't need a Glenn Beck or Hannity to show me what I can see for myself. I am glad they are on the air for those that are otherwise blinded by the "Charming Liar".

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