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August 28, 2009

Glenn Beck claims Americorps will be Obama's SS

Seriously, folks. Glenn Beck and his cronies believe that Obama wants to enlarge Americorps to be his shock troops, his fedayeen. Beck and his guests convince themselves that Americorps will be the ones who will disarm the radical militias in South Texas if the military refuses to follow the president's orders.

In the clip, Beck claims that Americorps has "just received half a trillion dollars in funding." What the hell is he talking about? Half a trillion dollars is $500 billion. Half a trillion dollars would put Americorps in the same league as the Pentagon.

For FY 2010, the president requested less than two billion dollars for Americorps' parent agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and congress appropriated $90 million less than he asked for.

Half a trillion dollars for Americorps would the agency in the same league as the Pentagon. Is Beck talking about the $5.7 billion national service bill which, amongst many other things, would put Americorps on track to grow significantly between now and 2017.

Update: Commenters tell me that Beck corrected himself later in the show. A grownup must have realized the claim was too preposterous, or more too easily falsifiable, even for the Glenn Beck side show.

It's even funnier that Beck's guests played along with the half-trillion claim. Surely they knew it was false. This wasn't just an incidental mistake, it was the hook for Beck's crazy conspiracy theory.

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Ya you democrats should know all about Herpes, remember the sixty's Peace, love and give me another hit of LSD. alot of fried brain cells to bad you will never recover them.

Ya your democrats should know all about herpes, Remember the sixty's peace love and give me another hit of LSD, To bad you will never get those brain cells back

I think this man is dangerous. My son, a collge student, worked this summer for Americorps. He did great work in Southeastern Ohio and West Virginia. The people there needed and appreciated his help. Several old women cried while thanking his group and he has said it was the most rewarding experience in his life. He made little money but, unlike Beck, he helped. Glenn Beck is intent on causing violence, I am convinced. Please watch Jon Stewart's clip about Glenn Beck's huge flip flop on Health Care, it will show you were this man is coming from.

Jon Stewart, Jee whiz now that's some real journalistic commentary. No more LSD for you MD your brain is fried.

"All you libs can do is act like little cry babies. Waaaa-Waaaa!"

You know what else libs can do Renee Dorsey?

They can beat a genuine war hero candidate from the incumbent party in a time of war with a guy named Hussein.

I think you could make one heck of a drinking game out of downing one every time Beck says something like, "I'm not sure..." or "I can't be certain..." or "I'm not saying...." It's basically the wimp's tactic for making a claim, and putting ideas in other people's heads but then being able to back away from them when someone challenges you on it.

For example, to quote Jon Stewart, "I'm not saying your mother's a whore... I just think it's INTERESTING that she has money."

"Ya you democrats should know all about Herpes, remember the sixty's Peace, love and give me another hit of LSD. alot of fried brain cells to bad you will never recover them."

And how right you are there Your Mama!

Why, just look how wrong those dirty hippies were, wanting peace over wars of choice, demanding that we better take care of the environment before we all pay a very high price and advocating compassion over hate.

Thank God none of that stuff ever caught on.

Why, if it did, none of the glories of conservatism would have been so obvious for all the world to see, like ... like ... just a second, I can't think of any ... I know there must be SOMETHING you idiots got right.

Nope, guess not.

Oh, and you also double posted, and the person you slagged on about Stewart was MP, not MB.

May your brain chemistry should be checked.

TP , Hippies caring about the environment remember Woodstock what a bunch of Lazy pigs,( I sure Al Gore enjoyed it since he made millions spreading his bull) The only reason they about the war was because the radical collage professors would pay them off in LSD to protest the war. Oh yea we have a lot to learn from them, what about spitting on war veterans and calling them baby killers and all the other typical Liberal crap

TB says..."They can beat a genuine war hero candidate from the incumbent party in a time of war with a guy named Hussein."

...and they didn't have to stoop to Swift Boating the decorated combat veteran either did they? Speaking as a veteran myself, it's pretty damn clear which party truly respects the military and veterans.

Speaking of Sen McCain, you have to respect the man speaking out against the results of Cheney's use of torture on the same day that Mr. Cheney said he agreed with anyone in the CIA going beyond what even they designated as the legal limits of interrogation methods.

" ... calling them baby killers ... "

That's right Your Mama,not a single baby was ever killed in Viet Nam. We were the good guys,remember?

Why, we always tell the truth.

What, Mi Lai?

When are you conservatives finally get it through your thick skulls and that screaming the same BS louder does not make it right?

YourMama must be one of those bailed out banker who accuse everybody as lazy right after getting $350B handout. lol.

Last year after the election, a lady colleague of mine came into work and declared the she hoped we were happy electing a baby-killing foreigner. I didn't have the heart to tell her that she had it EXACTLY wrong....that in fact the other candidate was actually foreign born and had, in all probability, actually killed babies. (however, I would never call a soldier a "baby-killer" when he is doing his duty within the rules of engagement and in good faith)

"..That's right Your Mama,not a single baby was ever killed in Viet Nam. We were the good guys,remember?

Why, we always tell the truth.

What, Mi Lai?

When are you conservatives finally get it through your thick skulls and that screaming the same BS louder does not make it right?.."

I,m sure that there was cases of some bad apples, but not as a whole so to call all veterans in that light is Thick headed, If truth be told most of the women and children were killed (common practice) By the communist lead Vietcong but it seem you libs like communist Just look at Obama administration

TB must be one of those typical Democrats he assume he know who I am, you know what they say about people that make assumptions, they make an A__ of their self its so true

do any of you know what Americorps does? they are not direct agents of the executive branch. they are volunteers who are implemented to strengthen pre-existing non-profit, non-government organizations (such as habitat for humanity, homeless shelters, community outreach centers, clean up after a natural disaster, etc). they do not execute the presidents biddings, they are not crazy communist, or left-wing radicals, they are people who see problems in the country they live in and love, and want to solve them. most of them choose where they want to serve, and none of them are allowed to promote any type of political agenda, or they will be removed from service. Americorps can be summed up as a partisan neutral organization to help those Amercians who are most in need. anyone who would have bothered to spend 5 minutes researching them would have realized how absurd any of mr. becks notions were.

You know what they say about people who have a level of diction along the lines of " ... one of those typical Democrats he assume he know who I am, you know what they say ... "Your Mama?

They generally say you're a slack-jawed troglodyte.

And speaking of assumptions, when did I say I was a Democrat?

Didn't, did I?

Andrew, what Americorps does in fact is rather beside the point to people like Glenn Beck and other right wing commentators.

The whole point is what can they make people _believe_ they are going to do that is important.

andrew smith,

They generally say you're a slack-jawed troglodyte, still better than an ass

Hahahahaha. How can anyone take this seriously?

Great post IndieThinker!!
If Bush or any Republican president were doing half of what Obama is doing we would never hear the end of it from the "wonderful" NBC, CBS and ABC!!! Thank goodness for Glenn and for Fox news!!

>socialist/leftist version of Hitler's Germany?

you mean Hitler's Germany? It was already pretty leftist.

JT: historians of Nazi Germany universally agree that it was a right-wing regime. Right-wing historians don't disagree - they merely argue that Nazism was a reaction to communism rather than an evil in its own right. More moderate right-wingers don't defend Nazism so much, and still compare it to communism often, but acknowledge it's associated with the extreme right, not the extreme left. The typical characteristics that they use to identify Nazism as right-wing are,

- Nationalism versus internationalism: Nazism was explicitly nationalist from day one, using imagery from German folk history and evoking past German greatness; Italian fascism was similar, using Imperial Roman imagery. Conversely, communism was internationalist - even when Stalin made a nationalist appeal to the people during WW2, he generally kept the nationalism and the socialism separate.

- Equality versus inequality: economic inequality increased under Nazi Germany, as the state enriched large corporate interests. Communist regimes instead reduced economic inequality. Libertarians like to think Nazism was left-wing because of state planning under Hitler, but the state planning was for economically stronger capitalists; the companies that supplied weapons and gas chambers for the Nazis were privately owned. Hitler actually had to purge a significant fraction of the Nazi leadership, who thought that he should nationalize those corporations instead.

- Women's rights: Nazism was anti-feminist, encouraging women to not work outside home and have many babies. Nazi Germany banned birth control and abortions (except for Jews and other oppressed groups). In contrast, both Lenin and Mao abolished sexist family laws and encouraged women to work outside home, and the Soviet Union was the first country in the world both to legalize abortion on demand and to permit women to divorce their husbands.

There is no way that you can defend that kind of reporting. When GB gets his papers and sees a $500 billion figure, the first thing that should have popped into his mind was, "Did somebody typo this?" This isn't just some innocent mistake unless you're so ignorant that you don't know the basic value of an American Dollar.


So even if GB corrects himself later, what good does it do? He basically just admitted to you, ON THE AIR, that he doesn't do ANY fact checking what so ever! And if he had a working brain stem (or a conscience) he would have withheld that little pseudo factoid from the air until he could get a correct figure. It's one thing to get something wrong. But to get something like that wrong is about as painful as reporting that all the grass in the United States just turned red. "Oops! I'm sorry. My sources tell me now that the grass is still green."


This is BASIC journalism. And how anybody can defend GB in such a manner makes me question your intelligence on an elementary level.

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