A Year-End Prize for Glenn Beck: 'Misinformer of the Year'
Media Matters for America has announced its "Misinformer of the Year" and the winner is...Glenn Beck. Yes, everyone's favorite self-described "clown" won in part for his spread of disinformation on climate change and Americorps as well as his relentless attacks on the former special advisor for green jobs, enterprise and innovation at Council on Environmental Quality, Van Jones. Beck, ever allergic to facts, painted Jones, the man who helped create the Apollo Alliance and Green for All, as communist/black militant/ex con who is bent on undoing the American system of government. But Beck's claims, as they often are, were untrue.
Beck often described Jones as a criminal: While at Yale Law School, he volunteered as a legal monitor at a protest following the Rodney King trial. Jones was detained at the rally but was let go after four hours. He was never convicted of a felony. If he was, he would have a hard time getting past the California Bar.
Beck also called Jones the "green jobs czar." There is no such thing. His title was special advisor for green jobs, enterprise and innovation at Council on Environmental Quality. If he was the green jobs czar, however, there would be no shame in that title. It was Richard Nixon who began the trend of naming czars, appointing a drug czar, Jerome Jaffe, in 1971. Reagan continued the trend by naming his own drug czar.
As for climate, Beck's theory seems to be that there is a secret cabal made up of the greens and progressive politicians to overthrow the government and submit the country to a new world government by committing to reducing GHG emissions. To prove his point he went after the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of labor, buinsess, and green groups pushing for energy solutions. Watch this video to get Beck's flavor.
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