The Latest in the Mounting Case Against Glenn Beck


As reported in the Phoenix a few months ago, former Exile and New York Press reporter-editor Alex Zaitchik is heavy into writing what we predict will be the first diligent biography of Glenn Beck. Unlike the bi-polar Fox News thespian, Zaitchik likes facts, and has traveled around the country tracing Beck's roots collecting them. In anticipation of the journalistic effort, today he blessed with "Meet the man who changed Glenn Beck's life" - a truly horrifying account of the source behind much of the hysteria that is riling the right these days. A brief excerpt below, followed by a link to the whole article. 

Beck has created a massive meet-up for the disaffected, paranoid Palin-ite "death panel" wing of the GOP, those ideologues most susceptible to conspiracy theories and prone to latch on to eccentric distortions of fact in the name of opposing "socialism." In that, they are true disciples of the late W. Cleon Skousen, Beck's favorite writer and the author of the bible of the 9/12 movement, "The 5,000 Year Leap." A once-famous anti-communist "historian," Skousen was too extreme even for the conservative activists of the Goldwater era, but Glenn Beck has now rescued him from the remainder pile of history, and introduced him to a receptive new audience.



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