Is Glenn Beck Controlled Opposition or a Fake?
Know your circle, there are snakes everywhere. Glenn Beck’s ongoing media empire decline has been accelerated by his fanatical support of failed Establishment candidate Ted Cruz in this year’s Presidential campaign. After relentlessly attacking Trump and fronting for Cruz on a daily basis, his online newspaper The Blaze laid off 40 people last month. The resulting PR disaster from his rabid, unending tirades on Trump were more nails in the coffin for him, as he has had a history of building up trust with libertarians and conservatives only to become a turncoat at crucial junctures.
Years ago, Beck performed a similar maneuver when he turned on Ron Paul at a critical, strategic time in his campaign. While working for CNN, he and former Marxist David Horowitz smeared Ron Paul as a terrorist sympathizer and even went so far to say the U.S. military should silence Paul, only to have Paul respond that Beck was a demagogue. The demagogue moniker seems to fit Beck well:
A demagogue is a person, especially an orator or political leader, who gains power by arousing people’s emotions and prejudices. Demagogues appealed directly to the emotions of the poor and uninformed, pursuing power, telling lies to stir up hysteria, exploiting crises to intensify popular support for their calls to immediate action and increased authority, and accusing moderate opponents of weakness or disloyalty to the nation.
Beck has also shilled for the Neoconservative narrative with his 9/12 movement, which in addition to its positive messages, Beck has used to push rhetoric that we should relinquish our freedoms and accept the police state because it will make us “safer.” For example, Beck supported the Patriot Act and the banker bailout.
More recently he met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and was called out on his acquiescence to and butt-kissing of the leftist billionaire by Tucker Carlson:
I went to that meeting expecting Beck to cry, rend his garments while quoting James Madison, but that’s not at all what happened. He began the most extended assiduous suck-up I think I’ve ever seen a grown man commit. He acted like he was auditioning to be Mark Zuckerberg’s manservant — it was awe-inspiring. I don’t know what his agenda is; it’s either he’s looking to put his tanking Web properties up for sale or he just can’t help himself. There’s a billionaire there, so he sniffs the throne.
As a result of these fiascos and others, Beck has turned himself into a laughingstock among libertarians and conservatives, yet as with the rest of the legacy media he soldiers on seemingly powered by ego alone. But, could it be even worse than we think? Has Beck been controlled opposition all along or is he just another media sellout whore?
Beck, by his own admission, said he was once “a very bad man” who had many of the traits of an alcoholic sociopath and druggie before he was “discovered” by Clear Channel. Indeed, the correlation between working in the media, the power it offers its influencers over millions, and psychopathy/sociopathy were exposed by none other than Time magazine:
Most of the careers [that attract psychopaths like journalist and radio/TV personality] do offer power and many require an ability to make objective, clinical decisions divorced from feelings. Psychopaths would be drawn to these roles and thrive there. Most of the professions [that have the least psychopaths] require human connection, dealing with feelings and most of them don’t offer much power. Psychopaths, by their very nature, would not be drawn to or very good at these things.
We are supposed to believe Beck left all those “very bad man” tendencies in the background once he discovered religion. Another man who “discovered” the power of religion was Marjoe Gartner, the infamous fake evangelist on whom an Academy Award-winning film was made. Marjoe gives us an insight that is unsurprising to any cynic who has worked behind the scenes of the media or show business: If you are going to get into big time religion, these are the games you have to play. You go into it as a business and you work it as a business. It was my duty to give the best show possible. It’s the charisma of the evangelist that the audience believes in and comes to see.
Beck began in radio in the 1980s as a “shock jock” performing juvenile pranks, impersonations and jokes. After several stints on “morning zoo” type shows he was fired for poor ratings from all of them. Then came The Glenn Beck Program which began in Tampa in 2000 and was later syndicated. That show led him to his current success. After working for CNN, then Fox News, where his ratings again tanked, he left to form GBTV which became The Blaze. Perhaps Beck kept soldiering along until he found success. He might have found success on his own, but somewhere along the way his message seems to have been coopted to misdirect his followers and compliment the narrative of powerful interests when needed.
Radio talk show host Alex Jones claims Beck’s operation is full of FBI and CIA operatives. Another top-rated radio host, Michael Savage, has long criticized Beck for being a fake. Supporting Jones’ idea, Beck does employ at least one confirmed former CIA agent who spent time with the Council on Foreign Relations, Buck Sexton. He also has a number of former mainstream media mouthpieces working for him, including former employees of MSNBC and CNN. Alex Jones has thrown fire and brimstone in his criticisms of Beck, which have been featured on Drudge Report:
[Jones said] “Beck is on fire with sniveling evil,” “a prancing demon,” and a “con artist preying on people.” He went on to say Beck is “so dishonorable and so rat-like that even NewsCorp [Fox] threw him out!”
Jones has called Beck a Judas Goat, a metaphor for a goat trained to associate with sheep or cattle, leading them to slaughter. While a some of Jones’ criticism sounds like hyperbole, there is likely a grain of truth motivating his criticism beyond the desire to knock Beck out of the ring as a competitor.
There are two possibilities when trying to solve the riddle of Glenn Beck. First, Beck could be a government operative who acts as controlled opposition. His objective would be to set up a good buy vs. bad guy narrative to keep people entertained, and their mind off what is really happening as government operatives put the screws to society. Or, he could be a shill who is part of a government plot to infiltrate the coopt the libertarian and conservative moments. As Vladimir Lenin said:
The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.
This hidden hand of misdirection uses media figures who build rapport with the public only to misdirect them at crucial junctures. Mike Philips (on Henry Makow’s blog) argues that much of the “alternative media” like Glenn Beck are indeed “simulated opposition.” A figurehead like Beck therefore would illustrate the concept called The Pied Piper:
- A charismatic person that attracts followers
- One that offers strong but delusive enticement
- A leader who often makes irresponsible promises
Beck does seem to conform to the characteristics laid out on that list. Truth in 7 Minutes describes controlled opposition like this:.
Controlled Opposition is the term used to describe “leaders” who arrive on the scene (almost out of nowhere) and offer us amazing nuggets of truth. These “facts” either wow us (or confirm something we subconsciously knew, but wanted confirmation). As a result, these pied pipers get us to follow them like heroes – like a cult. Ultimately, these sheep in wolves clothing spin us off into la la land (for example telling us a one-world government is in our best interest). It’s IMPOSSIBLE to have a well-known leader be real. That person would be compromised very quickly. It’s for this reason I highly recommend you not following anyone. In other words, be your own leader.
Or, Beck could be just another media sellout whore, in a long line of them. He saw a rising movement (libertarianism/conservatism) to attach himself to, and exploited it for profit as so many politicians have done since the beginning of time. As George Orwell knew:
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.
People who work in the media often have no sense of what is the truth, and are happy to sell out principles as long as the check is big enough. Big media is a totally dishonest business, and its tower of lies have been totally imploded by the arrival of citizen journalists and the Internet. What will happen to Glenn Beck now that he has become recognized as a shill? Will he do the respectable thing and just go away, counting his money but yielding his power to others? Or like so many power mad egomaniacs before him, ride the rocket on its downward trajectory until he completely craters?
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