Critic Mark Howard catches (News Corpse, 1/13/09) new Fox hire Glenn Beck spouting more of his “fabulist” views: “On his radio program, Beck spun a tale of McCarthyistic intrigue that slammed President-elect Barack Obama, his designated climate change adviser Carol Browner and environmentalism in general.” Beck’s evidence?: “Browner’s association with the Global Warming initiatives of an organization called Socialist International, is proof that Obama intends to impose a left-wing dictatorship in America”:
Where Beck goes completely off the cognitive cliff is when he asserts thatÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬Ãƒâ€šÂ¦”almost everyone who does believe in global warming is a socialist. I mean, believes in man-made global warming that now can be fixed and reversed or whatever. And we’ve got the tools to fix it. Almost everybody who says, ‘I’ve got a plan to fix it’ is a socialist.”
Global Warming believers like George Bush, John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Newt Gingrich may take umbrage at being called socialists. Beck is also tagging 71 percent of the American people as socialists, including about half of Republicans (Rep:49 percent / Dem: 84 percent /c Ind: 75 percent).
And by the way, that nefarious sounding Socialist International group happens to be “a worldwide enterprise that includes in its membership the ruling Labour Party in Great Britain and the center-left New Democratic Party of Canada.”