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February 17, 2011

BECK VS. GOOGLE.... Fox News' Glenn Beck has new advice for his minions: stop using Google.

"Who are they? Are they right? Are they left? Are they clean? Are they dirty? Are they front groups? I don't know. May I recommend if you're doing your own homework, don't do a Google search. It seems to me that Google is pretty deeply in bed with the government.

"Remember, maybe this is explaining why Google is being kicked out of all the other countries. Are they just a shill now for the United States government? Who is Jared Cohen? Is he a private citizen or government operative? And isn't this the second Google guy we've found? This is the second Google executive now being exposed as an instigator of a revolution."

When Beck noted he thinks Google is "in bed with the government," he means the American government. "There is a strange thing going on with this search engine and our government," he said. "And we all have to choose who we do business with."

Apparently, the odd media personality was quite worked up about this. "I'm just not sure, as I look into Google, that I want to use their products anymore unless I have to," Beck added. "And some of their products I think I have to. I'm not leading any boycott. I hate boycotts. You do with your time, your money, and your information what you want. For me, personally, I'm not feeling real comfortable about the current direction of Google the more I find out."

What on earth is he talking about? Wael Ghonim is the head of Google's marketing for the Middle East and North Africa, and he also helped organize Egyptian protestors during the recent uprising. The Mubarak government arrested Ghonim in late January and held him blindfolded for 11 days. Upon his release, Ghonim, seen as a hero, helped further inspire those demonstrating against their government.

So, here's Beck's logic: Google has government contracts, Google employs Ghonim, Ghonim opposed an autocratic government in Egypt, and Beck liked the autocratic government in Egypt. Ergo, Google worked with American officials to help overthrow the Mubarak regime, which means right-thinking people everywhere should steer clear of the nefarious search engine.

Who could argue with logic like this?

As for which Google "products" Beck believes he "has to" use, I have no idea what he means.

Steve Benen 8:00 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (42)

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Grifter tells gaggle don't Google!

Posted by: c u n d gulag on February 17, 2011 at 8:06 AM | PERMALINK

Glenn Beck truly Howard Beal come to life. Let's just hope Beck's boss is more humane than Beal's. NOT!

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on February 17, 2011 at 8:09 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe Tucker Carlson, after a whole life of failure, despite all of his families ties and connections, can start his own Conservative search engine:

"Don't like what you found on Google? Then, Tuck-it!"

Posted by: c u n d gulag on February 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM | PERMALINK

At this point it is time for FOX to put this disclaimer at the bottom of the screen:

For Entertainment Purposes Only

They should do it for all their shows.

Posted by: Alli on February 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM | PERMALINK

I really hate to be on the same side as Glenn Beck. But after Google's alliance with Verizon to undermine net neutrality, I have avoided using their search engine as much as possible.

Of course, Obama's FCC is doing quite a bit to undermine net neutrality, too. But for now the difference is that I don't have any other options to him.

Posted by: SteveT on February 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM | PERMALINK

I just wish he'd be clearer about his preferences. He's opting for a 30+ year corrupt dictatorship that tortured its own citizens over a search engine company. Even some of his viewers would part company after that.

Posted by: Rathskeller on February 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM | PERMALINK

There are, of course, alternatives to Google. Maybe he is subtly advocating a Google-like clone in the mold of Conservapedia that only finds things that are good about conservatives and bad about liberals. Sounds like a business opportunty to me..the crazy 25% are natural customers.

Posted by: Mudge on February 17, 2011 at 8:12 AM | PERMALINK

For entertainment value, Glen Beck is special. I think he missed his true calling - science fiction. He has a good imagination for conspiracies and unexpected connections. If he (or his writers) had created a show similar to the Twilight Zone where these conspiracy theories could be dramatized, I think I'd watch it.

Posted by: tomb on February 17, 2011 at 8:13 AM | PERMALINK

I have no idea what he means.

That's okay, neither does Beck.

Posted by: David Bailey on February 17, 2011 at 8:13 AM | PERMALINK

Beck is seriously past the shark-jumping phase at this point.

The establishment right has already turned on him - he was useful in mobilizing the base to win the 2010 midterms, but in presidential elections the key is to grab the center, and he (like Palin) is a liability on that score.

Fox is keeping him on since he still gets good ratings. But my bet is he's one outrageous statement (ie slandering someone besides the easy targets like Muslims, African-Americans, liberals, Jews) away from being canned, unceremoniously.

Posted by: Basilisc on February 17, 2011 at 8:18 AM | PERMALINK

Google let's us quickly refute the crap the Glenn Beck says. It is a threat to their control of our elderly. That's the reason he (and now Rush) are attacking it. This is the next step in their war on reason.

Posted by: Nobody Important on February 17, 2011 at 8:23 AM | PERMALINK


No, no... you don't agree with Glenn Beck, you're not on the same side as Glenn Beck-- these assertions are 'category errors.' In terms of inferential logic, Beck is on the "stopped clock that needs medication" side.

Posted by: MattF on February 17, 2011 at 8:23 AM | PERMALINK

Ok, so which search engine is Beck going to start shilling for? The only explanation is that he's signed some sort of deal with a competitor of Google. Mark my words, he'll be offering an alternative to Google on his tv and radio shows very soon. $$$$$$

Posted by: SaintZak on February 17, 2011 at 8:26 AM | PERMALINK

He probably googled himself recently, saw that the top hits about him were all negative, and thus launched this fatwa.

Posted by: Anon on February 17, 2011 at 8:27 AM | PERMALINK

Google is something old people have heard of, but don't really know much about. It's scary, like fluoride or hip-hop.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on February 17, 2011 at 8:27 AM | PERMALINK

There already is a search engine that allows you to remove all that liberal crap (pesky truth) from your searches, www.blekko.com. Just put in your search phrase, Lying Bullshit, and your slashtag, /conservative, and you'll get stuff on Obama, Olbermann, Lamestream media and the like. Of course, you can also enter /liberal, which completely change your search results.

I wonder what /soul sucking conservatives would get ya. Probably a bunch of teabagger pages.

Posted by: MsJoanne on February 17, 2011 at 8:29 AM | PERMALINK

Agree with Mudge and Nobody Important, Beck doesn't want his minions to have access to "facts" though I suspect most hard core viewers have such mushy brains by now that they're impervious to facts.

Posted by: Kathryn on February 17, 2011 at 8:31 AM | PERMALINK

I know I find gmail indispensable.

Posted by: Jay on February 17, 2011 at 8:32 AM | PERMALINK

I quit using the dictionary, 'cause there's words in there I KNOW are Commonist. . .

Posted by: DAY on February 17, 2011 at 8:34 AM | PERMALINK

If he ever stops taking the Google anti-psychotic drugs you will really see the crazy blossom.

Posted by: SW on February 17, 2011 at 8:35 AM | PERMALINK

The truth hurts autocrats, and Google is simply providing access to information that enables people to grasp the truth. Beck has as much to fear from the truth as any dictator. He's a little dictator wannabe, with all the paranoia and none of the power.

Beck is using the same form of "logic" that Myanmar and Iran needed in order to identify Gene Sharp as an agent of the U.S. intent on subverting their countries.


Posted by: GP on February 17, 2011 at 8:36 AM | PERMALINK

Kathryn, I'd venture to guess that the majority of Beck's audience thinks of it as Teh Googles - you know, those who think teh Internet is a series of tubes - and has no idea what search engine even means.

Posted by: MsJoanne on February 17, 2011 at 8:37 AM | PERMALINK

Glenn Beck has become the Jim Jones of broadcast.

Posted by: Karan on February 17, 2011 at 8:57 AM | PERMALINK

If Beck shot a congressman, the media would only use this as proof that he was paranoid schitzophrenic. There is something truly wrong with this picture.

Posted by: Danp on February 17, 2011 at 9:08 AM | PERMALINK

The Chicago Google office hosted an event for Rahm Emmanuel's mayoral candidacy last week. Maybe this set off the alarms with Beck's "research" staff.

Posted by: sublime33 on February 17, 2011 at 9:13 AM | PERMALINK

Does anyone know if Bing is one Beck's sponsors?

Posted by: Mick on February 17, 2011 at 9:22 AM | PERMALINK

1) I think I just fell a bit more in love with my Android (Google) phone.

2)Glenn, may I suggest you switch to the search engine called YAHOO? That just seems, somehow, so fitting.

Posted by: Fall Line on February 17, 2011 at 9:23 AM | PERMALINK

One would have more success awaiting Gadot than awaiting anything sane coming from the mouth of Glenn Beck! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on February 17, 2011 at 9:52 AM | PERMALINK

Beck is not alone. The other day Limbaugh asked a caller who asserted that the Bush administration created no new jobs where the caller had got his information. The caller responded that he could google it. Rush said that google was under government control and you couldn't trust it, after all if you googled "stupid" the first responses listed said George Bush.
I tried it, and as usual Rush was lying. Bush was nowhere listed on the first page for stupid -- although a Bush poster was the no. 6 image returned under images.
Anyhow, don't trust anything but the right wing news. Google, the cbo, scientists or anything or anyone else are in a conspiracy to tell democrat/government lies.

Posted by: patrick II on February 17, 2011 at 10:00 AM | PERMALINK
Google let's us quickly refute the crap the Glenn Beck says. It is a threat to their control of our elderly. That's the reason he (and now Rush) are attacking it. This is the next step in their war on reason.-Nobody Important
Ding, Ding, Ding,....We have a winner! Posted by: veblen on February 17, 2011 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

Hunh. That's odd, I didn't know Goldline was starting a search engine...

Posted by: biggerbox on February 17, 2011 at 10:07 AM | PERMALINK

When did Beck suffer his stroke?

Posted by: ckelly on February 17, 2011 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

@ Alli
Kind of like the one they put on Kramer on CNBC That one always cracks me up ...shorter version Listen to this nutcase and you might go broke.

Posted by: John R on February 17, 2011 at 10:32 AM | PERMALINK

So Beck is telling his listeners to quit using Google now. This is just the first step. Next is quit using libraries. Step three is quit reading at all.

His end goal is to create a group that hunkers into a cave, collects overpriced gold and avoids having anything at all to do with the rest of the human race. The Beck Brigade.

Posted by: Rick B on February 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM | PERMALINK

[As for which Google "products" Beck believes he "has to" use, I have no idea what he means.]

I think he Googled "Child Porn" and thinks he HAS TO visit the top 10 sites presented, as if Google is doing more than just presenting the most common "hits".


Posted by: Ed Drone on February 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM | PERMALINK

He's going to endorse Santorum, and wants as few people as possible Googling the senator's name.

Posted by: Davis X. Machina on February 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM | PERMALINK
As for which Google "products" Beck believes he "has to" use, I have no idea what he means.

I believe the product in question is Google Maps, since Beck clearly can't find his ass with both hands.

Posted by: TheOtherJim on February 17, 2011 at 1:33 PM | PERMALINK

Although I don't think it's democratic for the Billionaire Australian global media baron Rupert Murdoch to be allowed to let certain right-wing extremist demagogues monopolize so much U.S. television airwaves screen time, Google executive Jared Cohen, coincidentally, used to work for the U.S. State Department and is also now a trustee of the Alliance of Youth Movements. And the Consumer Watchdog website recent posted an article asserting that Google has too cozy a relationship with the U.S. government, Pentagon and the National Security Agency spy outfit these days.

Posted by: bobf on February 17, 2011 at 1:34 PM | PERMALINK

When can we stop paying attention to Beck? I don't want him dead I just want him to go away.

This lunatic grifter is embarrassing me.

Posted by: ET on February 17, 2011 at 1:56 PM | PERMALINK

I'm waiting for Beck's report on why we can't use BING. BING is actually run by Bing Crosby, and a renegade group of formerly deceased actors, singers, and comedians over the age of 100. They're trying to control the world.

Posted by: Classic57 on February 18, 2011 at 8:26 AM | PERMALINK

The Atlantic ran an article recently about how Fox News is preying on old people (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2011/01/this-is-important-stuff.html)
or go to http://tinyurl.com/4eummwc
and Glen Beck was central to that theme.

I'm not sure which would bother me more: to find out that Beck believes every word he says, or to find out that he bursts into laughter after every show and says he can't believe no one's figured out yet that he's just a comedy act.

Anyone who hasn't seen Jon Stewart's parody of Beck should do so immediately, if not sooner. If Beck's supporters watched it, he would lose every one of them as supporters. Not even his most rabid fan (and I suspect many of them do have rabies) could watch that parody and still take Beck seriously.

Unfortunately, as long as he's got a national platform with the air of legitimacy that that implies, there will be people who believe what he says, which is why he's not only hilarious, he's dangerous.

If someone who looked like him stood on a street corner saying what he says on the air in the same way he says it, he would be taken into protective custody, committed for a psychiatric evaluation, then heavily medicated for the rest of his life. He's nuts. He's barking mad as the Brits say. And as a Southerner says, bless his heart.

Posted by: Jeff on February 18, 2011 at 8:54 AM | PERMALINK

Watch out Glenn; the Truth is coming to get you!

Posted by: G. W. Markle on February 18, 2011 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK



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