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Glen Beck Warns Viewers Not To Use Google

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the the-sky-is-falling dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Glenn Beck has told his viewers to do research, but to not use Google, because 'Google is pretty deeply in bed with the government.' He points to the fact that Google is having some problems overseas, as well as Jared Cohen. Cohen is Director of Google Ideas, has worked with the State Department, and has played a role in the 2009 unrest in Iran. He also mentions social networking in sinister undertones, asking if it's government propaganda."

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I think Beck has started to believe his own con (5, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209106)

Seriously, this guy is about one step away from saving his urine in jars and going all David Koresh on a compound somewhere. Anyone who still takes that clown seriously is either already a paranoid schizophrenic or too stupid to be reasoned with anyway. You would have more luck arguing with a religious fanatic.

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209142)

You would have more luck arguing with a religious fanatic.

I thought Glen Beck and his viewers were already religious fanatics, on top of their rampant paranoia.

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (5, Funny)

Lose (1901896) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209190)

Nobody took a hint when he moved to FOX news?

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (5, Informative)

dunezone (899268) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209406)

Well its all an act / business to him. He did his stint on CNN but exploiting fear in liberals is difficult compared to exploiting fear in conservatives. The current liberal market is younger and college level educated. The conservative market are older and although contains college level educated individuals its not as high as the liberal market.

Which market is better to exploit / market fear? A young, highly educated market or a older less-educated market?

As for the act, The Daily Show showed 2 clips, one from his CNN show and one from his FOX NEWS show, they were separated by about 18 months. On CNN he was saying the USA had the worst health care system in the world, but 18 months later he is on FOX NEWS saying its the best health care system in the world. So somehow the USA went from the worst to the best in 18 months with no legislation, reform, or any anything.

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209452)

I can see older, that is the natural tendency of people exposed to the world.

But educated? Where did you get those stats?

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209498)

I don't care how educated you are. People are people, and are easily scared. Think of all the scare tactics used by Al Gore through global warming. Stuff like there being no more polar ice caps by 2010 and crap like that. So don't think that fear mongering is easier to one group than another.

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (3, Insightful)

tophermeyer (1573841) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209506)

Well its all an act / business to him.

Boom, right there. Glenn Beck plays a character on TV, named Glenn Beck. Glenn Beck's character is a huge douchebag. And I presume that if Glenn Beck the actor can play as ridiculous a character as Glenn Beck on TV, he must also be a fairly big douche himself.

But his character is fabulously successful. So maybe he's got some things figured out.

Indeed he has (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209202)

I don't think that scaremongering buffoon ever expected to have so many sheeple worshiping everything he says. Now that they are he can't stop inhaling it and will probably be spreading retard all over the place for many years to come. Here's hoping he goes too far one day and says something that ruins his career.

Re:Indeed he has (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209280)

At this point I think he's just deliberately pushing it to see how far he can go and have his audience still swallow everything he says. Hell, he's probably been doing it for a while: you don't get national attention by keeping things moderate and reasonable. There's no way the real guy is as crazy as the character he plays on TV.

Re:Indeed he has (2)

Laxori666 (748529) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209338)

Yea just watching him... it seems too over the top. He's probably having a blast.

Re:Indeed he has (2)

bberens (965711) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209484)

Most people don't know Beck started his career as a stand-up comedian. Watching him, his approach/delivery style, etc. makes more sense when you consider his foundation. I don't mean that he's talking about funny things anymore, but he's got the build-up and the "punchline" delivery style on his show. It works for him. More power to him for filling a market.

Re:Indeed he has (1)

Teufelsmuhle (849105) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209376)

And here's hoping that one day is today.

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (2)

diskofish (1037768) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209240)

The sad thing is that most of the viewers are going to believe this stuff. Is so much easier to just take something verbatim rather than question it.

Jared Cohen works for Google and is inciting revolutions, therefore Google must be in bed with the government.

His argument makes no sense.

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209440)

The sad thing is that most of the viewers are going to believe this stuff. Is so much easier to just take something verbatim rather than question it.

You arrogant fuck -what makes you think you know how his viewers think? At least they are thinking, unlike loons like you who watch MSNBC and buy all that crap spewed by that boxfull of brain dead mothers.

Get a life cellar dweller, and realize that the numbers speak the truth. The majority don't buy the shit spewed from Daily Kos, Randi Rhodes, MSNBC, or any Soros funded source. They want another viewpoint, so they can hear the difference, not have bullshit shoved at them on a daily basis by idiots.

Thankfully I'm not a progressive clown because after 2012, you'll all be relics.

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209492)

...not have bullshit shoved at them on a daily basis by idiots.

So they watch Glenn Beck? I don't think you've thought things through here, Mr. Angry-pants.

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (2, Insightful)

Old97 (1341297) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209502)

Wow! You certainly demonstrated your ability to think, reason and communicate. Well done! You are a fine representative of what the GP was referring to. If you want respect, you might try something other than angry insults or at least append some reasoning and a few facts to them once you've finished venting..

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (1)

corbettw (214229) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209480)

Doesn't that depend on which revolutions he's inciting? There's nothing that says one government can't try to overthrow another and thereby gain advantage. So someone could incite revolutions in one country and that could be evidence of their collusion with a government in another country.

I'm not saying Beck is right on this, it seems like a pretty far-fetched notion/conspiracy theory. But the way you summarized his argument isn't as nonsensical as you might think.

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209266)

Seriously, this guy is about one step away from saving his urine in jars and going all David Koresh on a compound somewhere. Anyone who still takes that clown seriously is either already a paranoid schizophrenic or too stupid to be reasoned with anyway. You would have more luck arguing with a religious fanatic.

Better that than a fantasy prone personality like Whoopi Goldberg

Google his name (4, Interesting)

mangu (126918) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209274)

Let's see: Glenn Beck [google.com] .

Hmmm, yes he has reasons to be afraid of Google. However that's just because he refuses to deny it. Why? Why doesn't he come forth and deny it?

Re:Google his name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209446)

Let's see: Glenn Beck [google.com] .

Hmmm, yes he has reasons to be afraid of Google. However that's just because he refuses to deny it. Why? Why doesn't he come forth and deny it?

You should probably use googlehammer.com instead of google.com. GoogleHammer won't track you.

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (4, Insightful)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209296)

No, he's selling books and getting ratings and a lot of money. Folks who think Beck is crazy are just as bamboozled as any of his fans. It's really hilarious.

Anyone who still takes that clown seriously is either already a paranoid schizophrenic or too stupid to be reasoned with anyway.

Yes, but by saying that, *you* have taken him seriously! The attacks on him just make his supporters circle the wagons, and maybe even gain him followers from the stupid "Well, if he's pissing people off he must be doing something right!" crowd.

I'm thinking of writing a crazy book, and shopping it to one of these neo-con publishers, all to get me some early retirement on the backs of the ideological loons. I'm not sure yet if I should invent a new angle, or tie together multiple existing memes in a new way.

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209394)

What you should do is buy a bunch of futures in some commodity and then use your pundit talk show audience to drive up the price of that commodity so you can sell it all off just before the bubble bursts. That's where the real money is, not in book deals or TV appearance fees.

Hmmmm... I wonder if anyone's ever thought of that one before?

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (5, Interesting)

Ephemeriis (315124) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209468)

No, he's selling books and getting ratings and a lot of money. Folks who think Beck is crazy are just as bamboozled as any of his fans. It's really hilarious.

I don't know if he's clinically diagnosed or if he's just putting on an act to make money. And it really doesn't matter. Regardless of the cause of his actions, the guy is spewing flaming ignorance all over the place.

Yes, but by saying that, *you* have taken him seriously!

As opposed to what, ignoring the loony? Just letting him spew his ignorance without any kind of rebuttal?

The fact of the matter is that he's on national TV, publishing books, and presenting some truly deranged stuff as "truth".

If he was just some kind of comedian and everybody laughed and went on with their lives, that'd be one thing. But people believe him. Folks base their world view on what he says. They cast their votes based on his insane rantings.

You can't just ignore him, because he affects American politics whether you like it or not.

The attacks on him just make his supporters circle the wagons, and maybe even gain him followers from the stupid "Well, if he's pissing people off he must be doing something right!" crowd.

So, what... Plug your ears, hum real loud, and hope the crazy isn't there when you open your eyes?

I'm thinking of writing a crazy book, and shopping it to one of these neo-con publishers, all to get me some early retirement on the backs of the ideological loons. I'm not sure yet if I should invent a new angle, or tie together multiple existing memes in a new way.

There are a lot of crazy ideas out there. And most of them are just languishing in obscurity. I have absolutely no doubt that you could throw together some really insane horseshit and make money off of it. There are plenty of paranoid/gullible/curious folks out there who'd gobble it up.

But that isn't going to put you on par with Glen Beck.

There are tons of raving loonies out there that get absolutely no attention.

What differentiates Glen Beck from some homeless idiot claiming that the world is flat is that he has an audience. He has thousands (millions?) of viewers. They actually listen to him. If he claims that Google is in league with the devil, they'll believe it. They'll go use Bing instead.

And while it might not matter to me what search engine a bunch of paranoid neocons use... It does matter to me how they vote in elections, because I live in the same country that they do. And when he gets them all riled up to vote against some random bill that would actually be quite beneficial, I suffer for it.

Don't get me wrong... I'm not arrogant enough to think that my way is the only right way to do things. I have no problem being wrong or being out-voted or whatever. But I'd prefer to be out-voted based on reality. Not the ravings of some lunatic - regardless of whether it's a genuine clinical problem or simply an act to make money.

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (4, Insightful)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209542)

No, he's selling books and getting ratings and a lot of money.

This is the way a lot of psychopaths make a living.

Folks who think Beck is crazy are just as bamboozled as any of his fans. It's really hilarious.

I've read this exact sentence many times on this site. Whether or not Beck is schizophrenic is his own dirty secret. He manifestly lacks a sense of compassion for anyone else; whether that's "crazy" or not is irrelevant.

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209312)

I was going to counter your argument but I dont want to reveal myself as a stupid.

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (0, Troll)

commodore6502 (1981532) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209322)

>>>Anyone who still takes that clown seriously is either already a paranoid schizophrenic or too stupid to be reasoned with

Or open-minded and willing to listen, rather than act like the monkeys in Planet of the Apes (refuse to see or hear Charlton Heston).

For example, I listen to Rachel Maddow's show even though I think she's 99% wrong. Still it's interesting to hear what the "other side" is thinking, as they steadily erode individual choice.

Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (1)

Fujisawa Sensei (207127) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209372)

...this guy is about one step away from saving his urine in jars...

And you know for a fact he isn't already doing this?

Alex Jones Lite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209134)

Beck is just trying to jump on the Alex Jones bandwagon.

Re:Alex Jones Lite (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209304)

Everyday I get up and pray to Jah
And he increases the number of clocks by exactly one
Everybody's coming home for lunch these days
Last night there were skinheads on my lawn

Take the skinheads bowling, take them bowling.
Take the skinheads bowling, take them bowling.
Some people say that bowling alleys have big lanes
Some people say that bowling alleys all look the same
There's not a line that goes here that rhymes with same
Had a dream last night but I forgot what it was about

Had a dream last night about you my friend
Had a dream I wanted to sleep next to plastic
Had a dream I wanted to lick your knees
Had a dream it was about nothing

But... (5, Funny)

terminalhype (971547) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209140)

If nobody uses Google Search, how will Bing! ever improve?

Wanted: (1, Informative)

CaptSlaq (1491233) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209144)

-1 Flamebait for articles.

Seriously, an article about someone not trusting Google? You'd think that it was never said here that Google's "Don't be evil" is complete bull!@#$.

blocking facts and research (2, Insightful)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209146)

is the best way to guarantee future Republicans.

Re:blocking facts and research (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209382)

Reality has a well documented liberal bias.

Re:blocking facts and research (-1, Troll)

FatherOfONe (515801) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209478)

Actually Glen is a Libertarian, but why let facts get in the way of a good smear.

I generally find that when most people get true access to information they start to become more conservative or libertarian in views. VERY few people that are not elitist or trying to protect their power believe:
1. The governments role in our life should be greatly limited. The idea of handouts/bailouts should be stopped.
2. If someone works hard they should be able to reap the rewards of their hard work. Taxes should not punish the successful.
3. Government is not a religion. The government, by trying to "do good" often (almost always) fails and creates more problems.
4. Speaking of religion... Our rights come from God, not a government.
5. Laws are made to allow people to exist peacefully together, but those laws need to be formed with some sort of morality. That morality comes from God.
6. We in the U.S.A. have been granted by God; life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This does NOT mean health care, new cars, TV's, college education, Nintendo 3DS's/Sony NGP or pizza.
7. There are groups of people in the world that actually do hate the U.S.A. and will stop at nothing to kill everyone in it, along with Israel.

In short, smaller less "powerful" government. If we had that then Glen really wouldn't have a show, and nobody could argue that a company has some ridiculously strong ties to the government, because it really wouldn't matter. As it is now, Eric Schmidt is almost on the Presidents cabinet.

Re:blocking facts and research (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209546)

4. Speaking of religion... Our rights come from God, not a government.

no you are wrong. Right are totally artificial, they are granted by the strong to the weak, any other definition of the source of right is not based on reality.

FIRST SMART THING HE HAS SAID !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209148)

Everyone gets lucky sometime. so says TP.

Well it was nearly summer, we sat on your roof
Yeah we smoked cigarettes and we stared at the moon
And I showed you stars you never could see
Babe, it couldn't have been that easy to forget about me

Baby time meant nothin' anything seemed real
Yeah you could kiss like fire and you made me feel
Like every word you said was meant to be
Babe, it couldn't have been that easy to forget about me

[Chorus:]
Baby even the losers
Get lucky sometimes
Even the losers
Keep a little bit of pride
They get lucky sometimes

[Bridge:]
Two cars parked on the overpass
Rocks hit the water like broken glass
Should have known right then it was too good to last
It's such a drag when you live in the past

So, here's to GB, the major Fox News asshole, who somehow was on MSNBC right before that.

We worship the blowhard (2)

MetalliQaZ (539913) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209150)

I think it's safe to say that /. has a left-leaning bias. Why give him the time of day? I wonder how many followers that loud-mouthed ignoramus would have if the "liberal" media didn't get all flustered every time he says something like this.

Re:We worship the blowhard (2)

chemicaldave (1776600) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209208)

I wonder how many followers that loud-mouthed ignoramus would have if the "liberal" media didn't get all flustered every time he says something like this.

I don't think liberal media has anything to do with since I doubt his viewers don't actually watch anything but Fox News.

Re:We worship the blowhard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209270)

I'm surprised any of his vewers are actually smart enough to figure out how to turn on the television.

Re:We worship the blowhard (4, Insightful)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209228)

I'm not sure Slashdot is that left-leaning. At least, not those readers who leave comments. Any time a discussion of the welfare state comes up, one can always expect a flood of Libertarian comments.

Re:We worship the blowhard (1)

Stenchwarrior (1335051) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209328)

I would agree with this. I'd also like to know how many of those Liberal/Libertarian readers are also Atheists. I read an interesting article [about.com] about the political views that most Atheists hold and why it seems to be the majority leaning toward the left. Off topic here, I know.

Re:We worship the blowhard (5, Insightful)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209248)

In other words, Glenn Beck is a professional troll?

Re:We worship the blowhard (4, Insightful)

piripiri (1476949) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209300)

In other words, Glenn Beck is a professional troll?

Yes.

Re:We worship the blowhard (1, Insightful)

Antisyzygy (1495469) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209256)

The reason /. has a left leaning bias is because most honest and intelligent people are left leaning. It used to be that most honest and intelligent people were "centrist" however what occurred over the years has skewed the extremes to the right. Republicans are now either Neo-cons, Tea-party or simply bat-shit crazy religious fanatics.

Re:We worship the blowhard (-1, Troll)

0123456 (636235) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209404)

The reason /. has a left leaning bias is because most honest and intelligent people are left leaning.

In my experience the left generally claim to be 'honest and intelligent'; yet whenever they get into power they start by destroying the economy and, if unchecked, end up with death-camps for anyone who disagrees with them.

What's the name for that syndrome where smart people think they're dumber than they are and dumb people think they're smarter than they are?

Re:We worship the blowhard (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209512)

What's the name for that syndrome where smart people think they're dumber than they are and dumb people think they're smarter than they are?

The Iraq war?

Re:We worship the blowhard (4, Insightful)

corbettw (214229) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209504)

The reason /. has a left leaning bias is because most honest and intelligent people are left leaning.

I can see you're not a true Scotsman.

you might find something in his past (4, Informative)

skydude_20 (307538) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209156)

he doesn't want to you read about what he might have done back in 1990

Re:you might find something in his past (5, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209200)

"he doesn't want to you read about what he might have done back in 1990"

I googled this... it was a sex change operation. He used to be a man.

Re:you might find something in his past (1)

killthepoor187 (1600283) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209246)

I don't understand why he can't set the record straight. It just seems awfully suspicious that he can't offer any evidence counter to those heinous accusations made against him. It almost makes me think he is hiding something.

Well, obviously . . . (5, Insightful)

Attack DAWWG (997171) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209158)

If someone does a Google search, they may, just possibly, find out the truth about something.

And that possibility is what people like Glenn Beck find the most frightening.

Re:Well, obviously . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209418)

It's not even about the truth but about getting unfiltered evidence which might make people think they can make up their own minds instead of going to Fox to be told what they should believe.

Re:Well, obviously . . . (1)

corbettw (214229) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209524)

If someone does a Google search, they may, just possibly, find out the truth about something.

Like what happened to that poor girl in 1990?

Questions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209166)

It's ok, he's just asking questions.

Cry us a river, Glenn. (3, Funny)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209172)

Oh geeze, he's not going to cry on television again, is he?

It must be a trick... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209192)

I'm still hoping he announces one day, "HA! I was kidding, America! I had you going for YEARS! Look how many nutjobs I was able to rile up with my crazy antics, and you LISTENED to me!"

Fucking hell (1)

david@ecsd.com (45841) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209194)

Aren't his fifteen minutes up yet?

Parroting Alex Jones (1)

commodore6502 (1981532) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209196)

Radio host Alex Jones has been saying the same thing about Google since 2009. He claims Google was funded by the CIA, or something like that, and they maintain close ties. Of course Jones says the same about Wikileaks (funded by the CIA). I see no evidence that Google is funded by anybody, or has close ties to the government.

There are more important players to worry about, such as NBC/GE who received a ~50 billion dollar bailout in exchange for their continued support of the Bush administration (and later obama admin). Also the ISPs (ATT, Verizon, etc) that shutdown their Usenet access simply because the New York government told them to do so.

But fear google? Nah. Especially now that they have the original creators back in control, and the CEO kicked out.

Re:Parroting Alex Jones (1)

kilfarsnar (561956) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209540)

I don't know about being funded by the CIA, but I'm sure the various intelligence agencies are interested in information that Google has. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to learn there is some cooperation there. But I don't see that as a reason to not use Google. In the modern security state, if they want to get you, they'll get you. Using Google or not isn't going to be the deciding factor in one's being hauled away.

Is anyone willing to do there own homework? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209198)

Because the media's not going to!

Not Just Google, Suspect All Other TV Networks! (5, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209204)

From his rant:

I would look into all the people the State Department are working with; MSNBC, CBS, gosh, MTV.

Just say it, every news outlet but Fox, right? It's the only thing stopping you from busting out the "trust no one" hyperbole, right?

Maybe we should start watching those networks a little bit and seeing what their news coverage is like.

Why don't we watch all of them and judge them fairly against each other? Or do you just want scrutiny only on the networks you're not on?

Who are these groups? Who are they? Are they right, are they left, are they clean, are they dirty, are they front groups? I don't know.

Wait, wait, wait, so what are you accusing them of? Absolutely nothing? And if you don't know then why are you telling us to investigate them? Maybe because you know nobody will do it and instead they'll just continue listening to you? "Is Glenn Beck, good, bad, is he left, is he right, is he clean, is he dirty? I don't know. Maybe you should keep your eye on him?"

May I recommend, if you're doing your own homework, don't do a Google search. Seems to me that Google is pretty deeply in bed with the government. Maybe this is explaining why Google is being kicked out of all the other countries?

My god, would you please just make a statement instead of repeated leading questions?! How is Google any more "in bed" with the government than Microsoft or Yahoo?

Are they just a shill now for the United States government? Who is Jared Cohen? Is he 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.

Your little pointer stick and board didn't do much to lead to conclusive evidence that Cohen has "instigated a revolution."

I couldn't get the MM site to load but the Youtube version worked for me [youtube.com] and holy crap what a load of horseshit. I saw Glenn Beck on TV in a waiting room once and thought it was a joke. The amount of faulty, leading, incomplete logic here is just staggering, even in this video. Instead of wasting my time itemizing everything wrong about what he's saying and pointing out the obvious, I should have just taken Salon's advice and done something more constructive [salon.com] .

"kicked out of all the other countries?" (2)

JSBiff (87824) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209310)

Maybe this is explaining why Google is being kicked out of all the other countries?

Man, you just gotta love how backwards Glenn Beck's thinking is, CONSISTENTLY.

What countries would those be? China is the only one I remember, but perhaps I've forgotten some.

In my mind, getting kicked out of China is pretty much a badge of honor, not something to be suspicious of them for. I'd be more suspicious of the companies NOT getting kicked out of repressive foreign countries - but apparently Beck thinks you should only trust the companies who are trusted by autocrats. So, I guess, Fox News.

Re:Not Just Google, Suspect All Other TV Networks! (4, Interesting)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209362)

"Asking questions" is how he can slander and libel without being sued.

I strongly recommend watching the South Park episode Dances with Smurfs for a pretty accurate (and lulzy) overview.

Re:Not Just Google, Suspect All Other TV Networks! (1)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209396)

Also (and I don't care if it's OT, my karma is nigh invincible), whose idea was it to make the italics HTML tag not italicize? I mean, there's "standards compliance" and then there's anal retentive BS. Guess which one defines this.

Alex Jones called (1)

trollertron3000 (1940942) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209212)

Alex Jones called, said he wants his "how to sell fear" playbook back.

Glenn Beck basically takes his whole play book from Alex Jones. He's a toned down version, which is pretty awesome. Yes Alex Jones is MORE paranoid. Much much more.

Honestly I don't see much of a problem with it. I like radicals on all sides. We need those people to stir the pot.

He's an entertainer (1)

edawstwin (242027) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209216)

He's an entertainer, nothing more. He says stuff like this to get publicity like this.

Re:He's an entertainer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209434)

We know he's an entertainer (he started off as a radio shock jock doing weather on the 8s) but my in-laws sure don't. Anyone with a right-leaning attitude is more apt to consider what he says than someone with a more progressive/liberal view.

Broken clock right. News at 12:00... 12:00... (4, Insightful)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209218)

Well, it is kindof true. Google is very big brother in the way they gather data about their users.

For that matter, just about any large internet company is going to be in bed with whatever governments whose jurisdiction they operate within. It's called "compliance with law enforcement". It's very patriotic for corporations to work with governments. Of course, if you have nothing to hide, it's fine, right?

The other reason Beck might hate the internet, of course, is that the internet is just an outgrowth of yet another giant government project. We all remember ARPA and DARPA, right?

If we ignore him, he'll go away. (1)

incognito84 (903401) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209232)

Maybe if we ignore him, he'll go away. This loon is getting far too much attention from the left. I'm even starting to think that it isn't the right keeping him famous. No one of a sound mind could possibly believe any of his incoherent babblings.

Re:If we ignore him, he'll go away. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209426)

Which is why the left needs to keep him around so they can point at him and say "look, Republican".

why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209250)

why am i assumed to know who Glenn Beck is?

Re:why? (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209460)

why am i assumed to know who Glenn Beck is?

TV viewing skews pretty strongly towards old. So its pretty much a synonym for "why am I assumed to be old", in other words its because the assumer is an idiot.

Something I don't get about the TV infotainment channels is well in excess of 50% of the time I tune in, all the networks are showing commercials, mostly for old people prescriptions. How? No bias from other channel schedules, such as switching to CNN during a star trek commercial break, because I simply sit down at the couch at a random time, turn on the tube and flip to CNN / MSNBC / FOX and over 50% of the time its a commercial. Is it really over 50% advertisements?

Words go in, results come out. (5, Funny)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209264)

You can't explain that.

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I have to ask.... (0)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209318)

Why is the Republican party imploding into insanity?

I can not believe you people allow idiots like Beck and Palin even open their mouths. They make all republicans look insane just by association.

Re:I have to ask.... (1, Insightful)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209494)

Pot, meet kettle. Have you not listened to Democrats? The extreme left is just as crazy as the extreme right, and each side underestimates just how far to the extreme the other one goes, while painting themselves as moderates.

Re:I have to ask.... (1)

trollertron3000 (1940942) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209518)

Glenn Beck and Fox News are basically Libertarians and the following they have within that group is crossing over to the GOP. You can see this in the Tea Party movement. Some GOP members have caught onto this movement and hijacked it for their own purposes. So there's a rift between a few groups - True Libertarians, just fiscal conservatives, and "moral" conservatives. So we see them all pulling in different directions and we see labels such as "RINO", Republican In Name Only, being tossed about.

It's a hell of a shake up but ultimately I think the fiscal conservatives, but more middle of the road Republicans, will win out. Big Business runs America and social issues are a distraction for them.

I'm actually a registered GOP member and I'm a bit embarrassed by my party. I would like a return to the Goldwater doctrine for the GOP, where we are fiscally conservative yet still carry the big military stick.

We're not all freaks like Beck and followers. Just because I want a better fiscal policy for my country doesn't mean I'm some paranoid bible thumping freak hiding in a shack in the woods working on my manifesto.

 

Trust (1)

ZenDragon (1205104) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209340)

I don't trust google, I don't trust anybody but myself and my family. But I really don't have enough of my personal life online to care, and they have done a great job making a usable and free application stack, so I use it and I really don't give a crap. And at least with them I can have some legal recourse if I am truly wronged, whereas you have little recourse against a government that has wronged you as they make the laws, and clearly bend them where they see fit. Everybody knows big business is in bed with the government, and as wrong as that is I don't blame big business for that, I blame the government for allowing to happen. They should be helping to protect the people from big business, not helping to prosecute the people.

... he just described what Fox News does (1, Insightful)

eples (239989) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209342)

"[...] Are you comfortable with the government partnering covertly with media organizations, search engines, social networking, so they can bring change that the Washington elites have designed?

Didn't he just describe Fox News? That is what they do over at Fox News, is it not?

Its opposite day (1)

selex (551564) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209346)

So since I don't listen to a damn word he says I'll stick with using Google. Also did he trade in his non-traceable chalk board for a TV monitor today to show the evils of technology? Selex

Just watch "A Face in the Crowd"... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209356)

An excellent movie from 1957 starring Andy Griffith (playing against type) as a Beckian rabble-rouser. Pretty scary how close it comes to the mark.

Glen Beck warns viewers not to use google because (1)

Taibhsear (1286214) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209360)

Google warns users not to view Glen Beck.

Google, sue him for libel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209368)

Man, he's such a clown!

Facts? (1)

Bardwick (696376) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209380)

Everyone slams left and right commentators for being idiots or lunatics. 38 comments so far, no one has cited any references to prove them wrong. Don't get me wrong, I think Becks "cheese has slid off the cracker". 10 seconds of his show makes me want to take a shower, but please (not just with him)link where he/she is/been wrong.

He uses the truth, but not for good. (1)

trollertron3000 (1940942) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209384)

The truth is the media is just a mouthpiece for the federal government and all large corps are in on the action. But he uses that information to what end? Just to fight one particular party instead of addressing the real issue.

Who? (1)

ledow (319597) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209390)

Never heard of the guy.

Went to look him up.

Within three pages of Google searches, couldn't find a single reason to listen to anything he says.

Either he's right, and Google is also actively trying to discredit him, or he's an idiot.

My money's on the second option.

I'll alert TC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209414)

So we can't use Google, because it is in bed with the government. And we can't use Bing, because it just copies its results from Google. Wait a minute, this can only mean one thing....BECK IS USING PROPAGANDA IN PREPARATION TO LAUNCH HIS OWN SEARCH ENGINE!

I'll alert TechCrunch.

He has a bit of a point about social networking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35209416)

Facebook is becoming more scary by the day. Yesterday I got offered a Facebook email address and also noted that they are now storing all FB chat threads in your inbox. A huge percentage of people will take up the email address offer and there doesn't (yet) seem to be a way of stopping all of your chats saving (although obviously these were always stored invisibly - just not visible to users). All of this means that there will effectively be a giant data repository containing not only all the personal details, likes, dislikes, views, relationships, religious & political views, photos and much much more for over 500 million people, but will also eventually contain X hundred million users emails (all your personal messages, receipts for online purchases and much more), all your conversations with your friends (remember the "MSN IS DEAD!" headlines from a few months ago? - 'Hey kids, dont use that old MSN thing! Use Facebook chat to talk to your friends instead!')...

I work for a marketing agency and data is at the heart of everything we do. With some decent data mining applications and propensity modelling software and access to the full Facebook database (and some decent facial recognition software to analyse the photos) and you could probably establish a model to predict when each of us would take a shit each day.

If you take the view that there is a slowly tightening control grid being put in place by the NWO elite (no I do not wear a tinfoil hat), then this is a pretty fucking scary.

haha... (1)

Gunkerty Jeb (1950964) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209420)

I wonder how this relates to George Soros...

Facts Wtihout Context (1)

EXTomar (78739) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209430)

Beck's trick is he is giving facts but either lacking context or the wrong one. It is a fact that Cohen has worked with the US State Department but in the context of Google's corporate structure, how much influence does he really have outside of his Ideas Group? Never mind that because Beck just needs to say that and merely suggest there is a connection and "let the people decide".

Is Beck the only one? (3, Insightful)

twoallbeefpatties (615632) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209438)

Do other countries have conspiracy theorists with such depth and wide-reaching audiences that have radio or television programs?

I'm pretty sure (3, Funny)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209442)

anyone who actually believes anything Beck says can't do a google search anyway, since the drool keeps shorting out the keyboard.

disturbing, but expected. (1)

kd8our (1996830) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209448)

this is the nature of humans and popular movements, almost always an insane clown in the middle. this guy is at best satire, but is more likely pandering to paranoid, deluded, overzealous religious/fundamentalist 1950's hold overs. the fact that many people believe him and take him seriously is disturbing. you know all those folks that hate(d) the idea of women voters, natives, blacks, desegregation and humanism in general? well here they are, foaming at the mouth from fear and rallied by idiots like beck. trying to make our country a better place, you know "God's country".

My Noise to Content Meter (1)

bobs666 (146801) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209450)

My Meter is pegged on Noise. Just take a look at his own web sight own web siight [glennbeck.com] . The first sense there reads:

"Glenn brings the fusion of entertainment and enlightenment into your living room."

Lets all go back to Saturday night Live for our news. Where there is more entertainment. and IMHO I think Glenn's enlightenment has burned out.

Who called this news in the first place. Oh Ya Mr. anonymous. I think April First has not yet arrived, save up your stuff until then.

Holy crap, Fox just gets better and better (2)

Shadmere (1158007) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209472)

On one hand, this is freaking hilarious. Glenn Beck makes me laugh more than most comedians.

On the other hand, people will believe him. When Fox *does* start telling us to store our urine and wear special hats to block evil government rays, my dad will believe them. And half the people I know from high school on Facebook will believe them. Ugh.

fear...it's ugly... (1)

yodleboy (982200) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209486)

it must really suck to be a beck/rush style republican and live in fear of EVERYTHING. no wonder they need all those guns. everything is a threat to these people. it's just sad.

My brain hurts (1)

peteblair (1987876) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209496)

Listening to Glenn Beck make my brain hurt; it saddens me that people listen to him and believe him.

Interesting Intersection (1)

kenh (9056) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209526)

Many people dislike Glenn Beck and openly mock him, fair enough - free country and all...

Many people dislike Google, for what they believe to be violations of privacy and other rights, as well as going against (in their mind at least) the company's motto of "Don't be Evil" - again, fair enough, everyone is entitled to their opinions...

But, where it gets interesting is where these two populations intersect - Glenn-bashing Google-haters - how will they resolve the conflicting ideas that Glenn is always wrong, yet he agrees with them when it comes to Google?

I know, they'll trot out that old stand-by, "Even a broken clock is right two times a day."

Beck on source material... (1)

Jhon (241832) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209538)

I've gotten a fair amount of garbage results from Google -- not any where NEAR the level where I would consider tossing it in the pile of "useless stuff". I'd say JUST enough to where I'm leery of taking everything Google spits back at me at the gospel.

I have, however, received excellent results when reading original source materials... Something which Beck suggests everyone do. How can this be seen as anything but excellent advice?

Just because Chicken Little is running around saying "The sky is falling" doesn't mean is wrong on EVERYTHING that comes out of his beak. At the very least we can agree that a broken clock is right at least twice a day, cant we?

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