The monsters in our midst are encouraged and nourished by the rantings of their high profile friends. Anders Behring Breivik has found one such apologist for his demented massacre of innocents in Glenn Beck – the darling of the loony right.
Beck’s rantings are indeed “ignorant, incorrect and extremely hurtful” but they are calculated to be extremely lucrative. Beck himself can be compared to Joseph Goebbels
- “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over”.
- “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
Goebbels was one of Hitler’s closest associates and known for his zealous oratory and anti-Semitism. He played a hand in the Kristallnacht attack on the German Jews. The similarities with Beck are many.
Beck, a multimillionaire darling of the Tea Party movement, said on his nationally-syndicated radio show: “There was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like, you know, the Hitler youth. I mean, who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing.”
Torbjørn Eriksen, a former press secretary to Jens Stoltenberg, Norway’sprime minister, described the comment as “a new low” for the broadcaster, who has frequently been forced to apologise for offensive remarks.
“Young political activists have gathered at Utoya for over 60 years to learn about and be part of democracy, the very opposite of what the Hitler Youth was about,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “Glenn Beck’s comments are ignorant, incorrect and extremely hurtful.”
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, a Washington-based campaign group, said the remark by Beck, a free agent after being forced out of the Fox News channel earlier this year, was “absolutely disgusting”. …..
Despite Beck expressing surprise that political movements would hold camps for children, followers of his 9/12 Project – which aims to “recapture the spirit of the day after America was attacked” – have this summer been doing just that.
Organisers of the “vacation liberty schools” in several states told the Daily Telegraph how they taught children as young as eight a Tea Party-endorsed curriculum spanning religion, economics and political principles.
But while Beck tries to justify the massacre by denigrating the victims, the media outlets which provide him with a platform for his rants and the advertisers who pour money into such outlets bear their share of the responsibility for the creation of monsters like Anders Behring Breivik.