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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:08 AM
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Meet the man who changed Glenn Beck's life - Cleon Skousen


Cleon Skousen was a right-wing crank whom even conservatives despised. Then Beck discovered him


By Alexander Zaitchik

Sep. 16, 2009

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/09/16/beck_skous...

snip: 'After his firing from the police force, Skousen became a star on the profitable far-right speakers circuit. He worked for both the Bircher-operated American Opinion Speakers Bureau and Fred Schwarz's Christian Anti-Communism Crusade. The two groups competed in describing ever more terrifying threats posed by America's enemies, foreign and domestic. As the scenarios became more and more outlandish, the feds grew concerned. In an internal memo, the FBI described Skousen's friend and employer Fred Schwarz as "an opportunist," the likes of which "are largely responsible for misinforming people and stirring them up emotionally ... Schwartz and others like him can only do the country and the anticommunist work of the Bureau harm."

snip: "When Skousen's books started popping up in the nation's high-school classrooms, panicked school board officials wrote the FBI asking if Skousen was reliable. The Bureau's answer was an exasperated and resounding "no." One 1962 FBI memo notes, "During the past year or so, Skousen has affiliated himself with the extreme right-wing 'professional communists' who are promoting their own anticommunism for obvious financial purposes." Skousen's "The Naked Communist," said the Bureau official, is "another example of why a sound, scholarly textbook on communism is urgently and badly needed."

snip: "By 1963, Skousen's extremism was costing him. No conservative organization with any mainstream credibility wanted anything to do with him. Members of the ultraconservative American Security Council kicked him out because they felt he had "gone off the deep end." One ASC member who shared this opinion was William C. Mott, the judge advocate general of the U.S. Navy. Mott found Skousen "money mad ... totally unqualified and interested solely in furthering his own personal ends."

When Skousen aligned himself with Robert Welch's charge that Dwight Eisenhower was a "dedicated, conscious agent of the Communist conspiracy," the last of Skousen's dwindling corporate clients dumped him. The National Association of Manufacturers released a statement condemning the Birchers and distancing itself from "any individual or party" that subscribed to their views. Skousen, author of a pamphlet titled "The Communist Attack on the John Birch Society," was the nation's most prominent Birch defender.

Skousen laid low for much of the '60s. But he reemerged at the end of the decade peddling a new and improved conspiracy that merged left with right: the global capitalist mega-plot of the "dynastic rich." Families like the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds, Skousen now believed, used left forces -- from Ho Chi Minh to the American civil rights movement -- to serve their own power."

snip: "Whatever the circumstances, Beck really began touting Skousen in the latter half of 2007. The first brief mention of Skousen in the online archives of Beck's radio show is Sept. 24, 2007. Less than two months later, Beck interviewed conservative pundit David Horowitz on his radio program. He asked him, "Have you ever read any Skousen? Have you read -- do you remember 'The Naked Communist'? I went back and reread that, it was printed in the 1950s. I reread that recently. You look at all the things the communists wanted to accomplish. It's all been done." Horowitz agreed."

link to article:

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/09/16/beck_skous...

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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:44 AM
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1. let's hope Beck follows him in crossing the line where his corporate patrons won't follow
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:11 AM
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2. Glenn Beck reads books?
Amazing.
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:28 AM
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10. apparently he does ... although, culturally narrow, to say the least
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:32 AM
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3. Ah so, the nutbag behind the nutbag
I'm sure there's also a copy of the 'Turner Diaries' in Beck's personal library.
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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:39 AM
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4. The problem is Beck has an audience of millions.
Skousen didn't. This is not good for democracy.
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PA Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:04 AM
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5. What is frightening is that Skousen's extreme views were rejected
by mainstream conservative groups in his day. Glenn Beck has repackaged Skousen's radical views and he is accepted as mainstream and given a TV show as a platform to brainwash the ignorant.

Beck's insane piece on the "evil" art at Rockefeller center now makes sense in light of his hero's equally insane obsession with the Rockefellers. Those voices in Glenn Beck's crazy head have a name: Cleon Skousen.

BTW, remember the woman who was the media darling of FOX News when she screamed at Arlen Specter at a town hall meeting that he had "awakened a sleeping giant"? On her blog, she mentioned that she and a group of other Beck fans were reading Skousen's book The 5,000 Year Leap.
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:21 AM
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6. What cracks me up is that Beck was just a lowly morning DJ on a FM radio station
years ago. I know because I heard him in the mornings getting ready for high school in the early 90's.
I think he is a pure entertainer and does not believe half the things he says.
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AllentownJake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:40 AM
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7. History is full of dangerous men
who were nothing than adopted an extreme idealogy and became monsters.
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:56 AM
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8. True. Beck likes attention and the more extreme he gets the more attention he gets.
Its all a show but it is dangerous because of the idiots who believe in every word he says.
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el_bryanto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:01 AM
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9. I have some of his books actually
I am Mormon and my Dad had some of his books, and I picked up another (the Naked Capitalist) when I was out in Utah. I remember the Naked Capitalist as being impenetrable nonsense, but maybe I should find it and give another look.

Bryant
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SidneyCarton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:34 AM
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11. I liked his books on the various "thousand years"
but all in all, I'm more of a Hugh Nibley fan.
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el_bryanto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:45 AM
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12. Me as well. n/t
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