Conservative radio host Glenn Beck was fired up Thursday as he spoke about the differences in the way the media handles coverage of Republicans versus Democrats.
“The media has made me into a conspiracy theorist,” Beck said The Glenn Beck Radio Program. “And they will say, ‘Made you into one? You made yourself into one.'”
He went on to explain the instances when the media falsely portrayed him as a conspiracy theorist, even when the facts were well-documented.
Beck compared that to the media coverage of Keith Ellison, a U.S. representative from Minnesota and the first Muslim elected to Congress who is now the favored pick for the Democratic National Committee chairmanship.
“A conspiracy theory, to me, is what Keith Ellison said in 2007. Listen to the man that may be the head of the DNC and what he said about 9/11.” Beck then played a recording of Ellison’s controversial statement that then-President George W. Bush used 9/11 to benefit from it politically by making Americans afraid.
ELLISON: Because remember 9/11, right? You never had all this discrimination against religious minorities but for 9/11. You know, you had it, but you didn’t have it to the degree that we have it now. 9/11 is this juggernaut event in American history. It allows — I mean, it’s almost like, you know, the Reichstag fire kind of reminds me of that. Does anybody know what I’m talking about?
VOICE: Yeah. Who benefited from 9/11?
ELLISON: Well, I mean, like you and I both know–
VOICE: Yeah, Bush.
ELLISON: But the thing is, after the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it. And it put the leader of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.
Beck continued, “He’s making the argument that 9/11 was blamed on somebody so they could go religious discrimination and they could scope everybody up and make them afraid. Well, that’s a conspiracy theory. Show me the evidence of that. Now, if the press wants to have any credibility — you have called people on the right hateful conspiracy theorists — will you call out the person who is now going to be the head of the Democratic National Committee? Will you call him a conspiracy theorist?”
Beck reasoned that the media will not use the same standard to report on Ellison and tied it into their coverage of Hillary Clinton’s presidential election loss. He concluded that it is a perfect example of why the majority of Americans don’t trust the press.
He then directed his statements toward the media, “Now, you guys haven’t even addressed why Hillary Clinton lost. I haven’t seen one autopsy on Hillary Clinton and why she was the worst candidate of all time. The Republicans have known this for a long time. She was the most beatable candidate you could have run.”
Beck criticized the press for instead focusing on the alleged difficulties on Trump’s transition team:
All they’re doing is they’re talking about Donald Trump and what a horrible disarray his Cabinet picks are. First of all, he’s ahead of every other president in his Cabinet picks.
It, of course, is messy. Can you imagine how many picks you have to make in, what, 60 days? Yes, it’s a mess. I’m sure it is. He didn’t expect to be president — and I have this on good authority — until I think it was 4:30 in the afternoon.
They thought they were going to lose. And at 4:30, somebody came to him and said, “You know what, things are actually in play.” He didn’t believe it, until North Carolina came in and Florida. And when North Carolina and Florida came in and they were waiting so long on Connecticut and Pennsylvania, he looked at one of his aides and said, “We might win.”
They weren’t — they were putting the pathway down for Trump TV, not the presidency. And he’s still ahead of every other president, appointing their Cabinet members now. And what is the press doing? All they’re saying is what a disarray it’s in.
What are you talking about? What are you talking about?
Beck concluded by noting his amazement that the press was focusing on Republican struggles less than a week after the Republicans won a stunning national election:
Why don’t you talk at all about the disarray the Democrats are in? What are the Democrats going to do? The Democrats have lost so many people in local, state, and federal locations, they’ve lost so much power because the popularity was Barack Obama, not his policies. They also — even people who voted for Hillary Clinton, 34 percent of those who voted for Hillary Clinton don’t believe the press. They think the press was in the bag for Hillary Clinton. And they don’t like it. Seventy-four percent of the American people don’t trust the press.