The ace artist and satirist BigFurHat says that Glenn Beck has called out the Left for mocking his warnings about the caliphate a few years ago. It’s true: not only did the Left mock him, but I have heard rumors that his focus on the caliphate was a big reason why Beck lost his Fox show, as it cut against the reigning Fox/establishment GOP narrative that Islam is a Religion of Peace That Has Been Hijacked By A Tiny Minority of Extremists.
But BigFurHat adds: “Beck, if you had any integrity at all, dedicated counter-jihadists would have been in that studio with you the day you aired this [show calling out the Left for previously mocking him for calling attention to jihadis’ caliphate aspirations]. I would have voted to have Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller in the studio, simply because they are not only mocked by the left, they are mocked by the right as well. Without them I doubt Beck would even know the word caliphate.”
It must be said that that is true as well. I was the primary source for Beck’s information on the caliphate. On February 5, 2011, I posted here at Jihad Watch video of one of Beck’s first caliphate segments and wrote: “I spent over three hours with one of Beck’s producers a few days ago, providing information for this report on the caliphate dreams of Islamic supremacists worldwide, and how they’re advancing country-by-country.” The segment simply repeated the gist of what I told his producer, who had promised I would be credited, but of course, I was not.
The point here is not that I didn’t get credit for my work. The point is that the establishment Right, especially the Republican Party and Fox News, but also including Beck to some degree, has bought into the Islamic supremacist/Leftist narrative that talking about Islam, jihad and the caliphate honestly constitutes “hatred” and “bigotry,” and has been all too willing to do the opposition’s bidding and shun those who have taken the most heat from the pro-jihad forces. Fox tries (unsuccessfully) to avoid the “Islamophobia” smear by repeating the politically correct line that this is all “radical Islam,” not the real thing, and playing the Left’s game by featuring only ex-Muslims, Christian Arabs, and self-proclaimed moderate Muslims. Beck also tries (and also fails) to avoid the same smear by regularly featuring the nation’s sole moderate Muslim spokesman, Zuhdi Jasser.
By playing along with the Left’s Alinskyite discredit-marginalize-and-sideline game, Beck, Fox, and the establishment Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot. Because the Left and the Islamic supremacists have not spared them and will spare them from the same smear-and-destroy tactics. Once the highest-profile counter-jihadists are destroyed, it will be the turn of the second line. And so on. And the second and third tier who have played along with the game will have, by legitimizing it, abetted the mechanism of their own destruction.
Good video HERE. And I’m happy Beck has the size platform he has in order to mock the left for being late to this particular party.
That’s all well and good,
is Beck trying to work his way up to the front row just before they take the official portrait of America’s counter-jihadists?
It’s good that Beck is saying that it’s good that the left is finally catching on, but let’s get real here. I just can’t sit idly by and watch Beck dole out the crow pie as he glosses over the day-in day-out fearless warriors on the jihad front while he presents himself as the Paul Revere on the topic. Beck gets heat for a day or two after a one or two day mention of the caliphate and he’s the symbol of counter-jihad, a martyred one to boot?
There are people that are on FBI watch lists because of their counter-jihad work. Their are people whose entire beat is this topic, I just think they deserve a nod.
Beck, if you had any integrity at all, dedicated counter-jihadists would have been in that studio with you the day you aired this.
I would have voted to have Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller in the studio, simply because they are not only mocked by the left, they are mocked by the right as well.
Without them I doubt Beck would even know the word caliphate.