Glenn Beck's Love-Hate Relationship With 9/11 Truthers

Glenn Beck's Love-Hate Relationship With 9-11 Truthers
March 25, 2011 10:33 am ET - by Simon Maloy

Glenn Beck has been very hard on 9-11 truthers the past couple of days. He's been beating up on one person in particular, who, as it turns out, isn't actually a truther -- Van Jones.

On Wednesday, Beck said this:

BECK: They may not know the last one, you know, because they didn't know Van Jones was a 9/11 truther, you know? I mean, should we expect the White House to distance himself from Lerner since, you know, he's plotting economic terrorism? I don't know. Maybe we should tell him he's a 9/11 truther. Maybe then they'll distance themselves.

Let me ask you this: Who is letting people in the White House? We had the 9/11 truther who I point out a bigger problem was he was a communist. And now, we got a guy who is plotting economic terrorism. Who else is going through the door of the White House?

And yester

day, Beck said this while attacking UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories Richard Falk:

BECK: Could produce a holocaust. It could produce a holocaust. It could produce a holocaust. By the way, just like Van Jones, he's also a 9-11 truther.

So Beck doesn't much like the truther crowd. We've pointed out before that this hatred stops just short of his own guest hosts, like bona-fide 9-11 conspiracy theorist Andrew Napolitano, but Beck's anti-truther crusade this week is especially noteworthy, given what he's promised for today's show.

Here's what Beck said on Tuesday:

BECK: You, by the way, have to watch this show on Friday because there is some truth to that. The unbelievable history of the Fed. The -- what is it? The monster is what it's called? The monster? The creature of Jekyll Island. We will give you the truth and none of the crazy conspiracy theories on the Fed Friday at 5:00.

The book he referred to is The Creature From Jekyll Island, an obscure anti-Federal Reserve tome authored by lunatic conspiracy theorist G. Edward Griffin. And among the many conspiracies to which Griffin subscribes is -- you guessed it -- 9-11 trutherism. He's written extensively about the U.S. government's "facilitation" of the attacks. He even appeared on the Alex Jones radio program and claimed that his post-9-11 prediction that "the FBI and the intelligence agencies of the federal government had advance knowledge of this attack but did nothing to stop it" was proven right.

So Beck spends half the week attacking Van Jones as a truther (even though he's not), and closes out the same week with a show devoted to the wild-eyed rantings of an actual 9-11 truther. Quite an impressive bit of hypocrisy, even for Beck.

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