Just prior to pretending to beat a Tea Party activist to death with a baseball bat on his television program last night, Glenn Beck claimed that, back when he was still on Fox News, there had been an effort coordinated by the White House to drive him off the air.
Beck cited it as evidence that President Obama is ruthless in attempting to destroy anyone who dares to criticize his administration, playing a short audio snippet of Obama saying “we’re going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.”
“There is it,” Beck said. “You’ve seen it over and over again, but nobody wants to look at the pattern”:
This quote came from an Obama interview with a Univision radio program back in 2010 just before the midterm elections when he was making the case that Hispanic voters concerned about immigration reform needed to support Democratic candidates … but Beck took it blatantly out of context and flagrantly misrepresented it:
In a radio interview that aired on Univision on Monday, Mr. Obama sought to assure Hispanics that he would push an immigration overhaul after the midterm elections, even though he has not been able to attract Republican support.
“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s going to be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”
Keep in mind that Beck fancies himself the last of the bold truth tellers and his network tagline is “Truth Lives Here.”