From MEDIA MATTERS:
In recent months, Glenn Beck has repeatedly used his television show to plug gold as a way for his audience to “protect” themselves from the possible economic collapse of the U.S. dollar and economy. At the same time, several precious metals investment firms have regularly advertised on his television show, and Beck is a “Paid Spokesman” for Goldline International, which has an “exclusive” sponsorship deal with his radio show and bills itself as “Glenn Beck’s Choice for Gold.”
Beck “Three G’s” solution to possible U.S. economic “collapse”: “God, Gold, and Guns.” On the November 23 edition of his Fox News show, Beck told his audience that in the event of a possible U.S. economic “collapse,” they should practice “the 3 G system” of “God, Gold, and Guns.”
Beck: “protect yourself” with gold. As Think Progress noted, on the October 6 edition of his Fox News program, Beck suggested that viewers could “protect yourself” from “the end of the almighty dollar” and possible hyperinflation by purchasing gold.
Since Nov. 1, the following precious metals investment firms have advertised on Beck’s Fox News show, according to Media Matters for America‘s daily record of his program’s advertisers:
- Rosland Capital
- Goldline International
- Merit Financial
- Investment Rarities Incorporated
- Wholesale Direct Metals
- Superior Gold Group
Goldline is “Exclusive precious metals sponsor of the Glenn Beck radio show.” Goldline International’s website states that it is the “Exclusive precious metals sponsor of the Glenn Beck radio show, the third highest rated talk radio show in the country.” Presumably included as part of the sponsorship are Beck’s regular live promotions for Goldline during the show.
Goldline website: Firm is “Glenn Beck’s Choice for Gold,” Beck is “Paid Spokesman.” A Beck-centric page on the Goldline website declares the company “Glenn Beck’s Choice for Gold” and identifies Beck as a “Paid Spokesman for Goldline.” Beck is quoted stating: “Before I started turning you on to Goldline, I wanted to look them in the eye. This is a top notch organization that’s been in bussiness [sic] since 1960.”
A top notch organization? Not according to the Ripoff Report :
The information I give here about Goldline International, Inc. comes from being closely involved in legal action taken against the company in 2006 on behalf of an elderly (each were 78 years old when the scam started) couple in Missouri. This couple were pressured into placing nearly ALL of their assets into the products that Goldline sells, and the couples family had to go after the company to get restitution. The general operation of Goldline seems to be to offer “teaser” products at competitive prices, but to then con buyers into products at grossly inflated prices.
From Eric Burns at THE HUFFINGTON POST:
I [...] used to host Fox News Watch on the right-wing partial-news-but-mostly-opinion network. In the past year and a half, since departing from [Roger] Ailes and friends, I have been much more silent about media matters than my namesake [at Media Matters].
I speak out now because it is the time of year when one is supposed to count blessings. I have several. Among them is that I do not have to face the ethical problem of sharing an employer with Glenn Beck.
Actually, Beck is a problem of taste as well as ethics. He laughs and cries; he pouts and giggles; he makes funny faces and grins like a cartoon character; he makes earnest faces yet insists he is a clown; he cavorts like a victim of St. Vitus’s Dance. His means of communicating are, in other words, so wide-ranging as to suggest derangement as much as versatility.
He is Huey Long without the political office.
He is Father Coughlin without the dour expression.
He is John Birch without the Society.
He is an embarrassment to all true conservatives, men and women who believe sincerely, thoughtfully and sensibly that the role of government in American life should be limited.
Of course, Beck does not call himself a conservative; he is, rather, a libertarian, which may be defined as a conservative-squared, a person who wants the feds to collect no money in taxes, spend no money on programs, but make available all services that the libertarian deems necessary for his own convenience and safety.
He is the talk of the talkers. It is he who causes commentators to comment, fans to swoom, foes to fulminate. And it is he who has motivated me to burrow up from my literary researches to opine on journalism one more time.
I ask myself what I would have done if I worked at Fox now. Would I have quit, as the estimable Jane Hall did? Once a panelist on my program, Hall departed for other reasons as well, but Beck was a particular source of embarrassment to her, even though they never shared a studio, perhaps never even met.
I think . . . I think the answer to my question does not do me proud. I think, more concerned about income than principle, I would have continued to work at Fox, but spent my spare time searching avidly for other employment.
But, in my defense, I would never have gone out in public without wearing those funny black eyeglasses with no glass, bushy eyebrows and a fake nose.