Glenn Beck Takes The Coward’s Way Out of Debating Van Jones

Jun 20 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

On his radio show today, Glenn Beck showed his true colors by ducking Van Jones’ debate challenge.

Here is the video of Van Jones challenging Glenn Beck to a debate:

Jones said,

I issue a personal challenge to my beloved brother Glenn Beck. I will debate you anytime, anywhere, at any point. I’ll give you an hour, you give me five minutes. And I will stand up for our values. But you would have to stop talking about us and start talking to us.

You got one week left before your show goes off. My phone is ringing. Call me! Call me, Glenn Beck! And let’s have this fight. Let’s have this discussion. Let’s have this argument. Let’s have this battle of ideas. Battle of ideas. And let’s fight for liberty and justice for all.

Here is the video of Beck’s reply from Mediaite:

Beck essentially spent nine and a half minutes smearing Van Jones as Communist who wants to violently overthrow the government. Instead of confronting this so called enemy of freedom like the brave patriot that he is supposed to be, Glenn Beck took the coward’s way out. Much like Rush Limbaugh, Beck is only effective when he stays in safety of his studio and utilizes the power of unilateral communication.

The truth about Glenn Beck is that he is simply a messenger, not from God, but Koch Brothers.

Alexander Zaitchik detailed the real political motivations behind the smear campaign against Van Jones in his book Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance. In a 2010 excerpt that was published on AlterNet, Zaitchik wrote,

It was a man named Phil Kerpen, not Glenn Beck, who decided Jones would make a fine piñata. Along with coordinating the legislative agenda for Americans for Prosperity, a Koch-funded policy shop, Kerpen produces a daily podcast called Washington Update and writes regularly for a number of conservative outlets such as Fox Forum and the National Review Online. He’s also a frequent guest on Glenn Beck. Kerpen’s top legislative priority for Summer 2009 was defeating the Democrats’ cap-and-trade bill. In this he had no shortage of media allies…

The article, published in 2005 by the Bay Area weekly East Bay Express, detailed Jones’ radical political activities during the early and mid-1990s, most notably his involvement with an organization called Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM). The profile explained that Jones had outgrown revolutionary communism by 1996, but for Kerpen this was good enough. If Jones’ past could be connected to the present, it would put a scary radical face on the Obama administration’s moderate environmental agenda, from cap-and-trade to green jobs. “I couldn’t believe what I found,” Kerpen later wrote about his discovery on

Kerpen emailed the article to Beck’s Fox News producer on July 9. He attached the following note: “Please share with Glenn this article about green jobs czar Van Jones, a self-described communist who was radicalized in jail. Confirms ‘watermelon’ hypothesis.” Kerpen knew that Beck would understand the watermelon reference because two weeks earlier he had discussed the hypothesis with him on Fox News. During a June 26 appearance on Glenn Beck, Kerpen described the cap-and-trade bill as having “the thinnest green on the outside, [but] inside, it’s deep communist red.”

The smear campaign was never about Van Jones and freedom. The point was to stop the cap and trade legislation that was moving through Congress. Beck isn’t a voice of freedom. He is the voice of the corporate right. Glenn Beck was never going to debate Van Jones. He is the Koch Brothers’ PR guy, an empty suit whose sole role is to push the Koch propaganda.

Glenn Beck is afraid to debate Van Jones. He is terrified of being exposed as nothing more than the right wing corporate water boy. Beck has been able to fool a couple of million people into tuning in, buying his books, and going to his shows. He has a good con going. He isn’t going to blow it by revealing that he is nothing more than a Koch mouthpiece.

No one really expected Beck to accept the debate challenge, but his cowardly response is a new low even for a guy who was so afraid of his own followers that he had to wear a bulletproof vest to address the crowd at his Rally to Restore Honor.

Van Jones challenged Glenn Beck to a battle of ideas. Beck’s reply to Jones revealed that he doesn’t have any.

The emperor is in fact wearing no clothes.

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