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Congrats? Glenn Beck Named Media Matters’ “Misinformer Of The Year”

glenn-beck-bookWell, this is a surprise! In the yearend rush of 2009-themed lists, Media Matters has given Glenn Beck the dubious distinction of “Misinformer of the Year.”

In a 4000+ word post (!), the liberal media watchdog group criticized Beck for, among other things, “embrac[ing] violent, anti-government rhetoric,” comparing President Barack Obama to a communist, and “rejoic[ing] after America loses bid to host 2016 Olympics.”

From Media Matters:

“When he wasn’t calling the president a racist, portraying progressive leaders as vampires who can only be stopped by “driv[ing] a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers,” or pushing the legitimacy of seceding from the country, Beck obsessively compared Democrats in Washington to Nazis and fascists and “the early days of Adolf Hitler.” He wondered, “Is this where we’re headed,” while showing images of Hitler, Stalin, and Lenin; decoded the secret language of Marxists; and compared the government to “heroin pushers” who were “using smiley-faced fascism to grow the nanny state.”

Like his predecessor [2008 Media Matters Misinformer of the Year Sean Hannity], Beck spat on scruples, frequently announcing his goal to get administration officials fired. He increasingly acted not as a media figure, but as the head of a political movement, while helping to bring fringe conspiracies of a one-world government into the national discourse.

And he all too frequently helped to set the mainstream media’s agenda.”

For what it’s worth: past Misinformer of the Year recipients include Sean Hannity (2008), ABC (2006), Chris Matthews (2005), and Bill O’Reilly (2004).

In commemoration of the award, Media Matters also put together this montage of Beck clips. Judge for yourself:

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