Notes: Chapter Nine

Chapter Nine: The Only Thing We Have to Fear

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“In August 2009″: Larry Keller, “The Second Wave: Around the country, evidence accumulates of a return of the militias and the larger antigovernment ‘Patriot’ movement,” Southern Poverty Law Center, August 12, 2009.

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“A few months later”: Anti-Defamation League, “Rage Grows in America: Anti‑Government Conspiracies,” November 17, 2009. See also the video of Beck’s fearmongering at CrooksandLiars. See also David Neiwert, “ADL report on tide of anti-Obama rage calls out Glenn Beck as ‘fearmonger in chief’,”, November 17, 2009.

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“As if intent”: David Neiwert, “‘Fearmonger in Chief’ Beck goes militia, warns of impending ‘New World Order’,”, November 18, 2009.

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“The ADL report inspired”: Tim Rutten, “Who’s watching Glenn Beck?,” Los Angeles Times, November 25, 2009.

“Alexander Zaitchik”: Alexander Zaitchik, “Glenn Beck’s White Nationalist Fans,”, November 20, 2009.

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“Beck never mentioned”: Countdown with Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, November 19, 2009. Transcript at See also David Neiwert, “Countdown on the ‘Fearmonger in Chief’: ‘We cannot just dismiss him’,”, November 20, 2009.

“In February 2010″: John Amato, “Roger Ailes defends Glenn Beck’s over-the-top arch-conservative rhetoric: ‘I think he speaks English’,”, January 31, 2010.

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“But on November 4″: David Neiwert, “Beck: Black Obama fans were ‘taught to be slaves,’ while progressives like Stern are ‘taking you to a place to be slaughtered’,”, November 4, 2009

“Beck tried to explain”: David Neiwert, “Who you gonna believe? Glenn Beck, or your lyin’ eyes?,”, February 3, 2010.

“As Huffington wrote”: Arianna Huffington, “Glenn Beck Update: The Backpedaling Begins,”, February 2, 2010.

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“On Wednesday”: Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN, November 11, 2009. Transcript at

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Susie Madrak, “CNN to Dobbs: Here’s $8 Million, Now Just Go Away,”, November 16, 2009.

“The campaign began stirring”: David Neiwert, “Dropping Lou Dobbs: Unrepentant wingnuttery means CNN needs to choose between its credibility and its pride,”

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“When CNN began running”: David Neiwert, “CNN tries to repair damage with Latinos, but Lou Dobbs remains an open, bleeding sore,”, October 26, 2009.

“Less than a week”: John Amato, “Bill O’Reilly asks Lou Dobbs if Obama is the ‘Devil’,”, November 17, 2009.

“On CNN’s Reliable Sources”: Heather, “Kurtz Brings on Right Wing Talker to Play Concern Troll for Lou Dobbs,” Video Café, November 15, 2009.

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“Bill O’Reilly invited on”: David Neiwert, “O’Reilly loses bet with SPLC, but still doesn’t get why Dobbs’ firing was a good thing,”, November 18, 2009.

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“Edward Wasserman”: Edward Wasserman, “Correct, ignore the lies,” Miami Herald, August 31, 2009.

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“Near the end of 2009″: Angie Drobnic Holan, “PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: ‘Death panels’,”, December 18, 2009.

“Palin was unrepentant”: Rich Lowry, “The Rogue, on the Record,” National Review, November 17, 2009.

“In a December 3 interview”: David Neiwert, “Palin boosts the Birthers: ‘I think it’s a fair question’,”, December 4, 2009.

“Palin also embarked”: David Neiwert, “Sarah Palin on Hannity: Just a regular transmission from Outer Wingnuttia,”, November 19, 2009.

“In September 2009″: John L. Perry, “Obama Risks A Military Intervention,” NewsMax, September 27, 2009 (no longer available online). Excerpts at Logan Murphy, “Newsmax: Military Coup Would Take Care Of ‘Obama Problem’,”, September 29, 2009.

“NewsMax eventually”: Logan Murphy, “Cowards: Newsmax Scrubs John Perry’s ‘Military Coup’ Article,”, September 30, 2009.

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“Palin staked out her claim”: David Neiwert, “Populism: It’s all the right-wing rage these days,”, November 24, 2009.

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“A Fox News poll”: Ernie Paicopolos, “Fox News Poll: Palin Going (Not So) Rogue,” Fox News, November 19, 2009.

“As Democratic representative”: Angie Drobnic Holan, “PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year,” op. cit.

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“By late 2009″: CNN, “Poll: Public shifting blame for recession,”, November 20, 2009.

“Indeed, the CRA”: Robert Gordon, “Did Liberals Cause the Sub-Prime Crisis?,” American Prospect, April 7, 2008.

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“Tea Party organizers”: Daniel B. Wood, “Opponents on immigration reform gear up for forthcoming battle,” Christian Science Monitor, January 5, 2010.

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