A video mash-up of Glenn Beck audio and Donald Duck cartoons has drawn the radio host’s ire as representative of the kind of “propaganda” that ignores the abuses of those in power in favor of slamming a critic of the administration. While the video itself is a masterfully edited piece of work, it wrongly blames Beck for “taking advantage” of a disenfranchised population — a charge that has consistently been leveled against those who are critical of government power.
The video depicts Disney’s Donald Duck losing his job for being insubordinate to an actual cartoon fatcat. He seeks out new work but can’t, then loses him home to foreclosure. Desperate, he turns to the radio which provides soundbites from Beck, mostly taken out of context, which reference threats to the American way of life from socialists, nazis and communists. Eventually, Donald realizes he’s been hoodwinked by a fear-trumpeting Beck and dispatches a product he purchased in Beck-induced fervor with a shotgun.
Here’s the video:
In response, Beck wondered aloud whether the video, or the artist who compiled it, received federal funding. No matter, he said, because Beck is merely working towards revealing the truth on his show, and that is that totalitarian impulses represent a major threat in America. “They will destroy themselves in the end. There have been periods of time where there have been totalitarian rulers, people taking control, and they have looked invincible and so strong, but they always fail, but peace and love and the truth always win.”
Blaming radio personalities and political commentators can get a lot of website hits, but let’s be honest: Politicians do more exploiting than any one else, and they should be the feature of this cartoon, not Beck. They’re they ones who have misled the American public about what would and would not happen under Obamacare, and they’re the ones who shoveled billions of taxpayer dollars to political allies. So cry all you like about Beck’s rhetoric, at least you can change the channel. But the politicians will always be there.