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During yesterday’s Glenn Beck radio show, Beck delivered a 10-minute monologue in which he hit all of his phony-baloney touchstones — some of them, as I’ve been writing for the last several weeks, are dangerous and some are simply ridiculous. But primarily, Beck was in full televangelist mode about God and something about a “plan” and, in the process, he dovetailed into a little McCarthyism and, as usual, a little historical revisionism. He even shrunk into a defensive bit refuting the accusations that he’s a faker who’s conning his audience.

Now, before you listen to this epic clip courtesy of Media Matters, I should warn you to turn down your speakers, because the over-the-top levels of audio compression and EQ on Beck’s voice (say nothing of the half-dozen or so Beck sound-alikes who also occupy his studio) will absolutely blow out your speakers.

Most radio stations employ some sort of digital processing to make the host or disc jockey sound more resonant, but I’ve never heard a talk show with this much compression. Clearly, the BOOM! is there to enhance Beck’s voice in a way that augments his level of psychological persuasion — the deeper, diaphragm-vibrating low end increases the physical connection between Beck and his audience. A more subconscious aspect of his scam.

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The overarching theme of this monologue is that God is speaking directly to Glenn Beck and giving him the plan. It’s classic televangelism, which is commonly seen as nothing more than an exploitation of religious naiveté with the goal of making the televangelist rich. Listen to me. I have the answers. Because God is speaking to me. So give generously if you want to hear what God’s plan is.

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“Daddy feels God was using her to wake America up”

Franklin Graham, head of powerful Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is also the head of a $ raising scheme called Samaritan’s Purse. Franklin, got to know Palin early this year in Alaska and he invited her to North Carolina. She accompanied him as the Boone-based international relief agency he heads delivered 44,000 pounds of groceries to Alaskan families who had been hit by a harsh winter in villages along the frozen Yukon River.

Samaritan’s Purse has an office in Alaska, and Franklin Graham owns a cabin in the state. At least that’s what it’s called, but it is located near Lake Clark National Park and Preserve where only the elite own property. There are no real estate listings around the lake, but there is a vacation rental, which is currently unavailable, that costs around $7000 per month.

One would think that Franklin would be a little worried about his association with Caribou Barbie , a known wolf and wild animal hunter, while living in an area that is essentially a wild life preserve. But for some reason the elite seem to think that Barbyspin is going to save their a$$es from the wrath of disgruntled folks who are demanding accountability for the outright criminal waste of our heritage and treasure…G:

Nov. 23, 2009

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