[ASI] Why is Bob Beckel Working for Fox News?

August 11th, 2011 at 7:51 pm EDT
Cliff Kincaid
America's Survival, Inc.

Dear Friend of America's Survival:

I do not, in my capacity of President of America's Survival, Inc., favor or oppose any candidate. But I will go to the defense of those under attack from the "progressives" in the media and elsewhere.

That is why I have written this new article about Rep. Michele Bachmann:

Washington Post "Fact Checker" Ignores Facts in Bachmann Hit Piece; S&P downgrade was a direct result of the debt deal

I identify the true motives of those after Bachmann.

A Republican presidential debate that includes Bachmann is being shown on Thursday night on Fox News Channel.

I have also written a column about the future of Fox News:

The Future of Fox News in Jeopardy

In this regard, a keen observer of the media, whose judgment I trust, says this about Fox:

"I can already see a 'watering down' of Fox News after the demise of Glenn Beck.  I think this will continue leading into the Presidential election."

This person adds:

"Beck is now in the wilderness; and Fox is already a far less influential news organization than what it was.  Beck has now lost the critical part of his audience (the undecided) and will have great difficulty making his Internet TV venture work to reach these people."

This observer goes on:

"Can the conservative forces win with a lukewarm 'fair and balanced' media that is already 80 percent left-leaning?  They couldn’t in the past!"

I can attest to this "watering down" process. It can be seen in their failure to cover the damaging information we uncovered about Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder and his “freedom for terrorists” policy.

Fortunately, the Daily Caller and Big Government websites  did so.

Look at what Fox News has replaced Glenn Beck with — a show called "The Five" that includes Democratic Party liberal hack Bob Beckel.

Here are the facts about Beckel from a column I wrote back in 2004:

For many years Democratic Party operative Bob Beckel was a regular feature on television, especially on CNN. He last made headlines after the 2000 presidential election, when it was alleged that he tried to persuade some members of the electoral college to vote for Democrats. Then he dropped from sight.

Now, he's back with a website devoted to "the unrelenting pursuit and exposure of the right." One of his favorite targets -- and the subject of press attention --  is Rush Limbaugh. Beckel’s site also has a feature, "Wingnut of the month," regularly attacking a conservative or Republican...

The old saying about people living in glass houses not throwing stones should apply here, except for the fact that Beckel's glass house came down in pieces many months ago. His own bio includes this astounding information: "A year ago Beckel was extorted by a criminal group. He worked with the police to arrest the group and prosecute them. The Right seized the story spreading the false rumors that the crime was prostitution not extortion as was later rebuffed by the Court result, but not before the Right launched a major character assassination campaign against Beckel."

Blaming the right for Beckel's predicament is startling. Our recollection was that Beckel was exposed in the liberal media for hiring a prostitute and then getting blackmailed to keep it quiet. The journal Campaigns & Elections described the incident this way: "Bob Beckel, manager of Walter Mondale's?1984 landslide presidential campaign loss, resigned from his consulting job?in the wake of a scandal involving a prostitute who allegedly tried to extort $50,000 from him. Beckel told Maryland’s Montgomery County Police Department he had paid the Fairfax County, Virginia, woman $1,900 for sexual liaisons at his Maryland home in late June, and that days later he found a note on his car and a message on his answering machine demanding money and threatening to release evidence of the woman’s visits to his family and the media. Three people from Alexandria, Fairfax County, and Washington, D.C. were arrested and charged with extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion."

As the bio states, Beckel was never actually charged with soliciting a prostitute. But it was bad enough that his career appeared to be over after this embarrassment.

But he has been resurrected by Fox News Channel!!!

For documents in the case, please go to the Smoking Gun website articleHooker In Democrat Big Extortion Plot.

For America's Survival,

Cliff Kincaid, President

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