Today on his radio show, Glenn Beck got himself a new conspiracy theory. He blamed ACORN for allowing the levees to fail during Hurricane Katrina, so that all of the records of their corruption could be destroyed. He also implicated Van Jones, and blamed Jones for spreading around that George W. Bush hates black people. This makes no sense at all.
Here is audio courtesy of Media Matters:
Beck said, “What are the odds that ACORN SEIU are involved in the corruption locally, or do they just get into the corruption nationally and leave New Orleans alone?….If you were an organization or a city that was just riddled with corruption and you knew it, and everybody knew it, and there was all kinds of funny things going on and a hurricane blew through, wouldn’t it be convenient if all of your records were destroyed?
He then brought Van Jones into it, “Let me ask you this question, wouldn’t it be convenient if you had somebody oh I don’t know if you had somebody who could possibly do this, or help this word get out, let’s just say hypothetically, let’s say Van Jones would help get the word out that Bush hates black people, and that Bush is instructing people to go and shoot African Americans down in New Orleans….Wouldn’t it be convenient if that man would help further the hey it’s Bush’s fault, he hates black people to be able to provide cover for the corruption that was happening in New Orleans connected to ACORN and SEIU and the levees that should have been rebuilt because they knew the whole time.”
According to Beck, the federal government had nothing to do with the levees failing in New Orleans. It was all the fault of ACORN and Van Jones. They conspired to flood the city to cover up ACORN’s corruption. This is so far detached from reality that it doesn’t even need debunking. ACORN had no control over the levees.
ACORN is not some massive monster national conspiracy. Beck is just slipping further and further into fantasy. This whole theory has absolutely no basis in reality. The federal government knew the levees were bad and they did nothing about it. It is amazing that Beck managed to bypass the role of the Bush administration while blaming Van Jones and ACORN. Every day Beck slips a little further away from reality.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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