Director James Cameron Calls Out Glenn Beck

Director James Cameron Warns that Glenn Beck is Dangerous to America
To James Cameron Glenn Beck is no joke

Director James Cameron was on MSNBC’s Hardball today and when he was asked by host Chris Matthews about the power Glenn Beck, he delivered an ominous warning, “Guys like Beck and the others, I think they are very dangerous to this country.” Some on the Left like Cameron are starting to wake up and realize that Beck, Limbaugh, and the others need to be taken seriously as more than entertainers.

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

When asked about the power of right wing talkers, like Glenn Beck, Cameron said, “Guys like Beck and the others, I think they are very dangerous to this country, and I think that someday they are going to have to answer to my children, your children, and their children for the world that they are helping to create right now.” Cameron was on the show to talk about climate change, and the environmental message in Avatar, but his statement above not only applies to the power of Beck and others when it comes to shaping attitudes about the environment, but how they feed into the darkest part of our national psyche.

People on the Left for too long have dismissed Beck, Limbaugh, and the other right wing talkers as nothing more than entertainment for the America’s conservative right, and while they began that way, the stumbles and lack of leadership within the Republican Party, combined with the right’s fear of a black president, has elevated them to an important leadership role. Glenn Beck may sound crazy to the rest of us, but he is a valued source of facts for the far right. It is irrelevant to them, that much of what Beck states are not true. What is important to them is that he confirms their own beliefs.

Currently on the right, misinformation is power, which means that Beck and Limbaugh are sitting in the catbird seat within the GOP. These are the loudest voices against climate change. Beck is doing the bidding of corporate America by letting our environment be destroyed while he embarks on a quest to discredit science. Cameron is correct. Glenn Beck is dangerous, not because he disagrees with the left, but because he intentionally creates and spreads a climate of ignorance, fear, and misinformation for his own personal gain. Beck is the poster child for the right wing philosophy of selfishness before community.

Here is the full interview in case you want to check it out:

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32 Replies to “Director James Cameron Calls Out Glenn Beck”

  1. “Beck is the poster child for the right wing philosophy of selfishness before community.”

    So true.

    I’m in my 50’s and I remember the 60’s being all about sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. In the 70’s people started wising up and though there was still much of the same as in the 60’s, people started watching their health, eating right, drinking and smoking less and exercising. It was a feel-good time, and people really enjoyed one another and shared with one another. In 1980 Ronald Reagan become President, and all of a sudden it was the “me” era with books coming out like, “Looking Out For #1”, and it somehow became ok to screw people over as long as it was legal/not illegal. In fact, that was a mantra of sorts, “Hey, it ain’t illegal!” That attitude led to the S&L crisis, and the rest is history. THIS is where the republicans and their philosophy have taken us.

  2. one only has to go back to the interviews with Forbes magazine where beck admitted that he was not interested in the politics but only in the entertainment aspects of his show. The fact is he is chosen a very dangerous subject to be an entertainer in. And he knows what he is doing to. I am sure that all of those right wing Christians are listening to every word he says about God giving him a plan, without understanding that it is pure entertainment that he is espousing.

    If these people knew that Glenn Beck could care less if they believed his message and was concerned only with the number of people that watch his show, I think it would be a great deal of anger in this world directed at him. But then again if the people do that very little of the money that comes from Sean Hannity’s freedom concerts actually went to those kids the soldiers, Fox news would be in very deep trouble.

    I think the handwriting is on the wall for Fox news. Like Sarah, they have stepped into a place where they may not come back from

  3. Thanks to people like Cameron speaking up, maybe more will join him. It’s time to fight back against this anger, hate, lies, misinformation, ignorance and danger spread daily by the likes of Beck, Rush, Palin, Cheney and the rest of the usual GOP suspects. This climate is currently ill and unsettling. Intelligent people with a sense of good for this nation need to unite and speak out asap. Obama needs our support.

  4. People wake up. For so long everyone have been feed by the left truth media. Listen to yourselves. Now that conservatives have an outlet they are dangerous and not the left media? Please, listen to all media, then check their information. Glenn Beck have put himself out for blast because he can back up his claims. Prove him wrong, not shut him up. Now, that’s dangerous.

  5. What a bunch of whiners on here! I don’t here any of you that are complaining about about the right whining about the yelling and ranting of Olberman, Maddow or Matthews! (Maybe you haven’t seen them, their ratings are in the toilet compared to Fox!)

    Have you heard of the First Amendment! You don’t have to “fight back” against anyone whose views you disagree with. Merely changing the channel is sufficient.

    James Cameron has about as much credibility on this subject as any Hollywood type, which is to say next to none. They are all left wing divorced from the reality of 98% of Americans. This guy knows nothing of my life or challenges and so can’t say anything that is meaningful to me. For that matter, Rush and Beck fall in the same category.

    Stick to making movies James, your awesome at that!

  6. @Dave, No one is trying to take away the right to free speech. No one is saying that Beck is not allowed to say what he wants, but that his tactics of rhetoric and misinformation are dangerous. There is a difference between caution and the prohibition of free speech.

    Neither Cameron nor any of the above comments have suggested that Beck does not have the right to express his views. Your right wing persecution complex is showing. Anyone who uses tactics like Beck does whether they are on the left or right is treading on dangerous ground.

  7. @thomas mc, I am not sure about that, but they are called the American Taliban for a reason. I think the far right is a bigger danger to our freedom then Bin Laden ever could be.

  8. @Travis Miller,
    Glenn Beck can back up NOTHING he says. You are the problem with this country – you and your rightist friends. You believe everything you’re told – without question. Please, provide evidence to back up your contention that Beck is truthful – or – shut the hell up.

    Read more, talk less ,you’ll look a lot smarter.

  9. @Travis Miller, Everything beck says has and can be shot down like a duck in the winter time. It is people like him that is tking this country and turning it into a third world civilization. He knows exactly what he is doing, the GOP theme, divide and conquer, because that is all the GOP has left in it’s bag of tricks. He is an idiot, along with ANYONE that listens to his non-sense. When speech gets hateful or inciting violence, it is not free speech anymore, it is anti-American!!!!!

  10. @Jason Easley,

    The Right does not have a monopoly on the use of “misinformation is power”. Olberman, Maddow and the other screaming heads on CNN, MSNBC etc. do this at least as much as Beck does. I see them every day at the gym where I can’t change the channel.

    Right wing complex? The left has had a lock on the vast majority of the media for so long that it is very troubling to them to have a network (Fox) that is not like the others and is actually more popular than most of them.

    ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, Time, Newsweek, NY Times, Washington Post, the list goes on and on.

    Against these: Fox and a couple of right wing talkers on the radio.

    The notion that the right wing talkers are somehow “dangerous” when those with an opposite viewpoint are not is absurd. None of them are dangerous, they are just making their case in an outrageous manner; something that has been going on in this country since the 18th century.

    I am sure there are many on the right that think that Olberman, Maddow et al are feeding into “they feed into the darkest part of our national psyche” as well. They would be wrong too.

  11. @Dave, I never said that they were more or less dangerous. That is your own assumption. If you would take the time to read my post closely you will see that I directly state that no one is trying to deny Beck his right to free speech. In my previous comment that those kinds of tactics are dangerous when they are used by the left or the right.

    The Left controls the media. Right, which is why the top talk radio programs are all right wing and the top cable news network is right wing. Sorry, but in the age of corporate news ownership, the narrative of the left wing media is a quaint old folk tale.

  12. @Dave, Yes it IS leagal to lie, cheat and steal..just what your rightists in teh Tea Baggers and Fox Noise do all day, every day. It should be a felony though – lying, cheating, ans stealing are even against YOUR God.

  13. @Kurtisle,

    Wow, just in case there was any doubt that you can be of any political stripe and still be an idiot, I offer you Kurtisle…

  14. I’m Christian and I certainly agree that ignorance is enemy one to this country. All these talking heads are doing is seeding national dissension and setting an incredibly negative Christian stereotype that will long outlive any of the good they think they’re doing. Being a Christian is about giving w/o agenda, not trying to prove that everything that isn’t “me” is wrong. They fly the Christian flag for the numbers; shock people with rhetoric and misinformation for the attention. Jason is right, it’s dangerous and just wrong.

  15. COMMUNITY ABOVE …BELOW SELFISHNESS? THE LEFT IS WRONG ON EVERY ISSUE…..THERE SENCE OF COMMUNITY STARTS AND ENDS WITH THE GOVERMENT….FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE THEY WANT THE GOV TO WATCH OUT FOR THEM….WE THE PEOPLE WANT TO OVERSEE OUR OWN LIVES, OUR FAMILIES LIVES, OUR COUNTRIES….AMERICA IS THE MOST GIVING, CHARITABLE NATION ON GODS GREEN EARTH, THAT IS A FACT….NOT AN OPINION, HISTORY BEARS IT OUT….AMERICA IS THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY, THAT IS WHY PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE EARTH HAVE RISKED DEATH TO COME TO AMERICA…..THE DIFFERNCE IN THE LEFT IS THEY WANT TO FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE THIS ….TO THE COUNTRIES OUR IMMIGRANTS HAVE COME FROM….SOCIALIST…….WHY DO YOU THINK ALL THESE PEOPLE COME HERE NO, NOT TO BECOME SOCIALIST….THEY WANT WHAT WE HAVE FREEDOM…..

  16. @Kurtisle, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,PLEASE BE SPECIFIC WITH YOUR LIES…..IT IS EASY TO SAY SOMEONE LIES….PLEASE GIVE JUST ONE EXAMPLE….IF I HAD THE TIME I COULD RUN YOU THRU LOTS OF OBAMAS…..,

  17. The sense of community does not start with the government. It begins with democracy and the social contract that this nation was founded on. It starts with the Founding Fathers. Is is not about the few exploiting the many, as the corporations election system now allows, and by the way corporations control both parties. What Beck and you Robert have lost is the sense of the greater good, and that some things are good for all of us.

    Food and product safety are a form of government intervention that benefits us all, but people like you probably oppose that because it hurts the profits of a few. Laws that don’t allow companies to pollute our water are good for the community, but you probably oppose that too. Public schools are part of the community. Are they socialism? This is the kind of community that I am writing about. I have no idea what you are talking about.

    You need to start typing all in caps, turn off Glenn Beck, and start reading the works of the enlightenment thinkers on which the philosophy of this nation is based. You are mistaking nationalism for your community. It is possible to be patriotic and still believe in a strong community. I know the what I am asking you to read is difficult, but if you ever want to come back and talk about Locke, Rosseau, Hobbs, etc, you are always welcome here.

  18. @Nikolai, YOUR NAME SOUNDS RUSSIAN, IF YOU ARE SO AGANIST AMERICA AND FREEDOM WHY ARE YOU HERE…..I WILL ANSWER THAT DESPITE OUR FAULTS WE ARE THE GREATES, MOST GIVING COUNTRY ON GODS GREEN EARTH….WHAT LED TO OUR CURRENT DEPRESSION….AND IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE 10% UNEMPLOYED IT IS A DEPRESSION….WAS THE PROGRESSIVE WAYS OF OUR GOVERMENT……OUR POLITICIANS IN ALL THERE BLEEDINGS HEARTS WANTED THE COMMON MAN TO OWN A HOME…SO THEY ORDERED FANNIE, FREDDIE, ETC TO GIVE LOANS TO PEOPLE WHO DID NOT QUALIFY…..LOOK IT UP ITS FACTS, NOT OPINIONS WHICH ALL YOU LEFTIES HAVE…THE GOV IS STILL DOING THE SAME THING…..PLEASE GIVE SOME FACTS WITH YOUR OPINIONS…..YOU ON THE LEFT JAVE ZERO FACTS TO BACK UP ANYTHING YOU SAY…..

  19. @J Live, I agree there are lots of fine Christians out there who have not let political ideology warp their faith. It is too bad that the media gives them no attention.

  20. @robert cobb, Appears to me that Nicoli knows more about this country than you do. You might note that Nicoli has been here a long time if he was here in the 60’s.

    Other than that, loved your all caps post, it was hilarious

  21. @Allen S., allen the question is….IF GLENN BECK IS RIGHT WILL IT MATTER TO YOU? yes i used caps, i am shouting ….if obama is a socialist, will it matter to you or the rest of your lib friends? glenn has been proven right all too many times….the lefts reply….so what….please give some facts when saying he can be shot down….if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck yes its proably a duck and yes if obamas early childhood influences were communist if both his mom and dad left to further there leftist agenda yes if he went to a church which hates what america stands for, yes if he worked for or with acorn and seiu, yes if he surrounds himself with leftist radicals….yes he is a SOCIALISTS…YES YES YES HE IS…but again the question is does it matter to you leftist?

  22. @robert cobb,

    “Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. ”Patriotism” is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by ”patriotism” I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one’s own nation, which is the concern with the nation’s spiritual as much as with its material welfare –never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one’s country which is not part of one’s love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.”

    —Erich Fromm

  23. @robert cobb, It’s obvious you are not prepared to PUT UP OR SHUT UP. You are unable to answerr a simple question so you try to put the onus back on me, old truck – won’t work. You’ve proven my point your lot can’t tell truth from lie and therefore believe everything you’re told by Fox and their minions. Good luck with that in life.

    We were not talking about ME we were tqalking about YOU.

  24. @srjones, I dont know alot about Erich Fromm or his quotes let me quote someone i know……HES A SOCIALIST….FROMM WAS A COMMUNIST…..

  25. @Shiva, GLAD YOU ENJOY THE CAPS THERE IS A BUTTON ON YOUR KEYBOARD IT SAYS CAPS LOCL….TRY IT YOU WILL LIKE IT….HAVE A NICE LIFE ……IN AMERICA THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON GODS GREEN EARTH….

  26. @Robert
    Sorry, I dont have to use caps to be seen or heard. Real Americans don’t grab someones name and make the assumption that they are against America

  27. —5 times corrupt —long rich —decades stale
    and unflinching franchise slum caterer to history’s
    –MOST– awesomely genocidal regime —ACROSS the Pacific
    —James Cameron’s -by-the-book- PC ‘concern’ is a little hard to take

    ESP. as millions continue to suffer and die on this, the once again
    ‘mysteriously overlooked’ 60th Anniversary of the eerily relevant
    and STILL unfolding —KOREAN WAR…

    -AMEN-

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