From Media Matters for America -- June 24, 2010:
Glenn Beck has repeatedly accused Obama administration officials of being communists or similar to communists
Beck has portrayed current and former Obama administration officials as communists, Maoists, Marxists, and socialists. Media Matters has documented Beck's extended campaign of red-baiting Obama and current and former administration officials. Beck has falsely claimed that former White House communications director Anita Dunn "worships" "her hero" Mao Zedong; attacked "manufacturing czar" Ron Bloom for citing Mao in a speech, despite the fact that many conservatives have done the same; repeatedly called Obama a socialist and a Marxist and suggested he's a communist; and repeatedly smeared former White House adviser Van Jones as a communist, ignoring the fact that Van Jones has said he's not a communist.
Glenn Beck -- who has said that Sen. Joseph McCarthy was "absolutely right" -- devoted his Fox News show to purportedly helping his viewers decide "was McCarthy right." During the show, Beck renewed his extended campaign of red-baiting President Obama, his family, and progressives, at one point opining on the effectiveness of duck-and-cover drills in raising awareness of the dangers of communism.
BECK: What do they say about McCarthy? Oh, he's conducting witch hunts, smearing innocent victims, spreading hysteria. On February 11, 1950, McCarthy wrote this telegram to the president, President Truman, in which he explained, "I have in my possession the names of 57 communists who are in the State Department at present." [Glenn Beck, 6/24/10]
Beck asks, "Was McCarthy right?" before red-baiting Obama's family and "all of the people who are ruling now." On the June 4 edition of his radio program, Beck said that McCarthy "may have used bad tactics ... but he was absolutely right."
Au Contraire, my Dear Mr. Beck --- the fact is that Senator Joseph McCarthy never proved that one single member of the State Department was a Communist.
At various times, McCarthy claimed to have the names of 57 Communists -- even several hundred "card-carrying Communists" -- in his possession. He never even named one person in the State Department who proved to be a Communist.
Glenn Beck not only idolizes McCarthy -- Beck is doing his best to be "McCarthy's Second Coming". The Big Lie is Beck's favorite technique -- the same as McCarthy's. Keep on saying that people are Communists -- and there are enough gullible poor souls around so that you will never have to prove anything about anyone.
Of course, the fact that Communism has collapsed and is no longer a threat to the USA doesn't mean anything. Keep repeating scary tales about the Bogey Man. I'm surprised Glenn Beck hasn't claimed that Obama's family are all Witches. That's next.