Glenn Beck Zeros In on CFR's Role in Media Bias


Glenn BeckAs a longtime member of The John Birch Society, the premier organization warning Americans about the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) for the past 50 years, it is always gratifying to see others raising the warning too. However, before looking at what Glenn Beck said about the CFR yesterday, let's review what the JBS has been saying over the years.

In possibly his earliest mention of the CFR, Robert Welch, founder of the JBS, wrote in the JBS Bulletin for August 1961:

[T]he Dan Smoot Report has been running an unbelievably excellent and informative survey of our country's INVISIBLE GOVERNMENT. It deals with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Foreign Policy Association, the big foundations, and other bodies interwoven into the gigantic maze -- dominated by the CFR -- which is working "to convert America into a socialist nation and then make it a unit in a one-world socialist system."

The “INVISIBLE GOVERNMENT” series in the Dan Smoot Report was published in book form as The Invisible Government in 1962.

As you can see from this early mention of the CFR by Robert Welch, almost right from the beginning of the JBS we were warning Americans that the CFR is part of a network of establishment organizations that is working to convert our country into a socialist nation. Over the decades we've oftened wondered out loud, just how long would it take for a majority of Americans to see what was happening to our nation. Thankfully, many millions of Americans have been awakening during the past year and a half due to the acceleration of this whole process of fundamentally transforming America under President Obama.

A “Correction Please!” column in the March 1963 issue of American Opinion magazine, an early publication of The John Birch Society, said this about the CFR:

It should be remembered that Mr. [Christian] Herter, along with the Dulles brothers, was among the small group of progressive intellectuals who, in 1919, gathered around that admirer of despotism, Colonel Edward M. House, and with him launched the Council on Foreign Relations. Today, the Council that House built controls the State Department, the Executive Branch, the largest and richest Foundations, a number of America's newspaper chains, and most of its mass media magazines.

This time the JBS was warning Americans about how a small group of progressive intellectuals had launched the CFR in 1919 and how its influence was now exerted over the State Department, the Executive Branch, the large foundations, newspapers and magazines. The JBS has continued warning about the influence of the CFR right up to today. We published a major article, “Council on Foreign Relations: Influencing American Government” (reprint) by James Perloff in our magazine, The New American, just last year. And, ever since we published The Shadows of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline by James Perloff in 1988, it has remained one of our best sellers.

In the photo of Beck from last night's TV show (above), he is holding photos of CFR-founder Colonel Edward Mandell House (on the right) and Walter Lippman, a very influential intellectual and journalist in the first half of the 20th Century, and more importantly for the purpose of this article, a protege of Colonel House. You'll hear more about Lippman in the video below.

So with this preamble, take a look at what Glenn Beck said about the CFR on his TV show last night (three-minute video clip below) and see how closely it resembles what the JBS has been saying about the CFR for the past 50 years.


Now take a look at this nine-minute video from 1974 in which Robert Welch quotes from his two-day speech at the founding meeting of The John Birch Society in 1958. You'll be amazed at just how much he anticipated the concerns of Ron Paul, the Tea Party movement, and Glenn Beck over 50 years ago.


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