On the last segment of his next-to-last episode on Fox News, Glenn Beck took a few minutes for a brief recounting of how "progressives" in government co-opted the media via the creation of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) at the end of Woodrow Wilson's presidency.
For over 40 years The John Birch Society (JBS) and its magazines have been exposing the role of the Council on Foreign Relations in influencing the American electorate and government toward interventionism and globalism. For example, in his article entitled "Council On Foreign Relations," July 23, 2009, James Perloff stated:
Two major means the establishment employs for controlling government policy: (1) through its influence within the two major parties and the mass media, it can usually assure that both the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates will be its own hand-picked men; (2) by stacking presidential cabinets with CFR members at key positions — especially those involving defense, finance, foreign policy, and national security — it can assure that America will move in the direction it wants. Since the council’s founding in 1921, 21 secretaries of defense or war, 19 secretaries of the treasury, 17 secretaries of state, and 15 CIA directors have hailed from the Council on Foreign Relations.
Also, in 1988 the JBS published the definitive history of the CFR, The Shadows of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations And The American Decline by James Perloff. In the first chapter of this book Perloff begins to answer the question, "What is the CFR?" by writing:
Historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. has called the Council on Foreign Relations a "front organization" for "the heart of the American Establishment." David Halberstam, in his acclaimed book The Best and the Brightest, dubbed it "the Establishment's unofficial club."
Newsweek has referred to the CFR's leaders as "the foreign-policy establishment of the U.S." Richard Rovere, writing in Esquire magazine, saw them as "a sort of Presidium for that part of the Establishment that guides our destiny as a nation."
Below is the video of Glenn Beck's segment about the CFR on June 29, 2011.