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9/24/09 Smears Glenn Beck, Again Misquoting Skousen

Glenn Beck is a frog killer! Charles Johnson was outraged. But Johnson obviously didn't actually watch the show, just the pitiful MediaMatters clip. The rest of us knew that it was obvious Beck did no such thing. Oh, but Johnson is not backing down!

After that display of intelligence, Little Green Footballs went on to misquote "The Making of America." Johnson has done this multiple times.

Toward the end of Reagan’s second term, Skousen became the center of a minor controversy when state legislators in California approved the official use of another of his books, the 1982 history text “The Making of America.” Besides bursting with factual errors, Skousen’s book characterized African-American children as “pickaninnies” and described American slave owners as the “worst victims” of the slavery system. Quoting the historian Fred Albert Shannon, “The Making of America” explained that “[slave] gangs in transit were usually a cheerful lot, though the presence of a number of the more vicious type sometimes made it necessary for them all to go in chains.”

Just like the frog embarrassment, it is obvious that Johnson didn't really research this book, but simply took snippets from someone's website.

"The Making of America" didn't label African-Americans "pickaninnies." Skousen simply recorded some of the racism that the south unfairly used and that was one term. He didn't call slave owners victims, he said the south in general paid for their cruelty to African-Americans through the bloodshed of the civil war. And his quote of Fred Shannon was analyzed critically in this book, not just repeated.

Johnson misquotes this book, because Skousen wrote another book (The 5,000 Year Leap) which Beck seems to promote... which somehow makes Beck racist...

The Little Green Meltdown continues!

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