The Egyptian uprising hit America like a bullet and left in much the same way, especially after all the news about the Gaddafi stuff happening in Lybia reached our shores. However, while it was here, the Egyptian conflict was the talk of the town, garnering media attention from all of the big name outlets and, like every big news story to hit the states, Glenn Beck had his theories about what was really going on over in Egypt.
Beck featured a former Bush administration official on his show back in February to discuss Beck’s elaborate conspiracy theory surrounding Egypt. However, things didn’t go as planned for the Bush official as he was later reported as saying that the Fox host’s comments were “absurd”.
James K. Glassman, who served as Under Secretary of State in 2008, helped create the Alliance for Youth Movements (AYM), an organization which, according to Glassman, “aims to support and sustain campaigns for nonviolent social change that harness 21st century tools to safeguard human rights, promote good governance and foster civic engagement.”
On his show, Glenn Beck “suggested” that the Alliance for Youth Movements was tied to “violent Islamic extremism” and that our State Department is “aiding groups that want to use the Egyptian protests” in order to “create an Islamic caliphate.”
When Glassman was reached for a comment by Media Matters, Glassman stated that he had reviewed different video portions of Beck’s show in addition to related material on Glenn Beck’s website. Glassman called Beck’s comments and theories “literally absurd” and also added that “it was like the World turned upside down on me.”
According to Glassman, “The work we were doing was to advance the cause of anti-violence and freedom, and if we played any small role in events in Egypt, that advances those causes. I would think that Glenn Beck would stand for those goals.”
Glassman is currently the executive director of the George W. Bush Institute at the Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas. Glassman served as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute before joining the State Department.
Source: Media Matters for America – Former Bush Official: Beck Criticism “Absurd”