Dana Milbank devotes a great deal of space today to ridiculing Glenn Beck's view of history, which he says has two main pillars: Comparing Obama to Hitler and blaming Woodrow Wilson for pretty much everything that's wrong with the world today. He makes the case for Beck having a Nazi fetish thusly: "In his first 18 months on Fox News, from early 2009 through the middle of this year, he and his guests invoked Hitler 147 times. Nazis, an additional 202 times. Fascism or fascists, 193 times. The Holocaust got 76 mentions, and Joseph Goebbels got 24."
Beck has become successful by giving voice to fringe—not to mention wildly inaccurate—conspiracies, writes Milbank, who tries to sum up the host's Tree of Revolution chart: "Woodrow Wilson mated with an Argentine revolutionary and a Chicago radical, gave birth to a 1960s antiwar group and a pair of Columbia academics, who in turn spawned ACORN, the SEIU, the Apollo Alliance, the Weather Underground, George Soros—and Barack Obama." See the full column in the Washington Post.