Glenn Beck

Beck: 'We Were The Ones That Destroyed' Cable News

The other day, Al Sharpton did a segment on his television program in which he donned a lab coat in order to deliver a science lesson to climate change deniers ... and Glenn Beck found the entire thing to be just sad and pathetic.

That's right, a man who, just two months ago, spent ten minutes on his own program playing with Wizard the Oz dolls while wearing ruby slippers, finds MSNBC's programming to be simply embarrassing because they are obviously trying to copy him but have no idea what they are doing.

As Beck's co-host Pat Gray declared, "all [MSNBC is] trying to do now is copy what you did at Fox. That's what Ed Schultz does; that's what Al Sharpton is trying to do now. I mean, it's pretty transparent. They're just really excruciatingly bad at it."

"It's really amazing how much this network is flailing," Beck added, before proudly declaring that his show on Fox essentially destroyed cable news.

"We brought that industry to an end because we went in, we mocked the way it was done while we were doing it. We broke all of the rules. We rocketed to the top. It was iconic and now everybody is left with this ... they don't know what to do because they can't make it work, they don't know what to do and so it's becoming these really lousy ... it's becoming embarrassing":

Yes, it's embarrassing, said the man who was down on his knees on the floor providing imaginary medical aid with an American flag blanket to a mortally wounded Lady Liberty in a desperate attempt to save America not too long ago.

Beck: 'I'm Not The Evil Conservative Monster They Say I Am'

As anyone who watches Glenn Beck's radio and television programs with any regularity can tell you, the messages delivered by Beck can vary widely from day to day, depending on Beck's mood and worldview at any given moment. One day, Beck is all "let's just love one another and treat everyone with respect and dignity" and then the next day (or even later on the same program) he is railing against progressives and those with whom he disagrees as the root of all evil today and throughout history.

On last night's program, Beck was in one of his Kumbaya moods while discussing the remark he made a few weeks back that he'd "stand with GLAAD" against the vicious anti-gay bigotry being stoked in Russia, saying that he was rather surprised that other people were shocked that he would take such a stance.

"This isn't a gay issue; it's a human issue," Beck declared, approximately two minutes into this clip. "I am a human who lives and breathes just like the next guy ... I have a family. I like to laugh. I like to play with my kids. I like to watch a good movie; sometimes I see too many bad ones. I'm not angry. I'm not the evil conservative monster they say I am. And get this one, I don't think they're the monster either":

Of course, this might be easier to believe if just a few months ago Beck hadn't literally called Michelle Obama "a monster":

Beck Teases Pre-Election Conservative Summit with Hannity, Levin, & Limbaugh

Before he left on his holiday vacation, Glenn Beck hinted at some sort of "conservative summit" that would bring together Beck, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and Rush Limbaugh in the summer of 2014. Today, Beck returned from vacation and discussed the event in a bit more detail, announcing that Hannity has already agreed to participate and is reaching out to Levin, and that the event will probably take place in June at some venue yet to be announced.

What appeared to please Beck most about this planned gathering is that it will take place shortly before the mid-term elections, with Beck and his co-hosts sarcastically musing about how coincidentally fortuitous if would be to "have a massive gathering somewhere right before the mid-terms" at which the conservative movement could come together in unity just before the elections.

"It would be really sad for the other side," said co-host Pat Gray:

Of course, just before the last election, Beck was confident that Mitt Romney would win because "God is not neutral in [the] freedom of all of mankind" and all the Tea Party and prayer rallies were just like what the Founding Fathers did to create this nation.

The Year In Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck fancies himself something of a prophet - not a terribly accurate one, mind you, like one that can tell you when things are going to happen, but more of a generalist who issues vague warnings about dark days ahead and then seizes upon random current events as proof that everything he has been warning about is coming true.

To honor Beck's remarkable gift for discerning the future, we decided to take a look back at some of the claims he made over the previous year to highlight his amazing record of wrongly predicting just about everything and generally just being a lunatic.

Beck began the year by boldly proclaiming that "Hank Rearden is about to pour some steel" and fundamentally transform America, by which he meant himself and his grandiose plans to create a $2 billion libertarian compound. More modestly, Beck also intended to permanently change the way the nation celebrated the 4th of July, which he accomplished by dressing up as the Man In The Moon and telling America's history from the moon's perspective.

In between those tasks, Beck spent program after program warning his audience that President Obama is trying to foment a race-based civil war and seeking to confiscate weapons in order to re-impose slavery and eventually start killing American citizens.

For a few days in March, Beck become convinced that the government was going to start seizing the bank accounts of America citizens just like what was happening in Cyprus and urging his audience to start hoarding cash. But that obsession soon gave way to a crusade that he launched against Common Core, which he called the "biggest story in American history" because it is an evil plot to turn school children into cogs living under a police state.

When not freaking out about the future of technology, Beck became convinced that the bombing at the Boston Marathon was an al Qaeda attack backed by Saudi Arabia and vowed to take down the government if it did not come clean. For days, Beck harped about this supposed cover-up ... until it was revealed that he didn't really have any idea what he was talking about, at which point he gave up and moved on.

And what he moved on to his theory that a man who shot himself at the Houston airport while the NRA convention happened to be in town was part of a "false flag" operation carried out by Occupy Wall Street in order to push for gun control. That was also entirely untrue and so Beck dropped it after a few days, never to mention it again.

Then came the IRS scandal, which prompted Beck to demand President Obama's impeachment ... because it was designed to cover up what really happened in Benghazi. When that didn't work, Beck called for Obama's impeachment over his actions in Syria, which was also designed to cover up for Benghazi as well as start World War III and establish a one-world government. Beck openly accused Obama of engaging in treason even though he, once again, had literally no idea what he was talking about.

At one point, Beck promised a story that would rock the nation, but all that emerged was some coalition of Tea Party members in Congress who refused to back immigration reform.  Nothing ever came from this supposed scoop, but that didn't stop him from promising other such scoops, which likewise never materialized.

Through it all, Beck somberly warned his audience time and again that America's days were numbered because society had gone insane and been engulfed in darkness. Until, that is, Beck spoke at a Tea Party rally in Washington, DC and realized that the Tea Party is the modern day civil rights movement and the people forseeen by God and the Founding Fathers who would one day rise up and save this nation ... just as Beck has been trying to do throughout his career:

Right Wing Leftovers - 12/20/13

  • A federal judge in Utah has struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
  • On a semi-related note, anti-gay marriage activists believe that they will eventually win this fight: "This may take us years, but in the same way Roe v Wade looked utterly hopeless when it was put forward. But we see now today that the majority of Americans are now pro-life."
  • Glenn Beck's political insights are quite remarkable.
  • While ostensibly complaining about Phil Robertson's suspension, Breitbart's John Nolte says "bundled cable is the root of too many political and cultural evils to count."
  • Bryan Fischer sees the "Duck Dynasty" controversy as a turning point in human history: "Phil Robertson has created a moment of historic opportunity for evangelicals and social conservatives to reverse our cultural slide into sexual deviancy and begin turning our ship of state back toward sexual normalcy."

Beck Offers 'Duck Dynasty' A Home At The Blaze, In The Name Of Diversity

Because Glenn Beck is a paragon of principles and consistency, it makes perfect sense that one day after blasting President Obama for not walking out arm-in-arm with gay athletes during the opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics to send a message to the world, he is now offering the Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame a place on his network, vowing never to hinder their ability to spread their anti-gay views.

Beck suggests that all every member of the Robertson clan ought to just answer every question they are asked from now on by simply repeating the statements that got Phil Robertson suspended from the program and doing so until A&E cancels the show, at which point Beck's The Blaze will pick it up.

"We're not ashamed. We won't fold," Beck said. "We have people of diverse opinion here. There are people that are godly and atheist. There are people here that are liberal and very conservative. There are straight people, there are gay people. There are white people, there are black people. They all have an opinion and they're all welcome at The Blaze. Duck Dynasty, we would be proud to have you. May I suggest, make your stand. You will never have a better change and, quite honestly, you're our best shot as people. If we don't get people to wake up to the fact that this is fascism, that we are not allowed to have another opinion - if we don't get them to wake up now, they're never going to wake up, and you're our best shot. Diversity of thought":

Beck: Ted Cruz 'May Be Our Ronald Reagan'

Glenn Beck rips President Obama's Olympic delegation as "nursery school stuff" and wants him to walk out arm-in-arm with gay athletes, before hailing Sen. Ted Cruz as potentially the next Ronald Reagan.

Glenn Beck Blames Obama Administration For Lying Robot Telemarketer

Even though Beck's own "The Blaze" reported that these calls came from a company called Premier Health Plans Inc., and Beck acknowledged that the calls came from a "private health company," he somehow managed to blame the entire thing on the Obama administration.

Glenn Beck Pays Attention To A School Shooting, For A Change

One of the most striking things about watching Glenn Beck day in and day out is the extent to which he is quite literally the embodiment of the very things that he rants about on his program.

Beck Wants Fake Interpreter's Bloodstream Tested 'To Find Out If Anybody Jacked Him On Anything'

Glenn Beck spent a segment of his radio show today discussing the truly bizarre story about the fake sign language interpreter used during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela who was subsequently discovered to have a history of violence and mental illness.

Glenn Beck Declares Ted Cruz 'Blaze Man Of The Year'

Outraged that Time Magazine has named a Marxist like Pope Francis as its "Person of the Year," Glenn Beck responded on his radio program today by declaring that Sen. Ted Cruz was The Blaze's "Man of the Year."

Claiming that Time snubbed Cruz by not giving him the honor because "they don't want to give him any more power," Beck proclaimed that "progressives are fascists," which is why Time has named people like Hitler and Mussolini as the "Man of the Year" (for the record, Mussolini was never named "Man of the Year.")

Even though Cruz was among the finalists for the "Person of the Year," Beck is positive that he never had an actual chance of winning, even though "he's the guy who is going to affect our life, your life, much more than anybody else."

As such, Beck unilaterally decided that Cruz was the "Blaze Man of the Year":

Beck Tells His Audience 'You Are The Next Nelson Mandela'

Last week, Glenn Beck was telling his audience of Tea Party activists that they "are the people that our Founders saw, the wise and the honest" who would rise up and save the nation when it was on the verge of collapse.

Today on his radio broadcast, Beck stepped it up a notch, telling his audience that "governments fear the individual," which is why the South African government imprisoned Nelson Mandela for twenty seven years.  So, of course, Beck then told his audience that they are exactly the sorts of strong, courageous individuals that the government fears.

"They fear the next Nelson Mandela," he proclaimed, "and I tell you, you are the next Nelson Mandela. You are the next Martin Luther King. You are the next Gandhi. You are the next Abraham Lincoln. You are the next George Washington":

A Convention Of States: The Right's Latest Plan To Amend The Constitution

For the last several months, spurred on by the publication of Mark Levin's "The Liberty Amendments," right-wing activists have been floating the idea of convening a "Convention of States" through which representatives of the individuals states would gather together for a convention to amend the Constitution and reign in the federal government.

Under Article V of the Constitution, "legislatures of two thirds of the several states" have the power to "call a convention for proposing amendments" and the idea to convene such a convention has been warmly embraced by people like David Barton who has promoted it not only on his radio program but also while filling in as host on Glenn Beck's television program.

Recently, Beck himself has begun promoting it as well and today his The Blaze website reported that nearly 100 right-wing legislators from 32 states met in Virginia over the weekend as the first steps toward turning this fringe fantasy into reality:

Close to 100 legislators from 32 states met in Mount Vernon, Va., Saturday to discuss the possibility of adding amendments to the U.S. Constitution through a convention of the states.

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Lawmakers on Saturday discussed term limits on U.S. lawmakers and certain limits on federal taxation and spending as possible amendments, Red Millennial noted.

State legislators stressed Saturday the bipartisan nature of support for the discussed amendments, citing a recent poll that shows 74 percent of Americans support a balanced budget amendment while another 75 percent support congressional term limits.

Saturday’s Mount Vernon meeting was organized by Indiana state Sen. David Long and Wisconsin Rep. Chris Kapenga.

There has been growing support for the idea of a convention, but there is also healthy skepticism.

Still, regardless of whether one thinks it’s a realistic idea, Virginia and South Carolina have both pre-filed applications for a convention, meaning some are taking the idea very seriously.

Saturday’s meeting represents the most recent attempt by legislators to discuss seriously the possibility of adding amendments to the Constitution through a convention.

Beck: 'We Are The People That Our Founders Saw, The Wise And The Honest'

Over the last several months, Glenn Beck has veered back and forth between despondant cries that America is utterly doomed and joyous proclamations that the future is brighter than it has ever been.

While one week he is screaming that America has gone insane and been engulfed by darkness, the next he is declaring that he and his audience were chosen by God to save the nation ... and that is where he is now, as he asserted on his television broadcast last night that even though our entire society is on the verge of complete collapse, Beck remains optimistic because his audience of Tea Party activists are just the sort of people the Founding Fathers envisioned would one day finally create the perfect America.

"I tell you now," Beck said, "we are the people that our Founders saw, the wise and the honest. They knew it would fall apart, they knew the system would have to be re-booted and in 1822, [Thomas] Jefferson and [John] Adams are going back and forth and they said 'yeah, but trust the people, trust the people, they'll see what we were doing and they'll do it better'":

Glenn Beck And Mark Driscoll Declare That The Religious Right Is Dead

On his television broadcast last night, Glenn Beck spent the entire hour interviewing controversial pastor (and alleged plagiarist) Mark Driscoll about what has gone wrong in America.

Early on in the discussion, Driscoll revealed that his church had recently conducted a survey to find out why people do not attend or stop attending church and learned that the main reason given is that Christians and the church are seen as intolerant.

Beck, of course, disagreed, saying that it was progressives and gay marriage activists and everyone else who are the intolerant ones because they are imposing their agenda upon Christians who just want is to be left alone to worship God as they see fit.

But, Beck said, this provides an opportunity for Christians to re-frame the debate. Asserting that anti-gay activists have "lost the war," Beck said Christians need to start framing the debate in terms of tolerance by declaring that they are not trying to tell people how to live and, in return, expect to be able to live their own lives as they see fit.

Driscoll agreed, saying "the Religious Right, the Moral Majority, everybody put those t-shirts away, nobody is wearing them."

"Right," Beck said. "That is over":

Glenn Beck's Miraculous Christmas CD Just Might Save The World

Earlier this year, "nine musical artists of different styles, backgrounds, and faiths were invited by Glenn Beck to compose, arrange, and record as a unit" to create a Christmas album called "Believe Again."

On his radio broadcast today, Beck spent a large part of the program promoting the new album during which he read from an insanely grandiose letter that he wrote to those involved in the project in which he predicted that their efforts just might save America and the world from the "spiritual darkness" that is engulfing it.

"Freedom is slipping through the fingers of so many around the world," Beck wrote, "and I think it's about time that we accept the mantle of new civil rights leaders of the world ... Our task is harder right now because much of the world has plunged into darkness and can no longer see the truth.  But those of us who are awake have something that the others don't: the power of truth."

"Hopefully with these songs that you will put together," he continued, "travelers from around the world will find their way and help preserve the rights of man."

Warning that America will soon suffer the wrath of God, Beck declared that those who were recording this CD would be spreading the gift of redemption throughout a troubled and frightened world, telling the singers that "your voices will fill the air with praises to our God and King ... Many mighty miracles will be seen in the coming days and I think mighty miracles just may come from what you set out to do":

Beck: 'I Believe This President Is In Danger'

While speaking at an event on immigration reform in San Francisco yesterday, President Obama was heckled by protestors demanding that he "stop all deportations."

One of the protestors happened to be standing in the crowd on stage, which has set off alarms for Glenn Beck who fears that people with "leftist ties" in the Obama administration are allowing the security bubble around the president to be routinely penetrated by radical Marxists who represent a violent threat.

"This is craziness," Beck said. "I am not a fan of this president but I want the President of the United States to be secure and the President, I do not believe, is secure. I believe this president is in danger because things are spiraling out of control and he is looking like he is an enemy ... They don't understand why he just won't seize power and do it, so he's a traitor to their revolution":

Glenn Beck Has Made FEMA Obsolete And Saved Freedom

On his television program last night, Glenn Beck relayed anecdotal evidence from workers with his Mercury One charity who are on the ground in Illinois to assist with the tornado recovery effort to declare that their efforts have been so successful that victims are telling FEMA trucks to go away because they do not want or need government assistance.

Pointing to a sign declaring "Please No More Donations," Beck rejoiced that the community had come together to such an extent that places are being overwhelmed with assistance.  Of course, underneath the "No More Donations" plea are further instructions as to where donations should be left.  The rest of the sign is difficult to read, but it seems to be directing donations to some other location, presumably because, in every disaster like this, victims and aid organizations are overwhelmed with "SWEDOW—Stuff We Don’t Want."

But based on Beck's reporting, this is all a sign that freedom is on the march and FEMA is no longer necessary ... just as Beck predicted two years ago when he began his Mercury One charity:

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