I've only seen a few bits of this guy on tv, but every time I did he was
making incredibly hyperbolic statements, near tears, or standing in front of a
chalkboard making impossible leaps of logic by circling letters in sentences.
That he has popularity and validity beyond entertainment value is a sad
The new book sounds interesting. I haven't found Glenn Beck to be
particularly great as an writer, so wonder that he would presume to edit other
writer's works. Accounts of past events may be better served for accuracy
if that is the focus, as opposed to inspiring preset morals or lessons...those
are called fables.
That some people cannot see logic when presented to them is a "sad
Article quote:“Troubled by what he felt was the dry, reinvented
history of today’s history books, Beck and his team imagined history and
its greatest lessons in a way that would appeal to the masses, without rewriting
them.”Given his premise that today’s history books are
filled with ‘reinvented history’ I have no doubt Beck will imagine
all sorts of things about our history that will appeal to his
“masses” in the Emerald City.
@HutteriteYou admit that you have only seen 'a few bits of this
guy on tv' but you have passed judgment that his popularity is a 'sad
commentary.' I don't agree with everything Beck says, but you should
probably try to at least read and listen before making blanket judgments.
Seems like most comments so far are negative on Beck. I suspect that much of
what the "see" is persona that helps to sell what has for sale. I have
found his radio show to be entertaining and somewhat informative, but it
isn't the only source of my information either. I think this new book will
provide another uniquely Beck perspective on History that we should all know but
probably don't. If he makes history into a story I think that takes
anything away from the history. It might actually help someone care about it a
little more and go find another alternative history version of what he wrote.
History is the perspective of the writer, I am certain that the history I read
and learned to this point in my life was some man's or woman's
perspective. Don't see a thing wrong with another writer's attempt to
learn from history.
There are many haters of Glenn Beck as you see in these posts. I will speak for
the other side!Glenn is absolutely fearless and completely honest in
my opinion. I don't always agree with him, but I love his passion for
America, freedom, and liberty!
The only thing that drives Glenn Beck is his love of money. Honesty and
integrity are not among his strongest virtues. He is first and foremost a
showman.It is a sad comment about the critical thinking skills of
most of his followers who can not or do not want to see that about Beck.
To me Glenn Beck comes across as a demagogue. But I may be mistaken. I only
watched one of his programs from start to finish, and that was on Fox "Fair
and Balanced" News, the program on George Soros. I was never a big fan of
Soros, but Beck's treatment of him was pretty bad. His show was complete
with creepy music, dark shadows, props, etc. It's counterpart might have
been Michael Moore's documentary expose of George W. Bush, "Farenheit
9-11". Both presented extreme unfair extreme caricatures of their subjects,
and both had little relation to the real truth. I have never seen or read
anything by Glenn Beck since.Also...Beck's fixation on the
Nazis troubling, the collecting of Nazi memorabilia. What kind of a person does
Those who peddle fear and sew contention are not your friend.
I use to love watch and listened to Glenn Beck but he started to change. I loved
him on CNN and his was the only show I would watch on that station. Then when he
went to Fox little by little to me he started to change. He was always crying.
or laughing it was like he was bipolar. Then he started to act silly and I
became fed up with him when he could not even support Mitt Romney and felt like
he wanted him to lose so that he could still do his show and get certain people
to still listen to him. He changed and so therefore I changed and will not
longer watch or listen to him.
I think Glen Beck gets carried away sometimes, but I also admire his love and
devotion to our country. He seems to be doing everything he can to promote the
virtues that have made America a great nation. It is so easy to sit on the
sidelines and criticize him. How much wiser it would be for us to actively use
our energy to support the causes we believe in, as he has done.
Nothing Mr Beck says can be taken seriously, he only cares about money, truth
and honesty has never been high among his strong points….a total waste of
:...Beck includes 12 stories from among thousands..."Hard to
find stories that fit the agenda, it seems.
It's so sad that those who aren't successful always attack those who
are. I would tend to believe the person who knows Glenn personally about the
kind of person he is. Jason knows him personally and has a very high opinion of
him. I don't know how anyone would be able to tell that all Glenn cares
about is money. Can you read his mind and heart?I don't always
agree with Glenn but he isn't a nut and he isn't a charlatan.
He's a sincere guy who is trying his best to help others and save his
country from those who are trying to destroy it. And...yes, he is making money.
But, most of it gets poured back into his projects and the network he is
building to promote the things he believes in.He sure is a lot more
successful than Al Gore was. Most of the people who attack Glenn are those are
get their information from the haters and not from Glenn directly.
Why is this news? Why is this on the front page? DesNews is its own worst
Lots of posters that have trouble with celebrety. If I feel the way many of
these posters do I would completely avioid the guy.
Cool - another Glenn Beck book I won't be reading.
Having read Beck, I wouldn't claim any association with his books. His
claim of history is questionable.
Glenn Beck is easily the most well know LDS member there is. Talk to people
across the country and mention the word "Mormon" and 90% of the time
they will bring up Glenn Beck. I have personally seen this in Mississippi,
Louisiana, and South Carolina. Everywhere he goes, everything he says, every
word he writes is directly associated with the Church and its legacy. He is
their most famous representative. After this last election, many will mention
Mitt Romney. But they knew Beck long beforehand as the foremost representative
of the LDS religion.
When Glenn was interviewed in SLC and asked about his political affiliation he
said it did not matter, that he was an entertainer. As an entertainer he said
he had to appeal to the masses who followed and supported him.This
state holds him on a pedestal and thus probably judges him on a level of a
politican instead of an actor.As an entertainer he is above Lindsay
Lohan and is not in jail all the time so there is a good side to him. As an
entertainer he does have to be in the headlines or he would not be as sucessful
as he now is. Whether it is crying on command or comparing modern day to Nazi
Germany he remains a step above the Hollywood drug scene of most enetertainers.
Is Beck's opinion worth anything, especially when it comes to history? Has
he trained his mind for years, like great historians do, by reading,
researching, writing and submitting those written opinions to peer review? Does he concern himself with his own biases and realize that his
worldview or biases may impact his search for truth and taint his telling of
the "story?" Does Beck really want to improve
Americans' historical understanding? I highly doubt that is on his radar.
I suspect that he already "knows" the truth without fully examining the
historical record. Beck is a "consumer" of history to back a political
agenda, not a "producer" of history motivated by a desire to discern the
truth. Beck is out to add to the historiography of our country without having
read it. The author of this article even states that Beck's conclusions are
already predetermined in the last two paragraphs. This is a work of fiction.
What the historical record reveals does not matter to Beck.
Gosh everytime I read his books I get so many rich blessings.
Why the free publicity for Beck?The "historian" Beck often
used on his show, and as a guest lecturer for Beck University, David Barton,
had his book "Jefferson Lies" yanked by the publishers when it was
roundly criticized for numerous inaccuracies. Keep that in mind
Why the free publicity for Beck?The "historian" Beck often
used on his show and a guest lecturer for Beck Univ, David Barton, had his
book, "Jefferson Lies"yanked by the publisher due to numerous
inaccuracies.Keep that in mind.
I have listened to Beck, can't relate to him. According to the gospel of
Beck If you have any ideas that might be considered liberal or progressive you
are in cahoots with satan. Scary guy.
I'll bet a dollar to a doughnut most of the people who have negative
comments about Beck have just heard about him from friends or shows like Sat
Night Live etc. and really have never listened to his show or read one of his
books. I would say that is a pretty educated guess from what I have read in
some of these comments. I always thought Liberal meant to look at both sides
before passing judgment.
re:arand"I'll bet a dollar to a doughnut most of the people who
have negative comments about Beck have just heard about him from friends"You owe me a dollar. I do listen to/watch right-wing radio
and TV, (including Glenn Beck before he got booted from Fox). I regularly
listened to Limbaugh and Hannity's programs until the day a caller to the
program said they wanted to "take matters into their own hands" against
liberals. The fact that Beck was too hot to handle at Fox should
tell us something about Beck as well. Now, what about you? Do you watch liberal programs? There really is no liberal
equivalent to Limbaugh/Hannity etc. on the radio--at least not in my area.
I am anxious to read his new book. If the History books were better written
when I was in school almost 80 years ago, I would probably loved history. Since
I have always been an avid Reader, could read before I started school. My
Ancestors help create this great country, and their lives would make a great
story, I would like to encourage my grandchildren and Great Grandchildren to
put the computer lap tops away and get a good book.
I feel bi-polar just reading the reviews here: I agree with most of them, pro
and con!Yes, Grammy3- I feel your pain, too. Ditto my review
exactly. But I agree with Cats re the besmirching and reading of his soul.
Give the man his due! He has a following that is not to be sniffed at. Anybody
here got a movie studio in the works?I find him hilariously
entertaining, but he can morph into obnoxious in a nano-sec. He's like
watching a precocious ADD child, brilliant and annoying simultaneously. Me
wishes he would vet all his beliefs and passions with equal objectivity and
scholarship, if you get my drift...But really, the man is wildly
creative, popular and passionate. Don't begrudge his success just becuz
you don't like his cup of tea. Which brings me to Oatmeal's
soliloquy. You ask if Beck's opinion is worth anything, "especially
when it comes to history"? Well, ummm, his importance is in this paper for
one reason: his membership. This is for member readership, all you naysayers.
Let the sweet Deseret spotlight who it wishes.Besides, your last
sentence sums up a lot.
I agree with FatherofFour that many see Glenn Beck as the most visible member of
the LDS Church. However, he is a member, not a leader.What is truly
sad are the number of my fellow Church members who listen to Glenn Beck more
than their own Prophet. Beck is not an officail representative of the Church.
Too many tune out on Conference Weekend but tune into the Blaze every day.I hope with all my heart that Glenn Beck's actions are not part of
the "legacy" of the Church....
Yes I do. My homepage on the net is MSNBC. I also watch NBC and CNN and then I
go back to FOX to see what was left out. The reason there is no
liberal equivalent to Limbaugh/Hannity etc.is there are not any. They tried it
for awhile but they all bombed out. I believe Al Gore backed one for awhile but
sold it to Al Jazeera. Go figure!
C'mon! He's so funny and cute and tender. He was better than a live
teddy bear to watch. And I love the instant rise he gives all my Democrat
friends & fam. But my RWing hubby got rashes just hearing his voice. Sooo
awesome to have a polarizing person who is cuddly, faithful to his spouse and
religion, and doesn't give a hoot @ Political Correctness.Now I
would never vote for the guy, but his books are a trip. And they are
educational, period. As an Independent, I love to bash any politician/policy
wonk that is obtuse, dishonest, myopic. So I love that Beck is truly free to be
his (crazy) self, beholdin' to none, and doesn't have a clue how wacko
he can be. He just sez it.I DVR'd him just to annoy my
husband. I miss my 2:00 slot on FOX. Now I have to listen to the endless
dribble of Dem-bashing until "The Five" comes on. Then I get really
smart, funny Dem&RINO-bashing ala Gutfield- the younger, smarter Beck. Beck would have been the goofy spark that Beckel isn't. Smart he
"left" when he did.Go, Beck Boy!
Ahh-Oh, RedWings. Brother Beck's "legacy" is the least of your
worries. Just read Oatmeal's post very carefully and think apples not
falling far from the tree.Other past authors of popular books of
"history" were also not grounded scholarly, were hounded for their
'outrageous' claims and unorthodox historical rewrites, yet there
certainly is a market for their product. Some also went on to found very
successful groups, endeavors, and/or corporate empires. And some like Beck,
even universities. Life is stranger than some fiction. Think D.
Trump in our times. I'll leave the previous century to your own
research.If Bro Beck is the charlatan some here claim, time will
tell. I think he's just audacious enough to found his own country,
constitution and island paradise. Nothing has stopped the man yet, and he
dreams big.I'm sure his plans for those announcements are
already completed and waiting in his vault.Oh, and BTW- He
isn't just amassing LDS. He managed to get the big evangelical guns,
renown Jewish clerics, and the Israeli PM to open up their country to his
visions. I'm thinking you ain't seen nothin' yet!
All you folks who label Glenn Beck as an entertainer should remember his own
byline for his program is "a fusion of entertainment and
enlightenment."And some of you who criticize Glenn for editing
the writing of others should edit your own writing before you submit it.
Oatmeal, in my work I'm surrounded by professors/scholars/trainers of their
own minds all day. They aren't as smart as you/they think they are. Most of
them stop training their minds when they achieve tenure or full professorship
and are no longer threatened by a "publish or perish" mandate. Before
this "graduation," their behaviors are much like Glenn's...they
just share a smaller stage.
" I was honored by the invitation to collaborate again in a small way and to
be reminded of Beck's desire to marry his two great passions: creativity
and facts.""Creativity"There lies the
rub.More like lies, distortions, and "bearing false witness"
against others.Its a shame Beck doesn't use his talents for a
greater good. It just doesn't match what I've been taught
in church.I don't understand why (A) Beck gets so much
publicity in DN and (B) why this story is in the Faith section.
Cats provides the clue to Beck's radicalism and nonsense.."He's a
sincere guy who is trying his best to help others and save his country from
those who are trying to destroy it."If you ever listened to Beck
you know this is the foundation of all his wild shenanigans. Remember the "Obama hates white people" quip. Anyone remember the
three day chalkboard tirade about the next caliphate? All based on the premise
that "progressives" are intent on destroying America. Interpretation..America is white Christian.
@Johnny Moser"I have found his radio show to be entertaining and
somewhat informative"I was a fan of his for years and would
always listen to his radio show if I was driving and set the DVR to record his
CNN show (what a funny combination it was for me to have the DVR set to record
Glenn Beck and Rachel Maddow). The last few years though he's gotten
unbearable to listen to or watch, probably in no small part due to his now
incessant ranting against people like me (a progressive). Before it used to be
"yeah we disagree but he's a decent guy and funny too".
Beck displays a greater range of emotion in one program than most radio hosts
share in a year and most of it is unscripted. Just as I enjoyed Danny Kaye for
his rich emotional TV shows I enjoy Beck. He has a passion for our country that
matches that of our founding fathers. As I read the writings of Washington,
Adams, Jefferson and Franklin they show the same passion for freedom and
responsibility as Beck. He is the Thomas Payne of our generation. Funny, he
wrote a book in the same vain as Payne. Showman? Yes! Good predictor on the
political scene? Yes! And Fox didn't toss him, they offered him a good
contract to stay. But he had the guts to follow his dream.
There are many great authors and great books. Why the free publicity here for
Glenn Beck (a substandard author with a substandard book)? And why in the Faith
section? This book, and Beck, have nothing whatsoever to do with faith!
@ FatherOfFourWhat you say MAY be true. But even if it is, Beck is
anything but an true representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. I couldn't possibly find adequate words to describe
this man. Nor do I care to try.What I do know for sure is that he is
a member of the same church as I, but ONLY in name and certainly not in belief.
HAHA. Glenn Beck is honest... Good one!