Published: Tuesday, April 8 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
2 bits said: "I listen to Glenn Beck sometimes driving to work. I only get a
few minutes... so I don't get the whole story, but I've never heard
him say anything without also encouraging his listeners to do their own research
from their own sources to see if they come to the same conclusion."This may be true but I've yet to meet a "Becker" that actually
does.I know this because I have to look up what relatives send me
from Glenn's head, and then send them back the rest of the story, which
they ignore because it doesn't have Glenn's twist on it, go figure?
Re:2bitsIt doesn't surprise me you can't see/won't admit
the false statements made by Beck. Jones book(wiki):"We
are entering an era during which our very survival will demand invention and
innovation on a scale never before seen in the history of human civilization.
Only the business community has the requisite skills, experience, and capital to
meet that need. On that score, neither government nor the nonprofit and
voluntary sectors can compete, not even remotely."Please
identify the communism in that statement. Please identify sources
asserting Jones was a "choir boy" or even denying he said he WAS a
communist. WAS is the pertinent word. Apparently I should believe not that Beck
WAS a drug user but that he IS currently abusing drugs?Please
provide your source for Jones having been in prison, that he wasn't vetted
by the FBI etc."He NEVER wants anyone to just believe what he
says at face value. He always wants you to do your own research as well and come
to your own conclusions "Oldest con man sales tool in the book.
Beck knows most won't or lack the intelligence to do so.
Glenn Beck has carved out a niche for himself that is not likely to bring him a
Pulitzer. He’s a hero to those who see him as a champion of their values
but his conspiracy theories and superficial interpretations of American history
are not highly regarded by intellectuals of either the left or the right. He
didn’t even last at Fox News where I initially expected him to be a
I see the name "Glenn Beck", and all I envision is -- John Birch Society, Birther, 9/12, and Snake Oil
Salesman.He's found his schtick, He's made his
$Millions.But the truth is same as it was 50 years ago -- “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” by Richard Hofstadter,
from the November 1964 Harper's Magazine.The more that
things change, the more they stay the same.
This is all you need to know about Bro. Beck: "... Beck is persistent in his
assertion that The Blaze does not support any particular party ..." R.L. Stevenson: to tell the truth is not merely to state the facts, but
to leave a true impression.
Happy Valley HereticI only listen for a few minutes I'm in the car,
and I've heard him tell his listeners to do their own research many times.
If you've never heard thim say that... you have never listened to anything
but a clip cut to embarrase him on MSNBC or something, becaue whenever I listen
I hear him encourage his listeners to do more research any anything they hear
from him or his guests.I've never heard Rachell Maddow
encouraage her viewers to do any reserach on her snarky comments.===anotherview,I guess if we split the hair exactly down the
middle... he may not be a Communist TODAY. But obviously he thought he was at
one time, and he's never said he's not. That and his
involvement with STORM (Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement)
which is an organization with admitted Marxist ties, and his support for Mumia
Abu-Jamal, a prisoner sentenced to death for murdering a police officer, And his
current postion as Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress.... makes
me think he still leans that way...
Glenn is the most prescient commentator on television. Many of his predictions
of war incubating in the middle east and expanding outward have become true.
His predictions of Obama planning to ignore the rule of law and act like a
dictator have certainly become true. His prediction that you won't be able
to keep your doctor or hospital or insurance plan under the ACA (Obamacare)
turned out to be correct.
@Willard SmithWell, depending on the year I was either in jr high or high
school. Your bringing up stuff from over a decade ago, we're talking about
todays media, and i'll still assert that todays media is broken into two
groups, apolitical sensationalists, and political activism disguised as news.
As others have stated this is not a good thing, we will now have an even more
slanted and filtered view of reality. Both sides really, it seems no one wants
to hear any information that doesn't align with their current world view.
Conservatives and liberals alike. Of course these days even when presented with
differing information most of us chose to ignore it, or claim it's biased
or manipulated by that evil mainstream media.
@play by the rule. You wrote, "Thank God for Glenn's courage to stand
against the hatred and bigotry of the left." Fair enough. Many, but
certainly not all, indulge in hatred and bigotry. I hope you encourage him to
have the courage to stand against the hatred and bigotry on the right.
BrentBot… his predictions on what came true? Like the devaluation of the
dollar? Or that Gold would be above $2,000 an ounce? Are to completely
ignore that while he was preaching of the distraction of the value of the
dollar, that his lead sponsor was, yes, you got it, a company that sells
investments in gold. And no, Gold didn't go about $2,000.
In fact it has lost ground. And the dollar has traded in the same range as it
has for the last 6 years.By the way, I still have my same insurance,
I still go to the same doctor. And Obama will stop being president after the
next elections, in a very non-dictator like manner. I am not sure being a
dictator means what you think it means. Then again, Lincoln's detractors
also called him a dictator. So while I would never compare Obama to Lincoln,
at least they are both hated by the same crowd.
No worries, once the spoiled boomers start dying or becoming senile, Mr. Beck
will lose his audience. The pursuit of truth has never been Beck's
repertoire and constantly reinventing himself is just to ensure his ignorant
audience that his intentions are pure. Call me a cynic, but Mr. Beck is nothing
more than a charlatan, selling simplistic ideas and theories to an audience that
has never been interested in critical thinking, honest dialogue, or journalistic
While I don't listen to Glenn Beck, it seems that shooting the messenger is
only defense his critics have. Whatever he says it could not be as bland as
network news or as blatantly one sided as MSNBC.
@4601"Whatever he says it could not be as bland as network news or as
blatantly one sided as MSNBC."Better to be bland and accurate
than fiery and wrong, and considering what he thinks of people like me (a
progressive), he can totally be more blatantly one-sided than even MSNBC and
Hey 4601 – "Shooting the messenger?" Glenn Beck is no
"messenger." He’s a guy who dresses up in a Nazi uniform and
cries. Is that your idea of a serious news man? . . . a messenger?Nobody is shooting any messenger. They’re just laughing at a guy who
likes to act like a clown."Whatever he says it could not be as
bland as network news or as blatantly one sided as MSNBC."Beck's "news" certainly is not bland. It's not news either.
It's silly entertainment that some people actually take seriously.And you say Beck is not "Blatantly one sided?" Oh that's right.
Beck is one of those "fair and balanced" guys from FOX "NEWS."
Technology has made it very easy to be informed these days. RSS is a great tool
to stay up to date with what is going on in the world. Any news organization or
individual can create an RSS feed that anyone can subscribe to. It is
incredibly easy to keep up with a variety of sources across the spectrum.
So Beck claims corruption between big business and government is the problem but
fails to tell us that it is his side of politics that is mostly to blame for
If you're not listening to Glenn you're basically clueless about many
important issues. Usually he'll start reporting on an issue and the rest of
the main stream media might catch up and start "reporting" on a very
surface manner 6 - 18 months later. That's if the mainstream (unnrelaible
"news" organizations)ever get past the latest sensational non-story. If it wasn't for Glenn, no one would understand the dangers of
Progessivism (on the right and left). The "left and right" are
distractions for progessive (corrupt business as usual, cronyism, abuse of power
etc.) tyranical activities of government.
Some of you keep implying that if we don't like Glenn Beck's brand of
"infotainment" we must be avid MSNBC watchers. Not so. I don't
like extremism from any source. Won't watch Fox, won't watch MSNBC,
won't listen to Glenn, won't listen to Rush, can't stand any of
them. Give me intelligent information from sources like PBS, the Economist, New
York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, etc. any day. If you believe
the hooey that Glenn tells you, you're a sucker. And I've noticed that
Glenn fans tend to be very frightened -- ok, paranoid, really. Not a good way
to live your life. No, everyone is NOT out to get you.
Hey el steve o – Can you give ANY examples where GB scooped
any major stories?He makes up stuff, but that’s not nearly the
same as reporting the news.
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