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Published: Tuesday, April 8 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

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?

anotherview
SLO, CA

Re:2bits
It 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.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

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 natural fit.

airnaut
Everett, 00

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.

Owen
Heber City, UT

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.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Happy Valley Heretic
I 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.

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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...

BrentBot
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Noodlekaboodle
Poplar Grove, UT

@Willard Smith
Well, 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.

andyjaggy
American Fork, UT

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.

Mr.Glass
Salt Lake City, UT

@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.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

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.

slcdenizen
t-ville, UT

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 pursuits.

4601
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

@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 Fox.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

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."

Mark l
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

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.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

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 that.

el steve o
Herriman, UT

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.

Wonder
Provo, UT

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.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

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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