Glenn Beck: 'I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart'

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  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Jan. 31, 2014 11:57 a.m.

    But you made a lot of cash, so you're good.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 25, 2014 6:41 a.m.

    Much of the media is heck bent on dividing this country.
    Many of the American people are bent on dividing this country.
    Lots of people on this board are bent on dividing this country.

    Is it good for America? You know the answer.

    There is nothing wrong with having political differences. But, all too often, they are purely partisan.

    Bill Clinton said it best. "It takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did"

    And we see it daily in politics.

    We beat up the other party for doing the exact same thing as our party. We struggle to find a nuance that makes what they did worse.

    If you cant find fault with your party or person, while not finding anything worthwhile with the other, you are partisan. If you need to make personal attacks on the other guy, you are a partisan.

    In the end, there is really very little that separates how the two parties have historically governed.

    So, I am perplexed at how there is so much partisan support for either party, when in reality, they are so similar.

    It is killing this country. Are you contributing to it?

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 2:40 p.m.

    Linus. There is scripture in the Book of Mormon that talks about destroying the rules and regulations of the government that were put in place for the benefit of the people. There is a place for a degree of regulation, especially in the banking and financial industry. We deregulated the savings and loan industry in the 80s and many institutions collapsed. Why is Glenn Beck so against gov't regulation when lack of regulation led to the financial collapse of 2008.

  • Objectified Tooele, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 9:04 a.m.

    It's interesting how opponents (critics) of conservative ideology are always the first to jump in and on an article about a conservative principle or person.

    It's also somewhat humorous how these same people complain about a person like Glenn Beck being a big factor in dividing our country whenever they truthfully talk about the problems in America. But when that person (Beck in this case) humbly talks about changing more toward what his antagonists have been clamoring for, they reverse themselves and start claiming that Beck never did have much influence.
    That's called talking out the both sides of one's mouth... just what Beck's critics often do. His critics in this comment column have just proved as much.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 8:25 a.m.

    Wow! Glenn Beck talking about how influential Glenn Beck is...that's weird?

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 8:14 a.m.

    Good grief. For years now we have all been hearing that conservatives on radio and FOX have been dividing the country. Now, some of you claim that people like Limbaugh and Hannity and Beck have had no influence. So what is it? They have no infuence or just no negative influence? I guess Glenn would be happy to know that what he believes to have been a negative is not so after all. Truth is about all these media voices and outlets is that they only reflect what a lot of people really believe, but were afraid to express. If that were not the case, their ratings would have doomed them long ago. Remember, the left has Ed Shultz, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, and now of course Governor Cuomo who are just as divisive from the liberal point of view.

    Moderate. Obama is getting almost 20 million dollars, and Michelle some 12 million for their memoirs after they leave the White House. Talk about putting money before country.

  • Itsjstmeagain Merritt Island, Fl
    Jan. 23, 2014 6:58 a.m.

    There are heros who are divicive, but they work a problem with constructive critism and not just hate to get your opinion across.
    No one came into my office with n issue unless they had suggestions to change. We work it together, and not yell to anyone who would listen just whet was the issue.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 5:32 a.m.

    I have never given Beck much credibility of being a well informed american and if he has realized his orations of false impression of others then he is on the path of recovery. In the many times I have heard him and his comments it was apparent to me and it seems many others that he was being played a sucker by the left wing and the government and internationals news media he had been trusting to have some credibility.

    When you speak of diversity the very word means divide and cultural diversity is a disaster if you rank a country by it. Unification by historical assimialtion is a different diveseity than what Obama is projecting. And this is where and how our country was divided, racial and cultural discrimination was considered a right when assimilation was the means to unite this country as a single culture of law and order.

    Its not too late to reform and redirect his efforts and unification is the objective of tea party and american citizens who have accepted our american culture as the only culture that matters.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 11:37 p.m.

    The country isn't torn apart. For him to think it is and to think he is responsible for it is an illusion of grandeur.

  • Brer Rabbit Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 7:27 p.m.

    I saw the interview, and in my opinion Glenn Beck greatly overstated his contribution to the ideological divide in the United States. It sounded like inflated ego.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 6:11 p.m.


    You are awesome. If most of the country is morally bankrupt and support wrong principles I am going to call it like it is, even if it separates people.

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 4:53 p.m.

    Were the signers of the Declaration of Independence divisive? Was Lech Wallensa divisive? Was Martin Luther King divisive. Were the Minutemen of Concord divisive. Was Patrick Henry divisive?

    I'm sorry, but I don't think there is a way to reconcile good and evil, regulation and liberty, socialism and the pursuit of happiness, or self-reliance and entitled dependency. Unity is good, but in the end, we must stand up for the unchanging principles of agency.

  • liberty or ...? Ogden, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 4:49 p.m.

    The only division he actually did is that he stated the truth as he saw it and called out corruption on both sides and people didn't like it. He also showed to be consistant in that he didn't shill for either side an unfortuantely that makes people mad to. Glenn unfortunately lives in a world where the truth is what matters the good the bad and the ugly while the world around him regardless of side lives by an arbitration of Terry Goodkinds Wizards first rule in that people can and will believe anything because they want to believe it or their afraid it might be. Unfortunately in a world which increasingly seeks to redefine its morals to fit the times the cold hard truth is the first casualty and neither side will face it. Its the same with the religious cream puffs and secularist self decievers who spew platitudes of rights without responsibilitry and sin without justice whether by God or nature. Unfortunatley Edmund Burke is right we are in the apathetic to dependancy stage of are society and unless we morally wake up again an accept reality Barbarism and slavery are our destination.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Jan. 22, 2014 4:44 p.m.

    Glenn Beck doesn't have the power to divide the country. Sorry Glenn.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Jan. 22, 2014 4:32 p.m.

    I have to say, for the first time, I agree with Glenn.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 4:12 p.m.

    Don't give yourself too much credit, glenn. As hard as you tried, it was still a very small role.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    I listen to Glenn Beck occasionally. His tone and message have not changed since leaving Fox. So if he regrets contributing to the divisions within our country while with Fox, he should be changing his tone and message now. I don't see it. I sometimes cringe when I listen to his show, but do so to get a perspective of the extremes. Obama provides the other side of the extreme, as well as many cable news shows (in my opinion).

    I agree there needs to be a change of effort, of dialogue. All sides need to put down their pitch forks and work together in compromise to solve very difficult and complex problems. These changes can best occur incrementally, again, my in my opinion.