Wright Words: Between the lines of Glenn Beck’s new book, ‘Miracles and Massacres’

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  • DocHolliday reno, NV
    Nov. 27, 2013 3:53 p.m.

    HAHA. Glenn Beck is honest... Good one!

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Nov. 25, 2013 6:38 p.m.

    @ FatherOfFour

    What 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.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 12:27 p.m.

    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!

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 3:38 p.m.

    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.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    @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".

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Nov. 22, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    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.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Nov. 22, 2013 7:40 a.m.

    " 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."


    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.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 6:21 p.m.

    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.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 6:07 p.m.

    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.

  • Semper Fi Bakersfield, CA
    Nov. 21, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    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!

  • LovingMormons Bakersfield, CA
    Nov. 21, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    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!

  • arand Huntsville, u
    Nov. 21, 2013 11:41 a.m.

    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!

    Nov. 21, 2013 11:36 a.m.

    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....

  • Semper Fi Bakersfield, CA
    Nov. 21, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    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.

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    Nov. 21, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    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.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Nov. 21, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    "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.

  • arand Huntsville, u
    Nov. 21, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    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.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    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.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Nov. 21, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    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.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Nov. 21, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    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

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    Gosh everytime I read his books I get so many rich blessings.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    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.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    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.

    Nov. 21, 2013 7:59 a.m.

    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.

  • woolybruce Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 21, 2013 7:27 a.m.

    Having read Beck, I wouldn't claim any association with his books. His claim of history is questionable.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 21, 2013 7:21 a.m.

    Cool - another Glenn Beck book I won't be reading.

  • ute alumni paradise, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 6:28 a.m.

    Lots of posters that have trouble with celebrety. If I feel the way many of these posters do I would completely avioid the guy.

  • bettercomments Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 6:12 a.m.

    Why is this news? Why is this on the front page? DesNews is its own worst enemy.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 6:10 a.m.

    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.

  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    Nov. 21, 2013 5:49 a.m.

    :...Beck includes 12 stories from among thousands..."

    Hard to find stories that fit the agenda, it seems.

  • DaveRL OGDEN, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 5:11 a.m.

    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 time.

  • MaryannT ,
    Nov. 21, 2013 4:30 a.m.

    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.

  • Grammy3 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 12:52 a.m.

    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.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Nov. 20, 2013 9:49 p.m.

    Those who peddle fear and sew contention are not your friend.

  • jmason San Diego, CA
    Nov. 20, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    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 this?

  • The Reader Layton, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    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.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    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!

  • Johnny Moser Thayne, WY
    Nov. 20, 2013 8:48 p.m.

    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.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 8:44 p.m.


    You 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.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Nov. 20, 2013 4:39 p.m.

    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.

  • WRK Riverton, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 3:02 p.m.

    That some people cannot see logic when presented to them is a "sad commentary".

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 2:11 p.m.

    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 commentary.