The truth about Benghazi is coming out

The news today has been dominated by new revelations surrounding the attack on Benghazi. For the past week, TheBlaze has published a series of investigative stories detailing how exactly weapons supplied for Libyan rebels, with tacit support from the US government, ended up in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda. Then today, e-mails revealed an effort by the White House to link the attacks on the consulate in Benghazi to the Youtube video and not to a broader failure of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. In his morning, Glenn discussed the latest news on Benghazi, as well as TheBlaze’s investigation as part of For The Record: Zero Footprint.

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Incomprehensible: President Obama compares the human rights violations of Malaysia to the United States

In the midst of a multi-million dollar Asian tour, President Obama became the first president since Lyndon B. Johnson to visit Malaysia. The Obama Administration has referred to the country as an “emerging partner,” but the alliance is truly bizarre given Malaysia’s record on human rights.

Just last week, CNS News reported the U.S. State Department’s evaluation of Malaysia’s human rights record “identified problem areas including abuses by security forces and restrictions of freedom of the press, speech, assembly, association and religion.” In regards to religious intolerance, the State Department identified the following issues:

-Denial of legal status to some religious groups

-Restrictions on proselytizing and on the freedom to change one’s religion (except that members of other religions may convert to Islam)

-Marriages between Muslims and non-Muslims are not recognized by the state and children born of such marriages are considered illegitimate

-While Islamic religious instruction is compulsory for Muslim children in public schools, non-Muslim students are not allowed to take classes in their religion, but instead must take non-religious morals and ethics courses.

-The government prohibits publications, public events and debates which it says may incite racial or religious disharmony, including public discussions of issues such as religious freedom and apostasy.

On radio this morning, Glenn played the audio of President Obama at a press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib on Sunday, in which the President makes a head scratching human rights comparison between the Southeast Asian nation and the U.S.

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“So I couldn’t think of what they were doing over in Malaysia. I’m like, what did he go over there for? He was supposed to announce a trade agreement that fell through… So he had nothing to do but apologize for the unions,” Glenn said. “So he goes over to Malaysia. In Malaysia, you know, you have anything at all going on that’s Christian, and they’ll kill you in the streets. You don’t have a right to talk about another religion. You don’t have a right to leave Islam. You don’t have a right to convert to any other religion besides Islam. It’s really bad. Really, really bad. There are no human rights.”

CBS News’ Major Garrett asked President Obama to expand on what the U.S. could do “to speak out on behalf of human rights, racial tolerance, political accountability and free speech” especially given the situation in Malaysia.

“I think the Prime Minister is the first to acknowledge that Malaysia has still got some work to do — just like the United States, by the way, has some work to do on these issues. Human Rights Watch probably has a list of things they think we should be doing as a government,” President Obama responded. “And I am going to be constantly committed to making sure that these issues get raised in a constructive way. And Prime Minister Najib came in as a reformer and one who is committed to it, and I’m going to continue to encourage him as a friend and a partner to make sure that we’re making progress on that front.”

You can watch the President’s full remarks below:

“You have got to be kidding,” Pat said. “Unbelievable.”

As Glenn explained, for all those sitting in Malaysian prisons because they have stood up for liberty and freedom, President Obama’s arrival in the country was probably a source of great hope. When asked to address the human rights issue, however, he not only makes excuses for Malaysia, but he also demonizes the United States.

“We’re not jailing people for their religion yet… It is so far from the United States,” Glenn said. “So you’re sitting in jail and you’re thinking to yourself, ‘Oh my gosh – the United States – they’re one of them. They’re the same. There’s nobody standing up for me. I’m going to rot here in jail. There’s nobody holding a light up in the world.’”

“People wonder why we have our doubts about where his allegiance lies. [It’s] because he goes all over the world and says this kind of stuff,” Pat concluded. “In a country that has virtually zero human rights, he goes there and says, ‘Yes, they have some issues but so do we,’ and he compares our civil rights issues to theirs. It’s despicable. It’s incomprehensible.”

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Glenn used to have the worst assistant ever

Back in 2010, Glenn hired a new Executive Assistant, Wilson, to handle his schedule and anything that may come up in the day-to-day life of someone running a media company and also doing four hours of daily broadcast on radio and TV. Wilson was a terrible assistant, and he was almost fired after he handcuffed himself during Restoring Honor. Thankfully, Glenn was kind enough to let him run (Ed. Note: …and some other things that Glenn hasn’t quite figured out – Wilson), which has turned out to be a slightly better fit for his skill set. During a plug for tonight’s season finale of For The Record, Glenn ended up on a tangent where he decided to detail jus how terrible Wilson was at being an assistant (although he neglected to mention the subsequent four year career working in digital and editorial – Wilson). 

Some highlights?

Glenn: Wilson was my assistant until 8:28 and then we fired him (aka put him on, because he actually — this is true (unfortunately yes. 100% – Wilson). During 8:28 we had so much security, it was insane.  It was absolutely insane….Wilson goes in like a 12-year-old boy into the security room which was right across the hall from mine and the door was open, and the guys used to say, don’t touch anything in here, Wilson.  And they had all kinds of stuff, you know.  They had everything that they needed as security up on a table, including several pairs of handcuffs.  And so Wilson, like a dope, goes in and picks up the handcuffs and puts them on himself.  And there’s no key. Luckily he only did it to one hand.  And just then, somebody in the hallway said, “The Becks’ are arriving”.  Well, my mother-in-law gets up at the top of the elevator and she’s like carrying the luggage and everything else.  He’s like, “Hey, how are you, it’s good to see you” and he doesn’t offer to help her or anything because he’s got handcuffs on.

Pat decided to drudge up some other issues.

Pat:  He could never close the shades when he was supposed to…that ate Glenn alive.

(Seriously, thanks for not actually firing me Glenn – Wilson).

To hear the whole segment, watch the below:

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Major updates in the case of Connecticut teen Justina Pelletier

After months of false leads and dead ends, there have been some promising updates in the case of Connecticut teen Justina Pelletier. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families took custody of Justina after her parents disputed the diagnosis doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital’s handed down. Boston Children’s Hospital said the then 15-year-old had a psychiatric disorder – not mitochondrial disease, which her parents had been treating her for at the direction of another doctor.

Though a Boston juvenile court judge recently awarded permanent custody of Justina to the state DCF, it would appear, based on the letter by Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz, that a plan is in the works to at least return Justina to her home state of Connecticut.

“Justina Pelletier should return to her home state of Connecticut to receive the services and support she needs close to her friends, family, school and community,” Polanowicz writes. “We strongly believe that this outcome is in Justina’s best interests, and have laid the groundwork to make it happen.”

Read the full letter HERE.

Meanwhile, Human Events reported on Monday that a Boston psychiatric nurse who cares for Justina filed a mandated reporter complaint against Boston Children’s Hospital. In the written complaint to Department of Children & Families Commissioner Olga Roche, Kathleen T. Higgins, R.N. alleges state authorities have unlawfully imprisoned Justina for 14 months. On radio this morning, Glenn read through portions of the letter.

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In a letter dated January 8, Higgins wrote that she has “been engaged with Linda, Lou and Jennifer Pelletier, the parents and eldest sister of Justina Pelletier, to facilitate Justina’s discharge from Bader 5, inpatient psychiatric unit of Boston Children’s Hospital, where she has been unjustly and illegally imprisoned for the past nine months” since April 23, 2013.

Furthermore, Higgins explained that without a history of “serious mental illness” or behaviors to indicate she was at risk for harming herself or others, holding Justina against her will is abusive behavior.

Read the full report via Human Events HERE.

Finally, on Wednesday, TheBlaze reported Olga Roche, the embattled commissioner of the Massachusetts DCF whom Higgins wrote her complaint to, had resigned from her post. Governor Deval Patrick said it was impossible for her to continue in her current role. Roche was facing mounting pressure following the death of three children.

The Associated Press reports:

Olga Roche’s resignation comes after calls from top Democratic lawmakers — including Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray — for Roche to be replaced as commissioner of the Department of Children and Families.


“I have accepted her resignation because I believe it is not possible for the agency to move forward in this environment with her at the helm,” said John Polanowicz, secretary of the state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services, which oversees the DCF.

The agency named Erin Deveney as its interim commissioner. She has been working there for about 30 days following a stint at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

“Olga Roche presided over the horrific mistreatment of Justina Pelletier and the tragic deaths of children in DCF custody,” the Pelletier’s spokesman Rev. Patrick Mahoney said. “We hope Erin Deveney will correct the systemic injustice of the previous administration by taking immediate steps to free Justina into the loving arms of her family and accepting the reunification proposal.”

While there is still a lot of work to be done before Justina is returned not just to the state of Connecticut but to her family, these developments offer a glimmer of hope to an otherwise inexplicable case.

You can learn more about the fight to free Justina HERE.

Sharyl Attkisson: Press freedom under Obama Administration will be seen as a ‘historic time of restrictions’

In March, veteran investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson made headlines when she announced her resignation from CBS News. Attikisson was known for her relentless coverage of the terror attacks in Benghazi and the Fast and Furious scandal even when her colleagues seemed to shy away from the stories.

In various interviews since her resignation, Attkisson has implied that she was indirectly discouraged her from doing investigative reporting critical of the Obama administration. On radio this morning, Attkisson joined Glenn to discuss her forthcoming book Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington and the state of journalism in the United States.

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“I have to tell you I have not been this excited to talk to somebody on the air in I don’t know how long,” Glenn said. “I think Sharyl Attkisson will go down in the history books as a leader in this time period, somebody who stood against all odds stood. And if it wasn’t for technology, she would be discredited and she would be out and nobody would ever know the truth. But because of technology, she had the courage to leave CBS News after fighting on the inside for a long time and then start her own website and really go out and be on her own so she doesn’t have to answer to anybody.”

To begin, Glenn asked Attkisson whether or not she believes journalism even exists anymore. She explained that she recently returned from a “top line investigative conference” at Berkeley with some of the most courageous reporters in the business, and the consensus was that press freedom has definitely changed in the United States.

“It’s amazing because there’s some amazing reporters in print and television who attended,” Attkisson explained. “These are reporters that work for or used to work for the New York Times, the LA Times, a lot of these publications, and they all see something as they say fundamentally changed in society with the restrictions on the press freedoms as well as civil liberties being given up pretty much voluntarily.”

Glenn praised Attkisson for her decision to leave CBS News and pursue her own reporting without the oversight of a gatekeeper. To that point, Attkisson stressed that she found herself in a unique position that her fellow journalists might not have the luxury of experiencing.

“I don’t have to work. I’ve put myself in a position where the kids’ college is paid for, and I do sympathize with other journalists that can’t stand up for some of things that they want t because they have bills to pay and families to raise. I get that,” she said. “I’m in a good position now, so I don’t see a downside in anything I do. I don’t see myself in the future beholden to a single master and which stories don’t get to see the light of day which I think is a moral issue today.”

On Wednesday’s season finale, For the Record investigates the events that led to the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Additionally, Judicial Watch just released email communications that show then-White House deputy strategic communications adviser Ben Rhodes worked to craft the narrative that a You Tube video sparked a demonstration that then turned violent in order to protect the President in the lead up to the 2012 election. Attkisson is one of the reporters who really led the charge on this investigation and refused to give up on story, and Glenn asked her how she feels about the new information coming out.

“For a couple weeks, I didn’t cover this story. I wasn’t originally assigned, and I was brought in. CBS asked me to look into it. I think it was about three weeks in when it looked like there was some more information to uncover,” she said. “And just the stonewalling of basic information that should be publicly available such as the commander-in-chief’s action on a night when basically people were at war with Americans and that we were under threat in many places in the region. We don’t even know what the commander-in-chief did that night. We’re not allowed to do know and I think that’s pretty shocking.”

As Attkisson explained, she views the Administration’s stonewalling as a relatively effective strategy because it allowed President Obama to make it through election season unscathed. Furthermore, the more time that passes after an event, the more likely it is that the news media and the American people lose interest.

“I think in part what I see as a strategy has been somewhat effective. They just needed to get through the election without as much of this coming out as possible,” Attkisson said. “And as it has dribbled out in the year and a half since, we’re getting sort of, you know — I’ve seen this before. And, you know, different administrations and different politicians. You get a little bit numb. Little revelations come out at a time. If all that we know today had come out the week after Benghazi, it would have really been disastrous, I think.”

Ultimately, Attkisson believes the limitations to the press under this Administration are truly historic, and that is an unfortunate trend.

“I can tell you from the standpoint of press freedoms and reporting, I think this will be seen as a historic time of restrictions,” she concluded, “and a time in which we not just lost but voluntarily relinquished a lot of our duty and authority as watchdogs of the government.”

To learn more about the events that led to the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, don’t miss For The Record: Zero Footprint Wednesday at 8pm ET only on TheBlaze. Not a subscriber? Start your 14-day free trial HERE.

‘That’s heartbreaking’: Shaquille O’Neal under fire for mocking fan with rare disorder on Instagram

While the media’s attention is focused squarely on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, there is another story featuring an NBA legend that is as sad as it is offensive. Former Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal posted a picture on Instagram — mockingly captioned “smile today” — showing his face alongside Michigan man Jahmel Binion:

shaqImage Source: Instagram via WJBK

The only problem? Binion’s missing teeth and abnormal hair growth are a result of a rare disorder called ectodermal dysplasia.

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“It was really awful,” Pat said on radio this morning. “This is a young man has some sort of genetic disease that, you know, messed up his face and his teeth don’t grow properly. So Shaq did a mocking face and put himself side by side and then sent it out on Instagram mocking the kid.”

As though O’Neal’s immature behavior wasn’t bad enough, in an interview with WJBK-TV, Binion explained that while he has grown somewhat accustomed to getting stared at and teased, he had always looked up to the NBA star.

“I was kind of hurt because I’ve always looked up to him,” Binion said. “I’ve watched Shaq play basketball since I was… so I was like, why are you making fun of me? He is supposed to be this role model.”

“That’s heartbreaking,” Pat said.

After reading about this incident yesterday on TheBlaze, Glenn took to his own Instagram account to show his support of Binion:

“So yesterday I put up on Instagram my response to it. And I put it up on Instagram and Facebook and then I tweeted it as well because I think it is so awful what Shaq did… It’s despicable,” Glenn said. “ So Shaq comes out [in response to Donald Sterling] all about how racism is horrible. What is racism? Judging somebody by their color. Hey, Shaq, how about not judging somebody by their teeth or the way they look and feeling like you have a right to make fun of them?”

Last night, Shaq tweeted that he had gotten in touch with Binion and apologized for the offensive picture:

Glenn reacts to the lifetime ban of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling

On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver held a press conference to hand down a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Silver also called on the NBA Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team. Sterling, who has owned the Clippers for nearly 30 years, had been under investigation by the NBA for alleged comments in which he repeatedly asks his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, who is both black and Mexican, why she associates with “minorities” and instructs her “not to bring [black people] to my games.”

“This has been a painful moment for all members of the NBA family,” Silver said during the press conference.

Watch highlights of the press conference below:

While Glenn has certainly never fancied himself a sports fan, he has had trouble reconciling the various calls for Sterling being forced out of the league. Now that the official opinion has been handed down, on radio this morning, Glenn explained that while Sterling is undoubtedly a “dirt bag,” the free market should have decided Sterling and the franchise’s ultimate fate.

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“I watched ESPN quite a bit yesterday, and I didn’t hear one single person say, ‘Can we stop a second and look at: Is this the right thing to do,’” Pat said. “It feels good [to ban him], and that’s why everybody went with: ‘The guy is an A-hole.’ We all realize that. But do you take his team away because you want to show what an A-hole he is in his private life?”

Glenn took particular issue with the swiftness in which Sterling was punished. Again, while Sterling’s comments were offensive, they were made in what he believed to be a private conversation. Meanwhile, professional athletes often make headlines for engaging in violent acts towards women and other crimes, but such actions are swept under the rug. Glenn found the double standard troubling.

“Here’s the two problems I have. Aren’t there like rapists, killers, wife beaters, serial cheaters, guys who have fathered, you know, 40 children out of wedlock and then just bashed the woman’s head into the side of the elevator,” Glenn asked. “I mean the NBA is not exactly squeaky clean, and if you’re going to hold up moral turpitude, then you should hold it up for everybody.”

“I would like to see the case. I don’t know, maybe there is a case to be made. But make the case to me that beating the hell out of a woman is not worse saying horrible things in private,” Stu agreed. “So if you can’t make that case, then promise me in the future that every time one of these guys gets in trouble, one of your players, A, the players are all going to rally around and say they need to be eliminated from the league. And B, I want press conferences. I want everything under your power to pressure them to never be able to enter an NBA arena ever again.”

As Pat said, that will never happen because these professional sports leagues “don’t treat the two instances the same way.”

While athletes, celebrities, and others took to social media in droves to commend the NBA’s decision, a few notable individuals expressed some concern over the punishment. Stu read a portion of an op-ed NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar penned for Time that by no means condones Sterling’s actions but does question the merits of the outrage.

And now the poor guy’s girlfriend (undoubtedly ex-girlfriend now) is on tape cajoling him into revealing his racism. Man, what a winding road she led him down to get all of that out. She was like a sexy nanny playing “pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.” She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of incoherent racist sound bites that had the news media peeing themselves with glee.

They caught big game on a slow news day, so they put his head on a pike, dubbed him Lord of the Flies, and danced around him whooping.

I don’t blame them. I’m doing some whooping right now. Racists deserve to be paraded around the modern town square of the television screen so that the rest of us who believe in the American ideals of equality can be reminded that racism is still a disease that we haven’t yet licked.

What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn’t just his racism. I’m bothered that everyone acts as if it’s a huge surprise. Now there’s all this dramatic and very public rending of clothing about whether they should keep their expensive Clippers season tickets. Really? All this other stuff I listed above has been going on for years and this ridiculous conversation with his girlfriend is what puts you over the edge? That’s the smoking gun?

Read Abdul-Jabbar’s entire article HERE.

“That’s brilliant. He’s right,” Glenn concluded. “It is your right to be a racist. It is your right to be a bigot. It is your right to be smart, to be enlightened… In your private life you can say whatever it is you want.”

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WATCH: What is “The Unmistakable Creative”?

In the first of what will be a multi-part interview, Greg Hartle joined Glenn to discuss what it takes to start over from scratch with only ten bucks and a laptop.

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Tune in to part two tomorrow on TheBlaze TV at 5pm ET

Gohmert: Benghazi talking points “an intentional misleading of the American public”

On Wednesday’s explosive season finale, For The Record investigates the events that led to the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Laurie Dhue and the team uncover why the United States government armed terrorists connected to Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood instead of acting on a proposed ceasefire.

In the last several weeks, news organizations and watchdog groups have released various documents and reports that further undermine the Obama Administration’s narrative in the days and weeks following the attack, how much was actually known about the nature of the violence, and when key members of the Administration knew said information. On Tuesday’s Glenn Beck Program, Dana Loesch filled in for Glenn and was joined by Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) to discuss new emails obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act.

As Dana explained, the newly released documents confirm what most Americans new all along – Benghazi was a cover up. Emails show then-White House deputy strategic communications adviser Ben Rhodes worked to craft the narrative that a You Tube video sparked a demonstration that then turned violent in order to protect the President in the lead up to the 2012 election. As it turns out, the You Tube video actually existed months before the alleged protest, and it played no role in the terror attack that ultimately killed four Americans.

See the documents obtained by Judicial Watch HERE.

“The tragic thing Dana is not only was it a distraction. It was an intentional misleading of the American public,” Rep. Gohmert said.

The Congressman was particularly disturbed by the fact that not only did then United Nations ambassador Susan Rice make the rounds on the Sunday shows to mislead the American people just weeks before early voting was set to begin, the Obama Administration then spent thousands of dollars on a pacifying television ad that ran across the Middle East featuring then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologizing for the supposedly offensive video.

All of these steps, documents seemingly confirm, were part of a deliberate cover up by the U.S. government to protect President Obama and his reelection chances.

Watch the interview below:

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To learn more about the events that led to the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, don’t miss For The Record: Zero Footprint Wednesday at 8pm ET only on TheBlaze. Not a subscriber? Start your 14-day free trial HERE.

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