Amazingly, the media is actually worse than you thought

I learned some new things about Glenn from the mainstream media recently.  Like, how Glenn is trying to single handedly destroy the television show Glee. And how he’s planning on launching his own high school musical television show.

It must be true. I mean, all of these fabulous, trustworthy, dependable, reliable, responsible, truthful, honest, honorable, super, duper, infallible, news based truth tellers (among others) are reporting the same thing.

Funny, Glenn’s never mentioned to me his diabolical plan to personally decimate the careers of everyone who works on Glee. Nor has he mentioned the flashy, value filled alternative musical high school television show he plans on launching.

The only conclusion I can come to, is that the mainstream media completely sucks. They took 30 seconds out of his 30 minute speech at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington DC on Friday and then made a bunch of crap up.

Here’s what Glenn said:

“A year ago I was watching the show Glee with my wife. And we watched it like this (gasps).

I mean it’s horrifying some of the things that they’re teaching high schoolers, but it’s brilliantly done. It’s brilliantly done. It’s produced brilliantly, the music brilliant, the acting brilliant, the cinematography brilliant. All of it. And I said to her at the end of it, this was about a year and a half ago, we lose. There is no way to beat that. Well yes there is. We’ve spent about a year now trying to put together a push back with artists with music but not the stereotypical conservative, Lee Greenwood music. I call it my Oedipus project, because the Left will be making out with me and they’ll never see it coming. And somebody will say Don’t you know who produced that music? No, I really like it it’s great. Oh yes, yes it is.”

So, to translate for the media: Glenn thinks Glee is really well done, but it promotes values he doesn’t like, such as promiscuous sex among teenagers.  He thinks that instead of conservatives bitching about the culture, we should compete and give other options.  We should make good shows ourselves that have values that are more consistent with the country we hope to have someday—i.e. significantly less consequence-free-drunk-teenaged-porking.

What Glenn didn’t say was that he wanted to destroy Glee or that he is launching his own anti-Glee TV show.  Being in a lot of meetings with the guy, if he was pitching a musical high school series, I think I would have remembered it.

So, the media is either incompetent or lazy.  No real news breaking there.  But, it’s amazing how many of them just repeated the claim without checking.

It’s a disturbing trend in media.  These sources aren’t writing about Glenn’s speech because they found something newsworthy.  They’re writing about someone else’s article about Glenn’s speech, because someone else found it newsworthy.  They all ingested the same (wrong) spin on the story, because none of them bothered to check whether the first guy had it right or not.

Not to mention, Glenn had said all of these things about the culture, while referencing Glee, numerous times before on national radio and TV.  No one bothered to see if he had said it before.  If they had, perhaps they would have understood it a little better and not made asses of themselves.

But as bad as the media was, the award for the most insanely lazy reporting in modern history might just go to Vanity Fair.  Their story was headlined “Glenn Beck Discovers Glee Three Years After Its Premiere, Plans Conservative Rival Series.”

Of course, he isn’t planning a conservative rival series, as we have already covered.  Perhaps worse, they are mocking Glenn for his lack of knowledge about a stupid TV series, while having no knowledge at all about the topic they’re writing about.   Glenn didn’t discover Glee three years after its premiere, he’s been blabbing incessantly about that show for at least a couple of years.  Honestly, I’m sick of hearing about it from him.

The media is also apparently all up in arms about how Glenn called the values of the show “horrifying.”  Don’t give Glenn credit for that, give credit to these little things called the “laws of the United States of America.”  They seem to classify sexual activity and substance abuse among high school students, depending on exact age and state, as “illegal.”

But, this isn’t really about Glee.  It’s about how the media grabs onto a false story line and just runs with it.  None of them did a minute of research with the exception of reading whichever blogger created the big bang that started this story.  Just pathetic.

Glenn is wrong on one thing though.  Glee sucks.  It’s has nothing to do with its message–it’s just horrible.  Painful.  Unwatchable. Embarrassing.  I would seriously rather watch Ed Schultz…though I am not willing to prove it.

  • Anonymous

    The media is corrupt.  No doubt about it.  They think that there are no consequences with teenagers drinking and having sex.  If it feels good you should be able to do what you want.  That is what is being promoted on Glee and that is what the media and Hollywood morons think.   Until it comes to their on kids. When their kids hate them for being hypocrits and sleazebags then they will sing a different tune. 

  • Anonymous

    Is it not self-evident that the media has overreached itself? Does anyone not see the degree we are subject to verbal shenanigans, unparalleled half-truths and bogus blubber? Moreover, we are at a cross-road while political deception among our evolving, political elite continues to hoodwink the American public. Happily, we can still vote, still question and still doubt those that insult our intelligence.

  • Anonymous

    As if I would ever listen to anything the lamestream media has to say any longer.  They wouldn’t know the truth if it came up and punched them in their smirky little mouths.
    By the way, Stu, couldn’t agree more with you regarding Glee.  Worst.  Show.  EVER!!!

  • Anonymous

    The initial idea of the show Glee may have been OK.  Then, it got into the hands of the liberal

    ”artists” who decided the show should be on ”the cutting edge.”   Bring into the plot lines all that

     has been heard or written about what ”problems” schools have.  You know—what has been

    talked about: teen pregnancies, drinking (and drugs), gay students—you know, the kind of stuff

    the public wants to see—if they are teenagers or young people, or those who like musicals.

    And I did watch it for awhile because I did like the musical numbers, but some of the story 

    lines turned me off, which I did to Glee—turned it off.

  • Anonymous

    With you on this one too Glenn!  My kids are not allowed to watch Glee.  The show feeds society desires.

  • Anonymous

    Listening to the old media is like a trip to the comic book fantasy land of Bizarro World from Superman,  You said what??  You can’t be serious!  Ha ha ha you are funny!  Why do you all wear your clothes inside out, George Stephanopoulos, Andrea Mitchell?

    The only way to stop the madness is to turn it off and the sponsers WILL MOVE TO THE NEW MEDIA OUTLETS THAT TELL THE TRUTH.

  • Anonymous

    degenerate behavior personified !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I think many of the actors on the show are extremely talented, but the venue and the media coverage have, unfortunately, caused the show to join the “me too” snorefest that is American liberalism. Is it really “edgy” if you repeat the same, predictable message that everyone else is putting out there? How brave exactly, do you have to be when your goal is to convince teens that their parents are the enemy, anyone who doesn’t agree with liberalism can be publicly attacked, scorned, mocked, ridiculed and condemned with such wanton abandon that it brings to mind lemmings running as fast as they can to plunge over a cliff? Is it unique to illustrate how to deal with anyone whose ideas are different to use those same techniques in order to suppress free speech or values as “hate” and to portray the triumph of good over the evil bigots of the right, yet have nuclear meltdowns should one of those hated “righties” call someone a name? Sorry, but while the musicians may be brilliant, the storyline is boring and so predictable as be mind numbing. What would be “edgy” is exactly what Glenn wants to do. Portray the consequences of GOOD choices by teens over the easy choices that the media wants them to make. If consequences are always someone else’s fault and only those who don’t agree with them are accountable, it is boring. How about a teen who knows what is right, makes a mistake, and acknowledges that they did something wrong, then tries to make up for what they did? Or even better, how about a teen that does what’s right…because it IS right. If Glenn can come up with a show with music, talent and the portrayal of consequences for bad decisions and the blessings of good ones, I’m behind him all the way on that.

  • Anonymous

    You have to be joking!!!!!!  That is a bigger laugh then most of the “laugh” shows.
    Thanks for the memories…………

  • Nannette Durieux

    I agree. One show I would never watch is “Sex and the City”. We were raising 4 kids in their late teens when this show was going on.  It became increasingly difficult to curtail watching except that we shut down cable. Then it came out on video. During this same time Britney Spears came out with the “low cut” jeans and small tops. Every morning going to school was a battle with the dress code. I do believe that we need to shut down TVs if we want to raise our children with decorum. Something that seems to have been forgotten in this world or perhaps our country. Marketing corporate greed can’t be allowed to continue running our families.   

The 411 From Glenn

Sign up for Glenn’s newsletter

In five minutes or less, keep track of the most important news of the day.