Getting the story right

In the midst of the media circus that has emerged following the shooting in Arizona, Glenn feels that there have only been two journalists that have really gotten the story right: Megyn Kelly and Wolf Blitzer.

Glenn first touched on Megyn Kelly and her interview with Sherriff Dupnik.  Before the interview, Sherriff Dupnik said that the suspect was motivated by heated political rhetoric from radio and television. Megyn Kelly asked, “I want to ask you about that because that's something you've mentioned the past couple of days, and I just want to ask you whether there is anything you've uncovered in your investigation so far that suggests this suspected killer was listening to radio or watching television.”

Pat chimed in, “When [Sherriff Dupnik] said that the violent vitriolic rhetoric, the hate speech in this country is what's behind this.  So she's asking him, is there any evidence that you have as a sheriff, as a law enforcement officer?  Is there a shred of evidence?”

Upon further prodding from Megyn Kelly, Sherriff Dupnik admitted that there was no specific evidence that pointed to any rhetoric on television or radio motivating the suspect’s violent actions.

Glenn said, “So here's a law enforcement official that is playing judge and jury.  It is, ‘I have been doing this for 50 years.  It is in my expert opinion that this is what's going on. No evidence.”

Stu added, “When you're telling the facts of an ongoing investigation as a law enforcement official, no, that's not where personal opinion makes the world round and round.  I'm sorry.”

Glenn then switched gears to Wolf Blitzer who, in his coverage of the story, made sure to say there was no evidence that Jared Lee Loughner was in any way a Sarah Palin fan who would have seen her SarahPac ad.”

“This is after one of the CNN reporters just spent about three minutes going on and on about Sarah Palin and her involvement in this, how she targeted these congressional districts and had them in the crosshairs, you know, and it was all about reelection.  And then finally Wolf poses the billion dollar question,” Pat said.

Blitzer asked, “Is there any evidence that the suspected shooter in this particular case was a Sarah Palin fan?” to which his guest had to admit there was not.

Glenn took the opportunity to say why he chose to stay off the air and not comment on the story until his usual radio show on Monday morning. He explained:

“As I was sitting in Spider-Man and I had no details, by the end of Spider-Man, I knew that it was a Democrat that had been shot, I knew others had been shot, I knew that a 9-year-old had been killed, I knew that they had caught the gunman but I knew nothing about it.  I immediately text messaged everyone:  Not one word until the facts are out.  No speculation.  That's what responsible people do.  Could have tweeted.  I've got The Blaze.  I could have walked over from the show over to Fox.  They would have put me on the air.  I had no facts.  Thus only an idiot has an opinion.”

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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