Glenn smacks down NYT rumor mill

On the first day of Glenn’s vacation, the New York Times released an article (read Blaze analysis of the article here) speculating that Glenn and FOX News would be parting ways at the end of the year. Glenn had to wait a whole week before he could issue his own response, but he gave a passionate response on radio this morning.

“While on vacation I saw that the New York Times had stopped focusing on the unimportant Charlie Sheen contract and moved to the really unimportant Glenn Beck contract. In case you missed it, let me summarize. Glenn Beck is crazy. He's dangerous. And nobody's watching because he's crazy and dangerous. And now he's so crazy and dangerous that even Fox that's crazy and dangerous can't even have him or his crazy and the dangerous fans around,” Glenn said.

Among the accusations leveled at Glenn and his audience? The New York Times said that Glenn doesn’t really believe in all that “God” stuff or his stance against non-violence. Glenn also said that they equate his audience with “illiterate zombies” who only listen because they don’t realize Glenn is “faking it”.

Glenn pointed out that while the New York Times and other media outlets were calling his show too doom and gloom, they were reporting stories with the same negative tones. “The New York Times and others saw no irony in their Mr. Gloomy pants critique while at the same time they would run these stories and provide no real insight or answers to these major catastrophies.”

And, of course, they tried to attack the ratings of his show despite the fact that he is beating every single show on CNN, Headline News, and MSNBC (including primetime).

“By the time the New York Times arrived to the in ratings decline conclusion, it was strange because I was only a CBS News estimate of the 8/28 crowd of 87,000 people, away from the actual audience size that the Times themselves used to declare that I was a ratings phenomena just two years before. Isn't that weird? And that was the time before, you know, Time magazine put me on their cover declaring, of course, that I was a crazy madman. Oh, the more things change, the more they stay the same,” Glenn said.

“I've decided that the media and the American left have become nothing more than a shampoo label and should be disregarded as we disregard most shampoo labels because they all say the same thing: Lather, rinse, repeat and that's all they do. And that's why in the end they will fail,” Glenn said.

How does Glenn feel about FOX? His feelings certainly don't match up with the tone described in the New York Times article.

“Yes, my contract is up at the end of the year. Contracts do that. Fox and I have had a great relationship and the current contract does come to an end in December. My admiration for the people that work at Fox and the people that have built Fox cannot be overstated.”

“In short, Roger Ailes has built not only the most powerful name in news in America but he has built the most powerful name in news on planet Earth. And much to the left's amazement and chagrin, he's done it all without bashing America. Isn't that weird?”

“Now the same cannot be said for the new media darling Al-Jazeera, the fawning over the mouthpiece of Al-Qaeda and the defender of radical Islam should not be surprising to the average American. After all, progressives are all about progress and the next logical step from MSNBC could only be the network to which Bin Laden sends his actual terrorist tapes,” Glenn said.

“The press is reporting this is all about my desire to make more money and Fox's desire to retain me cheaper.”

“Oh, had they only listened or watched any of the thousands of hours of broadcast time. Or if it was they instead of my four million readers that they claim don't actually read my books that had actually read my books instead of living in self-imposed ignorance, they would know that I didn't negotiate my first contract with Fox. It was a deal that was done with a handshake, you know, the way cowboys that still exist in America still make a deal, with a handshake.”

Glenn warned that as his business and his relationship with FOX continues to grow and change, he will be accused of promoting “too much God” and only do things for fame and money.

“Most Americans will stop listening to those who have contempt for the ideas that built this nation, the ideas that involve values and principles. I will continue to stand where I believe I'm being led to stand and not for ratings or for money,” Glenn said.

“I'm just part of a larger group that loves this country and now feels almost forced to stand in what is now being called a radical, crazy, or foolish position. A place that millions now occupy because our lives are at last ruled by values and principles. Because we know in order to survive, our country must restore itself to sanity,” Glenn said.

“What so many in New York or Washington no longer believe, I do. And I'll bet you do, too. That God lives and God is not neutral in our lives or in our actions. I also believe I have this crazy notion that God is actively involved in preserving man's freedom. And this is what compels me to do what I do. In the end I will be counted,” Glenn said.

“Dietrich Bonhoeffer said to not stand is to stand. To not speak is to speak. We are facing issues that will be written about for generations to come and if not God, history will hold us accountable.”

“So there are no negotiation tactics, New York Times. No PR move, no ratings ploy because in the end there is only the truth, and the truth has no agenda.”

As far as what the future holds for Glenn, he said that he has very ambitious and exciting things planned, and he will continue to stand where God has told him to stand.

“Last year I outlined the direction of my company for my partners here at Mercury in New York. It is by far the most ambitious undertaking we have ever done, and we've tried some pretty big and incredible and crazy things,” Glenn said.

“If I feel in the end that I'm to build a ballpark out in the middle of nowhere in the middle of a cornfield, oh, believe me, I will do it. Because I trust the only one that really knows how this story ends.”

“I for one have done my best to awaken a slumbering and hung-over nation. Those who are awake now know the biggest thing that they can do is to take control of their own lives, accept responsibility for mistakes, learn from them, correct and move on. We know that we need to educate ourselves on history, on the Constitution, science and dare I say it, the matters of faith in God,” Glenn said.

“What? That's crazy apocalyptic talk again!” he joked.

In light of the national conversation surrounding the rights of free speech, religion and self-defense, Mercury One is thrilled to announce a brand new initiative launching this Father's Day weekend: a three-day museum exhibition in Dallas, Texas focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

This event seeks to answer three fundamental questions:

  1. As Americans, what responsibility do we shoulder when it comes to defending our rights?
  2. Do we as a nation still agree on the core principles and values laid out by our founding fathers?
  3. How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Attendees will be able to view historical artifacts and documents that reveal what has made America unique and the most innovative nation on earth. Here's a hint: it all goes back to the core principles and values this nation was founded on as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

Exhibits will show what the world was like before mankind had rights and how Americans realized there was a better way to govern. Throughout the weekend, Glenn Beck, David Barton, Stu Burguiere, Doc Thompson, Jeffy Fisher and Brad Staggs will lead private tours through the museum, each providing their own unique perspectives on our rights and responsibilities.

Schedule a private tour or purchase general admission ticket below:

Dates:
June 15-17

Location:

Mercury Studios

6301 Riverside Drive, Irving, TX 75039

Learn more about the event here.

About Mercury One: Mercury One is a 501(c)(3) charity founded in 2011 by Glenn Beck. Mercury One was built to inspire the world in the same way the United States space program shaped America's national destiny and the world. The organization seeks to restore the human spirit by helping individuals and communities help themselves through honor, faith, courage, hope and love. In the words of Glenn Beck:

We don't stand between government aid and people in need. We stand with people in need so they no longer need the government

Some of Mercury One's core initiatives include assisting our nation's veterans, providing aid to those in crisis and restoring the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities. When evil prevails, the best way to overcome it is for regular people to do good. Mercury One is committed to helping sustain the good actions of regular people who want to make a difference through humanitarian aid and education initiatives. Mercury One will stand, speak and act when no one else will.

Support Mercury One's mission to restore the human spirit by making an online donation or calling 972-499-4747. Together, we can make a difference.

What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.