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.