Michael Yon: Rolling Stone "Kill Team" BS

On radio this morning Glenn interviewed Michael Yon, the reporter who wrote the scathing review of Rolling Stone's "Kill Team" article. You can read his review from The Blaze here. Glenn went in depth with Michael Yon about his experience with the brigade now being questioned.

Ypn, on his way back to Afghanistan from Japan, said, "I was with the Stryker Brigade, not with the soldiers on the so‑called kill team because the brigade's quite big.  It's thousands of soldiers, but I was with other soldiers and, in fact, the Rolling Stone posted a video of a day when some soldiers shot two Taliban.  They were armed with an AK‑47 and shot those guys off a motorbike just as the motorbike almost landed into the patrol.  And so the Rolling Stone wrongly insinuated that those soldiers were a part of the so‑called kill team who actually in, if a fact, apparently murder some Afghan civilians.  So there was definitely some crime committed but it was a very small group of soldiers that did it while the Rolling Stone paint, you know, the entire U.S. military as being a part of that, which is simply not true."

"I understand that there are always bad guys in any given group.  But what bothers me about this story is the timing.  Because these videos have been around for quite some time, have they not?" Glenn asked.

Yon explained that the videos and pictures have been around for quite some time and he considered this "old news".

"Der Spiegel, the weekend we go into Libya, Der Spiegel in Germany, where we don't have any problems with radical Islamists in Germany, none whatsoever, Der Spiegel prints these on the weekend we go into Libya and then Rolling Stone prints them last week.  Why all of a sudden are we printing these photos which are old?" Glenn said.

"It is interesting timing, Glenn.  You know, a lot of people are so angry with the Rolling Stone now and they're, you know, painting the military like this.  This isn't the first time," Yon said.

"Do you have any idea of the writer or how this story in Rolling Stone happened?" Glenn asked.

"Well, the writer, Mark Boal, let's face it. Let's put it in plain talk.  This guy's a clown.  I mean, you know, the book ‑‑ the movie Hurt Locker, for instance, you know, soldiers, that's an ‑‑ if a soldier says, hey, that guy's Hurt Locker, that's an insult.  It means he's like not very good.  And that has come about since the movie actually.  The movie is so over the top and fictionalized, I can't believe it got all these awards.  But in any case he's written the story about, you know, the kill team and all that.  And oversensationalized it.  I mean, the guy should be a fiction writer.  He's dabbling in nonfiction. He's trying to conflate the two.  So he's got neither fiction, nor nonfiction.  It's like a platypus." Yon said.

"[The Pentagon] did actually try to withhold the photos but somehow Der Spiegel got hold of the photos.  I don't know how they actually did it.  But the Pentagon did actually try to keep a lid on them," he added.

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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