April Fools? Media Matters caught in a web of lies in their war on Glenn Beck!

Yesterday, in what must have an early April Fool joke, a Media Matters employee posted a poorly researched article on their website that baselessly claimed that The Glenn Beck Program had fallen short of 400 radio affiliates. Almost immediately after the article was posted, multiple media outlets debunked the lies. Glenn addressed the issue on radio this morning.

“There's nobody more credible on numbers than Media Matters. Nobody more credible. I mean, you can take their numbers directly to the bank and deposit them,” Pat said.

“Not in the sense that they have any value,” Stu said.

“I mean, really now that you think about it, you might not want to take their numbers to the bank directly. You might want to stop at a garbage can between your house and there and deposit it there,” Pat suggested.

When Pat brought up the Media Matters article on air, Glenn asked what was said. Stu explained to Glenn that the article claimed the show had dropped below 400 affiliates (editor’s note: it would still be the third largest radio show in America even if this was true). Stu said that Business Insider, on the other hand, had actually done research and found that the show had over 430 affiliates.

“May I ask you this? Because everybody's focusing like, what have we lost? Like seven stations? But haven't we gained in the same period, haven't we gained like 88 stations?” Glenn asked.

“Apparently Media Matters forgot to add to their count the 88 stations that have acquired Beck in the past year,” Stu said.

“What you have to take into account on, you know, radio networks like ours, like national shows that gain and lose affiliates on a pretty regular basis,” Pat explained.

“ Yeah, we have over 430 affiliates, and what that probably means is we've had in our lifetime probably 630 affiliates and we've probably lost 200,” Stu said.

“People just don't understand the instability of the radio industry,” Pat explained.

Despite the fact that the Media Matters article has been proven to be a fabrication, the progressive organization has refused to issue a correction. (editor’s note: I don’t really expect them to issue a correction. Legitimate news sources lead with their mistakes. Fake news sources close their eyes and hope no one notices.)

While we won’t be updating our website and marketing materials to reflect the lies contained in the Media Matters article, listeners may hear Glenn trumpeting the fact that they were absolutely, 100% incorrect. As Mediaite pointed out in a short, but funny, article:

Earlier today, Media Matters reported that Glenn Beck’s radio show had lost enough stations that he could no longer claim, as he does on his website, that the show is “heard on over 400 stations.” However, it appears they got some of their math wrong. This is terrible, terrible news, obviously. This means that, for the next three weeks, we’re going to have to listen to Beck go on and on about how Media Matters has “86 employees trying to get me and they still can’t get their facts right!”

While that may be an issue down the road, Glenn decided to take the controversy and use it to promote local radio stations and local radio advertisers.

“These radio stations are fighting for their life to stay on the air,” Glenn said. Glenn and Pat said that when they first started, people could make a lot of money in radio, but that’s not the case anymore. “You can't now. You really can't. They have cut things so far to the bone.”

“It is the only medium besides the Internet, it is the only medium where you actually have a say. It's the only medium where you actually can call in and have your voice on a national program,” Glenn said.

“We do celebrate when a station goes local, even though it can hurt us. Local people are going to be the people that eventually replace me. I was a local guy. We need local hosts. And the only way that happens is if you go to the advertisers that you hear on this station and you frequent their business and you tell them, thank you, thank you for sponsoring these people,” Glenn said.

And while Media Matters may go out and try and attack national and local businesses that advertise on Glenn’s programs, Glenn explained his very simple philosophy on partnering his show with advertisers. “My philosophy is if it's right for me, if it's right for the advertiser and it is right for the consumer, if all three of us can walk away and say that was a good deal, then it's right. Once one of those three legs goes, then the table can't stand anymore.”

And Glenn warned the businesses that work with him not to abuse his audience. “Don't you ever screw them. Don't you ever do anything. I'll expose you if I ever find out that you guys are doing something. I will expose you nationally. You'll never be able to start a business because you have people's trust and I do, too, and you must honor that.”

To read more about how wrong Media Matters has been on this story, you can check out The Blaze, Business Insider, and Mediaite. (editor’s note: Media Matters, please feel free to print and frame any of these pieces to keep at your desk)

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

Summer is ending and fall is in the air. Before you know it, Christmas will be here, a time when much of the world unites to celebrate the love of family, the generosity of the human spirit, and the birth of the Christ-child in Bethlehem.

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