Top 10 Glenn of 2011: The #1 Glenn moment is...

Glenn Beck moves about a thousand miles an hour and sports an 'idea per minute' ratio that few could rival. By the time the end of the year rolls around it's easy to lose track of all the ground that he covered during that year. We have been counting down the top Glenn moments of 2011 and have finally reached the top moment. It was another fantastic year filled with huge changes, successes, ideas, inspiration and more. Get the top 10 moments here: #10,#9,#8#7, #6#5#4#3 and #2.

#1 Leaving Fox to start GBTV

Forget about being the top Glenn story of 2011, Glenn Beck's decision to leave Fox News was one of the biggest news stories in all of 2011. From the beginning Glenn Beck was not your typical cable news host - in fact, Glenn was not really a cable news host at all. Case in point - name the cable news host who would ever dare to devote hours to history professors who wrote Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism?? They don't exist. Why? Because most cable news hosts are confined to talking about whatever the media elite establish as the 'top news of the day' which usually ends up being the same old crap we always get. Republicans yelling at Democrats…yadda yadda yadda. Glenn was constantly going against conventional cable news wisdom - and clearly (judging by the huge ratings) it's what people wanted. But there was only so much Glenn could do on Fox to push the envelope. That's part of what led to one of the biggest decisions Glenn has ever made: leaving Fox to start GBTV.

After Glenn's last show on Fox News he immediately hosted a broadcast on GBTV to talk about his time at Fox and a little about the future. And that future is GBTV. You can check out the premiere broadcast, which hundreds of thousands tuned in to see. GBTV is the vehicle that will drive everything Glenn does with Mercury One and Mercury Radio Arts. GBTV is also what Glenn believes is the future of media. No one in Glenn's position has ever tried anything like this before - this is truly a groundbreaking project. This is where media is heading - people want to watch the handful of shows they like without having to pay for 700 channels just for the ability to see those few shows WHEN they want to watch. GBTV is pioneering the path to give people that ability.

Under the leadership of experienced network TV executive Joel Cheatwood, GBTV has already launched or announced several exciting shows in addition to the daily Glenn Beck ProgramLiberty TreehouseThe B.S. of A. with Brian Sack,Independence USA (premiering January 18th) and a future unnamed animated series to be developed by GBTV and Icebox, originally founded in 1999 by a group of primetime TV writers including Jon Collier (The Simpsons, King of the Hill) and Howard Gordon (24, Homeland) are just the first of many entertaining and informative shows to come.

Leaving Fox to start GBTV is bold, cutting edge, risky, unconventional, surprising, prescient all rolled into one and more. But then again - so is Glenn Beck. So why'd you expect anything different?

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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