Cyprus banks re-open, media spin is hilarious

The banks reopened in limited capacity in Cyprus today, with significant capital controls put forth by the Cyprus Ministry of Finance in order to avoid a run on the banks. These controls are supposed to be in place for the next seven days, and, according to Reuters, the Cypriot depositors will be unable to:

• Cash a check

• Withdraw more than €300 a day

• Take more than €3000 in cash per person in any currency out of the country

• Purchase more than €5000 in foreign goods and services with a credit card each month

• Make non-cash payments outside Cyprus without documentation showing they are paying for imports

On radio this morning, Glenn, Pat, and Stu broke down the ridiculousness of the situation – in particular, the media’s ‘nothing to see here’ coverage of the banks re-opening.

“They are allowing you up to 300 [euros]. It's great. Everything's fine in Cyprus,” Pat quipped. “Oh, man, you haven't been to the bank in almost two weeks and if they allow you 300 bucks, now you're set. That's fine.”

No need to worry! The media has provided some truly groundbreaking reporting today, letting us know that everything is fine on the streets of Cyprus.

“Have you seen the spin on this,” Pat asked.

“Oh, yeah, I have,” Glenn responded. “I think it's up on TheBlaze, I read it this morning, all of the tweets coming out this morning saying, ‘Guys, there's no problem’; all the journalists over there, ‘There's no problem.’”

TheBlaze compiled some of the commentary coming out of Cyprus in story posted earlier today. The Associated Press reported:

“Across Cyprus, large but orderly lines formed ahead of the opening of banks for six hours from noon, and guards from private security firms reinforced police outside some ATMs and banks in the capital, Nicosia… People filed calmly into banks across the country once they had opened, and no crowd issues were reported.”

4 News took a similar tone, with economic editor Faisal Islam reporting:

“For Cypriots, who have been struggling to cope with the bank closures that have seen cash rationed at ATMs, the reopening of bank branches was an orderly, welcome development, despite the stringent new controls on the use of cheques and the export of cash… So far, it would be wrong to call this a bank run, even though it looks like one. It’s transactional demand for cash after two week closure… Calm, dignified, and not a bank run. But impossible for it to be so, because of capital controls. Cypriots making best of bad situation.”

The Wall Street Journal took a slightly different approach, but the message from multimedia producer Dipti Kapadia was still:

“Surprisingly, little panic as Cyprus banks reopen."

While all may appear fine and dandy on the ground, Glenn explained the ramifications of the Cyprus bailout will be anything but. The larger implications of this situation allow for complete governmental control.

“Well, first of all, they are only allowing you 300 [euros],” Glenn said. “Why go to the bank? Just go to the ATM. Why even go to the bank… This is not a good situation. But, train them. Train the people: You'll take out as much as we tell you can take out. And you'll do it in an orderly fashion.”

“And you'll remove none of it from the country,” Pat added, referencing another one of the capital controls.

“That's right. That's right,” Glenn concluded. “Welcome to it, gang.”

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may say he's all about advocating for the common good, but during his more than 30 years in "public service," the socialist senator has been more adept at promoting his own bottom line.

Investigative journalist and best-selling author, Peter Schweizer, joined Glenn Beck in the studio Friday to discuss his new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Political Elite," and to break downs how Sanders has become the very model of the corrupt socialist leader who becomes wealthy at the expense of the citizens they are elected to serve.

"It's a major problem for Bernie Sanders," Schweizer said. "He's turned socialism into a profession that has generated a lot of money to his family."

"Isn't that what always happens?" Glenn asked. "I mean, everybody in charge of a socialist country, they walk away with billions, in some cases, and the people are left starving."

"Yes, that's exactly right," agreed Schweizer. "It is a racket for Bernie Sanders. And the sort of austere image that he presents —kind of the John the Baptist of the progressive movement — it's simply not true."

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By now you've probably heard all about former Vice President Joe Biden's alleged corruption in Ukraine with his son, Hunter, and the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma. But as it turns out, the Biden family's dubious dealings weren't limited to Ukraine, but extended to China as well.

In this clip, Glenn Beck explains Hunter Biden's four primary "problems" in China, including partnering with criminals, working with Chinese companies accused of stealing and spying on the U.S. military, as well as some very sketchy investments.

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Bill O'Reilly joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" on Friday for his weekly take on the 2020 presidential race.

O'Reilly emphasized what a dangerous candidate socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) really is, and how the media is working to mislead voters by depicting other Democratic candidates, such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as "moderate."

"The Democratic Party has been hijacked -- and this is no breaking news -- by the progressive left. Which is now being enabled by the national media," said O'Reilly.

"Bernie Sanders is a dangerous man. In any sane time, media time, that would be clear to everybody. But it's not," he added. "It's like, 'Oh, there's uncle Bernie and he just wants to give stuff away. What a great guy.' [He's] not a great guy, all right? He's a totalitarian. He'll take your freedom, in every area, away. Every area. There isn't one area, that Bernie Sanders wouldn't intrude upon, in your personal freedom. Yet, that's not reported. You don't know it unless you pay attention. It's all a bunch of dishonest blather that has obliterated the so-called moderate Democrat. And there are millions of those people. They don't know what to do because they have no voice in the media."

Glenn pointed out that the media has been "trying to make Pete Buttigieg into a moderate" ever since his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses last week.

"So, Pete Buttigieg: Harvard grad. Rhodes Scholar. Brilliant man, he is brilliant. Great speaker. Almost as good as Beck and I. Not quite, but almost," O'Reilly said. "He's only 38, all right? So, the guy goes out and runs for president after being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, and almost destroying that city. The city is in chaos, yet he's re-elected with 80% of the vote the second time. That's what a good BS'er Pete Buttigieg is.

The two went on to break down Buttegieg's radical policy plans on immigration, abortion, gun control, and more.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and his chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, have uncovered new evidence that suggests the coronavirus death toll numbers coming from China are grossly inaccurate.

After vetting several deep-fake videos circulating on social media, Jason unearthed shocking whistleblower-videos released by citizens of the communist state that show entire warehouses filled with body bags, along with other atrocities.

Jason and Glenn break down the real numbers and discuss the possibilities of the outbreak coming to America. Watch the video below for more details:

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