Attention Liberal Media: Glenn didn't compare Paula Deen to Martin Luther King

In the dumbest smear perhaps in history, one that proves the left struggles with basic language comprehension, The International Business Times claims Glenn compared Paula Deen to MLK. They needed quite a few {...} in between words to make that connection, but since when has a blatant falsehood ever stopped the left from attacking Glenn? Uh, never.

The IBT wrote:

Beck, however, defended the 66-year-old chef, stating that her past use of the word was a “violation of political correctness, nothing more.” The New York Times bestseller continued to ask, “How can people advance if we suppress any thought?” adding, “I’m not putting the N-word into any category of great thought.” Beck did, however, compare Deen’s situation to that of historical figures such as Christopher Columbus and Martin Luther King Jr.

“Where would the world be if Columbus and Magellan and other world explorers believed conventional wisdom and believed the world was flat. … Where would we be if Martin Luther King didn’t speak and challenge segregation? Where would we be if everyone in the world thought in the box?” Beck asked.

Now, it would be pretty stupid of Glenn to say that Deen was the same as MLK, right? We all know Glenn doesn't always say things in the most politically correct or eloquent manner, but does anything really think he would compare the foremost civil rights leader of our time to the cheese sandwich lady?

So what's the full context? Well, in a monologue using the Paula Deen story as a jumping off point - Glenn was talking about why it's important to make sure all voices are protected under free speech, not just the ones we all agree with. Why? Because sometimes you expose some real hatred, and other times you have profound ideas that might be controversial come to the surface.

Here's a longer version of the transcript the International Business Times decided to selectively pull - do you notice how many sentences are between the reference to MLK and Paula Deen are? (SPOILER: there are 189 words from the reference to MLK to Glenn talking about Paula Deen).

Okay, not cowardly. (Bill Maher) said that on ABC television six days after the World Trade Centers came down. He was fired for that 15-second clip. I was newly on talk radio nationwide, and I defended him. I defended him – not a popular stance, not something I did for ratings. Can you imagine…put yourself back. If you don’t remember this, put yourself back in those days. And here’s a guy on talk radio you’ve never heard of before saying wait a minute, wait a minute, you don’t fire him. He has the freedom to say those things.

I took serious heat from Conservatives on talk radio for defending him then, but I stand on principle. And when you go down the road of suppression – suppression, discouraging people from speaking their minds, striking terror in the hearts, and being a slave to political correctness by making them all go away, you’re engaging in McCarthyism, and we regress as a society and become less free. Well, we can’t become much less free and still be free at all.

How can a people advance if we suppress any thought? How can we advance if we train people not to rock the boat? I want you to know, I’m not putting the N-word in any category close to great thought. But if man isn’t free to speak, if he is afraid to speak words, whether they are politically incorrect or because they are offensive or because they’re just not fashionable scientific thought, whether it be Darwinism or climate change or creationism, we stop being the nation we want to be and start being the nation people should fear.

Where would the world be if Columbus and Magellan and other world explorers believed conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, or they were told that’s it, you’re not going anywhere; to jail with you? Where would we be if Martin Luther King didn’t speak and challenge segregation and racism? Where would we be if everyone in the world thought in the box?

That’s why it’s important we defend our right to speech, and whenever you see it under assault, even the most and maybe especially in its most vile, disgusting speech, you have to stand up and make sure you defend people’s right to say it. That’s why I defended Bill Maher. That’s why I defended the Daily Show creator just a few weeks ago. She said something stupid, and I said back off. She has a right to say it.

That’s why I defended Shirley Sherrod. That’s why I defended the artist that did Piss Christ. That’s why I defended Keith Olbermann the whole time he was boycotting me. And that’s why I defended the “chink in the armor” guy at ESPN, the writer who was fired for using a phrase everybody uses.

I’m not defending what people say or what they do or how they live their life, but I am defending their right to do it, to say it, and to live their life that way. I for one am an American that is sick and tired of knee-jerk, PC mob reaction to the fragments and soundbites of people. Paula Deen could very well be a racist. I don’t know, but you don’t either. And here’s the thing, I don’t really care what Paula Deen said years ago in her private life. It has no impact on me or society whatsoever.

 

"Now, so you have the context of this monologue, I was talking about we have got to stop punishing speech; we have got to stop saying don't read these things," Glenn said.

Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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