Glenn: Character matters

Glenn was back on radio today and gave his first reaction to the latest Weiner scandal in a different way than most. Instead of focusing on the salacious details of the sext messages, Glenn talked about why character matters and how people completely disregard character, instead they focus on political agendas.

Transcript of segment below

GLENN: No, but that's also ‑‑ I mean, I have been in that situation where I've had things that I didn't want to come out. I mean, you know, I lived a pretty dicey life. I was an alcoholic. Nobody in my life knew it, except for Pat. Nobody in my life knew it. I've lived that life before. And when you're in it, you think that this is going to destroy you. Stu, you were with me the day I thought I was destroying my career.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: And I came out with the truth and I said, yep, this is who I am.

STU: I mean, that's ‑‑ you know, to Pat's point, that is part of probably what has helped your career and has made you a unique personality on the air. I mean, most people don't do that and ‑‑

GLENN: Yeah, but that's what we have to start convincing people, that the truth will set you free. I mean, the day ‑‑ and you know it, Stu. I looked at you and I said, write this day down. This is the day that I ended my career, right? Remember that?

STU: Mmm‑hmmm.

GLENN: Okay. So that's what happened to me in, what, '95 or 6 or 8 or whenever it was. I thought I was ending my career, but instead, the opposite is true. People are looking for ‑‑ first of all, why do you think it's going to end your career when you have Eliot Spitzer and Weiner both running?

STU: And leading at the moment at least.

GLENN: Yeah. You could ‑‑ "We've got this picture with you and hookers and one dead hooker and you blood‑splattered with the knife in your hand." "All right. So I'll just run for mayor of New York."

PAT/STU: (Laughing.)

GLENN: It doesn't seem to matter to anybody anymore.

STU: I don't think there's any chance Eliot Spitzer loses in his race for city comptroller. I mean, I think there is a chance Weiner, because he's just so over‑the‑top crazy and these things keep coming out. We haven't seen a poll since this last scandal obviously. I'm sure in the next day or two we will and you'll have a better idea.

GLENN: You know what kills me? Is we are trusting ‑‑ New York is. We're not. New York is considering trusting their money, their money to a guy who was taking money and giving it to hookers. A guy who is so deceitful all the way around, and you're talking about trusting him with your cash. It's really insane.

STU: Yeah. He went about this I think in a smarter way than Weiner in that he went for ‑‑ he went for a low‑profile job that no one really understands and that no one knows any of his competition. Where Weiner, I mean, you know, the mayor of New York is ‑‑ I mean, it's one of the most important jobs in America. I mean, it really is. It's the biggest city in America. It's one of the biggest ‑‑ you put it on a scale of economies worldwide, it's one of the biggest economies for countries. So this guy, imagine Anthony Weiner, we talked about this yesterday when you were out, Glenn. It's like, imagine this guy with the stuff that he does up to now at least a minimum of 14 months after he got kicked out of congress was still having these sex chats, was having these sex chats during the time his redemptive article in People magazine came out. While it was happening, they started a week before the article came out. The guy that's that psychotic, imagine him having the power of Michael Bloomberg in this city. I mean, look what Bloomberg's done with it. Imagine if Anthony Weiner gets that power what he will do. I mean, hide your daughters. God only knows what will happen in this city if this guy gets control of it.

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.