‘They are so afraid’: Glenn explains the growing power of conservative media

There was an encouraging article in the New York Times this weekend about the growth of conservative media in the United States. With government shutdown on the horizon, Times columnist Jeremy Peters took a look back at the 1996 shutdown, in which Republicans shouldered a large majority of the blame. This time around, however, the “digital revolution” has the power to prevent a similar fate.

The article reads:

Ask conservatives what went wrong for them the last time the government shut down, and many of them will bring up the cover of The Daily News of New York from Nov. 16, 1995.

Under the block-lettered headline “Cry Baby,” it showed a cartoon of Newt Gingrich, then speaker of the Republican-led House, in tears, clutching a bottle and wearing nothing but a cloth diaper.

Back then, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel was a year from its debut, Andrew Breitbart was a lowly assistant at E! Online, and The Drudge Report was an obscure gossip and news digest sent by e-mail — to the lucky few who had e-mail.

But today, a fervent group of conservatives — bloggers, pundits, activists and even members of Congress — is harnessing the power of the Internet, determined to tell the story of the current budget showdown on its terms.

“The New York Times wrote an article this weekend and said, ‘Here's the good thing. If you're a conservative, you suddenly know how to use the Internet. You suddenly know how to use Facebook and Twitter.’” Glenn said on radio this morning. “I told you when we started TheBlaze that it was really essential that we are tweeting stories and that we are using Facebook and posting stories. The left understands this. The right has not understood this traditionally.”

Thanks to its every-growing and extremely loyal readership base, TheBlaze recently found itself ranked 11th on the NewsWhip ranking of the top Facebook publishers in August:

“A year ago we were thrilled when the news analytics group NewsWhip found TheBlaze to be one of the most shared news sites anywhere,” Glenn said. “News this year, this week from News Whip is even better. They ranked the top news publishers on Facebook for the month of August, and TheBlaze was number 11.”

“This is just, this is fantastic news. And the New York Times, on Saturday, picked this up and was talking about, not this particular report, but they picked this up and they were reporting that the right is no longer the right of even 2010,” he continued. “You're now understanding how to use Facebook and this is why we have begged you, and we do again today: If you see a story on TheBlaze that you think is important, tweet it. Facebook it. It's really important because it multiplies and spreads everywhere.”

While conservatives are in no way close to “controlling the media” as Juan Williams bizarrely suggested last week, we have made significant inroads towards at least being a part of the conversation.

“And they are so afraid. They are absolutely terrified of Drudge, they're terrified of Rush, they're terrified of TheBlaze, they're terrified of anybody. That's why they work so hard to put all of us out of business. And this is why it's so important that you share. If you read something or if you hear Rush say something, spread it. Go to his website, click on it and spread it. You hear Sean Hannity, you're listening to Mark Levin, and you see his book, go out and buy it. If it's of interest to you, go out and buy it,” Glenn said. “It's amazing to have somebody like Bill O'Reilly on 60 Minutes. Go out and buy his book. Support the people who are standing on the front line because we're in the trenches right with you.”

One of the things the left does particularly well is its ability to present a unified front, and this morning Glenn advocated for the right to work towards a similar sense of harmony.

“We just all have our own gifts, and we have to all start working together… We all have our own expertise. Let's use them. And if we all start to put them together, we win in a big way. And I'm telling you the Republicans have no idea what's about to hit them,” Glenn said. “Let's really have that battle, not this bogus battle that we've been having… It was progressive versus progressive. That's the battle we've had for the last hundred years – with an exception of Ronald Reagan. What do you say we open it up? You go ahead. Have your progressive thing. Be out in the open. Have your progressive thing. You go ahead and do that. We're going in another direction. Let's have that battle because that battle, my friend, we win.”

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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