FLASHBACK: White House blamed French magazine over cartoon

This morning TheBlaze reported that a masked gunman stormed into the satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, France, killing 12 people before escaping, including one police officer.

Glenn, Pat and Stu took to radio to discuss the horrific tragedy and to weigh-in on the discussion. The guys quoted a statement from Jay Carney a few years ago, about the French magazine involved in the shooting today. Stu quoted Carney, saying "We are aware that a French magazine published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the Prophet Mohammed, and we have questions about the judgment of publishing something like this."

Stu took the opportunity to criticize the White House's statement, saying "So they are criticizing them for exercising free speech, first of all. We don't like the cartoon, so I get it, but listen--they can't even bring themselves to say it is a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed."

Despite the French President coming out and making a statement that this was indeed a terrorist attack, our White House failed to make a similar statement, Glenn discussed it this morning, saying "When the French president made that statement, then the spokes-person for the President came out and said, "Well, we aren't sure if it's terror or not."

According to Glenn, one of the key issues is political correctness, saying "Political Correctness is going to kill us."

Watch more of this conversation below.

Below is a rough transcript:

GLENN: We talk a little bit about what happened in France this morning? The White House still cannot bring themselves to be consistent on this.

STU: Listen to this quote. This is going back a few years. You have Jay Carney criticizing this same magazine that was attacked today.

"We are aware that a French magazine published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the prophet Mohammed, and we have questions about the judgment of publishing something like this."

So they are criticizing them for exercising free speech, first of all. We don't like the cartoon, so I get it, but listen -- they can't even bring themselves to say it is a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed.

"We are aware a French magazine published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the prophet Mohammed."

They can't even bring themselves to say that it actually is a drawing of the prophet Mohammed. That's how ineffectual they are. Like to do that and to act as if you can take this problem seriously and you aren't going to have results like this is odd.

GLENN: Today on the TV show, I have that magazine, and you will be able to see it. We'll show the whole thing on television tonight, but it's pretty offensive. It is actually very, very offensive, but we bought it a couple of years ago, when it first came out, because I knew thing like this was going to happen and we wanted it for the history library, because what happens to people when, you know, they make a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed. It's a really offensive cartoon, but you don't kill twelve people.

Now, the president on Twitter has come out and call this had terror right?

STU: Yeah. They released a statement saying it was a terrorist attack. And echoing what the French have already said about it. Now --

GLENN: When the French president made that statement, then the spokesperson for the president came out and said wow, we aren't sure if it's terror or not.

STU: Josh Earnest came out and would not say it was a terrorist attack. Said it was violence. Kept essaying it was violence, even when he was called out, he did eventually start saying it, about an hour later.

GLENN: The guys, get out. They have a rocket launcher, and automatic weapons, they shoot holes all throughout this building, they kill twelve people, they leave and while they are leaving -- there's audio. Do you have the audio?

PAT: Of them leaving? No.

GLENN: Of the shooting. There's video of it. It's pretty intense. I heard it on Doc and Skip this morning on The Morning Blaze, but you can hear them say the prophet has been avenged. Prophet has been avenged.

Now, do you think that is?

PAT: I think that's workplace violence. Sounds like it to me.

STU: I don't think they are talk about P-R-O-F-I-T.

PAT: Profit and loss.

GLENN: Here's the president. Remember some of the words of the people around the president an the president himself.

OBAMA: The future must not belong to those that slander the prophet of Islam.

PAT: Interesting statement for today, because these people did slander the prophet Mohammed, and now they don't have a future. Guess he's kind of right in that context. Then remember, when they were trying to pin down Eric Holder on what exactly jihad and if this is part of jihad, I don't know what is, but the government -- our administration wouldn't even acknowledge the fact that jihad exists.

HOLDER: There are a variety of reasons why I think people have taken these -- one, I think you have to look at each individual case. We are in the process now of talking to Mr. Shahzad to understand what it is that drove him to take --

VOICE: But radical Islam could have been one of the reasons?

HOLDER: There are a variety of --

VOICE: But was radical Islam one of them?

HOLDER: There are a variety of reasons why people do these things. Some of them are potentially --

VOICE: All I'm asking is if you think among those variety of reasons radical Islam might have been one of the reasons that the individuals took the steps they did.

HOLDER: You -- I think those people who espouse a version of Islam that is --

VOICE: Are you uncomfortable attributing any of their actions to radical Islam?

HOLDER: I don't want to say anything negative about a religion.

VOICE: Not talking about religion. Talking about radical Islam. Not talking about the general religion.

HOLDER: I'm saying a person -- Awlaki, for instance, who has a version of Islam --

PAT: He just would not do it.

GLENN: Wonder if he ever saying anything against Christians or Westboro Baptist Church and those Christians. Wonder if he's ever been on record saying anything at all about a radicalized sect of a religion.

PAT: Not sure.

GLENN: Why won't you say that? Why won't you say that? Political correctness is going to kill us.

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A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere argued that, while the coronavirus should never have been made into a partisan issue, the study certainly makes a strong statement in favor of GOP leadership.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

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After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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