Bill O'Reilly fires back at absurd attacks from liberal publication Mother Jones

Mother Jones published a brutal attack on "King of Cable News" Bill O'Reilly, claiming he has misled viewers about his role in covering the Falkland War between Argentina and the United Kingdoms. This one is not going to end well for Mother Jones, an already discredited liberal rag that appears heading for another round of hefty discrediting.

"Mother Jones. Bottom rung. Nobody reads it," Bill told Glenn. "Why I'm even bothering with this is because once and for all, I'm going to put a stake through the heart of these irresponsible websites who pick up crap, throw it out there as fact, even though they know it's a lie."

"This is so absurd. We'll be able to prove it because I have all the memos from CBS telling me what a great job I did, covering the Falkland Islands War from Argentina. And, by the way, I never said one time in my life that I was on the Falkland Islands because no Americans were. And so that's the fact there," he continued.

Bill also called out the author of the article, David Corn.

"The big tip off of the article is when David Corn, who is a rank liar and a political assassin, says that I, quote, excoriated Brian Williams, when everybody on earth knows I went out of my way to be compassionate to the man on Jimmy Kimmel," Bill said.

Read the rush transcript of the interview below:

GLENN: Stop the music. Because this is going to be -- this is a very important thing here. I don't ever recall a time -- do you ever recall a time where I sighted with Mother Jones?

PAT: It has never happened. We checked the records.

GLENN: It has never happened. It's a rag not even worth your time even paying attention to or investigating because everything they say is a Marxist lie.

PAT: That's why we were so surprised at what a great job they did on this particular article.

GLENN: Boy, oh, boy. They have hit the mother lode on this one. The number one story on the Blaze today is Bill O'Reilly answering the charges of Mother Jones. Again, a complete rag and discredited rag, I might add, except perhaps in this case. They're saying that Bill O'Reilly is the next Brian Williams and he lies and makes up stuff about his reporting.

STU: It shows how good their reporting must be to win you over.

GLENN: Exactly right.

PAT: It does.

GLENN: We have the horse's mouth on the phone with us now, Brian -- I'm sorry -- Bill, nice to have you.

BILL: I'm glad I'm on that side of the horse, Beck.


GLENN: How are you doing, O'Reilly?

BILL: I'm good. Great intro. You know, so what do you want to know, Beck?

GLENN: Well, I want to know about this lie that you were somehow or another on the beaches in the Falklands, shooting things up.

BILL: I know. Look, you're absolutely right. Mother Jones. Bottom rung. Nobody reads it. But the internet is the big story. So what we're doing tonight and why I'm even bothering with this is because once and for all, I'm going to put a stake through the heart of these irresponsible websites who pick up crap, throw it out there as fact, even though they know it's a lie. This is so absurd -- and we'll be able to prove it because I have all the memos from CBS telling me what a great job I did, covering the Falkland Islands War from Argentina. And, by the way, I never said one time in my life that I was on the Falkland Islands because no Americans were. And so that's the fact there.

GLENN: So hang on just a second. You're also here claiming that you are an American.

BILL: Yeah, that's true. But the big tip off of the article is when David Corn, who is a rank liar and a political assassin, says that I, quote, excoriated Brian Williams, when everybody on earth knows I went out of my way to be compassionate to the man on Jimmy Kimmel. So this guy, I mean, he must think that the folks are as stupid as he is. However, I'll give the Beck listeners all over the country, we are going to show tonight a memo written by CBS News New York and sent to the South American chief in Buenos Aires telling him what a great job Bill O'Reilly did covering the final battle in the Falklands War, which took place in the Argentine capital. We have the memo. Thirty-three years, beck. And I found it last night deep in the basement.

PAT: That's great. That's great.

GLENN: It makes me say, okay, well, maybe Bill O'Reilly is telling the truth, but it also gives me an image of your home being one of those homes with the pack rats that save everything and you live in -- the hoarders --

BILL: I know you're a God-fearing man.

GLENN: So you are saying -- you are saying --

BILL: I found this memo.

GLENN: You're telling me your home is not filled with stacks of papers and you're living within jars of urine. Right?

BILL: What's the matter with you, Beck? What is the problem with you?

GLENN: Hey, by the way, I have to tell you something, when I come to New York, I have something that a friend of mine just -- just purchased that is either going to make your day or will make you weep. I happen to have a friend who just purchased the medical records and the autopsy report from Patton. It includes everything including his toe tag.

BILL: Wow, that's fabulous. It backs up what we wrote in Killing Patton. I can guarantee that. Right?

GLENN: Well, I will bring it to you. And if you would like to peruse, I'm going to give you some gloves. I don't know what you have. Brownies or whatever you have on your hands.

BILL: You know, Beck, that I fought with Patton in the Battle of the Bulge. You know that. Right?

GLENN: So, Bill, what do you think should happen to Brian Williams?

BILL: I think he's punished enough. I don't think I'd give him the Nightly News, but I'd put him somewhere else. You know.

PAT: Do you think there's any chance after a six-month suspension there's any chance they have him back in the anchor chair? Because we don't think that's even possible.

BILL: No, probably that isn't. But, again, I think they can put him somebody else. And maybe Meet the Press, that kind of thing.

GLENN: Should he be the head of NBC News at this point?

PAT: The managing editor?

BILL: Is this a facetious question, Beck?

GLENN: No. I wanted to make sure we were on the same page. Does MSNBC, do you think they will ever see the irony they're letting this guy go, but they have Al Sharpton and all those other clowns on there that lie for a living?

BILL: You know, it will be very interesting to see what happens to the MSNBC network. They're all, what, we call in the business, scratching now. Which means, they don't have any visible audience at all in many of their hours.

GLENN: They're literally being beaten by Al-Jazeera in some hours. I mean, that's impossible.

BILL: But, you know, it shows you that the American people are -- and this goes back to Mother Jones. Once you prove someone to be a liar, all right, which is what Jones accused me of, but now they'll get it rammed right down their throat. Because I have a paper that backs up exactly what I said is true. Once that happens, it's really hard for anybody to deal with you at all. And I think that's what happened at MSNBC. So it will be interesting to see.

GLENN: What do you think will happen with net neutrality?

BILL: I don't know.

PAT: Okay.

GLENN: I'm just letting that hang there. I don't think I've ever heard Bill O'Reilly say that. I don't think I've ever heard you say I don't know.

BILL: I don't know, Beck.

PAT: Is it a topic you're not that interested in, Bill?

BILL: Yeah. Really, I have to try to get these jihadists under control. Can you believe what's happening overseas? I can't believe how bad it's getting.

GLENN: Seeing it was a caliphate and I was the one that was mocked for saying that at Fox, yes, I can believe what's happening over in the Middle East.

BILL: It was the way you said it, Beck.


GLENN: Bill, it's always good to talk to you. Next time I'm in New York, I'll bring you the medical files of Patton.

BILL: I'd be fascinated to see it, thank you.

GLENN: All right, man. Appreciate it.

IN PLAIN SIGHT: COVID and mental health

A lot of times, people drown in plain sight. Largely because most of us haven't been taught what to look for. We're accustomed to the movie version of a person struggling in the water — flailing their arms and shrieking and gymnastic — but in real life drowning is quieter, something you could see and not realize. It's never been harder than it is now, in 2020, as we're all locked indoors, alone, out of sight.

Every year, an estimated one million people worldwide kill themselves. A death every 40 seconds.

America is in the throes of a suicide epidemic, with the highest suicide rate since World War II. Suicide rates have risen 30 percent since 1999, and the number keeps climbing. There were 45,000 suicide deaths in 2016 alone. In 2017, there were 47,000. Roughly 129 people a day.

In 2018, 10.7 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.3 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide. There were 48,344 recorded suicides. That's roughly one person every 11 minutes. And that's 1,171 more people than the year before. The average American knows 600 people. Meaning, the increase of suicide deaths in one year was more than double the number of people you know. And that's just the difference.

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in this country. It is the second leading cause of death among children, and since 2000, there has been a worrying jump in the suicide rate of 15-to-24-year-olds.

In January, USA Today ran an article about the rising suicide rates, "More and more Americans are dying by suicide. What are we missing?

That was January. Three months before the pandemic sent all of us indoors.

An article in The BMJ, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, points that "Widely reported studies modeling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates predicted increases ranging from 1% to 145%." In other words, "We really don't know."

So we can't prove exactly how much damage the pandemic and the lockdowns have caused, or how many suicides there have been this year compared to last year because those numbers will take a while to assemble. But we can get an idea by measuring the scope and prevalence of the conditions that lead to suicide, and they are significantly higher in 2020. Because what's not in doubt is that the pandemic has gravely affected people's mental health.

Affect on Adults

For starters, while suicides tend to drop at the start of pandemics, they quickly increase in response to the conditions of quarantine. It's also true that suicide rates increase during recessions.

A study in Science Advances journal noted that "as the rates of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths increased substantially across the United States, COVID-19–related acute stress and depressive symptoms increased over time in the United States." A CDC report from August found that in 2020 compared to 2019, adults' symptoms of anxiety have tripled and symptoms of depression have quadrupled (24.3% versus 6.5%). Compared to 2018, two different studies concluded that symptoms of depression and "serious psychological distress" are triple the level they were. In fact, the rates of anxiety and depression have been higher throughout the pandemic than "after other large-scale traumas like September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and the Hong Kong unrest." Ten percent of Americans surveyed in June said they had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.

French philosopher Albert Camus once wrote that "In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.


A number of studies warn about the danger posed by lockdowns. One in particular, published in Lancet, summarizes it well: "Most reviewed studies reported negative psychological effects including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger. Stressors included longer quarantine duration, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma. Some researchers have suggested long-lasting effects."

The report is very clear about how to minimize the harm of quarantine: Give people as much information as possible, reduce boredom, improve communication, emphasize altruism, and keep lockdowns as short as possible.

Affect on Children

The pandemic and the lockdowns have been especially difficult, and even fatal, for one group in particular, but you might not have heard about it because the media is too obsessed with identity politics to stop for a moment and look at the bigger picture. I'm talking about the most important population: Children.

But they aren't dying of Covid. In fact, children are more likely to die of homicides, drowning, or even fires and burns, than they are to die of Covid. The Academy of Pediatrics reported that, as of December 3rd, children accounted for slightly more than 0% of all COVID-19 cases, and even fewer deaths, about 0.11%, about 160 in total. There are still 15 states with zero reported child deaths. They don't even catch it as often: They account for less than 2% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases globally. Even here in America, the nation with the highest infection rates, that number is the same: 2%. And, when they do catch it, the overwhelming majority of them experience either no symptoms or mild symptoms. Another recent study found that, compared to the flu, children play a minimal role in spreading Covid-19, and most children who contract it actually get it from their parents.

So they rarely catch it, they almost never die because of it, and they don't spread it. Yet, according to data from the CDC, the rate of children visiting emergency rooms has skyrocketed. Compared with 2019, the number of 5-11-year-olds is 24% higher, while the rate for 12-17-year-olds is 31% higher. This surge is due to mental health reasons.

According to a ton of studies (Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here), during the pandemic, children of all ages have "had high rates of depression, anxiety, and pos-traumatic symptoms as expected in the aftermath of any disaster."

The reality is unequivocal: The lockdowns and quarantines are bad for children. Certainly much, much worse than the disease itself, a point Donald Trump was heckled by the media for making. We waded through a sea of studies, reports, and articles, and the consensus was so consistent that we shifted our focus to looking for studies that said otherwise.

The International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction released a study this month that found that three in four children have reported having depression, and that "the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's mental well-being is worrying 60% of parents, according to a survey by parents with primary-aged children and 87% reported that their children were missing school and less than half stated that their children were feeling lonely, which altogether affects their children's mental health and wellbeing."

One study found that children of all age groups "showed more clinging, inattention, and irritability. However, 3-6 year-olds were more likely to manifest clinginess and fear that family members might contract the infection, while 6-18 year-olds were more likely to show inattention and persistent inquiry." Another study found that "In many households, children who end up staying indoors become restless and, in some cases, violent."

Children need predictability... and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things.

Uncertainty, social isolation, and parental angst. Children need predictability, they need activities, and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things. But, as a result of draconian lockdowns, they have spent much more time in front of screens. They are also more susceptible to sleep disruptions, or "somatic symptoms." And they are at a much higher risk for sexual abuse and domestic abuse, and, without school, unable to escape it.

Like us, they'll be dealing with the long term effects of the pandemic and lockdown for the rest of their lives. The difference is, we're more equipped to handle it.

One report refers to the undue harm lockdowns cause children as "collateral damage," adding that "we all have a responsibility to promote the health and well-being of children at home, and to ask questions and fight for service provision in areas where clinicians are not needed to fight COVID-19 but are needed to protect children."

As a society, it is our duty to protect the defenseless, and there is no group of people more defenseless, yet more important, than children.

German philosopher Kant wrote a lot about suicide. His argument can basically be boiled down to two parts:

1) I ought to do my duty as long as I am alive; and

2) It is my duty to go on living as long as possible.

He used the anecdote of civilization as a human body. We must only harm our body if it's necessary for self-preservation. If a toe is necrotic for whatever reason, we amputate it, so that we can preserve our body, our person, as a whole. Suicide, on the other hand, is an act of destruction. It is harmful, not just to the person it removes from humanity, but to humanity as a whole. Each of us plays a role in making sure that body remains in motion. So, when a person resorts to suicide, they are harming the body, the whole, they are depriving society and humanity. They are severing limbs or slicing our arms. They are robbing us of every good that they would bring.


Most European countries have closed their schools. According to UNESCO, 91% of children worldwide have been affected by school closures. A study from Bangladesh found that Bangladeshi children were suffering from higher rates of depression, anxiety, and sleeping disorder. In Italy and Spain, one study determined that 85% of parents have noticed negative changes in their children's emotions and behaviors since the pandemic. In England, deaths by suicide among children increased shortly after the country's first lockdown. In Holland, a study "found that young people reported a significant increase in severe anxiety and sleeping problems during the country's lockdown period." Numerous studies from China found that roughly a quarter of children were suffering from the same symptoms. In India, like many other countries, children are spending so much time in front of screens that experts fear it will lead to "psycho-social problems, like lower self-esteem."

Meanwhile, in Sweden, where schools and childcare centers have remained open, the spread of Covid as a result of children attending school is practically nonexistent. Over the next few years, research will show us exactly how Sweden's no-lockdown approach affected their youth.

The research concludes that children should remain in school.

Overwhelmingly — and I mean overwhelmingly — the research concludes that children should remain in school. Academic articles are known for their boring, long-winded, incomprehensible titles, but not these. Like this one: "Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak."

Children need physical activity, which is crucial to minimizing depression and anxiety. Schools provide structure. Schools are a consistent source for children's nutrition, and a lapse in nutrition can have psychological effects. Schools also provide healthcare.

School closures have also put children at a higher risk of domestic violence or sexual abuse, because "school is a safe space where children can report problems and where signs of abuse can be detected."

Children need community. They need friends. While many adults are at home with their kids, most of us are working, and children left alone on workdays are more likely to have anxiety or depression.


According to the CDC, of every demographic, 18-24-year-olds have been most affected, with 75% of respondents in that age range reporting at least one negative mental health symptom. One-quarter said they were using more drugs and alcohol to cope with pandemic-related stress, and another one-quarter said they had "seriously considered suicide" in the previous 30 days.

No prom. No graduation. No church. No dates. No birthday parties — birthdays spent alone. No games. No homecoming. No extracurricular clubs. No sports. No Spring Break — no vacations at all. No funerals, although there are plenty of people being buried.

Teenagers in lockdown are more concerned about their more basic needs. They feel less connected to other people. They are learning less and spending less time on school work. In other words, they are hurting, and bad.

The number of studies that back this up is daunting.

Three papers (Here, Here, and Here) determined that older adolescents suffer more symptoms of depression than younger ones and children. Another study describes the "collective trauma" that the lockdowns have had on teenagers.

The National 4-H Council found that:

●81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S., and 64% of teens believe that the experience of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their generation's mental health.

●7 in 10 teens have experienced struggles with mental health.

●55% of teens say they've experienced anxiety, 45% excessive stress, and 43% depression.

●61% of teens said that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased their feeling of loneliness.

●82% of teens calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health issues in this country.

Life has always been hard for teenagers, but even before the pandemic, it has been especially rough on American teenagers, who are twice as likely "today to have more anxiety symptoms and twice as likely to see a mental health professional as teens in the 1980s.

Here's how the conversation went on radio:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: The politics of COVID-19 is DESTROYING our children

On "Glenn TV" this week, Megyn Kelly, host of the "Megyn Kelly Show," told Glenn Beck she believes the Democrats' talk of unity is "all nonsense" and forecasted the "death of journalism" under a Biden administration.

Megyn cited President Joe Biden's unwillingness to make concessions that would help unify Democrats and Republicans as an example of how much he actually cares about unity, and added that, while she's all for lowering the political temperature in America, she also believes there are some personal freedoms that are worth fighting for.

"What's happening substantively is worth fighting for and it's not going to go away just because [Biden] gave a nice speech," Megyn said.

"I will object. I will protect my family and what I think is right over Joe Biden's need for unity, which is false anyway. 'Unify behind my agenda' is not a real call for unity," she added.

Megyn said she believes the Left has reached too far and "awakened a sleeping giant" in reference to the silent majority who should speak up, speak out, and refuse to be silenced any longer.

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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