Rabbi Jonathan Cahn's New Book Is a Source of Strength for Tough Times Ahead

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of the new book The Book of Mysteries, joined The Glenn Beck Program Thursday with updates on the latest harbinger to appear in the United States.

"One week ago, the sign of Baal appeared in America. It appeared in New York City. I was there. I went there to see it," Rabbi Cahn said.

RELATED: The Harbinger of Baal Appears in NYC

In City Hall Park, an arch was erected, which came from the temple of Baal in Syria. ISIS destroyed what remained of the ancient temple in 2015, and the arch was brought to America as a symbol of defiance. But, if you've read Rabbi Cahn's book The Harbinger, you know the arch symbols much more than that. It symbols a nation that has turned away from God.

"It's the sign of a nation calling evil good and good evil," Rabbi Cahn said.

This latest appearance of a harbinger further proves, according to the Rabbi, that tough times are ahead. His latest book, The Book of Mysteries, was written as a source of hope and strength.

"I feel we're going to be seeing very hard times, and hard times for believers as well and those who are standing for God. And I wanted to do this to strengthen them. We need to be strong in the days ahead, we need to be very grounded in the days ahead," he said.

The Book of Mysteries, available at bookstores everywhere, reveals hundreds of mysteries of God --- from the end times to heaven to hidden writings of rabbis.

Read below or listen to the full segments from The Glenn Beck Program:

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:

GLENN: Jonathan Cahn is -- is joining us now. He has written The Harbinger The Mystery of the Shemitah and now The Book of Mysteries. And he's a good friend of the program. He has addressed Congress, the United Nations. He is a guy who -- I don't -- I don't know how to describe it. You have a lot of the same thoughts that I have, except you have the knowledge to I think kind of back some of these up Scripturally.

Before we get into what's in the book and that particular topic, tell me what's happened since we last saw each other.

JONATHAN: Yeah, for those who don't know -- and we talked about this, Glenn -- The Harbinger, in a nutshell, is saying that what happened in the last days of Israel, the warnings that are given are now appearing in America. And there are nine specific harbingers. And as the nation fell away from God, the warnings came.

Well, they've come here. And that's what The Harbinger says. But one thing I didn't go into, as much, and that is that when Israel was falling away from God, they went to another God. You don't fall away from God without going to another god.

GLENN: Yeah.

JONATHAN: So they went to the God of Baal. Baal. Baal was the God of sexual immorality. He was the god where they offered their children as sacrifices. He was the god of, they're basically calling good evil, evil good. He's the epitome of when you go away from God.

GLENN: And he was also the god of weather and the environment, and the god of war and finance.

JONATHAN: That's right. That is right. That's right.

And they said, you know, he's going to give us prosperity. We're going to go with Baal.

So the thing is, when the harbingers came, behind all the harbingers is they're worshiping Baal. So that's -- he's the god of the harbingers, in the sense of when judgment comes.

Well, America -- now we're watching it race away from God. So could it be -- we would never admit that we're worshiping any other God. We never admit that we have idols, but, of course, we do. Could the sign of Baal appear on American soil? Well, the answer -- here's the thing, Glenn, one week ago, the sign of Baal appeared in America. It appeared in New York City. I was there. I went there to see it.

They unveiled it. And what they did in New York City -- for the first time in history. This is the god of identifying a nation like Israel that turned away from God is here now. They put up -- they erected the arch that led to the temple of Baal. And so this is where the worshipers went there -- so this is the sign. The sign of Baal. This is his arch. You know, it's a sign of a nation that has once known God, turning away. A nation that offers up its children, which, you know, of course, we don't do that, except we have 16 million children in New York City, not only the city of the harbingers, but the city of where abortion became. It's the capital of abortion. The city of -- the sign of a nation calling evil good and good evil. And the other thing about it. So it stands --

GLENN: It's in Times Square, is it not?

PAT: And what's it there for?

JONATHAN: Well, it's the City Hall Park. It's actually right near Ground Zero. You talk about the harbingers.

JEFFY: Wow.

GLENN: Wow.

PAT: I mean, they're not saying it's the archway of Baal, right?

JONATHAN: No, no, they're not. No, they never would.

GLENN: No. They're saying that it is from that temple.

JONATHAN: Yes.

GLENN: But they're saying that it was the gate that was built later. But it does lead to the temple.

PAT: So why did they put it there though?

GLENN: Go ahead.

JONATHAN: Yeah, well, actually this goes in The Harbinger too. Because remember in The Harbinger, there's a destruction, and the people say, "We'll rebuild stronger, greater." Well, it's about rebuilding. Well, this was destroyed, and so they're rebuilding. Saying, we will rebuild. And it was destroyed. In the harbinger, they're rebuilding what the Assyrians destroyed, if you remember.

Well, this was destroyed. The temple of Baal was destroyed by ISIS. ISIS are the incarnation of the Assyrians. Literally, they are -- they have the blood of the Assyrians. So we're actually now rebuilding what the Assyrians destroyed. We're saying -- and they said -- I was there -- you know --

PAT: Oh, my gosh.

JONATHAN: -- they didn't have a sound system. But what the lady said when she spoke, she said, "We're doing this as an act of defiance." This is the harbinger. So this is exactly what happened. Now we've actually not only erected this link to Baal on New York City. We're saying -- we're rebuilding what the Assyrians destroyed. We're doing exactly what happened in the last days of Israel. So talk about a -- so talk about a sign. Talk about a harbinger.

PAT: It's unreal.

JONATHAN: At the same time that America is racing away from God.

PAT: I remember talking about this. And then we were told, no, that's not happening.

JONATHAN: They were saying they were not going to do it.

PAT: Right. And they weren't going to do it. And they went ahead and did it?

JONATHAN: There was an uproar. They didn't do it. And then this happened. They almost didn't even announce it -- it was almost -- there was only a few people there.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

PAT: Wow.

JONATHAN: We saw it. So it happens no matter what. Not that they know what they're doing.

GLENN: Yeah, that's the thing, people don't understand at least when I talk about this initially, I'm not saying that they know what they're doing. That they're evil or anything else. They have no idea.

JONATHAN: Yeah.

GLENN: But -- but it -- it is another step and another sign.

JONATHAN: Yeah. Glenn, if you remember -- if you look at every single harbinger -- I mean, Tom Daschle pronouncing --

GLENN: Yes. The tree that Bush planted.

JONATHAN: They don't know what they're doing. They're not planning this, and that makes it even more kind of ominous. But they're doing it because it has to manifest.

The other thing, when I was here last time with you, we played a little clip. But when -- a year and a half ago is when I spoke on Capitol Hill. And it was the day that the Supreme Court was hearing the case on marriage, or the day after.

And what I said was -- let to say was, America is standing between God and Baal. And so choose you this day -- and Elijah said, "Choose you this day -- either follow God if he's the Lord or follow Baal and go to hell. But I didn't expect now we have now erected to Baal, literally. Literally.

GLENN: I wrote the Eye of Moloch. Moloch is another name for Baal. Or linked together.

JONATHAN: Yes, linked together.

GLENN: I wrote that because I realized -- this was probably six, seven, eight years ago, I realized, my gosh, we don't even know we're repeating the pattern. This was before The Harbinger came out. We don't even know we're repeating this pattern. But if you look just at the pattern and you disconnect yourself from the idea that somebody is orchestrating all this -- don't think that. Just look at human patterns. We're repeating the pattern.

I want to talk to you a little bit about -- I've been thinking about Jeremiah an awful lot. And Jeremiah keeps going back to the king. And he's telling the king, look -- what I find fascinating because I think this is another pattern. He goes to the kink and says, "Look, you're going to be humbled because it's -- it's over." Okay? You're going to be humbled. Go and offer yourselves now. Just go and surrender right now and just go into captivity and become their slave. And it will be better for you now.

Instead, no. No. We're going to -- we're going to beat this. We're going to beat this. And then they're slaughtered and then taken into captivity. And you know the rest of the story.

I think we're repeating this now because I think the message is, "America, let go. Let go of your trying to -- and I know this sounds crazy. But let go of trying to keep your lifestyle, trying to, you know, be the big dog, trying to beat your chest, all of this stuff. Let it go. Trust me. It will be better for you now if you just don't cry out for a king."

JONATHAN: Yes.

GLENN: Do you think there's anything to that?

JONATHAN: There is because -- you know, and this goes back to that because what was happening when both -- both southern kingdom Israel and Jeremiah -- actually, it was the southern kingdom. Were destroyed. Was they were saying, we're going to do it on our own, and we're going to come back stronger. And we're going to fight this by our own resources. And we're going to be great again.

You know, well, the thing is, that's fine to be great again, but that's fine -- but not without God. You know, if you don't humble yourself -- so Jeremiah is saying, humble yourself. Come back -- if you don't return to the God who made you great, you're not going to be great again.

America was made great by God. And you're not going to have greatness without returning to that. So, yeah, I feel in a lot of ways, it's the time of Jeremiah. In a lot of ways, it is that.

GLENN: But could this nation return to God without returning to the God of manifest destiny?

We have to return to the humble worship of God, not jamming it down people's throats.

Religion, a lot of times we get a bad rap, because a lot of times it is, you go to hell. You're an evil sinner. And you have to be stopped because you're the problem.

JONATHAN: Uh-huh.

GLENN: Unless you understand religion my way.

JONATHAN: Yeah.

GLENN: Where the Founders were, look, we're all going to sit under the vine and the fig, and we have to worship good and follow his commandments, but we're not going to jam it down everybody's throat. Then it was flipped to ugliness.

JONATHAN: Yeah, if you look at Jeremiah, he's called the weeping prophet. He was not a proud person. He's weeping, you know. And that is also one of the signs.

In the last days of Israel, they were treating Jeremiah as an enemy. They put him in prison, Glenn. When the judgment came, he was in prison. So another sign is when you start persecuting the righteous. So but the righteous have to be humble. And, you know, absolutely. So was Jeremiah. But we're also living in those days. We're seeing the beginning of persecution at the same time.

GLENN: I know.

JONATHAN: Yeah.

GLENN: You know, I was thinking about this the other day that having a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence means that you're willing to lose your house, your nation, your life. You're even -- because you know that whatever it is you're supposed to do, as long as you're in lockstep, following him --

JONATHAN: Uh-huh.

GLENN: You will be able to accomplish that. And I thought, look at how many people -- even Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela hadn't even been seen or heard in -- in a decade. And yet, he has his transformation, his humbling --

JONATHAN: Uh-huh.

GLENN: And he changes South America and changes the world. He changes the world. From a prison sell. You know what I mean?

JONATHAN: Uh-huh. Uh-huh.

GLENN: There's something to, let it all go, not your way. You know, it's not going to happen your way.

JONATHAN: Well, and this is what Jesus said. He said, he who loses his life will find it. Humble yourself, you'll be exalted. And it goes back to George Washington when he gave the warning: Listen, it's not about being great. He said, if you follow God, God is going to bless you. Don't seek the blessings. Seek God.

If you turn away from God, America, the blessings of God are going to be removed.

GLENN: Can you explain -- because I don't think people understand covenants. Can you explain why the covenant that George Washington made in this country matters?

It's not a promise, and it's not something that other countries have done. It's just us and Israel.

JONATHAN: Uh-huh.

GLENN: Explain a covenant for people who don't understand really what that means.

JONATHAN: Well, with Israel, God said, I'm making the covenant with you, and we are one. And, you know, there's terms to the covenant too. If you follow, you're blessed. If you don't, not so.

And so America was founded -- but it goes back to the Puritans. They said, "We are in covenant." Meaning -- not saying it's the same as -- but -- said we will make a covenant with God, that we'll follow him. We'll glorify him. And if we do this -- this goes back to Winthrop, then to -- then onward. If we follow him, we'll be the most blessed people on earth. Well, that's happened. It happened.

But if we turn away from God and his ways -- or Washington said, if we disregard the eternal rules of order and right, which heaven has ordained, than the smiles of heaven are going to be removed from the land. There's a price to it. You know, to whom much is given, much is required. And so we have been given much.

You know, we were here last time -- a year ago, America made a very big decision about the order of God concerning marriage. Well, that's major. You know, major. You cannot disregard the rules and order of heaven.

GLENN: Do you believe -- do you believe in punishment or just, you know, when you ignore the rules of the universe. I mean, George Washington said it in a very non-religious sort of way: There are certain rules that you just obey.

JONATHAN: Yeah, I think it's both, Glenn. I think God sets up things, and if you go against it, that happens.

At the same time, there's correction. There's correction. I'm saying, come back. Most of us don't come to God until something happens. And that's not true, just for people. It's true for our nation. And that's why I kind of fear that there's a shaking coming to America, but for our own good.

GLENN: Okay. So we'll talk about that. And The Book of Mysteries, what's in The Book of Mysteries, coming up in just a second.

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GLENN: Jonathan Cahn, the book is The Book of Mysteries. He is the author of The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemitah.

So, Jonathan, let's go through the mysteries and how it relates to us today.

JONATHAN: Uh-huh. Hmm. Yeah. Well, I feel -- this is what I feel. I feel we're going to be seeing very hard times and hard times for believers as well and those who are standing for God.

And I wanted to do this to strengthen them. That we need to be strong in the days ahead, we need to be very grounded in the days ahead. So if The Harbinger opens up -- The Book of Mysteries is revealing of hundreds of mysteries of God. And so -- I mean, from mysteries of the end times, misteries of heaven, hidden writings of the rabbis.

GLENN: Christians have absolutely no idea how many layers there are to the Torah.

JONATHAN: Yeah, yeah.

GLENN: I mean, when you -- Jewish people have so much knowledge beyond Christian understanding of the Bible.

JONATHAN: Well, you know, it's like 2,000 years ago, Glenn, you know -- if we were here at the time of Jesus, it was all together. You know, you had the Jewish disciples. You had the Messiah, Jesus. Then they went their two separate ways. And most Jewish people lost something very big: The Messiah. But the church lost something, and that is the roots. That's the heritage.

GLENN: And the understandings.

JONATHAN: Yeah.

GLENN: People -- Christians look at the Bible and they go, "You know it's true because I can read it and it just speaks to me." Yeah, that, and there's about 400 levels beyond that, underneath, that you don't know because it's not taught --

JONATHAN: And, you know, it's great. The translations are great. English is great. But there's things hidden in the original language.

GLENN: Yeah, in Hebrew.

JONATHAN: I'll give you an example. This actually -- the first one is the Greek. Some of the things in there are end time mysteries.

There's a word that's used, when it says, before the end comes, there will be a great falling away from the faith. Now, we see that. And it's called -- we have the word "apostasy." It's a civilization falling away from the ways of God.

But we're watching it. We're talking about it.

But people don't know, hidden in that original word is something -- a whole 'nother thing. "Apostasia" in Greek, it doesn't just mean a falling away from faith. It literally means a departure from the state of being.

So here's what it means: In the same day, when you see culture falling away from the ways of God, you're going to see the departure from the state of being. Man departing from the state of manhood. Women departing from the state of womanhood. Marriage departing from the state of marriage. Family from the state of family. All these things we are watching. You want to know the reason why we're hearing all these things, why the news -- blending of gender and all these things. It goes right to the word. It was hidden 2,000 years ago. You'll see the same thing at the same time.

GLENN: What do you say to people who say, we've seen these before. People have been looking for -- I mean, because you believe we're headed towards the literal apocalypse.

NEIL: End times, yes.

GLENN: Yes, okay.

What do you say to people who say -- we have one minute here before the break.

JONATHAN: Okay.

GLENN: John, I mean, there's been a falling away a million times.

JONATHAN: Yeah, yeah. We've never seen a falling away to this degree. I mean, we're seeing things that even Sodom and Gomorrah didn't see. So we're seeing things that are unprecedented. On top of that, the key sign that was given that you'll know -- it said, when you see Israel come back in the world, that's it. Never happened before. And for 2,000 years, most of the church said, not going to happen. But God said it would happen. Jesus said, I'm not coming until it does happen.

So 1948, back in the world. Then it says Jerusalem, 1967, there. It says the world will focus on Israel. It will be a controversy. We're watching it.

You know, Glenn, I was an atheist. That's what got me.

GLENN: You were an atheist?

JONATHAN: I was an atheist, totally.

GLENN: Back in just a second. Jonathan Cahn, The Book of Mysteries. Back in a minute.

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GLENN: Jonathan Cahn. Jonathan Cahn has -- has had an international and national best-seller for quite a while. The Harbinger and then The Mystery of the Shemitah. How long was The Harbinger top five?

JONATHAN: New York Times, two years I think.

GLENN: Two years, amazing.

JONATHAN: Yeah, yeah. I never wrote a book. I didn't know how to write books, but that was -- I was led to do that.

GLENN: An amazing book. And just feels right to me. And you don't have to be -- you don't have to be really religious to -- you know, you just -- you know, there's a lot of stuff in there that you're like, "Hmm, okay. Not a bad wake-up call."

JONATHAN: Yeah.

GLENN: Not a bad wake-up call, but we've missed all of them.

JONATHAN: As Israel did. It's scary, but that's the template.

GLENN: How many more do you -- do you think we --

JONATHAN: Wake-up calls we're going to have? The pattern with ancient Israel, you know, the warnings came, they ignored it. And then as they ignored it, the shakings got bigger and bigger or more and more, until either they were going to come back to God, or they're heading to destruction. Well, they headed to destruction. You know, I pray that's not the same for America, but we're following the same course. We're not getting better, I mean, as a culture. We're racing away, you know.

GLENN: They went into slavery.

JONATHAN: The southern kingdom went into slavery. That actually -- they came back. You know, God restored them later. But the northern kingdom, gone. That's where you hear the ten lost tribes, that's the northern. That was it. That's the -- so you have different templates. But both of them -- if they don't come back, they get worse. And since 9/11, we're certainly not closer to God, as we were then. That's the scary thing.

GLENN: No. So this -- this book, you had -- I don't know -- 360 mysteries. And you had to narrow it down. And I'm interested to hear -- because I know what -- I know what I feel we need.

JONATHAN: Uh-huh.

GLENN: But I'm wondering in your reflection and prayer and everything else, what do you think your message was to say, "This has to get out." What is it that the mysteries are tied together, teaching, what?

JONATHAN: Well, okay. Yeah, there's 365. So that's one for every day of the year. So the thing is, what I feel is this. I don't -- right now, I don't see America turning right now. I mean, I pray, II Chronicles, if my people.

GLENN: Yeah.

JONATHAN: But I don't see that right now. But I see that, and as we're talking during the break, that it's not going to be necessarily easy that we're going to escape all these things. It's, how you're going to be in the midst of it? You know, if the dark is getting darker, we got to get brighter. You know, that's how it was in the days of Jeremiah.

And so this is to strengthen -- it's also for people who don't know the Lord, to bring them in, but it's to strengthen -- if America -- listen, I can't control what America does. You know, I can't control America coming back or revival, but I can have revival in me. You know, I can control what I do. I can -- to wake up -- the church needs revival. God's people need revival. No matter what happens on the outside, we got to be that light. So this is for that reason.

GLENN: Okay. Because I'm feeling the same thing, that nothing matters except that you kick yourself out of the anger into love, that you're strong, that you know what you believe.

JONATHAN: Yeah.

GLENN: That you're just willing to not go over the cliff with the rest of humanity.

JONATHAN: That's right. And stand. And you cannot stand unless you're standing on something and you're grounded. You know, as the man who builds his house on the rock. The rain comes. The storms comes, Jesus said. But it's going to stand. We have to be that.

GLENN: What do you say to people who is, "Okay. Well, so this isn't the perfect thing. But we've got to do something. And, yes, I agree, but, you know, this is the best we got?"

JONATHAN: I think we're -- well, I will say -- I cannot judge -- I cannot judge -- believers are between a rock and a hard place.

GLENN: Yes.

JONATHAN: You know, I mentioned -- I know we're not getting political. But I mentioned that I only found out when I look back, that in The Harbinger is Donald Trump, years before. He's quoted. Linked twice.

GLENN: What was the quote?

JONATHAN: The quote -- he's one of those -- it's the chapter called The Tower. And, you know, it's interesting because Donald Trump is linked to towers.

GLENN: Yes.

CARLY: And it's where the people of Israel are saying, we will rebuild stronger, bigger, better, higher. We will rebuild. We'll come back.

Donald Trump is one of the ones quoted where he says, "We got to build this tower higher, bigger, stronger than before. We'll be great." You know, and listen -- but here's the thing: On one side -- if I look on one side, I see a platform, I see an agenda that is totally against God.

GLENN: Yeah.

JONATHAN: I mean, gigantically. And we're going to be in big trouble on one hand, in that sense.

On the other hand, I see a big risk. You know, we don't know what Donald Trump is going to do. But I don't see any hope on the other side. There is a possibility, and God can do anything. And he can save people. And he can touch us regardless of an evil -- a bad leader. So I think the very -- the very fact that we don't have a great choice is a sign of where we are.

GLENN: Yeah.

JONATHAN: So I cannot fault anybody. Everybody has to go before God on this question. But I know one side is going to be disaster. The other thing, Glenn, is that we're already rolling down. We've crossed that tipping point. We're rolling down. So right now, it's not going to take another activist president like Obama to push it farther. All we need is a leader who will not stop it, and it will accelerate.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah.

JONATHAN: That's why I believe regardless, our hope is not Washington, our hope is God. And that is no matter what happens, you can stand, you can be strong, and you can be the light. That's why I wrote The Book of Mysteries.

GLENN: So give me -- because this is why I love Jewish rabbis. Because they can take me through language that Christianity doesn't give you. Unless your pastor speaks Hebrew and has really studied it and really gone through Torah study to understand it, they're not teaching the depth of it.

JONATHAN: Yeah. Yeah. So, yeah, there's so much you will not -- I'll give you an example in Hebrew. When you read the Bible, it talks about the love of God and the mercy of God. In the Hebrew, it doesn't say that. In the Hebrew, it doesn't say he has mercy. It said -- the word is "rahamim," it means he has mercies. Meaning, you cannot say mercy singular. It's got to be plural. Meaning this, there's no end to the mercies of God.

When you say the word for sin is singular, the word for his love is plural. So it means, no matter how much sin you have, he's got more mercy. He's got more love. You cannot -- you wouldn't see that in the English. But it's there.

Another thing, there's an ancient prophecy. You know it, Glenn. Isaiah 53, which speaks about -- in Isaiah, that a Messiah is going to die for our sins. I mean, this blew me away when I was an atheist. You know, it's in our book. What's this Catholic stuff doing in our book?

So, but in Hebrew, it says in his -- it says in his death. But in Hebrew, it doesn't say his death. It says his deaths. In other words, the Messiah will not just die one death. He will die everyone's death. And it means also in Hebrew that the word -- when it does that, it means that the word is so big, that even the word death cannot explain what he did for us. I mean, you wouldn't see that in English. It's there.

GLENN: Right.

JONATHAN: Another one like that. The word God itself, it doesn't say God in the Hebrew Bible. Very first name -- it's Elohim. Elohim is not God. I mean, it's God, but it's actually another plural. In other places, it says Gods. It's only one -- God. But what it's saying is God is so big, so awesome, that the word God cannot even begin to contain how big this is.

So there's no end. There's no end to God. There's no end to knowing God. If you think you know God, you don't even know the half of it. There's so much more to know.

And, you know, at one point -- I didn't mention this. But I kind of used The Harbinger. That there's a teacher teaching this to a disciple in the desert. Every day he takes them to a mountain or every day he -- you know, and at one point, he takes them into a room with all these ancient books. You know, he actually looks like -- looks like one of those ancient books. And he says, "How long would it take you to learn all of these books?" He said, "Well, lifetimes." He said, "Well, that's why you have eternity because eternity is how long it takes to know God." That's the thing, we are never to stop seeking God. There's no end.

GLENN: Tell me about -- hang on just a second. The -- the 10th of Av.

JONATHAN: Oh, yes. Okay.

This is -- the existence of America is actually linked to a mystery of an ancient Hebrew holy day. And I've never shared this in media.

Here's the thing: There's a day on the Hebrew calendar when disaster comes for the Jewish people. It's the 9th of Av. When the temple was destroyed -- Solomon -- on the 9th of Av.

Hundreds of years later, Jesus predicted it, temple of Herod destroyed by the Romans, same exact day, 9th of Av. The Jews are driven out of England, 9th of Av. Out of Spain, 9th of Av. Out of France -- everything. Holocaust is even linked to the 9th of Av. So this is a day of destruction, disaster, mourning.

GLENN: It's a big day in Israel.

JONATHAN: Big day. Big day. And it keeps happening. And so -- but here's the other thing about it, but the 10th of Av, God always brings a redemption. When they're out of one land, he's preparing another land. He keeps them alive. He keeps the Jewish people.

So the 10th of Av is about redemption. It begins the redemption. Well, here's the thing, Glenn: This is a few hundred years ago. The Jewish people have to flee Spain. They're fleeing for their lives. They're told, "If you don't get out, we're going to kill you. If you don't convert, we're going to kill you." They're fleeing on their ships. Fleeing. And it's 9th of Av. Again, 9th of Av. Destruction. They're losing their greatest refuge.

GLENN: May I guess the year?

JONATHAN: You may guess?

GLENN: 1492.

JONATHAN: 1492. The ocean blue. Yes. And so here -- so in the same -- not just that. It's the same week. It's the same -- in the same harbors of Spain, while they're losing their refuge, are the three ships the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. So as they're -- the greatest tragedy, God is preparing a new refuge. It's going to be -- it's the beginning of America. And they're going to set sail on the 10th of Av, which is the day of redemption.

So, in other words, America -- the very beginning of America is linked to this ancient mystery that God's going to -- it's going to become the greatest refuge for the Jewish people in history, and not just the Jewish people, but it's going to be refuge for everybody. So the very existence of America is linked to this ancient Hebrew holy day.

PAT: He's the Jewish David Barton.

JEFFY: He definitely is.

GLENN: I will tell you, I learned that from a rabbi I think in Israel. One of the big, big rabbis I think in Israel. And he talked about the link. Because we were doing Restoring Courage in Israel, during the week of Av. The -- the 9th of Av. And so we were there. And he said, you don't understand -- and he explained the 9th. And then he explained the 10th and said --

PAT: That's great.

GLENN: -- here's the link to America.

PAT: Is that in The Book of Mysteries?

JONATHAN: Yes. Yes. That's one of 365 mysteries, the 9th of Av mystery, yeah.

GLENN: It's so great.

PAT: Really good stuff --

GLENN: Thank you so much for being here.

JONATHAN: Oh, my blessing. It was a joy. It was a joy.

GLENN: Yeah. Jonathan Cahn, The Book of Mysteries. It's available everywhere. If you've not read any of his books, start with this one, then grab The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemitah. Really good stuff that you just don't hear any place else. Jonathan, thank you so much.

JONATHAN: Thanks, Glenn.

Featured Image: Rabbi Jonathan Cahn on The Glenn Beck Program, September 29, 2016.

Ryan: Kanye West and the Great Society

Graphic by Alexander Somoskey.

Donald Trump has been name-dropped by nearly every major rapper of the last 30 years, starting with a reference by Beastie Boys on their iconic album Paul's Boutique, the Sgt. Pepper of hip-hop.

He's been mentioned by Jay Z. Ludacris. Young Thug. Nelly. Kendrick Lamar. Juicy J. Rick Ross. Eminem. Big Sean. A Tribe Called Quest. Scarface. Lil Wayne. The Coup. Master P. Ice Cube. Mos Def. Raekwon, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and various other Wu-Tang Clan affiliates. R. Kelly. Pete Rock. Nas. E-40.

And don't forget this surreal moment in our nation's history.

Then-candidate Trump on SNL ... dancing to a Drake parody.(Screenshot from YouTube)

When Bun B referred to Trump on the Chopped-n-Screwed anthem "Pocket Full of Stones," he was keeping with a tradition of rappers admiring Trump. This only changed a few years ago.

But then there's Kanye West, who proudly donned the red MAGA hat after discovering Candace Owens and being called "a jackass" by our nation's first black President. Then Kanye was hugging President Trump in the Oval Office? While wearing a Make America Great Again hat, supposed symbol of white supremacy, Nazism, hate, evil?

(Screenshot from YouTube)

People flipped. Everyone did. Longtime critics suddenly — and bizarrely — embraced Kanye as an ally, while longtime defenders disowned him, abandoned him like nail clippings, often mocking his struggles with mental illness and labeling him, if you can believe it, a white supremacist.

Then, in a moment that changed music history, Kanye released the single "Ye vs. the People."

Ye vs. the People (starring TI as the People) www.youtube.com

In it, he challenges what he sees as the unspoken rule that black Americans have to vote Democrat. He had hinted at the idea on his track "Black Skinhead," from the hauntingly gorgeous album Yeezus, but now he was addressing it head-on, with the passion of a man going to Confession for the first time in a decade.

Why should black folks have to abide by any set of cultural or political or artistic guidelines to begin with? And, he argues, the pressure to adhere to this longheld framework is itself undergirded by a subtle and cleverly masked racism, imposed by a group of people who portray themselves as the champions of race and enemies of white supremacy and destroyers of dumb yokel rednecks with their Rebel flags and monster trucks and fully-automatic AR-15 assault weapons. All of which, it turns out, is some next-level projection.

Kanye also confronts the presence of these expectations and stereotypes in hip-hop. The idea that rappers must invoke a negative persona in order to succeed. And the moment they deviate from that image they are rebuked or ignored, even though the persona is damaging to the black community as a whole. Which is especially ironic given that the people who voice the most outrage tend to be highly privileged, supposedly progressive white folks who love to rant about white privilege and black oppression.

Is it better if I rap about crack? 'Cause it's cultural?
Or how about I'ma shoot you? or f**k your b***h?
Or how about all this Gucci, 'cause I'm f****n' rich?

Best of all, Kanye has answers. And they differ from the erudite solutions offered by, say, A Tribe Called Quest, who, like Kanye, have modeled a healthy, positive image of blackness for the black community.

A central theme within "Ye vs. The People" is empathy as power, rebellion, freedom.

Make America Great Again had a negative perception
I took it, wore it, rocked it, gave it a new direction
Added empathy, care and love and affection
And y'all simply questionin' my methods.

This concept is an extension of the powerful devotion to positive energy that Kanye adopted around that time, a purview he has cultivated into a wild new form of electronic gospel.

But his personal transformation was tough.

That [MAGA] hat stayed in my closet like 'bout a year and a half
Then one day I was like, "F**k it, I'ma do me"
I was in the sunken place and then I found the new me.

This is a struggle that many Americans undergo. Researchers call it the spiral of silence. The idea that the news media and social media present biased opinions as though they are fact, and when the message conflicts with a person's opinions or values, they feel isolated, alone.

Kanye and T.I. during the making of "Ye vs. the People"(Screenshot from YouTube)

As Kanye raps in "Ye vs. the People"

A lot of people agree with me but they're too scared to speak up.

Because we have an incredible ability to sense public opinion. So when we suspect that we hold a belief that rails against acceptable thought, we tend to keep quiet about it. That silence makes the opinion seem even more taboo, resulting in a more widespread silence.

In reality, many of these supposedly taboo opinions are not only popular, they are normal and practical and logical. Healthy, even. And the real danger is in demonizing them. But too many people are afraid they'll be ostracized for expressing their beliefs.

Like how — despite what we've been led to believe — most Americans cannot stand political correctness.

But the small minority of people who champion it are powerful and loud. They're like that cardboard city in North Korea, just visible enough from the border to make it seem like a thriving community. They're the Wicked Witch of the West, or Iago from Othello, or Plankton from Spongebob Squarepants.

So far, they have been successful. Although "success" by their metric is anarchic and primal, all destruction and loudness and people nervous to speak their mind. And the cost of rebellion can be devastating.

By the time Kanye West wrote "Yay versus the People," he had gotten sick of this power dynamic. So he broke the spiral of silence."

*

In the words of German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer, "Whoever has language has the world."

Humans alone have it.

But in order for us to know freedom in our world, our language has to be public, shared, active. Because each of us thrives constantly with language, a stream of it always in our mind. Aristotle defined "thought" as the infinite dialogue between the soul and itself. Conversation is the exchange of thought between people. When we converse, we simultaneously release our infinite dialogue and accept the other person's. By speaking, we shape the world and free ourselves.

*

Another way to say it is that Donald Trump might have inspired the song that could very well signify the end of Hip-Hop, which is not only the most popular genre of our zeitgeist, it's the most popular, and successful, form of music in American history, which is the most important era of musical history.

If the Beatles were bigger than Jesus, and Drake literally outpaces the Beatles, then, well, you get the point God forgive me. And Kanye is bigger than Drake. So who better to have the final word on the capacities of Hip-Hop than Kanye West?

Nobody.

Every genre must come to a close. There's a reason why people aren't eagerly awaiting the next great disco album, or flocking to arenas to hear the newest bluegrass superstar, or asking to get their hair done like the latest syringe-armed guitarist of Guns N Roses.

(Screenshot from Instagram)

The great era of Rock 'N' Roll ended roughly about the time Radiohead traded their guitars and drums for synthesizers and sequencers, not long after Kurt Cobain took an insane amount of heroin and cradled a shotgun in his guesthouse, only to be discovered several days later by an electrician. Even worse, Nickelback soiled Cobain's legacy with godawful anthems, and who have their own weird and contradictory and hilarious connection to President Trump.

These days, Rock N' Roll lives mostly via nostalgia, as evinced by the explosion of cover bands. Notice how you don't see any hip-hop cover bands. You will, someday. But, for now, Hip-Hop reigns supreme. And Kanye is the King.

The brilliant Nina Simone once told a reporter that "An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times."

Because music accords itself to the gravity and creative truth of the era. And currently we entrust hip-hop with this complicated maneuver.

But the past year, Kanye has been crafting a new sound through his Sunday services, weekly jam sessions with acoustic musicians and a choir and everyone dressed in white, praying through song, herding us into a better place, looking above for guidance. If it's anything like his track "Ultralight Beam," it will bring calm to our divided culture.

Mark my words: The resultant album will usher in an entirely new era, a magical flash in human history.

So far, hip-hop has been the defiant child of R&B and Electronica, the grandchild of Spoken Word and Steve Reich Minimalism, with tinges of Punk. Not for much longer. Kanye will see to that. And, weirdly, President Trump has helped inspire this transformation.

Meaning, Donald Trump will have had a hand in reinventing music as a whole, in spreading a movement of positive reformation. Love him or hate him, it does not matter. What other politician can make that claim?

There's an optimism to this that Dave Chappelle captured in his now-infamous Saturday Night Live monologue, just days after Trump was elected, asking Americans to at least give the man a chance. And again in his special "Equanimity," when he said

I swear no matter how bad it gets, you're my countrymen, and I know for a fact that I'm determined to work shit out with y'all.

In a moment of now-tired irony, the usual suspects heaped a barrage of hate at Chappelle for these remarks. But their outrage does not matter, in the grand scheme of things. Because it is an incredible time to be alive. It's beautiful. We should never forget that, no matter how petty or outrageous daily life gets.

At the moment, we are a country that is — everywhere, secretly — hurting. But we are Americans. Together. This is America. And, every day, God delights in our greatness and our empathy and our endless gift for love. So open your heart and listen. Say what you need to say.

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Ryan: Michael Bennet, Little League

Photo by Sean Ryan

Every day, life getting shorter. Every day, life going faster. Every day, like a roller coaster. These were the kinds of things that Michael Bennet was saying.

Michael Bennet, God bless him, he seemed like a decent lad. All week he had his family there. He said his campaign was their family vacation. He had had prostate cancer but would you believe he survived?

"Life is getting shorter," he said. "Every day."

Photo by Sean Ryan

He was well spoken. Dry. Talked with an air of consultation. Like you were in his office, and he had things to tell you.

Like a Little League coach who could actually be a coach someday.

*

I would encounter Bennet again the next day, at the Iowa State Fair.

Having just seen Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) at a small Baptist church, we ventured to the fair to see Bernie Sanders' riot of a Sunday speech. Bennet was on before him, so I got there early, and I paced off to get a restroom break. The media center is in the basement of the administration building, right by the Political Soapbox stage.

For whatever reason, the first-floor men's restroom has giant windows along the wall, and you can see right out onto the walkway that wraps around the building. I did not realize that this was the path that the candidates take to get to the stage.

Photo by Sean Ryan

And, this far into the 2020 presidential election, they never went many places alone. They had a press swarm and their wives and maybe an old friend who relocated here when the hurricane sank his house.

I was rushing. Panicking, really. Because I heard all the commotion. But nature abides by its own pace. And as I shuffled to the sink to wash my hands, my pants fell all the way down. I was exposed. Out in the open and in such desperation, you clobber yourself outside of time. It was all slo-mo with the Chopped-n-screwed voices as I scrambled to lift my trousers and audibly gasped the words, "Well just no." At that exact moment, that "accidental Renaissance" painting occurred as I locked eyes with Michael Bennet, slowly maneuvering the walkway.

These sorts of things happened, didn't they? There you were in a restroom, at an NFL game or a concert or maybe a bar, and you see someone you work with, or someone from church or school, and you lock eyes for a moment in confusion then revert to cave talk and shrug and get on with what you were doing. But it's weird when only one of you is actively part of the etiquette and allowances of a restroom and one of you is held to a higher standard, for the sake of common decency. Now let's say that you, the restroom occupant, happen to be credentialed press, and the outsider, Michael Bennet, happens to be a candidate for president of America.

Once the herd passed by behind him, I laughed a bit, quietly, because life could be very funny.

*

Onstage, Bennet, a senator from Colorado, gave the performance of a cake falling into a pool. Like he had been ghost-busted. Like he had spent the last two months learning the Fortnite dance moves and now that he had mastered them, suddenly Fortnite was for losers, and Fortnite dances, well, they were even worse.

The Political Soapbox is great because every candidate has 20 minutes. Those 20 minutes were theirs. Most of the time, they got romantic like a Backstreet Boy singing up toward an open window. Occasionally, they lost it. Bennet did neither. He belly-flopped into hay bales.

Photo by Sean Ryan

Remember that the growing crowd had the dangerous feel of a natural disaster. And it was gaspingly warm that day. So neither the crowd nor the environment were ready to give Bennet a freebie.

He gave a ravishing speech, full of neat invective. Then looked up and realized he still had 14 minutes on the clock. Oof. That was most of it, and he'd already done the Floss and the Robot and the Electro Shuffle, and honestly his shoulder was a little stiff from all that dance practice. So he opened the floor for questions.

Now, that was not the greatest idea. For one, this was not the type of place for such a thing. They called it a soapbox because you were meant to live out the phrase "on a soapbox" by ranting and fist-pounding and all other theatrics.

The Bernie Sanders supporters hadn't arrived en masse yet, so most of the people around the stage were clad in Trump gear. And they all had their hands up ready to ask him questions. Well, firebombs, really, masked as interrogative statements. Bennet shouted without breathing, then said, "I want to find a non-male person who has a question."

This did not sit well with the males who did not like the trend of personalizing all things, cautious gendering, and the sudden change of direction so that now they had to just listen.

Most people did not care.

"I do not support Bernie's plan," Bennet shouted. But would you believe the Bernie supporters had literally just arrived, you could smell their hair dye.

They jeered, then acted exactly — and I mean exactly — like the Trump supporters.

"I would rather support free pre-school than free college," he shouted. "Many people talk about... " but the jeering was too powerful. And the Bernie supporters had likely just had quinoa açaí bowls at their pre-Bernie brunch, so they were unstoppable. Well God bless the man for scratching "Give Presidency a Try" off his bucket list. Because at least he had a bucket list.

What did they have? Student debt and a restraining order? They being the growing factions of Bernie and Trump supporters in the audience. You could not see any pavement. It was just people and faces like the Mediterranean in the evening, all the way to the towering walls of the Grandstand.

Looking out at all that chaos, all that latent disaster, Bennet must have felt a deep stirring.

The night before, Slipknot headlined at the Grand Stand, a sold-out show. Rollicking and bursting and howling. How many drumbeats could drummer Jay Weinberg get per minute? At one point, vocalist Corey Taylor unleashed a demonic bellow, then adjusted his mask and looked out to all those people, those devoted fans, because many of them had Slipknot tattoos, and maybe he, like Bennet, indulged a moment for himself, a personalization of the grand setting, then shrieked, then persuaded the audience to lift their hands into the air, maybe toward a constellation of their choosing, and extend their middle finger like it was an egg landing on a pillow, which symbolizes the human condition.




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President Trump couldn't personally make it to Houston for the 3rd Democratic Debate, so he paid $7,500 for a single-engine Cessna to fly in circles over Texas Southern University campus while pulling a banner that said, "Socialism will kill Houston's economy! Vote Trump 2020!"

For four hours, it chugged around up there. You could hear it everywhere. It was the soundtrack of the night.

You can just imagine Trump's face as he had the banner-plane idea. You can hear him putting in the order. You can see his list of demands. And at the very top, "I WANT THE LOUDEST PLANE YOU CAN FIND!!!"

*

Was that Bret Baier in the aisle, adjusting his reading glasses and thumbing at the strap of his comically small backpack as he crossed the blue-carpeted gymnasium? He looked like the human version of Wisconsin. He was saying something but all you could hear was the plane overhead.

Photo by Kevin Ryan

Bret Baier, the stoic host of "Special Report with Bret Baier" on Fox News and the network's chief political anchor. He's underrated, if you ask me. Legacy. Old-school. He just delivers the news, which is what most people want. He talks the way anchors used to talk, with the American accent unique to news anchors even though he was born in New Jersey and raised in Georgia.

I had spent the last year-and-a-half on a series of in-depth profiles on some of the major countercultural figures of our time. People like Jordan Peterson, Dave Rubin, and Carol Swain. So my first impulse was to rush over to Baier and profile the guy. Nobody else would, after all. The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper's. But they ought to. The man has a hell of a story.
He joined Fox News a year-and-a-half after it was founded, as the southeast correspondent in Atlanta. A few years later, on a Tuesday in September, nineteen terrorists hijacked four passenger airliners and crashed into America.

When the first plane hit, Fox producers told Baier to just get in his car and drive to New York City. They needed back-up reporters for the next day. When the second plane crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m., they said, "Step on it, Baier."

He and his producer were an hour outside Atlanta when American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon. Still a good 8 hours away, but closer to D.C. than to New York City. So they re-routed to Arlington, Virginia, as fast as they could. Past a blur of fields full of indifferent cows. Past houses full of people who could hardly talk, people who couldn't describe what they were seeing and hearing, all the smoke and the blood and the office-supply confetti. Past towns that barely moved, gas stations with nobody in them, people sunken into a far-away stare.

Yet there was the sun, with only a few bangles of cloud every so often. America had been paralyzed but the earth kept trucking along, quiet and unbothered. It must have felt strange for Baier, to speed down empty highways — toward literal death and chaos — under a perfect sky, below cascading light and color.

Nature doesn't care if we make it out alive.

*

That day, Baier reported live from a Citgo station across the street from the Pentagon, rubble in heaps of flame behind him. It was like he'd fallen onto a different planet and was reporting back to home.

The next day arrived and it was so quiet everywhere. Nobody knew a damn thing. We could not believe our eyes. We all turned to reporters and anchors for answers. Most often, they blurted out whatever they could.

Something about Bret Baier gave audiences a much-needed boost. Reliable, sturdy. Like he said what had to be said and not a word extra.

Fox kept him in D.C., indefinitely. A friend helped him find an apartment. He never went back to Atlanta. Two weeks later, Fox News appointed him Pentagon correspondent, a position that saw him travel the world, including 13 trips to Afghanistan and 12 to Iraq.

Halfway through George W. Bush's second term, Baier became Fox News' White House correspondent.

Then, a year before he would earn his current position as anchor, Baier became a father. His son was born with holes in his heart — five congenital heart defects. Twelve days later, the boy underwent open-heart surgery. Baier and his wife waited in tiled rooms drenched with flowers and ESPN and drab ultraviolet light, surrounded by machines full of beeps and whirring and beeps and whirring.

Baier's son has since undergone two additional open-heart surgeries, nine angioplasties, and one stomach operation. In an interview with Parents Magazine, Baier said that his son's health problems have "given me perspective about my job, going through policy and politics in Washington, D.C., to see the bigger picture."

*Part of the reason I couldn't tell whether or not it was Baier is he's usually up on the main stage. For the 2012 election, he moderated five Republican debates, and co-anchored FNC's America's Election HQ alongside Megyn Kelly.

The 2016 election would propel him into a much larger role. He anchored three Republican debates, but this time he had to handle Donald Trump.

Baier knew Trump personally, from before the election. They'd played golf together. He described Trump as "a nice guy outside of his TV persona" and never thought Trump would actually make a run for the Presidency. Onstage, Trump was much different. And Baier had been tasked with maintaining control.

A devout Roman Catholic, he appreciates a nice glass of wine and a fine cut of steak. He likes a good joke, too. In January, 2019, Baier signed a multi-year deal with Fox News to continue "Special Report." A few weeks later, he and his family went to Montana for a ski trip. The weekend was wonderful. But they had to get back to New York because Baier was scheduled to appear on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" that Tuesday.

Imagine him, again in a car hurtling toward a fateful destination. How he squinted through the frost-pocked windshield and gripped the steering wheel. As he guided the white SUV along the two-lane road to the airport. The land looked haunted, barren, lifeless. Everywhere, the world was frozen white. Snow and ice blanketing the fields, gauze over the sky.

At some anonymous intersection, Baier pumped the brakes, but the tires hit an ice patch, and the SUV spun loose. An oncoming car slammed into the driver's side, launching the vehicle into an embankment, wedged on its side. A man named Zach stopped his pickup truck and helped the family crawl free, and the Montana Highway Patrol rushed them to the hospital.

"Don't take anything for granted," Baier tweeted later. "Every day is a blessing and family is everything. It's always good to remind yourself of that before something does it for you."

Before every debate that he moderates, Baier spends 10 minutes alone, praying.

*

A Freedom of Information Act request in 2011 revealed that Fox News was actually right. That the Obama Administration really did hate them. And had intentionally excluded them from a press pool two years earlier. Then laughed about it.

The documents unearthed snarky emails between various high-ranking aides in the Obama Administration. In one, the Deputy White House communications director bemoaned Baier's reporting on the bias. "I'm putting some dead fish in the [Fox News] cubby — just cause Bret Baier is a lunatic." That same day, deputy press secretary Josh Earnest bragged in an email that "we've demonstrated our willingness and ability to exclude Fox News from significant interviews."

The Trump administration pulled a similar stunt in July, 2018 by banning a CNN reporter from the press pool. Trump and Fox News had developed a beneficial relationship by then. And CNN was a lifelong competitor, a public enemy.
That night, Baier delivered an official statement, "This decision to bar a member of the press is retaliatory in nature and not indicative of an open and free press. We demand better. As a member of the White House press pool, Fox stands firmly with CNN on this issue of access."

Fox News rebuked Trump in solidarity with CNN. It was a heartening gesture between two seeming enemies. Fox News were standing up for truth, defending journalism, rejecting tyranny even though the ban would have benefitted them as a company.

Who knows how many books and dissertations and articles have been written about Fox News, usually in relation to bias, usually with a scathing tone. The conclusions differ wildly, yet each one claims certitude.

Generally, academics and journalists have taken a doomsday tone when talking about Fox News. Accusations of evil, fear-mongering, bigotry, hatred, misinformation, propaganda, racism, homophobia, and so on.

Despite these outcries, Fox News has consistently held its spot as the most-watched network in the country. Imagine how that makes its critics feel.

In an August 3, 2018 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Baier said, "the biggest problem is that the people who are most critical of Fox are usually people who have not watched Fox News."

Fox News is composed of two distinct departments. Punditry and straight news. Or "opinion news" and "descriptive news." Consistently, surveys of the public rate Fox News as both the least- and most-biased news network.
Last year, a survey found Fox News to be the second most-trusted television news brand in the country, after the BBC.

In a separate study, Democrats rated its bias score at (negative) -87, while Republicans placed it at (positive) +3. Which is like if, at a football game, one referee said "Touchdown," while the other referee said "Turnover, leading to Touchdown for the Defense." It can't be both, can it?

Public opinion may not be the best metric for understanding Fox News, especially in 2019.

Quantitative studies have offered clearer conclusions. In 2016, a content analysis used crowdsourcing and machine learning to examine over 800,000 news stories published over a year by 15 major outlets, from the New York Times to Fox News. They wanted to chart media bias.

What they discovered is that news outlets are far more similar than we believe. Much of the perceived bias is a matter of separating "opinion news" from "descriptive news." For conservatives, it's punditry. For those on the left, it's op-eds and long form investigative pieces, although the left tends to insist that they're not biased, that they are instead just more apt to tell the truth, even though research has disproven this belief.

The researchers found a much larger bias-divide in opinion news, whereas descriptive news was practically neutral. One of the researchers described Fox News' descriptive news as "guided by similar news values as more traditional, legacy media."

University of California Berkeley sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild wrote that "Fox News stands next to industry, state government, church, and the regular media as an extra pillar of political culture all its own."

Say what you want about Fox News, they play a crucial role in the so-called mainstream media. And, despite what Fox News will lead you to believe, they are definitely part of the mainstream. And they are by no means the innocent victim. And certainly not powerless. And they have all kinds of problems that I will not defend. But we'll talk about that in a later installment, the one about Kamala Harris at a gun control rally, advocating for propaganda.

*

After two months of political events, I suspected that different news networks have their own signifiers, like the distinct stripes and markings on various spiders.

Wall Street Journal reporters tended to carry old-timey notepads and interview any bystander they could find. Breitbart usually only sent one person, and he wandered around with his iPhone, recording every single thing. Politico, prim-suited men who could just as easily work on the stock market.

Most of the reporters dressed like that, in stagey business attire. Prim for a high school job fair. Meanwhile, the photographers, mostly men, looked like professional paintball players. The camera crews and technical staff were the only ones decked in tattoos and wearing sandals and generally not caring about the chaos all around them. On-camera talent were covered in makeup and shrink-wrapped into dresses or suits with chip-clips along the spine.

The Washington Post sent the classiest and most bored-looking people I have ever encountered. They never looked at their laptops as their fingers chopped at the keys, and you assumed they were pretending until you read their stories online. You could spot ABC because their camera crew wore faded red ABC hats. Associated Press looked like they had just come back from a battlefield assignment in Syria, and never donned the same press credentials as everyone else, preferring a tattered AP lanyard. And you always knew when someone was with the New York Times because they announced it to the entire room.

And Fox News? At democratic events, they usually hid. But not that day, in Houston, as Bret Baier walked up the aisle to a table a couple rows in front of me.

Most people arrived in the Media Filing Center several hours before the debate. Fox News got there just slightly after that, as everyone was wiggling in their seats and connecting their laptops to a shared outlet.

There were seven or so in the pack of Fox News, all grinning. They all had white to-go sacks from Chick-fil-A. And the room got quieter, so Trump's plane got louder. It was a double trolling event.

As host of the debate, ABC would be providing dinner. This information was included in the credentials email that all of us had received. So nobody else had brought food with them. No need.

Even better, I was familiar enough with that part of Houston to know that there was not a Chick-fil-A anywhere close to us. Who knew where they'd gotten that Chick-fil-A, but odds are it wasn't warm. Who knew if there was even any food in the bags.

They had brought Chick-fil-A into a building full of national media during the third Democratic Presidential debate. The 2020 election was already full of outrage about plenty of things, and one of them was Chick-fil-A. To some folks, the red chicken logo might as well have been a swastika. That very week LGBT activists had vehemently — cartoonishly — protested the opening of several Chick-fil-A's throughout North America. Chicken sandwiches had become yet another flag on the tug-of-war rope in the Culture War of our country.

To be clear, the political left was anti-Chicken and the political right was pro-Chicken. The media tended to lean anti-Chicken, and frequently wrote about anti-Chicken causes, often scolding pro-Chicken voices, or ignoring the struggles of the pro-Chicken community only to deny any opinion on Chicken at all. That was the cowardly part, of you ask me, the pretending like they weren't activists.

The Democratic candidates definitely leaned anti-Chicken. Sometimes they took it so far that it upset moderate anti-Chicken advocates. Because was it really so bad to eat Chicken? Couldn't you be anti-Chicken but also enjoy Chicken occasionally? Why did everything have to be either "all Chicken all the time unless you hate freedom" or "no chicken ever unless you support hate"?

The fight had spread everywhere. Airports, stadiums, malls, campuses. All had served as battlegrounds for the anti-Chicken versus the pro-Chicken.

The previous President was anti-Chicken. In fact, he may well have enflamed the entire movement. During his tenure, there were nationwide protests that saw pro-Chicken advocates angrily and proudly eating Chicken while anti-Chicken advocates protested outside and occasionally engaged in homosexual affection, which was being threatened by Chicken, according to them.

Every time the pro-Chicken folks bit into a Chicken sandwich, it was like they were gnawing away at the anti-Chicken people themselves. Degrading their identity. Because, for them, it was about the identity.

But the current President, unabashedly proud of his pro-Chicken stance, once served Chicken at the White House to some winning sports team, and the anti-Chicken activists saw it as proof that Chicken and hate go together. And maybe Chicken would even lead to the impeachment of the President they hate, which would mean the Vice President would become the President, but he's one of the most pro-Chicken people in America, so they'd have to impeach him, too. And the Supreme Court, it was overrun with pro-Chicken types.

This election, the Democratic front-runners competed for the bolder plan. They would end Chicken in America once and for all. They would obliterate our evil President and his Chicken Supremacy. Their stump speeches relied on harsh criticisms of pro-Chicken voters, who pretended to find the whole anti-Chicken movement amusing but were secretly enraged by it. In fact, they were certain that the anti-Chicken movement had been systematically silencing them for years, and that they had to fight for their Chicken in order to keep everything that they valued, even all the not-Chicken.

The media and the democrats and Hollywood and academia — all hated the Chicken, because they hated the pro-Chicken people. If they had their way, no more Chicken, ever again. And no more pro-Chicken deplorables. And tonight the anti-Chicken politico-culture complex would prove it, with long rants which get confirmed by glowing articles, calculated takedowns about the merits of anti-Chicken and the evils of pro-Chicken.

Yet here was Fox News, with actual Chicken. And they were smiling. Maybe in part because the police who were guarding us all tended to be pro-Chicken. And this was Texas, after all, an incredibly pro-Chicken state. But there were 49 other states and 14 territories, and all of them were fighting for or against Chicken.

Some experts even said we were on the cusp of a Civil War.


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We've heard the catchphrase "follow the money" so often that it's nearly a joke. It gained added attention in the 1976 movie All the President's Men, which follows the story of the two journalists who uncovered Watergate. "Follow the money," their source told them, "and you'll find corruption."

Problem is, corrupters hide their bad behavior remarkably well. They are masters of disguise. But if you look closely enough, you can spot the seams splitting in their choreographed routine.

One technique that magicians use for psychological misdirection is called the false solution. The goal is to distract the audience, to make them believe that they know what's really happening. All the while, the machinations of the actual trick are happening right in front of them, because "implanting an unlikely and unfamiliar idea in the mind can prevent participants from finding a more obvious one."

Billions of dollars. Lost. Gone.

I want to tell you a story of tremendous corruption, masked cleverly, using many of the same techniques that magicians have used for centuries. Only it's not a rabbit disappearing into a hat or a coin vanishing behind an ear. It's billions of dollars. Lost. Gone.

And the people responsible are the same people who have been so monstrously worked up about Trump's impeachment. The same people screaming about Trump's malfeasance with Ukraine are actually the ones misbehaving in Ukraine.

It's essentially an elevated, highly organized form of projection. Only instead of one person lashing out at the world, it's an entire political party, right up to the top. The very top. Barack Obama. It's right there on video.

Or how about the audio recording we uncovered, with Artem Sytnyk, Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine, openly admitting a connection between the DNC and Ukraine?

So far, the story told by the Democrats and the media has been about Trump and Ukraine. Every so often, you hear mention of Joe Biden's dubious history with the war-torn country.

We were the first to talk about Joe Biden's connections to Ukraine back in April, with our candidate profile on Biden.

It turns out, the whole debacle was much worse than we thought. It stretched further than Uncle Joe. What we found out is that the DNC was working with the Ukrainian government.

This isn't a conspiracy theory. And we have the documents to prove it.

Read on to discover everything you need for a 30-second elevator pitch that you can give to your friend and say, "Look, here's what you need to know. Here's what's really going on."

If anyone is guilty, they should go to jail.

Last night, in Ukraine: The Democrats' Russia I revealed the elaborate misdirection taking place.

I said it last night and I'll say it again: If Trump is guilty, he should go to jail. If anyone is guilty, they should go to jail. Because this is too important to the Republic.

Watch the hands, follow the money.

Here are the documents, video, and audio that we found in our reporting. This is the hard evidence that will help you explain this unbelievable situation to other people.



  • June 2016 State Department memos detailing contacts between George Soros' office and Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.




As you can see, we did a lot of research on this, and we've done our best to condense it for you. It still requires you to do your own homework, but there's a tremendous freedom to that.

You are seeking the truth.

You are bucking the mainstream media. You are rejecting them. And you are seeking truth. Because they abandoned truth a long time ago and they certainly aren't interested in recovering it now.