Glenn Challenges Liberals to Hear His Response to Hollywood's Latest Video

It's amazing how the media are suddenly concerned with telling the truth and liberals are worried about executive power. A new video from Hollywood puts the hypocrisy of the left on full display.

After watching President Barack Obama sign executive order after executive order to bypass Congress the past eight years, they're now extremely concerned about the balance of powers created by America's Founders. Actors in the video demand that Congress stop President-elect Donald Trump from enacting policy that is racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, anti-worker, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic and anti-environmental.

"I can't take it," Co-host Pat Gray said.

"It gets worse," Glenn added.

Gearing up for tomorrow's program in which he'll give a response to the video, Glenn issued a challenge.

"I urge members of the media to listen. I urge members of the left to listen tomorrow on this program to my response," Glenn said. "Oh, man. I have so much to say. I think this will be the entire show tomorrow."

Invite your liberal friends on Twitter and Facebook who are trying to understand the world. Glenn has a very special response planned.

"The left needs to hear it. The media needs to hear it. We're going to approach it in a very, very different way tomorrow," Glenn said.

Read below or listen to the full segment from Hour 3 for answers to these questions:

• Has Don Lemon lost his mind?

• What was Glenn's toughest job interview?

• Do liberals have any self-awareness at all?

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

 

Featured Image: Actress Sally Field urging Congress to stop President-elect Trump in Hollywood's latest political video.

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

GLENN: Hello, America. And welcome to the Glenn Beck Program. We -- got a little sidetracked on this Megyn Kelly conversation. Megyn Kelly has announced that she's leaving Fox to NBC. A lot of people are only saying that she's a traitor. I don't understand that kind of language. How -- how are we going to move forward if we can't even talk or work with one another?

Is it a bad thing now if you -- when did we take our allegiance to a network? When did leaving a network mean that you're a traitor? When is having a different idea mean that you're a traitor? And how do we move forward if you have a different idea or you want to stand with other people that don't necessarily agree with everything that you say if you're going to be a traitor?

How do we not end up locking each other up into camps? How do we not head into civil war? This is a conversation America needs to have. And we're going to have it, beginning right now.

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GLENN: So Megyn Kelly has said goodbye last night to her listeners at Fox. I believe she's going to be on the air until Friday. Then she's moving to NBC. Not MSNBC. But NBC.

There's some controversy online. She is -- she's taking a massive pay cut, according to some insiders. It's not about money. It doesn't seem to be about ideology. It seems to be about her children and wanting to spend more time with her children and being able to work at a place that she feels she can accomplish her personal and professional goals.

There's things I'm sure that I disagree with, on Megyn Kelly. A caller -- in fact, is he back on? Is Kevin back on?

JEFFY: No.

GLENN: He dropped off again. Okay. Kevin, when you're in a good cell area, call us.

PAT: He might be -- Kevin, are you there?

GLENN: Oh, he got him back. He got him back.

Okay. Kevin, this will be our last shot. So if you drop out, you got to move on. But you were pointing out that Megyn disagrees strongly on -- or seems to on things like non-gender bathrooms. And my retort is, "Well, that doesn't make her a traitor," and I think you agreed with that.

CALLER: Yeah.

GLENN: But you said to me, "I want to make one more point." What was that?

CALLER: Well, not a point, but a comment about reaching out to people outside your circle.

I'm a conservative Christian creationist, but a lot of the YouTubers that I listen to are what you would call more classical liberals, like, yeah, they believe in stuff like maybe something like gay marriage or abortion, but they're on point when it comes to fighting for like the First Amendment, about not demonizing conservatives, and I have no affiliation with a couple of these -- with any of these people, actually, but I'd like to just throw their names out there. I think they would be people that would be much better liberals to reach out to than let's say somebody like Samantha Bee, who I think is just a disingenuous liar.

GLENN: Okay. Who are the names?

By the way, I don't think that. I think she's -- I don't think she understands because she's never been pushed. Nobody on the left has ever been pushed. They're being pushed right now. And they're -- and they're examining. And they're doing self-exams, surrounded by people going, "Oh, well, it's not you. It's really them. They're the ones that are so misguided. You know, they just want to strip everything away from you."

If you're not in their circle going, "Wait. Wait. No, no. Don't listen to that. Don't listen to that. We are just like you. We happen to disagree with certain things." Now, you just excoriated me, you know, personally. She had me on her show, and she kept her word. She didn't excoriate me on-air. She did a remarkable job. But, you know, offline, we had a tough conversation.

My next conversation with her is, "Okay. I want to show you a couple of things that you're doing that feel to me like I must have felt to you when you were on the air." I can guarantee you she's never had that conversation with anyone ever before. Guarantee it.

So do we just dismiss them?

CALLER: Well, if she -- if she actually does this in good faith and, you know, stops demonizing conservatives, well, she'll probably be out of a job on Comedy Central, but at least it will be a good one for her character.

(laughter)

GLENN: Well, you know what, I will tell you -- Kevin, I will tell you that -- and I don't think I'm speaking out of school, she said to me, "I don't know how to do my job. I know what they expect of me. And I can't do that." And I said, "Samantha, you sound -- I hate to break it to you, but you sound exactly like me." And she said -- and she rolled her eyes, in a comedic way, "Oh, please, stop saying that."

And we laughed about it. But it is the same thing. I've been saying this on-air for I don't know how long. I don't know -- nobody in talk radio has ever tried to do what I'm trying to do. And that is, stick with my principles, even though either half of the country or maybe a third of the audience might disagree. But expect that the audience is smart enough and also decent enough and the American people are decent enough to say, "Look, I don't have to agree with everything. And I may not understand you, but I understand your basic guiding principles. And I've had enough of this. I want to be able to live next door to people and be friends with people and work with people that I don't -- don't agree with. But I want to be able to go bowling with them or go to a movie with them. I want to be able to have a relationship with them."

CALLER: Oh, I agree. I'm a young conservative in this day and age. And most people my age aren't conservative. So most of my friends particularly aren't conservative or less conservative than me. But they're still human beings, and I still want to have relationships with them. And I do. But in regards to people like --

GLENN: Hang on just a second. Wait a minute, Kevin. So you just said what you said, and I think that's really important. That you have an open and honest good conversation and relationships with people who strongly disagree with you politically, and you're open about it. It's not some hidden little secret. But you're open about it. And you're like, "Dude, I think you're nuts on that." But you're still good friends and you can still communicate. Do I have you right on that understanding?

CALLER: Yes, I have liberal friends who we talk frankly about politics with each other, and we're still friends after the conversations and during them.

GLENN: Good. Okay. Good. Now, what you've just said is vitally important and where I think everybody wants to be. However, most of the country will not allow that to happen with people who run in the media circles.

So, in other words, what you do in your personal life is you reach out to people who think differently than you do, and you have a good time with them. But Megyn Kelly moves from Fox to MSNBC -- she's got to have a job. And if she doesn't move to -- if she moves to a place where there's a bunch of people who don't like she does, she all of a sudden is somebody who is suspect.

Why can't I make you suspect, Kevin?

CALLER: Wait. Make me suspect? Suspect to who? You?

GLENN: Why aren't you suspect? Kevin, I've heard that you have -- do you now have or have you ever had friends that disagree with conservative principles?

CALLER: Of course.

GLENN: Okay. So why can't -- and in my particular case, me reaching out to Samantha Bee is not because I need a new friend. It's because I believe that we need to change our behavior and we need to model really tough relationships. And Samantha Bee, up to this point, has shown me nothing but courteousness and good faith and honor. She has kept her word every step of the way with me, which I didn't expect. But I hoped for.

So my goal is to be able to make some progress, and perhaps I get a year down the road, and she's like, "You know what, Glenn, I not only still think you're wrong, I think you're wrong that I can't -- that what I'm saying on the air is offensive to people like you. I don't really care." Well, I get to that point, and I have nothing left.

But pursuing that, why does that make me suspect? Or why does it make Megyn Kelly suspect to go work for people who don't hold her same principle?

CALLER: I don't find you suspect because I've been listening to you since I was eleven and you have a consistent track record. And I don't think you're going to wake up one morning and suddenly decide, "Hmm, I'm going to be a liberal today and betray everything I've ever said." I don't know Megyn Kelly having a record of being a consistent conservative.

What I have seen in the recent past is that she seems to have more liberal leanings, which is why I'm suspect of her, as opposed to being suspect of you for reaching out to Samantha Bee.

GLENN: Okay.

CALLER: But if there is like liberals and stuff like that who I think you want to reach out to who have -- you know, have a media presence and stuff like that -- I mean, there is this one YouTuber that I watch -- I mean, most people my age consume most of our news through YouTube.

And that would be this one channel called Sargon of Akkad. His real name is Karl Benjamin. And he probably would think himself a pretty liberal guy. But he's one of those few liberals out there who is on point with the Second Amendment, on point with fighting against social justice warriors, and, you know --

GLENN: So then he's not a -- he's a classic liberal?

CALLER: Yes.

GLENN: Yeah. Those are the easy ones. And I'd love to talk to him. We will look him up. What's his name again?

CALLER: It's Karl Benjamin. He's a British gentleman. I believe his name is spelled with a K. K-A-R-L. And Benjamin. YouTube channel Sargon of Akkad. He's got over half a million subscribers. You can find him on YouTube.

GLENN: Sargon of a Cause?

JEFFY: Sargon of Akkad.

CALLER: Like A-K-K-A-D.

GLENN: My gosh, there are so many K's in there. It's one short from the Klan. I'm just saying.

(laughter)

CALLER: I'm sure he'll probably get a kick out of that. You should make that joke to him, if you get a hold of him.

GLENN: Thank you so much, Kevin. I really appreciate your phone call.

And this is the kind of phone call where we just disagreed with each other, but we disagreed with each other politely and we had a conversation.

PAT: Of course, we're having him killed later. But, I mean, that goes without saying.

GLENN: Yeah, the Dick Cheney people are already at the back door of his house. But it's interesting to me with the -- with the Megyn Kelly and who is going to replace -- it will say a lot. Because I think -- I do believe that there is a change at NBC. This is just my speculation, that they know that what they're doing at MSNBC is not working. And perhaps at NBC, they're thinking to themselves, "We need to have some credibility -- some real credibility with half of the country." And I think they're trying to move in that direction. I know for a fact the New York Times is trying to do that.

NBC I think is trying to do that. We should welcome anybody that is trying to reach out to the other side. And we should be reaching out to the other side.

With that being said, I don't think I've ever told you about my interview with Fox. Who do you know that could actually make it through this interview -- I mean, I want to go through the list. I want to tell you what happened in my interview and then go through the list of people and see -- and I don't know if interviews are still done this way. But I interviewed with Roger Ailes. I'm telling you, I lost 15 pounds in sweat on that interview. It was the most incredible, almost -- almost like a prank video was being done on me, it was so difficult.

We'll talk about that coming up in just a second. And the list of people to replace, two of them. In fact, one of the lead -- the number one lead on one poll is Dana Loesch. And I think 12 or three. Number two is Tomi Lahren. Both from the Blaze. So we'll talk about that coming up in just a second.

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GLENN: So Megan Fox is -- or Megan Fox -- Megyn Kelly. Megan Fox, she would be great, wouldn't she?

(laughter)

PAT: Well, yeah, if you're just going to put her on a stage somewhere just to look at her, yes.

GLENN: Honey, honey, don't speak. Okay? Just --

PAT: Words aren't necessary between us. They just aren't.

JEFFY: Is today the day Megyn Fox will speak?

GLENN: Just wink at the camera once in a while, and we'll play some clip from some politician saying something. Don't worry your head about it.

Okay. Just, shh. Just sit here.

Megyn Kelly said goodbye to her Fox audience yesterday. She is leaving. And she's leaving she said because of her children. She wants to spend more time with her children. It's fascinating to me that she spent so much time -- 17 years, I think at Fox, trying to get the prime time slot. They give her the prime time slot. She worked in day time. She finally gets the prime time slot. And it's not good for her family. And she leaves and takes a lot less money. They are offering her $20 million to stay at Fox. And I don't -- it could be anywhere from eight to $15 million that they offered her at NBC. So she's not leaving for the money.

PAT: Are we positive on that?

JEFFY: Yeah. I can't see her going --

PAT: It's hard to believe.

JEFFY: That sure is.

PAT: Yeah, that's hard to believe.

JEFFY: 15, maybe.

GLENN: I have no idea --

JEFFY: Maybe.

GLENN: The story that I read was for considerably less for those who were close to the deal. Now, thinking about that, I mean, how much does Chuck Todd make? 10 million? I mean, can you look that up?

PAT: I don't know.

GLENN: And he's Meet the Press. So, I mean, how much are they paying her?

JEFFY: Yeah.

PAT: Well, Chuck Todd is not going to make Megyn Kelly money though. I mean, right?

GLENN: But the job has to --

JEFFY: We know that. Come on, now.

GLENN: The job has to justify -- you can't just pay her $20 million or $18 million --

PAT: Yeah. You know this better than anybody. You always get your money coming in. You don't make it while you're there.

GLENN: No, I know that. But what is her job?

PAT: Chuck Todd's annual salary between 750,000 and 2 million.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh.

PAT: No, his annual salary is 750,000, according to this.

JEFFY: Yeah.

PAT: And his net worth is 2 million. Wow.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Wow.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: So what they paying Megyn to do an undescribed job at this point?

PAT: I don't know.

JEFFY: If she's working for that much, she must really do love her family.

GLENN: No, she's not doing that. But I could see her leaving for 10 million.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: You know, her husband is successful. She's been successful for a long time. You know, money is not necessarily your priority. You know, it's not like you're scraping the bottom of the barrel for $8 million a year. It's not like, "Oh, man. How am I going to make ends meet?"

JEFFY: Oh, no. But there's a big difference between 8 and 20.

GLENN: Oh, yeah, there's a huge difference. Huge difference.

But if it's not your priority -- I don't know what she's making. It was just considerably less.

PAT: She's not going to wonder where her next meal is going to come from.

GLENN: No, she's not.

PAT: Maybe it's not Fox money. It's hard to believe --

GLENN: Once again, income disparity.

PAT: Right. Right.

GLENN: Women not making as much.

JEFFY: Chuck Todd makes $750,000 a year. Peanuts.

GLENN: Wow. Wow. That's amazing is.

JEFFY: That sure is.

PAT: NBC Nightly News anchor, Lester Holt, 4 million. 4 million a year.

GLENN: She's not coming in making 15.

PAT: Not that that's terrible. But that's not great for what we're talking about here, the kinds of jobs we're discussing.

GLENN: How much is what's his name that's been at The Today Show for a million years -- what's he making?

PAT: Oh, Matt Lauer?

JEFFY: Matt Lauer.

GLENN: Yeah, what's he making?

PAT: Oh, he's got to be around 20. Right?

JEFFY: Has to be. Right?

GLENN: Yeah, so he's been there for 20 years, 25 years, and he's making 20.

PAT: According to this, 28 million. 28 million a year.

JEFFY: Yeah.

GLENN: Right. So there's no way a newcomer for an unspecified job -- unless it is something like The Today Show or something like that, that they haven't announced yet. For an unspecified -- and, oh, yeah, I'm going to be helping out on the political stuff too. You're not coming in for $15 million. You're just not.

JEFFY: She's not a beginner though.

GLENN: What is she doing? It's the job.

PAT: I don't know. I don't know.

GLENN: It's the job.

PAT: But Savannah Guthrie, right? Isn't she the co-host with Matt Lauer?

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah.

PAT: Out this week. Is she on maternity leave now? They've got Katie Couric filling in for her.

GLENN: Holy cow. Can you imagine that?

PAT: I wonder if the daytime she's doing is The Today Show. Now, in that eventuality, she's probably making 20 million, if that's what it is.

JEFFY: Oh. Yeah.

GLENN: And having Megyn Kelly as the co-anchor of The Today Show. Huge.

PAT: Matt Lauer, Megyn Kelly.

JEFFY: That knocks that time slot out of the park.

PAT: That's gigantic. That's gigantic, if that's what this is.

GLENN: Don't know if she would do that -- if she would do that, then I don't believe necessarily the thing about the children. Because you're at work at 2:00 a.m.

PAT: Pretty early, yeah.

JEFFY: But you're home -- yeah, you're home a lot sooner.

GLENN: Yeah, and you don't get to see your kids at school plays and everything else because you're at work at 2:00 a.m.

PAT: Yeah. Right.

GLENN: Back in just a second.

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GLENN: We have something that will absolutely blow your mind that I want to talk to you about briefly. Tomorrow, I've got -- today is a day to step back and go, "Take a deep breath." And then tomorrow I'm going to present my response to something that will make blood shoot right out of your eyes. We'll touch on that coming up in just a second.

We've been talking about a few things today. One of them -- kind of got sidetracked on this Megyn Kelly thing, on a bigger topic. And that is, what should the media be doing? And where is everyone in the media headed? And are you a traitor for, you know, moving to NBC? That's what a lot of people online are saying about Megyn Kelly, that she's a traitor. We had a couple of really great phone calls on this from reasoned audience members who can see both sides of it.

I don't see the traitor thing. And I think that's frightening, that we are pledging our allegiance now to networks, as opposed to principles or even the Constitution. But wait until you hear what the other side has just pledged their life and their loyalty to in just a second.

I want to just touch on this. I don't know if I've ever shared. When I had my first meeting -- I'm sorry. My third meeting. My actual real interview with Roger Ailes, it was the toughest interview process I could imagine.

Pat, were you there afterwards? Were we up in New York, and were you staying at the hotel or something?

PAT: No, I wasn't in New York yet.

GLENN: I walked out of this interview, and I think I lost 15 pounds in sweat. I've never experienced anything like it.

Roger Ailes and I had met for dinner just casually a couple of times, once at his house and once someplace else. And we just talked about the world and ideas and things like that.

But we never really got down to really talking about things. They offered me a job. And I said no. And then I said no again. And then they -- Roger said, "I want to have dinner with you." And he didn't offer me a job there. He was doing more of like an in-depth interview.

And he started out with -- he started out with, "What did you think of the 1972 treaty between China and Nixon? Where do you stand on that?" And I looked at him and I said, "Wow, okay. Wow. 1972 Chinese treaty with Nixon. That's going back a ways for me, but think on the whole, it's kind of worked out well, maybe."

And he just kind of looked at me. And I said, "I'm not really versed on the 1972 treaty, but okay." And he didn't say anything. He just said, "Oh." And then he went and he ordered and then I think was halfway through his salad before he said another word to me.

Bill Shine was there. And Joel Cheatwood were there, the two senior vice presidents of Fox. Roger didn't even look at me. And I'm like, "Wow, this interview is over."

The next question out of his mouth was, "What do you think about the Eisenhower administration?"

Now, I had luckily been doing some reading about the Eisenhower administration, and I was able to take it to some places where I was kind of good with. But I knew it wasn't answering his question. And I stopped and I said, "You know, Roger, I have one of two ways to go here." And he said, "And what's that?" And I said, "I could either continue to bluff my way through this answer, but you're smart enough to know that I'm bluffing and I don't really know all that much about the Eisenhower administration, or I could tell you the truth and say, I don't really know that much about the Eisenhower administration or the '72 Beijing treaty. Either way, I think I blow this interview. But I'm just going to go with the, I don't know that much about China or Eisenhower on those questions."

He said, "Huh." Then he didn't talk to me again until he had about. Half of the steak that he was eating. And my third was, "So you used to be a Catholic."

Yes.

"What the hell is wrong with the Catholic church that you felt you had to run from it?"

I was like -- and that one was just, "I'm going to push your button."

PAT: I'm not even sure that question is legal.

GLENN: Oh, no, no, no. All he was doing at that point was trying to piss me off.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: That's all he was -- to fluster me, to see how quickly I would jump out of my seat. Is Glenn Beck a lunatic?

And so he was trying to find that third one. The first two I think were Willie (phonetic) bluff. And I had no idea what he was -- and so I answered the question calmly and rationally about the Catholic church, knowing that he's a big Catholic. And was like, "Okay. Well, that's a booby trap." And then it was just a constant barrage of those kinds of questions, either deep, deep questions about the founding -- he at some point said, "So what is it that -- you're, you know, a so-called expert." And I'm like, "I'm not an expert on anything. I'm not. None of them."

"Well, you talk a lot about the Founding Fathers," knowing that Roger Ailes has a bigger library than most institutions on the Founding Fathers. He started engaging me on that and going deep into the Founding Fathers. Thank God I had spent time with David Barton.

I thought for sure there was no way that he would even say -- that he would even shake my hand at the end of that interview.

And he said -- he stood up, and everybody was polite. And he looked at me and he said, "Well, young man, it is rare and refreshing to meet someone who knows what they know, knows why they know it, and is willing to say, I have no idea. Good job." That was the end of the interview.

I don't know if that's the way they do interviews at Fox anymore. I don't know if I'm the only one that got an interview at Fox like that, but that was the toughest damn interview I've ever had in my life.

What are these people facing to get Megyn Kelly's job? Because to replace Megyn Kelly is not -- there's no on-the-job training for that one

JEFFY: No. That's a big job.

PAT: I wonder what Katrina Pierson would say about the Chinese treaty that they signed with Nixon in 1972. What are her deep thoughts on that?

She --

GLENN: Well, but I didn't even have deep thoughts on that.

JEFFY: No.

PAT: But she would try to fake her way through it, I would assume, at least. Because she fakes her way through every question that she's asked. I don't even know who Brianna Keilar is. Do you?

GLENN: I don't know. No, I don't know here. There are the people on the list, apparently.

PAT: These are the people -- some of the people on one of the lists that I'm looking at. Maria Bartiromo, she'd probably --

GLENN: She'd pass. She'd know all --

PAT: Billy Bush. I don't think so. And I don't think Fox would be interested.

JEFFY: No.

GLENN: Billy Bush. No, Fox is not going to be interested in Billy Bush.

JEFFY: No.

PAT: Laura Ingraham is the lead candidate -- she's the lead vote getter on the Mediaite poll.

GLENN: She'd do well. She wouldn't have that interview because they know her. They've worked with her for a long time. So there is no interview for Laura Ingraham I don't think.

PAT: Number two in this poll: Tomi Lahren. I don't know how deep she -- she's only 24 years old. I don't know how deep she goes on history.

JEFFY: Yeah, history.

GLENN: That would be a tough interview. It was a hard interview for me at -- what was I? Forty? Forty-five? That was a tough interview for me, and that's the time where I'm reading, what? Three books a week. That was a tough interview.

PAT: Now, former White House press secretary Dana Perino would know.

GLENN: I think -- she would know. But I will tell you that I think Dana -- I mean, I think that Tomi would get that interview. I think they would want to know --

PAT: Yeah, what she knows.

GLENN: -- how deep do you go? What do you know? And they would push every button in her to see if she is a flamethrower or if that's -- if that's who she is or if that's how she does her job.

PAT: Dana Loesch, on the other poll, who leads the other poll, I think Dana knows a lot of things about history, current events. She wouldn't be intimidated.

GLENN: Yeah. Dana -- Dana -- and I think Tomi. I don't know Tomi that well, but I think Tomi. But I know Dana would not bluff. Dana would just be like, "I don't know. I don't know. You got me."

PAT: Kimberly Guilfoyle. They probably wouldn't put her through that because, again, they know her.

GLENN: They know her. They know her.

JEFFY: Yeah.

PAT: Eric Bolling, maybe the same thing there. Tucker Carlson is also with Fox already.

GLENN: He's already working. They're not going to move him. They just put him on at 7:00.

JEFFY: Right.

PAT: Don Lemon. I don't think they even call Don Lemon.

GLENN: They would never even -- they would be handed Don Lemon's phone number and then immediately put it in a drawer in some other network's desk.

JEFFY: Call to see if he were sober.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. You know -- you know, I really like Don as a person. I don't know him all that well. But he's a really nice guy.

PAT: Yeah, he's a really nice guy.

GLENN: I don't know what the hell CNN thinks they're doing every -- it's like -- it's honestly like the management goes home and they say to the floor crew, "Hey, guys, set these guys up to make them look like idiots. I mean, I know you've been taking crap from them all year. Go ahead. Just keep pouring alcohol down their throats."

PAT: See if they'll risk their careers on this.

GLENN: See if they'll risk their career.

PAT: Yeah, it's weird.

GLENN: Anderson Cooper pairing with Kathy Griffith every year. I don't know a liberal friend who thinks that's funny. I don't know a liberal friend who thinks that's any good. And to me, it undermines Anderson's credibility so much. But with Don Lemon, it was sad. It was sad. He was on talking about personal stuff -- he was so hammered, he was talking about personal stuff. You know, I'm -- look I'm not --

PAT: I'm open to a relationship.

GLENN: -- that good for a relationship. I mean, it was sad.

JEFFY: It was a tough year, but I'm open to a relationship now.

GLENN: And can you imagine -- I mean, here's the duplicity of the press: Because Don is a likable guy and accepted in everybody's circle in New York, nobody will say anything.

Can you imagine if I would have, not being an alcoholic, but can you imagine if I would have gotten on the air drunk, on even New Year's Eve when it's acceptable supposedly to be drunk and said those things? My career would have been over. Anyone on the right's career would have been over.

That's the only thing you would ever know them for. I mean, it's crazy. They just -- it's why I said earlier what I did about Samantha Bee where they're never pushed. They don't know necessarily what they don't know because nobody ever pushes them. There's no real repercussion, real repercussion for Don Lemon, in comparison to what would have happened to his career if he would have been on the right. It's astounding and tragic. Tragic. Because I don't know what they think they're doing on CNN, besides destroying their anchor's -- who do we have that has any credibility around here?

Yeah, just pour a fifth of alcohol down his throat and leave him live for four hours. What -- I mean, that is insane. That's insane to do.

PAT: And let's put some disgusting, vile woman next to him and let her make sexual innuendo to him all night. It's --

GLENN: No, you're talking about Anderson, not Brooke.

PAT: I know. But both situations are bizarre. Yeah, Brooke was fine.

GLENN: Brooke was trying to save him.

PAT: Yeah. She tried to throw him a rope every single time he started to go down those roads.

JEFFY: Yeah, she was.

PAT: And Lemon wouldn't take it.

GLENN: And every time he fashioned it into a noose. Every time.

PAT: Yes, he did.

GLENN: He was like, you could throw a piece of string, rope -- you could throw a piece of rope from a ship, that you don't even think I can lift one end, and I will fashion this it into a noose. It was crazy.

Do we have time real quick to play this for a tease for tomorrow? You do not want to miss my response on this message from Hollywood. Listen.

VOICE: Dear members of Congress.

VOICE: Dear members of Congress.

VOICE: Dear members of Congress.

VOICE: I'm mad.

VOICE: Flabbergasted.

VOICE: Furious.

VOICE: Concerned for my children.

VOICE: I'm worried for everyone.

VOICE: The majority of Americans, regardless of who they voted for.

VOICE: Did not vote for racism.

VOICE: For sexism or for xenophobia.

VOICE: And yet Donald Trump won.

VOICE: And since he won.

VOICE: Hate crimes are rising.

VOICE: Women have been attacked in his name.

VOICE: People of color, attacked in his name.

VOICE: You represent us in Congress.

VOICE: You are our last line of defense.

VOICE: So here's what we ask of our elected officials.

VOICE: No, here's what we demand.

JEFFY: No.

VOICE: To the extent that Trump pursues racist.

VOICE: Sexist. Anti-immigrant.

VOICE: Anti-worker, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic.

PAT: Oh, my gosh.

JEFFY: What?

VOICE: Anti-environmental policies.

VOICE: We demand that you vigorously oppose him.

PAT: Oh. I can't take it.

GLENN: It gets worse.

PAT: Yeah, it is worse.

GLENN: And my full response on this is tomorrow. And I urge members of the media to listen. I urge members of the left to listen, tomorrow on this program, my response.

I'm out today. I'm actually at home broadcasting because I threw my back out yesterday. And I think one of the reasons -- the doctor asked me, "What's happened to you?" And I said, about two weeks ago, I slipped and fell on the ice really badly. Other than that, nothing. And then I started thinking about it, except I was away from my Casper Mattress after that. And I think the mattress makes a huge difference to my back. Pat does too. Casper Mattress will show you improvements in your sleep and the way you feel every morning. Get up and feel good. Casper Mattress, invented with two high-tech foams that give you the support that you need. And it will guarantee that you'll get the best night's sleep ever. Try it for 100 nights risk-free. They come to your house and pick it up, if you don't love it as much as I love mine. Start having a great night's sleep and a great day the next day. Get a Casper Mattress. Go to Casper.com. Use the promo code Beck and get $50 off the purchase of your mattress. Fifty dollars may not sound like a lot if you bought a mattress at a mattress store. But when you see the price of a Casper Mattress, it will blow you away. Save $50 off your purchase of a Casper mattress right now. Casper.com. Terms and conditions do apply. Casper.com. Promo code Beck.

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GLENN: Oh, man. I have so much to say. I think this will be the entire show tomorrow. And I invite your liberal friends -- please do me a favor. Tweet and Facebook your friends -- your liberal friends who -- who are -- who are trying to understand the world. I don't -- you know, don't invite Media Matters. But anybody who is trying -- anybody in the press. Make sure they're listening tomorrow. You're going to -- you're going to like my monologue tomorrow, I think. But it's not aimed at you. Because I know how you feel, after hearing what we just played from Hollywood. But the left needs to hear it.

The media needs to hear it. And we're going to approach it in a very, very different way tomorrow.

I'm not going to continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. We're going to try something new, tomorrow.

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.

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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.

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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.