Two Apologies Needed in the Aftermath of BuzzFeed's Irresponsible Reporting

In response to a leaked report containing unverified allegations against the President-elect, Trump went on Twitter to ask: Are we in Nazi Germany?

Within hours, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was demanding an apology, which got me thinking. With everything that has happened within the past 48 hours, I do believe there are some people who deserve an apology. Two people immediately come to mind --- and neither of them has anything to do with the ADL.

The Background

First, let me address what happened to President-elect Trump. BuzzFeed released a 35-page dossier that the editors themselves acknowledged was unverified, irresponsible and dangerous. If someone in my organization had published this report, they’d be fired on the spot. If anyone in my organization were even to suggest publishing a report like this, I would seriously question their judgment and probably reconsider their role moving forward.

With the media scouring the internet for stories they can label fake news and stand against, you’d think that they may discover what much of America has known for a long time: that they themselves are and often have been sources of misinformation. And after all the sanctimony about journalistic integrity and professional ethics, something like this comes out? People will say, This is BuzzFeed we’re talking about. It’s not like it was The New York Times or The Washington Post. If you’re saying that to yourself, you haven’t been paying attention.

Ben Smith has put together an excellent political news team at BuzzFeed. Their coverage of the election was fearless. They exposed both candidates by reporting facts their reporters were able verify which no other outlets could get. I am a fan --- or I was. I’m afraid that by publishing these vile, unsubstantiated rumors they’ve destroyed the credibility they worked so hard to earn.

Apology #1

The first apology is owed to Donald Trump. BuzzFeed owes the President-elect an apology for publishing this 35-page dossier without first confirming a single allegation. It isn’t fair to Trump and it isn’t fair to the American people. The media has got to be better than this. We need them to be better than this. Why? What if Watergate were to happen in today’s political climate? That was scandalous stuff. Would anyone believe it? Imagine for a second that Nixon is Trump and five of his guys get caught breaking into the DNC. How hard do you really have to try to imagine a pro-Trump news outlet publishing an unsubstantiated article the next day alleging that the men who were arrested were all actors hired by the Democratic operatives in order to get Trump impeached. This is exactly why BuzzFeed’s actions are so irresponsible. When everyone is entitled to their own facts, we lose our ability to reason with one another. And it’s already starting to happen, did you see Kellyanne Conway on Anderson Cooper last night?

Apology #2

The second apology is owed to CNN’s Jim Acosta. President-elect Trump owes him an apology for the way he treated him at yesterday’s press conference. Given the kind of day I’m sure he was having, it’s easy to understand why Trump would lash out. But to equate the CNN report and the work of Jake Tapper with the actions of BuzzFeed was wrong. The focus of the CNN report was the two-page synopsis appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, which was reportedly presented to President Obama and the President-elect by intelligence chiefs. CNN did not contain any details of the allegations contained in the synopsis because they could not be independently verified by its reporters. This was responsible, professional journalism, vastly different from the irresponsible hatchet job by BuzzFeed. For the President-elect to allege that Tapper’s CNN report was fake news, without providing as much as a specific denial, is also incredibly irresponsible and dangerous.

One of our greatest safeguards against tyranny is a free and credible press. The press must earn its credibility. But after January 20, no one will be better equipped to restrain the liberty of the press than Donald Trump. The friction we’re witnessing is concerning.

After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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One of the most dangerous existential threats to the United States is Critical Race Theory, or CRT. As Glenn Beck has exposed over the past year, CRT is gaining momentum and has been preached in our universities for a while now.

Then last August, leaked documents revealed that Marxism, activist ideology of Black Lives Matter, is making its way into grade school classrooms across the country. And since then, things have only gotten more intense.

On next week's Wednesday night special, Glenn will expose the new ways progressives are systematically indoctrinating our kids and culture with this dangerous ideology. But first, it's crucial that you know what your kids may already be learning.

"What I'm about to show you is just the beginning," Glenn said, introducing the leaked documents.

"I found it shocking that Black Lives Matter supporters have developed lesson plans that start from preschool all the way up to the 12th grade," he continued. "Do you know the money it would take to tailor things ... and get it out to the schools and the unions for each age, to be able to brainwash the kids on Marxism and how to destroy capitalism by using race, sexual orientation, and gender?

"Our children don't stand a chance," Glenn added later. "They're not being taught anything except how to be radical activists. What the hell has happened?"

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