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.

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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