Stop the Presses! Alex Jones Issues a Retraction - Sort Of

Conspiracy theorist and unofficial Trump adviser Alex Jones did what no one thought he could --- he issued a retraction. It was actually more of a non-retraction retraction, only apologizing for naming the owner of the #PizzaGate restaurant as part of the Hillary Clinton pedophilia cabal. Monday on radio, Glenn pointed out how the conspiracy lives on in the parsing of language by Mr. Jones, while his co-hosts took a walk down the Alex Jones memory lane.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

GLENN: Well, there's -- there was quite a big announcement on Friday that had nothing to do with Obamacare, had a little something to do with Hillary Clinton's campaign. And that is that Pizzagate has finally been cleared up for all of those people that believed in Pizzagate, and we --

PAT: It, of course, was where Hillary Clinton was running this -- essentially a whorehouse out of a pizza house in Washington --

STU: Child whorehouse.

PAT: Yes. And then there was a series of incredibly complex tunneling underneath where they would come and go. You would see them go in, but never come out, because they went out through the tunnels.

GLENN: Yeah, of course. And, of course, if you ordered like a Hawaiian with extra cheese --

PAT: That meant --

GLENN: I don't know what it meant.

PAT: That you wanted a little Polynesian child.

GLENN: With a little extra chunk to them or something. I don't know.

PAT: I don't know.

STU: Legitimately, they had each --

GLENN: Yeah, they had the whole list. And there's a big announcement from the guy who is, you know, one of the -- one of the lead flag wavers for this.

STU: Oh, no.

ALEX: In issuing this statement, we are not admitting that Mr. Alefantis or his restaurants have any legal claim. We do not believe they do, but we are issuing this statement because we believe it's the right thing to do.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: It will be no surprise to you that we will fight for children across America.

PAT: That's no surprise at all.

ALEX: But the Pizzagate narrative, at least as concerned Mr. Alefantis at Comet Ping Pong --

PAT: At least as far as concerning him. I mean, the whole thing may be true, outside of this one guy, who is about to sue us into oblivion. But he has nothing to do with this particular thing.

STU: Right.

PAT: Everything else is true.

STU: And this is obviously Alex Jones, the ridiculous conspiracy theorist. But obviously, having a severe threat of a lawsuit, as you can tell, he's reading this hostage statement.

PAT: And this was -- this was one of the dumbest conspiracy theories ever devised.

GLENN: Well, he's never met a conspiracy that he doesn't like.

PAT: No, he sure hasn't. Everything is a conspiracy to him. He doesn't even believe in Muslim terror. That's all perpetrated by the government.

GLENN: What?

PAT: Yeah, he doesn't buy into Muslim terrorists at all.

STU: Oh, 9/11 was an inside job.

PAT: Right.

STU: That's where it all stems from.

PAT: False flags. We're blaming things on Muslims, so we can go to war with them. That's not a real thing.

GLENN: Okay. All right.

ALEX: We have subsequently determined was based upon what we now believe was an incorrect narrative.

PAT: No.

ALEX: Despite the fact that we were far from the genesis of this story, it is never easy to admit when your commentaries are based on inaccurate information.

GLENN: Okay. So wait a minute. So the guy who showed up with a gun at the pizza parlor, I'm hoping he's heard this now too.

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: Alex has said, oops. I guess we were listening to the wrong person.

STU: And to be clear, the guy with the gun figured it out before Alex. Because he left there, realizing there was nothing to it.

GLENN: Yeah, he went there to kill them. And then he realized, I don't think there's a tunnel system underneath --

PAT: Oh, it's just a pizza parlor. Okay.

GLENN: Yeah.

ALEX: We feel like we owe it to you the listeners, viewers and supporters, to make that statement, and to give an apology and Mr. Alefantis, when we do. We encourage you to hold us accountable because we improve when you do.

GLENN: That's really good.

STU: And this --

GLENN: Here's how -- now, I don't know how seriously he took it. Because he was wearing his shirt when he read that.

(laughter)

JEFFY: Yes, he was.

GLENN: And you know --

PAT: Do we have that confirmed?

GLENN: We have that confirmed. He was wearing his shirt.

JEFFY: He was prepared to take it off.

GLENN: Usually when he really means something, he rips his shirt off.

PAT: He must not have had his steak the night before and wasn't feeling the testosterone.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah. Was it steak that makes him feel like that?

PAT: It's steak and jalapeño peppers.

STU: Also, wait a minute. What about his supplements? His supplements --

GLENN: It could be that. Or it could just be bipolar roid rage. You know, it could be --

STU: It's possible that they sold so much male vitality formula that they had none left for him. Because, I mean, that could be the problem here. This is a monumentous occasion here. The fact that he -- this is a man who said Sandy Hook didn't happen. It was obviously fake with fake actors.

GLENN: And the children were all fake.

PAT: And he denied saying that, but he's on record saying it.

GLENN: When you say record, you mean YouTube.

PAT: Yes.

STU: But, I mean, that's his record. The point is, he doesn't back down from these things. And you might say, well, hey, it's a good thing. He's finally admitting one of these things is fake. I think it's the exact opposite. The reason he said anything is because he never had any consequences to it. He's now been so mainstreamed by certain members of -- of --

GLENN: Donald Trump.

STU: Donald Trump. That he now is in the position where people care enough about what he says to get lawsuits that he has to apologize for. This is him being mainstreamed and the result of it, which is really a terrible development for our country.

GLENN: This is so -- I mean, you want to talk about conspiracy theories, this -- this pizza thing is just outrageous. And, by the way, his people say that I know about Pizzagate, and I've either been bought off or I'm a part of it.

PAT: So I wonder if they'll maybe back off that claim now.

GLENN: No.

PAT: I mean, doesn't that illegitimatize everything he said surrounding this Pizzagate nonsense?

GLENN: No, no, because he said --

PAT: At least as it applies to Mr. Cowanakis -- or whatever his name was. Whereas it applies to you, it's still enforced.

GLENN: Oh, I'm sure.

What he's saying here is, I still believe in Pizzagate, just not going through this pizza parlor. There is another one with secret tunnels.

PAT: That is unbelievable.

(laughter)

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.