Bullet Dodged: How Priceline Tried to Sign Bill Cosby Before Bill Shatner

Sometimes things have a way of turning out right --- even when you think they're wrong at the time.

Take Priceline.com, for example. Founder Jay Walker visited Glenn in studio last week and off camera, he shared the story of really wanting Bill Cosby as the travel website's spokesperson. According to Walker, he called Cosby repeatedly, but the huge star wanted $2 million to sign on --- and the price was too steep for a fledgling company like Priceline. As fate would have it, Walker signed William Shatner in a stroke of luck.

"Sometimes fate works in your favor," Walker told Glenn.

GLENN: Sitting here, talking about Bill Cosby, I mean, there was a time -- do you remember -- do you remember the --

JEFFY: Right.

GLENN: My Brother Russell? Do you remember that, that piece that he did? My brother Russell.

BILL: My brother Russell, he thought he was smart, but Russell is really dumb. Because he started laughing at my father one time at the dinner table. And Russell didn't know how tough dad really was. He was just sitting there giggling as my father.

(chuckling)

See, Russell hadn't been with us too long. So I said, "Russ, don't laugh at dad because dad will pick up a tree and kill you."

(chuckling)

I can't help it, man. He looks funny.

I said, "You better cut it out." And Russ started laughing. And he had a funny laugh.

(laughter)

And my father said, "What the hell is wrong with Russell?"

(laughter)

And finally Russell said, "You look funny, Dad. You got a funny-looking face." Dad said, "You think my face is funny. You keep laughing at me, I'll smack your face off."

And he just kept looked at him, you'll smack my face off (laughter). I said, "Russ, please, cool it. I'd hate to see you get hit. And besides, he may --

PAT: Jeez.

GLENN: Oh, what happened? "He may miss and hit me."

It's a -- he was tremendous.

JEFFY: I think that's one of the reasons that he did the interview, is that -- because people remember Bill Cosby. Right?

GLENN: Yeah.

JEFFY: People remember that it's Bill Cosby. That's the guy that we all grew up loving.

GLENN: Okay. So remember we had the creator of Priceline on last week? So we go back to my office. And we're talking. And he said -- he said, "You know, sometimes fate works in your favor. Sometimes, you know, life just turns out all right, even if you think it's a disaster." He said, "When we started Priceline," he said, "You know, we had no money. And who are we going to get?" And he said, "I called and called and called Bill Cosby." And he said, "We wanted Bill Cosby so bad. Bill was huge."

JEFFY: Yeah.

GLENN: And, "We wanted Bill Cosby because he would appeal to everyone." And he said, "He wanted $2 million," which is nothing to Priceline now. They wanted Bill Cosby for $2 million. And he said, you know, we didn't have anything. And I said, "Look, maybe we give you a piece of the company or something." They hang up. He said, "So I meet with William Shatner." Go from Bill Cosby to William Shatner.

JEFFY: Another icon though.

GLENN: And I love Bill Shatner. I think William Shatner is hysterical. Very self-aware and very smart. And he said, "So I went to New York and I met with him." And he said, "We were having dinner," and Bill Shatner's thing was, "Okay. Come on, tell me, really? You really think this internet thing is going to go?" For as futuristic as Bill Shatner was, he asked the Priceline guy when they were starting, "Come on. Really? You think this -- you think the internet thing has a future?" Isn't that amazing?

PAT: Wow. Wow.

STU: It did too.

GLENN: It wound up having a future.

PAT: I've heard some people use it now. Is that true?

GLENN: Yeah, they do. Yes.

PAT: And now, isn't Shatner's daughter in on that too? She's doing Priceline now, I think, right?

STU: Any time between 2002 and 2008, you could have bought Priceline stock at about $20. That is now 1825.

PAT: Wow!

STU: Ninety times the amount of money.

PAT: Jeez!

GLENN: Not $18.

STU: $1,825.

PAT: Good heavens.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

STU: Ninety times your money.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Yes. So I think this internet thing has a future. Yes. Better than if you would have invested in Jell-O pudding pops. I'll just say that.

The Capitol riot was foolish and tragic, but Pelosi's Select Committee "investigation" on the January 6 "insurrection" has devolved into a show trial complete with bad tears and bad acting. But this is just a charade designed to distract us.

What's going on behind closed doors is truly nefarious. The Biden White House and the U.S. national security apparatus are seizing that event to redefine domestic terrorism and expand the powers of government to prevent it. There is an alarming blueprint for sweeping government action called the "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism," put together by the National Security Council.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the collusion between the Biden administration and Big Tech to surveil, root out, and silence America's deplorables – all in the name of national security.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.