Three Things You Need to Know - September 14, 2017

ESPN Has Made Its Choice

It’s your First Amendment right to call the President a white supremacist if you want to.

ESPN host Jemele Hill took to Twitter this week and called President Trump a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”

She didn’t back down from there. In fact, she doubled down:

ESPN neither fired nor suspended her. They gave her a very mild slap on the wrist.

That’s interesting given ESPN’s history in handling these types of cases. Both Doug Adler and Anthony Federico were fired for ridiculous comments that were taken wildly out of context.

Curt Schilling was actually fired for doing the exact same thing. He made a political comment on social media.

But here’s the difference. Schilling’s comment didn’t fit the progressive narrative. Hill’s did.

This, of course, has everyone yelling "double standard!" But actually, ESPN has been pretty consistent here. They’ve chosen their audience, and they’re giving their tribe exactly what they think they want.

All media is going through massive disruption right now. It’s caused ESPN to lose over 13 million subscribers over the past couple of years. That forced the company to lay off over 100 employees just a few months ago.

The entire industry is scrambling to find their niche. We are at the precipice of massive change and ESPN is just one of many companies attempting to find an identity.

ESPN has made it abundantly clear. They’ve made their choice. They’ve found their audience. They’re just giving their tribe what they want.

Now we have a choice. Watch ESPN or change the channel to Fox Sports.

Update on the DACA Deal

Donald Trump promised to make deals.

The president had a dinner meeting last night where he apparently struck a deal with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi --- again.

His supporters are furious and the White House is starting to walk it back.

The deal reportedly “enshrines the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security.”

The deal does not include funding for the wall.

So Democrats achieve their policy goal of turning DACA into law.

And Republicans get --- what exactly?

A commitment from Democrats to work on a border security package. Right.

Positive side-note: if we’re going to live by DACA, it’s better that Congress passes it into law than it being an executive program.

But back to the deal made --- two things are true:

1. Making a deal isn’t bad if you get something good out of it.

2. Trump got nothing good out of this deal.

Democrats will always promise to “work on a border security package” they also will always do nothing.

A good deal would have included real immigration reforms or real border enforcement or something --- anything.

Look at it from the Democrats' angle --- if Trump reverses himself, they get to call him cruel and paint him as the bad guy trying to hurt these young adults affected by DACA.

If he keeps his word, they get their policy goal and the GOP gets a promise to work together.

Someone got played and it wasn’t Chuck or Nancy.

Why Is Berkeley Bracing?

When it comes to feeling offended, we choose whether or not we’re going to indulge that feeling.

Tonight, Ben Shapiro will speak at UC Berkeley. Shapiro speaks at colleges all the time, without all the ruckus, so his appearance at Berkeley would probably go unnoticed by most of the country if it wasn’t for headlines like this in the LA Times:

“Berkeley braces for right-wing talk show host Ben Shapiro’s visit.”

UC Berkeley will have a perimeter closed off outside the building where the oh-so-intimidating Shapiro is speaking. The university will also have counseling services available for students because they’re “deeply concerned about the impact some speakers may have on individuals’ sense of safety and belonging.”

If a student gets their feelings hurt by Shapiro’s speech, it will be because the student chooses to get their feelings hurt.

If protesters turn violent and set fires, it won’t be Shapiro’s fault. It will be because protesters choose to lash out. Don’t they have anything better to do, like their class assignments or something?

The Left fails to understand a fundamental thing about how to deal with a person or group they don’t like: the more they fret about said person or group, the more attention they draw to them. Growing up, they must not have had the mom who told them that if they ignore the younger brother pestering them, he’ll eventually stop. We can choose not to engage.

It’s not like Shapiro, Ann Coulter or Steve Bannon are pining to speak at the University of Nebraska or something. They’re going where the attention is. If Berkeley students hate these speakers so much, the best way to get rid of them would be to stay home. Don’t protest. Just ignore them.

But they won’t do that because they actually like the conflict and chaos.

Choosing to be offended is good for business.


Christians are conflicted when it comes to President Donald Trump. Some proudly support him and his policies, while others just can't accept the man behind the boorish language.

Ruth Graham, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, joined Glenn Beck on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to make a case for the president from a Christian's point-of-view.

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WATCH: Dem goes to Trump rally and realizes Dems are screwed in 2020

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On Thursday's radio program ,Glenn interviewed Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, who described what it was like attending a President Trump rally as a Democrat. She told Glenn Beck that crossing party lines is nearly forbidden in liberal circles but she branched out anyway — and learned quite a bit about the other side.

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Ryan: Bernie at the airport Holiday Inn

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(Part One) . (Part Two). (Part Three).

Some poor guy booked a hotel at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines on February 3, 2020, assuming it would be a harmless Monday night. Only to find himself in the middle of an overflowing Bernie rally on the night of the caucuses.

For the record, the man was not a Bernie Sanders supporter. Far from it. He popped his head backward when I told him where I work, smiling. Well, grinning, to be precise.


After her speech, Klobuchar wandered into the crowd, immediately submerged. Selfies. Everybody wanted them. A minute later, the other candidates began to appear on screen, giving speeches.

"Bernie," asked Justin Robert Young, host of Politics Politics Politics.

"Bernie," I said, and we paced to the car and lurked out onto the depopulated streets and the trenchant cold. But we were both bright with excitement, a couple of detectives. The valet attendants in their satin outfits saw two oddities, and they were right.

Justin Young and I had just left the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for Amy Klobuchar's "Amy for America caucus night party." She gave her speech, in a brilliant maneuver. I skated the Nissan down empty streets, quietly listening to Bernie's speech on the Iowa Public Radio station.

"I love this, what we're about to do," I said, gripping the wheel, words hurried, leaning forward, tapping my left boot. "We're going to hear Bernie talking, then we'll park, then walk through some doors and we will stroll into that very room as Bernie is giving the speech that's being broadcast to millions of people."

It was like how in the game Mario Bros., Mario can jump into giant green storm drains, occasionally. Like leaping into the television and joining the cast.

"There's nobody out on the roads," one of us said. "Holiday Inn, right up there." As broad-winged commercial airplanes floated overhead. We scoured for a parking spot and each second felt wasted. Urgent. We needed to be inside that hotel. But there was nowhere to park. Even the illegal spots were taken. Cars had creviced every inch of parking lot and curb and all that, had even jammed into dark pyramids of sludge.


Rita Dove wrote, "I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on."


There were so many more journalists press at Bernie's event that the only media spots left were in the overflow room, which itself seemed at capacity. Dank, too. With a heavy vibe, like a sinister library.

The entire hotel exuded gloom. A quietness you hear in locker rooms after a game that should have ended differently.

Bernie supporters, dazed, stomped out into the snow, or to the bathrooms, or just in need of a bit of stomping.


Back to Beechwood Lounge, where we watched the Super Bowl a day earlier. Although it felt like a week had passed since then.

Approaching midnight, by that point.

Because Justin consumes politics with an all-encompassing urgency. As if it's a duty. He's clearly studied history and politics for years. Part historian, part political scientist, but also part reporter and part comedian. On one hand, he's guided by the old school approach to journalism. Objectivity. Solemnity. Accuracy.

An American has the right to tell nobody who they voted for. Or maybe it's a cultural thing.

Snow everywhere you look, piles of it full of gas and oil, and rubbish as well. That day was unseasonably warm. The next would plummet us into literal freezing. The kind of day that slows everyone down. With all that ice, you have to be cautious about every step.

Shame is for the uninitiated.

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In 1990 Michael Bloomberg's employees created a short book full of crude, sexist, and shocking quotes he allegedly said at work, including one story that has him telling a female employee to "kill it" after she announced she was pregnant. Sadly, that story has him fitting right in with the Democratic party in 2020.

The booklet, titled, 'Wit & Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg,' has resurfaced to haunt the Democratic presidential candidate after "The Washington Post" published the full text on Saturday.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn) shared some of the less colorful (many were too lewd to be repeated on radio,) but no less disgusting quotes.

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