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.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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Who were the people and groups involved with coronavirus research, and what really went down before and after the pandemic began? On "Glenn TV" this week, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to outline a tale of negligence and then, coverup. The elites of the world - the people calling themselves experts - trusted the Chinese Communist Party with one of the most dangerous weapons we can imagine on this planet--a virus.

Glenn reveals who was involved in a definitive timeline, and argues: If proof of a lab leak does come out, the worlds needs to know EVERYONE that was involved. We must expose the coverup and attempt to control the narrative of the pandemic origins. Everyone from Big Tech, the media, the Chinese and even our own government have been involved. What lies behind the coverup could reveal the dirty secret that, in order to cut corners, the academic elites and government entrusted Communist China with a civilization-killing virus.

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