Three Things You Need to Know - November 28, 2017

Olbermann Exits Stage Left

Keith Olbermann has done it. He’s cracked the case, righted the ship and dealt the Trump administration such a severe gut punch that he can now retire from political commentary for good. Here he is, from the last segment of The Resistance:

Apparently, the weight of a 7-10 minute internet segment for GQ was just too much weight to carry. I have no idea how he endured such a heavy burden for so long. My God man… it’s been months. How much of a workload can the human body take?!

Olbermann and the GQ Resistance are apparently declaring victory. This was their version of the George W. Bush “Mission Accomplished” speech. Whereas Bush delivered his from an aircraft carrier dressed in a flight suit, Olbermann sat pretty in a trendy suit in front of a perfectly colored GQ backdrop. What’s got the resistance so confident?

What’s got him so confident the President will be impeached? Is it some new revelation from the Muller investigation? Sure enough, he mentions Flynn and Muller right off the bat. But then he mentions another possible way Trump could get fired… then another… then another… he goes on to list SEVEN hair brain theories ranging anywhere from Russia to obstruction of Justice, to Pence initiating the 25th amendment.

So what’s the ultimate coup de grace here? Is it definitely one of the seven, possible one, or is it none of the above? I guess the better question here is, what’s the real reason for this video? He denies it, but was he actually fired? Maybe Keith’s going back to ESPN? Like they say on Sportscenter - and I think I can speak for everyone that watched this video - hey Olbermann… COME ON MAN!

The Media Never Really Cared About Puerto Rico

President Trump doesn’t care about Puerto Rico.

We know that from all the media coverage during hurricane Maria, right? That was a big part of the media’s narrative – that President Trump was too slow to send aid to Puerto Rico. That he didn’t send enough aid. That he took too long to visit Puerto Rico. That he cared more about the hurricane hits in Houston and Florida.

All of that is debatable, of course. The media seemed poised to make Puerto Rico into Trump’s Katrina, disregarding the unique circumstances of Maria following so soon after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Or the fact that Puerto Rico is 1,000 miles from Florida.

It turns out that when the media couldn’t get any traction on the “Trump hates Puerto Rico” storyline, they didn’t really care about Puerto Rico’s hurricane struggles either. At least not as much as they cared about hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The Washington Post, who can’t stand Donald Trump, published a report yesterday with the headline “The mainstream media didn’t care about Puerto Rico until it became a Trump story.”

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab found that mainstream media did not cover Maria nearly as extensively as they covered Harvey and Irma. Their report found that coverage did not increase until Trump’s feud with San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz.

MIT found that over 1,100 news outlets produced stories about Harvey and Irma, while only 500 carried stories about Maria. During a two-week period before and after each hurricane hit, online media ran 6,591 stories about Maria, 19,214 on Harvey, and 17,338 on Irma.

MIT even did a language analysis of all the hurricane coverage. Guess what they found? The Maria stories featured far more political language, words like Congress, Senate, Democrats, Republicans, debt, or tax. Coverage of Harvey featured far more words like victim and family.

The bottom line is that mainstream media claims President Trump doesn’t care about Puerto Rico, but the media clearly doesn’t care that much either. This hypocrisy and moral high-horse mentality, from both sides, has got to stop. Trump and the media need to stop obsessing over each other and focus on doing their actual jobs.

That's Not Protesting, It's Terrorism

"They will come to know the truth. Dad murdered democracy in cold blood.”

That was written on a sign outside FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s home over Thanksgiving weekend.

Pai should have been enjoying the holiday with his family, but instead, he was subjected to protestors with apparently nothing better to do than stand outside the Pai home with harassing signs and send pizzas to his door every hour. (Which actually sounds kind of great but I digress.)

Who does that to a family on Thanksgiving weekend?

Apparently, people who are insanely mad that Pai sent an order to terminate most of the net neutrality regulations set in place by former Obama FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler.

Attacking Ajit Pai isn’t activism. This is terrorizing a family. I would bet that these protestors don’t even really understand net neutrality in the first place.

Net neutrality doesn’t guarantee a free and open internet for all. The regulations don’t benefit the average man. They benefit Google and that’s about it.

Enforcing “net neutrality” does the exact opposite of what its proponents claim. It results in an internet where a handful of large corporations have access to peering agreements with “the fast lane” and the rest are subject to far fewer options.

Here’s some free advice for Pai’s protestors. Before harassing a family about a subject you know nothing about, consider staying inside and researching the topic and having an intelligent conversation over turkey with your own family and friends.

And if you ever want to send free pizza to someone, send them to me.

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The Supreme Court slapped down New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings Wednesday, arguing that strict limitations on the number of people in churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship — while liquor stores, bike shops, and many other non-religious places face few or no restrictions at all — are in violation of the First Amendment.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere applauded Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who reportedly cast the deciding vote in the 5-4 ruling, as well as Justice Neil Gorsuch who took specific aim at Gov. Cuomo for limiting religious gatherings to as few as 10 people in some areas, while imposing "no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers 'essential'."

"It turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores," Gorsuch said. "Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too."

"Government is not free to disregard the 1st Amendment in times of crisis," Gorsuch wrote in a separate opinion.

Gov. Cuomo has since called the Supreme Court ruling "moot" and "irrelevant" because he had recently lifted restrictions in most of the affected areas.

"This is a trick they play all the time. They've done this with Second Amendment cases as well," Stu noted. "They'll put a ridiculous restriction in that's obviously not constitutional, keep it in place for a year while it goes through the courts, and right before it gets to the Supreme Court they withdraw the rule. So then the case gets thrown out because it's moot."

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

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