Michael Smerconish Interview



GLENN: One of the -- honestly one of the best cities in America -- I can't say that. One of the, probably the city with the biggest potential to be the best city in America is Philadelphia. Why am I hearing -- am I hearing Kenny Loggins for some strange reason in my -- I know. I couldn't get any more bizarre than saying, Philadelphia is just going to be the greatest city in America and just to prove how insane, here's a little Kenny Loggins. I mean, I don't even know what that is. The problem is the city is just rife with corruption and it's just been let to go to pot and it's so tragically sad. Michael Smerconish is the morning eye, WPHT, good friend of the program, good friend of mine. He's got a book out and coincidentally, Michael, I mean, how horrible is this? The book that he has out is on Mumia, the guy who -- the terrorist that killed a cop and it is such an important story and now at the same time the book comes out, there is just a rash of shootings in Philadelphia and two more cops have been killed. Hello, Michael, how are you?

Murdered by Mumia

by Maureen Faulkner and Michael A. Smerconish

SMERCONISH: Hey, Glenn. Yeah, unfortunately at 9:40 this morning life support was discontinued for Officer Charles Cassidy, a Philadelphia police officer who yesterday walks into a Dunkin' Donuts on North Broad Street and he's there to get a tall cup of coffee, cream and sugar like he does every other day and take a look around and some dirtbag is there holding the place up and with just no words spoken, turns and shoots and kills, assassinates the officer by shooting him in the head and it represents the fourth Philadelphia police officer shot this year, the third this week, the second in twelve hours.

GLENN: Holy cow. Now, this is why this makes a difference to you, America. You've got people in Philadelphia now saying that we have a gun problem in Philadelphia. Michael, why don't you help me out on the gun problem in Philadelphia. Do you think you have a gun problem in Philadelphia? Or is it a people problem in Philadelphia?

SMERCONISH: Oh, I think we have a family problem in Philadelphia much like the rest of the nation but particularly attenuated in Philadelphia and, you know, the quote that you're making reference to is the current mayor. The current mayor John Street said we've got a gun problem. John Street leaves office at the end of the year. Come Tuesday we have a new election and Michael Nutter will become the new mayor. I moderated a mayoral debate three weeks ago with the incoming mayor. I mean, he's got a 5:1 registration edge. So he will win. And I raised this issue. I said, wouldn't you agree there's a relationship here between the family dynamic, the disintegration of the family dynamic. And if you'll pardon this, Glenn, not having, you know, somebody in the house in a male role kicking ass and taking names and, you know, he said to me essentially in a flippant way that his job is not to do marital counseling, and that's not a good sign of what's to come in the future.

GLENN: Is this guy another Democrat?


GLENN: Jeez. Democrats have been choking that city to death for how long?

SMERCONISH: 50-plus years.

GLENN: I mean, you know, we have a book, I have a book coming out here in about three, four weeks. America, just read -- even if you stand in the bookstore when this thing comes out, just read that one chapter on how the Democrats have been choking the crap out of these cities. It's amazing. The worst cities in America, the ones with the highest crime rates, the worst problems in America, damn near every one of them has not had a Republican in office for 30, 40 years. It's incredible.

Here's an idea. That's not working; try something else! Try empowering people. But they don't. They don't want to do it.

So Michael, what is, what is now going to happen, do you foresee, in Philadelphia? What's the answer going to be, that they are going to take?

SMERCONISH: Well, the answer that they will be offered been the same old, same old, redeploy the police and do something with the quote/unquote gun problem. And I don't think the issue that you and I are talking about is going to get any hefter discussion. We had a very Democratic primary for mayor in the spring and the family component got zero attention. I wrote about it in one of my columns. I read everybody's platform and I monitored all that was being said in a multitude of debates and nobody ever got into this notion. And, you know, Glenn, it's not just the two of us having this conversation. There's a guy who's the chairman of the department of sociology at Harvard who has written on this exact subject about when there's disintegration of the family, there's a corresponding rise of crime.

GLENN: Of course there is.

SMERCONISH: So this is not a holier than thou family right wing rich. It's just a fact that you can document.

GLENN: Here's the amazing thing. You know who needs to run for mayor of Philadelphia? And I disagree with this guy's policy. I mean, he thinks that Dennis Kucinich is a good candidate. You know who I think should run Philadelphia? Bill frickin' Cosby. Bill Cosby at least has a handle. He may be screwed up on everything else, but he at least will say, fix your families. Fix your families. And it's not just, you know, to the black community. That's to the white community, too. I mean, that's everybody. Fix your families.

SMERCONISH: May I give you one other aspect of this from Philly?

GLENN: Sure.

SMERCONISH: So unfortunately in the 9:00 hour life support was discontinued for police officer Charles Cassidy. Twelve hours prior to him being shot, Officer Mariano Santiago was wounded by some other dirtbag and they hauled the dirtbag's body out of the Schuylkill River at 3:00 AM yesterday. He jumped into the river literally being pursued by police. What do we know about him? In 1994 he shot a 6-year-old girl in Philadelphia. He served 11 years. So there's part of the problem. You shoot and kill a 6-year-old girl, he said accidentally. Frankly it doesn't matter to me. Eleven years you are back on the street to commit more crime. 2006 he gets released again. It's the same old, same old Glenn. Michael, your book is out now. What is the name of it?

SMERCONISH: 30 days from now, the complete story of Mumia Jamal who murdered Danny Faulkner 26 years ago.

GLENN: It is an incredible story and it -- I mean, do you have things in there about Danny Glover and everybody, all these leftists?

SMERCONISH: All the names are named and this is -- you know, I'm simply the scribe. This is the widow telling her story through me, the story of Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, the whole crew.

GLENN: All right. Thanks a lot, Michael, we'll talk to you again. Bye-bye. 


On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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