Hollywood Conservative?



GLENN: There's also another book that has come out from Ben Stein. It's called The Real Stars and I talked to him just a bit about this, about this last night and, you know, he lives part time in Malibu. I don't know if you know who Ben Stein is. I mean, you know him if you hear him or you see him. You know, he's, "Bueller, Bueller," probably his most famous line. Really off the charts smart guy. Can he hear me now?

STEIN: I can hear you well.

GLENN: Oh, boy. I better continue to say nice things about you, Ben. How are you, sir?

STEIN: I'm great, how are you, Glenn?

GLENN: Very good. I just have to tell my producers because they didn't watch the show because they never do watch my show. But last night I thought it was just so funny. Tell the guys what you said to me last night when you got on the set, when you got on the set.

The Real Stars: In Today's America, Who Are the True Heroes?

by Ben Stein

STEIN: Well, I said when I first saw you on CNN Headline I thought, this guy is doing an incredibly good parody of a conservative but then I realized you were real and I was so excited. I was at the airport VIP lounge somewhere in a small city and I thought, my God, I could watch this guy for the rest of my life. He's fabulous.

GLENN: I mean, that's so funny that you would -- in the media you would just assume somebody's mocking a conservative.

STEIN: On CNN, absolutely I would assume someone's mocking. But you were the real McCoy and I am obsessed and addicted to your show now.

GLENN: Oh, thank you very much. So Ben, last night we didn't have a chance to talk about your book, The Real Stars. This comes from you living in Malibu.

STEIN: Right. I live in Malibu with a modest house that has a very good view but it's in a neighborhood where I live --

GLENN: Hold just a second. What's a modest house with an ocean view in Malibu go for?

STEIN: Maybe $2 million. So I lived there by Barbra Streisand and Emilio Estevez and Nick Nolte and people say to me all the time what's it like living near the stars and I always say to them, I don't live near the real stars. These people are actors and they are singers, they get paid a lot but they are not the real stars. The real stars are putting on battle dress uniform or wear body armor in Baghdad or Ramadi, Kirkuk and all over Afghanistan, they are risking their lives, they do it for $1500 a month plus $150 a month combat pay. They leave their wives and children behind and they risk everything for our freedom and they are the real stars. And my book is essays about those people. And every dime I make of it goes to a great organization called Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors which helps, it's TAPS.org which helps the families of those killed in the fight for freedom.

GLENN: That's fantastic. So do you ever watch the TV show Heroes?

STEIN: I think I have actually.

GLENN: Okay. There's this new character on this year that, she kills people. But when she does, it's like she's in excruciating pain and it's like black blood starts running out of her eyes. I think if I lived in Malibu, I think that's what I would look like all the time. I think it would be like black blood would be running out of my eyes.

STEIN: No, you wouldn't feel that way at all, believe me.

GLENN: Really?

STEIN: First I'll tell you why, because you rarely see the real stars. The real stars -- well, the real stars are up front, they are at Mugu Naval Air Station. You rarely see the TV stars and the movie stars. The big, big TV and movie stars rarely leave their compounds. If they do, they go to other parties given by other multimillionaires and billionaires. They don't at all associate with the ordinary citizen, with the exception of Martin Sheen who on the extreme left is an incredibly nice guy.

GLENN: Yeah, I have heard that about him and I --

STEIN: He is the nicest guy you would ever want to meet. I would give my right eye to have him become a good conservative because he is the nicest guy on the planet.

GLENN: Really? You know, that's nice to hear.

STEIN: He is a great, great guy. Can't -- Martin Sheen is a great guy beyond words. His son, Charlie.

GLENN: The opposite.

STEIN: But he's a great guy, too.

GLENN: Let me ask you this. What the heck happened to him? How do you go that far left?

STEIN: I don't know what happens to these people. I do not know what gets in their brain. Hollywood is just a far left town. It started out being dominated on the one side by very rich producers who are extremely conservative. All those guys like Jack Warner and they were big, big conservatives and right-wingers. The writers were all communists, and they sort of came to dominate the town and the sort of extreme left wing ethos and the extreme left wing view of the world which is, we're all just working stiffs struggling against the bosses. Even as they drive around in their Ferraris and Lamborghinis and Maseratis, that is still the dominating ethos of the town.

GLENN: So how did you get there because aren't you from the East?

STEIN: I am from Washington, D.C. and I like to say -- people say why are you Republican and I say, well, my parents and grandparents are Republican. So that's a good enough reason by itself. My sister's a Democrat. But anyway, I got there because I wanted to -- I was hired to be a consultant on a show by Norman Lear about a conservative columnist, a sort of symbolic or what should I say, sort of like Bill Buckley who falls in love with a character sort of like Jane Fonda, and I liked it there. I liked the climate. I liked being away from the humidity.

GLENN: California's great.

STEIN: So I stayed there.

GLENN: So Ben, let me talk to you because not a lot of people know that -- well, they do now. But I guess when you were on, you know, Ferris Bueller and making the run on just being a great character guy, a lot of people didn't know how unbelievably smart you are.

STEIN: I'm not that unbelievably smart. If I were unbelievably smart, I'd be called Glenn Beck.

GLENN: If you were unbelievably smart you might have a throwaway house that you visit from time to time looking at the ocean in Malibu. But anyway, that's a different story.

You are really, really tied in to the economy and you are a guy who believes we are, we are totally fine. You told me last night I think on the set during a commercial break, you're high on the stock market right now.

STEIN: Well, I wouldn't say I'm high on it moment by moment, Glenn. I believe in the long run it's an incredibly great investment. I think that we're in a state where the fear mongers on Wall Street and the fear mongers at MSNBC and CNBC are trying to scare us.

GLENN: Wait, wait, wait. Ben, I've got to tell you something. You watch my show, right?

STEIN: Of course.

GLENN: So how can you say they are a fearmonger when I'm saying, they are not telling you the truth, this is how bad it is.

STEIN: Well, I'm not going to make a serious answer to that. You basically are very, very positive on America.


STEIN: And that's the sort of short answer to that question.

GLENN: I'm positive, I'm positive on the American people. I think the American people can do anything they set their mind to and, you know, I'm a guy who was worried about making rent eight years ago, and I just signed, just a God Bless America contract recently. If I can do it, I believe anybody can. Where do you see the real strengths and where do you see the negatives, Ben?

STEIN: The American worker is about the hardest worker in the world still. We have by far the most capital in the world. We have the most advanced industries in the world. I mean, people say, oh, China, China, China. China has one fifth the GDP of the United States with three times -- sorry, with four times the population. So basically the Chinese per capita income is 1/20th that of the United States. They are a poor country compared with us. We are a very, very rich country. We're getting rich rapidly, richer rapidly. The sky's the limit with this country.

GLENN: Okay. But -- I agree with you, but I was just talking to a guy who is a titan of a major industry and he said, Glenn, you can't tell me -- we were talking about fuel. He said, unleash the American people and ingenuity. You can't tell me that we can't solve this energy thing. We can. The problem is the government just keeps tying people down.

STEIN: It's the government and the environmentalists.

GLENN: Yeah.

STEIN: The environmentalists basically want to keep America as if it were all their backyard. They don't -- and their garden in their backyard. They don't understand you cannot have both energy independence and pristine conservation anywhere you want it.

GLENN: So are you worried at all, you know, if Hillary Clinton got in with just ginormous taxes and corporate taxes and taking the profits from --

STEIN: I'm not anywhere near as worried about her as I am about Barack Obama and Mr. Edwards, but I'm worried about all the Democrats. I do not want them running taxes up. I do not want them running up the white flag of surrender in Iraq. I do not want them about how long and kowtowing to the terrorists. I'm very worried about that. I'm very worried about their views that America is a dying force. I want a President who believes that it's always morning in America. I loved it when Ronald Reagan's campaign in '84 said it's morning in America. I think as long as we believe in the American people, it's always morning in America.

GLENN: Okay, Ben Stein, hang on just a second. Can you hold for just a second? We'll take a break and we'll be right back. I have to ask him if he sees a candidate that he likes out on the horizon.

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GLENN: Talking to an all around general, smart guy and conservative Ben Stein. Ben, I just wanted to ask you because I -- you know, there's two things that I just won't compromise on and I don't think any American should and that is you've got to have a President that will call evil by its name and not compromise with it, just shoot the bad guys in the head. And the second thing is you've got to have somebody that understands that socialism and any road to socialism is a bad idea.

STEIN: I couldn't agree more.

GLENN: Give me the number one candidate for Ben Stein, the guy you say, I like this guy but maybe this guy.

STEIN: I like Giuliani the most because he's the most electable. He has a down home style. I heard him giving a talk about foreign affairs. He said I'm not going to back down one inch in the face of Islamic terrorism. He dares call a spade a spade. You know, not once has any Democrat mentioned the word Islamic or Muslim in any debate.

GLENN: It's amazing.

STEIN: It's amazing. They are already appeasing the worst killers in the history, our world. It's breathtaking. I think it's time to say Mr. Giuliani, you've had experience dealing with terrorism, you kept the city together. Now keep the nation together as we prosecute the war on terrorism. If he can't win in the primaries, I think Romney is fine. He's a little too good looking for my taste but then so are you, Glenn. I also -- I think McCain is a genuine superstar hero. I just question whether his health is good enough. I love McCain. I contributed to him. I've contributed to Giuliani.

GLENN: Oh, man, and I thought you were smart. What are you doing? He's been wrong on so much.

STEIN: I disagree with him about campaign finance and about immigration.

GLENN: Oh, well, only those two things.

STEIN: I cannot take away from those years he spent in the Hanoi Hilton. I completely love him.

GLENN: Nobody can do that. I mean, the guy is a genuine hero but, jeez, campaign finance reform, kind of a huge mistake.

STEIN: I agree it was a disaster. I couldn't agree more. I agree he kisses up to the liberals and he is too friendly to Ted Kennedy but he is a genuine hero and I cannot but love him for that.

GLENN: Name of your book again, sir.

STEIN: The name of my book is the real stars who are the true heroes in America's world and it is homage to the men and women in America's uniform.

GLENN: It is really something you should pass on to your kids and give them perspective on who the real stars and real heroes are in our country. Ben Stein, it's always nice to have you on the program.


In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

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Imagine sometime next year, getting called before HUWAC – the House Un-Woke Activities Committee.

"Are you or have you ever been a member of the un-woke?"

Something like that is not as far-fetched as you might think.

Last week, Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor during the Clinton administration, now a UC Berkeley professor, tweeted this:

Since the 1970s, there have been dozens of "Truth Commissions" around the world like the kind Robert Reich wants in America. Most of these have been set up in Africa and Latin America. Usually it happens in countries after a civil war, or where there's been a regime change – a dictator is finally overthrown, and a commission is set up to address atrocities that happened under the dictator. Or, as in the commissions in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, atrocities under communism. Or, in the most famous example, South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation commission addressed the decades of apartheid that ravaged that nation.

These commissions usually conclude with an official final report. These commissions and reports have served as a means of governments trying to close a dark chapter of their country's history, or provide emotional catharsis, as a way to generally move on. Sometimes it kind of works for people, most of the time it leaves people clamoring for more justice.

Here's how one professor described truth commissions in an article in The Conversation last year. He wrote:

The goal of a truth commission… is to hold public hearings to establish the scale and impact of a past injustice, typically involving wide-scale human rights abuses, and make it part of the permanent, unassailable public record. Truth commissions also officially recognize victims and perpetrators in an effort to move beyond the painful past… Some have been used cynically as tools for governments to legitimize themselves by pretending they have dealt with painful history when they have only kicked the can down the road.

See, this is the problem with a lot of "Truth" commissions – they are inherently political. Even if you trust your government and give them all the benefit of the doubt in the world that their Truth commission is trying to do the right thing, it is ALWAYS going to be political. Because these truth commissions are never set up by those who have LOST power in government. They're always established by those who have WON power.

The Deputy Executive Director of the International Center for Transitional Justice says one of the main points in these Truth commissions is that "the victims become protagonists."

A Department of Anti-racism is entirely within the realm of possibility.

So, who are the victims in Robert Reich's America? People like him, members of the far-Left who had to endure the atrocities of four years of a president with different political ideas. What an injustice. I mean, the left's suffering during the Trump administration is almost on the level of apartheid or genocide – so we totally need a Truth commission.

There have been lots of calls for the U.S. to have its own Truth and Reconciliation commission, especially around racial injustice.

This past June, Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California introduced legislation to establish the " United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation."

Ibram X. Kendi – the high priest of anti-racism, and author of Target's current favorite book " Antiracist Baby" – proposes a Constitutional anti-racism amendment. This amendment would:

establish and permanently fund the Department of Anti-racism (DOA) comprised of formally trained experts on racism and no political appointees. The DOA would be responsible for pre-clearing all local, state and federal public policies to ensure they won't yield racial inequity, monitor those policies, investigate private racist policies when racial inequity surfaces, and monitor public officials for expressions of racist ideas. The DOA would be empowered with disciplinary tools to wield over and against policymakers and public officials who do not voluntarily change their racist policy and ideas.

If you think that is far-fetched, you haven't been paying attention to the Left's growing radicalism. In a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration, a Department of Anti-racism is entirely within the realm of possibility. And of course, such a DOA would never stop at policing government.

We're in a dangerous, precarious moment in our history. Given the events of 2020, should Democrats gain the White House, the Senate, and the House, how many commissions will be in our future? They will suddenly have plenty of political capital to drag the nation through years of commission hearings.

And the Left's form of justice is never satisfied. You think it will stop at a T&R commission on race? MSNBC's Chris Hayes tweeted this month about the need for a commission to deal with Americans who are skeptical about wearing masks:

Or what about a Truth commission on religion? I mean, look at those reckless churches spreading Covid this year. Or this would be a big one – a T&R commission on climate change deniers.

The Left is highly selective when it comes to truth. That's why they are the very last group you want in charge of anything with "Truth and Reconciliation" in the title.

This is one of the most incredibly frustrating things about the Left in America today. The Left insists there is no such thing as absolute truth, while simultaneously insisting there are certain approved truths that are undeniable.

So, you can't question "Science" – even though that's pretty much what every great scientist in history did.

You can't question racism as the explanation for all of existence – because, well, just because.

You can't question third-party "Fact-checkers" – because the powers that be, mainly Big Tech right now, have decided they are the Truth referees and you have to trust what they say because they're using certified external fact-checkers. They just forgot to tell you that they actually fund these third-party fact-checkers. It's like if McDonald's told you to trust third-party health inspectors that they were paying for.

The Left thinks it has a monopoly on Truth. They're the enlightened ones, because they've had the correct instruction, they're privy to the actual facts. It's psychotic arrogance. If you don't buy what they're selling, even if you're just skeptical of it, it's because you either don't have the facts, you willingly deny the facts, or you're simply incapable of grasping the truth because you're blinded by your raging racism problem. It's most likely the racism problem.

The Left never learns from its own preaching. For the past 60-plus years they've decried the House Un-American Activities Committee for trying to root out communists, getting people canceled, ruining Hollywood careers, etcetera. But a HUAC-type committee is precisely what Robert Reich is describing and many on the Left want. It's not enough for Trump to be voted out of office. Americans who helped put him there must be punished. They don't want reconciliation, they want retribution. Because the Left doesn't simply loathe Donald Trump, the Left loathes YOU.

President Donald Trump's performance at last night's final presidential debate was "brilliant" and "the best he's ever done," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Friday.

Glenn described the moments he thought President Trump came across as "sincere," "kind," and "well-informed," as well as Joe Biden's biggest downfalls for of the night — from his big statement on wanting to eliminate the oil industry to his unsurprising gaffes as the debate neared the end. But, the question remains: was Trump's "brilliant performance" enough to win the election?

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