Glenn Beck: A slobbering love affair


A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media

by Bernard Goldberg

GLENN: Bernie Goldberg is here. He's been writing an article for Fusion magazine on the Watchdogs in Name Only. He's also, this is a great book. The title alone is worth the price of admission. A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (and Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media. Welcome to the program, Bernie, how are you?

GOLDBERG: If it sounds like a romance novel, it's because the way if press has been covering Barack Obama is a romance novel. How are you, Glenn?

GLENN: I'm very good.

GOLDBERG: I used to think if you don't mind my saying so I used to think some of your things -- and I'm saying this as a friend.

GLENN: Oh, boy.

GOLDBERG: That, man, this guy is deep, he is out there. And everything you are saying is becoming within the realm of reason. That's scary.

GLENN: It is scary.

GOLDBERG: I mean, you come up with a scenario that, this is an outrageous scenario, and then 10 minutes later it's not outrageous anymore.

GLENN: I know. Barney -- Bernie, I tell you, the -- if you think it's scary and going, gosh, this guy's crazy, try being me because believe me, I don't want to believe any of these things. I'm a guy, I never believed in these things. I've always believed that our country was good and decent and, you know, that there were bad guys in Washington but all these conspiracies and all this stuff. You just can't trust anyone anymore.

GOLDBERG: But here's the thing. Thomas Jefferson said there's one organization, one entity that you need to trust and we will give this entity constitutional protections with absolutely no checks and balances. And that was the media, right? The media's job is not to report about Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton. They can do that if they want, but their job is to keep an eye on government. And if nobody trusts the media anymore -- and by the way, nobody trusts the media anymore. It's not just guys like us. It's liberals and Democrats. Nobody trusts the media anymore.

GLENN: No, I'd take my news from a hooker more than I would from the mainstream media.

GOLDBERG: Exactly. So what happens when this media watchdog barks? Nobody's paying attention. That's the danger, and this is what I wrote in your magazine. That's the danger. That's why they're a threat to democracy.

You know, they are out there now, there are a bunch of articles out there now about how the collapse of newspapers around the country are a threat to democracy. What all these people who are wailing about this don't point out is that they brought this on themselves. Nobody trusts them anymore. They brought this on themselves. And this one, one magazine in Washington, the New Republic, actually blames me by name, by name, for creating a poisonous atmosphere in which newspapers and magazines are going under. Like I wish I had that kind of influence.

GLENN: Bernie, I tell you something, I think that, you know, here's another crazy theory of mine. As things really melt down -- I mean, when the Dow was at 14,000 I said, get out; it will be at 7500. And everybody says crazy. The things I'm talking about now are even more crazy than that and I'm already seeing the beginning of it that they are going to blame me for --

GOLDBERG: Exactly.

GLENN: -- sowing the seeds of discontent.

GOLDBERG: Exactly.

GLENN: Because everybody needs an enemy. You need a bad guy.

GOLDBERG: Yeah.

GLENN: And it's easy to blame the person who is looking at this whole thing and saying, "All of you guys have created this safe little world for you that is a danger to democracy."

GOLDBERG: Right. Now look, they are already blaming conservative talk radio or whatever you want to call your kind of show. You know, conservative, sensible, whatever you want to call it.

GLENN: Yeah. I'm conservative.

GOLDBERG: They blamed me by name, as I say, for poisoning the well and creating newspapers going under, which is laughable. They are not introspective, whether it's the media or whether it's politicians in Washington. They are not introspective. It's a lot easier to blame Glenn Beck and conservative talk radio than it is to say, "What the hell. Everything we do here, the market goes lower. It's what we're doing that people have no faith in. It's not Glenn Beck's fault."

GLENN: The solution is the problem. More with Bernie Goldberg in a second.

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GLENN: In the April issue of Fusion magazine on sale now, the April issue is Springtime for Bailouts and the Fed. Bernie Goldberg has written an article in there, Watchdogs in Name Only. It's about the media. And he's got a fantastic new book out called A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media

Bernie, we were talking. You know, you said basically the solution is the problem now and there's nobody that is really telling the truth in the media. They are all in bed for their own little cause or whatever it is. I wrote something last night for the Internet. I was up for the Insider section and I wrote something last night and in it I wrote the line, and when I wrote it, I thought, "This is so true." I said, in the coming days, weeks and year, your integrity and your word will be more valuable than gold. And I mean that. There's no one that we really trust anymore.

GOLDBERG: Right. We're supposed to trust the media. They are supposed to be the impartial referee, and they gave up that right. They just, they gave up that right. And I don't know who you -- I mean, I think people who follow you turn to you and people who follow somebody else turn to somebody else, but we need a strong mainstream media because they are the impartial, impartial arbiters. They are the ones who tell us the truth supposedly in theory, but it just isn't the case anymore.

Usually -- look, usually they put a thumb on the scale. Liberal reporters put a thumb on the scale for a liberal candidate. Okay, we've come to understand that. Now they sit on the scale and they say, "Hey, you don't like it? Too bad." And we're supposed to accept that. This slobbering is going to get us all in a lot of trouble, a lot of trouble because if we don't have an impartial watchdog out there, I'm going to repeat what you ask: Who are you supposed to believe at that point.

GLENN: So Bernie, the Internet is -- I mean, there is the voice of the people that can be found there but, boy, I was doing some research on some absolutely crazy things that I want to just put to bed that is going around on the Internet. The Internet is both great because you can get the truth out there but it is also now, it is the source of spreading rumors and lies.

GOLDBERG: Right, right.

GLENN: And it is so very rapid. What does the average person do without the watchdog, Bernie?

GOLDBERG: Let me first comment on your unfortunately all too correct observation. When I was growing up, I'll tell you where the most hate was. It was in the Ku Klux Klan. It was in the neo-Nazi groups. You know, that's sort of like they were really bad, disgusting people. Do you know where the most hate is today? It's not white against black or black against white. It's mostly middle class, mostly white, mostly men, young men on the Internet who don't have to give their real names and they could say the most vile things about anybody they don't like and make up stuff.

GLENN: Yeah.

GOLDBERG: And as you say, two seconds later it's around the world.

GLENN: I've seen stuff both left and right on the Internet.

GOLDBERG: Mostly left. Mostly left. The haters, the big haters are on the left these days.

GLENN: I've seen it both. I couldn't -- I mean, if you've looked into this, I haven't, but I've seen it on both sides. But I will tell you, I'm seeing -- you know, somebody said on my show a couple of weeks ago, they said Americans, you know, the American Civil War like we know it back in the 1860s would never happen again because brothers would not take arms against brothers. There is so much disinformation, there is so much lying out there, there are so many sources that are telling such horrible untruths.

GOLDBERG: Right.

GLENN: About each side.

GOLDBERG: Right.

GLENN: That you are not going to -- Stu, do you remember? Bernie, by the way, Stu is my executive producer on the radio show. Stu, do you remember when I said back in, what, '96 maybe, I said there's going to come a time in the future where Americans will no longer believe their eyes because a digital manipulation of photography and everything else, you will not know what the truth is anymore because it will all be blurred.

GOLDBERG: That's already happening.

STU: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: We're here.

GOLDBERG: That's already happening.

GLENN: We're here. So again, Bernie, I ask you what do we do?

GOLDBERG: That's why a mainstream media is so important. Look, could I try to answer that? But this is personal. If you can give me 30 seconds for a personal.

GLENN: Yeah, yeah, go ahead.

GOLDBERG: Look, I have no constitutional right to tell my version of the truth on anybody's radio show or TV show. So I want to make clear, I have no right. But ABC, NBC, CBS and NPR won't lemon because these are not the kinds of views that we're talking about that they want to hear. That's their right. I think they lose the right, however, to say they don't have an agenda, but that's their right. I just find out now that a company that I've defended about 10,000 times, Wal-Mart, the biggest retailer in America, won't sell my book because they won't sell anti-Barack Obama books. This is not an anti-Barack Obama book. It's an anti media bias book.

GLENN: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Whoa, whoa, whoa.

GOLDBERG: Yeah, you heard it correctly. You heard it correctly. They have ordered --

GLENN: Wait a minute. How do you know that? Where have you heard that?

GOLDBERG: Publisher has told my representative that we have sold no books at Wal-Mart because they will not buy the book because they don't want to sell anti-Obama books. Now, we're waiting for a statement from Wal-Mart and we've been waiting since last Friday for a statement because I heard about this Friday evening. I have a call in; Fox News has a call in. We haven't heard back yet. Now, what I'm saying is if somebody like me can't get my views out on places like NBC, ABC, CBS and NPR because they don't want to hear these kinds of views and I can't get my views out in the biggest retailer in America, I mean, thank God for Glenn Beck.

GLENN: Bernie, I have to tell you.

GOLDBERG: You don't believe me, right?

GLENN: No, I don't. I want to see the evidence of that and I also want to see -- and ask your publisher for this. I also want to see if there were any anti-Bush books that were sold at Wal-Mart. There had to have been.

GOLDBERG: We're going to find out.

GLENN: And I'm not willing to throw Wal-Mart under the bus on that. That doesn't make any business sense whatsoever.

GOLDBERG: I've defended this company against crazy criticism over the years.

GLENN: Yeah. So have I.

GOLDBERG: But if they don't get back to us, that's on them.

GLENN: Okay. So Bernie, listen. I want you to get back. Could you come back tomorrow on this program and give us the results of this?

GOLDBERG: I'm flying. I'm going to be in the air tomorrow, but the next day I can.

GLENN: Okay. So you come back and you give us the results of that because I would like to know the results of that. And I would like to know which books they have sold in the past. I will tell you, Bernie, that if this is happening, this is a sign of something else that, you know, you probably thought was crazy when I said it a year ago that companies are going to be taken over by the government. They will be nationalized like the banks and people will be so afraid.

GOLDBERG: Right.

GLENN: And so frightened in the business community.

GOLDBERG: Right.

GLENN: That they just, they won't mess with anybody.

GOLDBERG: That's exactly what we have to fear. That is exactly right. And I will get back to you Wednesday morning with what I found out.

GLENN: Okay, thanks. I appreciate it, Bernie.

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UPDATE: Response from Wal-Mart

We are currently selling Mr. Goldberg’s book on Walmart.com where we carry the majority of our book selection.

In our stores, we offer consumers the top selection of best selling books in many categories, and a wider variety of books on our Web site.

Walmart Stores have had no conversations with the publisher for placing the book in stores. Not being a specialty retailer, we carry very few nonfiction books in stores, so Mr. Goldberg’s book is one that we would watch and see based on customer response.

It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


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There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

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Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


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But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


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John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


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Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


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A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


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Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


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And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


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When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


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"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


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-AND-

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Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


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At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


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Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


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This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


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It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.