Mark Steyn Interview

GLENN: A guy that I just found recently because of his book, America Alone which is, I mean, it's eye-opening. It is skin-peeling. You've got to read America Alone. When did that come out, Mark? When did you originally put that out?

STEYN: The paperback should be out, I think in a couple of months' time.

GLENN: Okay. It's fantastic stuff. But anyway, Mark Steyn is the writer. He is a columnist, a syndicated columnist in how many papers around the country I don't know. But he's very well read. Very smart. Very astute and you know what I really like, I've actually started to talk to Winston Churchill's grandson as well here recently and it's interesting to see people who come from England and their view of America because they can distill things sometimes a little faster. First of all because they see oh, my gosh, guys, wake up, you're making the mistakes we made 20 years ago.



America Alone


by Mark Steyn

Description: Provocative and often humorous book about the West’s unwillingness to confront Islamist extremists and why America could be the last country standing against this force.

Glenn's Comments: Scary stuff, right on target, fits right in with Glenn’s take on the world dynamics at this time.

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STEYN: Yeah.

GLENN: And then also because you have a different -- you just come at it differently than we do. I'd love to pick your brain here just a little bit on what you're seeing here in America, Mark, on politics.

STEYN: Well, you know, I nearly drove off the road the other day when I heard your McCain-Away hypnosis thing because, of course, that's exactly what my neighbors in New Hampshire did. You know, we're a state that we're not evangelical Christians or anything like that but we like low taxes and we believe in free speech, live free or die. So what do we do, we voted for a guy who voted for tax cuts and introduced McCain/Feingold. It seems to be that -- it's interesting, I think, what New Hampshire did because they voted for someone who has nothing going for him other than that he's totally the kind of president we would like. In other words, he's cranky, ornery, contemporary, you stick him in a plaid coat and he seems like a rather mean, bitter, twisted guy who might fit in in the Granite State. So I think it tells you something about what the Republican base would like their candidate to be totally.

GLENN: But you know what? But wait a minute. Hang on just a second. The exact opposite is true with Mike Huckabee.

STEYN: Yeah, I think that's true but I think Huckabee's thing is slightly overstated. I was amazed by the total of lack of balance in New Hampshire and in a sense he feels -- I hate to seem like I've got the political version of ADD but he seems very less thirsty to me, Mike Huckabee right now. To take another comparison, Mitt Romney, for example, his policies are much more congenial to conservatives but I just get all this mail, I'm sure you do, too, saying he's just this ridiculous plastic Ken doll and I think in part because of the comparison conservative thing of George W. Bush who's reviled as a cowboy even though he goes around saying he's looked into Vladimir Putin's soul and all the rest of it. I think a segment of the Republican base just wants someone who appears tough even if they then cave on a lot of these things.

GLENN: The plastic thing on Romney is incredible to me because I think where it comes from is he's a CEO. He is the guy, if you are running a company, he's the guy you want because you'll never tube your stock price by saying something stupid.

STEYN: No. This guy made $200 million out of caroling at the winter Olympics. That's a sport nobody likes, nobody down here likes in Canada they are crazy for it. You can have a 3,000-channel cable package down here and you can't get the caroling channel. You can get everything else. You can get the Dennis Kucinich channel, you'll get everything but you won't get the caroling channel. This guy Romney made $200 million out of caroling.

GLENN: So who do you think -- let's pit some people against each other. Let's go. Romney/Clinton, who wins?

STEYN: I think Romney's got a chance against Hillary Clinton. In a sense, you know, Hillary's thing is that she's got such high negatives that I think Romney's actually viable against someone like Hillary. So Hillary gets the nomination. There's no reason that she shouldn't. I think Romney could actually do a good job and win.

GLENN: This goes into my theory of he's everybody's number two.

STEYN: That's the problem after New Hampshire. He became a decent number 2 in Iowa. He came a decent number 2 in New Hampshire. That's beginning to look like a patent and it's easy to see him being everybody's second choice and winding up with a nomination and then being America's second choice in November.

GLENN: Right. But see, this is where I disagree. If you are up against, if you are up against Hillary Clinton who has such high negatives, there will be those people who will go, gosh you know what, I mean, he is not my favorite but I just, I don't trust her. You know what I mean? If he's everybody's number two, you can be number one. Does that make sense?

STEYN: I think that's right. In a sense he is running as the sort of, the elevator music candidate. He would be relatively easy to live with for the next four or eight years, right?

GLENN: Tell me what you think Huckabee/Obama, who wins?

STEYN: I think that's much more difficult. I think one of the interesting lessons in New Hampshire and Iowa is that in Iowa, in the caucus thing you have to vote in public and I think there clearly was some pressure to see how can you stand up and vote against the first viable African-American candidate for president. Well, in the privacy of the voting booth in New Hampshire, quite a lot of people felt differently not because they are racist but because Barack Obama, if you take away his sort of identity group exhaustism, he just talks in these kind of platitudes all the time. The hope, the change, the change you can believe in, the hope of change, the hope of a belief in change, you can believe in all this. That is actually something that is not going to go the distance. He is an exotic cipher but he is a cipher and that's where Hillary can actually open up quite devastatingly on him because if you can't define yourself, then your opponent gets to define you for you.

GLENN: I've got 20 seconds. Tell me who you think the candidates are going to be.

STEYN: I think it's always foolish to bet against the Clintons. You know, as my former senator Bob Smith said after the impeachment trial, Clintons won, he always wins, let's move on and it's easy to see that shaking out that way in November.

GLENN: 10 seconds who is going to be the Republican candidate?

STEYN: I have absolutely no idea. At this point we either need to get behind Alan Keyes or shoot ourselves.

GLENN: Mark Steyn, thank you very much. Talk to you again soon, my friend.

STEYN: Always a pleasure, Glenn.

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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According to the mainstream media's COVID-19 narrative, the president is "ignoring" the crisis.

On tonight's "Glenn TV" special, Glenn Beck exposes the media's last four months of political theater that has helped shape America's confusion and fear over coronavirus. And now, with a new school year looming on the horizon, the ongoing hysteria has enormous ramifications for our children, but the media is working overtime to paint the Trump administration as anti-science Neanderthals who want to send children and teachers off to die by reopening schools.

Glenn fights back with the facts and interviews the medical doctor Big Tech fears the most. Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America's Frontline Doctors, stands up to the media's smear campaign and explains why she could no longer stay silent in her fight against coronavirus fear.

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It's high time to leave the partisan politics behind and focus on the facts about face masks and whether or not they really work against COVID-19.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck spoke with Drs. Scott Jensen and George Rutherford about the scientific evidence that proves or disproves the effectiveness of mask wearing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Then, Dr. Karyln Borysenko joined to break down where the massive political divide over masks came from in the first place.

"I think if we were to talk about this a couple months ago, I might have said, 'Well, there's the science of masks, and there's the emotions of masks.' But, unfortunately, there's something in between," Jensen said. "I would have thought that the science of masks would have to do with the physics of masks, so I did a video a couple months ago where I talked about the pore side of a cotton mask or a surgical mask."

He explained that properly worn masks can help reduce the spread of virus particles, but cautioned against a false-sense of security when wearing a mask because they are far from providing complete protection.

"If you have a triple-ply mask, the pore size will end up being effectively five microns. And five microns, to a COVID-19 virus particle, is 50 times larger. That's approximately the same differential between the two-inch separation between the wires of a chain-link fence, and a gnat," Jensen explained.

"But now what we're seeing is if we have some collision of COVID-19 viral particles with the latticework of any mask ... if you're breathing out or breathing in and the viral particles collide with the actual latticework of a mask, I think intuitively, yes, we can reduce the amount of virus particles that are going back and forth."

Dr. Rutherford said masks are essential tools for fighting COVID-19, as long as you wear them correctly. He laid out the three main reasons he believes we should all be wearing masks.

"So, we're trying to do three things," he said. "First of all, we're trying to protect the people around you, in case you are one of the 60% of people who have asymptomatic infection and don't know it. The second thing we're trying to do is to protect you. The third thing we're trying to do is, if you get infected, you'll get infected at a lower dose, and then you're less likely to develop symptoms. That's the threefer."

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