Glenn Beck: Caught



Caught


by Harlan Coben

GLENN: A year ago Harlan Coben was on. He is the number one New York Times best selling author. How many number one New York Times?

COBEN: Two, three, something like that. I'm not nearly

GLENN: Rookie.

COBEN: A rookie.

GLENN: A new book called Caught. Great book. It is about I mean, it's one of these where you kind of correct me if I'm wrong where you kind of see yourself going, "Well, I don't know. I mean, that kind of makes a good point. And you just get crapped into this web and you're like, oh, dear God, look what's coming my way.

COBEN: That's exactly. That's the kind of feeling I want to give you as a writer.

GLENN: Yeah.

COBEN: I want you to pick up that book at 9:00 and say I'm going to read like 30 minutes. Next thing you know, it's 4:00 in the morning, you are bleary eyed.

GLENN: I want to thank you for that.

COBEN: I love that, love keeping you awake at night.

GLENN: No, I appreciate that, like nothing else keeps me awake at night. But I want to get into this here in a second because there are some interesting things that I think you can bring light on, we've been talking about how we're in a situation here where I think the American people are being set up. They are just being set up. And the opening few lines of the book express that with, you know, the character going, "But no, it's not me. It's not me."

COBEN: Yeah, the very first sentence was, I knew opening that red door would destroy my life. That's how it works.

GLENN: So we'll talk about that in a second. But first, a year ago you came into studio and you said, hey, Glenn, I've got to tell you about a friend of mine. I mean, you know, he's running for governor in New Jersey and he's great.

COBEN: Yeah.

GLENN: And I'm like, who? Chris what? And I'm thinking, good luck with that. You got the Corzine thing coming at you. That ain't ever going to be able to be derailed. And remember you said to us that you've known him for a long time and he's a good guy, et cetera, et cetera. I have to tell you I've been watching him and I think I mean, if you are going to be honest, you know, because I'm in the media and I'm, you know, quote/unquote pressed now, I think I'd have to say how did he get so fat?

COBEN: (Laughing).

PAT: I can help you with that. I can help you with that.

GLENN: Really? Because I think I'm doing the same thing. Here's what I do want to say. This guy appears to be and I don't take anybody at their word anymore, you know? Blah, blah blah. Everybody says they're going to do it. He's actually doing the right things. I mean, he's really taking it on.

COBEN: Well, you may agree or disagree with him. When he says he's going to do it. You know, I remember during the campaign I was talking to him at one point. I'm like, you know, Corzine's going so negative on you personally, why aren't you saying X or Y. He said, I'm not. I made a commitment I'm not going to go negative personally and but he really wanted to keep these promises. He won't break the promises. You know, he will have other weaknesses, but whatever he says he's going to do.

GLENN: Hang on, I think we're on a scoop here. What are his other weaknesses?

COBEN: Oh, no, there are none. I'm sorry. There's none. He's absolutely

GLENN: So I mean, how is he going to be able I mean, you are taking on New Jersey.

COBEN: Right.

GLENN: That's not like taking on Texas where you've got a lot of people. He's got the unions and the the mob doesn't exist but let's say the mob existed in New Jersey.

COBEN: Right.

GLENN: I mean, how is he going to survive this? Does he worry about that? Does he think, I mean, I'm up against a machine.

COBEN: I think he figures the only way is to be strong and just go after it. I think he thinks the system is broken and it really needs to be smashed. You know, you have to break a few eggs to make an omelette is what he would probably tell you. It's painful and all these choices and things like that. But he thinks New Jersey you have no consolidation. You only have two towns that share will that will have two separate fire stations that should have one or something like that. And he's I think his hope is that these people will start consolidating in a way that both left and right will kind of get on board but right now, of course, it's all

GLENN: Yeah. And that is both left and right. The average American will do the hard work but unfortunately you've got such corruption and such power and money involved that I mean, he's a meat grinder, man, he's a meat grinder.

COBEN: Yeah, there's a lot of bureaucrats, a lot of people that are overpaid by these weird pension schemes that are going on for years in New Jersey and everybody I know, I mean rightwing or leftwing, everybody I know agrees that those are abuses and have to be thanked changed.

GLENN: Stu, have we ever tried to get him on? Oh, he doesn't come on with us for some reason?

STU: I don't know that he's made that call as a policy but when we tried to get him on, he wasn't available.

GLENN: Wow. Let's take Harlan hostage. You ever want to see your friend again, you call in.

COBEN: May be one friend less when I leave here.

GLENN: All right. I just can't believe that it's been a year and we were dismissing, you know, your friend.

COBEN: Yeah.

GLENN: A year ago and here he is, and he looks like one of the guys who is, I mean, there are so few and far between.

COBEN: Right.

GLENN: That he's one of the guys.

COBEN: Cool, thank you.

GLENN: Let me get into one of the premises in the book Caught which, if you're like you know, if you like to be thrilled and kept awake at 4:00, Harlan is the guy to do it to you.

COBEN: Thank you.

GLENN: One of the concepts is, and I think it relates to kind of what we've been talking about on the show today is these, you know, opening the red door, you are a guy who's walking into, you know, what is that predator?

COBEN: You know, I was watching one of those catch the predator type shows on TV and I thought what would I knew if I saw somebody I knew being caught, somebody I loved, trusted, who insisted they were innocent wouldn't have a chance on that show to prove they were innocent, that was one of the ideas that started for this book. I mean, what would you do?

GLENN: So answer that a little bit because I think the American people are being set up to be radical terrorists, you know, angry mobs, racists, everything else. And the media is just, I mean, they are hammering that.

COBEN: Right.

GLENN: I really think that we're being set up. How do you fight that?

COBEN: Try having showing a little bit of respect for discourse. It's old school, isn't it, that we just should listen to each other once in a while, not just scream at one another?

GLENN: Yeah, but they are not.

COBEN: Neither one of you, that's the media but we're the media, aren't we right now? It's all sides. It's just, let's take a step back a little bit, let's stop the demonization on all levels, I hope.

GLENN: When you were exploring this in your own head and you thought, okay, a friend. Let's use the governor. The friend is on TV and you know him. You've known him since high school.

CALLER: Yep.

GLENN: So you've known him forever and you know he wouldn't do that.

COBEN: Right.

GLENN: Would you play it out in your head?

COBEN: I hope I would. But the doubt that creeps in is part of the problem. Once you make an accusation, once something is said and out there, it stays out there. It's really hard, especially in the viral community. I mean, you know. I'm sure you've been an example. People say something, it's put on the Internet and that's fact.

GLENN: Yeah. The latest is I hate Jesus. I love that one, I hate Jesus. And it's everywhere.

COBEN: Yeah, even on a small level. Another show I said this morning, I made fun of being a political science major. It's a euphemism because I was a political science major for having no idea what I want to do in my life, which it was. And somebody started twittering hysterical, how could you possibly say that things. Who cares? I mean, get over yourself a little bit. Everybody just take a step back.

GLENN: What do you think a year ago when we met, what do you think the road that we've traveled in the last twelve months?

COBEN: I'm not as pessimistic as everybody else. I have a theory man plans, God laughs, you know. I think whatever we think is going to be going on in the next couple of months is not going to play out the way people think and that's why

GLENN: I would agree with you on that.

COBEN: That's what's made this last year interesting. No one could have predicted where we would be a year from today and no one's going to predict hopefully when I come and see you next year, no one's going to be able to predict what's going on then, either.

GLENN: Unless you open that red door.

COBEN: That's right.

GLENN: Unless we'll be saying here, I mean, I know him but I don't know, I think he I think he did it. Let's leave it at that.

Harlan Coben, the name of the book is Caught. It is available in bookstores everywhere. A great, great read.

COBEN: Thank you. Thanks very much.

GLENN: Talk to you again. Back in a minute.

Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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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?

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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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