Glenn interviews Stossel

Glenn is appearing on Stossel tonight on Fox Business at 9p ET & 12a ET...

GLENN: John Stossel is from ABC remember he did something on me with 20/20 and we didn't trust anybody from ABC, nor should we. John did this whole thing with us and their cameras were rolling for a week and they finished this thing and after they finished it and put it in the camera and it was on the air, I called up John and I said, You really should be working over at FOX. You really should be working at FOX, because he was a fish out of water. I don't know how this guy lasted in the mainstream media as long as he did. I think he started out as a liberal and then, just because he questions with boldness and he doesn't care what the answer is very libertarian. You don't care what the answer is. You just want the right answer he became a libertarian and he's pretty hard core libertarian. Tonight on the John Stossel show on FOX the FOX Business Network, he is doing a show. I mean, he's done a full hour on the Road to Serfdom. If you're looking for smart, intellectual libertarian food, Stossel gives it to you every week and he's done some really brilliant shows. He's lowering his standards by having me on tonight and we're talking a little bit about -- is there anything that the government does better than the private sector-- I think the answer to that is no. John Stossel is on with us now. Hello, John.

STOSSEL: Hi, Glenn. You're the food. We're going to chew on you tonight.

GLENN: Yeah, yeah. And I think you will, too. Because I'm only in the one segment. Can you give us a little preview? Did you find anything that the government does better?

STOSSEL: No. I'll give a thousand dollars to anybody who shows me something government does more efficiently than the private sector. I still haven't found it.

GLENN: That's the caveat, more efficiently.

STOSSEL: Yeah. Some things maybe we want government to do and some people say, Pay me a thousand dollars. The government can waste money more efficiently; but if that were the goal of the private sector, I'm sure the private sector could waste more money.

GLENN: If somehow or the other you could make money by wasting money, you're saying the private sector could come up with better ways.

STOSSEL: That's right.


STOSSEL: Incentives are better. It's just the incentives are to keep improving to get to your goal. Government is to just cover your rear.

GLENN: Here's the thing, John. We are now in a place where the government is distancing itself from itself. The White House just said they need to put more people in between the President and these decisions so the people will blame those people and not the President excuse me with the FCC they are starting to now put together, you know, these local committees. That way you'll be able to complain at the local level and it will disconnect from the national FCC, but it's a game here. It's a total game. How is it that we are coming to this place now, John?

STOSSEL: I think it's intuitive that another committee, got another problem, another political group

GLENN: But it's not. Have you ever sat in a meeting in any company, at any time, and went, you know, these meetings are so good?

STOSSEL: No, no, but when people get upset, oh, the community standards in Mississippi are different from New York City, we need our own FCC group, I can see why people who haven't really thought about it think it's a good idea.

GLENN: So, Give us a preview of tonight.

STOSSEL: Tonight we try to twist your brain by looking at what people sell. That's a job for the private sector, road building and stoplights and show how when you get rid of stoplights, when private companies build roads, it works were.

GLENN: What do you mean, get rid of stoplights? Are you calling for no stoplights?

STOSSEL: This was one section. That's what they all say to us libertarians, You're crazy. You want to get rid of stoplights and stop signs? But, in fact, there is a spontaneous order that emerges and in Europe they're getting rid of lots of stoplights at intersections and they find there are fewer accidents and traffic moves a little faster because people take care of themselves instead of government saying come to a full stop, people look around and work it out.

GLENN: I will tell you this, that I was sitting at a four way stop the other day and I'm always amazed at how the order just happens. You just know. You're next, then you're next, then you're next. It just happens

STOSSEL: And it should be a four way yield so you don't have to come to a complete stop.

GLENN: Well, you libertarians are crazy.

STOSSEL: And proud of it.

GLENN: What is the closest you came to saying, well, maybe the government should do this?

STOSSEL: Well, I always assumed that fighting wars was a job for government, you didn't want to trust that to a profit seeking enterprise, but, you know, you sort of moved my head about that a bit in that if you have a bunch of private contractors like Black Water doing the work and they do it so much more efficiently and the CEO says that it takes three government workers to replace one Halliburton worker, then maybe they would fight wars better and if we didn't like what they were doing, we could fire them.

GLENN: Right.

STOSSEL: You can't fire the government, but contractors compete.

GLENN: It would be great to be able to say that these guys are private contractors and the war is dragging on, the war is dragging on, and being able to have the President say, we're getting a new contractor, because they'll finish the job. They'll finish the job. And you can also hold them responsible for everything. The problem with government is you can never actually hold these people responsible for anything

STOSSEL: And people would say, oh, are you kidding me? A private for profit company fighting a war? They'll just kill all kinds of civilians, but don't think ahead to the fact that this company wants to be hired again but some other

GLENN: That's exactly right. It's like planes. The really horribly irresponsible companies say, do you know what? We're going to chintz on the repair on this airplane and we've got an airliner, because once one goes down and you've been caught chintzing on it, sure, you lose 200 people, which is a horrible, horrible tragedy, but the company knows you lose 200 people, it's over.

STOSSEL: Exactly.

GLENN: We're all out of business and if we're really doing something wrong, we're all going to jail.

STOSSEL: Or food safety. People think the food doesn't poison us because there are agriculture department inspectors out there, but the truth is, because Purdue or Oscar Mayer know their reputation depends on not poisoning people, they're much more careful than the government inspectors.

GLENN: For instance, Tylenol, the safety cap and everything else, did that come from government or did that come from a private suspect saying, We have to have the safety seal, we have to have the wrap, we have to have the seal on the top of the bottle? Was that a government idea or was that Tylenol realizing we're out of business if we don't solve this?

STOSSEL: They did it on their own. I actually think they overdid it because you can still poison people other ways and they spent all that money----

GLENN: Save that one for another show, ways to poison people besides using what is that? (Laughter.)

All right. Tonight on John Stossel and every Thursday night at 9:00, again at midnight, Fridays at 10:00, Saturdays at 9:00, Sundays at 9:00. I mean, is there another show on this network? Is it just you and the judge now? Geez.

STOSSEL: A little libertarian opening and I like it that FOX Business repeats it.

GLENN: I have to tell you something, I think between you and the judge and you also have Money Rocks now, with

STOSSEL: Eric Bolling.

GLENN: Eric Bolling who is also do you think he's a libertarian?

STOSSEL: I don't know. I haven't paid enough attention.

GLENN: You don't go to the company parties, do you? You don't mingle? You don't play well with others, do you, John?

STOSSEL: Well, he walks around with a baseball bat.

GLENN: (Laughter.) Oh, who doesn't? Okay. John Stossel tonight at 9:00 on the FOX Business network. I'm appearing on it tonight. So, brace yourself. Thanks a lot, John.

STOSSEL: Thank you, Glenn.

Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

Watch the full interview with Douglas Murray below:

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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

Watch the video below to catch the conversation:

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