Glenn Beck: Remembering Russert


NBC insiders seen as possible successors to Russert

GLENN: Tim Russert was one of a kind and I know you have heard from everybody and his brother in the last few days about Tim Russert and I'm not going to go on and on about him.  I didn't know the man.  I knew him like you did.  I knew him as a viewer.  That's it.  Didn't know him as a viewer, you know, in the last eight years because I started going to church eight years ago and missed him.  I will tell you that every time I saw this guy on television, I liked him.  I know that he was a liberal, but I could never really tell where his policies were.  I could never tell if he was -- he never had an agenda.  He was one of a kind or the last of a dying breed or a dead breed of those journalists that were fair.  He pissed me off so badly every time he would have my guy on.  He would ask these questions and he would keep going and going and going and going, and your head would explode.  And you'd be like, you've got to be kidding me.  And then they would go to a commercial break and they would have the other side on, and I would cheer because he kept going and going and going and going.  And it was like the third time that I ever saw Tim Russert that I thought, holy cow, I cheer as much as I jeer with him.  He really asked the tough questions on both sides.  That doesn't happen anymore.  That's the way journalists are supposed to be, but I don't think they are.  That's the way.

I mean, look at the difference between the way the media is treating Barack Obama and the way Tim Russert treats everybody.  MSNBC is in full-fledged love affair with Barack Obama, where you hear the reporters say chills went down their legs.  That made a chill go up my spine when I heard that.  Right across the street is the GE building, 30 Rock, NBC, they have moved MSNBC into the same building with NBC.  Tim Russert was one of the guys who was fighting that.  Tim Russert said, I've worked too long in my career to have you pair me with Keith Olbermann; that's not journalism, that's not fair and balanced.  He was one of a dying breed.  I have no idea who they would possibly replace that guy with.

You know, we all work in jobs that, it will go on.  You know, I die tomorrow and it will go on.  Somebody will replace me.  But I have to tell you I honestly don't know who you would replace Tim Russert with.  I haven't heard a soul that could fill his shoes.  I don't think I've ever seen anyone in journalism that I feel the way I do about Tim Russert.  Hopefully NBC gets it.  Hopefully some of Tim Russert's relative dying words about, what are you doing over at NBC will be heeded now.  The reports that I have read about what Tim Russert said about the move to the radical left of NBC.  And look, you want to do that but just make sure that it's known as commentary.  Journalists like that just don't exist.  Tim Russert, you made a difference.

And you know what?  I heard a lot of people who say, I never watched it because I was in church and now that I've seen all the things, I feel like I've missed something.  You did.  We all did.  And we'll really know what we had now that he's gone.

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.