Glenn Beck: Senator voices support for 'Fairness' doctrine return




Democrat Senator Jeff Bingaman wants the Fairness Doctrine back

GLENN: Now, you don't think that freedom of speech is on the run? I want you to listen to this interview with a senator out of New Mexico. Listen carefully to what the senator is saying here.

VOICE: Talk radio listeners are concerned about the Fairness Doctrine. Do you think there will be a push to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine?

SENATOR BINGAMAN: I don't know. I certainly hope so. My own view is --

VOICE: Do you support it?

SENATOR BINGAMAN: I think --

VOICE: I mean, you would want this radio station to have to change?

SENATOR BINGAMAN: I would. I would want this station and all stations to have to present a balanced perspective and different points of view instead of always hammering away at one side of the political --

VOICE: I mean, do you -- I mean, in this market, for instance, you've got KKOB, in you want liberal talk, you got Air America in this market, you got NPR. If you have satellite radio, there's a lefty talk station and a righty talk station. I mean, do you think there are people who aren't able to find a viewpoint that is in sync with what they believe?

SENATOR BINGAMAN: Well, I guess my thought is that radio and media generally should have a higher calling than just reflect a particular point of view. I think they should use their authority to try to -- and their broadcast power to present an informed discussion of public issues. You know, KKOB used to live under the Fairness Doctrine. Every broadcast outlet --

VOICE: Yeah, we played music, I believe.

SENATOR BINGAMAN: Yeah, but there was a lot of talk, also. Used to be --

GLENN: I can't take it. I can't take it. This is Senator Jeff Bingaman. He's from New Mexico. Surprise, surprise, he's a Democrat. Let me ask you, do you think if Air America would have been successful, they would have been talking about this? No. No, they would have reclassified right talk stations as hate speech and they would have still tried to drive right talks. Nobody would have been talking about balancing Air America. They wouldn't have done it. They are not interested in free speech. Go back to what Al Gore has been telling us for the last five years. The discussion is over! If you believe that global warming is not happening, you are a Holocaust denier. They don't believe in free speech! "Well, I believe that we used to have the Fairness Doctrine. We all lived under that." Well, we also used to have slavery and we lived under that. Oh, well, we also used to be segregated and we all lived under that. Times change. Times change. I'm passionate about this because this is my job, but you know what? Honestly, I have stopped looking at my job as my job about a year and a half ago. It's not my job. It's my passion. I love this. But also I see this profession, not necessarily me but this profession, this outlet, these radio stations as quite possibly the last string of our Constitution, the last thread of our Constitution. If you can't get here, if you can't get it on the Internet, you ain't gonna get it, gang. They have got to silence the voices. They have got to silence the dissent. They have got to -- you look at the listeners of talk radio. You look at the people and then you look at the average person. The average person isn't informed. If they can keep you uninformed, they got you in slavery. How do I know that? What was punishable by death back before the Civil War? What was a crime? A crime was teaching a slave to read. You didn't educate slaves, and that's what talk radio does in many ways. It informs, it entertains, and it educates.

I was in radio. I've been in radio for over 30 years. I didn't care about the Fairness Doctrine for years and years and years because as the Senator Jeff Bingaman pointed out, "Well, I think we lived under it, this station, lived under the Fairness Doctrine." Yeah, we played music. We played music.

You know, I don't know how many people really know this, but Rush Limbaugh saved the AM dial, and I know it because I got into FM in 1981, maybe 1980. I got into FM radio. FM radio was brand-new. I remember growing up in Seattle and listening and KYYX came on the radio and everybody started listening to the FM and then shortly after that, a new station came on. It was called the Northwest New 93 FM. That's the first station that I first worked in the major market. I was 15 years old, couldn't even drive and worked at 93 FM, KUBE. That's the station that changed, in Seattle that's the station that changed people from the AM band to the FM. People were listening to KJR at the time, they were listening to King. They were AM stations. The FM came on and blew those stations out of the water because nobody wanted to listen to an AM radio station for music. It was over. The days of the AM were over.

I remember standing in an engineering office. This is back in the late Eighties, mid-Eighties, and we had an AM station. I was on the FM. The AM was a piece of garbage. The AM, we had two AMs. One of them actually sold to the company for $1. $1. Nobody was listening. And I remember standing in the engineering office and they said, "Yeah, well, we're thinking about going AM Stereo." I said, "AM Stereo, what's it going to sound like?" They said, "It's the AM band except it's in stereo." I said, oh, so you could lose it under the bridge and it would be all staticy but you'd get two channels of that? Whoa. It was ridiculous.

Here in my office I've got an AM stereo radio made by Sony. It's a collector's item. It was AM stereo was the way to try to do something to save the value of these radio stations. Well, while everybody was talking about AM stereo and people were starting to build AM stereo transmitters and turning their radio stations to AM stereo, which you can't pick up, a guy in Sacramento decided to do radio just the way he wanted to do radio. His name was Rush Limbaugh. He was a success. At the time satellites weren't even important. Satellite time, who was using satellite time? There was no real network radio. There were no shows broadcast on radio. At the same time Rush was doing his thing in Sacramento, another guy was let go by ABC Radio, and he negotiated a deal and he said, "Hey, I'm leaving and, you know, you owe me all this, why don't you just pay me in satellite time." And ABC Radio went... okay, sure, we'll pay you in satellite time. So he had all these hours and hours and endless hours of satellite time. All he needed to do was find something to do with it. He heard about this guy in Sacramento; called him up: "Hey, I tell you what, why don't we put your show on a satellite." They did. It was the Rush Limbaugh Show. Because that voice had not been heard, no one, no one will ever beat Rush Limbaugh, no one. Sean Hannity and I, we could battle it out for the number two spot forever. I mean, it's not much of a battle right now, but we could battle it out forever. We're never gonna battle it really with Rush Limbaugh. Why? Because he has almost every AM station in America. He is on in every market in America. He's sometimes up near 600 stations. You can't do that anymore. You just can't do that anymore. He was the Coca-Cola. He is the Coca-Cola of this industry. Why? Because when he went on the air, his stations had a zero rating and they would rocket to number one. Why would they rocket to number one? Because he was different.

Why do you always hear people say, "Oh, yeah, well, he's just a Rush wannabe." Well, why would you want to be Rush Limbaugh? I mean besides the $35 million a year and the jet and everything else, but why would you want to be Rush Limbaugh? You wanted to be Rush Limbaugh because he was successful. It's the Lemmings things. It's the same. It's happening with the market right now: One person goes in and then they're successful, they pull their money out and they've saved themselves and then everybody else is like, "Yeah, we've got to do with that guy did." Because he was so wildly successful and he saved the AM band, there was no other programming like it and so stations all across the country said, "Can you do that? You get on. You do things like that." He changed the AM band.

If you add the Fairness Doctrine in, these radio stations will go out of business. They won't be able to have the ratings. I've seen it happen. Clear Channel, for all of the horrible things that people say about Clear Channel, oh, they're just bad with the Bush administration. Do you know who partially funded Air America? Do you know who went on and put more Air America stations on than any other company? Clear Channel. Clear Channel. They saw the same thing that we've been talking about on this program for quite a while. We're dividing ourselves. We've got to unite. And you know what? It doesn't hurt the AM band. The real theory was it doesn't hurt the AM band if you can bring the other half of the population to the AM band. Why do you come to the AM band? You come for talk radio and you come for news radio. That's why. You come for these two things. "Well, didn't we used to have the Fairness Doctrine?" "We played music at the time." "But I remember there was an awful lot of talk, too." Yeah, you know what it was? "95 KJR. Good morning, it's Charlie Brown." That's what it was. That's what it was. It wasn't this. We've never had this. And these people are going to try to snuff out your voice.

Glenn Beck: Adam Schiff is a LIAR — and we have the proof

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On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck didn't hold back when discussing the latest in a long list of lies issued by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during the Democrats' ongoing endeavor to remove President Donald Trump from office.

"I'm going to just come out and say, Adam Schiff is a liar. And he intentionally lied. And we have the proof. The media being his little lapdog, but I'll explain what's really going on, and call the man a liar to his face," Glenn asserted. "No, I'm not suggesting he's a liar. No, I'm telling you, he's a liar. ... Adam Schiff is a lying dirtbag."

A recent report in Politico claimed Schiff "mischaracterized" the content of a document sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) as evidence against President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Read more on this here.

"Let me translate [for Politico]," Glenn said. "House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff lied about a text message exchange between two players in the Ukrainian saga. And we know it, because of the documents that were obtained by Politico."

A few of the other lies on Schiff's list include his repeated false claims that there was "significant evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election, his phony version of President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine, and his retracted claim that neither he nor his committee ever had contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower. And the list just keeps getting longer.

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On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed recent reports that former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, wasn't the only family member to capitalize on his connections to land an unbelievably lucrative job even though he lacked qualifications or experience.

According to Peter Schweizer's new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite," Joe Biden's younger brother, Frank, enjoyed the benefit of $54 million in taxpayer loans during the Obama administration to try his hand at an international development venture.

A lawyer by training, Frank Biden teamed up with a developer named Craig Williamson to build a sprawling luxury resort in Costa Rica, which claimed to be on a mission to preserve the country's forests but actually resulted in the decimation of thousands of acres of wilderness.

The then-vice president's brother also reportedly earned hundreds of thousands of dollars as the front man of a for-profit charter school company called Mavericks in Education.

The charter schools, which focused on helping at-risk teens, eventually failed after allegations of mismanagement and a series of lawsuits derailed the dubious business venture.

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Ryan: Bernie at the disco

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Saturday at El Malecón, we waited for the Democratic socialist. He had the wild white hair like a monk and the thick glasses and the booming voice full of hacks and no niceties.

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The venue had been redecorated since we visited a few nights before when we chatted with Castro. It didn't even feel like the same place. No bouncy castle this time.

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A black curtain blocked the stage, giving the room a much-needed depth.

Behind the podium, two rows of mostly young people, all holding Bernie signs, all so diverse and picturesque and strategic.

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Lots of empty seats. Poor showing of Bernie fans for a Saturday afternoon. At one point, someone from Bernie's staff offered us seats in the audience, as if eager to fill up those seats however possible.

There were about 75 people in the dancehall, a place built for reunions and weddings and all those other festivities. But for a few hours on Saturday, August 10, 2019, it turned serious and wild for "Unidos Con Bernie."

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People had been murmuring about Sanders' speech from the night before at Wing Ding. By all appearances, he had developed a raving lust to overthrow Trump. He had even promised, with his wife just out of view, that, were he elected, he'd end white nationalism in America. For good.

El Malecón lacked its previous air of celebration. It had undertaken a brooding yet defiant spirit. Media were sparse. Four cameras faced the podium. Three photographers, one of whom had been at nearly all the same events as us. A few of the staffers frowned at an empty row of chairs, because there weren't that many chairs to begin with.

At the entrance, Bernie staff handed out headsets that translated English to Spanish or Spanish to English, depending on who the speaker was. The translators stood behind the bar, 20 feet from the podium, and spoke into a lip-ribbon microphone.

Bernie's staff was probably the coolest, by far. As in, they looked cool and acted stylishly. Jeans. Sandals. Careworn blazers. Tattoos. One lad had a black Levi's shirt with lush crimson roses even though he wasn't a cowboy or a ranch-hand. Mustaches. Quirky hats. A plain green sundress. Some of them wore glasses, big clunking frames.

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The outfits were distinctly Bernie. As Bernie as the tie-dyed "BERNIE" shirts for sale outside the club. Or later, at the Hilton, like a Grateful Dead cassette stand.

Immigration was the theme, and everyone in the audience bore some proof of a journey. Because America offers life, freedom, and hope.

Sanders' own father emigrated from Poland to America at 17, a high school dropout who could barely speak English. As a Jew, he'd faced religious persecution.

Within one generation, Bernie Sanders' father contributed to the highest stratum of American society. In one generation, near hopelessness had transformed into Democracy, his son a congressman with a serious chance at the presidency.

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That's the beauty of America. Come here broken and empty and gutted and voiceless. And, within your lifetime, you can mend yourself then become a pillar of society. Then, your son can become the President of the United States of America!

Four people gave speeches before Sanders. They took their time, excited and nervous. They putzed. Because how often do you get to introduce a presidential frontrunner?

All the native English speakers jammed their earpieces when the woman with the kind and dark energy took the stage.

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She mumbled in Spanish and did not look up and said that, when her parents died, she couldn't go home for the funeral. She fought back tears. She swallowed hard to shock herself calm. And the room engulfed each silence between every word.

It felt more like a therapy session than a political rally. A grueling therapy session at that. Was that what drew people to Bernie Sanders, that deep anguish? That brisk hope? Or, rather, the cessation of it, through Sanders? And, of course, the resultant freedom? Was it what gave Sanders a saintlike ability to lead people into the realm of the confessional? Did he have enough strength to lead a revolution?

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While other frontrunners hocked out money for appearances, like the studio lights, Sanders spent money on translators and ear-pieces. The impression I got was that he would gladly speak anywhere. To anyone. He had the transitory energy you can capture in the writings of Gandhi.

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I'm not saying he's right or wrong — I will never make that claim, about any of the candidates, because that's not the point of this, not the point of journalism, amen — what I'm saying is he has the brutal energy of someone who can take the subway after a soiree or rant about life by a tractor or chuck it up with Sarah Silverman, surrounded wherever he goes.

Without the slightest fanfare, Sanders emerged from behind the black curtain. The woman at the podium gasped a little. The room suctioned forward when he entered. In part because he was so nonchalant. And, again. That magnetism to a room when a famous or powerful or charming person enters. Not many people have it. Not many can keep it. Even fewer know how to brace it, to cull it on demand. But several of the candidates did. One or two even had something greater.

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I'll only say that Bernie had it with a bohemian fervor, like he was a monk stranded in a big city that he slowly brings to God.

"We have a President who, for the first time in my lifetime, who is a President who is a racist," he shouted. "Who is a xenophobe and anti-immigrant. Who is a sexist. Who is a religious bigot. And who, is a homophobe. And, what is very disappointing is that, when we have a President, we do not necessarily expect to agree with him, or her, on every issue. But we do believe that one of the obligations is to bring people to-geth-ah. As Americans."

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After listening silently for several minutes, the audience clapped. Their sweet response felt cultish. But, then again, what doesn't feel cultish these days? So this was cultish like memes are cultish, in a striving-to-understand kind of way.

"The essence of our campaign is in fact to bring people together," he said. "Whether they're black, or white, or latino, or Native American, or Asian-American. We understand that we are Americans."

At times, this meant sharing a common humanity. Others, it had a slightly more disruptive feel. Which worked. Sometimes all we want is revolution. To be wild without recourse. To overthrow. To pass through the constraints of each day. To survive. The kind of rowdy stuff that makes for good poetry but destroys credit lines. Sanders radiated with this intensity, like a reclusive philosopher returning to society, from his cave to homes and beds and fences and maybe electricity.

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But, as he says, his revolution would involve healthcare and wages and tuition, not beheadings and purges and starvation.

Seeing the Presidential candidates improvise was amazing. They did it constantly. They would turn any of their beliefs into a universal statement. And Sanders did this without trying. So he avoided doing the unbearably arrogant thing of pretending to speak like a native Guatemalan, and he looked at the group of people, and he mumbled in his cloudy accent:

"My Spanish — is not so good."

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This is the same and the opposite of President Trump's Everyman way of speaking English like an American. Of speaking American.

Often, you know what Sanders will say next. You can feel it. And, anytime this happened, it brought comfort to the room.

Like, it surprised no one when he said that he would reinstate DACA on his first day in office. It still drew applause.

But other times, he expressed wild ideas with poetic clarity. And his conclusions arrived at unusual junctures. Not just in comparison to Republicans. To all of them. Bernie was the Tupac of the 2020 election. And, to him, President Trump was Suge Knight, the evil force behind it all.

"Donald Trump is an idiot," he shouted.

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Everybody loved that. Everybody clapped and whooped and some even whistled like they were outside and not in a linoleum-floor dancehall.

"Go get 'em, Bernie," someone in the back shouted.

This was the only Sanders appearance with no protestors.

"Let me say this about the border," he shouted. And everybody listened to every thunking syllable. He probably could have spoken without a mic. Booming voice. Loud and clear. Huddling into that heavy Vermont slug accent.

They'll say many many things about Bernie. One being, you never had to lean forward to hear him. In person, even more so. He's less frail. More dynamic.

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Despite the shoddiness of the venue, there was a sign language interpreter. Most of the rallies had a designated interpreter.

"If you work 40 hours a week you shouldn't be living in poverty," he shouted, provoking chants and applause from the audience, as if he were talking about them. Maybe he was.

An anecdote about the people at an emergency food shelf blended into the livable wage of $15 an hour. He shifted into his spiel about tuition-free college and pointed at the audience, "You're not doing well," then at the kids behind him, "they are." He craned his head sideways and back. "Do your homework," he told said.

Laughter.

Half of the kids looked like they hadn't eaten in days. Maybe it was their unusual situation, a few feet from Bernie Sanders at a stucco community center.

Before the room could settle, Sanders wove through a plan for how to cancel debt.

Did he have a solution?

Tax Wall Street, he shouted.

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And he made it sound easy. "Uno dos trey," he said. "That's my Spanish for today."

A serious man, he shoved through his speech like a tank hurtling into dense jungle. He avoided many of the typical politician gimmicks. Proof that he did not practice every expression in front of a mirror. That he did not hide his accent. That he did not preen his hair. That he did not smile for a precise amount of time, depending on the audience. That he did not pretend to laugh.

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He laughed when humor overtook him. But it was genuine. With none of the throaty recoil you hear in forced laughter.

"I want everyone to take a deep breath," he said. And a palpable lightness spread through the room, because a deep breath can solve a lot of problems.

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Then he roused some more. "Healthcare is a human right," he shouted. "A human privilege," he shouted. He told them that he lives 50 miles from the Canadian border in Burlington, Vermont, and healthcare works better up north.

Each candidate had a bad word, and Sanders' was "corporate."

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At every speech, he mentioned "corporate media" with the same distrust and unpleasantness that conservatives derive from the term "mainstream media." Another would be "fake news," as popularized by Sanders' sworn enemy. Either way it's the same media. Just different motivations that irk different people.

But the discrepancies varied. Meaning two opposing political movements disliked the same thing, but for opposite reasons.
It sounded odd, Sanders' accusation that the media were against him. The media love Bernie. I can confirm this both anecdotally and judiciously. Yes, okay, in 2016, the media appeared to have sided with Hillary Clinton. As a result, Sanders was publicly humiliated. Because Clinton took a mafioso approach to dealing with opponents, and Sanders was her only roadblock.

Imagine if a major political organization devoted part of each day to agitating your downfall. And then you fail. And who's fault is it?

Sanders wanted to know: those negative ads targeting him, who paid for them?

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Corporations, of course. Corporations that hated radicals like him. And really was he so radical? He listed off the possibilities: Big pharma, insurance companies, oil companies.

Because he had become a revolutionary, to them. To many.

He said it with certainty, although he often didn't have to say it at all. This spirit of rebellion had become his brand. He would lead the wild Americans into a utopia.

But just as quickly, he would attack. Trump, as always, was the target.

He called Trump the worst president in American history.

"The fates are Yuge," he shouted.

The speech ended as informally as it had begun. And Sanders' trance over the audience evaporated, replaced by that suction energy. Everyone rushed closer and closer to the man as Neil Young's "Keep on Rockin in the Free World" blared. Sanders leaned into the podium and said, "If anyone wants to form a line, we can do some selfies."

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It was like meeting Jesus for some of the people.

There he was, at El Malecón. No stage lights, no makeup, no stylist behind the curtain. Just him and his ideas and his erratic hand commotion.

Then a man holding a baby leaned in for a photo. He and Sanders chatted. And, I kid you not, the whole time the baby is staring at Bernie Sanders like he's the image of God, looking right up at him, with this glow, this understanding.

Bernie, if you're reading this, I'd like to suggest that — if this election doesn't work for you — you could be the next Pope.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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