Glenn Beck: Olbermann ratings hallucinations

MSNBC's Keith Olbermannn

GLENN: Highest rated show we've ever done was Monday night. We get Tuesday's ratings tonight.

PAT: It was over 3 million people the other night.

GLENN: Yeah, it was like 3.3 million people with both runs. It was 2.8 million, which used to be ‑‑ do you remember when we were over at CNN and Bill O'Reilly would have 2.5 million people watching and we would go, oh, my gosh!

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: That's a huge number. To put it into perspective, the CBS Evening News is about 4 million people, okay? That's network. Now, Bill just beat CBS Evening News the other night. I think he's beat them now twice. The mainstream media is becoming just totally irrelevant.

To put this into perspective, our 5:00 number, our 5:00 number of 2.8 and a total of 3.3 million people, 2.8 ‑‑ if you look at our number, 2.8, if you take Keith Olbermann ‑‑ in fact, do the math on this one, Stu. Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, and ‑‑

PAT: Chris Matthews.

GLENN: ‑‑ Chris Matthews, and you combine them, we still beat them.

PAT: By about 300,000. It's astounding. Except for, I don't know how you are making this, Glenn.

GLENN: Why is that?

PAT: Because I mean, I hate to ‑‑ I intrude with the facts here. May I? May I just intrude with the facts?

GLENN: I just realized where you were going. Yes, go ahead. And intrude with the facts from Keith Olbermann.

PAT: Thank you.

OLBERMANN: I hate to intrude with the facts but ours is the highest rated cable news program viewers 35 and younger and the highest rated cable news program for all viewers not on Fixed News. And since Fixed News is now migrating to ‑‑

GLENN: Stop, stop. I hate to intrude on the facts, but ‑‑

PAT: On those 35 years old who walk with a limp and are midgets.

GLENN: And if we exclude Fox News. That's like I'm the richest man in America if I exclude everyone who's richer than I am.

STU: That's like Dennis Kucinich is the president except for all the other candidates. That is fantastic.

GLENN: Dennis Kucinich is the sexiest man alive... to people who have no eyes or hands.

PAT: The Toledo mud hens are the best baseball team in the world... except for everybody above them in AAA and Major League Baseball. Other than that they are world series champions.

GLENN: I hate to intrude with the facts.

STU: That quote is a reference point for everything Keith Olbermann says.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: Every time he says something, you can be sure that it's coming through that frame of reference. It's that accurate. He's come up with some bizarre justification how he can say it on the air and not get sued. But it's about that truthful.

GLENN: Unbelievable. Well, he dismisses. He goes on, if I'm not mistaken. Do you have the part where he dismisses Fox because he says ‑‑

STU: Yes.

GLENN: ‑‑ all we do is tell lies?

OLBERMANN: The tinfoil hatters, conspiracy theorists, paranoids and racists, it is not a news organization making this show the highest cable news program, period.

PAT: Can you believe he had the unmitigated gall?

STU: (Laughing).

PAT: MSNBC, who is just ‑‑

GLENN: An organ.

PAT: ‑‑ the menial wing, an organ of the White House, they have the unmitigated gall to level that claim at Fox. That's unbelievable.

GLENN: That we're only broadcasting now ‑‑ listen to that ‑‑ we're only broadcasting to tinfoil hat people. Did he call, did he say terrorists? Play it again.

OLBERMANN: I hate to intrude with the facts but ours is the highest cable news program viewers 35 and younger and the highest rated cable not on Fixed News and since Fixed News has now migrated completely over to serving propaganda, tinfoil hatters, conspiracy theorists, paranoids and racists ‑‑

GLENN: Stop. Paranoids, conspiracy theorists, racists and tinfoil hats, that's who you are. Now, when he says propaganda, propaganda is State‑Controlled Media.

PAT: That's right.

GLENN: I don't know how many lines you need to cross before you get to State‑Controlled Media. Does Barack Obama need to sign the check for Keith Olbermann before we can look at MSNBC and NBC News as State‑Controlled Media?

A town in Sweden is under fire after denying requests to ring church bells in the 1990s and the 2000s but recently approving a mosque's request to conduct a weekly Islamic call to prayer.

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Authorities in the town of Vaxjo in southern Sweden have given the local mosque a one-year permit to recite the call to prayer every Friday for about four minutes. But Fr. Ingvar Fogelqvist of St. Michael's, the local Catholic church located about a mile from the mosque, says similar requests to ring church bells were denied.

On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this story and favorable bias toward the Muslim faith. The issue isn't that the Islamic call to prayer is allowed; it's that all religions are not being treated equally.

Somebody might want to check the temperature in hell, it might be just a tad chillier than normal.

If you missed Friday's episode of The Glenn Beck Program, you missed something you probably never thought you'd see in this timeline or any other. Glenn actually donned President Trump's trademark red "Make America Great Again" hat and laid out the case for why he thinks Trump will win in a landslide in 2020.

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Bottom line: Nancy Pelosi and the mainstream media may have pushed Glenn to this point, but believe it or not, Trump's record will make this next election a walk in the park for number 45. At this point, the sitting president has done enough to earn even Glenn's vote.

Glenn broke down what he thought were the 10 biggest campaign promises that — unlike those made by most politicians — Trump actually kept.

10. Impose a 10% repatriation tax to bring jobs back to America

Not all of Trump's promises were good ones, but regardless of what the consequences may be — he did keep this one.

"Now, I think this one is dangerous," Glenn said on radio Friday. "He did it. Ten percent. Bring all of your money back into the United States. It will create jobs. Yes. It will also create inflation. But it's creating jobs."

9. Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

This has been one of Trump's most passionate issues.

"The stop the TPP. Uh-huh. Right. Sure you are. Uh-huh. Yes. He did," Glenn admitted.

8. Withdraw from the disastrous Paris Climate Accord

Glenn found himself eating crow on this.

"I'm on record saying he will never do that because his daughter is a huge global warming person and he only listens to the family. Eh. Wrong," Glenn said with a puff of crow feathers coming from his mouth.

7. Bring North Korea to the table and rein them in

This looked impossible. Not so.

"'I'm going to bring North Korea to the table.' Are you? Everybody has tried to do that," Glenn said. "Now, they're at the table. We don't know what's going to happen. So the result of that is unknown. But has anybody else done that?"

6. Stop over-regulation and jump-start the economy

It's the economy, stupid.

"Does anybody feel like America is beginning to get on track somewhat economically? You know why? Because he fulfilled another promise," Glenn said. "Stop over-regulating the American people. Give them their money. Give the companies the opportunity to expand and bring their money back into the country, and maybe they'll build buildings. Maybe they'll build offices. Maybe they'll build new products. Maybe they'll build new factories. Maybe they'll hire a bunch of people."

Glenn went on.

"Now, I know Seattle is trying to do everything they can to make sure everybody in their city is homeless and unemployed, but the rest of the country is enjoying the feeling of, wow, maybe things are going to be okay."

5. Reverse Obama's executive orders

If you're like Glenn, you've gotten used to politicians promising "no new taxes," but you can really tell they're lying if their lips are moving. Guess what? That's apparently not Trump.

"The executive orders? Yeah. He's reversed a lot of Obama's executive orders," Glenn said. "These are outrageous promises."

4. Pull out of the Iran nuclear deal

No big deal...

"'I'm going to cancel the Iran Deal.' Yep. None of these are small. You know, I've got maybe ten minutes. I think we can get that done in the first term. And they did," Glenn said.

3. Give tax cuts to middle-class Americans

Maybe this could have been better, but we'll take it.

"I don't like the tax cut. I think he could go a lot further," Glenn said. "But that's not even his job. His job is to sign things that Congress puts in front of him. Not to design it. You Republicans in Congress, you disgust me. You disgust me. 'Imagine what we could do if we had the House and the Senate and the White House.' I can imagine what you'll do — nothing. You'll do nothing."

2. Change strategy and defeat ISIS

The mainstream media have been radio silent on this.

"How about the president's — well, I know I can defeat ISIS. I know I can do it. I'll defeat ISIS. He did," Glenn said. "And did you notice no one in the press even talked about it? All of a sudden, we're not talking about ISIS anymore. How come? Oh, I know. President Trump. That's why."

1. Recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy

This one is a true game-changer.

"Now, every president will say to you, when he's running, 'I'm going to make Jerusalem the home.' Well, really? The home of the embassy. Really, are you? Because everybody says that, nobody does it. He did it," Glenn said. "And I think that's going to go down as the biggest game-changer possibly in my lifetime. This is going — it already is — it is changing the game in Iran."

Glenn continued.

"And when it does, this president is going to come out and say something directly to those people, that we support them," he said. "And that's going to add fuel to the fire. And you might see a regime change and a collapse of the Islamic regime in Iran. And it will be 100 percent Donald Trump that made that responsible. One hundred percent. You're going to see changes because of this. He kept that promise. A promise I said, he's not going to do that. Nobody is going to do that. He did."

One chapter of ISIS has ended, but another may be starting


For the most part, ISIS has fallen in Syria and Iraq. But before we celebrate the demise of this awful terrorist group, before we let our guard down, we should zoom out a bit, because ISIS is spreading. ISIS has largely just scattered out of the region as if someone turned on the kitchen lights and they scrambled.

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The Wall Street Journal spoke with Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Nanyang University in Singapore. “Although Islamic State's ideology has suffered, it still has a huge potential," he told them. “Islamic State has entered a phase of global expansion, very much the same way al Qaeda extended globally in late 2001."

ISIS has spread into West Africa, and throughout much of Southeast Asia, and, as is typical of ISIS, they have done it violently, with a sick venom.

The world is their potential rubble, and their fight is endless.

Again, from the Wall Street Journal: “One chapter of ISIS has finished and another is beginning," said Hassan Hassan, a specialist on Islamic State at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington. “Their resurgence is coming sooner than expected."

The world is their potential rubble, and their fight is endless.

'The Handmaid's Tale' got it right, just with the wrong religion

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Just in case The Handmaid's Tale's heavy-handed message wasn't already heavy-handed enough, a recent episode made it clear there's always room for further hysteria. Particularly, in relation to depictions of a “patriarchal society" run by Christian doctrine and determined by men — oh those dastardly men.

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The show appropriates Margaret Atwood of the same name, depicting a totalitarian society led by Christian doctrine in which women's bodies are controlled, and they have no rights. The story sounds familiar, but not in the same way Atwood and the show's creators have so smugly assumed.

Just as tone-deaf as 4th wave feminism itself, and tone-deaf in all the exact same places. Most notably, the show's heavy-handed indignation toward Christianity. Toward the patriarchy. Toward conservatives and traditional values. And just like 4th wave feminism, the show completely overlooks the irony at play. Because there is a part of the world where women and children are being raped and mutilated. In fact, in this very real place, the women or girls are often imprisoned, even executed, for being raped, and they are mutilated in unspeakable ways.

Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life.

There is a place, a very real place, where women are forced to cover their entire bodies with giant tarp-like blankets, which is all the more brutal given the endless heat of this place. There is a place where women literally have one-third of the rights of men, a place where women are legally, socially and culturally worth less than men.

They cannot drive cars. They cannot be outside alone. They cannot divorce, they cannot even choose who they marry and often, they are forcibly married at a young age.

They are raped. A lot. Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life. This is the life of tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of women. And, I'll tell you, their religion isn't Christianity.