Rush on the Today Show
GLENN: From high above Times Square, this is the third most listened to show in all of America. Hello, you sick twisted freak. My name is Glenn Beck. I am so very glad that you're here today. There's just a few things on my mind that I'd like to share with you. Oh, where to begin, where to begin. Well, first of all, I saw on NBC today the one, the only Mr. Rush Limbaugh and then I heard the comments of those that work at the NBC networks that talked about how Rush Limbaugh, they've never seen anything quite like him, they've he was, I believe they used the words disgusting. They said that he was arrogant, and I want to play a little bit here of Rush Limbaugh, because they pointed this particular point out, and I would like to send a message to Rush Limbaugh on this statement. Go ahead. Listen.
VOICE: Glenn Beck, do you worry about the new guy on the block?
RUSH: No. 1988 I'm the only national conservative voice. Now look at conservative media. Look what I have spawned. Glenn Beck to me is right on, Daddy O. Glenn Beck is a result of my success.
GLENN: Now, NBC Today went on and said the arrogance that he has for saying that I am a result of his success. Well, I have to tell you something. I disagree with Mr. Limbaugh. I believe Mr. Limbaugh has misstated this, and I would like to clarify. I don't believe that he went far enough. I don't believe that Rush Limbaugh, that I just owe my success to Rush Limbaugh. I believe I owe my country to Rush Limbaugh. How's that? I think if it wasn't for Rush Limbaugh back in the Eighties, if somebody wouldn't have taken the bull by the horns and started saying the things that people were thinking but would not say, I don't think we'd have a country left today.
PAT: Yeah. By a it goes without saying that Rush is responsible
GLENN: Then you shouldn't say it.
GLENN: I'm just saying.
STU: Yeah, you could say
GLENN: If it goes without saying, then why say it.
PAT: You are right, no. No.
STU: It's one of those things that you could certainly point you out as an individual person but I mean, there is another guy who pointed out that Rush Limbaugh saved AM radio and it was you. In Time magazine. Didn't you say in Time magazine that
GLENN: Oh, yeah, that he was one of the 100 most influential people?
GLENN: Time magazine.
PAT: And that's what I was going to say, it goes without saying, and you've already said it. So
GLENN: Well, he said it, but he didn't say that it goes without saying.
PAT: Oh, okay.
GLENN: I mean, if it goes without saying, they don't say it. But he felt it needed to be said.
PAT: So the entire AM band. He also, you know, talk radio, there's no question that he's responsible, he blazed the trail. There's no question.
GLENN: No, no, no, no, no. No. He didn't just blaze the trail.
PAT: No, I know.
GLENN: He blazed the trail for talk radio.
GLENN: He also blazed the trail for Fox News.
GLENN: And I believe, I truly believe if we didn't have, with all the things that are going on right now, and you have the White House now targeting this program and Fox News. Let me tell you something. You haven't lived until you find out that there is someone assigned to listen and watch your program to get em. And that person that's assigned is, I don't know where the office is. I think in the basement of the White House. When the White House, the most powerful office in the world, says "Get him," that's pretty intense. That's pretty intense. Imagine if it wasn't for Fox News. Imagine if it wasn't for talk radio today. We wouldn't have lasted this long. I contend and I said this the other day when Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize which, hmmm. When he won the Nobel Peace Prize, the prize should have gone to the 9/12ers and to the tea party people. That's who it should have gone to. Because this, all of the things that they thought they were going to get done this summer and just railroad the American people, it is only because you went to a town hall meeting. It's only because you stood up in the mall. It's only because you stood up to them every step of the way and said, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Had you not had Fox News telling you the truth, if you had not listened to talk radio telling you the truth and you, not being a zombie or a robot but being a logical individual sensing something in your gut, how would you have begun to connect? If it wasn't for the Internet now, you wouldn't be able to do it. Why do you think this administration wants to shut down Fox News? Why do you think they want to shut down talk radio? And why do you think they're going for this net neutrality bullcrap that is going to shut down the Internet? Why do you think they're going for all of that? Because they know they must silence people. Because if they can keep you apart from people, if they can disenfranchise you to the point to where you're like, "Well, I don't want to stand with those people," why do you think they call us racist? Why do you think they call us hate mongers? Why do you think they call us terrorists?
Oh, by the way. I've got two deep throats now, I have two, one of which I haven't even met, nor will I. I mean, it is really like the parking lot thing to where there's just like drop points. I have another one that just kind of came to the fold here in the last couple of days that is remarkable, that has begun to open he has begun to open up my eyes on exactly why they're doing some of the things that they're doing, exactly why they need to keep you quiet.
You know, when CNN had an interview with Anita Dunn, the White House what is she, the White House
PAT: Communications director.
GLENN: communications director. And she said do you have the audio? And she said this over the weekend.
DUNN: If you were a Fox News viewer in the fall election, what you would have seen would have been that the biggest stories and biggest threats facing America were a guy named Bill Ayers and something called ACORN. I mean, the reality of it is that Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party. And it's not ideological. I mean, obviously there are many commentators who are conservative, liberal centrist, and everybody understands that. What I think is fair to say about Fox and certainly the way we view it is really that it is more a wing of the Republican Party.
PAT: It's fair to say that? It's fair?
GLENN: That's fair to say that? That's fair?
PAT: Yeah. They don't say anything about MSNBC, which is an absolute arm. It's part of the White House. It's part of this administration.
GLENN: Yeah. You don't say anything about that, but it's fair to say that. When you've got a guy on Fox News who in fact, you've got Napolitano as well, who are libertarians. The guy, one of the main guys on Fox now is now saying over and over again, "Get away from the Republicans." How's that helping the Republicans exactly? I'm not sure. How is that part of their you know what that is? That's the elephant thinking, "If we tell..." it's reverse psychology: "If we tell them don't vote for the Republicans, maybe they will."
STU: Now, see, this is typical Republican comments is you can't even figure out what party you're supposed to tell people to vote for.
STU: See, your Republican arm, competency
GLENN: Here's the thing. They say we're the research arm for the well, I guess if your opponents are using actual corruption, if they're using evidence of corruption against you, well, yeah, that would be like Jimmy Carter and saying, "The Washington Post was just in the bag for Jimmy Carter. It's the only reason why they dug up that whole Watergate mess." No, they dug it up because it was corruption. That's why. It was a news story. The biggest news story in the history of our country, because I believe our country is in deep trouble. I believe our Constitution is on the verge of destruction. We are at the threshold of fundamental transformation. We're here. It is the biggest story since possibly the Civil War, and it is probably the biggest story even beyond the Civil War because the Civil War, everybody was in the open on it. Everybody was either pro slavery, antislavery. It was open. This one has been hidden for so long. There are so many people involved in corruption. The corruption and the stealing of our country is so gigantic. Everybody knows it but no one will say it. That when this thing is exposed, it's going to pull everybody down. It is going to pull these news organizations down. These news organizations don't have any idea what they're in bed with right now.
You know, let me speak to the good journalists out there because I believe there are few. Those journalists who are at NBC or ABC or CBS or CNN, I know decent journalists over at CNN. Ask yourself this question: When they're done with Fox and you decide to speak out on something, the old, "First they came for the Jews and I wasn't Jewish." When you have a question and you believe that something should be asked, they're, A, totally fine with you right now. They have no problem with you. When they're done with Fox and talk radio, do you really think they're going to leave you alone if you want to ask a tough question? Do you really think that a man who has never had to stand against tough questions and has as much power as he does, do you really believe, after he takes out the number one news network, do you really think that this man is then not going to turn on you, that you, in your little organization, is going to cause him any hesitation at all not to take you out? If you believe that, you should open up a history book because you've missed the point of many brutal dictators. You missed the point on how they always start. In fact, you don't even have to go to the history book. Just you know what? Go down with Oliver Stone or Sean Penn and go visit Chavez. There are actually people in Venezuela that think that people that remain speaking out against him should be in prison or executed. Oh, but that's a Democratic republic, don't forget. So the great news is I think they are losing so horribly. They are losing so badly. This is a sign of a desperate administration. This has never been done before, never. Never. This is everything the left has always hated about Richard Nixon, and we all know how Richard Nixon ended. Now, this is an enemies list. This is a spoken enemies list. You can say whatever you want about me, that you don't like my opinion, etc., etc., but don't screw with the facts. If you want to go ahead and tell me how Van Jones was not an communist, you go ahead and do that. If you want to tell me and explain how Mark Lloyd doesn't extoll the virtuous of Hugo Chavez and Venezuela, you go ahead and do that. If you want to show me that SEIU is not directly influencing your policy, you go ahead and do that. If you want to tell me that the former, the former founder, the co founder of the Weather Underground, Jeff Jones, is not the head of the Apollo Project here in New York, the Apollo Project that Harry Reid said wrote the stimulus bill, you go ahead and do that. But I haven't had those, I haven't had those answers. I haven't had see, the White House won't ever correct. What they'll say is, well, this is just a smear campaign. I looked it up. Isn't it weird that that's exactly what the Nixon administration said about everybody at the Washington Post: "It's a smear campaign, it's nothing but a smear by association. All they're trying to do is link us with people that are bad people. That's all this is." Really? Is that all this is? Is that all that was? You go ahead and answer those questions and we can talk. It's weird how you'll sit down at the table and you'll talk to Hugo Chavez. You'll even get a book. Mr. President, can we have lunch together? I'll sit across the room and let me just hand you my book. Could I do that? Would you ever allow me to be in a room with you and my book that I could come over and hand your book and you'll hold it up and go, "I'll read anything," would you allow me to do that? I don't think so. You'll sit down with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but you will not sit down with Chris Wallace? You're saying Chris Wallace is less reasonable than the guy who says the Jews will be run into the sea? I'm sorry. I'm having a hard time getting my arms around that one. They can't answer the questions. They can only smear.
You'll notice that the things that are now being circulated about me are things from my past, they're things that I fully admit to, most of them. I've told you a long time ago I'm a dirt bag I was a dirt bag. I'm a recovering dirt bag. I'm a dirt bag in recovery. I am what you call human, and I try to be better every single day. I don't always succeed. But see, what they're trying to do is destroy the individual. I'm not trying to destroy the individual. I'm just trying to get an answer out of the individual. What is it you believe? Because they hide what they really believe. What they really believe is in Marxism. They do not believe in a Democratic republic like our founders did. They believe in a Democratic republic like Hugo Chavez does. And that's the difference. And if you want to have that argument, if you want to say, "Hey, I believe we should go the Hugo Chavez way, I believe we should nationalize these things, I believe we should have healthcare that is run by the government. Because that's what they believe! Then make the case and join me, as George Washington said, on the battlefield of ideas. But they won't. Why? Because they know you're against it. Not just talk radio listeners, not just Fox which, by the way, I think we're two times the ratings of all of the other networks combined. You don't want to have those people. Those people that watch those shows or listen to these shows, they're crazy. No. No, we're not.