Glenn Beck: Rush and Fox News




Rush on the Today Show


- Rush talks with Jamie Gangel, Part One


- Rush talks with Jamie Gangel, Part Two

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.

PAT: Okay.

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?

STU: Right.

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.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: He also blazed the trail for Fox News.

PAT: Yeah.

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.

GLENN: Yeah.

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.

On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

"What he's doing is, he's making all all the law-abiding citizens of Virginia into white supremacists," Glenn said.

"Sadly, that's exactly right," Jon replied. "And I think he knows exactly what he's doing."

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com

The Iowa primary is just around the corner, and concerns of election interference from the last presidential election still loom. Back in 2016, The Associated Press found that a majority of U.S. elections systems still use Windows 7 as an operating system, making them highly susceptible to bugs and errors. And last year, a Mississippi voter tried multiple times to vote for the candidate of his choice, but the system continuously switched his vote to the other candidate. It's pretty clear: America's voting systems desperately need an update.

That's where blockchain voting comes in.

Blockchain voting is a record-keeping system that's 100% verifiable and nearly impossible to hack. Blockchain, the newest innovation in cybersecurity, is set to grow into a $20 billion industry by 2025. Its genius is in its decentralized nature, distributing information throughout a network of computers, requiring would-be hackers to infiltrate a much larger system. Infiltrating multiple access points spread across many computers requires a significant amount of computing power, which often costs more than hackers expect to get in return.

Blockchain voting wouldn't allow for many weak spots. For instance, Voatz, arguably the leading mobile voting platform, requires a person to take a picture of their government-issued ID and a picture of themselves before voting (a feature, of course, not present in vote-by-mail, where the only form of identity verification is a handwritten signature, which is easily forgeable). Voters select their choices and hit submit. They then receive an immediate receipt of their choices via email, another security feature not present in vote-by-mail, or even in-person voting. And because the system operates on blockchain technology, it's nearly impossible to tamper with.

Votes are then tabulated, and the election results are published, providing a paper trail, which is a top priority for elections security experts.

The benefits of blockchain voting can't be dismissed. Folks can cast their vote from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc., vastly increasing the number of people who can participate in the electoral process. Two to three-hour lines at polling places, which often deter voters, would become significantly diminished.

Even outside of the voting increase, the upsides are manifold. Thanks to the photo identification requirements, voter fraud—whether real or merely suspected—would be eliminated. The environment would win, too, since we'd no longer be wasting paper on mail-in ballots. Moreover, the financial burden on election offices would be alleviated, because there's decreased staff time spent on the election, saving the taxpayer money.

From Oregon to West Virginia, elections offices have already implemented blockchain voting, and the results have been highly positive. For example, the city of Denver utilized mobile voting for overseas voters in their 2019 municipal elections. The system was secure and free of technical errors, and participants reported that it was very user-friendly. Utah County used the same system for their 2019 primary and general elections. An independent audit revealed that every vote that was cast on the app was counted and counted correctly. These successful test cases are laying the groundwork for even larger expansions of the program in 2020.

With this vital switch, our elections become significantly more secure, accurate, and efficient. But right now, our election infrastructure is a sitting duck for manipulation. Our current lack of election integrity undermines the results of both local and national elections, fans the flames of partisanship, and zaps voter confidence in the democratic system. While there's never a silver bullet or quick fix to those kinds of things, blockchain voting would push us much closer to a solution than anything else.

Chris Harelson is the Executive Director at Prosperity Council and a Young Voices contributor.