Glenn Beck: Sarah Palin on Oprah


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Glenn: Let's start with let's start with Sarah Palin. Shall we? Can we start a little Sarah Palin and Sarah Palin on Oprah yesterday. Who saw it? Did anybody watch it? You saw it. Stu is a little Stu said that the audience was unbelievably, what would you

Pat: Noncommittal.

Stu: Cold. If you've ever watched an Oprah Winfrey program, one of the distinctive characteristics of the program is whenever any woman says anything, they go crazy, like it's the greatest thing they've ever heard.

Glenn: I heard that. I heard that.

Pat: Foot rot.

Glenn: Yeah. So, they are a little mindless in their, you know, praising of people.

Stu: Yeah. They love their Oprah and when Oprah seems to like something, they love what she likes.

Pat: Sure.

Stu: And that's okay. You're a fan of the program. Certainly.

Glenn: Like minded people.

Stu: And I did not get that sense, that the audience was as fond of Sarah Palin than they were of

Glenn: It's Sarah Palin. I said, it's Sarah Palin. She's got foot rot.

Stu: So, it was not many times I kind of expected the audience to really I mean, you know this is obviously they're not talking about deep policy here. This is Oprah. They're talking about her family, children, tough decisions that have been made inside the family with pregnancies and

Glenn: Things they would normally applaud, though.

Stu: Oh. Yeah. This is the stuff this audience is there for and they did not seem to be overly warm to Mrs. Palin.

Glenn: I have not, I have not read Mrs. Palin's book yet and I you know, I wonder, we have an interview scheduled with her and I'm wondering if I just wait on the interview because I've seen her everywhere and you kind of get, you know everybody's doing the same kind of thing right now and it's

Pat: Like chicken man, he's everywhere, he's everywhere. That was just me.

Stu: Is that a reference or

Pat: Yeah.

Stu: It's like Dick Orton.

Glenn: So, she's everywhere and I really want you know, Rush Limbaugh said that this is book is what did he say? the most

Pat: Substantive book, one of the most he's ever read.

Glenn: That's significant.

Pat: Yeah, it's big.

Stu: Obviously I haven't read it yet, either. It came out today, but I don't know. That's not the way they're treating it in the media by any means. But it is not also not surprising they would treat it that way.

Pat: I have thumbed through it and it seems like a lot of very interesting stuff. It seems like a lot of stuff that happened during the campaign, etc., etc., but I only saw one chapter that seemed to be really about policy.

Stu: Well, it could be they're really good policies. It might not necessarily be the biggest policy book of all time but my guess is her policies are probably right. They're probably good policies because that seems to be what she supports, at least from our perspective. So, I would not be surprised at all on that.

Glenn: I saw a little bit of the Oprah thing yesterday. You know, the thing that I think makes her look because I'm trying to think, okay, how is it that she looks stupid?

Pat: I don't know.

Glenn: Well, I do in some ways. She looks stupid in the old interviews that she did and I think it's completely acceptable to be this way, unless you're a national public figure. You look stupid when you don't know who you're dealing with.

Stu: She sort of said that in the interview.

Pat: She did and we have that if you want to hear where Oprah asked her you know, she said, you had kind of a rough time.

Glenn: Yeah. Play this. Play this.

Oprah: Why don't you just name some books or magazines?

Palin: Well, obviously I have all my life read. I'm a lover of books and magazines and newspapers. By the time she asked me that question, even though it was kind of early on in the interview, I was already so annoyed and it was very unprofessional of me to wear that annoyance on my sleeve, but

Oprah: You couldn't think of any at the moment or

Palin: No. I was, like, are you kidding me? It seemed like it was in the contain text of do you need, it seemed like she was asking me how do you stay in touch with the real world? That's how I took the question. So, I kind of well, didn't kind. I did. I rolled my eyes and was annoyed with the question and thought, you know, I think that this is a problem with the state of journalism today is no matter what I say to her, it will probably be twisted, perceived as a bit negative.

Glenn: Okay. Stop for a second. I completely understand that and I don't think anybody who I didn't even understand that a year ago. In the last year, I began to understand who I'm dealing with and who you're dealing with in the media. You don't know what the game is like. When can we talk about what happened last week? Is that a couple of weeks?

Stu: Yeah, a couple of weeks. Still a couple of weeks ago.

Glenn: There's something that happened last week and we'll talk about it in a couple of weeks, but I'm just by something and I can't say anything, that I was so absolutely on guard and I realized halfway through, I could have such a great conversation with this person if we weren't playing gotcha and that's all that's played is gotcha. They're going to ask you this simple question and so when you're in this interview, you don't you can't even imagine. America, you just can't imagine. You're like I am. You trust people. You trust people to be decent because everybody you know is decent. You may not agree with them, but they're decent. They're fair. You would expect journalists to be fire. They're not. They're not. They come into the interview knowing exactly who you are and I'm going to get them. I'm going to be the one that gets them. And so they strategize in their head. I'm going to ask this question first, then I'm going to ask this question, then I'm going to ask this one, because if you ask this one first, if he answers it this way, Oh, oh, when I get to the third question do you know what I mean? So, you have to in your head quickly assess what is the real intent behind this question. Well, you look stupid when you first get into it because you don't know that's the game they're playing because you've never played New York journalist hard ball. It ain't nice. It's not pretty. It is who's a better games man. That's all it is. It's not even about the truth. It's who can destroy whom. Who is going can you, as a presidential candidate, hold that person at bay, can you do this is what Sarah Palin did to David Letterman. She taught the media a lesson. Now, the media's not going to go out and make jokes about her daughter, but that's not the lesson. The lesson was, Really? You think you can get me? Me, personally? I don't think David Letterman's intent was to say that her young daughter was, you know, going out, you know, and having sex at 14. Maybe it was. Maybe it was.

Stu: It's a good argument to be made for that. David Letterman's not really the one to be looking into those kinds of things.

Glenn: It could be, but when I first heard that, I didn't take it, but when I heard Sarah Palin's response, I didn't say good for you. I did this: (Indicating.) Oh, my gosh. Don't mess with that woman, because what she did was she took now, maybe it was honest, but I've become jaded. Maybe it was completely honest that David Letterman meant it that way and she took it that way, but there's an equal, if not greater chance, that David Letterman didn't mean it that way but Sarah Palin had had enough and she wanted to send a message to all of the media, don't screw with me. You think I'm a little hick? Really? Watch how I destroy David Letterman and take this little funny thing that he just did and rub his nose in it. That's what she's done. Now, that's what interviews in New York are all about. If you're a presidential candidate, you've got to show them, don't screw with me. Really? You want ask me that question, Katie? I've got a question for you or I've got a response and maybe that response doesn't ever make it to air. But that response, Katie Couric never forgets. That response she tells her friends, don't screw with him. Don't screw with her. You do it once on the air or you do it like David Letterman, like she did to David Letterman, and you've taught them she's sharp enough cut your throat and you won't even see it coming.

Stu: This is a great point you're making of imagine what the media could be if that wasn't the game.

Glenn: Exactly right. Imagine the truth you could get to if they didn't you know, Al Sharpton said to me one time, the first time I interviewed Al Sharpton, he looked down at my notes and he said, you handwrite your notes out or somebody handwrites your notes? And I said, somebody handwrites my note? No. I handwrote my notes out. And he said, you write your own questions? That was such a bizarre question to me. And I said, yeah. Doesn't everybody? He said, no. They're usually not that curious. Somebody else writes the questions for most hosts, not all. The good ones, they write, but most hosts that are on television, the questions are in the prompter or they're just on a sheet, ask this guest this question. Okay? They already know the response. They already know the questions and the really you know, the people like Katie Couric or Oprah Winfrey, those questions are designed in a committee. They're designed by a group. This is an important interview. There's a group of people saying these are the questions you've got to ask. These are the questions that we think you can ask and you can get this kind of a response. These are the questions that will either destroy this person or put you on the map or in their dream of dreams, both. Put you on the map for destroying this person. So, Sarah Palin looked stupid to a lot of people when she first came out because she had never played that game. I have to tell you, I'm still at the in the learning curve of that game. Just so the media knows, I'm not the guy I was six months ago. Go ahead, brother. Go ahead. I'm not so naive, I don't trust people taking my picture anymore. We just turned down a deal with People magazine. They wanted to do a big spread because they wouldn't let us use our photographer. Well, what we're people magazine. We're going to use our really? I've been burned by a photographer before, one that I looked into her eyes and said, look. I'm willing to make fun of me, I'm willing to do stuff, I'm willing just, please, I'm a human being. I'm a dad. Don't do anything do what you say you're going to do with these pictures. Oh, my gosh. Absolutely. Of course. She lied to my face, looked me in the eye. I talked to her human being to human being, an artist that is supposed to be able to connect with the human soul. Nothing. Dead inside. I don't nobody takes my photo, nobody takes my photo. George Lang is the only guy that will ever take my photo, period. You want a photo of me, talk to George Lang because I can actually be myself, I can be crazy, risky, you know, somber, whatever it is, I can be who I am and I know he will never violate my trust on those pictures. That's, unfortunately, the world you have to live in. Now, second thing that I think makes Sarah Palin look kind of stupid, you know, people will say, oh, she's stupid. It's in a damn Minnesota accent that I know she never lived in Minnesota, that accent drives me crazy.

Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

Watch the video below to hear more from Jason Whitlock:

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

Watch the full interview with Douglas Murray below:



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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

Watch the video below to catch the conversation:

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