Glenn Beck: Olbermann making a fool of himself


MSNBC's Keith Olbermannn

GLENN: I have just read the review have you read the review of the Christmas Sweater in the Chicago Tribune?

STU: No, I have not.

GLENN: Boy, it's a surprise that things there's two articles in the Chicago Tribune today. It's a surprise that those in Chicago in the media don't like me.

STU: I didn't know what you were going to say and I was stunned.

GLENN: Yeah. I think the guy liked it. He called it tedious. He compared me to Kathy Lee Gifford and Wham! He also said it's a lot like the Pac Man Christmas.

STU: What is the Pac Man Christmas?

GLENN: I don't know. Apparently it was a Christmas special. It says, the performing this is how it ends. Listen to this: The performance is actually a rerun of the performance from last Christmas but when it's over, Beck in a suit now welcomes on stage a handful of fans who found themselves facing their own storms, drugs, cancer, et cetera. You feel yourself slipping away further from Christmas. This guy doesn't understand what Christmas I think he thinks Christmas is about snow and elves and

PAT: Santa, presents, uh huh.

GLENN: Christmas to me is the beginning of redemption. That's why the baby was born, so he could redeem all mankind.

STU: Baby, born, what are you talking about? We're talking about Christmas.

GLENN: No, no, I'm talking about made up stories. Beck's attempts at inspiration calls to mind that all star single for hunger relief. Do they know it's Christmas, and its clueless lament that there won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime. Tears? Of course. So often you start to notice that there isn't much difference between Beck the actor sweating through his shirt and rolling on stage in a fetal position and Beck the commentator, convinced ACORN is the downfall of the United States. That said how often do you hear a line like, "oh, Eddie, it's a Christmas miracle" delivered sincerely. The folks at my screening liked it, and I didn't hate it, either. Oh, it was tedious. Listen to this. I don't even know how to understand this. Oh, it was tedious but it was sincere, in a way only the oblivious or disingenuous can be sincere.

STU: Wait

PAT: That doesn't even make sense. Disingenuousness is by definition insincere.

GLENN: I don't know.

STU: I think that's what it means.

GLENN: I'm not sure which Beck is: Clueless or opportunistic, but he is effusively empathetic.

PAT: Can't you be both clueless and

GLENN: Opportunistic?

PAT: opportunistic?

GLENN: And he does spot redemption in even the weakest attempt at sincerity. After all, isn't that what Christmas is all about? What, a weak attempt at sincerity?

PAT: This is weird.

GLENN: No, I don't oh, Glenn, you are joy, The Christmas Sweater, blah, blah blah, blah blah.

PAT: I would also like to mention, I like Wham! I mean, wake me up before you go go? Don't leave me hangin' on like a yo yo? That's deep.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: It is pretty deep.

GLENN: I think I'm going to have to know that one.

PAT: I think that was a compliment.

STU: By the way, Glenn, are you aware Keith Olbermann was criticizing you about the Christmas Sweater sales, which is interesting because it's, I believe, and we're getting the numbers now. They are not final, but it's the best selling

PAT: Well, he's got those. He's got those numbers.

STU: Well, I'm sure he does.

PAT: You want to hear them?

OLBERMANN: Remember the big Lonesome Roads Beck extravaganza last

GLENN: Lonesome Roads again.

PAT: Lonesome Road, I love that.

GLENN: This is the amazing thing. Lonesome Roads, there are several attacks on me but once you understand what they are, you can categorize them. The Lonesome Roads attack is a movie made by a communist?

PAT: By a communist, yes.

GLENN: By a communist.

PAT: Communist.

GLENN: In the 1940s, I think, Forties or Fifties. A communist film on a guy who seemed sincere on television.

PAT: It was total cynicism.

GLENN: But it was totally false. He was only in it for the money, okay?

PAT: As all capitalists are.

STU: Of course. They're evil.

PAT: Right.

GLENN: You cannot, you cannot say these things and actually be truthful. So there's one of the attacks on me. You will see this. The other category is, he's insane! Am I sincere and insane?

STU: You're either a calculated, brilliant or completely idiotic and insane.

GLENN: Yes.

PAT: Well, there's the third Father Coughlin thing which is, he was a fascist sympathizer.

GLENN: Right. Who was against the Jews.

PAT: Who was against the Jews.

GLENN: This one you'll also hear. They will quote this in stories that I'm Father Coughlin who was a guy who

PAT: 1940s, very popular for a time. First started for him and then wound up against him.

GLENN: But then was against him because he wanted more!

PAT: Yeah, yeah.

GLENN: Wanted more.

PAT: He was the total opposite of everything

GLENN: He was for the Nazis.

PAT: And against the Jews, yeah.

GLENN: So that was a problem with Father Coughlin. So these don't work. But these are the strategies that they use to take me down, okay? I either believe it and I'm a fascist, I am

STU: Just brilliant screaming opportunist.

GLENN: Right. Or I'm just crazy.

STU: Absolutely insane.

GLENN: Okay? But it can't be that I mean what I say, I love my country, I don't want violence, I'm just trying to stick to the Constitution and I tell the truth to the best of my ability. And I may get it wrong from time to time, but I lead with my mistakes.

STU: None of those things should be considered.

GLENN: None of those things should be considered.

PAT: Okay. So here's your

GLENN: Yeah.

OLBERMANN: Remember the big Lonesome Roads Beck extravaganza last week, a half lie, half movie version simulcast

GLENN: Not a movie.

OLBERMANN: of his book The Christmas Sweater, that rip off of The Gift of the Magi that was shown in theaters nationwide?

PAT: It was a rip off of The Gift of the Magi?

GLENN: I didn't know.

PAT: For one thing, isn't it?

GLENN: No, no, no. Not in Copen hoggen.

PAT: It's Magi? Okay. So there's another one.

GLENN: All right. How is it a rip off of The Gift of the Magi?

PAT: It didn't remind me of The Gift of the Magi at all.

GLENN: I'm sorry. I'm not Keith Olbermann. I can't quote every...

OLBERMANN: It sold 30 tickets. In Washington D.C. 30 people bought tickets to see Beck cry. In New York and Boston it was 34 but that was combined. Of course, you say, New York's all socialist, fascists, communists. What about where the real people are like in Rockwall, Texas? 94 tickets in Texas, 94 in the theater. On top of which Beck's ratings among younger viewers for the first week of this month, down

PAT: This is so great, this is so great. On top of it all your TV career's over, too, because among your younger listeners.

STU: By the way, not any demographic because I've looked at the actual demographics that we measure and this statistic does not exist. I don't know where he's pulling it.

GLENN: Was he talking about how my career was over last night, on the same night that I was on Barbara Walters ten most fascinating people? Okay, go ahead.

OLBERMANN: From the first week of last month. Next time he cries

GLENN: Wait, wait, I'm trying to this is a new ratings period for me. I'm sorry. Shakespeare may have done ratings this way but I don't know, we don't do it like that now.

PAT: Nielsen doesn't.

GLENN: What is it, my younger viewers, youngest or younger?

PAT: Younger.

GLENN: Younger viewers.

PAT: We don't know what demographic category that he's using.

GLENN: Younger viewers in the first week of this month to the first week of last month.

PAT: Down 30%.

GLENN: 30%?

PAT: 30%.

GLENN: Holy cow.

STU: What's interesting is that first week of last month was the Fort Hood tragedy.

PAT: Right.

STU: Which did draw quite a few people. But still, even with that I cannot find where he's getting this statistic from.

PAT: Not the mention the first week of this, you were gone I think two days of the week?

STU: Well, yeah, you were gone.

PAT: That he's talking about?

STU: It's funny is you were gone for the Christmas Sweater. You were out one day for the Christmas Sweater in which we had a ratings

PAT: And one day for something else.

GLENN: I don't know if I was. Anyway, it doesn't matter.

STU: Well, I look at a bunch of this. Anyway, so he's literally making stuff up there. And then just so we could talk margin of error here, Glenn.

GLENN: Yes, yes.

STU: I've looked at some of these big failure ticket markets.

GLENN: By the way, I just want you to know, and I don't want to quote anything. This is, these live events, they're done by many different celebrities, many different comedians and everything else. It is my understanding that we are I'm just going to be safe and say top five.

STU: Yeah, easily.

GLENN: In all live events.

STU: But interestingly enough, number one, he took these numbers directly from a blog with no other sources, no other sources. We have the actual numbers, of course, and the average margin of error I found in the first few that I've checked is over 2,000%. 2,000% margin of error is what I discovered.

PAT: From Keith Olbermann? No.

GLENN: I wonder if he would put a phone on his set where we could call him. If he would put a phone, because if I had the ability to call him and I had the facts on how wrong he was, why wouldn't I call him in the middle of the show to correct him?

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

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Part 2: Top takeaways from president's impeachment defense

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Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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