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GLENN: Could we play now — again this is from a speech this weekend and I want you to listen to what he says and ask yourself why is Playstation and XBOX in this? It's a diversion. Listen to this, what the president said.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Meanwhile you are coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank that high on the truth meter. With iPods and iPads and XBOX's and PlayStations, none of which I know how to work, information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.

PAT: Emancipation?

STU: Emancipated from your pants.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: It's putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy.

PAT: We don't want pressure put on our democracy by those XBOX's.

GLENN: Okay, now listen to this, listen to a couple of things and then listen to it again with new ears. Cass Sunstein is one of Barack Obama's close confidantes. He is I believe the most dangerous man in America. Nobody sees him coming. He is the head now of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, information and regulatory affairs. He oversees the policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs. Know that our government, our DOJ under Holdren right now or Holder, is arguing in the courts that you have no reasonable right of expectation of privacy in your e mail, privacy of location if you have a cellphone because they can triangulate you. Without a warrant they want to be able to read your e mail. Without a warrant. This is the same group of people that today or over the weekend Holdren came out and said — I'm sorry, Holder came out and said that he wants the Miranda rights also to go away for, you know, if you are involved in terrorism. Excuse me? If you are an American citizen? I don't think so. So Cass Sunstein overseeing policies relating to privacy and information. He said that the government needs to employ teams of covert agents and pseudo — I'm quoting — independent advocates to cognitively infiltrate online groups and websites as well as other activist groups which advocate views that Sunstein deems, quote, as false conspiracy theories about the government, end quote. He said that they should all be discredited, even though some of these conspiracy theories will be right. This would be — you ready for this? Designed to increase the citizens' faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists. The paper — let's see — also advocates that the government's stealth infiltration should be accompanied by sending covert agents into, quote, chat rooms, online social networks or even real space groups. He also proposes that the government make secret payments to so called independent credible voices to bolster the government's messaging, on the ground that those who don't believe the government's sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear to be independent, while secretly acting on behalf of our government.

This guy's actually got a job with the president! This is his job now!

This program would target those advocating false, quote, conspiracy theories which they define to mean an attempt to explain an event or practice by reference to the machinations of powerful people who have managed to conceal their role. Sunstein's 2008 paper was flagged, blah, blah blah, blah blah.

So he says there are five steps: One, ban all conspiracy theories, even those that turn out to be correct. Ban them. Two, tax conspiracy theories. I would be a conspiracy theorist according to Cass Sunstein. I'm also — this is his language — also anti government. If you disagree with the policies of this administration, that doesn't mean you disagree with the president or his policies. Cass Sunstein wants it to be known that you are anti government. Watch the coverage on television. Fox does not call the tea party members anti government. Every other network does. Anti government tea parties. Where did that come from? Cass Sunstein.

Third proposal: Government engage in counterspeech.

Four: Government hires neutral people, quote/unquote, for counterspeech.

Five: Government might engage in informal communication with conspiracy theorists. The main policy recommendation, cognitive infiltration of conspiracy theories. I find it interesting this weekend on Twitter the big thing was somebody who calls themselves Beck girl is using the N word left and right and all of a sudden all the people on the left are saying, look at Glenn Beck won't even speak out against this person.

First of all, I'm not playing your game. Second of all, I'm not responsible for my listeners and what — there are crazy people in every audience, in every walk of life. There are crazy people that are fans of Obama. Most importantly, of course I don't agree with that. So I'm not even going to address it. But most importantly here is gosh, that sounds like Cass Sunstein. Doesn't it? Infiltrate, online, pose and discredit. Gosh, that sounds like Cass Sunstein. Cass Sunstein, free press, free press also trying to shut down the Internet. Not to shut it down, not to turn it off but to shape, to make sure. As Mark Lloyd who's now at the FCC said that important Democratic revolution couldn't have happened if they hadn't have controlled the press. The Venezuelan important Democratic revolution. That's interesting, isn't it?

Oh, by the way, Bob Bennett, according to the Washington Post, Bob Bennett, he didn't just lose. That wasn't a loss this weekend for Bob Bennett. According to the Washington Post, how did they describe it, Pat?

PAT: I don't have the story right in front of me. I'm trying to think. Oh, a nonviolent coup.

GLENN: A nonviolent coup. The Democratic process is now a nonviolent coup. Do you see what's happening? And by the way, let me give you a quote out of Rules For Radicals by Saul Alinsky. I want you to understand who you are dealing with. I want you to understand who these people hold up. Rules For Radicals. Remember, the ends justify the means. There is no wrong. You can do whatever you want. You do whatever's necessary. You get the job done. Rules For Radicals.

May I quote: Lest we forget, at least an over the shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical, from all of our legends mythology and history, the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom. That radical was Lucifer, end quote. Saul Alinsky. I'm sorry. We're looking to the devil. We're looking to Lucifer as an example of at least he got his! We're looking and using as an example something that now under the Obama administration the Department of Education is telling students to read this book. In it Saul Alinsky holds out as an example of, hey, let's not forget the first radical was Lucifer! Wow.

I said it about an hour ago. I've been reading a lot over and over and over again the Moses story. There's a lot to be learned there. The take away today for me is the simple step that Moses was told to do, put a snake on a stick and said, you want to live? Just look at the snake. People didn't do it for a myriad of reasons, one of which it was just too easy. What was the lesson? Please, dear God, don't dismiss it. The lesson was look to God to live. We are entering unbelievable times. Look to God to live.

The great beyond. What does it hide from us? Do unknown lifeforms linger in the dark? In other words, was David Bowie right? Is there life on Mars? The head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department contends that, yes, there is. Well, not that there's life on Mars. I'll explain in just a minute.

In an academic article for the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Dr. Avi Loeb, the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department, claimed that an alien probe entered our solar system. He claimed that it is masked as the space rock Oumuamua (Ow-moo-ah-moo-ah), "the first interstellar object to enter our solar system." It turns out that "space rock" is way more than a musical genre.

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In his own words:

Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment.

His evidence? pointed to the space rock's abnormal acceleration, activity which he gathered via the Hubble Space Telescope.

He added that "the lightsail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargo between planets."

Sounds a bit like Star Wars, no? Or are you more of a Star Trek fan? Either way, it's an odd thing to hear from the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department. Typically, we hear these sorts of things from the darker corners of the History Channel.

Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore.

"I don't care what people say," Loeb said. "It doesn't matter to me. I say what I think, and if the broad public takes an interest in what I say, that's a welcome result as far as I'm concerned, but an indirect result. Science isn't like politics: It is not based on popularity polls."

Honestly, I believe the guy. Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore. Heck, I welcome alien lifeforms. Maybe they can give us some advice on how to get our world together.

The third annual Women's March is approaching, and the movement has shown signs of strife. It's imploding, really. An article in Tablet Magazine revealed deep-seated antisemitism among the co-chairs of the movement, which is funny for a movement that brands itself as a haven of "intersectionality." The examples pile up, and just yesterday there was another. I'll tell you about it in a minute.

The Women's March has been imploding, and it started at the very top. Four women have come to represent the diverse face of the movement, the co-chairs: Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland.

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Increasingly, we've learned that anti-Semitism is common among these women.

Teresa Shook, who founded the Women's March has repeatedly asked them to step down: The co-chairs "have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship," Shook wrote. "But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs."

Tamika Mallory gave us the latest example, by continuing to stand by Louis Farrakhan. Check out Tamika's arrogant, nonsensical response. But the real problem came at the end of Mallory's rambling non-answer.



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Later this week I'll go over the entire controversy on Glenn TV. It's harrowing, really. For now, I'll leave you with this. Critics of 4th wave feminism have argued that the radical identity politics of the left will lead to the exact kind of mistreatment that feminists claim to be against. That argument has been written off as using the slippery slope fallacy. But, as we see with the Women's March, it is in fact a brutal reality.

Remember how serious Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were last week, when they gave their "rebuttal" to President Trump's address? They made it seem like this government shutdown is apocalyptic. A lot of Democrats have done the same. On social media and CNN at least. Thirty Democrats, however, took a different route. Puerto Rico. For cocktails at the beach.

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A group of 30 Democrats have turned the government shutdown into a live-action interpretation of a Jimmy Buffet song:

Nibblin' on sponge cake, Watchin' the sun bake.

No, seriously. In the words of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they're partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the border.

A photo of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez at a resort beach has gone viral.

They arrived via chartered jet. They're staying at a seaside resort, and attended the ridiculously-priced and overhyped play "Hamilton," where tickets for opening night "ranged from $10 to $5,000," according to the Associated Press. They even attended several afterparties.

Of course, the official occasion seems legit. They're in San Juan for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC. According to a memo for the gathering:

This year's winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!

Also in attendance, about 109 lobbyists, from a number of places, including "R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association."

Donald Jr. said it well:

And of course no one says anything. I'm not even in government and I'd get killed in the press if I was on vacation right now. Why won't they cover their democrat buddies lobbyist sponsored vacation in the islands???

Maduro takes office and Venezuelans vote with their feet

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Venezuela continues to collapse. A country that used to have the world's largest oil reserves is now in rags. Its money is worthless, with inflation near one million percent. People must work an average of five days at minimum wage just to afford a dozen eggs. But there is one person still pumped about Venezuela's future – its noble president, Nicolas Maduro! I'll tell you why he's still enthusiastic in just a minute…

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro had a stellar 2018. Here are some highlights:

  • Running water and electricity only work occasionally and prices for basic goods doubled.
  • Doctors, engineers, oil workers, and electricians fled the country en masse. Over 48,000 teachers also left the country.
  • Over half a million Venezuelans fled to Peru alone.

Maduro created a new digital currency called the "petro." One petro is supposed to equal the price of a barrel of oil, about $60. U.S. Treasury Department officials call the petro a scam. Who could've seen that coming?

Maduro also announced a 3,000 percent minimum-wage hike. Even Ocasio-Cortez might roll her eyes at that one. Or find it inspiring.

And just yesterday, a Human Rights Watch report detailed how Venezuelan intelligence and security forces are arresting and torturing military personnel and their family members who are accused of plotting against Maduro. The torture includes: "brutal beatings, asphyxiation, cutting soles of their feet with a razor blade, electric shocks, food deprivation, [and] forbidding them to go to the bathroom."

It's so bad in Venezuela that even The Washington Post admits Venezuela's problems are mostly due to "failed socialist policies." But President Nicolas Maduro gave a televised New Year's address calling 2019, "the year of new beginnings." He's pumped, you see, because today he will be sworn in for his second six-year term as president. He was "re-elected" last May in an election that the international community declared illegitimate.

Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency.

Maduro doesn't have many friends left at home or abroad. Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency. This week, the U.S. added more Venezuelan officials to its sanctions list.

In a press conference yesterday, Maduro said:

There's a coup against me, led by Washington. I tell our civilians and our military to be ready. Our people will respond.

I think the people of Venezuela who have the means are already responding – by leaving.