Glenn Beck: What the Liberal Media Are Missing





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The question comes up over and over again: How does 20 percent of this nation control the other 80 percent?

Ignore it. Deflect it. Redirect it — don't address it. That is the liberal media and Obama administration's way to deal with fundamentally transforming an unwilling American population, without answering to them.

Poll after poll shows that just 20 percent of this nation considers themselves very or somewhat liberal. That's compared to 42 percent who are very or somewhat conservative. The rest are somewhere in between, but with only 38 percent of independents now supporting Obama, the vast majority of what's left are center-right.

Some examples: 60 percent of us want the health care bill repealed — not made more socialist, not broadened or fixed or – dare I say – transformed. An NBC/WSJ poll showed 64 percent support the new tough immigration law in Arizona. Yet, when you listen to news reports or what spills out of the White House, you'd think Americans were frothing at the mouth and in rabid lockstep on both. Nope.

So how is it done? The media ignore all the stories that don't fit their template.

Case in point: Virtually no one but Fox News covered the comments made by NASA chief Charles Bolden about what President Obama informed him was his foremost job at the space agency. Was it going back to the moon? A mission to Mars? Developing the successor to the space shuttle? No.

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CHARLES BOLDEN, ADMINISTRATOR, NASA: He wanted to expand our international relationships, and third and perhaps foremost he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contributions to science and engineering, to science, math and engineering.

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Never mind the stupidity of the world's premiere space program being tasked with a Dr. Phil or Mother Teresa outreach mission. Never mind the condescending overtones of talking down to the Muslim world. Is this story on any network other than Fox News? It’s non-existent. The story wasn't covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, “NBC Nightly News”, “ABC World News” or “CBS Evening News.”

Next story: Months after slandering the Palin family and providing sleaze ammo to the mainstream media with which to slime the family for weeks, Levi Johnston has now apologized for lying about the Palins. Johnston claimed Sarah Palin complained about her job as governor, was a poor parent and that "there was a lot of talk of divorce in that house." If it not for Fox News and Talk Radio, you'd never know that these claims are untrue.

Next story: The Department of Justice (DOJ) successfully prosecutes two New Black Panther Party members for their videotaped role in voter intimidation, but bizarrely drops the case before sentencing. The DOJ prosecutor in the case resigns and claims the dismissal was racially and politically motivated. On top of all of that, another video surfaces of one of those Black Panthers publicly encouraging blacks to "kill crackers" and "some of their babies,” which seemingly lends credence to his conviction. Not only does no one else cover it, but state-run Russian TV puts Panther chairman Malik Shabazz on to smear Fox for daring to cover it:

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UNIDENTIFED FEMALE ANCHOR, RT: Fox News attacking the Black Panthers? All day, Fox News had updates on a case of alleged voter intimidation that took place during the 2008 presidential election. It involved members of the New Black Panther Party who allegedly intimidated voters who looked like they wouldn’t vote for now-President Obama. So why is Fox obsessed with a two-year old story?

Joining me to help discuss this is Dr. Malik Shabazz, chairman of the New Black Panther Party. Thanks so much for joining me. So I don't know if you got a chance to see some of Fox's' coverage. Did you have any initial reactions? I know — probably beating a dead horse here. You guys have been talking about this Philadelphia voter intimidation story for, it seems like years now — it has been years.

Were you surprised that it popped up — back again and it was kind of an update every single hour?

MALIK ZULU SHABAZZ, NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY: No, I'm not surprised because I know that midterm elections are coming up. And I have been predicting that the attacks would increase as we go into the elections. Because this whole so-called voter intimidation controversy is just a tool by the Republicans. These new so-called civil rights Republicans that are suddenly fighting for civil rights — laugh out loud — are now all on the backs of the New Black Panther Party as we go into the election season.

So I expect to see ads featuring the New Black Panther Party and further allegations against us because they are at war with Obama and the Justice Department and trying to bring us down.

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Well, Dr. Shabazz got us there, didn't he? We've just been praying for an opportunity to senselessly attack the always-relevant New Black Panthers. Finally! We were able to dredge up this two-year-old story on the silly basis that the DOJ dropped a slam-dunk case against them. Not two years ago, but Tuesday this story was given legs when former DOJ attorney J. Christian Adams testified and said the department dropped the case partly because it refuses to go after black defendants in civil rights cases.

Why would anyone make a big deal out of party member, Samir Shabazz, one of the defendants, saying that to gain freedom, Blacks should "kill crackers and their babies”? I can’t imagine the mainstream media taking video of something and then saying it inciting violence. They never cover hate speech or hate groups.

I mean, Lindsay Lohan was just crying in court. She wrote something on her fingernails. Hey MSNBC, there are some real issues to tackle. Again, the rest of the media just ignore it. No story there for The Washington Post, which provided no original reporting, Boston Globe, “NBC Nightly News”, “ABC World News” and “CBS Evening News.”

Wednesday, Obama did an end-run around Congress, ensuring there would be no hearings on his appointment for director of Medicaid and Medicare when he used a recess appointment to install another Harvard socialist and anti-capitalist radical. Wait, I shouldn't call him a radical — oh wait — we have his own words on this? I smell another Van Jones. We'll get to that later.

At the White House Press briefing on Wednesday, a reporter from CNS News had the audacity to dare bring up Donald Berwick's solidly anti-capitalist ideology with spokesman Robert Gibbs. Gibbs shifted into high deflect and redirect gear instantly:

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ROBERT GIBBS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Look, this is somebody who is uniquely and supremely qualified to run an agency –

FRED LUCAS, CNS REPORTER: But it would have been politically troublesome in an election year to have all these comments aired out about rationing, redistribution and Dr. Berwick had talked about in the past?

GIBBS: Is there like a secret comment book that somehow you got that nobody else got and you just read a couple of them to me? And somehow they wouldn't have come out? Did he — did he say things like "rationing happens today; the question is who will do it"? Did he say that? Did he say that?

LUCAS: That was one comment —

GIBBS: Actually, that was Paul Ryan. That was Paul Ryan. He's a Republican in Congress.

Go talk to Paul Ryan and I'll be happy to take that question at a later date.

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Ah, the always glib Robert Gibbs. Did Berwick say things like "rationing happens today; the question is, who will do it?" Yes, he did. Berwick's exact quote was: "The decision is not whether or not we will ration care. The decision is whether we will ration care with our eyes open."

The fact that Congressman Ryan said something similar doesn't make it OK. Did mommy not tell you that if all your friends jumped off a bridge you shouldn't do it too just because everyone else is doing it? If in fact Ryan said that, I wouldn't want him as director of Medicare either.

As for Gibb's question to CNS News reporter Fred Lucas, "is there like, a secret comment book that you got that nobody else got,” let me help you out here, Bobby. There are things called television, radio and the Internet. Sometimes people use magic recording devices to hear what someone said at a later date.

Some might say, that the White House spokesman is a smug, condescending, jerk. But some might say I am as well.

Meanwhile, as an admirer of Britain's single-payer system Berwick also said:

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DONALD BERWICK: Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must — must — redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition re-distributional.

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But will the ever-glib Gibbs, ever address what anyone actually said? No. He'll just attack the next person who dares bring up anything uncomfortable to this administration. As I pointed out all throughout the health care debate, I told you that this so-called reform was nothing but redistribution of wealth and rationing. I was called a paranoid lunatic for saying it. Now, you've heard it from Obama's hand-picked appointee to head up the program.

And here's how the website, Mediaite.com concluded their coverage of the exchange: "The lesson? Robert Gibbs won't entertain baseless questions from reporters who haven't done their homework. And when he does, he makes enough of an example out of them to keep the rest of the Press Corps on their toes."

What baseless questions? Berwick did talk rationing and redistribution — that’s hardly baseless.

When will someone make an example of Robert Gibbs by calling him on the fact that every single time he's challenged, his only response is "Well, the Republicans did it, too." We get it, Robert: Socialism and progressivism can come from both sides of the aisle. That doesn't make it OK with the American people, who just want to return to American values. That’s the change we were looking for.

But don't look for anyone else in the media to point that out. They're still working on ignoring, deflecting and redirecting.

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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.