Glenn Beck: Why I Didn't Rush to Condemn Shirley Sherrod




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How many times have you read something like this on The Huffington Post or George Soros' Media Matters and Think Progress and the Center of American Progress:

"Glenn Beck and 'Fixed News' launch another smear campaign!"

"Glenn Beck takes Fred Noogleburger out of context!"

"Glenn Beck baselessly distorts. Glenn Beck jumps to conclusions!"

If these blogs and media outlets paid as much attention to the administration and government as they have been in trying to attack me and "Faux News," the republic would probably be much safer.

But after seeing news like we did from The Daily Caller and the JournoList, it's easy to see why no one in the media bothers asking the administration any questions.

Instead, these outlets say I'm the one jumping to conclusions and smearing and lying. There's even an attack on me going around the Internet that claims "Glenn Beck says 'you can catch diseases from blacks.'"

Yes, I said it — guilty as charged. You got me. Play the tape. I deserve to be shamed:

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BECK: Woodrow Wilson was the president who brought Jim Crow to Washington. He not only segregated the Army, but Woodrow Wilson is the guy who segregated bathrooms, cafeterias, work areas. He justified this and he said, you know, the white government workers, we got to segregate because, you know, you can catch diseases from blacks. That's Woodrow Wilson.

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And I would have gotten away with it to if it weren't for those pesky bloggers! Those were Woodrow Wilson's words. I was talking about him and quoting him.

I happen to believe that context matters.

Robert Gibbs said today that we can all learn a lesson:

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WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY ROBERT GIBBS: I think the lesson — one of the great lessons you take away from this is — is to ask all the questions first and to come to that full understanding.

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We have a pattern here on this show of putting things in context. Am I perfect? Nope, but we work our butts off every day to make sure that we've checked into the full context of whatever it is we are showing.

Do you know how many clips of Van Jones we could have played if we didn't care about context? But we didn't have the full speech, so we couldn't say for sure if what the short clip really meant. So we buried it.

How many people wanted to convict and lock up the Times Square Bomber? I wanted to arrange his meeting with Allah as quickly as possible, just like others did, but I seemed like the only mature adult in the room standing in the corner raising my hand, going umm, remember the Miranda rights thing?

Shirley Sherrod, is the next example. We didn't rush to condemn her. This is another seemingly "redistribution of wealth" woman — who I would bet that I vehemently disagree with on probably everything. But she asked for the rest of the tape to be heard, the farmers in the story backed her up. It was a turning point story. We defended her and said her side of the story demanded to be heard — because context matters.

That's how we do things. But not how the administration does them. Instead of taking her at her word and waiting for the rest of the video, she was chewed up and spit out, all because:

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SHIRLEY SHERROD, FORMER USDA OFFICIAL: They want you to pull over to the side of the road and do it because you're going to be on Glenn Beck tonight.

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Wow. Really? The most powerful group of people on the planet are afraid of me?

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JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC: Give me a break. Seriously? Is that their big — if that's their biggest concern, they're screwed. They are screwed.

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The guy with the chalkboard? I mean, seriously they’re afraid of the guy with the chalkboard? Who cries?

If they're scared of him, can we please get somebody else to help us out with Iran, 'cause we're screwed.

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By the way, I'm not just one man with a chalkboard. I'm one man with four chalkboards.

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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