Michael Smerconish Interview


Murdered by Mumia

GLENN: Putting the radio back into Radio City, from Midtown Manhattan, this is the third most listened to show in all of America. Hello, you sick twisted freak. There's a couple of things that are going on that I find very important and good, really, some really good news for you. I want to start here. This is from the Associated Press. Listen to this story. Court: Mumia deserves new hearing. A federal appeals court on Thursday said former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal cannot be executed for murdering a Philadelphia police officer without a new penalty hearing. The third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his conviction but wanted to give him a new sentencing hearing because of flawed jury instructions. If prosecutors don't want to give him a new death penalty hearing, he will be automatically sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors are weighing their options, et cetera, et cetera.

This is the Black Panther that shot a cop in Philadelphia cold blood, just boom, dead. All of Hollywood is supporting him, the usual suspects, of course, running to the side of a Black Panther. This is significant for a couple of reasons, but I was interested in the way at least the AP spun it, "Deserves a new hearing." If you're not really into this case, if you are not really following it, you would think, oh, wow, maybe he didn't really do it. That's not what they said, but that's the headline from the Associated Press.

Let's go to Michael Smerconish who has been on this story for years and years and years. Michael, how are you, sir?

SMERCONISH: Glenn, remember now Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg, Amnesty International, Danny Glover, Rage Against the Machine, the City of San Francisco, they have all rallied to the side of a cop killer.

GLENN: Hang on. Do me a favor. Do me a favor. Go through that list again and let me just, let me just check the boxes as we go. Go one at a time. Go ahead.

SMERCONISH: Tim Robbins.

GLENN: Marxist.

SMERCONISH: Susan Sarandon.

GLENN: Marxist.

SMERCONISH: Spike Lee.

GLENN: Marxist.

SMERCONISH: Whoopi Goldberg.

GLENN: Well, I don't know if she's a Marxist. What do you think, Stu?

STU: On The View she seems to say the right thing sometimes.

GLENN: You can't predict her. Okay, so take her off that list, go ahead.

SMERCONISH: Danny Glover.

GLENN: Danny Glover, yeah, Marxist.

SMERCONISH: Paul Newman.

GLENN: Don't know.

SMERCONISH: Mike Farrell.

GLENN: Marxist.

SMERCONISH: The rock band Rage Against the Machine.

GLENN: Yeah.

SMERCONISH: How about this, the City of San Francisco.

GLENN: Yeah.

SMERCONISH: The City of Paris, France has named him an honorary citizen.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

SMERCONISH: There's literally a street in the suburbs of Paris that has been renamed Abu-Jamal Street or Way or Court, or who knows.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

SMERCONISH: Yeah.

GLENN: Unbelievable. So they played all of their cards, you know, they played all of these theories out, Michael?

SMERCONISH: Right.

GLENN: So they had their day in court again?

SMERCONISH: Well, and you've really cut to the chase which is that the headlines across the country, I mean, I'm reading South African headlines that talk about human rights activist Abu-Jamal shall remain in prison. That's how nuts this is. But the real story as you pointed out is for 26 years he's had every appellate process known to man available to him yesterday and the federal court of appeals meaning one step away from the Supreme Court has upheld his conviction. So I feel comfortable in saying there's no way the Supreme Court is going to overturn a trial court finding and that of the lower federal courts. At a minimum the man stays in prison. Then they got into a semantic battle about whether the jury understood the meaning of the word "Mitigating" and whether mitigating circumstances had to be ruled upon unanimously. I mean, your head would spin if I told you this. An on that technicality they said either he now gets life in prison or the DA's office in Philadelphia has to retry for sentencing only, 26 years after the murder in 1981. So my hunch, he dies in prison and not a moment too soon.

GLENN: And they are not going to -- you don't think they are going to reexamine the penalty phase?

SMERCONISH: Glenn, you know, here's the reality. The reality is that Pennsylvania has a death penalty and so do many other states but in name only. Do you know that since the death penalty came back in Pennsylvania in the Seventies, we've put down three individuals and each one of them asked for it. So we have the death penalty, the politicians all thump their chests when they run for reelection, they say "I'm for the death penalty" and then nobody ever sees to it that it's really implemented. If it were ever a case for a death penalty, it would be when a 25-year-old police officer makes a routine car stop and pays with his life.

GLENN: You know, Michael, I read your article, we talked about it earlier this morning, about Barack Obama. And you say, you know, it doesn't -- you know, his reverend, his church is meaningless, you shouldn't pay attention to this, et cetera, et cetera. I think you're dead wrong on this and not because of the racism that is happening in his church. I mean, Michael, if it was reversed and you had cut a check for $27,500 and you had gone to a church for 20 years and the guy who was the head of your church was saying these things except in reverse and he was saying the problem with America is the poor black man and black America got a wake-up call on 9/11, do you think you'd even have a job today? Not running for President. Do you think you'd have a job today?

SMERCONISH: No. And I wouldn't defend anything that Jeremiah Wright said in those clips that, you know, you've run on television and on the radio.

GLENN: Right.

SMERCONISH: The separate issue to me is whether you hold Barack Obama accountable for those words and I'm trying to give him the benefit of the doubt having listened intently to the speech that he delivered.

GLENN: But have you looked into the Black Liberation Theology?

SMERCONISH: Through you. I mean, your website and your television and radio program. And were it not for what you brought to light, I would be less informed on that issue.

GLENN: Okay. So when you see it, you realize that it is a perversion of the gospel which, you know, fine. You want to think Jesus was a giant floating frog, fine. Whatever, it's a free country. However, it's a perversion of the gospel and turns love into hate. It pits people against each other. And beyond that it is Marxist in its nature. It is absolutely redistributing wealth. It is moving wealth from this -- these people to these people. It is nothing if it's not Marxist in its nature. And don't you hear that kind of a mentality coming out of the mouth of Barack Obama?

SMERCONISH: Well, are you tying this to the Faulkner case?

GLENN: Well, I'm tying it only because the Panthers are Marxist. That's a Marxist movement. The Panthers are -- I asked one of the Black Panthers, what is the difference between Black Panthers philosophy and Black Liberation Theology, and the quote was "Not really much." And that's from a Black Panther. So he was sitting in that church hearing that kind of theology. Now, I'm not saying that he hates Whitie or anything like that. What I am saying is I do hear signs of hating America from his wife, I do hear signs of, you know, this perverted view of America and what we are and, you know, oh, jeez, everybody's keeping me down while I'm going to Stanford and Harvard. But what I hear from him is a perverted view of capitalism and freedom and what it means. And I think that comes from this kind of philosophy.

SMERCONISH: You know, I went to the speech. It was delivered in Philadelphia and I went in there, you know, thinking like Howard Baker, what did he hear and when did he hear it. And I think to a limited extent, maybe not to your satisfaction, he addressed that. He said he had been there for controversial statements although not those that had made the YouTube moments. I know that today he's going to go on The View and say that if he heard that sort of thing, he himself would probably have left the church. What I heard from Barack Obama, Glenn, that I have to tell you and you'll probably disagree with me but that I liked is that he had an answer as to how Reverend Wright was actually Reverend Wrong. In other words, that Wright's perception of American society was that it was static and there had been no positive change and that he, Obama, was the living embodiment of the American dream. I'm paraphrasing but --

GLENN: There's no credibility on that one. There's no credibility on that one, Michael, and here's where it falls apart. He said that, you know, he didn't have a problem going onto Don Imus but once he heard that one phrase from Don, he didn't want to empower or enable by being on his program. Well, being in that church enabled the reverend to continue this philosophy. Being in that church and writing a check for $27,500 is the definition of an enabler.

SMERCONISH: When I had him on my radio program earlier this week, what I wanted to know from him, Senator Obama, was whether behind closed doors he ever told Reverend Wright that he had these fundamental disagreements with him.

GLENN: I heard your interview.

SMERCONISH: And I don't know that, you know, he answered that to mine and certainly not to your satisfaction but it was -- look, I'm just, I'm not going to vote on this issue. I've made my mind up that relative to Reverend Wright, I'm not going to hold Barack Obama accountable for the words of another. I'll hold him accountable for his words.

GLENN: And that's how I got to Barack Obama from Mumia. You know, you can't say that -- you can't say that Barack Obama, you know, subscribes to the Black Panther philosophy, but you know what? I don't think that Tim Robbins is going to go out and shoot a cop and kill a cop, but he's siding with Mumia. When you have -- I don't think Barack Obama is going to round up all the white people and say, you know, Whitie's the problem here. I don't think he's going to do that. Now, Reverend Wright I don't know, but Barack Obama's not going to. But it has influenced his thinking. He is hanging with those kinds of people. It must play a factor when you look at Barack Obama. And that's the thing that I find frightening is that people are dismissing 20 years of sitting in a church, being indoctrinated with hate and Marxist philosophy. And then when you look at his economic policy, there it is. There's the Marxist philosophy. And yet everyone will dismiss it.

Michael, I thank you very much for following the Abu-Jamal case.

SMERCONISH: Hey, Glenn, I don't mind mentioning the book. You can't play that cash register sound because not a dime goes to me for the book that I wrote.

GLENN: I know.

SMERCONISH: Murdered by Mumia.

GLENN: I was just going to mention it. So you just did. So I'm going to have to charge you.

SMERCONISH: What?

GLENN: What's the name? Murdered by who? What? Murdered by Mumia. It is a great book and Michael Smerconish has really followed this and isn't making a dime on the book and you should read it. If you are interested at all on seeing how justice can be turned upside down, this is the case and there's a win on our side this time. Thank you, Michael, appreciate it.

SMERCONISH: Thank you, Glenn.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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