Below is a recap from the daily email newsletter special, Top Glenn of 2010!
December 28, 2010
Glenn nominated for Time Person of the Year
Love him or hate him – one thing about Glenn that everyone can agree on is that people love to read about him. Fans want to hear what he has to say and so do the haters. That meant (unfortunately for America) Glenn’s mug was popping up everywhere.
Glenn talks a lot about how his business practices are more than a little unconventional, and yet 2010 has been Glenn’s most successful year yet. Forbes took notice, and on April 8th Glenn was the cover story on their magazine. It was an article about the success of his company. But it was really an article about you because Glenn's company literally wouldn't exist if it weren't for you. Your support has been amazing and it is truly appreciated. You work extremely hard for each and every dollar earned - Glenn knows this and that's why it is his mission to ensure that when you spend your money (and even your time) with him, it's an investment you won't regret. Read the full article HERE.
NY Times Magazine
Glenn was all over the place in 2010. Washington DC, Wilmington, OH and various other cities all over the country. But perhaps the most shocking place Glenn showed up was on the cover of New York Times Magazine. The article made somewhat odd comparisons between Glenn and Drew Carey, talked about Glenn’s past and tendency to break out in tears, and - of course - his emergence as a media superstar. Nevertheless, Glenn found the article to be very fair, especially since it came from the bastion of media liberalism. To read the in depth (very long) article and see Glenn’s reaction, click HERE.
All the attention culminated with Glenn being nominated for Time’s Person of the Year – which eventually was awarded to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. But the real story isn’t that Glenn received recognition – this is recognition of you. Only a year prior you were ignored by Time in their ‘year in pictures’ – you felt alone – now everyone is hearing you loud and clear.
December 27, 2010
As if Glenn didn't have enough on his plate, he thought it'd be a good idea to pick up the slack for the mainstream media and start a brand new media platform. The latest is The Blaze ( theblaze.com), a site for news and opinion that's dedicated to covering all the big stories, and the stories the MSM are neglecting, spinning or not understanding. As Glenn put it, too many important stories were being overlooked or being distorted by the MSM. Let’s face it, Glenn was no stranger to complaining about the media. So he decided to do something about it. He went out and hired a team of journalists to go out and report the news the way it really happens.
Why call it The Blaze?
Glenn explains that when Moses saw the burning bush – the fire blazed but the bush was not consumed. That fire was God. Stand in the truth and you will not be consumed – everything that isn’t the truth will eventually crumble. Everyone at the Blaze will seek out truth and insight into current events, popular culture, and matters of faith and family. Built over just two months, The Blaze has already become a force to be reckoned with in the arena of online news, and 2010 was only the beginning. 2011 promises to be a big year for The Blaze as it continues to grow and become your #1 source for breaking news. Read Glenn's welcome note HERE.
December 24, 2010
Christmas Message from Glenn
Tomorrow is December 25th, what most think of as the end of the season. But me, I see it as the “middle child” in our trilogy of American holidays. We started back on Thanksgiving, preparing for the renewal that comes at the start of the New Year. The thing is, January 1st can often be a disappointment. Not because your goals or resolutions were unrealistic, but because you didn’t properly prepare yourself spiritually. That’s the process we’re going through. So now that you cleared away the unnecessary distractions in your life on Thanksgiving (both material and otherwise) Christmas is the time to stop and think about what you really have and what it is you are truly grateful for. This Christmas, I say that instead of spending the day saying, “Merry Christmas,” maybe it’s time we started to instead say, “Thank you.”
Christmas is a time for gratitude. Think about just how blessed you are, and not just for your friends and family and whatever may be under the tree. Think bigger. Think deeper. Think of the Christ child and what he grew up to do. What did he give up for you? What are you willing to give up for others? This is a time for service. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Be a shelter for someone else. Help shoulder a burden and lighten someone’s load. You, me…we all deserve a second chance, and that clean slate comes in the form of God’s redemption. It’s the one gift we can all receive whenever we’re ready to accept it. His redemption is always there for you, and not just on December 25th.
Be humble, get down on your knees and help your family rise up by getting down on their knees with you. Christmas is a glorious time of year and perhaps the best time to remember the saying that goes, “All that is not given is lost.” Show your gratitude through deeds and not just words. Reflect on who you really are and what you really have. And through it all, be grateful that you’re here to experience it and know that the path towards redeeming your own life runs through the lives of others who also need help. Then and only then can you be ready for what lies ahead in the New Year. What a year it’s going to be!
And while I’m talking about gratitude, let me say just how thankful I am for you. This year you have been especially gracious with your time and attention. You’ve sent me and my family your warm thoughts and prayers, and for that I will never be able to say thank you enough. But I promise I’ll try.
May God bless you always, and I wish for you and yours a very Merry Christmas.
December 23, 2010
5pm on Fox still steamrolling
It was another great year on TV – the ratings continue to defy all the odds in the cable news world, routinely pulling down primetime numbers in a non-primetime slot. There were so many highlights, chalkboards, radicals and more – here’s 2 moments that stood out:
Glenn takes on Spooky Dude
Glenn had been talking all year about “Spooky Dude” George Soros, the power behind the throne of the Progressive movement. Well, after George Soros made a donation of a million dollars to support Media Matters in their crusade against Fox News, Glenn decided to reveal the puppet master behind the progressive structure that has taken hold over America. No stone was left unturned, as Glenn exposed Soros’ involvement in collapsing multiple governments throughout his lifetime. He tackled Soros’ childhood and education, drawing connections between his youth and his current world view. Glenn also went into depth about Soros’ connections to President Obama, known radical Van Jones, The Center for American Progress, and controversial legislation such as cap and trade. Glenn could have spent weeks and weeks focused solely on Soros, but rather than give all the answers on air, he put up the research needed for viewers to do their own homework.
The Red Phone finally Rings
It was a day that will live in infamy. Something happened that had never happened before. The red phone rang. As far as anyone on Glenn’s staff knew, the only people who had the number for the red phone were White House employees - so when Glenn was in a commercial break and the phone rang everyone went into a panic. The phone had sat quiet for so long on the set that no one could remember quite how to patch the audio into the control room! Glenn answered, and everyone was wondering who had called. Was it Robert Gibbs? John Holdren? President Obama himself? No, it was Tim from Texas. During one of Glenn’s monologues earlier in the show, he picked up the phone and the observant viewer was able to pause his DVR and copy down the number. After everyone calmed down, Glenn thanked him, got his information and made sure to send him something nice from the show. The staff made sure to change the number that night. The phone has not rung since.
December 22, 2010
The blueprint for America
“America’s First Christmas” from where Glenn dubbed ‘the ground zero of the recession’ Wilmington, Ohio. One of the themes all year long for Glenn was his core belief that we should expect miracles. In the midst of a tumultuous year, some incredible miracles still happened – including most recently in Wilmington. The people there are just incredible, and as soon as Glenn heard about them (a story in itself, how he found out) he knew their tale had to be told. Here were people who get it – America the way she was designed to be, people helping each other to get through very difficult times. The town had been thrust into economic hardship after DHL packed up and left town, taking 7,000+ jobs along with them. Glenn brought the show to Wilmington, not to bring them a message – but to bring their message to the rest of America. The values, principles, and all around human goodness in Wilmington and the ripple effect it’s already having on other Americans everywhere makes this a top moment of 2010…and look for more to come in 2011!
December 21, 2010
Cancer? Rumsfield disease? Aspartame poisoning? Glenn’s health was a major concern in 2010. It’s hard to imagine someone built as rock solid as Glenn could have health issues (*cough*) but it was a scary year for Glenn and family this year. He announced he could go blind (he hasn’t), occasionally lacks feeling in his hands and feet (he’s still working like crazy), and has been working with a trainer to improve his health (on occasion). While Glenn underwent a series of tests at The Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, UT, there was one disease which could not be ruled out: nanobots!
While most “doctors” would not have reached this diagnosis, a caller was kind enough to call in and alert Glenn about “electronic harassment”. While the caller could not identify the sources of the attacks, referring to the attackers only as “they”, he said he had experienced many of the same symptoms as Glenn and was currently partially blind, hard of hearing, and experiencing similar tingling in his hands and feet. Stu immediately spent the rest of his day researching nanobot attacks, but nothing conclusive has been found at this time. But one thing Glenn can say conclusively – he felt each and every one of your prayers during times of doubt. The love and concern of this audience has left Glenn speechless (and often in tears) and the outpouring of support is something Glenn appreciated more than you can ever know, and will never be forgotten. ( Transcript, The Blaze)
December 20, 2010
The next 2 weeks we are counting down the top Glenn moments of 2010. Today we start with:
Hey HEY, Ho HO, Glenn Beck has gots to GO! 2010 was another big year for boycotting Glenn Beck. He’s seen his share of boycotts since joining Fox News in 2009. Last year the highest profile boycotter was Obama’s Green Jobs Czar Van Jones, who used the group he founded, Color of Change, to lead the charge against Glenn. This year that boycott continued and a few others joined the mix. President Obama’s spiritual advisor Jim Wallis, through his group Sojourners, attempted to boycott Glenn over two words: Social Justice. Also joining in the fight to stop Glenn was the George Soros funded Tides Foundation. This ‘grassroots’ effort caught the eye of another organization: the George Soros funded Media Matters for America. They worked tirelessly and spent millions and millions and millions of dollars trying to get Glenn off the air. They failed. Instead, Glenn grew his radio program to over 400 stations nationwide, continued huge ratings on Fox News, pumped out New York Times bestselling books, sold out theaters all over the country, had countless speaking engagements – AND actually expanded his media reach by adding 2 brand new platforms. That’s what the youth call a ‘boycott FAIL’.
One of those best-selling books is another top Glenn moment in 2010: The Overton Window
Glenn has spent years conquering the New York Times bestseller list, but the summer of 2010 saw Glenn pen his first political thriller. Noah Gardner, a young PR executive, has little interest in politics until he meets Molly Ross and gradually learns more and more about how America as we know it is about to be lost forever. Glenn blended fact and fiction to address the problems facing our country, and The Overton Window debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list. Some of the books glowing reviews:
“Let's face it, this book is horrible on all fronts. The plot is completely stupid and gets derailed every three chapters so someone can launch into pages-long political theories that make absolutely no sense.”
“I would never read this book and based on the reviews I read, I think I get the book.”
“The book is garbage. The writing is horrible.”
“This is an excellent read if you are suffering from insomnia, or need to purge your stomach.”
Everyone knew the libs would bash the book no matter what – need proof? To promote the book, Glenn played this fantastic promo which featured a poem by Nobel Prize winning writer Rudyard Kipling. Of course, the progressive dolts from the Huffington Post and others thought the poem was done by Glenn, so they bashed it. Oh, you progressives are sooo culturally superior! Not. Another thing critics get wrong about Glenn is that they often call him a shill for the Republican Party. Obviously they didn’t see his CPAC speech…
Back in February, Glenn gave one of the biggest speeches of his career at the 2010 CPAC conference. Glenn was the keynote speaker for the three day conservative conference, and he took the opportunity to deliver a message to Republicans about getting their own house in order and eliminating the threat the Progressives present to America. Was it still morning in America, as Ronald Reagan so famously put it? Yes! It’s just a really bad hangover morning! Glenn accused the GOP of having an addiction to big government and big spending, and that the only way to fix the problem was to admit their problem, enter a “recovery program” and stop being Progressive-lite. Shockingly, most of the media coverage following the speech was fairly positive, or at least ignored. Check out the full video of the speech HERE.