Jon Stewart makes horrible point

Since Jon Stewart was caught claiming Fox News viewers were stupid, even though polling indicates the opposite, he’s apparently attempted to defend himself by pointing out that Fox News has more recorded untruths on Politifact than he does.  I think he thought that was a good point.  It is not.  Why?  Here's a partial list.

1)      Fox News airs around 84 times the programming as Jon Stewart does. Fox News is a network.  Not a half hour, four days a week show—they should make more errors.  Plus, Stewart spends half of his time interviewing people like Ricky Gervais and Cameron Diaz.  Unless he gets the date of a movie release wrong, I’m not sure how he’d make an error there.

2)   Jon Stewart’s show is taped. It's not live.  With a few exceptions, Fox is airing live programming with no net.  When they make a mistake its out there.  If Stewart makes a mistake, he can edit it out.  Though, I don't know why he'd bother, because...

3) Jon Stewart's show doesn’t seem to be regularly fact checked by Politifact. Or anyone else.  Why would it be?  If they went through his shows with a fine toothed comb like they do Fox News, they’d surely find errors too.  But, why would they bother?  Who cares if Jon Stewart makes an error?  He’s doing a comedy show.  Greg Gutfeld does a comedy show and has zero errors on Politifact.  Does that mean he’s more accurate than Stewart?  (He is, but for completely different reasons.)

4)  The Daily Show is largely a scripted show, which means they have time to fact check it in advance.  When someone like Glenn or O'Reilly do actually make a mistake, it's usually when talking off the top of their heads, trying to remember the details of something they had read previously.  Jon Stewart never has to do that, because he's just reading his material.   Remember, after commercials, The Daily Show is doing about 22 minutes of programming per day, four days a week.  For that task, this is a portion of their writing staff.

(By the way, nice diversity...did you learn from Keith Olbermann?)

(Or maybe, it was the White House Correspondents Dinner.)

5) Politifact sometimes does really awful work. That doesn’t mean they don’t do some really great work too.  But, are they seriously still standing by this?  Reason magazine points out this one. And, if you have a month to waste, go through this list and find out how many times you can call BS on their Truth-o-Meter.

6)    Politifact has a fairly obvious liberal bent. They are not exclusively liberal.  They will tell the truth about false claims by liberals.  But to say a government health care takeover is the biggest lie of the year is insultingly stupid.  The government tells you what must be covered in your plan, requires you to participate, gives you maximums on what you spend, fines you if you’re not covered, decides which treatments are acceptable, forces justification of rate increases, subsidizes the cost of the plans, and forces insurance companies to cover people they don’t want to cover—and that's just a handful of the 2,700 pages of Obamacare.  It might not be Canada, and no—Nancy Pelosi isn’t literally doing the surgery.  But, 83 million people were on some form of government health insurance BEFORE Obamacare.  Where will we be at the end of this?

I'm sure there are plenty of other reasons that Stewart's complaint was idiotic, but I'm getting bored.  You get the point.  When you think about a guy doing a scripted, taped, ideologically aligned comedy show, four days a week, for a half hour--it's amazing he could ever be caught in a error by Politifact.  But, he did.  What's amazing is that Stewart is so blindly revered by the media, his insanely flawed "Oh yeah, they lie more than me" can pass for anything other than pathetic.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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