Fight the urge to hate the Washington Post ad, it might just be an olive branch

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Remember when Super Bowl ads were about beer-drinking frogs? Of course, the Super Bowl has also regularly been the setting for controversy, commercials included. But one ad stood out last night for a different reason. It was a real head-scratcher. But, I thought about it, and I think that it was a blessing in disguise. We'll be back in a minute with the full story…

Super Bowl ads are an interesting tradition. For many Americans, they're the main event. They become a competition of their own, full of upsets and controversies. But, normally, they are from companies like Doritos or Carl's Jr. or Chrysler, with a few non-profit organizations peppered in and maybe an unexpected movie trailer.

So it was a bit strange to see the Washington Post pop onto the screen with an ad. It is confusing for a few reasons. First of all, why the Super Bowl? For a moment there, it felt like journalism was jumping the shark. Only instead of trying to entertain us, they were trying to remind all of us of own mortality.

Then there was the narrator — well, if you didn't see it last night, here it is:


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But, the more I thought about it, the less I disliked the ad. Maybe the ad was a good thing.

William Gamson, in Talking Politics, describes "The process of negotiating meaning." The idea is that, yes, the media regularly tries to construct a dangerous reality. And we need to be aware of that, but it's also up to us on how we react. Maybe we've gotten to the point that we're all trained to be reactionary. That's risky. What happens if we reject an honest surrender?

For one, the Washington Post did report on the NFL's decision to reject an ad from AMVETS, a group of American Veterans, because it was a "political statement," despite the fact that the NFL has flocked to a number of left-leaning social justice causes and, well, I'm sure you remember, the NFL got pretty political there for a while.

Most outlets are reporting on the fact that the Washington Post dropped $5.2 million on the commercial. For the most part, that's been the headline, especially with last week's lay-offs at many of the former pioneers of new media.

Sure, it was heavy-handed and a little preachy, but there was also an element of it that felt good.

Maybe that kind of knee-jerk reaction is worse than anything in the ad. Sure, it was heavy-handed and a little preachy, but there was also an element of it that felt good. A little reminder that, in America, our press is free, unattached from the government. Newspapers are businesses. Jeff Bezos must be doing something right if he can drop that much on a Super Bowl ad.

They even had a conservative on there.

Maya Angelou once said:

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.

Who knows. Maybe the Washington Post showed a little courage last night. Maybe there was an olive branch there. And, if that wasn't the case, what do we lose by extending an olive branch of our own? In times like these, that in itself is an act of courage.

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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The incoming Biden administration plans to waste no time in overturning much of the progress achieved by President Donald Trump.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck ran through 10 executive orders President Joe Biden plans to announce on "day one" of his time in office — including rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone pipeline, mask mandates on federal land and during interstate travel, and a proposed federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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