Tacky jokes might be part of SNL's schtick, but that doesn't make them funny

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We talk about comedy a lot here on the Glenn Beck Program. Because comedy really is important. Laughter is important. It's part of what makes us as humans special. And it's the greatest coping mechanism there is.

All too often, though, comedy is turned into a weapon, and, all too often, it's aimed at conservatives. Case and point: Saturday Night Live. Lately — the last decade or so — the problem with SNL's so-called comedy is that, well, it just isn't funny. It hasn't been funny in a while. Even the left-leaning people who enjoy the show are not watching because it's funny. I've talked to many left-leaning people about SNL skits and they don't laugh when they watch them, not in the enjoyable way. They laugh in a weird "my beliefs are superior" kind of way, if they laugh at all.

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This weekend offered the perfect example, with Pete Davidson's clunky segment during Weekend Update, in which he gave his first impressions of some of the candidates, one of whom was Texas Congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw, a Navy SEAL who did five tours of duty and now wears an eye patch after losing his right eye when he was hit by an IED blast in Helmand province in 2012. He medically retired in 2016 with two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart and the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor.

Here's Davidson's take on Crenshaw:

Weekend Update: Pete Davidson's First Impressions of Midterm Election Candidates - SNL www.youtube.com

Mr. Crenshaw showed class, responding on Twitter:

Davidson's joke is tacky, but that's Davidson's whole schtick — he regularly makes jokes about the fact that his dad, who was a New York firefighter, died on 9/11. He makes fun of himself regularly. But that doesn't make it any less annoying for conservatives, once again, to be the butt of the joke.

I've mentioned this quote before, because it's important: In an article with Vulture.com, Lorne Michaels was asked if there are any "basic political rules" for material on Saturday Night Live. He responded: "Republicans are easier for us than Democrats. Democrats tend to take it personally; Republicans think it's funny."

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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