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INSANITY: Will the left nationalize THIS industry next?

Sometimes the mainstream media publishes an article SO insane, it’s hard to believe it’s true. This time, Glenn and Stu can't help but wonder if a recent New York Times op-ed (called ‘Baseball Is Dying. The Government Should Take It Over'), was supposed to be written for April Fools Day (despite being published five days later...). Could sports — specifically baseball — be the left’s next target for nationalization? And, more importantly, how could a sports league nationalize with a team based in Toronto, Canada…?

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Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors

GLENN: Stu, I read something today, that I thought, no. This can't be true. And then -- and then, as I read it, I thought. Definitely can't be true. And then by the time I finished, I thought. I'm pretty sure this is actual.

STU: Oh, no.

GLENN: Okay. This is a New York Times editorial today. Okay? Opening day of Major League Baseball season, which falls on Thursday, after being delayed for a week by labor dispute, is as good of an occasion as any, for fans of the game to come to terms with certain hard facts. I'm talking of course about the inevitable future, in which professional baseball, is what?

The inevitable future, that baseball is --

STU: Gosh. Woke. That it's --

GLENN: No. Nationalized. The inevitable truth that baseball is nationalized, and put under some authority of some federal entity.

STU: Wait.

GLENN: Hmm?

STU: Why on earth would that occur?

GLENN: Attendants at the games, have declined steadily since 2008. And viewership figures are almost hilariously bleak.

An ordinary national prime time MLB broadcast, such as ESPN's Sunday night baseball attracts some 1.5 million pairs of eyes, each week. Which is to say, roughly the number that are likely to be watching, a heavily censored version of good fellows, on basic cable movie channel, at the same time, in the same time slot.

Even the World Series attracts smaller audiences, than the average Thursday night football broadcast. The dregs of the National Football League's weekly schedule. In 1975, the World Series had an average of 36 million viewers per game. In 2021, it barely attracts 12 million per game. Casual --

STU: Wait. We're going to -- okay. 12 million a game. We're going to nationalize --

GLENN: Oh, he hasn't started yet.

STU: Okay. Okay.

GLENN: Casual observers may assume that despite the lack of popularity, baseball is somehow insanely valuable. This is an illusion. A major league baseball generated around 11 billion dollars in revenue in 2019. But this figure does not accurately reflect the demand for its product. Mike trouts 426 million-dollar contract. Is effectively being paid by millions of grandparents who just want to tune into Anderson Cooper or the antiques road show.

STU: Oh, stop.

GLENN: As that audience dies off, and younger generations of cord cutters take their place, baseball's revenue will plummet.

Culturally, the game is increasingly irrelevant. The average age of a person watching baseball on television is 57. And one shutters to think, what the comparable figure is for broadcast. Typical American 10-year-olds are as likely to recognize, Jorge Soler, who was named the most valuable player of last year's World Series. As they are their local congressional representative. College athletes drafted by --

STU: That's -- that's such a -- that's a ridiculous point.

GLENN: In some parts of the country, participation in Little League has decreased by nearly 50 percent in the past decade and a half. When my wife and I signed up our 5 and 6-year-old daughters for t-ball a few weeks ago, we did so partly out of the grim sense of obligation. We might have -- we might have been Irish parents in rolling our children in step dancing classes. This is your heritage. And you're going to learn it. And you're going to love it.

STU: All right. I don't think I'm like super bullish on the future of baseball, as compared to maybe some other sports. I love baseball. But, I mean, this is a ridiculous piece. Of you're taking on a guy from the MLB MVP. Who, yes. He wouldn't be highly recognized. But, like, there are a lot of players in baseball who would be. And those are the guys who win the MVP for the entire season.

GLENN: I think it's worth being honest, up front. About what nationalizing baseball would entail. While I would like to think that the Biden administration could just take all the 30 teams and dissolve the league by executive Fiat. Citing language --

STU: Who wrote this? This is pathetic. Who wrote this?

GLENN: This is written by Matthew Walther. He's an editor of The Lamp. A Catholic literary journal.

STU: Right.

GLENN: He writes frequently about sports.

STU: He should stop writing frequently about sports. I don't think he's ever heard about sports.

GLENN: So listen to this. It's more realistic to assume Congress would have to be involved. Legislation would authorize purchasing the teams, at their current, although absurdly inflated market valuation. Players, coaches, and other staff members would become federal employees. General manager would be appointed. Blah, blah, blah. I mean, this has got to be a joke, right?

STU: Was it April 1st that it was posted?

GLENN: No. I just got this today in my show prep. No. April 7th, today.

STU: Maybe he's just late by six days.

GLENN: Maybe.

STU: First of all, we shouldn't nationalize it, even if it collapses.

GLENN: This can't be true.

STU: We should not be involved in that, in any way.

GLENN: We should not nationalize anything.

STU: I would also note that one of the teams plays in Canada, so I don't know why -- how you would be nationalizing the Toronto Bluejays. That would be an interesting trick.

GLENN: No. It came out April 6th. April 6th. Guest essay opinion, New York Times, April 6th.

STU: Now, they've been writing this opinion about how the sport is dying for so many years. I can't even count.

They've been doing it since I was a kid. And, look, it has dropped in attendance a little bit. You look last year. Obviously the covid year. Some of these parks weren't even open at the beginning of the year. So it was down last year.

You know, their numbers are fine. If you can't build a business around 68 million people in the parks, in 2019. 68 million. You can't -- you need to be nationalized? Forget it. Not to mention the TV and the digital deals, on top of the merchandise and all the other crap that goes on. Yes, at times, these -- these teams spend so much money, that they can get themselves in trouble. And there are some issues, with building in inequality, between the Los Angeles Dodgers, and every other team in the league. But still, there's no reason. There's not even an argument, that it would fail. Let alone be nationalized. It's completely ridiculous.

GLENN: I find it interesting, that he says, the average age of people watching it on TV is 57. What's the average number for the person watching TV?

STU: Right. The cable news average audience is like 72 or 3.

GLENN: Right. But they would think about nationalizing that.

STU: No. They would probably --

GLENN: I guarantee you.

STU: Yeah. You're right. The TV average age is --

GLENN: Really old.

STU: People are watching digital.

GLENN: And I shutter to think what it is on radio. Well, most likely, it's on AM radio. And unless you're a conservative, you don't even know what AM radio even means.

STU: Yeah. There's just -- there's just -- there's news talk radio, and sports radio. That's all AM is.

So, you know, this is nonsense. This is basically the -- we're going to have 700 million people, get displaced by global warming next year. It's one of those type of pieces.

GLENN: So I don't want to be -- there are people who are posting on Instagram and Facebook and stuff. My apology to George Soros.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: Last April Fools'. Okay? And they're like, Glenn Beck sold out. He apologized.

STU: Of course, yeah.

GLENN: I called him. I sincerely apologized to Mr. Pepperoni eyes. Does that sound like a sincere apology? For the love of Pete, people are so stupid. But I don't want to be one of those people. When I read this, I'm like, I don't -- I don't know anymore.

I don't know anymore. I don't know. Is this guy serious or not? Does he really --

STU: Probably -- I guess it's serious. The only reason I think it's serious. Is because this type of piece has been written for a long time. Minus the nationalization. That's a wrinkle. Baseball is going to fail. It's not our national past time anymore. It's well behind football and basketball now. And there's truth to some of that for sure.

Certainly football is the number one sport. But still, this is a pretty freaking healthy business.

GLENN: Hang on. Hang on. Maybe he's being sarcastic, and he's actually writing a pro-baseball piece.

STU: Okay.

GLENN: Saying, yeah. It's so bad. It's horrible. It's horrible.

STU: Maybe that's it.

GLENN: We should -- we have to get him on the phone. And if he doesn't get on the show, we'll know.

(laughter)

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How the WHO's 'pandemic treaty' could CONTROL governments

On May 22nd, the World Health Assembly — which is the governing body of The World Health Organization — will meet in Switzerland to discuss next steps for its ‘pandemic treaty [and its] quest to use public health to expand The WHO’s power over sovereign states,’ Daniel Horowitz reports for TheBlaze. He explains how certain amendments to be added to this treaty could ‘allow the director-general of the WHO to declare a public health emergency in a country and unilaterally coerce its citizens to take certain actions.’ The far-left and global elite continue to destroy our sovereignty, Glenn says, and this is just one more step toward their desired global government.

Read more: https://www.theblaze.com/op-ed/horowitz-states-mus...

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GLENN: I read some stuff this morning. I've been doing some research on what's happening with the WHO. And I read their stuff today, that will make your head explode. And is really evil and important.

But let me give you this today, from -- from Daniel Horowitz at TheBlaze. States must preemptively nullify any WHO international pandemic regulation.

I'm going to read it verbatim because it's just so well-written. And now is the time, that things are shifting. We're going to. There's going to be a New World Order out there. And we've got to lead it. And we have to unite the rest of the free world in doing it. That's Joe Biden. March 21st, 2022.

Any Republican that is running without mentioning your intent to fight the global pandemic treaty or regulations, might as well run as a Democrat. This is really super important, and it is beginning to happen next week. On May 22nd, the world health assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization, is going to meet in Geneva Switzerland to discuss the next step in its pandemic treaty. And the quest to use public health to expand the WHO's power over sovereign states. Representatives from 193 nations, including the US, will be attending the only country, not invited is Taiwan.

Gee, I wonder why. So what is this treaty? On January 24th, 2022, the director general of the WHO explained the treaty was a priority, to urgently strength the WHO, as leading and the director authority on global health, at the center of the global health architecture. He laid out the guiding principle of this plot. We, quote, all want a world in which science triumphs over misinformation. Solidarity triumphs over division. And equity is a reality, not an aspiration. He said, we are one world, we have one health. We are one WHO.

Now, this has not been announced. Biden has not even spoken about it. They are deathly quiet about this. But they're going to be approving amendments. The proposed amendments are essentially going to allow the director general of the WHO to declare public health emergencies in any country. And unilaterally coerce its citizens to take certain actions. Here's one of the amendments, a critical section from article nine. The WHO shall consult with and attempt to obtain verification from the state party, whose territory the event is allegedly occurring. But this is the way it's going to read. Now, WHO may take into account, reports from sources of other than notifications or consultations -- consultations shall assess these reports, according to established principles. And then communicate information on the event, to the state party, in whose territory the event is allegedly occurring.

Now, they have scratched out, before taking any action based on reports, the WHO shall consult with and attempt to obtain verification from the state party. That's all gone. They're taking that out.

So WHO gets information, has reports, and they can act without verifying with the president or anybody else.

Why would you be erasing the requirement, for the WHO to consult with the government?

Number four. If the state party does not accept the offer of collaboration within 48 hours, WHO, it used to say, May. It now says, WHO shall -- when justified by the magnitude of public health risk, immediately share with other state parties, the information available, whilst encouraging the state party to accept the offer of collaboration, by the WHO. It used to say there, while taking into accounts the views of the state party concerned.

So they're erasing all of our sovereignty. This is going to be another thing. They're going to say, is a conspiracy theory. It is not. You can look it all up. It is the world health agenda. From the World Health Organization. They are meeting in Geneva, on May 22nd. So that's next week. They are intentionally quiet on this.

Because they know the power. Now, we also know what the WHO is. You remember, when everybody was saying, we have to get out of the WHO.

They're just a tool of China. Why would you say that?

Forget that I mentioned that Taiwan is the only country that is not invited to this in Geneva.

PAT: Yeah. That's completely -- completely irrelevant.

GLENN: Completely. Amen, brother.

PAT: I don't even know why you brought it up in the first place.

GLENN: Thank you. Thank you.

PAT: It's a good thing they weren't actually -- I wish we weren't invited to it.

GLENN: Well, I will tell you this. Another reason why Donald Trump. They fought so hard to keep him out: Because he wouldn't have --

PAT: He sure wouldn't have. That's exactly right.

GLENN: He wouldn't have empowered the WHO.

PAT: Well, he took us out of the WHO.

GLENN: That's exactly right. And this president is not only putting us back, they're taking away our sovereignty.

And so it's one more piece to the global governance of the left. Warning.

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Right vs. Left: The Time for Compromise Is OVER | Jesse Kelly | Ep 146

The Left worked for decades to get control, and now they have it: “Every cultural pillar has been infected and taken over,” Jesse Kelly warns Glenn. So, it’s time to get out of the stands and onto the field. On this episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast," the host of the nationally syndicated "Jesse Kelly Show" joins with a blunt message for the Right: The time for compromise is gone. This system that’s raising young people who hate America can’t be salvaged, and while taking back Congress in 2022 would be nice, LOCAL victories are what really matter. But this won’t be a quick fight. Thankfully, Jesse has some solutions, and they involve Play-Doh …

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Where are our STANDARDS, America?

Since when are we the people that throw our hands up and accept the new normal?

We're the people, that despite all odds, we took it on. We didn't settle for less. And that's what they're telling you to do now, settle for less.

No. That's not who we are. Why would we be willing to sit around and wait for the government to fix it?

Don't lower your standards. That's un-American. We don't lower our standards. We raise standards. And that is our legacy.