Flashback to 2009: Glenn Beck was on FOX News, dominating the ratings and Conservatives all over America were waking from their fog of apathy. People like Beck, Sarah Palin, Ron and Rand Paul, Andrew Breitbart and Michelle Malkin helped bring the successful, but local, Tea Party to a national level. Constitution-loving Americans realized they had to fight this small but vocal minority of uber-liberals and Marxists. President Obama had surrounded himself with radicals…his ‘czars’, who hadn’t been vetted or elected. Conservatives were engaged and enraged and Glenn Beck helped lead the charge.
Somewhere along the way, FOX and Beck butted heads. Beck wouldn’t compromise his values–that part was clear. It also all seemed to happen shortly after Beck started getting the better of “Spooky guy’, George Soros. Other rumors claimed The Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) was involved, not far-fetched if you understand how deeply entrenched they are in America’s media and businesses. Regardless, liberals had a field day celebrating their ‘success’ in getting rid of Beck. At the NYU Stern School of Business, Beck recently talked about his departure from FOX saying head honcho Roger Ailes didn’t want him to go; however, Beck says he had to. “I remember feeling, ‘If you do not leave now, you won’t leave with your soul intact.” The book, Roger Ailes: Off Camera suggests Ailes wanted FOX to have a more moderate tone and that didn’t include Beck.
Glenn Beck may not be on FOX, but he’s still found enormous success with his own network, The Blaze, first through Internet memberships and now with cable carriers (after their customers demanded it). Like him or hate him, he’s always had one specific character trait that I find makes him incredibly trustworthy: he admits when he’s wrong.
That’s why I urge some misled conservatives to wake up, and wake up fast. Many people are aware that Beck discovered some troubling information about the Saudi National who was once considered a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. It’s expected that liberal/mainstream media would cry ‘conspiracy’ on Beck, but many conservatives threw him under the bus, too.
Soon after Beck started to question the official story on the Saudi National student, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, strange things began to come out. The president had a unscheduled meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister; Homeland Security denied they were deporting him, or that he was ever a ‘person of interest’ (they later admit he was on a watch list); Michelle Obama visited him in the hospital; someone tried to ‘alter’ his ‘event file’ at night…just bizarre incident after incident. Early on in the situation, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano pulled a classic Alinsky when questioned about the young man. She said the inquiry was “so full of misstatements and misapprehension that it’s just not worthy of an answer.” ICE claimed perhaps everything was just a “mix up” since they had a different Saudi in their custody. What about the copy of the ‘event file’ on the Saudi that Beck released as proof?
Mediaite, CSMonitor and others claim that a video from Bret Baier of FOX News debunks Glenn Beck’s story.
“Anyone looking at this (event file) would say this is a bad guy, this means they had a lot of stuff on this guy,” says Baier in the video. No big deal, really. He said the file was automatically issued before the Saudi was cleared to make sure he didn’t leave the country, just a silly misunderstanding. Napolitano said, “Because he was being interviewed, he was at that point put on a watch list. And then when it was quickly determined he had nothing to do with the bombing, the watch listing status was removed.” Beck was, once again, marginalized and his information was tossed aside by what the media called “a simple explanation”. None of the articles against Beck point out another important fact worth looking into. WND says that Alharbi “shares the same last name as a major Saudi clan that includes scores of al-Qaida operatives.”
When a few conservative websites, primarily blogs, kept asking questions, one of Beck’s favorite suggestions needed to be deployed: ‘watch the other hand’. And the ‘other hand’ was going to create another story to get your mind off of the Saudi mess.
First, Beck’s quotes about leaving FOX were released, quickly followed by a scathing response from a FOX spokesperson.
“Glenn Beck wasn’t trying to save his soul, he was trying to save his ass. Advertisers fled his show and even Glenn knows what that means in our industry. Yet, we still tried to give him a soft landing. Guess no good deed goes unpunished.” No mention that the major part of the advertising issues started long before Beck left. After exposing Van Jones as a radical in the Obama White House, Jones rallied his Marxist buddies into a vast media campaign to get advertisers to leave Beck’s show, or even FOX altogether. Unfortunately, he was quite successful and, like the Left, the group likes to take full credit for Beck leaving FOX.
The Glenn Beck Show continued to prosper without the support of the lost advertisers. It wasn’t until much later that Beck was supposedly given strong parameters for his show. Unable to fulfill his own calling, and with the ratings starting to slip, it’s rumored that Beck was no longer willing to bow down to anyone at FOX. We may never know if the rumors are true, but surely Beck is better for it. However, the end result was a conservative media giant that became more ‘mainstream’, more politically correct. Much more concerning was the leftist media, who celebrated Beck’s departure from FOX as a victory on their part. With their narrative of Beck, the ‘racist, Mormon, media clown’ who got fired, Beck lost some conservative support as well as a lot of credibility.
Regardless of what anyone thinks of Beck, certain facts can’t be denied. Several questions that came out of the Saudi National story need to be answered. Some are easy, at least on the surface. Why did Michelle Obama visit the Saudi at the hospital? Was it just a coincidence? They say she visited with “all of the bombing victims” that day. Why was the Saudi, closely related to so many enemies of America, allowed into the country? The Gateway Pundit has copies of the White House guest list that has someone with the same name as the Saudi visiting several times. Is it the same guy?
Then of course we still have questions about Benghazi. Most engaged conservatives knew the Benghazi story was fishy. Beck pursued the story and was widely ridiculed. The mainstream media assisted the administration in an attempt to make it a non-issue, or like Jay Carney said the other day, “Benghazi happened a long time ago”. Back in 2008, Beck also warned us about the current “gun grabbing” trend back and was called a fear-monger. There are many more examples of Beck getting it right long before the rest of the media catches up. Can we allow the media and the left to cause doubt?
Conservatives are in the fight of our lives. We’re fighting for our Constitution, for our country and most of all, for God. If we have any hope of winning the war, we have to remain engaged and informed. I am not suggesting we bow at the feet of the infallible Glenn Beck, but I am suggesting that we do as he has always recommended: “Don’t believe me, do your homework.” We must look beyond our comfort zone. If you are doing your homework, how many stories have you come across that you’ve never seen on any news channel, including FOX? The American media has been hijacked by the PC crowd, by CAIR, talk shows (The View, anyone?), soap operas and nighttime television. Don’t forget–your kids textbooks, radio, magazines, the Internet…that means we have to be everywhere and ready to defend our position effectively at any given time. The media has won the battle; don’t let them win the war. Do your homework!