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Glenn Beck Relaunching The Blaze As Global Libertarian News Network

Beck takes a shot at Fox as he expands his news network with foreign bureaus and a new show. “I consider myself a libertarian… I'm a lot closer to Penn Jillette than I am to Chuck Hagel.”

By McKay Coppins

BuzzFeed Staff

Posted Jan 8, 2013 6:06pm EST

http://www.buzzfeed....-global-liberta

Glenn Beck announced plans Tuesday during his online television program to expand the news operation in his media company, The Blaze, and refocus it as a libertarian network, opening three foreign bureaus, debuting a nightly newsmagazine show, and relocating his New York staff to showy new offices.

Beck introduced his ambitious plans by standing in front of a split screen with MSNBC's Chris Matthews on one side and Fox News's Sean Hannity on the other, and bemoaning the fact that cable news has devolved into the "far left [and] far right... yelling at each other."

"We're not gonna play in that crazy space as a network," he said, adding, "I consider myself a libertarian... I'm a lot closer to Penn Jillette than I am to Chuck Hagel."

He said over the next 60 days, The Blaze will open three foreign bureaus in cities that are "important to America." He will also relocate his New York staff from their current midtown offices into a building that will "send a very clear message to everyone in New York... it will piss everyone off."

Beck also showed a teaser for a new nightly 30-minute newsmagazine show calledFor the Record.

"Our Nightline will be a nightly half hour broadcast to update you on a topic that no one else quite frankly has the balls to do. I will," he said.

The trailer for the show — which he said will be "the most expensive show on the network, including mine" — featured future episodes exposing the NSA for turning America into a "surveillance state," and warning that the UN "want your guns," both big issues in libertarian circles.

After the in-your-face trailer ended, Beck chuckled, "Security is going to be a real issue for the people in our company."

The Blaze also has plans to hire investigative journalists and plans to produce more documentaries, Beck said.

"We are currently looking for our own Woodwards and Bernsteins," he said. "Maybe they don't exist anymore, and if that's the case I don't really care. We'll grow our own!"

Beck launched his online TV network, then called GBTV, in 2011, and has brought all his media properties — including a news and opinion site, a monthly magazine, and an online radio network — under umbrella of The Blaze brand. Last year, the network began airing on a Dish Network channel, and last week, Beck revealed that he tried to buy the channel currently airing Al Gore's Current TV — a sign that he hopes to expand into cable soon.

But Beck's decision to orient the network's programming around libertarian politics — or at least brand it that way — could be a play for younger, conservative viewers, who find the Republican Party, and the network that most closely aligns with its ideals, Fox, distasteful.

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This should be fun .. Beck is a perfect reflection of everything wrong with American Society .. him and Sarah Palin should have children together ..

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This should be fun .. Beck is a perfect reflection of everything wrong with American Society .. him and Sarah Palin should have children together ..

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You feel that the ideals of self determination, personal responsibility, less government interference in our daily lives, equal rights and opportunities for all, religious freedom, success built on hard work and less taxation are flawed? What exactly is wrong with those ideals? They are just a few of the beliefs that drive Glen Beck and Sarah Palin. They have publicly stated these beliefs over and over again if you would care to do a little research.

How can a system that rewards hard work and personal responsibility be wrong?

By the sounds of your perception of Beck and Palin you do not believe in these same ideals.

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Equal rights? .. for the LGBT community? .. marriage freedom? .. I believe their core principles are good, they just dinna practice what they preach .. abortion rights granted by the Supreme Court? .. free to conduct stem cell research? .. creationism? ..foreign diplomacy? .. divine intervention in government? .. supported Bridge to Nowhere then lied about it? .. prayer in public schools? .. war on drugs? .. Paul Revere? .. and that is all just Miz Palin .. I do not have time nor the stomach to examine Beck's "beliefs" .. the guy is a looney .. and appeals to the paranoid and ill-informed in the US

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The fact they "take responsibility" for the racist, homophobic, born again garbage they spew is nothing to be proud of IMO .. first thing I look for in a "Christian" is tolerance .. if that is absent then they are cheating on Jesus .. true story ..

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I thought Glenn Beck was good when he was on CNN Headline News with his show, it was solid. I get the feeling he kind of plays to his audience with some of the wackier stuff he's done, not sure he actually buys some of the stuff he says, more being controversial for ratings' sake.

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Dear Glenn Beck, Please Don’t Call Yourself A ‘Libertarian’

Dear Mr. Beck:

Congratulations on your slow move towards libertarianism. We are glad for your newfound support for legal marijuana, gay marriage, and your backing down from Bush-era hawkishness.

But many of us libertarians prefer to say “thanks but no thanks” to your attempt to become the “libertarian” leader of a so-called “global news network.”

As I’ve written before, you make it really hard for people who believe in limited government to be taken seriously. In the past, you’ve only given the media more reason to dismiss a largely intellectual movement as being just a bunch of tinfoil hat-wearing, overly aggressive crazy people.

You’re free to call yourself whatever you want. But that doesn’t mean we should accept you. While we agree with you on some of the big picture — government spends way too much money it doesn’t have, and is far too intrusive into our daily lives — many of us dislike your rhetoric and your chalkboard-and-puppets conspiracy version of history.

Look, we libertarians try to operate as a big tent. And I’m happy when non-libertarians like yourself aspire and draw towards it. The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg recently pondered whether he is a libertarian, and that’s a welcome step forward for the movement. But when you or (the far, far worse)Alex Jones label yourselves “libertarian,” it is most certainly not a progression for us who already feel marginalized by the political process and much of the media.

Here’s just one example of how you take any semblance of a potentially rational discussion and elevate it to cuckoo land:

In the trailer for your new “libertarian” news network, you tease newsmagazine specials on topics that supposedly matter to liberty-minded folk, like some evil United Nations plot to disarm Americans. Do libertarians believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms? Yes. Do we generally oppose restrictive gun control? Absolutely. But do we think the federal government is in a cahoots with the U.N. to take away all of our guns? Uhhhh, no. That’s not “libertarian,” that’s fear-mongering with a naked appeal to the large portion of your viewers who already buy into thedoomsday survivalist shtick available in your web store.

Sure, some of your more ardent fans will back you up on your self-labeled “libertarianism,” but I challenge you to walk down the halls of Reason magazine and not have them snicker at your bizarro connect-the-dots version of history; or speak before 1,200+ college students at the annual Students for Liberty conference and not be booed or laughed off the stage when you lament the downfall of Western civilization at the hands of pro-gay shows like Glee; or submit an article to the Rothbardian types at LewRockwell.com and not have them pick apart every hysterical myth contained within.

Now, of course, you may say we sound like the cool kids at the lunch table telling the weird kid that he can’t sit with us. But this isn’t the school cafeteria; this is a battle of ideas. And we are currently losing it because of people like you who have helped give limited government types a bad name.Rush Limbaugh makes conservatives look bad on a regular basis; and you assumedly want to be the libertarian version of that? No thanks.

Maybe you are, as you say, a “growing” libertarian — i.e., you’re “evolving,” coincidentally, like the president you dislike so much — but that doesn’t erase the years you’ve spent as a so-called “liberty lover” while almost never criticizing George W. Bush when he was in power. (Believe me. I know that because, in my previous career, it took days to find a single anti-GOP soundbite for a TV special on your fledgling career.)

You’ve built a reputation as yet another right-wing firebrand who absolutely detests President Obamaand will link anything and everything to his kneeling nightly before a Karl Marx statuette. It’s not the kind of baggage to carry around when dealing with libertarians who pride themselves on equal-opportunity skepticism of partisans on both sides who suffer from “President From The Other PartyDerangement Syndrome.”

BuzzFeed writes that your relaunch as “libertarian” is an attempt to grab the eyeballs of the young people who are disgusted by the two parties and by the “shouting heads” on cable news. If so, I’m not sure you’ll be able to court them.

“If we’re Glenn Beck’s target audience, he’s missed his mark by a mile,” Daniel Bier told me this morning. He runs a prominent blog called The Skeptical Libertarian, which has a readership largely made up of libertarian students and professionals.

During the GOP primaries, most young libertarians rolled their eyes but had their preferred candidates who at least nodded in the direction of libertarianism. That included a bit of Jon Huntsman, a whole lot of Gary Johnson, and an even greater amount of Ron Paul. But were you out there supporting any of these guys while lamenting the big-government-conservative GOP field? No.

Michelle Bachmann at first, and then… Rick Santorum, arguably the most anti-libertarian GOP candidate since Pat Buchanan.

And, indeed, young liberty types find the Republican Party and Fox’s treatment of the news to be distasteful but, given that, do you really think that they will then turn to Glenn Beck, the man who has said things like this… or this?

Hopefully someday you can drop the histrionics and the looseness with facts, and then maybe we can all sing “Kumbaya” together under a libertarian tent.

But, in the meantime, I do wish you the best of luck. And since it’s part of my job, I will be watching.

Sincerely,

Andrew Kirell

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/dear-glenn-beck-please-dont-call-yourself-a-libertarian/

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^ ^ ^ Great letter .. thanks for sharing .. this guy seems to have Glenn pegged squarely to the wall ..

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The fact they "take responsibility" for the racist, homophobic, born again garbage they spew is nothing to be proud of IMO .. first thing I look for in a "Christian" is tolerance .. if that is absent then they are cheating on Jesus .. true story ..

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Which Glenn Beck are you talking about .. he changes position faster than a hooker changes her undies .. he is trying to re-make himself as some kind of "White Oprah" .. neither of them do anything for me, nor represent the best interests of society .. have attached a couple of clips of Glenn lying about reality ..

This guy is a freeking nut job .. a chameleon in wolves clothing .. did you run out of tinfoil yet? .. no matter where Glenn settles at any moment, he will shift gears and positions to suit his economic agenda .. that agenda being "what is good for Glenn" ..

Cherry pick his lucid moments all you want .. bottom line is he is mentally ill .. a re-occurring problem in the US of A .. he is the frigging poster boy ..

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