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#1 dudeone

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:56 PM

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
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Posted Jan 8, 2013 6:06pm EST

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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[s] 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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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:03 PM

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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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:52 PM

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


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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Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:48 PM

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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.


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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Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:55 PM

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

And they have no problem taking responsibility for those views.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:02 PM

And they have no problem taking responsibility for those views.


Sure they don't, but let's not parade them as some kind of paragons of human virtue, equality, or personal responsibility. They're right wing bigots who make the world a worse place, and make millions doing it.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:16 PM

And they have no problem taking responsibility for those views.


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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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:24 PM

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 ..


Why should Christians be tolerant to the notion of sin?
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:26 PM

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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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:31 PM

Why should Christians be tolerant to the notion of sin?


Okay, they shouldn't. Now act offended that someone referenced Christians in a negative way.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:34 PM

Okay, they shouldn't. Now act offended that someone referenced Christians in a negative way.


Why should I be offended? If anything, I'm already used to this drivel from certain posters here.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:34 PM

Why should Christians be tolerant to the notion of sin?


If it does not directly effect them, then it is none of their concern .. why they feel they need to tell the rest of society how to live their lives is beyond me, and thus warrants scorn and vitriol directed their way .. they should focus on saving their own immortal souls, as they seem to stray into sin more often than the most wanton "sinner" ..
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:38 PM

Why should I be offended? If anything, I'm already used to this drivel from certain posters here.


I don't know why, you just seem like you always are. And what drivel? All he said is that Christians should be tolerant. You seem to take offense to that.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:48 PM

Why should Christians be tolerant to the notion of sin?


Sinners. Your job is to love the sinner. This concept has been absent in "christianity" for a long time now.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:26 PM

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. You supported 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

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:31 PM

^ ^ ^ Great letter .. thanks for sharing .. this guy seems to have Glenn pegged squarely to the wall ..
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:55 AM

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 ..


Obviously you have no idea about Beck's show. You probably just hate him just because of what you heard from others.

It's kinda funny how Glenn Beck says that he knows people call him anti-Semitic, even though he frequently brings on Rabbis and other Jewish experts on his show for open dialogue and what not, plus he also have those pro-Israel events.... yet he gets labelled for hating Jews? lol

Other accuse him of being a racist, even though he believes in equality for everyone, that people should be characterized based on merit rather than skin colour, plus he have many civil rights people on his show. Somehow he's racist?

It's true that Glenn Beck is very religious, he makes it a point that he personally was changed due to his beliefs. That being said, he never pushes it on his show, nor does he act like some religious zealot condemning others if they don't believe in Christ.
His use of the concept of "God(s)" on his show is to reiteration that certain basic human rights supersede any artificial/human construct by society. That you're guaranteed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness not because other PEOPLE allowed you those rights, it's something that is inherent. If "man" gives those rights, the "man" can easily take away those rights.

As for abortion, Beck isn't just some blowhard who only talks the talks, he also walks the walks. He adopted an unwanted child who could have easily been aborted by the biological mother.
Regardless of which side you are on for this issue, it's a fact that it is tragic for the fetus to pay the ultimate price for the sins of the parent(s).


Now then.... what's so "bad" about Glenn Beck?
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:32 AM

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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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:25 AM

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:52 AM

His views are literally closer go being fascist.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:53 AM

Oh god please don't include Penn Jillette in your crazy, Beck... Penn Jillette mocked conspiracy theorists, Beck is one of them.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:21 PM

Now then.... what's so "bad" about Glenn Beck?


He's a scare mongering conspiracy theorist. Also fundamentally dishonest. His faux movements are annoying as are his attempts to rebrand himself.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:58 PM

He's a scare mongering conspiracy theorist. Also fundamentally dishonest. His faux movements are annoying as are his attempts to rebrand himself.

The problem is not only does he have a following but he has people in such opposition to him that give him substantial attention.. that helps him too.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:04 PM

Your title is misleading. You do know there is a difference between a Lib/Liberal and a Libertarian? It is a moral idea that emphasizes natural law, individual responsibility to oneself, and less government infringement. Politically it is conservative, but socially permissive. For example, the government should not dictate as to whether free people can smoke marijuana. It is not that Libertarians are pro-marijuana, they are pro-self determination as in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:05 PM

Your title is misleading. You do know there is a difference between a Lib/Liberal and a Libertarian? It is moral idea that emphasizes natural law, individual responsibility to oneself, and less government infringement. Politically it is conservative, but socially permissive. For example, the government should not dictate as to whether free people can and smoke marijuana. It is not that Libertarians are pro-marijuana, they are pro-self determination as in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

That much is true.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:57 PM

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 ..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSwlxJM5Chc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUfkEMk7UiI

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 ..


I'm not by any means claiming he's perfect. I do agree that some of his "acting" is very annoying and that some of his prediction are really whacked out.
That being said, he has some positives and some negatives, but that's why every political commentator on either end of the spectrum. Him promoting charity, greater community support, individualism, smaller government, protection of human rights, etc... those simply can't be dismissed.

For those bashing Beck, I'm assuming those like Bill Mahar, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews should also be criticized equally, right? They preach the same type of messages that's as divisive as Glenn Beck. Mahar outright says Western Society >>> Muslim Society and get applauded. Imagine if Glenn Beck utter the same thing.

His views are literally closer go being fascist.


Please explain.
Pro-Israel, smaller government, greater rights/liberty for all.... and he's fascist?

Then what's not fascist? Anti-Israel, trampling of individual rights, bigger and more authoritative government... wait, what?
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:26 PM

Glenn Beck: "Badge of Honor" that I'm more loathsome to Al Gore than Al Jazeera

By Alexander C. Kaufman | Reuters – 3 hrs ago

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LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - It took 15 minutes for former vice president Al Gore to reject Glenn Beck's offer to buy Current TV - a point of pride for the former Fox News host-turned-media entrepreneur.

Beck told Fox News's Bill O'Reilly on Thursday that it was a "badge of honor" to not be "anywhere close to his agenda, to his values."

"Did you really make an offer to buy this dopey network?" O'Reilly asked Beck, who has previously said he attempted to buy Gore's nascent cable network, sold recently to Qatar-based Al Jazeera.

"We debated back and forth because I think it was worth about half of what they paid," said Beck, who offered to make a bid for Current. "They said, 'We actually have to go to the vice president - we're going to call you back.'"

About 15 minutes later, he said the phone rang.

"'The vice president has a reputation and under no circumstance will he ever entertain an offer from Glenn Beck,'" Beck recalled the Current representatives saying. "His legacy of his network was too important, so he sold it to Al Jazeera."

Beck went on to accuse Al Jazeera of conspiring to hide Osama bin Laden. he also said the network supports the stoning of women and homosexuals in the streets of Qatar.

Al Jazeera completed its purchase of the liberal-minded network on January 2, reportedly paying $500 million for a cable foothold in the United States.

The deal has raised eyebrows among those who question Al Jazeera's editorial independence. The Arab- and English-language news channel is funded mostly by the Qatari royal family, who allegedly have tampered with its editorial integrity, according to U.S. State Department cables published in 2010 by WikiLeaks.

"You believe that Al Gore, in his mind, believes you are more of a threat to the world than Al Jazeera?" O'Reilly asked.

"I do absolutely believe he is more in line with Al Jazeera than anything I would preach," Beck said, calling Gore "a fraud." "I think he thinks I'm much more dangerous than Al Jazeera - he's that insane."
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:29 PM

Glenn Beck: "Badge of Honor" that I'm more loathsome to Al Gore than Al Jazeera

By Alexander C. Kaufman | Reuters – 3 hrs ago

http://news.yahoo.co...-220305554.html

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - It took 15 minutes for former vice president Al Gore to reject Glenn Beck's offer to buy Current TV - a point of pride for the former Fox News host-turned-media entrepreneur.

Beck told Fox News's Bill O'Reilly on Thursday that it was a "badge of honor" to not be "anywhere close to his agenda, to his values."

"Did you really make an offer to buy this dopey network?" O'Reilly asked Beck, who has previously said he attempted to buy Gore's nascent cable network, sold recently to Qatar-based Al Jazeera.

"We debated back and forth because I think it was worth about half of what they paid," said Beck, who offered to make a bid for Current. "They said, 'We actually have to go to the vice president - we're going to call you back.'"

About 15 minutes later, he said the phone rang.

"'The vice president has a reputation and under no circumstance will he ever entertain an offer from Glenn Beck,'" Beck recalled the Current representatives saying. "His legacy of his network was too important, so he sold it to Al Jazeera."

Beck went on to accuse Al Jazeera of conspiring to hide Osama bin Laden. he also said the network supports the stoning of women and homosexuals in the streets of Qatar.

Al Jazeera completed its purchase of the liberal-minded network on January 2, reportedly paying $500 million for a cable foothold in the United States.

The deal has raised eyebrows among those who question Al Jazeera's editorial independence. The Arab- and English-language news channel is funded mostly by the Qatari royal family, who allegedly have tampered with its editorial integrity, according to U.S. State Department cables published in 2010 by WikiLeaks.

"You believe that Al Gore, in his mind, believes you are more of a threat to the world than Al Jazeera?" O'Reilly asked.

"I do absolutely believe he is more in line with Al Jazeera than anything I would preach," Beck said, calling Gore "a fraud." "I think he thinks I'm much more dangerous than Al Jazeera - he's that insane."


A perfect ending .. Beck accusing anyone else of being insane is a ripe one .. :lol:
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:53 PM

Dick Armey Sticks His FreedomWorks Payback to Glenn Beck

ELSPETH REEVE JAN 4, 2013

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Former FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey revealed that the Tea Party group paid Glenn Beck about $1 million to say "nice things" about the group on his radio show, and that it got a negative return on that investment, in an interview Friday — with the liberal group Media Matters, of all places. It's the latest strange revelation in the FreedomWorks civil war. Armey reportedly tried to stage an armed coup last fall, but his reign didn't last long, and donor Richard J. Stephenson agreed to pay Armey $400,000 a year for 20 years to go away. Apparently that didn't come with a non-disparagement clause.

After the liberal magazine Mother Jones posted a copy of a FreedomWorks document about its fundraising, Armey reached out to Media Matters to explain how the group wastes money by trying to raise money through radio hosts Beck and Rush Limbaugh. Armey said FreedomWorks paid Beck $1 million to say nice things about the group to raise more cash, but Beck's appeals raised considerably less than that. "The arrangement was simply FreedomWorks paid Glenn Beck money and Glenn Beck said nice things about FreedomWorks on the air," Armey said, adding that, initially, Beck's kind words were only supposed to cost $250,000 a year. "Once that was approved by the trustees, it then took on a life of its own, it got bigger than we understood it to be. All of a sudden it was we are paying Limbaugh as well as Beck." The price of Beck's nice words then went up to $1 million a year, Army said. He explained how it was a bad investment:


"If Limbaugh and Beck, if we were using those resources to recruit activists and inform activists and to encourage and enthuse activists, that's one thing... If we are using these things to raise money; one, it's a damned expensive way to raise money; and two, it makes raising money an end on to itself not an instrumental activity to support the foundation work that our organization does...


"It is like federal budgeting... We count the receipts we get from people who have sent in money, and we, meaning they, I am not a part of it anymore, do not count what the funds that are laying out are. They don't say, we paid Beck a million dollars and we had this program where we raised $300,000, you had a net cost of $600,000, or whatever the numbers are."


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included in the document posted by Mother Jones is the chart at right, which shows there is, indeed, some kind of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh "program."

If you can't quite remember all the twists and turns of the FreedomWorks saga, here are some highlights:

December 3: Mother Jones reports Armey abruptly quit in November, demanding his likeness, signature, and book stop being used to raise money for FreedomWorks, prompting a wave of speculation about what might be going on.

December 5: Armey reveals the fight was over FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe's book, which Armey said Kibbe created with a great deal of FreedomWorks resources but won the rights to personally. That means Kibbe makes money off the book, not FreedomWorks.

December 12: Mother Jones posts FreedomWorks internal memos in which Kibbe claims board members who called for an investigation into his book deal are really part of the GOP establishment trying to control the group. "Republican Insiders Attempt Hostile Takeover of FreedomWorks," the memo is called.

December 25: The Washington Post reveals that Armey was so mad about Kibbe's book that he staged an armed coup. Yes, armed as in guns. The day after Labor Day, Armey had "walked into the group’s Capitol Hill offices with his wife, Susan, and an aide holstering a handgun at his waist. The aim was to seize control of the group and expel Armey’s enemies: The gun-wielding assistant escorted FreedomWorks’ top two employees off the premises, while Armey suspended several others who broke down in sobs at the news." The Post reports the details of Armey's exit deal: Cancer Treatment Centers of America founder Richard J. Stephenson, a major FreedomWorks donor, will pay Armey $400,000 a year for 20 years.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:32 PM

^ ^ ^ Oh Gods it just gets better and better .. anyone who defends this whole clown show must have been to one too many rodeos ..
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