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The Death Of Glenn Beck's American Dream Labs

Following President Obama's re-election in 2012, an utterly demoralized Glenn Beck realized that half of America was "utterly and completely lost in darkness" and that it would be up to him to single-handedly reform this nation and set it back on its correct course.

To achieve this end, Beck dedicated a week of television programming in early 2013 to announcing the creation of something called The American Dream Labs, a global effort that he said would not only revolutionize news, media and entertainment, but would even discover new forms of energy and new ways of farming.

"Hank Rearden is about to pour some steel," Beck pompously boasted as he revealed plans to build an entirely self-sustaining community called Independence, USA that would provide its own food and energy, produce television and film content, host research and development, and serve as a marketplace for products and ideas, while also housing a theme park and serving as a residential community ... all for a mere $2 billion. 

Independence, USA obviously never made it past the planning stages and by the following year, Beck had shifted his attention toward producing a series of high-quality movies and television shows, intent on transforming himself into a modern-day Walt Disney.

To achieve this, Beck announced that American Dream Labs was beginning production on a stop-motion family program called "History House," as well as a scripted drama series about Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. On top of that, Beck intended to make a film about a gritty warrior Santa Claus tasked with protecting Jesus Christ, along with a Spanish-language film called "The Revolutionary" that was also going to be about Jesus.

In the spring of 2015, Beck hosted a "Keys to the Kingdom" event at his Texas studio where, for a mere $5000, attendees were given behind the scenes access to see the amazing progress that American Dream Labs was making on these new endeavors, especially the "History House" program:

"When we tell the story, we’re going to start in Claymation, and we’re pretty proud of this fact, we get 13 seconds a day out of our shooting. Our days are about 14 hours long, but we get 13 seconds a day. So you know, we’re not cheating on quality, we just are doing it differently. I have some really good brainiacs who have figured out different ways to do things, but the industry norm is seven seconds a week. I don’t have the patience for that," Glenn said.

God had "absolute miracles" in store for Beck's network and these new American Dream Labs projects, Beck assured his audience, telling them to prepare for "success beyond our wildest imagination" because they were about to fundamentally change the American culture and, ultimately, the world. 

"Get ready for big things with American Dream Labs in 2016," Beck promised at the end of last year.

Yet, despite all of his grand intentions and grandiose proclamations, not one of the things that Beck promised ever materialized and on Friday, Beck quietly announced that American Dream Labs was separating from his company:

I have mixed emotions today. 

I’ve spent a lot of time talking to you about American Dream Labs (ADL). ADL has been a true partnership between myself and a unique talent, Ben McPherson. Ben is a brilliant creative. He has also become a friend. 

We often hear there is no such thing as a “good” divorce. I guess in business, that’s not always the case. Ben and I have come to the same conclusion: ADL needs to exist separate and apart from Mercury in order to spread its wings.

ADL wanted to be in Los Angeles where it could be more than “Glenn Beck’s side project.” It wanted and needed the opportunity to build its own brand and identity. We’ve decided to split up the IP/projects and are hopeful that many, if not all of the projects I’ve told you about, will be brought to life either by MRA or ADL respectively.

Who ever would have guessed that an effort by Glenn Beck that began with plans to build a $2 billion Ayn Randian utopia the size of an entire city would end in such a ignominious fashion, having produced seemingly nothing at all.

Glenn Beck Won't Stop Saying Something Just Because It Happens To Be False

Earlier this year, we noted that Glenn Beck shares a tendency with his good friend David Barton to incessantly repeat talking points despite the fact that what they are saying is simply not true. Just yesterday, we pointed to evidence of Barton doing this again and last night on his television program, Beck followed suit.

Beck was speaking with his studio audience and telling them that most of the innovation that has happened in America over the last decade has been because of the internet, but now that is under threat because of government regulation.

To illustrate this point, Beck repeated his false claim that Bill Gates had recently stated that he never would have been able to start Microsoft today because of onerous government regulations and the need to hire lobbyists.

"Bill Gates just recently said two things," Beck asserted. "He couldn't start Microsoft today if the laws were like they are now, he would not be able to do it under the regulations ... The second thing he said was the biggest mistake Microsoft made was that Apple didn't make, we didn't think we needed lobbyists. Apple, when they started, hired lobbyists right away. That's their biggest mistake as a corporate giant."

Bill Gates, of course, never said those things, as we noted the last time Beck made this claim:

What actually happened was that Brad Silverberg, who served as senior vice president at Microsoft for nine years, was asked "what were Bill Gates's worst decisions as CEO?" and he suggested that not hiring lobbyists was a key mistake:

Top of the list for me is that Bill did not engage – either himself or the company – in the political process early enough.  When Microsoft’s competitors were effectively lobbying the government, Bill’s attitude was the government should just go away and leave Microsoft alone.  In his view the company was competing hard but fairly; it was creating value for customers and that should be enough.  Well, this approach of not constructively engaging the government and concerned politicians, of not alleviating  concerns that were not going to go away, was a disaster.  The US federal government, many states, and the EU all essentially declared war on Microsoft, and Microsoft paid a devastating price.

Intel did a better job figuring out how to negotiate with the government and avoided the catastrophic fate Microsoft suffered.  Google has done a better job with the US government but it seems the EU is on Google’s case now.

Gates didn't say that failing to hire lobbyists was the worst mistake he ever made, nor did he claim that he couldn't start Microsoft today because there is too much regulation. Those were things that Beck simply made up after apparently misreading news articles and then, as usual, proceeding to making false declarations based on his own lack of information.

But obviously Beck is not going to stop saying this just because it happens to be totally untrue.

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/31/16

Glenn Beck Says Obama's Failure To Fix Race Relations 'Will Go Down As The Biggest Missed Opportunity' In American History

From the moment that Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, Republicans put into action a plan to fight him on everything from the inside in Congress while the Religious Right mobilized itself as a "resistance movement" that would wage the battle on every front from the outside.

But on his radio show today, Glenn Beck blamed President Obama for failing to bring the country together during his time in office, calling his presidency "the biggest missed opportunity in all of American history."

Beck, who mere months into Obama's presidency was calling him a racist who "has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture," said that Obama is entirely to blame for not solving the problem of race relations in this nation.

"Barack Obama, when he was elected, was a miss of the greatest opportunity any president has ever had," Beck said. "If Barack Obama would have been a uniter, not a divider and would have been a healer of race relations, we would have taken off in a completely different direction and we would have had a whole new American century in front of us. It would have been the greatest thing to ever happen. I think it will go down as the biggest missed opportunity in all of America history."

Glenn Beck Says He'll Go To Jail Rather Than Reveal Confidential Sources In Boston Marathon Bombing Lawsuit

Earlier this month, a federal judge ordered Glenn Beck to disclose the names of the confidential sources that his network relied upon when he spent a month in 2013 accusing Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a Saudi man who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, of being an al Qaeda "control agent" and the "money man" who financed the terrorist attack and recruited the Tsarnaev brothers to carry it out.

Alharbi has since sued Beck for defamation and slander and now Beck and his producers are refusing to abide by the judge's order to reveal the sources who provided the information he used to smear Alharbi so that Alharbi's lawyers can depose them.

On his radio show today, Beck said that this order is part of an effort by the government to "shut people up" and declared that he is willing to go to prison rather than reveal his sources.

"There is an effort from the government to shut people up," Beck said. "You have the government under Barack Obama, investigating reporters who are leaking things, investigating whistleblowers. You currently have a case that I'm involved in in Boston where the judge is saying I have to release my confidential sources."

"First of all, I'm happy to say I don't know the confidential sources," Beck claimed. "I specifically said the entire time, 'I don't want to know any facts I can't go on the air with and I certainly don't want to know the names of the confidential sources.' I was asked by a reporter today, 'So, this could mean jail time for somebody ... Are you willing to go to jail for [it]?' Yes! And every reporter in America should be willing to go to jail for confidential sources. Every one in America. And everyone in America, left or right, better protect that, otherwise journalism is you know it is over."

Glenn Beck Has A Vitally Important Warning About The Alt-Right ... But We're All Just Gonna Have To Wait

Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program on Friday by mocking the speech Hillary Clinton delivered last week attacking Donald Trump for his campaign's ties to the alt-right, a racist, sexist, xenophobic white nationalist movement that is strongly supporting Trump. 

While Beck began the program by mocking Clinton's speech, claiming that the alt-right was just some bogus term made up by the media to attack Trump supporters, he was quickly set straight by his co-host Stu Burguiere, who read Beck some excerpts from a piece written by conservative activist Ben Shapiro warning about the dangers of the movement. Over the course of the broadcast on Friday, Beck went from mocking the idea that the alt-right is anything to worry about to utterly freaking out that Trump's ties to the movement show that he is "a dictator in the making."

Beck then spent the weekend doing his own "research" on the movement and dedicated the first hour and a half of his radio program today to beseeching his audience to heed his warnings about the dangers that it represents because he is as convinced of this, he said, as he was when he made his predictions about an economic collapse in 2008 and the rise of an Islamic caliphate. 

"Don't mock the alt-right," Beck said. "You'd better learn what is happening right now because it's changing everything."

"Please, please, do not mock it," Beck said repeatedly today as he struggled to lay out a predictably incoherent theory that involved the Dadaist movement and Alexander Dugin and a hodgepodge of other tidbits of information in ways that literally made no sense.

But when it came time to finally explain what all of this means today for America in general and for the conservative movement in particular, Beck waffled and decided that now was not the time to reveal it.

"I think I should [hold off.] Let's at least talk about it one more day," Beck hesitantly declared. "I'm sorry, I was going to present something to you and I've been planning on it all morning and just as the microphone opened, I thought I should wait."

"I should wait," he concluded. "That's the opposite of my nature, so I should wait."

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/25/16

  • Paul Blair lost a runoff election for a GOP state senate nomination in Oklahoma and is not taking it well.
  • Glenn Beck and his producers are refusing to abide by a judge's order to name their sources in the defamation lawsuit against them.
  • Speaking of Beck, he always talks about the importance of personal integrity and decency, but tonight he'll be spending an hour hanging out with Mel Gibson.
  • Paul Hair says that his "default position on refugees has changed. I now believe it is immoral to help them."
  • Erik Rush longs for an alternate reality in which Hillary Clinton could be see for what she truly is: "Objective reality would probably represent her appearance as an amorphous, grayish-green entity with only occasional glimpses of her leering face and trendy designer apparel peeking through the goo. Festering boils, sores and other lesions would populate a shifting, gelatinous corpulence. Groups of diseased genitalia and excretory organs might form in random areas on her glistening skin, migrating across its surface and occasionally engaging each other in horrid fashion."
  • Finally, David Barton says that we mock him for claiming that the Bible opposes the minimum wage because we have never read the Bible and don't know what it says. In fact, the reason we mock Barton is because we have read the Bible and know what it says.

Trump Supporter Tells Glenn Beck That If Trump Doesn't Build A Wall, 'We're Going To Come After Him Personally'

On his radio show today, Glenn Beck asked Donald Trump supporters to call in and explain how they feel about reports that Trump is "softening" his hardline stance on illegal immigration, especially since many Trump supporters praise him for supposedly saying what he means and never backing down from his controversial positions.

Beck's first call came from "Nate in Virginia," who said that Trump is the only candidate in the last 20 years who has excited him enough to actually go out and vote because "he speaks a common tongue language" that can only be properly understood by those who can decipher the code.

That code, according to the caller, is that 80 percent of the stuff that Trump says is pure lunacy, but the core 20 percent of his message is that "he is going to fix the problem" and that is the only part that matters. 

As such, Nate said he was not worried about Trump's apparent flip-flop on immigration because that is just what he has to say in order to get elected. Provided that Trump actually follows through on his pledge to build a wall along the Southern border, he said, then "he's not going to have people like me coming after him."

But if Trump doesn't build the wall, Nate said, "he's in so much trouble, you don’t even understand the backlash of us, the ones who are so frustrated and angry and tired of all the political stuff. We're going to come after him personally. You know what I mean? We're going to get him."

Beck said that he didn't know quite what Nate meant and asked if he was talking about simply impeaching President Trump or perhaps something more violent.

"[Trump] has condoned violence in that past, hasn't he?" Nate said. "He's appealing to people who are very frustrated and angry. Their frustration and anger can only be subsided if he makes his promises true. And he has a lot on his shoulders; maybe he himself doesn't even know how much. But if he doesn't come true for us, he's going to have bigger problems, bigger problems than what you know."

"Okay," Beck said, ending the call. "Thank you for one of the spookiest phone calls I think I've ever received."

Glenn Beck And The Burden Of Being God's Watchman

Glenn Beck spent the first hour of his radio broadcast today issuing yet another dire prophetic declaration that everything he has warned about for the last 10 years is now all coming true and that only his audience has been divinely prepared to save America.

Earlier this year, Beck declared that, for ten years, God had been preparing his audience to save America by electing Ted Cruz as president, but that obviously didn't pan out. So now he is claiming that his audience has been prepared to reclaim America if Donald Trump is elected president and becomes a strongman and a dictator.

Beck doesn't want to have to issue these sorts of warnings, he said, but he has been commanded by God to do so or will otherwise bear the responsibility for the death of millions.

"I can only do what I'm supposed to do, what I feel the Lord has commanded me to do and that is tell the truth," Beck said. "He has commanded me to do my own homework. He has commanded me to never compromise on what you truly believe ... As I started to say in 2004, privately at least, there is a warning in Ezekiel that in those days there will be a watchman on the tower and at the gates. That means all of us, in our own way, are watchmen on the gates, in your own life. And if you see trouble coming, you are supposed to warn the people and, if you don't, the blood of everyone who could have heard the warning and could have done something, that blood is on your hands."

"This audience is the only hope because you are the only audience that is truly been prepared for these things at this time," he declared. "You will be our republic's last line of defense. So what do I do? People are telling me, 'At least just shut up.' I can't. I can't. You condemn me if I continue to warn, but God condemns me if I fail to warn."

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/22/16

  • Peter Montgomery @ Religion Dispatches: LGBT Victories at Olympics, Struggles in Brazil; Catholic Bishops Organizing Anti-Marriage Equality Protests in Mexico; Global LGBT Recap.
  • Tommy Christopher @ Mediaite: David Duke Show Celebrates Trump’s Breitbart Hire: We’ve ‘Taken Over the Republican Party!’
  • Sarah Posner @ Mother Jones: How Donald Trump's New Campaign Chief Created an Online Haven for White Nationalists.
  • Media Matters: Trump Ally Roger Stone: Chelsea Clinton Got “Four Plastic Surgeries” To Hide The Identity Of Her Real Father.
  • Lloyd Grove @ The Daily Beast: Is The Blaze’s Glenn Beck Suing Himself?
  • Joe Jervis: Nutjob Flip Benham Attempts To Disrupt Charlotte Pride By Screaming About Penises And Rectums.
  • John Fea: What is Jerry Falwell Jr. Doing?

If Jesus Were Here, He'd Tell Glenn Beck Not To Vote For Clinton Or Trump

Glenn Beck told his studio audience last night that he simply cannot bring himself to vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in this election because, if Jesus were here, he would tell Beck not to support either one.

Beck said that he doesn't "think there are enough people in America that are righteous" enough to warrant God's protection over this nation any more, but he wants righteousness to be at the center of his life and so he cannot not vote for a candidate that he knows is unrighteous.

"That's why I can't vote for Hillary and I can't vote for Donald," Beck said. "I know they're unrighteous. I know if Jesus were standing here, he would look at me and I would say, 'Which one?' and he'd say, 'Trust me, just trust me, come with me.' He would not say, 'Well, that's one is better than the other one.' He would not do it! That's God! Well, he's not here ... or is he? Or is he?"

David Barton: 'I've Got A Ph.D.'

Earlier this month, we watched as David Barton appeared on Glenn Beck's radio program and lied to Beck's face when he falsely claimed that he had earned a Ph.D. in education:

As we noted, Barton does not have a Ph.D., as he himself admitted on several occasions in the last two years, and his own bio states that "David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oral Roberts University and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Pensacola Christian College."

Yet, when Barton spoke at a Tea Party conference in Arkansas over the weekend, he falsely told the audience that he does have his Ph.D.

Barton, a relentlessly dishonest right-wing pseudo-historian who is reportedly a favorite of House Speaker Paul Ryan, was criticizing the book "The Godless Constitution" for not including footnotes and using it as an example of why people should not listen to "experts" who try to undermine God's role in the founding of this nation and the formation of our government.

"We defer to experts today who have no brains," Barton said. "I'm at the point where I often—I've got a Ph.D., but I often ask now how many Ph.D.s does it take to make you stupid? Because we're at the point where we have lost common sense on so many aspects of things."

'It's Going To Be A Bloodbath': Glenn Beck Calls On Republicans Supporting Trump To 'Jump Ship'

Glenn Beck spent most of today's radio show calling upon Republicans to abandon Donald Trump in the wake of the announcement that the GOP presidential nominee has hired Breitbart's Steve Bannon to serve as the campaign's CEO.

Bannon is "possibly the most dangerous guy in all of American politics," Beck said, declaring that Trump's decision to hire him is giving Republicans who are backing the GOP nominee a perfect excuse for withdrawing their support.

"There is a hall pass for the next 48 hours for all Republicans," he said. "Anybody who was on the bandwagon, Donald Trump has just given you the greatest gift and a warning: It's going to get ugly and now is the time to jump ship. Now is the time to separate yourself and if you don't, you are going to regret it."

Trump is surrounding himself with ruthless "hatchet men" like Bannon, Roger Stone and Roger Ailes, who will destroy anyone who gets in their way, Beck warned.

"You are going see things in the next 82 days that will make you go, 'You gotta be kidding me,'" Beck predicted. "I think it's going to be a bloodbath. What is coming will be an absolute bloodbath because these guys do not take prisoners. If you are not with them, they will destroy you and if you deviate from their path at all, they will destroy you."

So Predictable: Ardent 'Never Trump' Activist Brad Thor Has Now Become 'Maybe Trump'

From the moment Donald Trump began racking up wins during the Republican presidential primary race, right-wing author Brad Thor has served as one of the most ardent "Never Trump" voices within the conservative movement, declaring that the election of Trump would be "an extinction-level event potentially for our republic, for democracy."

Thor was so alarmed by the prospect of a Trump presidency that he even briefly flirted with the idea of launching his own third party bid in an effort to prevent Trump from winning the election, though that scheme quickly collapsed.

Despite all of his principled declarations that he could never, ever vote for Trump because of the terrifying dangers that the GOP nominee represents to our nation, Thor is now, predictably, beginning to cave, publishing a post on HotAir yesterday saying that Trump might represent America's last hope for survival.

America, Thor analogized, has a deadly cancer and only three months to live and while Hillary Clinton represents an ineffective drug that "will actually strengthen it and speed our death," Trump is some sketchy, untested and possibly dangerous drug being sold by some unlicensed clinic in Mexico that carries unknown side effects and questionable effectiveness ... but it is also our only hope:

Drug #1 will kill us – no question. Drug #2 might kill us, but it also might:

A) Slow the cancer, or even

B) Cure the cancer

It’s a lot to hope for, I know, but hope is all we have left. We have exhausted every other avenue. Make no mistake – I believe one hundred percent in standing on principle. Principle, in this case though, will not cure cancer.

Sadly, that crappy clinic south of the border is starting to look like our only option.

UPDATE: Thor appeared on Glenn Beck's radio show today to try to defend his shameless flip-flop and it did not go well, as Beck and his co-hosts relentlessly mocked Thor's desperate effort to justify supporting a man that he admits bears all the hallmarks of a dictator:

Glenn Beck Warns That Donald Trump Is Creating A Dangerous Black Lives Matter-Type Movement

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck warned that Donald Trump and his reckless presidential campaign are creating a conservative version of the Black Lives Matter movement that Trump will harness for nefarious ends if he loses the election.

Beck warned that if Trump loses to Hillary Clinton, "hardcore" Trump supporters will blame it on the media and on the GOP, allowing Trump to create his own TV network akin to Beck's The Blaze that could give rise to a violent conservative revolt.

"He's making a new group of Black Lives Matter," Beck warned. "He's make a new group of people that so distrust and hate the system that they will buy anything."

A Hillary Clinton presidency "is going to be nightmare" and the economy is going to tank, Beck warned, giving rise to Trump supporters who will lash out against the media and the GOP and the political system in general.

All of this will be fed by Trump himself, whom Beck predicted will start his own cable network that "will reinforce all the things that his little conspiratorial world is and it will draw those people in and it will keep them locked in."

"It will galvanize them and when Hillary Clinton goes awry, which she will, those people are going to be our ... I don't want to say Black Lives Matter because I hope they won't get violent, but maybe they will," Beck concluded. "I don't know."

Glenn Beck Mocks Donald Trump For Being Reduced To Renting Beck's Email List

Glenn Beck spent a segment of his radio broadcast today discussing the fact that he has rented his email list to Donald Trump, who has frequently attacked and taunted Beck, even though Beck has said that Trump, if elected, would be like Mussolini and throw Beck in jail:

 

 

Beck openly mocked Trump for being reduced to paying Beck to gain access to his audience now after repeatedly refusing Beck's offers to appear on his radio or television program, saying that this is a sign that Trump realizes that he is getting his "ass kicked" in the presidential campaign.

"This guy has not reached out to our audience, ever," Beck said. "Ever! He doesn't think you matter ... But this is a recognition that he needs this audience. This is a recognition of, 'I'm getting my ass kicked and I have to go to Glenn frickin' Beck and his audience because I need those ten million people to consider me.'"

"I think Donald Trump is dangerous," Beck continued. "I think he is scary as hell ... He's not man enough or have the balls enough to come on [my show,] but I'll take his money."

"I'm sure Donald Trump didn't expect this conversation to be happening," he said. "I don't think he was involved in this; his campaign did all of this. This should be recognized as Donald Trump is in so much trouble, he is now paying me to run ads in my email newsletters to reach out to an audience that he said he didn't need, nor does he even want. That's how much trouble they're in! To me, that speaks volumes. Volumes."

To listen to Beck's entire discussion of this topic, skip to the 1:20 mark of today's radio broadcast:

Is Hillary Clinton The Antichrist Or An Illuminati Witch? Jennifer LeClaire Is Just Asking

That provocative question headlines a new Jennifer LeClaire column for Charisma, which promotes what she calls a “documentary” titled “Hillary Clinton – The Antichrist Or the Illuminati Witch?” LeClaire writes:

I don't believe Hillary is the Antichrist, but the fact that so many people are utterly convinced is telling. The chatter continues. One thing is clear, believers are paying close attention to the signs of the times—including the rise of the Antichrist.

The video, though, does offer some shocking info about Hillary. Check it out for yourself.

“Documentary” is a far too generous term for the incoherent 22-minute mash-up of right-wing, Hillary-hating news clips, interviews and voiceovers that appears on the "End Of The World" YouTube channel.

Disappointingly, the video doesn’t directly address the question of whether Clinton might be the Antichrist. It does recycle conspiracy theories like Clinton’s supposed plan to confiscate everyone’s guns and talks about “that sexual relationship with Huma Abedin that is whispered about in the dark corners of Washington.”

The video includes snippets from Benghazi hearings, attacks on Planned Parenthood and its founder Margaret Sanger, right-wing news coverage of the Clinton’s email problems, and old news clips about the Whitewater scandal. It includes bits of video and audio from some recognizable speakers like Dick Morris, Robert Novak, Phyllis Schlafly, Glenn Beck and Ben Carson. Oddly, it ends with a number of somewhat endearing clips of Clinton gamely dancing with celebrities during speaking appearances like Ellen DeGeneres’s television show.

The most inflammatory comments seem to have been snagged from an Infowars video featuring Larry Nichols, who is identified by Infowars as a former “Clinton machine insider.” Nichols says of Hillary Clinton, “she’s an animal.” He says that when the Clintons were still in Arkansas, Bill told him that Hillary would go to Los Angeles once a month with a group of women to be “part of a witches’ church.”

This is the “documentary” that LeClaire writes is “demanding answers.” What is the question exactly?

Glenn Beck Can't Believe People Can't See That We're Living Under God's Judgment

Last night, Glenn Beck told his studio audience that he simply cannot believe that his fellow Americans cannot clearly see that this nation is under God's judgment. 

God wants us all to be happy and get along, Beck said, but He also gives us free will, which we are using to make terrible choices, leading us to suffer the consequences of violating God's laws.

"Because of our choices as a nation," Beck said, "He's really clear, I mean, He does this every time. My gosh, I can't believe that we are the people that you read in the scriptures where you're going, 'These people are are so stupid.' I mean, I can't believe it, every time you read it and I've never understood it. I think I remember asking when I was young, 'How come the people in the Bible are always so stupid? Didn't they see?' No. No, they didn't see, and it's amazing to be living in that time and seeing how many people are just blind to it."

"So what does He do? He wakes us all up," Beck continued. "At some point, dad walks in the room right before you're going to be late for school and he turns on the light and rips the sheets off of you and all of a sudden you're freezing when you were toasty warm and he's like, 'Get up, now!' That's what's coming, but He's only doing it because He loves us."

Right Wing Promoting Clinton Conspiracy Theory On Murdered DNC Staffer

Kyle reported on Wednesday that Glenn Beck appeared to be promoting a new conspiracy theory that a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer was killed to keep him from exposing Hillary Clinton emails, or possibly in retaliation for his already having done so. The conspiracy theory, being fanned by Wikileaks’ Clinton-hating Julian Assange over the objections of the victim’s family, is getting wider circulation among right-wing activists.

Today, William Murray’s Government is Not God PAC sent an email with the headline, “Who Had DNC Staffer Killed?” His email linked to a WND story that suggested the staffer was just another victim of the “Clinton machine.”

“Three people with tangential connections to Bill and Hillary Clinton have died in unusual circumstances over the last few weeks,” the article says, “sparking a renewed interested in the so-called 'body count' of people who allegedly got in the way of the ‘Clinton machine.’"

There’s more:

Is there something to the talk of a growing body count, or is it all just in the minds of "conspiracy nuts" who intersect with reality only on rare occasion?

The question was raised in a commentary Tuesday by Rachel Alexander at Townhall.

She cited the recent deaths of Democratic National Committee worker Seth Rich on July 10; Shawn Lucas, who helped serve the DNC with a summons in a fraud allegation, on Aug. 2; and John Ashe, the former president of the United Nations General Assembly, on June 22, just before he was scheduled to begin pretrial meetings "involving shady financial dealings regarding a former Clinton crony."

"Since the Democratic National Committee emails were leaked a few weeks ago, three people associated with the DNC have all been found dead under what could be questionable circumstances," Alexander wrote. "Some – including Bernie Sanders supporters – suspect the Clintons were behind the deaths, just more episodes in the alleged ‘Clinton body count' dating back to the 1990s. 

The WND story cites an earlier story by The Political Insider that claims “46 people who were close to the Clintons have died during their 3 decades of political power,” adding, “That number should give us all pause.”

The idea that the Clintons have routinely had people killed has circulated on the right since at least the earliest days of the Bill Clinton administration, when Jerry Falwell used his Old Time Gospel Hour to hawk videotapes suggesting Clinton was involved in drug smuggling and murder.

Donald Trump has joined in, calling the death of former White House aide Vince Foster “very fishy” and saying “there are people” who bring it up because they think Foster was murdered. As we have reported, Donald Trump is an avid promoter of conspiracy theories, and his followers tend to believe them.  

Glenn Beck Appears To Cite Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory To Justify Not Revealing His Confidential Sources In Defamation Lawsuit

As we noted earlier today, a federal judge issued a ruling yesterday ordering Glenn Beck to reveal the names of several confidential sources upon whom he relied during his 2013 crusade to prove that Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi was "the money man" who financed and orchestrated the Boston Marathon bombing.

Alharbi is now suing Beck for defamation and demanding to know the identities of Beck's sources so that they can be deposed by his lawyers, and the judge overseeing the case has ordered Beck's legal team to reveal them.

Beck kicked off his radio program today by discussing the conspiracy theory that a Democratic National Committee staffer was recently murdered, supposedly because he was some sort of whistle-blower who was going to expose Hillary Clinton. And while Beck did not directly address the defamation lawsuit or the judge's ruling in his comments, it was quite obvious that he was using this conspiracy theory as justification for his refusal to reveal the sources behind his attack on Alharbi.

"Read the papers," Beck said. "Read the internet. Sources are under attack. Confidential sources are under attack and you cannot reveal confidential sources because there are sources that are concerned about this very kind of thing ... I am convinced, after talking to people in the government and talking through others to sources, I am absolutely convinced that people feel this way; that if I say anything [they will be killed.]"

"Have we crossed a line to where our government or our politicians or our political institutions now feel comfortable enough to where they will kill you?" Beck asked. "Now that sounds crazy, but are we not moving towards Russia?"

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Glenn Beck Posts Archive

Kyle Mantyla, Monday 09/19/2016, 3:31pm
Glenn Beck was outraged by President Obama's remarks at a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner over the weekend, where he said that he would consider it "a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election." Beck, who beagn attacking Obama as a white-hating racist just months after he took office but now has the gall to say that Obama is personally responsible for failing to solve the issue of race relations in this country, said that the black community has no reason to listen to Obama on this... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 09/16/2016, 1:28pm
For years, Glenn Beck has been telling his audience that they will go down in history as the ones who saved America when everything collapsed. But now that time has come, he told his studio audience last night, and so they had better be prepared.  Beck predicted that regardless of whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton wins the election, America is headed for utter chaos and destruction, during which members of his audience will emerge as the leaders whom future generations will build statues of and credit with restoring this nation. Most importantly, he promised, they... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 09/15/2016, 5:30pm
Since the future of the Supreme Court has been the central justification the Religious Right has used for supporting Donald Trump, the prospect of him naming the "first openly gay member of the Court" must be rather alarming to them. David Barton is not happy that the word "gender-fluid" has made its way into the Oxford English Dictionary. Glenn Beck's media empire seems to be falling apart. Jane Chastain says that Tim Kaine is "what Lenin referred to as 'useful idiots.'" Finally, FRC prays that "God's people [will]... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 09/15/2016, 2:37pm
Back in late 2014 and early 2015, Glenn Beck issued several dire warnings, predicting that the United States would destroy the internet and drive him out of business if it implemented net neutrality. America deserved "to be destroyed," he proclaimed, if we were such "morons" that we couldn't see that we were ruining the internet, and with it, the last bastion of freedom in the world. Beck's opposition to net neutrality, of course, was rooted entirely in his own ignorance about what it actually was. In fact, it has now been in effect for over a year and Beck is... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 09/14/2016, 12:09pm
Last night, Glenn Beck unveiled one of the new formats that he'll be using for his nightly television program, which has now changed its name from "The Glenn Beck Program" to simply "Glenn." Beck intends to have different formats for every night of the week and last night's program was the first of his "Think Tank" episodes in which he and several staff members sit around and discuss the news of the day. They kicked things off by attacking President Obama for supposedly trashing America when he was on his recent trip to Laos, playing a clip of him saying... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 09/14/2016, 10:36am
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, Glenn Beck launched a crusade to prove that the United States government was covering up what "really" happened during the terrorist attack.  According to Beck, Abdulrahman Alharbi, a Saudi Arabian student who was injured in the bombing, was not simply a victim but was really an al Qaeda "control agent" who had recruited the Tsarnaev brothers to carry out the attack. Though Alharbi had briefly been considered a person of interest in the early part of the investigation, he was quickly cleared by... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 09/12/2016, 5:30pm
Glenn Beck says that 9/11 was "the morning our nation's childhood died." Right-wing activist Philip Zodhiates is set to go on trial next week for his role in helping "ex-gay" Lisa Miller kidnap her child and flee the country. Theodore Shoebat has some thoughts about Hillary Clinton: "Besides everything else that she is, her evil springs from her being a heretic. That is the bottom line. This is why back in Christendom, they used to burn heretics and witches at the stake." Jan Markell says that "ISIS is literally praying every day that... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 09/12/2016, 11:47am
On Thursday, Glenn Beck told his studio audience that he cannot vote for Donald Trump in November because only if he and others refuse to vote for Trump will there will remain a righteous "remnant" in America whom God can continue to bless.  "We're the dumbest people alive," he said. "We are the people that we used to make fun of when we read the Bible" because we are openly and willfully violating God's laws but cannot understand why we are under His judgment. "We're those people," Beck said, "but the good news is, this time, I... MORE >