The most fascinating aspect of Glenn Beck’s nightly television program is the “behind the scenes” look that it has begun to air in the form of excerpts from the morning meetings that Beck holds with his senior staff. The practice of filming and airing these clips began a few months ago and the segments have gotten progressively longer, so much so that they have begun to take up large chunks of the program that used to be filled by Beck’s opening monologue.
What is most remarkable about these clips is that they show a room full of intelligent, independent adults who gather day and day to be lectured by Beck, who is part doomsday prophet and part self-help guru, on every issue imaginable as if he alone possess some amazing insights into the true nature of the universe when, in reality, it is usually little more than Beck spewing nonsense.
Take yesterday’s meeting, for example, where they were discussing the situation in Eastern Ukraine where Jews were reportedly being told to register with the government or have their possessions confiscated and be deported. The flyers were widely regarded as being a hoax, but Beck echoed a warning issued by a Holocaust survivor that Jews should leave Ukraine anyway … but then added that there was really no place for them to go because antisemitism was just as bad in America as it is in Ukraine.
“The question is where do you run?,” Beck asked his staff rhetorically. “Think the United States is any less anti-Semitic? I mean, yes it is less anti-Semitic but we’re doing it in our universities. We’re growing it here”: