Glenn Lee Beck (born February 10, 1964) is an American talk show host,
political commentator, and producer. He is the CEO, founder, and owner
of Mercury Radio Arts, the parent company of his television and radio
network TheBlaze. A conservative, he hosts the
Glenn Beck Radio
Program, a popular talk-radio show nationally syndicated on Premiere
Radio Networks. Beck also hosts the
Glenn Beck television program,
which ran from January 2006 to October 2008 on HLN, from January 2009
to June 2011 on the
Fox News Channel and currently airs on TheBlaze.
Beck has authored six New York Times–bestselling books.
In April 2011, Beck announced that he would "transition off of his
daily program" on Fox News, but would continue to team with Fox.
Beck's last daily show on the network was June 30, 2011. In 2012,
The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter named Beck on its Digital Power Fifty list.
TheBlaze in 2011 after leaving Fox News. He currently
hosts an hour-long afternoon program, The
Glenn Beck Program, on
weekdays, and a three-hour morning radio show; both are broadcast on
TheBlaze. Beck is also the producer of For the Record on TheBlaze.
Beck's supporters praise him as a constitutional stalwart promoting
limited government and defending traditional American values,
while his critics contend he promotes conspiracy theories and employs
incendiary rhetoric for ratings.
1 Early life and education
2 Personal life
TheBlaze TV (formerly GBTV)
3.4 Stage shows and speeches
4 Projects and rallies
4.1 9–12 Project and Tea Party protests
4.2 Restoring Honor rally
4.3 "America's First Christmas"
4.4 2011 international tour
4.5 2012 presidential campaign
5 Political views
5.1 Opposition to progressivism
6.1 Political and historical
7 Public reception
7.1 Critical biographies
7.2 Satire, spoof and parody
8 Public disputes
8.1 Barack Obama
8.2 Van Jones
8.5 Jewish Funds for Justice
8.6 Reform Judaism
8.7 2011 Norway attacks
8.8 Donald Trump
Defamation lawsuit and settlement
10 See also
12 External links
Early life and education
Glenn Lee Beck was born in Everett, Washington, the son of Mary Clara
(née Janssen) and William Beck, who lived in Mountlake Terrace,
Washington, at the time of their son's birth. The family later
moved to Mount Vernon, Washington, where they owned and operated
City Bakery in the downtown area. He is descended from German
immigrants who came to the United States in the 19th century. Beck
was raised as a
Roman Catholic and attended Immaculate Conception
Catholic School in Mount Vernon.
Glenn and his older sister moved with their mother to Sumner,
Washington, attending a
Jesuit school in Puyallup. On May 15,
1979, while out on a small boat with a male companion, Beck's mother
drowned just west of Tacoma, Washington, in Puget Sound. The man who
had taken her out in the boat also drowned. A Tacoma police report
stated that Mary Beck "appeared to be a classic drowning victim",
but a Coast Guard investigator speculated that she could have
intentionally jumped overboard. Beck has described his mother's death
as a suicide in interviews during television and radio broadcasts.
After their mother's death, Beck and his older sister moved to their
father's home in Bellingham, Washington, where Beck graduated from
Sehome High School
Sehome High School in June 1982. Beck also regularly vacationed
with his maternal grandparents, Ed and Clara Janssen, in Iowa. In
the aftermath of his mother's death and subsequent suicide of his
stepbrother, Beck has said he used "Dr. Jack Daniel's" to cope. At 18,
following his high school graduation, Beck relocated to Provo, Utah,
and worked at radio station KAYK. Feeling he "didn't fit in", Beck
Utah after six months, taking a job at Washington, D.C.'s
WPGC in February 1983.
Glenn Beck speaking at Restoring Honor in front of 500,000 at the
While working at WPGC, Beck met his first wife, Claire. In 1983,
the couple married and had two daughters, Mary and Hannah. Mary
developed cerebral palsy as a result of a series of strokes at birth
in 1988. The couple divorced in 1994 amid Beck's struggles with
substance abuse. He is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, and
has said he has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
By 1994, Beck was suicidal, and he imagined shooting himself to the
music of Kurt Cobain. He credits
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) with
helping him achieve sobriety. He said he stopped drinking alcohol and
smoking cannabis in November 1994, the same month he attended his
first AA meeting. Beck later said that he had gotten high every
day for the previous 15 years, since the age of 16.
In 1996, while working for a New Haven area radio station, Beck took a
theology class at Yale University, with a written recommendation from
Senator Joe Lieberman, a Yale alumnus who was a fan of Beck's show at
the time. Beck enrolled in an "Early Christology" course, but soon
withdrew, marking the extent of his post-secondary education.
Israeli citizens holding banner at the
Jerusalem Restoring Courage
rally, in which Beck was the main speaker
Beck then began a "spiritual quest" in which he "sought out answers in
churches and bookstores". As he later recounted in his books and
stage performances, Beck's first attempt at self-education involved
reading the work of six wide-ranging authors, constituting what Beck
jokingly calls "the library of a serial killer": Alan Dershowitz, Pope
John Paul II, Adolf Hitler, Billy Graham, Carl Sagan, and Friedrich
Nietzsche. During this time, Beck's
Mormon friend and former radio
Pat Gray argued in favor of the "comprehensive worldview"
offered by The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an offer
that Beck rejected until a few years later. (Later, after Beck's
moving to the New York City area, he had a consultation with Graham,
which Beck said touched him strongly.)
In 1999, Beck married his second wife, Tania. After they went
looking for a faith on a church tour together, they joined The
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 1999, partly at
the urging of his daughter Mary. Beck was baptized by his old
friend, and current-day co-worker Pat Gray. Beck and his current
wife Tania have had two children together, Raphe (who is adopted) and
Cheyenne. Until April 2011, the couple lived in New Canaan,
Connecticut, with the four children.
Beck announced in July 2010 that he had been diagnosed with macular
dystrophy, saying "A couple of weeks ago I went to the doctor because
of my eyes, I can't focus my eyes. He did all kinds of tests and he
said, 'you have macular dystrophy ... you could go blind in the next
year. Or, you might not.'" The disorder can make it difficult to read,
drive or recognize faces.
In July 2011, Beck leased a house in the Fort Worth suburb of
Westlake, Texas. In 2012, he moved his main TV and radio studios to
On November 10, 2014, Beck announced on
TheBlaze that he had been
suffering from a severe neurological disorder for at least the last
five years. He described many strong and debilitating symptoms
which made it difficult for him to work, and he also announced
that he had "a string of health issues that quite honestly made me
look crazy, and quite honestly, I have felt crazy because of
them". Beck related that a chiropractor who specializes in
"chiropractic neurology", Frederick Carrick, had "diagnosed [him] with
several health issues, including an autoimmune disorder, which he
didn't name, and adrenal fatigue." Over a period of ten months he had
received a series of treatments and felt better. A number of
medical experts have expressed doubt about the legitimacy of Beck's
diagnosis, treatment, and the credentials of the chiropractor,
Yale University neurologist
Steven Novella dismissing
chiropractic neurology as "pseudoscience": "Chiropractic neurology
does not appear to be based on any body of research, or any
accumulated scientific knowledge,....[and] appears to me to be the
very definition of pseudoscience."
Glenn Beck has managed to monetize virtually everything that comes out
of his mouth.
– Forbes, April 2010
In 2002 Beck created the media platform Mercury Radio Arts as
the umbrella over various broadcast, publishing, Internet, and live
Glenn Beck Radio Program
In 1983 he moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, to work at radio station
KZFM. In mid-1985, Beck was hired away from
KZFM to be the lead DJ
for the morning-drive radio broadcast by WRKA in Louisville,
Kentucky. His four-hour weekday show was called Captain Beck and
the A-Team. Beck had a reputation as a "young up-and-comer". The
show was not political and included the usual off-color antics of the
genre: juvenile jokes, pranks, and impersonations. The show
slipped to third in the market and Beck left abruptly in 1987 amid a
dispute with WRKA management.
Months later, Beck was hired by Phoenix
Top-40 station KOY-FM, then
known as Y-95. Beck was partnered with
Arizona native Tim Hattrick to
co-host a local "morning zoo" program. During his time at Y-95,
Beck cultivated a rivalry with local pop radio station
KZZP and that
station's morning host Bruce Kelly. Through practical jokes and
publicity stunts, Beck drew criticism from the staff at Y-95 when the
rivalry culminated in Beck telephoning Kelly's wife on-the-air,
mocking her recent miscarriage. In 1989, Beck resigned from Y-95
to accept a job in Houston at KRBE, known as Power 104. Beck was
subsequently fired in 1990 due to poor ratings.
Beck then moved on to Baltimore, Maryland, and the city's leading
Top-40 station, WBSB, known as B104. There, he partnered with Pat
Gray, a morning DJ. During his tenure at B104, Beck was arrested and
jailed for speeding in his DeLorean. According to a former
associate, Beck was "completely out of it" when a station manager went
to bail him out. When Gray, then Beck were fired, the two men
spent six months in Baltimore, planning their next move. In early
1992, Beck and Gray both moved to
WKCI-FM (KC101), a
station in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1995, WKCI apologized after
Beck and Gray mocked a Chinese-American caller on air who felt
offended by a comedy segment by playing a gong sound effect and having
executive producer Alf Gagineau mock a Chinese accent. That incident
led to protests by activist groups. When Gray left the show to
move to Salt Lake City, Beck continued with co-host Vinnie Penn. At
the end of 1998, Beck was informed that his contract would not be
renewed at the end of 1999.
Glenn Beck Program
Glenn Beck Program first aired in 2000 on
WFLA (AM) in Tampa, and
took their afternoon time slot from eighteenth to first place within a
year. In January 2002,
Premiere Radio Networks
Premiere Radio Networks launched the
show nationwide on 47 stations. The show then moved to Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, broadcasting from new flagship station WPHT. On November
The New York Times
The New York Times reported that
Premiere Radio Networks
Premiere Radio Networks was
extending Beck's contract. By May 2008, it had reached over 280
terrestrial stations as well as XM Satellite. It was ranked 4th in the
nation with over six and a half million listeners. As of
July 2013[update], Beck was tied for number four in the ratings
behind Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Dave Ramsey.
Glenn Beck (TV program)
In January 2006, CNN's
Headline News announced that Beck would host a
nightly news-commentary show in their new prime-time block Headline
Prime. The show, simply called Glenn Beck, aired weeknights. CNN
Headline News described the show as "an unconventional look at the
news of the day featuring his often amusing perspective". At the
end of his tenure at CNN-HLN, Beck had the second largest audience
behind Nancy Grace. In 2008, Beck won the Marconi Radio Award for
Network Syndicated Personality of the Year.
In October 2008, it was announced that Beck would join the Fox News
CNN Headline News. After moving to the Fox News
Channel, Beck hosted Glenn Beck, beginning in January 2009, as well as
a weekend version. One of his first guests was Alaska Governor
Sarah Palin He also had a regular segment every Friday on the Fox
News Channel program
The O'Reilly Factor
The O'Reilly Factor titled "At Your Beck and
Call". As of September 2009[update], Beck's program drew more
viewers than all three of the competing time-slot shows combined on
MSNBC and HLN.
His show's high ratings did not come without controversy. The
Howard Kurtz reported that Beck's use of "distorted
or inflammatory rhetoric" had complicated the channel's and their
journalists' efforts to neutralize
White House criticism that Fox is
not really a news organization. Television analyst Andrew Tyndall
echoed these sentiments, saying that Beck's incendiary style had
created "a real crossroads for Fox News", stating "they're right on
the cusp of losing their image as a news organization."
In April 2011,
Fox News and Mercury Radio Arts, Beck's production
company, announced that Beck would "transition off of his daily
Fox News in 2011. His last day at Fox was later
announced as June 30. FNC and Beck announced that he would be
teaming with Fox to produce a slate of projects for
Fox News and its
Fox News head
Roger Ailes later referenced
Beck's entrepreneurialism and political movement activism, saying,
"His [Beck's] goals were different from our goals ... I need people
focused on a daily television show." Beck hosted his last daily
show on Fox on June 30, 2011, where he recounted the accomplishments
of the show and said, "This show has become a movement. It's not a TV
show, and that's why it doesn't belong on television anymore. It
belongs in your homes. It belongs in your neighborhoods." In
response to critics who said he was fired, Beck pointed out that his
final show was airing live. Immediately after the show he did an
interview on his new
GBTV internet television channel.
TheBlaze TV (formerly GBTV)
Fox News one-hour show ended June 30, 2011, and a new
two-hour show began his television network which started as a
subscription-based internet TV network,
TheBlaze TV, originally called
GBTV, on September 12, 2011. Using a subscription model, it
was estimated that Beck is on track to generate $27 million in his
first year of operation. This was later upgraded to $40 million by
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal when subscriptions topped 300,000. On
September 12, 2012,
TheBlaze TV announced that the
Dish Network would
TheBlaze is currently available on over 90
television providers, with eleven of those being in the national top
You cannot take away freedom to protect it, you cannot destroy the
free market to save it, and you cannot uphold freedom of speech by
silencing those with whom you disagree. To take rights away to defend
them or to spend your way out of debt defies common sense.
– Glenn Beck, Common Sense, 2009
Beck has reached #1 on
The New York Times
The New York Times Bestseller List in four
separate categories as of 2010[update]: Hardcover Non-Fiction,
Paperback Non-Fiction, Hardcover Fiction, and Children's
The Real America: Messages from the Heart and Heartland. Simon &
Schuster. 2003. ISBN 978-0-7434-9696-4. 
An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems.
Simon & Schuster. 2007. ISBN 978-1-4391-6857-8.
America's March to Socialism: Why We're One Step Closer to Giant
Missile Parades. 2008. (Audiobook).
An Unlikely Mormon: The Conversion Story of Glenn Beck, Deseret Book
2008 (Audiobook). ISBN 978-1-59038-944-7.
Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government, Simon
& Schuster 2009. ISBN 978-1-4165-9501-4.
Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control
Government, Simon & Schuster 2009.
America's March to Socialism: Why We're One Step Closer to Giant
Missile Parades, Simon & Schuster Audio 2009 (Audio CD).
Idiots Unplugged, Simon & Schuster 2010 (Audio CD).
Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth, and Treasure, Simon &
Schuster 2010. ISBN 1-4423-3457-6.
The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life, Keith Ablow,
co-author; Threshold Editions, 2011; ISBN 978-1-4516-2551-6.
Being George Washington: The Indispensable Man, As You've Never Seen
Him. Simon & Schuster. 2011. ISBN 978-1-4516-5931-3.
The Original Argument: The Federalists' Case for the Constitution,
Adapted for the 21st Century, with Joshua Charles; Threshold Editions,
2011; ISBN 978-1-4516-5061-7.
Cowards: What Politicians, Radicals, and the Media Refuse to Say.
Simon & Schuster. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4516-9347-8.
Miracles and Massacres: True and Untold Stories of the Making of
America. Threshold Editions. 2013. ISBN 978-1-4767-6474-0.
Dreamers and Deceivers: True Stories of the Heroes and Villains Who
Made America. Threshold Editions. 2014.
Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control,
Threshold Editions August 2, 2016. ISBN 978-1-4767-9885-1
Control: Exposing the Truth About Guns. Threshold Editions. 30 April
2013. ISBN 978-1-4767-3988-5.
Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education.
Threshold Editions. 6 May 2014. ISBN 978-1-4767-7388-9.
It IS About Islam: Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and
the Caliphate. Threshold Editions. August 2015.
The Christmas Sweater, Simon & Schuster 2008.
The Overton Window,
Threshold Editions June 2010.
Beck, Glenn; Baart, Nicole (2011). The Snow Angel. Threshold Editions.
Beck, Glenn; Parke, Harriet (2012). Agenda 21. Threshold Editions.
The Eye of Moloch,
Threshold Editions June 2013.
Agenda 21: Into the Shadows,
Threshold Editions January 2015.
The Immortal Nicholas, Mercury Ink October 2015.
The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book, Simon & Schuster Children's
Publishing 2009. ISBN 978-1-4169-9543-2.
Beck, Glenn; Schoebinger, Chris; Dorman, Brandon (illustrator) (2011).
The Snow Angel. Aladdin Books. ISBN 978-1-4424-4448-5.
Beck authorized a comic book:
Political Power: Glenn Beck, by Jerome Maida, Mark Sparacio (illus.);
Bluewater Productions, 2011
Stage shows and speeches
When Beck meets his fans, he does so with the gusto of a public figure
engaging his constituents. People he meets often give him presents and
notes. He signs autographs, poses for photos. He has perfected the
Everyman shtick that presidential candidates spend years trying to
master in places like Iowa.
The New York Times
The New York Times Magazine, 2010
Since 2005, Beck has toured American cities twice a year, presenting a
one-man stage show. His stage productions are a mix of stand-up comedy
and inspirational speaking. In a critique of his live act, Salon
Steve Almond describes Beck as a "wildly imaginative
performer, a man who weds the operatic impulses of the demagogue to
the grim mutterings of the conspiracy theorist". A show from the
Beck `08 Unelectable Tour was shown in around 350 movie theaters
around the country.
In Beck's hometown of Mt. Vernon, Washington, supporters and
detractors hold handmade signs on the day Beck was honored by the
The finale of 2009's Common Sense Comedy Tour was simulcast in over
440 theaters. The events have drawn 200,000 fans in recent
In March 2003, Beck ran a series of rallies, which he called Glenn
Beck's Rally for America, in support of troops deployed for the
upcoming Iraq War. On July 4, 2007, Beck served as host of the 2007
Toyota Tundra "Stadium of Fire" in Provo, Utah. The annual event at
LaVell Edwards Stadium
LaVell Edwards Stadium on the
Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University campus is
presented by America's Freedom Foundation. In May 2008, Beck gave
the keynote speech at the NRA convention in Louisville, Kentucky.
In late August 2009, the mayor of Beck's hometown, Mount Vernon,
Washington, announced that he would award Beck the Key to the City,
designating September 26, 2009, as "
Glenn Beck Day". Due to local
opposition, the city council voted unanimously to disassociate itself
from the award. The key presentation ceremony sold-out the 850
seat McIntyre Hall and an estimated 800 detractors and supporters
demonstrated outside the building. Earlier that day, approximately
7,000 people attended the Evergreen Freedom Foundation's "Take the
Field with Glenn Beck" at Seattle's Safeco Field.
In December 2009, Beck produced a one-night special film titled "The
Christmas Sweater: A Return to Redemption". In January and
February 2010, Beck teamed with fellow
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly to
tour several cities in a live stage show called "The Bold and Fresh
Tour 2010". The January 29 show was recorded and broadcast to movie
theaters throughout the country.
In 2011, Beck founded the non-profit organization Mercury One, which
is designed to sustain itself through its entrepreneurship without the
need for grants or donations. In early 2011, Beck began work
toward developing a clothing line to be sold to benefit the charity
and October 2011, Mercury One began selling the upscale clothing line
labeled 1791 exclusively at its website, 1791.com. The clothing in the
line's eleven-piece inaugural offering was manufactured by American
Mojo of Lowell, Massachusetts.
Projects and rallies
9–12 Project and Tea Party protests
Main article: 9-12 Project
In March 2009 Beck put together a campaign, the 9-12 Project, which is
named after nine principles and twelve values that he says embody the
spirit of the American people on the day after the September 11
Colorado 9–12 Project hosted a "Patriot Camp" for
kids in grades 1–5, featuring programs on "our Constitution, the
Founding Fathers, and the values and principles that are the
cornerstones of our nation".
Restoring Honor rally
Main article: Restoring Honor rally
Restoring Honor rally
Restoring Honor rally was promoted by Beck and held at the Lincoln
Washington, D.C. on August 28, 2010. The rally—which
purported to embrace religious faith and patriotism—was co-sponsored
Special Operations Warrior Foundation, promoted by
FreedomWorks, and supported by the Tea Party movement.
"America's First Christmas"
In December 2010, Beck went to Wilmington, Ohio, a town devastated by
the late-2000s recession, to host live events to encourage his fans to
go to the town to boost the local economy in a project called
"America's First Christmas". He hosted an event and his radio and
television shows from the local theater.
2011 international tour
Main article: Restoring Courage tour
Beck headlined his "Restoring Courage" events in Jerusalem, Israel, in
August 2011 in a campaign Beck said was designed to encourage people
worldwide "to stand with the Jewish people". After
Jerusalem, Beck visited Cape Town, South Africa, and was scheduled to
2012 presidential campaign
Mitt Romney as "perhaps the best-known Mormon
after the Republican presidential candidate and a major influence on
evangelical Christians, ... Beck has emerged as an unlikely
theological bridge between the first
Mormon presidential nominee and a
critical electorate [evangelicals]", according to a pre-election
article in the New York Times. Along with personal campaign
appearances in Ohio and Iowa, Beck unusually directly addressed
doctrinal issues between Mormons and evangelical Christians—wherein
the latter often consider the former a "cult" rather than
Christian—on his radio show in September 2012. During the one-hour
show in early September, he asked his audience, “Does Mitt Romney's
Mormonism make him too scary or weird to be elected president of the
United States?” The article concluded by addressing the "fear of
Mormonism mainstream" as a reason Beck could be acceptable to
evangelicals and Romney not be, quoting John C. Green, the author of
The Faith Factor: How Religion Influences American Elections:
There's a difference between a public figure like
Glenn Beck and
someone who could be the president of the United States. ... Many
evangelicals believe this country was founded by Christian leaders.
It's important that the person in the
White House be positive about
Christianity, if not a devout Christian himself.
Beck has described himself as a conservative with libertarian
leanings. Among his core values Beck lists personal
responsibility, private charity, the right to life, freedom of
religion, limited government, and the family as the cornerstone of
society. Beck believes in low national debt, and he has said "A
conservative believes that debt creates unhealthy relationships.
Everyone, from the government on down, should live within their means
and strive for financial independence." He supports individual
gun ownership rights, is against gun control legislation, and is a
supporter of the NRA and its local state chapters.
On gay marriage and religious freedom, Beck said, "If you want to get
married, that's not my business, that's not the government's business.
That's between you and
God or you and your spouse or whatever.
However, you can't tell my church who I have to marry. If my church
says 'no I'm sorry', you can't force me to marry you. I can't force
you not to get married someplace else. Somehow or another we'll all
find a way, we'll all get along and have barb-e-ques in the backyard,
you and your spouse, me and my spouse, we'll all be fine. What's the
problem with that? If there's discrimination happening I'm the first
to stand in line with you ... there is discrimination and hate here,
and it's against those who have religious convictions." 
Beck believes that there is a lack of evidence that human activity is
the main cause of global warming. Beck contests the evidence,
citing personal beliefs, "There is more proof for the resurrection of
Jesus than man-made climate change." He also views the American
Clean Energy and Security Act as a form of wealth redistribution, and
he has promoted a petition rejecting the Kyoto Protocol.
On illegal immigration and sanctuary cities, after a story broke of
nine illegal immigrants who had died in the back of a tractor trailer
crossing the border. The truck driver, being accused of murder, Beck
said, "17 are in the hospital. Nine are dead. And I have to tell you.
The truck driver should get the death penalty. I really believe we
need to send a very strong message to people who are acting as
coyotes. You get the death penalty, man. If you are caught, and you
are transporting people like cattle, and anyone dies, death penalty.
This is horrible. Can you imagine how hot that truck was? 100-degree
temperatures. This sanctuary city thing is a lure, and brings lots of
money into people who will do this kind of thing with an empty semi.
So which is it going to be? Are we going to incentivize those people,
which will lead to more death and destruction? Or are we going to say
we have a border, take it seriously. Personally for the driver of this
truck who knew and allowed these people to die, Texas death penalty
should be coming his way. I hope he's got a hanging judge." 
Although opposed to illegal immigration, Beck announced in June and
July 2014 that his foundation, Mercury One, would be making efforts to
provide food and relief to the large numbers of migrant
children. His move was praised by supporters of
immigrant rights and freer migration but met with considerable
pushback from his supporter base.
On March 18, 2015, Beck officially announced that he had left the
Republican Party, saying that the GOP had failed to effectively stand
against the president on Obamacare and immigration reform, and because
of the GOP establishment's opposition to insurgent lawmakers such as
Mike Lee and Ted Cruz.
Beck endorsed Texas senator
Ted Cruz in his run for President of the
United States in 2016. After Cruz dropped out of the race, Beck
voiced support for Evan McMullin from Utah, but he stressed that
people should "vote with your conscience in mind".
Opposition to progressivism
What's the difference between a communist or socialist and a
progressive? Revolution or evolution? One requires a gun and the other
eats away slowly.
– Glenn Beck, keynote address at the February 2010 Conservative
Political Action Conference
During his 2010 keynote speech to the Conservative Political Action
Conference (CPAC), Beck wrote the word "progressivism" on a chalkboard
and declared, "This is the disease. This is the disease in America",
adding that "progressivism is the cancer in America and it is eating
our Constitution!" According to Beck, the progressive ideas
of men such as John Dewey, Herbert Croly, and Walter Lippmann,
influenced the Presidencies of
Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson;
eventually becoming the foundation for President Franklin D.
Roosevelt's New Deal. Beck has said that such progressivism
infects both main political parties and threatens to "destroy America
as it was originally conceived". In Beck's book Common Sense, he
argues that "progressivism has less to do with the parties and more to
do with individuals who seek to redefine, reshape, and rebuild America
into a country where individual liberties and personal property mean
nothing if they conflict with the plans and goals of the State."
A collection of progressives, whom Beck has referred to as "Crime
Inc.", comprise what Beck contends is a clandestine conspiracy to take
over and transform the United States. Some of these
individuals include Cass Sunstein, Van Jones, Andy Stern, John
Podesta, Wade Rathke,
Joel Rogers and Francis Fox Piven.
Other figures tied to Beck's "Crime Inc." accusation include Al Gore,
Franklin Raines, Maurice Strong, George Soros, John Holdren
and President Barack Obama. According to Beck, these individuals
already have or are surreptitiously working in unison with an array of
organizations and corporations such as Goldman Sachs, Fannie Mae,
ACORN, Apollo Alliance, Tides Center, Chicago Climate Exchange,
Generation Investment Management, Enterprise Community Partners,
Petrobras, Center for American Progress, and the SEIU; to fulfill
their progressive agenda. In his quest to root out these
"progressives", Beck has compared himself to Israeli Nazi hunters,
vowing on his radio show that "to the day I die I am going to be a
progressive-hunter. I'm going to find these people that have done this
to our country and expose them. I don't care if they're in nursing
homes." Beck compared
Al Gore to the Nazis while equating the
campaign against global warming to the Nazi campaign against the
Sean Wilentz has denounced what he describes as
Beck's progressive-themed conspiracy theories and "gross historical
inaccuracies", countering that Beck is merely echoing the decades-old
"right-wing extremism" of the John Birch Society. According to
Wilentz, Beck's "version of history" places him in a long line of
figures who have challenged mainstream political historians and
presented an inaccurate opposing view as the truth, stating:
Glenn Beck is trying to give viewers a version of American history
that is supposedly hidden. Supposedly, all we historians—left, right
and center—have been doing for the past 100 years is to keep true
American history from you. And that true American history is what
Glenn Beck is teaching. It's a version of history that is beyond
skewed. But of course, that's what Beck expects us to say. He lives in
a kind of Alice in Wonderland world, where if people who actually know
the history say what he's teaching is junk, he says, 'That's because
you're trying to hide the truth.'
Conservative David Frum, the former speechwriter for President George
W. Bush, has also alleged Beck's propensity for negationism, remarking
that "Beck offers a story about the American past for people who are
feeling right now very angry and alienated. It is different enough
from the usual story in that he makes them feel like they've got
access to secret knowledge."
Political and historical
The old American mind-set that Richard Hofstadter famously called the
paranoid style—the sense that Masons or the railroads or the Pope or
the guys in black helicopters are in league to destroy the
country—is aflame again, fanned from both right and left ... No one
has a better feeling for this mood, and no one exploits it as well, as
Beck. He is the hottest thing in the political-rant racket, left or
– David Von Drehle, Time Magazine, 2009
An author with ideological influence on Beck is W. Cleon Skousen
(1913–2006), a prolific conservative political writer, American
constitutionalist and faith based political theorist. As an
anti-communist supporter of the John Birch Society, and a
limited-government activist, Skousen, who was Mormon, wrote on a
wide range of subjects: the Six-Day War,
Mormon eschatology, New World
Order conspiracies, even parenting. Skousen believed that
American political, social, and economic elites were working with
communists to foist a world government on the United States. Beck
praised Skousen's "words of wisdom" as "divinely inspired",
referencing Skousen's The Naked Communist and especially The
5,000 Year Leap (originally published in 1981), which Beck said
in 2007 had "changed his life". According to Skousen's nephew,
Mark Skousen, Leap reflects Skousen's "passion for the United States
Constitution", which he "felt was inspired by
God and the reason
behind America's success as a nation". The book is recommended by
Beck as "required reading" to understand the current American
political landscape and become a "September twelfth person". Beck
authored a foreword for the 2008 edition of Leap and Beck's on-air
recommendations in 2009 propelled the book to number one in the
government category on Amazon for several months. In 2010,
Matthew Continetti of the conservative
Weekly Standard criticized
Beck's conspiratorial bent, terming him "a Skousenite".
Additionally, Alexander Zaitchik, author of the 2010 book Common
Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance, which features an
entire chapter on "The Ghost of Cleon Skousen", refers to Skousen
as "Beck's favorite author and biggest influence", while noting that
he authored four of the 10 books on Beck's 9-12 Project
In his discussion of Beck and Skousen, Continetti said that one of
Skousen's works "draws on Carroll Quigley's
Tragedy and Hope (1966),
which argues that the history of the 20th century is the product of
secret societies in conflict", noting that in Beck's novel The
Overton Window, which Beck describes as "faction" (fiction based on
fact), one of his characters states "
Carroll Quigley laid open the
plan in Tragedy and Hope, the only hope to avoid the tragedy of war
was to bind together the economies of the world to foster global
stability and peace."
Glenn Beck's viewpoint about early 20th century progressivism is
greatly influenced by Ronald J. Pestritto, who holds a PhD. in
Government from Claremont Graduate University, and currently teaches
at Hillsdale College. R. J. Pestritto has been so influential in
this respect, that the GlennBeck.com web portal's page for "American
Progressivism"  not only uses Pestritto's teachings, but links
directly to one of his books. Professor Pestritto wrote an article on
Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal detailing "Glenn Beck, Progressives and
Me". As noted on The New York Times, when Glenn was on his Fox
News show, Professor Pestritto was a regular guest.
Princeton University historian
Sean Wilentz says that alongside
Skousen, Robert W. Welch, Jr., founder of the John Birch Society, is a
key ideological foundation of Beck's worldview. According to
Wilentz: "[Beck] has brought neo-Birchite ideas to an audience beyond
any that Welch or Skousen might have dreamed of."
Other books that Beck regularly cites on his programs are Amity
Shlaes's The Forgotten Man, Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism, Larry
Schweikart and Michael Allen's A Patriot's History of the United
States, and Burton W. Folsom, Jr.'s
New Deal or Raw Deal. Beck
has also urged his listeners to read The Coming Insurrection, a book
by a French Marxist group discussing what they see as the
imminent collapse of capitalist culture, and The Creature from
Jekyll Island, which argues that aspects of the U.S. Federal Reserve
system assault economic civil liberties, by conspiracy theorist G.
On June 4, 2010, Beck endorsed Elizabeth Dilling's 1936 work The Red
Network: A Who's Who and Handbook of Radicalism for Patriots,
remarking "this is a book, The Red Network, this came in from 1936.
People – [Joseph] McCarthy was absolutely right ... This is, who
were the communists in America." Beck was criticized by an array
of people, including
Menachem Z. Rosensaft
Menachem Z. Rosensaft and Joe Conason, who stated
that Dilling was an outspoken anti-Semite and a Nazi
Beck during his religiously-themed speech at the Restoring Honor rally
on August 28, 2010.
Beck has credited
God for saving him from drug and alcohol abuse,
professional obscurity, and friendlessness. In 2006, Beck
performed a short inspirational monologue in Salt Lake City,
Utah, detailing how he was transformed by the "healing power of
Jesus Christ", which was released as a CD two years later by Deseret
Book, a publishing company owned by the LDS Church, entitled An
Unlikely Mormon: The Conversion Story of Glenn Beck.
Joanna Brooks contends that Beck developed his "amalgamation of
anti-communism" and "connect-the-dots conspiracy theorizing" only
after his entry into the "deeply insular world of
Mormon thought and
culture". Brooks theorizes that Beck's calls to fasting and
prayer are rooted in
Mormon collective fasts to address spiritual
challenges, while Beck's "overt sentimentality" and penchant for
weeping represent the hallmark of a "distinctly
Mormon mode of
masculinity" where "appropriately-timed displays of tender emotion are
displays of power" and spirituality. Philip Barlow, the Arrington
Mormon history and culture at
Utah State University, has said
that Beck's belief that the
U.S. Constitution was an "inspired
document", his calls for limited government and not exiling
the public sphere, "have considerable sympathy in Mormonism".
Beck has acknowledged that
Mormon "doctrine is different" from
traditional Christianity, but he said that this was what attracted him
to it, stating that "for me some of the things in traditional doctrine
just doesn't work."
To his admirers,
Glenn Beck has been a voice crying in the wilderness,
a prophet who warns us that we have been wandering in darkness too
long. To detractors, he is a clown and a buffoon, at best, a dangerous
demagogue, at worst.
– Lee Harris, The Weekly Standard, 2010
In 2009, Beck's show was one of the highest rated news commentary
programs on cable TV. For a
Barbara Walters ABC
special, Beck was selected as one of America's "Top 10 Most
Fascinating People" of 2009. In 2010, Beck was selected for
Time's top 100 most influential people under the "Leaders"
Beck has referred to himself as an entertainer, a commentator
rather than a reporter, and a "rodeo clown". He has said
that he identifies with Howard Beale, a character portrayed by Peter
Finch in the film Network: "When he came out of the rain and he was
like, none of this makes any sense. I am that guy."
Beck at the
Time 100 Gala, 2010
Time magazine described Beck as "the new populist superstar of Fox
News" saying it is easier to see a set of attitudes rather than a
specific ideology, noting his criticism of Wall Street, yet defending
bonuses to AIG, as well as denouncing conspiracy theories about the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) but warning against
indoctrination of children by the AmeriCorps program." (Paul
Krugman and Mark Potok, on the other hand, have been among
those asserting that Beck helps spread "hate" by covering issues that
stir up extremists.) What seems to unite Beck's disparate themes, Time
argued, is a sense of siege. An earlier cover story in Time
described Beck as "a gifted storyteller with a knack for stitching
seemingly unrelated data points into possible conspiracies",
proclaiming that he has "emerged as a virtuoso on the strings" of
conservative discontent by mining "the timeless theme of the corrupt
Them thwarting a virtuous Us".
Beck's shows have been described as a "mix of moral lessons, outrage
and an apocalyptic view of the future ... capturing the feelings of an
alienated class of Americans". One of Beck's
Fox News Channel
colleagues Shepard Smith, has jokingly called Beck's studio the "fear
chamber", with Beck countering that he preferred the term "doom
South Carolina U.S. Senator
Lindsey Graham criticized Beck
as a "cynic" whose show was antithetical to "American values" at The
Atlantic's 2009 First Draft of History conference, remarking "Only in
America can you make that much money crying." The progressive
watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting's (FAIR) Activism
Director, Peter Hart, argues that Beck red-baits political adversaries
and promotes a paranoid view of progressive politics. Howard
Kurtz, of The Washington Post, has remarked that "Love him or hate
him, Beck is a talented, often funny broadcaster, a recovering
alcoholic with an unabashedly emotional style."
Beck was honored by
Liberty University during their 2010 Commencement
exercises with an honorary Doctoral Degree. During his keynote address
to the students, he stated "As a man who was never able to go to
college—I'm the first in my family that went; I went for one
semester; I couldn't afford more than that—I am humbly
honored." In June 2011, Beck announced he was to be the honored
with the Zionist Organization of America's 2011 Defender of Israel
Laura Miller writes in
Salon.com that Beck is a contemporary example
of "the paranoid style in American politics" described by historian
"The Paranoid Style in American Politics" reads like a playbook for
the career of Glenn Beck, right down to the paranoid's "quality of
pedantry" and "heroic strivings for 'evidence'", embodied in Beck's
chalkboard and piles of books. But Beck lacks an archenemy
commensurate with his stratospheric ambitions, which makes him appear
even more absurd to outsiders.
Beck has acknowledged accusations of being a conspiracy theorist,
stating on his show that there is a "concentrated effort now to label
me a conspiracy theorist".
Particularly as a consequence of Beck's
Restoring Honor rally
Restoring Honor rally in 2010,
the fact that Beck is
Mormon caused concern amongst some politically
Evangelicals on theological
grounds. Tom Tradup, vice president at Salem Radio
Network, which serves more than 2,000 Christian-themed stations,
expressed this sentiment after the rally, stating "Politically,
everyone is with it, but theologically, when he says the country
should turn back to God, the question is: Which God?"
Subsequently, a September 2010 survey conducted by the Public Religion
Research Institute (PRRI) and
Religion News Service (RNS) found that
of those Americans who hold a favorable opinion of Beck, only 45%
believe he is the right person to lead a religious movement, with that
number further declining to 37% when people are informed he is
Mormon. Daniel Cox, Director of Research for PRRI, summed up
this position by stating:
The disparity between Glenn Beck's favorability ratings and how people
feel about him as a religious leader suggests that people are more
drawn to him for political reasons than religious ones. Many of Beck's
strongest supporters, such as Republicans and white Evangelicals,
perceive real differences between their own faith and Beck's Mormon
faith, and this may become a liability in his efforts to lead as a
Pete Peterson of Pepperdine's
Davenport Institute said that Beck's
speech at the rally belonged to an American tradition of calls to
personal renewal. Peterson wrote: "A
Mormon surrounded onstage by
priests, pastors, rabbis, and imams, Beck [gave] one of the more
ecumenical jeremiads in history." Evangelical pastor Tony Campolo
said in 2010 that conservative evangelicals respond to Beck's framing
of conservative economic principles, saying that Beck's and
ideological fellow travelers' "marriage between evangelicalism and
patriotic nationalism is so strong that anybody who is raising
questions about loyalty to the old, lassez-faire capitalist system is
ex post facto unpatriotic, un-American, and by association
Newsweek religion reporter Lisa Miller, after
quoting Campolo, opined, "It's ironic that Beck, a Mormon, would gain
acceptance as a leader of a new Christian coalition. ... Beck's gift
... is to articulate God's special plan for America in such broad
strokes that they trample no single creed or doctrine while they move
millions with their message."
In June 2010, investigative reporter
Alexander Zaitchik released a
critical biography titled Common Nonsense:
Glenn Beck and the Triumph
of Ignorance, with a title mocking Beck's work, Common Sense. In
an interview about the book, Zaitchik theorized, "Beck's politics and
his insatiable hunger for money and fame are not mutually exclusive",
Beck's true religion is not Patriotism, Mormonism, or Conservatism.
His true religion is cross-platform self-marketing ... According to
Beck's worldview, there's no inherent contradiction between his
sophisticated instinct for self-promotion, his propagandist rodeo
clown act, his self-image as a media mogul, and his professed belief
system. I think he actually believes that
God wants him to make a ton
of money and become this huge celebrity by fear mongering and
generally doing whatever it takes in the media to promote right-wing
In September 2010,
Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News reporter Will Bunch
released The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and
Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama. One of Bunch's theses is
that Beck is nothing more than a morning zoo deejay playing a
fictional character as a money-making stunt. Writer Bob Cesca, in
a review of Bunch's book, compares Beck to Steve Martin's faith-healer
character in the 1992 film Leap of Faith, before describing the
"derivative grab bag of other tried and tested personalities" that
Bunch contends comprises Beck's persona:
His (Beck's) adenoidal 'Clydie Clyde' voice is based on morning zoo
pioneer Scott Shannon's "Mr. Leonard" character. His history is
borrowed from the widely debunked work of W. Cleon Skousen. His
conspiracy theories are horked from
Alex Jones and maybe Jack Van
Impe. His anti-Obama, anti-socialist monologues are pure Joe McCarthy.
His chalkboard is stolen from televangelist Gene Scott. His solemn,
over-processed radio monologue delivery is a dead ringer for Eric
Talk Radio. This is all well-worn stuff, but no one has
drawn it all together and sculpted it for the purpose of conning an
especially susceptible audience during turbulent racial and economic
In October 2010 a polemical biography by
Dana Milbank was released:
Tears of a Clown:
Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America.
Satire, spoof and parody
Beck has been the subject of mockery and ridicule by a number of
humorists. In response to Beck's animated delivery and views, he was
parodied in an impersonation by
Jason Sudeikis on Saturday Night
Live. The Daily Show's
Jon Stewart has spoofed Beck's 9–12
project with his own "11-3 project", consisting of "11 principles and
3 herbs and spices", impersonated Beck's chalk board-related
presentation style for an entire show, and quipped about Beck
"finally, a guy who says what people who aren't thinking are
Stephen Colbert of
The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report satirized Beck's
"war room" by creating his own "doom bunker". Through the
character Eric Cartman,
South Park parodied Beck's television program
and his commentary style in the episode "Dances with Smurfs". The
Onion, a satirical periodical and faux news site, ran an Onion News
Network video "special report" where it lamented that the "victim in a
fatal car accident was tragically not Glenn Beck". Meanwhile, the
Current TV cartoon
SuperNews! ran an animated cartoon feature titled
Glenn Beck Apocalypse", where Beck is confronted by Jesus Christ
who rebukes him as the equivalent of "
Sarah Palin farting into a
balloon". Political comedian and satirist
Bill Maher has mocked
Beck's followers as an "army of diabetic mallwalkers", while The
Buffalo Beast, named Beck the most loathsome person in America in
2010, declaring "It's like someone found a manic, doom-prophesying
hobo in a sandwich board, shaved him, shot him full of
Zoloft and gave
him a show." The October 30, 2010 Rally To Restore Sanity and/or
Fear in Washington, hosted by
Comedy Central personalities Jon Stewart
and Stephen Colbert, was conceived as a parody of Beck's earlier Rally
to Restore Honor, even though Stewart and Colbert said that they
came up with the idea of holding a rally in March and Stewart had
put down the deposit for the National Mall before Beck announced his
Beck has a history of criticizing President Barack Obama, but that
seemed to change in 2016.
In response to Obama's remarks on the Henry Louis Gates controversy,
Beck argued that Obama has repeatedly shown "a deep-seated hatred for
white people or the white culture", saying "I'm not saying he doesn't
like white people. I'm saying he has a problem. This guy is, I
believe, a racist." These remarks drew criticism, and resulted in
a boycott promulgated by Color of Change. In 2009, the boycott
resulted in at least 57 advertisers requesting their ads be removed
from his programming, to avoid associating their brands with content
that could be considered offensive by potential
customers. He later apologized for the remarks, telling
Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace that he has a "big fat mouth" and
miscast as racism what is actually, as he theorizes, Obama's belief in
black theology. In November 2012, Beck attempted to auction a
mason jar holding an Obama figurine described as being submerged in
urine (in fact, submerged in beer). Bidding reached $11,000 before
eBay decided to remove the auction and cancel all bids.
In a 2016 interview with The New Yorker, Beck said of his previous
disputes with Obama: "I did a lot of freaking out about Barack Obama."
But added, "Obama made me a better man." Beck said that he regrets
calling Obama a racist and that, "There are things unique to the
African-American experience that I cannot relate to, I had to listen
to them." Beck now supports Black Lives Matter.
In July 2009, Beck began to focus what would become many episodes on
his TV and radio shows on Van Jones,
Special Advisor for
Green Jobs at
White House Council on Environmental Quality. Beck called
Jones, "an avowed, self-avowed, radical revolutionary communist". In
rating Beck's claim as "Mostly False",
PolitiFact said "Beck would
have been on solid ground if he said Jones used to be a communist.
Jones has been up front about that".
Beck also criticized Jones for his involvement in STORM, a Bay Area
radical group with Marxist roots, and his support for death row
inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, who had been convicted of killing a police
officer. Beck spotlighted video of Jones referring to Republicans as
"assholes", and a petition Jones signed suggesting that George W. Bush
knowingly let the
September 11 attacks
September 11 attacks happen. Time magazine credited
Beck with leading conservatives' attack on Jones.
In a move attributed by
The New York Times
The New York Times as a response to the
controversies by the White House, which had not seen Jones' position
as senior enough to warrant a full vetting, and Jones' decision that
"the agenda of this president was bigger than any one individual,"
Jones resigned his position in September 2009. Jones
characterized the attacks from his opponents as a "vicious smear
campaign" and an effort to use "lies and distortions to distract and
In 2009, Beck and other conservative commentators were critical of
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) for
various reasons, including claims of voter registration fraud in the
2008 presidential election. In September 2009, he broadcast a
series of alleged undercover videos by conservative activists James
O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, which portrayed ACORN community organizers
offering inappropriate tax and other advice to people who had said
they wanted to import "very young" girls from El Salvador to work as
child prostitutes. Following the videos' release, the U.S.
Census Bureau severed ties with the group while the U.S. House and
Senate voted to cut all of its federal funding.
On December 7, 2009, the former Massachusetts Attorney General, after
an independent internal investigation of ACORN, found the videos that
had been released appeared to have been edited, "in some cases
substantially". He found no evidence of criminal conduct by ACORN
employees, but concluded that ACORN had poor management practices that
contributed to unprofessional actions by a number of its low-level
employees. On March 1, 2010, the District
Attorney's office for Brooklyn determined that the videos were
"heavily edited" and concluded that there was no criminal
wrongdoing by the ACORN staff in the videos from the Brooklyn ACORN
office. On April 1, 2010, an investigation by the California
Attorney General found the videos from Los Angeles, San Diego and San
Bernardino to be "heavily edited", and the investigation did not
find evidence of criminal conduct on the part of ACORN
employees. On June 14, 2010, the U.S. Government
Accountability Office (GAO) released its findings, which showed that
ACORN evidenced no sign that it, or any of its related organizations,
mishandled any federal money they had received. In March
2010, ACORN announced it would be closing its offices and disbanding
due to loss of funding from government and private donors.
In 2009, lawyers for Beck brought a case (Beck v. Eiland-Hall) against
the owner of a satirical website named
GlennBeckRapedAndMurderedAYoungGirlIn1990.com with the World
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The claim that the domain
name of the website is itself defamatory was described as a first in
cyberlaw. Beck's lawyers argued that the site infringed on his
trademarked name and that the domain name should be turned over to
Beck. The WIPO ruled against Beck, but Eiland-Hall voluntarily
transferred the domain to Beck anyway, saying that the First Amendment
had been upheld and that he no longer had a use for the domain
Jewish Funds for Justice
In January 2011, in protest against what they saw as inappropriate
references to the Holocaust and to Nazis by Beck (and by Roger Ailes
of Fox News), four hundred rabbis signed an open letter published as a
paid advertisement in The Wall Street Journal. The ad was paid for by
Jewish Funds for Justice (JFFJ), which had previously called for
Beck's firing. The JFFJ have claimed on their website that Beck seems
"to draw his material straight from the anti-Semitic forgery, the
Protocols of the Elders of Zion". The letter states that Beck and
Fox had "...diminish[ed] the memory and meaning of the Holocaust when
you use it to discredit any individual or organization you disagree
with. That is what
Fox News has done in recent weeks." In response, a
Fox News executive said to
Reuters that the letter was from a "George
Soros-backed leftwing political organization".
On February 22, 2011, during a discussion on his radio show about the
controversy surrounding his earlier comments about Soros, Beck said
"Reform Rabbis are generally political in nature. It's almost like
radicalized Islam in a way where it's less about religion than it is
about politics." He was quickly criticized by other conservatives,
rabbis, and others. The
Anti-Defamation League labeled Beck's remarks
"bigoted ignorance". On February 24, Beck apologized on air, agreeing
that his comments were "ignorant".
2011 Norway attacks
Beck condemned the 2011 Norway attacks, but later received
condemnation for his comparison of murdered and surviving members of
the Norwegian Workers' Youth League to the Hitler Youth. He said,
"There was a shooting at a political camp which sounds a little like,
you know, the
Hitler Youth or whatever, you know what I mean. Who does
a camp for kids that's all about politics? Disturbing." The
statement was ill-received in Norway, prompting political commentator
and Labour party member
Frank Aarebrot to label Beck as a "vulgar
propagandist", a "swine" and a "fascist", and Torbjørn Eriksen,
former press secretary to Norway's prime minister Jens Stoltenberg, to
describe Beck's comment as "a new low", adding that "Glenn Beck's
comments are ignorant, incorrect and extremely hurtful".
Commentators pointed out that groups affiliated with the Tea Party
movement and the Beck-founded 9–12 Project also sponsor politically
oriented camp programs for children.
Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign for president,
comparing him to Adolf Hitler. Sirius XM suspended Beck on May
31, 2016 for remarks made during an interview a week earlier. During
an interview with author
Brad Thor about a hypothetical situation
where Trump was abusing his power as president and Congress was unable
to stop him, Thor asked "what patriot will step up and do that if, if,
he oversteps his mandate as president?" Beck said that he agreed with
Thor's comments. Thor and the show's general manager both denied
that the comments were a call for his assassination.
Defamation lawsuit and settlement
In March 2014, Abdulrahman Alharbi filed suit for defamation in the
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against Beck and
his business entities,
The Blaze and Mercury Radio Arts, along with
his distributor Premiere Radio Networks. Alharbi's defamation claim
arose from Beck's repeated broadcasts "identifying Alharbi as an
active participant" in the Boston Marathon bombing, even after federal
authorities cleared Alharbi, who was injured in the attack, of any
wrongdoing and confirmed that he was an innocent victim. In
December 2014, the judge rejected Beck's attempt to have the case
dismissed. In September 2016, the suit was settled on
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