February 22, 2010, - 3:34 pm

That’s Your Conservative?: Your Day in Glenn Beckitude

By Debbie Schlussel


If your local newspaper, this weekend, featured the Gannett USA Weekend insert, you saw the cover and inside cover story featured Glenn Beck.  I found two parts of it particularly nauseating, er . . . “interesting.”  (And that’s aside from Beck’s repeated promotion of Hezbollah and Islamic terrorism cheerleader Jihad Darrell a/k/a Darrell Issa.)


The first is his endorsement of the global warming junk science, which even the global warming crowd has implicitly admitted is bunk, since they’ve changed the name to “climate change,” to adjust for the weather that has inconveniently poked holes in their claims.  Remarkably–while Beck repeatedly told audiences of his syndicated radio show, his CNN Headline News show, and now his FOX News show that he did not buy into global warming nonsense–that’s not what he’s saying now:

He believes in global warming

“You’d be an idiot not to notice the temperature change,” he says. He also says there’s a legit case that global warming has, at least in part, been caused by mankind. He has tried to do his part by buying a home with a “green” design and using energy-saving products. “I’m willing to do anything but use the CFLs,” he says of compact fluorescent light bulbs. “I put them in once and couldn’t stand the way they lit up the room.”

Well, thank Heaven for small favors.

Then, there’s his star-struck embrace of George Clooney and Clooney’s dhimmitude in refusing to stand up for Christian Sudanese (while there still were some left from the mass-murders, gang-rapes, and tortures at the hands of Arab Muslims). Both of them are now embracing the remaining Black Muslim Sudanese refugees, without pointing out the identity of their perpetrators (Arab Muslims)–a hallmark of Clooney’s dhimmi “outcry” over Sudan:

He bonds with George Clooney

One day, both of them ended up in the same radio studio building and had an extended conversation about genocide in Darfur. “We came to an immediate, completely wholehearted agreement about the situation,” Beck says. “That is, to put aside the politics and give troops what they need to protect people over there. He’s a good, honest man who believes passionately about doing something about it.”

PUH-LEEZE. Clooney isn’t good, he’s not honest, and he may believe passionately in something, but it ain’t doing something about the continued MUSLIM torture of Blacks in Sudan.

Note to the gullible Beckmessiah crowd: the more he tells you he’s not part of the establishment, the more he’s lying about the fact that he’s the epitome of establishment. His silly jeans and Chuck Taylor tennis shoes wardrobe is merely a costume.

Beck’s manufactured outrage is baloney. His common sense populist bonhomie is bunk. Stop falling for this drama queen.

****  UPDATE:  Facebook friend and reader Sanford Horn notes:

All good points, Debbie, but I would add one more concern that I took from the same article you referenced. Beck noted that he matched his staff’s charitable contributions dollar for dollar to whatever organization to which they donated. That certainly does not make him a conservative if he is willing to financially advance organizations fighting against the morals and principles we as conservatives stand for and fight for on a daily basis. That is an example of a go along to get along pandering that we do not need.

Right on, Sanford.

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39 Responses

What say you, Beck? Debbie is right that these things are inexcusible (not the outfit, but your greening and islamo-cloon pandering)

BB on February 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm

He’s right about the CFL’s. I put them in every socket here in Israel and I had constant headaches, irritability and eye strain. I never get headaches.
I went back to regular incandescents and am fine. I can’t have a florescent on anyplace for more than a few minutes or my eyes go nuts.

Also, I’m a klutz and if I break one of those things, it isn’t good.
The environmental cost of making htem and disposing of them is worse than the “carbon footprint” of a regular bulb.

mk750 on February 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Those CFL’s do make any room look and feel like a morgue. Instead of the friendly warmth of incandescent light, one gets the cold harshness of a dimly illuminated drunk tank.

    sorrow01 on February 22, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Keep the comments on Beck coming. I view him with a very skeptical eye. I think he’s much more showbiz than true conservative. Sure he says a lot of the right things about the deficit and taxes and the expansion of governmental powers, but I can’t help but feel that this is more schtick than sincere belief.

Kaiser Sozay on February 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm

I was done with him when I read page 57 of his common sense rip off book. Third party? WTF? No thanks. When Republicans vote down the line (60-40) against health care bills, and dems are doing their dirty work behind closed doors on Christmas Eve, there IS a difference!

Joe on February 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    That is true but when Republicans were in the majority, they voted down the line for prescription drug benefits and other non-military spending. I don’t think a third party makes much sense but someone needs to smack the Republicans around instead of praising everything Bush did.

    ari-free on February 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm

All good points, Debbie, but I would add one more concern that I took from the same article you referenced. Beck noted that he matched his staff’s charitable contributions dollar for dollar to whatever organization to which they donated. That certainly does not make him a conservative if he is willing to financially advance organizations fighting against the morals and principles we as conservatives stand for and fight for on a daily basis. That is an example of a go along to get along pandering that we do not need.

Sanford Horn on February 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Simply Put…



Bob Porrazzo on February 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Yeah, I heard Mark Levin a couple months back state on his radio show that when then Beckster met George Bush at a dinner, he completely fawned all over him…singing his praises, your article definitely makes the case along with Marks comments that he certainly may be less than honest. Personally, as bad as some in the republican party are and can be, they are nothing like the Democrats.. Not even on their worse day. His mantra of both parties the same BS is BS.

sharon on February 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Only bringing this up as an example.. whatever someone believes is up to them. I have always found it a little weird that with Glenn’s state of the art research team he claims to have why he does not have a problem with Obama’s past. Birth Certificate issue aside, the fact that we really have no information on the fellow is quite strange to me indeed. I personally believe given what we do know about the people he has hung with over the years, that he is hiding his past because he has probably taken part in some anti American protests… just my gut feeling. It just struck me as a little odd that he started bashing people that might have a question about the president. I mean if he is going to go through all the trouble, why not as those questions? I guess he is a super star with lots of rating…

sharon on February 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Well I use to listen to his radio show when the local radio station would carry it. I liked some of his humor but those excerpts that Debbie has shown, he’s more of a joke than I thought. A shame is all I can say.

Mario on February 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm

This all would have come as a shock to me had I not originally read what D.S. has had to say about him in the past, in particular his fondness for some far from Conservative individuals. Since I don’t follow him regularly, I’m most appreciative of being informed of his latest loony escapades.

What concerns me most is that he’s not the only one. There are many other faux Conservatives who, when they are revealed to be idiots, could result in a fragmentation of the resistance to the Left, giving idiots like McCain yet another opportunity to pretend to lead in the ensuing chaos.

Without real Conservative leadership, mere awareness of the need for it by some, or even most of us, won’t take us where we need to go.

yonason on February 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm

The men that are henpecked and their wives will continue to love this man as they don’t like African American Affirmative Action but Female Affirmative Action is ok and what better messenger then Glenn Beck who openly brags about being henpecked.

I just hope this isn’t a large group but I think it is a fairly large group in this country.

adam on February 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm

He has also been a guest host for liberal’s on CNN. He was a guest host on Larry King and of course none of the fake crying.

All I can say is G=d help this country.

adam on February 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm

One potential reservation on my part; I’m not convinced that a third party is completely inappropriate. This country has been sliding to the left certainly since the 60s, and quite likely since the 20s, in spite of a number of Republican presidents and, for a part of this time period, Republican congresses. As a party the Republicans seem paralyzed; complete inability for three decades to deal with Iran, accepting Obama’s terms for a pork-laden jobs bill instead of counterposing tax cuts, failing to stand up against illegal immigration & affirmative action, etc. I’m not aware of any leading Republican politician who is consistent in his actions on these things. At some time, we get to a tipping point where we say “enough’s enough”. The RNC always supports the hack against a worthwhile politician.

The talk-show hosts and hostesses seem to have the same difficulties, although a few of them do campaign against illegal immigration. I think it’s a manifestation of the overall problem of the lack of political clarity by Republicans as a whole.

The talk show people always get hung up on the ‘soft’ political issues of the day, like Harry Reid’s latest blunder, etc., etc., and don’t tackle the more complex issues that need to be addressed if our country is to move forward. A few good remarks about the bailout, a few good slogans by a few of them, but no sustained analysis.

I realize that market pressures, or editorial control might also be responsible, but
I think the talk show problem is an aspect of the overall political problem.

Little Al on February 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Brillian insight little al I feel the same way. I read on michael savages website that the tea party had a twenty point checklist and nothing about illegal immigrants. Up until recently I listened to rush, levin and savage on the radio but I started questioning if what they were talking about was really the biggest issue. Nine out of ten times it wasn’t that important at all. I think illegal immigration, hyperinflation and iran with a nuke are my most important issues. Rush never discusses iran and the threat of a nuke attack. Levin is part of fox news and savage is the best he talks about two of the three quite often. I remember I used to freak out about the fairness doctrine but now I kind of hope they bring it back so America can see how communist obama is.

    tyler on February 22, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    If you want to vote for a third party, they already exist. You could put your mark on the Libertarian or Constitution box when you vote. However, you should bear in mind that you would be ensuring that the Democrat will get in by doing so, since such a vote would come at the expense of the Republican candidate. Is an empty protest vote that puts in someone much worse than the Republican a wise move, or simply a tantrum?

    sorrow01 on February 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I think he is a distracting clown being used to mock the conservatives. His crying and other antics hurt the right more than they help it. Just like bill orielly his liberal side will pop out like a jack in the box, but for now this right side circus is paying the bills for him.

ender on February 22, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I quit listening to Beck the first time he went on about the “birthers” and “truthers”. There are way to many questions about Ozero’s past and also a lot of things about 911 that just don’t add up. I feel like it is my duty as an American citizen to question my government.

curlybill on February 22, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Beck is all about Beck. Ratings & money drive the Beck Bus. GB will do or say or write anything to increase his income (and that of the LDS who get 10% of every dime that he makes)

BTW, Beck has managed to the top of my Texas Enemies List (right behind Kay Bailey Hutchison)

Bonzer Wolf on February 22, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Beck, O’Reilly and Ann Coulter all think there is nothing to the birther theories.

Why not? Because there is good evidence that Obama was born in Hawaii.

Obama has shown his birth certificate, the official birth certificate of Hawaii. Yes, the Certification of Live Birth is the official birth certificate of Hawaii, and it is the only birth certificate that Hawaii sends out. It no longer sends out copies of the original birth certificate. (http://www.starbulletin.com/columnists/kokualine/20090606_kokua_line.html).

It is not possible to get a birth certificate from Hawaii that says “born in Hawaii” on it (as Obama’s does) unless there was proof that the child was born in Hawaii. The Certification of Live Birth is accepted as proof of birth in the USA by the US State Department and the branches of the US military.

AND, in Obama’s case, the facts on the birth certificate–that he was born in Hawaii in 1961–were twice confirmed by the officials in Hawaii, who are members of a Republican governor’s administration.

There is not a shred of evidence that Obama was born in Kenya or anywhere else. Obama’s Kenyan grandmother did not say that he was born in Kenya. She actually said that he was born in Hawaii. Listen to the complete tape, until after the question “Whereabouts was he born?” http://www.obamacrimes.info/Telephone_Interview_with_Sarah_Hussein_Obama_10-16-

ann on February 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Its good to see someone in the media calling out an employee of fox news. I watched beck when he was at cnn and he had a lot of good shows, talking about the dollar interviewing peter schiff and mark faber. I knew when he switched to fox his show would suck and it is pathetic. Dont watch him anymore never liked his radio show and eventually all the sarah palin/glen beck zombies will wake up to how they suck. Some of us get there faster than others but it will happen. I’ve never understood how beck can actually say the repubs and democraps are the same. I know its been said on here already and it should but he loses all credibility with that statement. The bottom line is fox news is a complete joke.

tyler on February 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Debbie I published this on Free Republic the other day and no one really seemed to have a comment..


markedmanner on February 22, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I’ve never really liked Beck and still don’t. He just gets a little bit too “preachy” for my taste. I’ve heard his show and every time he gets up on his soapbox and demands that we “GET DOWN ON OUR KNEES AND PRAY” I cringe. He’s too much like “Brother Love”.

kenny komodo on February 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm

And then there are the commercials for gold bullion.

I like Savage too, although of course I don’t agree with him 100%.

Little Al on February 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm

To quote an elderly lady I know on Beck: “Talkin, talkin, talkin, sayin nuthin, nuthin, nuthin.

Brian on February 23, 2010 at 12:17 am

Debbie you have a great way of sniffing out the phonies. Beck is entertainment. His substance is thin and schtick is heavy. Bonzer Wolf has it right ‘Beck is for Beck’. I think ultimately this tea party movement will fail because guys like Beck and Grover Norquist will lead them down to the places they have gone before. Debbie you had a great write up on Norquist and Beck is made of the same material.

CaliforniaScreaming on February 23, 2010 at 4:46 am

Forget CFLs and Third Parties. Use Beck for what he’s good at – bringing out some of the cold hard facts about the current Socialist Administration.

It needs DEFEATED, and Beck brings out good reasons for it to be DEFEATED in the TWO party system, starting now, and continuing at least through 2012.

Don’t worry about every tiny thing Beck (or any of these people) says.

Bob Hazlett on February 23, 2010 at 6:15 am

    I agree with Bob. I find him over the top much like Savage, Cramer and Limbaugh but he does address topics that are not normally discussed. He is a net benefit, not an antisemite because he likes Issa. That’s guilt by association. Aren’t you a lawyer? You should know the fallacy of this approach. Until Krautemhammer has his own show we will not have a calm, logical conservative program although I like Levin’s frank, intellectual approach. He has a great book out too. I loved it when he referred to Carter as a liberal bastard. lol

    Samoyed on February 23, 2010 at 6:36 am

Beck is a grandstanding, self-promoting clown, who is right
on many issues and has a unique way of presenting them. I enjoy watching his show, though not as much as I did at first.
I have always been tired of his claim about the Republicans being virtually the same as the Democrats and watching bits of
his CPAC speech was nearly nauseating. I’m also tired of him
working in his alcoholism into nearly every issue that he covers.

I like Fox News, I don’t see it like so many of your readers do, apparently an “Islamist loving organization” with all faux
conservatives, “idiots” and such. As a news organization it is
far superior to any other cable or regular tv news channel, but
undoubtedly not perfect. Not everybody can be a Krauthammer,
Brit Hume, or Debbie Schlussel.

By the way, I used your review and got my wife to see “Dear John” yesterday and we both really enjoyed it. All the previews sucked big time.

Daniel K on February 23, 2010 at 8:49 am

Glenn Beck makes no claim to be a ‘Conservative REPUBLICAN’. He does not march in lockstep with any other pundit (but then neither do you, Debbie; just ask Dennis the Peasant). Why must we demand that every facet of his life and thinking be to our liking? Glenn’s more right than wrong (Clooney I can’t stand either, but Glenn is a friend of David Keene’s, so that makes up for his straying with cLooney).

S: HUH? David Keene is an Islamo-panderer extraordinaire. Beck’s friendship with him should be a giant HINT! DS

serr8d on February 23, 2010 at 9:24 am

Never got Beck
Don’t trust Beck
Beck is heck.

Douglas Q on February 23, 2010 at 11:34 am

Beck was supposed to be the keynote speaker at CPAC. Did he cry during his speach? I couldn’t bear to watch it. It really irks me that someone like Beck (a clown at best) would be given this opportunity.

Also, why doesn’t CPAC have a true conservative as the keynote speaker? Someone right now who really is a believer in conservatism, small government and the greatness of the U.S., like Reagan was. He spoke at CPAC events a few times.

Jarhead on February 23, 2010 at 11:39 am

It’s evil what’s happening in the Sudan. Muslims taking slaves, etc. As for Beck, I’ve sometimes wondered if he has both oars in the water.

Truth on February 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Debbie, I know how much you love to call out the phonies, so when are you going to call out Scott brown?

juswondern on February 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Jeez. Glenn Beck gets more disappointing everyday.

Skunky on February 23, 2010 at 6:17 pm

I’ve listened to him about twice, and both times I can’t figure out the hoopla over this clown.

He comes across as a z grade Rush wannabe.

I used to think the biggest threat to conservatism was CNN but now I think it’s Fox News.

Jeff W. on February 23, 2010 at 11:11 pm


Beck showed his true colors. He is a mole for liberals. Divide and conquer. Good job Glenn…on to you now!

Daphne on February 24, 2010 at 12:47 am

Debbie you have been channelled. Mother Jones has an article asking ‘Is Glenn Beck a Secret Treehugger?’ Again Debbie you are ahead of the curve. Kudos to your great insight.


CaliforniaScreaming on February 24, 2010 at 10:30 pm

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