Glenn Beck: Fact v Opinion
September 29, 2010 - 15:18 ET
GLENN: Last night I did a show, and I talked about all of the sponsors of the big rally that is happening in Washington. Now, these are not these aren't just people attending. These are actual sponsors and people who are rallying under the umbrella of OFA, Organizing For America, or the One Nation which is endorsed by the president and everything else. And I laid out and I told you yesterday go to CP USA, the Communist Party USA. I showed you all of the communist, Marxist, revolutionaries, by their own words, not mine, and showed you how many people were involved with the president's people on this rally over the weekend. They are I mean, it is really and I mean this sincerely. Pat, is it not a watch, an FBI watch list under any other administration?
PAT: Oh, absolutely.
GLENN: Under any other administration, it's an FBI watch list, and this one is wholly supported by the president and his allies, and they I'm not finding shadowy connections. I am looking at the president and his allies' website which talks about the people that are organizing for him and for the Democrats, and they're communist. Their words, not mine: Revolutionary, take it, agitators, and communists. And I saw something, I think it was in Mediaite, that said Glenn Beck can find a communist anywhere, his shadowy connections again. Did you see the show last night? There were no shadowy connections. They are facts. Facts on their own website. And so what we're going to do today on radio and television is I am just going to talk about the facts, and I'm going to separate fact from opinion because they say you're too stupid to figure this out, that there's opinions and there are facts. You apparently are too dumb to be able to separate those. No. The only ones that are too dumb to separate them are the press. Because they've convinced themselves that there is no difference between fact and opinion, because they do it all the time. See, I know the American people are smart enough to figure out the difference between fact and opinion. And how do I know? Because they no longer read the New York Times. They no longer read Time magazine or Newsweek magazine. They no longer the trust level of NBC is now at, what, 12%?
PAT: Yeah, MSNBC, a whopping 12%.
GLENN: 12%. CNN is at 30%, and what is Fox News? 4
PAT: Was it 48?
GLENN: 48%, the highest. Why? Well, because they mix fact and fiction all the time, fact and opinion all the time, and you know it. At least people like me will tell you, I'm an opinion show. But because you engage in opinion doesn't mean that you dismiss actual facts. Facts are important. And the reason why we can't make any headway here in America is because we're still arguing about not the solution. The facts of the problem. We're arguing if Social Security is sustainable. Excuse me. There is no one with any credibility that can make the case that Social Security is sustainable. There is no one that can make the case that the deficit doesn't matter, except they do it all the time. There's no one with credibility that can do it, but politicians make that case all the time.
So we look at the facts of the disease. We look at the cancer. We're looking at the cells in the body. We have the blood slides and we're like, look at that. That's deadly cancer. And we have yahoos, we have doctors, quacks, all of them, who are standing around going, "No, that's not cancer; no, that looks like a doughnut. That's a cancer cell; no, I think it's a doughnut. And by the way, cancer is not that bad." What? That's what we're doing. We've got to get rid of the quacks. We're got to get rid of the people who are arguing with the facts of what will kill us and what won't. And then we have to look at the facts of who is surrounding this president, who is actually in congress. Those are facts, verifiable in their own words, on videotape, facts, period. And then the opinion comes in of this part: Well, you combine the problems and the facts of who is trying to solve the problems and this is the opinion; this is where it's leading.
You notice that I have said to you all the time, don't take my word for it; do your own homework. I don't want you just to listen to me and believe me on one thing or another. I want you to know what is true. But you'll notice I also say something else: I hope I'm wrong. Now, what is it that I'm saying I hope I'm wrong on?
PAT: Your conclusions.
GLENN: The conclusion. That is the opinion part. These are the facts. These are who they are, this is what they've said, this is what they believe, this is what they're doing. Now, I look at those and I come up with this, and it's not good. But I hope I'm wrong. What we need to be is a country that starts arguing about the conclusions, arguing about which direction do we go, what do we do about it. That is something that is useful. Arguing about the facts only kill us faster. Arguing whether the body when you're looking at cancer cells, arguing whether that's a cancer cell or a doughnut or here's my favorite, looks "here's, this is cancer and you'd see in the blood, here are the cancer cells here. Oh, my gosh, why would you listen to that doctor? He hates people! He just hates hospitals! That's all he is! He's a hospital hater!"
PAT: And a cancer monger.
PAT: A fear mongering hate monger.
GLENN: He's just trying to get rich off of showing you slides of cancer. You know what? That's what's going on. And Pat, did you show me the ad or did Stu show me the ad about the guy in I'm trying to remember where it is Illinois, Wisconsin, that is running against the guy whose family has been holding the seat since 1938 and they're running a campaign and saying
PAT: Oh, yeah, yeah. That's
GLENN: he profited off of the
PAT: The failed healthcare system.
GLENN: The failed health he's a doctor.
GLENN: They're positioning a doctor as a guy who just profited off of the failed medical system.
PAT: And the worst thing they could say about this guy was that he was a successful doctor who had, you know
GLENN: But they didn't say it that way.
PAT: No. Oh, no, no, no, no. Oh, no.
GLENN: They said he just made profit off the failed medical system.
PAT: And now he's a millionaire.
PAT: Who has more than one car.
PAT: Some of them luxury cars.
PAT: And he's got an 8,000 square foot home.
GLENN: An 8,000 square foot home. He's a successful doctor. What happened to our country? When we were growing up, our parents used to say to us, "You could be a doctor." Why? Because the doctors had the biggest houses. The doctors on my street growing up, the house across the street from mine was the house, the little house that my mother grew up in. It was a little teeny house, and she looked across the street and I think this house was maybe 3,000 square feet, something like that? I don't I don't know. You know how you remember things as huge and they could be small. So I don't know. It's a decent size house. And she used to look across the street as a kid and she would say, someday, someday that will be my house. Well, whose house was it? It was well, it wasn't the biggest. It was one of the biggest on the street, and it belonged to the town doctor. Now, that's the house I grew up in.
PAT: Benefitting from the failed healthcare system.
GLENN: Medical. Yes. Yes, he did.
PAT: Oh, boy.
GLENN: Yes, he did.
PAT: And he had a 3,000 square foot home back then? I mean that's like a 30,000 square foot home today.
GLENN: Huge house. I mean, look, here's the thing. We can look at the facts or we can or we can just mix facts and opinion, and that helps you dismiss all of the facts. You know what I mean? Once you say, "Well, that's just his opinion, who does he know." That's why I tell you over and over again, do not take it from me. Let me answer the charge from this ridiculous story, ridiculous story on Glenn Beck sees phantom communists everywhere. Well, yes, I do see the communists when I'm on the CommunistPartyUSA.org website. Yes.
PAT: And they're promoting the rally this weekend.
GLENN: Yes. They're promoting the rally on the one, what is it, One Nation?
PAT: One Nation Together?
GLENN: Yeah. That rally is happening this weekend. When I'm on that website, that has a hyperlink to the Communist Party website.
PAT: And lists the CP USA as an organizing sponsor.
GLENN: So, yes, I don't see any shadowy connections. I see direct connections and hyperlinks to communists. That is the problem, the problem and why all of these journalists will find themselves kicking rocks in the street asking themselves, why am I picking up cans now for a living? Because the American people are not stupid. They know. They know what's going on, and believe me they're keeping score. This he know who has been playing a part in it. Welcome to MSNBC's 12% credibility rating. And you're all gonna have it. You're all gonna have it. You are this is not sustainable. Lies in America are not sustainable. We may go through hell because of the lies, but in the end we know how it ends. The truth will set you free.