Glenn Beck

Newscaster and television host

Affiliations

The Glenn Beck Program: Founder and Host (2002 - Present)

Originally aired on WFLA and WPHT, nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks

CNN’s Headline News: Program Host (2006 - 2008)

Fox News: Program Host (2009 - 2011)

TheBlaze TV (Mercury Radio Arts): CEO and Founder (2011 - Present)

SOURCE: Glenn Beck (“About the Glenn Beck Program”), archived, Klein, Michael (“Glenn Beck tops ‘PHT’s day shakeup”, The Philadelphia Inquirer)(January 10, 2002), archived, Carter, BIll and Brian Stelter (“Fox News Hires Beck Away From CNN”, The New York Times)(October 16, 2008), MacNicol, Glynnis (“Here’s The Real Reason Glenn Beck And Fox News Are Parting Ways”, Business Insider)(April 6, 2011), Barr, Andy (“Beck launches news site”, Politico)(September 1, 2010), Glenn (“Who is Glenn”)

Bio

Glenn Beck is a leading figure within American conservative media, having hosted his own show The Glenn Beck Program, which has aired on many radio networks across the country. He has also appeared on CNN’s Headline News, Fox News, and now TheBlaze TV. Beck is the recipient of various awards and is also the author of several books, ranging from nonfiction to children's literature. One such book focuses on the topic of extremism and Islam, entitled: It IS About Islam: Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran and the Caliphate. Beck is also the founder of TheBlaze TV, a conservative media outlet. Beck is well-known for controversial statements, especially concerning former president Barack Obama and his adviser, Van Jones. Beck was also highly critical of president Trump during the 2016 election.

SOURCE: BlazeTV (“About BlazeTV”), Biography.com editors (“Glenn Beck”, Biography.com)(June 25, 2018), Stack, Liam (“Glenn Beck Says Opposing Trump Is ‘Moral, Ethical’ Even if It Means Clinton Wins”, The New York Times)(October 11, 2016)

RECENT ACTIVITY

Glenn Beck is still extremely active within the conservative mediasphere. After leaving Fox News, Beck founded his own television program called BlazeTV, which is now available online for purchase. BlazeTV offers a variety of programming focused on conservative viewpoints. Glenn Beck’s podcast episodes, radio show and blog are available on his website. He also maintains and active Twitter account with over a million followers. BlazeTV, which once reported an annual revenue of $90 million, is now facing financial difficulties following a series of layoffs.

SOURCE: Grove, Lloyd and Maxwell Tani (“Glenn Beck’s Media Empire Implodes. Again.”, The Daily Beast)(June 22, 2018)

Islamophobia

Beck spreads false claims about Islam and its relationships with other faiths, characterizing Islam as villainous, deceptive, and bent on the destruction of Judaism and Christianity.

“Above all else, Sarsour is an extremist. Her loyalty to Islam demands that she put it before everything else. And, within Islam, and all throughout the Koran, there is the doctrine of deception. Muslims are forbidden from mixing with people of other faiths. Yet, they must do everything to convert and to spread Islam.

Hence the doctrine of deception, wherein lying is encouraged, the purpose of lying is to ‘smooth over differences’ or ‘gain the upper-hand over an enemy’, and to ‘advance the cause of Islam - in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.’ In Quran 3:54 Allah himself is described as ‘the best of deceivers.’

Linda Sarsour is just being a faithful Muslim. A sharp-minded fox guarding the chicken coop.”

SOURCE: Beck, Glenn (“The sharp-minded fox guarding the hen house”, Glenn)(October 30, 2018)

“[‘Al-Quds’] is, correct me if I’m wrong, the radicalized Muslim name, the radicalized Arab name, for Jerusalem. If your saying that basically Jerusalem doesn’t exist, you call it ‘Al-Quds.’”

SOURCE: Premiere Radio Networks’ The Glenn Beck Program accessed via Media Matters (May 28, 2010)

“Many in Islam, in the Middle East, and all over the world have been at war with Judaism and Christianity for centuries.”

SOURCE: Fox News’ Glenn Beck accessed via Media Matters (May 11, 2011)

“The Middle East is the Fourth Reich.”

SOURCE: Premiere Radio Networks’ The Glenn Beck Program accessed via Media Matters (May 19, 2011)

“We’re talking a little bit about the Middle East and I know this seems like it doesn’t relate a lot to your life today, but it does, because I believe the Western way of life is at stake and this is the final play. Things will start to shake apart, you will start to see Europe start to shake apart, the economies of the world, the currencies of the world will start to shake apart and we will be more and more active in places like Libya. And then, the world will gather to chase the Jews into the sea, and that will spell the end of the West.”

SOURCE: Fox News’ Glenn Beck accessed via Media Matters (June 1, 2011)

Beck has forwarded his Caliphate conspiracy theory, essentially that popular uprisings across the Middle East, in the United States, and Europe are coordinated efforts by Leftists and Islamists to take over Israel and destroy the Western world.

“What happens if the Muslim Brotherhood is successful in Libya? How high is the gas? Who's their next target? What's to stop them from saying, take out the regime in Saudi Arabia, too? Again, I'm no fan of the Saudi Arabia regime. I didn't like it when Bush was walking in the garden holding hands.

But let me show you this. Can you bring up Facebook? Saudi revolution, March 20th. This is happening -- gee, the fist, the fist. Where I have seen the fist before? Is that -- oh, yeah, the Young Communists also use that fist in their logo.

This is happening. What happens? Are you willing to roll the dice on an entire region flipping to some blind, unnamed democracy with an unknown outcome? You willing to? 'Cause that's what's happening. And every single person in the media is responsible for not informing you what this means. You are about to pay through the nose. This will collapse the economy.”

SOURCE: Burns, Mike quoting Glenn Beck on Fox News, accessed via Media Matters (February 22, 2011)

“Did you notice last night, in this Moammar Gadhafi speech, that Barack Obama says that it is imperative that the nations and the people of the world speak with one voice? He is already operating in a one-world kind of way, because this is a one-world movement. If you don't think this is coordinated, you're sadly mistaken.”

“Do you have it? Food prices. All the central banks say our Federal Reserve caused inflation and the food prices all around the world to go up. Egypt has rising food and energy prices. They are organized by the Islamic extremists and the trade unions. Egypt is the keystone to stability in the Middle East. It sets the Middle East on fire. The -- Mubarak leaves, the regular people go away and they're fine, but the labor unions continue to protest on the streets. At the same time, you have the group from the ACLU -- from AFL-CIO and Code Pink, they come back and they immediately go from Egypt to Wisconsin.

The trade unions in Egypt now start to release tapes supporting the people in Wisconsin, and now they're sowing the seeds of discontent and they are carrying red flags in Wisconsin. Back to the Federal Reserve inflating our money -- they cause inflation in food prices, which have not hit here yet but they have hit in the Middle East. When I said a few weeks back, and they will spread and I showed India -- no, that's crazy. That's crazy. There's -- that's not even an Islamic state. No, you're right, it is not.”

SOURCE: Burns, Mike quoting Glenn Beck on The Glenn Beck Show, accessed via Media Matters (February 24, 2011)

“I warn you, the Palestinian flag is going to be seen all across the Middle East, it’s what will unite the Arab world, and destroy Jerusalem, and Israel, and the Western way of life if we don’t pay attention.”

SOURCE: Fox News’ Glenn Beck, accessed via Media Matters (May 26, 2011)

“Now I am telling you this, it is the same message that I’ve been bringing you for the last few months, the Left is making a push for the west, along with the Islamic Extremists, they do not have the same goal to be ruled under Sharia law, they will sort that out when we’re all dead! They will sort that out when the United States of America and her Constitution no longer stands!”

SOURCE: Premiere Radio Networks’ The Glenn Beck Program (June 2, 2011)

Beck has employed a variety of racist and derogatory terms in reference to Arabs and Muslims.

In a cartoon that aired on Beck’s show on Fox News which purportedly covers the history of the establishment of Israel, the narrator states at the end, “Hahaha, those wacky Arabs.”

SOURCE: Fox News’ Glenn Beck accessed via Media Matters (April 15, 2011)

In reference to the Arabic script, Beck said on his Fox News show: “Hey, squiggly lines. That looks important.”

SOURCE: Fox News’ Glenn Beck accessed via Media Matters (February 1, 2011)

In a podcast with Robert Spencer, Beck spread false information about Islam and its relationship with slavery.

“Most people don’t know, there are more slaves in the world today than there were during the entire 400 years of the Western slave-trade, and a lot of that is Islamic in nature, at least in the Middle East, because you can take the unbelievers and enslave them. Most people also don’t know that the slave-trade here in America, much of it was Muslims who said, well these savages, or these people, they’re infidels, we have the right, if they won’t submit, to bring them in and sell them as slaves.”

SOURCE: Episode 2 Robert Spencer, The Glenn Beck Podcast (September 5, 2018)