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Glenn Beck: A Warrior for Freedom

posted at 12:47 pm on April 11, 2011 by

Bill O’Reilly wrote a fantastic column in which he defends his colleague at Fox News Glenn Beck and attacks  his critics. As O’Reilly explains, the war on Beck really is a war on free speech. The Left doesn’t hate Beck because of what he believes and says, but because he’s very influential. They fear him. And so he must be destroyed.

If you just got off the plane from Mongolia and dialed into the left-wing U.S. media, you might think Glenn Beck is the anti-Christ. The hue and cry about Beck is downright hysterical. Why do they care? Beck isn’t an elected official; he’s not even a journalist. He’s just a guy with an opinion. So what’s the beef?

Well, again, it goes to free speech. Many hardcore ideologues in both camps simply do not want to hear opinions other than their own. And if someone is successfully bloviating views that differ from their orthodoxy, they go ballistic. And Glenn Beck is certainly successful.

That’s exactly it. Leftists don’t want conservatives to able to share their views. Beck’s too effective, he reaches too many people, and he’s too influential. Progressives can’t let that stand. That’s why they waged such a ferocious war on him and why they’re so happy that his show on Fox News will end come December.

Although I respect and understand Beck’s decision to call it quits (he has many more things going; he’s a one-man media organization nowadays), I have to say I’m not happy with it – at all. The reason is not just that I love watching his show. No, it’s that leftists think they succeeded in silencing him (by going after his advertisers). Their view will undoubtedly be: ‘Who’s next?’

And that’s the question we should all ask ourselves as well. Who will they go after now? Who will try to silence when Beck and Fox go their separate ways at the end of this year? Will it be O’Reilly himself? Or perhaps Sean Hannity?

This post first appeared at Global Freedom.

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If you have some like soros who is spending 24/7 trying to shut Glenn up because Glenn tells the truth in those he is going after in their own words! You can not let people hear the truth about people like ‘spooky dude’ or they will try to crater you. Glenn is not afraid to go after those who would crater our Republic with facts. Many here on HA do not like Glenn, he cries, a fear monger, etc. but he has proved his message true time after time. Our home will really miss Glenn on Fox and probably won’t watch Fox at his time slot when he isn’t on.
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letget on April 11, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Rush? Oh wait, that didn’t work. Won’t work for Beck either..

kringeesmom on April 11, 2011 at 1:42 PM

It’s also why they are still daffy about palin even after she’s left office.

phelps on April 11, 2011 at 1:47 PM

If Glenn truly is a crazy conspiracy nut job, then wouldn’t the Left want him to stay on and thus discredit all criticism of the Left.

rbj on April 11, 2011 at 2:04 PM

You’d think that if they could defeat him in the arena of ideas, that they would.

They couldn’t so they had to silence him; this should readily illustrate to everyone the abject intellectual bankruptcy of the Left these days.

Chip on April 11, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Free speech means freedom to criticize.

Criticism is also free speech… not a curb on it. Nobody impaired Becks freedom to say what he wants to say.

Freedom of speech does not entitle everyone with something to say an hour long TV show.

Freedom of speech does not guarantee a TV contract with Fox News.

Freedom of speech does not mandate popularity or TV ratings.

Glenn Beck’s freedom of speech has not been impeded in any way.

lexhamfox on April 11, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Free speech means freedom to criticize.

Criticism is also free speech…
lexhamfox on April 11, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Feel free to elaborate less.

onomo on April 11, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Chip: You’re right, of course. The problem is that many voters / people aren’t paying attention. They’re not thinking about politics as much as you and me. They only care around election time.

Michael van der Galien on April 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Many hardcore ideologues in both camps simply do not want to hear opinions other than their own.

From Bill “culture war” O’Reilly?

Count to 10 on April 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

lexhamfox on April 11, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Once again, you miss the point. When a Progressive Billionaire seeks to have your advertisers abandon your show because he disagrees with what you say, he is seeking to silence your speech.

Wouldn’t it be less expensive if Soros just made a round of the talk shows and debated what Beck has said?

BigAlSouth on April 13, 2011 at 5:50 AM

Wouldn’t it be less expensive if Soros just made a round of the talk shows and debated what Beck has said?

BigAlSouth on April 13, 2011 at 5:50 AM

Yes! an open debate inside the octagonal arena of ideas. Beck v. Soros, a full-contact discussion of principals and history.

You could, in a very real sense, sell tickets.

massrighty on April 13, 2011 at 6:54 AM