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Thread: Is Glenn Beck a reporter or an entertainer

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    Re: Is Glenn Beck a reporter or an entertainer

    Quote Originally Posted by Arcana XV View Post
    Beck is an entertainer and I think he's very good at what he does. He claims to be a libertarian and the "facts" he talks about on his show are put through that over the top, twisted, libertarian lens he carries around. The same exact "facts" would be handled very differently by republican, democrat or centrist commentators. The "facts" are not really the issue, if they are indeed facts (and I'm not saying they're not, I have found myself agreeing with Beck on numerous occasions). The issue is the spin each commentator will put on the exact same set of "facts". Beck is excellent at spinning things in just the right loony libertarian way. I totally love him.
    He's not a libertarian. His socially conservative stance on drugs and prostitution precludes him from assuming that label.

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    Re: Is Glenn Beck a reporter or an entertainer

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    He's not a libertarian. His socially conservative stance on drugs and prostitution precludes him from assuming that label.

    He said he is in favor of decriminalizing marajuana. Not sure about other drugs. He said he used to have a different position, but now he's a libertarian, and he adopted the libertarian position on drugs.

    Not sure about prostitution.
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    Re: Is Glenn Beck a reporter or an entertainer

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    I don't understand the point of this thread. No one is claiming that Glenn Beck is a journalist. We all know he is an entertainer / political commentator, but this, in no way, precludes him from being informative or reporting on substantive issues.

    I don't understand all the outrage people display over him. He's no worse than any of the other people on TV, and at least he isn't pretending to be a journalist like some people are...

    Are you sure? Grim hasn't voted yet. He might claim Beck is a journalist.
    I'm not sure the point of the thread either, tho, tbh.

    TED - what's the point?


    Edit: Never mind, just located the thread that gives this thread a point http://www.debatepolitics.com/bias-m...ts-2009-a.html
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    Re: Is Glenn Beck a reporter or an entertainer

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    He's not a libertarian. His socially conservative stance on drugs and prostitution precludes him from assuming that label.
    You should write to him and ask him to not label himself as such. I heard him say the words "I am a libertarian". I can't remember if it was on his show or if it was on O'Reilly's, but he did say it. I think he has no idea what a libertarian is, personally.
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    Re: Is Glenn Beck a reporter or an entertainer

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    He said he used to have a different position, but now he's a libertarian, and he adopted the libertarian position on drugs.
    I've never heard him say he's a libertarian. When was that?

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    Re: Is Glenn Beck a reporter or an entertainer

    Quote Originally Posted by Arcana XV View Post
    I heard him say the words "I am a libertarian". I can't remember if it was on his show or if it was on O'Reilly's, but he did say it. I think he has no idea what a libertarian is, personally.
    Are you certain you're not thinking of John Stossel? I know I've heard him say that on O'Reilly's show. I'm not saying you are incorrect- I've just never heard Beck say that.

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    Re: Is Glenn Beck a reporter or an entertainer

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I've never heard him say he's a libertarian. When was that?

    One of the few shows of his I watched.


    Edit: Here's a couple YouTubes. First one, he says he's a libertarian, and is interviewing a guy about legalizing marijuana. Second one, he's decided that marijuana does need to be legalized.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZR0IkyAz8w"]YouTube- Glenn Beck: Marijuana Legalized & Taxed[/ame]


    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFmtirw5io8"]YouTube- Glenn Beck Legalize Marijuana & Stop The Violence[/ame]
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    Re: Is Glenn Beck a reporter or an entertainer

    Thanks! I'm glad to hear it personally.

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    Re: Is Glenn Beck a reporter or an entertainer

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I've never heard him say he's a libertarian. When was that?
    Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Glenn Beck

    I consider myself a libertarian.
    I found that source through wiki, where I also learned that Beck is a LDSer, which I found surprising, though once I thought about it, it kinda makes sense.

    Edit: Sigh, Jackalope beat me in with her edit.
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    Re: Is Glenn Beck a reporter or an entertainer

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Are you certain you're not thinking of John Stossel? I know I've heard him say that on O'Reilly's show. I'm not saying you are incorrect- I've just never heard Beck say that.
    No, it was definitely Beck. I don't even know who John Stossel is.

    ETA: I see others have posted links. I knew I wasn't crazy. LOL
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