‘We Have Never Seen Anything Like This Before’: Beck & the Military Weigh in on Army’s Public Training Exercises

A couple weeks ago, the Blaze alerted you to the fact that the Army Reserves was conducting a training with armored vehicles on the residential streets and highways in St. Louis, Mo. Local news stations reported the story to residents saying they shouldn’t be alarmed should they see this training taking place.

Army specialists from Fort Meade were brought to train the 354th MP company in St. Louis on what one of the local reporters called “driver’s ed” for the military. Some, like Brandon Smith from Alt-Market in a guest post to the online publication Zero Hedge, wondered why this training was being conducted in public at all, especially given the fact that the military has some training facilities that model towns just without residents around.

So, why is the army conducting these trainings in public? Glenn Beck on GBTV — soon to be The Blaze TV — posed this question Monday.

“With an exception of parades, have you ever seen military humvees driving through your streets? Let me ask again. Have you ever seen them perform military exercises in the streets? Nope,” Beck said.

Read more here.

Hustler’s Larry Flynt Responds to Fake Explicit S.E. Cupp Image: ‘That’s Satire’

Hustler magazine has responded to the faked explicit photo of S.E. Cupp with a two-sentence statement to The Blaze from publisher Larry Flynt.

“That’s satire. I’m able to publish this because of the Supreme Court case I won in 1984, Flynt v. Falwell,” the statement said.

Hustler Magazine v. Falwell was a 1988 U.S. Supreme Court decision that held that the First Amendment protects parodies of public figures as long as they could not be reasonably taken as true.

Revolution Against TV

Glenn Beck still rails against his usual enemies, from the “hardcore socialist left” to “extreme Islam.” Now there is a new target: mainstream television.

After parting company with Fox News last year, Mr. Beck took his message of outrage and self-reliance online. He launched an Internet video network called GBTV, where he is on air for two hours a day, alongside six more hours of shows, from “Liberty Treehouse,” a history and news program for children, to the reality program “Independence USA,” where a family explores life off the grid.

Ultimately, Mr. Beck said GBTV will become a 24/7 network, with plans to double programming this year. In January, he signed a deal with the production company Icebox —founded by writers from “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill” —to create an animated comedy series. He also is readying a documentary about Occupy Wall Street.

On Fox News, Mr. Beck averaged 2.2 million daily viewers and was paid $2.5 million a year. GBTV, which jumped on the scene in September, is expected to bring in at least $40 million in revenue this year, supported by advertising and more than 300,000 subscribers paying as much as $9.95 a month for full access to GBTV, according to a person close to the company.

While it is significantly smaller than his audience at Fox News, it’s still more than an established network like CNBC, which drew an average of 189,000 viewers over the course of the total day in February, according to Nielsen.

To turn that revenue into profit, Mr. Beck keeps costs low by using staff and equipment already in place for other parts of Mercury Radio Arts, Mr. Beck’s multimedia mini-empire, which includes best-selling books, a syndicated radio show that draws some 10 million listeners a week, public events, and Blaze, a news and opinion website. As a result, Mr. Beck’s initial investment in the network was paid off in the first two months, according to a person close to the company.

Some 120 people now work in the wider Beck kingdom, which is expected to bring in $80 million in revenue this year, according to the same person. The business is flush enough now to afford two sets—the one in New York and a second in Dallas, where the network’s headquarters is being built—the capital of Glenn Beck Inc.

Liberal Caller Threatens Talk Show Hosts

Those who receive Glenn’s daily email recapping his radio show may have noticed an especially interesting item. A Left-leaning caller named “Bobby” from San Antonio, TX called the show and proceeded to angrily denounce hosts Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray, before concluding with a bizarre threat. “Once you step outside your comfort zone, it’s over, buddy,” Bobby snarled. You can watch the clip from the show below:

Read more here.

This Liberal loser caller also called the Rush Limbaugh show.

Insurgency in America

You know the border is a place where drugs and illegal immigrants transit every day. But you have no idea how bad things really are.

If you watch the Glenn Beck Show on GBTV this Tuesday at 5PM, you will learn just how frightening– and immediate– the threats coming across the U.S.-Mexico border really are.

Of course, the mainstream media refuses to tell you the real story. They claim a need to shield the public from the horrific violence, and fall into politically correct narratives.

GBTV will tell you the truth about the border, including the following shocking revelations:

1) Al Qaeda-style terrorism tactics, including beheadings and extensive body mutilations, have become standard tactics for the bloodthirsty drug cartels at the U.S. border.

2) Hezbollah, the global Islamic extremist group and Iranian terror proxy, is aligned with the cartels– the only question remaining is the ultimate purpose of that alliance. There are reports that Hezbollah operatives are involved in human smuggling operations across the U.S.-Mexico border, including terror cells. Could these be sleeper cells ready for activation?

3) Forget the media narrative– the border is unsecured and wide-open. US Border agents are undermanned and being prevented from doing their jobs properly by bureaucrats and legislation that ties their hands. Sanctuary cities, and vast tracts of federal land that can’t be patrolled. And there are even threats coming across the northern border with Canada.

Read more here.

Independence USA

Glenn Beck has been in the news quite a bit the past few days but, no matter how many media fights he gets in, the real story for him continues to be the development of his network GBTV. It’s been interesting to see the different shows the network has produced and how closely they adhere to the Beck brand. For example, the political comedy show, The B.S. of A., has had some jokes that seem like they fit the big boss’ ideology (like this funny communist game show bit) while other segments make it clear that, as Brian Sack promised, the show’s its own thing. So, some might be asking when GBTV is going to produce a show that really feels like a Glenn Beck show. Where’s the piece of television that completely embodies everything he represents and distills it into a narrative chunk?

Well, how about a reality series about an American family heading off into the woods to learn how to use guns so as to prepare for some kind of vaguely defined apocalypse? Oh my God, yes.

The absolute Beck-gasm I just described is apparently a real thing. It’s called Independence USA and it’s premiering in January. I’ll let the GBTV press release give you a description:

“Concerned that the economy could collapse? Or that a natural disaster could wipe out our infrastructure? So is Frank, and he is doing something about it! Believing that America has become too reliant on a crumbling foundation, Frank is preparing his family for life “off the grid,” admiring the way people lived in the 19th century. Like them, he longs to become completely independent. So he is embarking on one project at a time hoping to prepare his family for the worst, such as building a car that runs on wood in case gasoline supplies are interrupted, becoming expert hunters when grocery stores are no longer in existence, and making his own alcohol for barter when the dollar collapses. Frank does it all with determination, intelligence, and good humor. He’ll need all that and more, as he attempts to motivate a family that neither shares his fervor nor wishes to sacrifice the comforts and conveniences of 21st century life. In the series premiere- ‘A Hunting We Will Go’- we meet the Belcastro’s as they set out on a journey to be a self-sufficient family. Frank wants the family to be able to hunt and kill their own food but not every one is on board. Starting with making their own weapons Frank and his son Adam really learn an appreciation for the hunt but wonder if they will succeed.”

Read more here.

GBTV Already Has More Subscribers Than Oprah’s Network Has Viewers

The complete Wall Street Journal article, well worth reading, is restricted to subscribers, but here is one nugget :

Because Mr. Beck owns the show and the network, he could make substantially more than the $2.5 million salary he got each year at Fox. GBTV is on track to take in more than $20 million in revenue in its debut year, according to a person close to the company.

The television industry will be watching closely to see whether the TV host can preserve his popularity while migrating to the Web, where efforts to get consumers to pay to watch online-only channels are just beginning.

When Mr. Beck announced GBTV in June, the network had 80,000 subscribers. In the months since, GBTV subscribers have swelled to more than 230,000, according to people close to the network, even though Mr. Beck‘s show hasn’t yet begun.

The audience is far less than the more than 2.2 million daily viewers his program on Fox drew, on average, over its 27-month run, which ended in June after clashes with the network’s management.

But it is more than the average 156,000 people who were watching the Oprah Winfrey Network in June.

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