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Did you see that Glenn Beck regrets being so divisive when he was on Fox News?

Asked by JLeslie (47245 points ) January 23rd, 2014

Here is an article about it.

I am shocked. I hope this is a message to our country to question and not trust what is said by people who are obviously extreme and hateful and entertainers paid to stir things up. They are not balanced journalists. Even old school journalism we need to do our research and not act like sheep.

Do you think what he said will be forgotten in a day? Will his admission help to lead in a time where the left and the right can work together better?

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elbanditoroso's avatar

I’m inclined to think that this is play-acting – said for an ulterior motive. This seems calculated. (although not sure what the goal is).

Leopards don’t change their spots. The proof will be whether be moderates his noise level going forward.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

One word: Ratings

rojo's avatar

It is hard to believe that he seriously feels regret.

dabbler's avatar

HaHaHaHa…. regrets it all the way to the bank.

syz's avatar

I don’t believe a word out of that jerk’s mouth.

rojo's avatar

How many think that Mr. Beck should be held up as a legitimate reason for keeping abortion legal in the US?

JLeslie's avatar

I can’t see the gain for him or the party saying this. Except maybe if they strongly believe the next Republican Presidential candidate has to be more moderate to win. I think the woman interviewing him was surprised by his response. Just looking at her face. I’ll try to find a link to the video.

Judi's avatar

I saw the video @JLeslie. I’ll try to find it and post it. I just don’t have time now. I think it was an Upworthy post on Facebook.
Edit: Here’s a link I found by googling

filmfann's avatar

Did he regret talking people into buying gold, and losing $500 an ounce over the last year?

Dutchess_III's avatar

I reposted on FB without commentary, but I shall commentate here Wow…spell check says “commentate” is a word!

If nothing else, whatever his motives are, will those who have sucked right into his tea-party extremism feel sheepish? I’m ashamed to say, members of my own family sucked right into it. :(

elbanditoroso's avatar

@Dutchess_III – where I came from, a Commentator was what we called a baking potato.

rojo's avatar

@elbanditoroso I believe Glenn Beck fits the definition of a Common Tater.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Tarded Tater.

zenvelo's avatar

I’d only believe his regrets if he called out Sarah Palin, Rick Santelli, Rick Santorum, and John Boehner, to apologize to the President and to the American people for their divisiveness and lack of civility.

bolwerk's avatar

Working together implies there is some reasonable common ground. Glenn Beck doesn’t really have a mix of good and bad ideas. He’s thoroughly rotten. His ideology may be different, but as an archetype he is a fascist.

KNOWITALL's avatar

What people seem to forget is that we all make choices about how we pay our bills.

Do you want to sell out and get paid really well, or do you want to work at Starbucks and sleep well at night? Like @Espiritus_Corvus, when your paycheck is tied to ratings like Beck, you’ll do what it takes, even if it’s against your own personal views or convictions.

He may be a nice guy who just sold out, there’s plenty of those, too.

josie's avatar

Don’t politicians do this kind of stuff everyday?
I suppose it is OK to render a negative moral judgment against Glenn Beck. He’s crazy, possibly as a result of his medications, not in spite of them.
But what about almost every elected politician in Washington, including the president? They change their story all the time, depending on how the polls go.
Seems like the same folks who hate the lying, manipulative and self absorbed Glenn Beck, have a love affair with a lying, manipulative and self absorbed Federal Government.

JLeslie's avatar

@josie In my original post I didn’t single out party. I don’t like Rachel Maddow either for her extremism, and I fell like MSNBC purposely looked for someone extreme like her and encouraged her to be one sided.

josie's avatar

@JLeslie
Nor am I singling out a party.

JLeslie's avatar

@josie I didn’t feel you were, I just thought maybe you thought the question was biased. I am a little biased in my thinking admittedly. I think the right wing does more of this, but the left does crazy also.

Dutchess_III's avatar

For some reason the wording of this question reminds me of one of the last lines in Dances With Wolves…..

GoldieAV16's avatar

Now the truth comes out: Beck is trying to get back on TV, and sell his show to cable. Since he was ousted from FOX for being too extremist, he has to peddle a reformed more moderate self. I guess it was an oversight on Meghan Kelly’s part not to mention this, since we know she is on a quest to be a truth teller. Oh well, easy to miss.

Anyways, good luck with that, Glenn. Good luck.

Paradox25's avatar

He must be getting ready to write another book.

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