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January 23rd, 2014
11:31 AM ET

Beck: 'I played a role in tearing apart the country'

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck told FOX News' Megyn Kelly that he "made a lot of mistakes" while he was a part of the network, but are his regretful remarks sincere? Carol discussed this statement and others with Amy Holmes, who works at Beck's media network, "The Blaze", John Avlon, editor-in-chief at The Daily Beast and CNN Senior Media Correspondent Brian Stelter.

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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Beck has such a long history of idiotic comments and crazy ideas that its hard to believe him on anything. He certainly does bear responsibility for helping to tear the country apart, but only his subsequent actions will determine if he is really repenting, or if he is using yet another marketing ploy to squeeze more money out of the weak-minded while he figures out yet another way that Obama could be trying to undermine our society: so far, his success rate on his theories is not impressive.

    January 27, 2014 at 10:07 am |
  2. manycatsonekid

    Like that's something to brag about?

    January 28, 2014 at 1:54 pm |
  3. Ed

    He was always just looking for attention and fame, he'd say anything to get it. I seem to remember him being featured on CNN before he was a big shot at Fox.

    January 29, 2014 at 7:01 am |
  4. gene

    he gives himself way too much credit..who cares what he says anymore?

    February 1, 2014 at 11:08 pm |
  5. Brent

    Beck did not tear apart the country. He merely joined the republican bandwagon on it's quest to demonize democrats, sow fear and suspicion, and try to reap political rewards regardless of the consequences to America. He was but a foot soldier in the republican's war against American unity.

    February 3, 2014 at 11:56 pm |
  6. joe

    Beck: 'I played a role in tearing apart the country'
    The country is torn apart?

    Who is this clown?

    February 4, 2014 at 5:04 am |
  7. Dan Z.

    He is a branded professional demagogue. It is too late for him to rebrand himself as a motivational speaker! The best thing he can do to heal the riffs in this country is for him to shut up and go away.

    February 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm |
  8. Robert

    The guy even admitted to being nothing more than "a rodeo clown". He all but said don't take him seriously, but the fervent right at his stuff up.

    February 5, 2014 at 11:45 am |
  9. Jeff

    Beck is taking too much credit. I know somebody that has tore the country apart far better then him.

    February 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm |
  10. Bribarian

    Beck's broadcats pale in comparison to leftist agendas fractioning and dividing every segment of society.

    February 6, 2014 at 3:43 am |
  11. Derek

    The problem with Beck is that he is an extreme opportunist and we've seen the lengths he will go to in order to take advantage of people and stir the pot simply to make a buck. He is not sincere and you can not trust a word he says without questioning his ulterior motives.

    My guess is that he has been completely marginalized and is altering his methods to try to salvage what is left of his career in hopes someone else will pick him up.

    February 6, 2014 at 7:18 am |
  12. Steve

    Ahhh, the hate doeth spew on this board. If it isn't Beck, its O'reilly, or Hannity, or even five years later...BUSH! Always looking for somebody to attack that doesn't follow your worldview hook, line and sinker.

    February 6, 2014 at 9:37 am |
  13. Joseph

    LOL I love the clowns saying "Beck's broadcats pale in comparison to leftist agendas (fractioning) and dividing every segment of society". Bro this is the exact thing we are talking about. This sensational sissy baby talk is what Beck fostered. White guilt, war on christmas, communists! None of its real, hes telling you that. Doubling down with the fox talk here is the wrong move.

    February 6, 2014 at 11:42 am |
  14. Pam

    Obama's the best president ever. all these dumb right wing elephants act like they don't like all that Mr. Obama has done for our country. thanks to him, i now have a free phone, and can get steak every week. rock on obama. joe for president next?

    February 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm |
  15. kevin hughey

    I don't care what Glenn Beck says it's a free country last time i checked. I have read several books by Glenn The X-mas sweater was very entertaining and his book on the Constitution was very good I learned alot! I have read Obama's books and now that he is president he has just 2 years now to get everything done! Chicago style politics will not work! I am not going to get into the blame game but Obama still tals like he's planning on being re-elected? Which makes him much less presidentual. I worked for my father for 30 years and when push came to shove nomatter what anybody said he was in charge of strking the pen to paper and that was final he paid the bills and i worked for him! I think it's called Capitalism lets not forget who we are! It takes everyone to build a nation! Frankly i do not care what Glenn Beck does but let's all pray for the people who Govern sign the papers in Washington and hope that they do the right thing! Like Abert Eintien once said never try to solve a problem with the same logic that created it!

    February 6, 2014 at 1:43 pm |
  16. cacique

    He really thinks highly of himself...

    February 6, 2014 at 10:07 pm |
  17. Fred

    I think I heard of this guy once in 2007 and several times after that and there was never a good thing to say. Its probably easier for a narcissist to think he/she has influenced hundreds of millions of people.

    February 6, 2014 at 10:42 pm |
  18. Surprise

    Now give back all the money you made doing it and you can have our respect.

    February 6, 2014 at 11:33 pm |
  19. mark

    If he wants to repent commit suicide

    February 7, 2014 at 7:19 am |
  20. M

    And this week his is sayiing the President is a dictator and wants to send people to internment camps-he is just a TOTAL idiot-and perhaps has the befinnings of dementia

    February 7, 2014 at 7:51 am |
  21. Jackson


    Ahhh, the hate doeth spew on this board. If it isn't Beck, its O'reilly, or Hannity, or even five years later...BUSH! Always looking for somebody to attack that doesn't follow your worldview hook, line and sinker.


    And when you don't agree with each and every item on the GOP agenda, they ask you why you hate America.

    Funny how you leave out the GOP and the way they act. I guess you weren't interested in anything like the truth, you just wanted your stale little talking point.

    Typical GOP politics.

    February 7, 2014 at 12:05 pm |
  22. Jackson


    Beck's broadcats pale in comparison to leftist agendas fractioning and dividing every segment of society.


    Did you buy your drugs from the same dealer as Hoffman?

    February 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm |
  23. fmrgop

    Hey, he admitted making mistakes. He wasn't apologizing. His personal beliefs as to the righteousness of his positions are unwavering. I'm flabbergasted that people take him seriously.

    February 7, 2014 at 12:38 pm |
  24. JSB

    Always the last to know...

    February 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm |
  25. Teapot dome to tea bags

    That is what Beck, Rush and their ilk will be remembered for, agents of destruction.

    Agents of Ailes, vapid robot zombies, sociopaths to the core.

    February 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
  26. America1st

    This guy TRULY represents the Republican Party.

    February 9, 2014 at 2:41 am |
  27. Nathan

    He would make a good car salesman

    February 9, 2014 at 11:56 am |
  28. James George

    Beck is most likely a conscious charlatan – and Fox KNEW what it was getting when it hired him. It's just that, in retrospect, it had CONSEQUENCES beyond just being conservative entertainment...

    February 9, 2014 at 9:31 pm |
  29. Josiah Pacella

    For those Rethuglicans who posted here, without (apparently) actually listening to the interview of Beck the Bi-Polar, Beck accuses the President of being racist. If that isn't "spewing hate", what is?
    BTW, amusing watching a beck employee can turn a half-hearted apology into an info-mercial.

    February 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm |
  30. Josiah Pacella

    My 21 second, YouTube reaction to everything said by Beck the Bi-Polar or his minions:

    February 10, 2014 at 12:45 pm |
  31. wranglerick

    Keep dreaming beck, with all the problems we may have, this is still the greatest country on the planet

    February 11, 2014 at 10:28 am |
  32. Hugh Jass

    And he did it with 2 turntables and a microphone. There's only one Beck, homies.

    February 11, 2014 at 11:46 am |
  33. Hugh Jass

    To be fair, I think Glenn Beck is actually totally insane and believes all the crazy stuff he says. Remember when he thought the entire USA would be converted by God to Mormonism because Mitt Romney was the White Horseman Of The Prophecy?

    February 11, 2014 at 11:50 am |
  34. art

    This man is a joke, a big bigot and and idiot. I thought he was going blind or something? it needs to happen already.

    February 11, 2014 at 1:22 pm |
  35. Hugh Jass

    The scary thing is that some people still listen to him after FOX realized he was insane and let him go. They even buy his loony books. So he represents a group of people even crazier than he is who look to him for guidance!

    February 11, 2014 at 1:40 pm |
  36. jb1963

    Its a shame Amy actually stands up for this guy.
    He hates blacks, gays and the poor no matter what he says now.


    February 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
  37. Searcher

    So, did Glen have a near death epiphany or is he trying to go MAIN-STREAM and make more money? I think it is the latter but I could be wrong. Not likely, but possibly.....

    February 11, 2014 at 6:05 pm |
  38. dt

    He stole his entire shtick, website design, show format, and concern for politics from Alex Jones.

    February 11, 2014 at 9:56 pm |
  39. Alan Degolmon

    There was never any question about what you were doing, Glenn Beck. The question was always: for whom are you doing it?

    You are part of the "Divide and Conquer" agenda currently being implmented by the likes of you and Rush Limbaugh on the Right, and Al Francken and Rachel Maddow on the Left.

    All of you, including you, Glenn Beck (as you have just acknowledged) have been very successful in weakening this country by splitting it right down the middle politically. In fact, you've done such a good job that even when people recognize what's going on, the two sides blame each other for the division – completely oblivious to the fact that as one of the oldest military strategies in history, "Divide and Conquer" is ALWAYS used by a third party to weaken and conquer large populations.

    So who authored the "Divide and Conquer" agenda this time? Who are you all working for? Glenn? Rush? Al? Rachel? Who's your employer?

    Keep in mind that blaming each other is pointless. We know better. So do you.

    February 12, 2014 at 8:50 am |
  40. Bill, Bloominton IL

    No. Democrats tore this country apart starting in 1964 with redistribution of wealth.

    February 12, 2014 at 9:41 am |
  41. musclecarhound

    This guy committed treason. He should be arrested, tried and executed. I volunteer to pull the handle for free. He and his ilk are America's true enemies.

    February 12, 2014 at 10:01 am |
  42. musclecarhound

    By the way it's particularly funny (and pathetic) that the righties are here arguing Beck's a good guy when HE HIMSELF said he tore the country apart. Can teabaggers even read?

    February 12, 2014 at 10:03 am |
  43. Sophie Katt

    Oh please.

    Beck, you couldn't "tear apart" tissue paper if it was soaking wet. You're just a lot of noise, flapping around, squawking.

    You give yourself FAR TOO MUCH credit. You didn't "tear apart" this country, nor could you, in your wildest dreams.

    February 12, 2014 at 10:27 am |
  44. Bart Brown

    Beck, you vastly overrate yourself. You did provide some easy fodder for late-night talk show monologues, but nobody ever listened to a has-been shlock-jock who tried to make himself into a political pundit. You don't have the brainpower to make yourself a splatter on the highway... though I DO wish you'd at least TRY. We're all deliriously thankful that, like Palin, Rove, Limbaugh, O'Reilly and their moronic ilk, you've wadded yourself up and tossed yourself into the dustbin of history. Buh-bye!

    February 12, 2014 at 12:18 pm |
  45. Serge Storms

    Beck is delusional if he thinks he helped tear the country apart. The only people who listened to him for more than 30 seconds are paranoid wackos who were already in the "civil war is coming" or "secede now" category before they ever heard of him.

    February 12, 2014 at 5:08 pm |
  46. Bobster

    Beck is a complete idiot. Why coming from a totally ruined life to owning his own multi million dollar media company that is growing daily. Having one of the largest radio audiences. What a loser compared to all of us geniuses who clearly see how stupid, insane, overrated, and delusional he is. Well, back upstairs to see if mother has dinner ready.

    February 13, 2014 at 3:28 am |
  47. j

    This guy is totally narcissistic...he was nothing more than a clown act that made a fool of himself when he was on the air...although financially it did work for him and really folks, isn't what this whole thing is about!!! Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch ( FOX) are all about the bottomline..they know there is an element in this country that buy into the kind of rhetoric they spew nightly....they have even admitted to FOX being an entertainment venue...the bottomline is revenue – the crazier the comments the more crazies they attract, ie., more investors, more advertisers, money, money, money.

    February 13, 2014 at 1:18 pm |
  48. Tess Stickles

    Dont flatter yourself G.Beck. Only a microscopic handful of religious nuts put any value into what you had to say.

    February 13, 2014 at 9:33 pm |
  49. 2 Km N of G Zero

    Beck makes money and gets attention when he's being a media troll. Like Rush. It's a paying gig. Being smart and sensible isn't as rewarding and it's a lot tougher.

    February 14, 2014 at 9:15 am |
  50. Jim

    "Can teabaggers even read?"

    It's a video.

    Stupidity should be painful.

    February 14, 2014 at 11:03 am |
  51. Steve

    Pure GB sensationalism.

    February 14, 2014 at 2:08 pm |
  52. Billinaz

    I thought this was about Jeff Beck.

    February 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm |
  53. SGinOR

    @Billinaz – Me too or Beck Hansen. Who'd have thought a lunatic would be getting this coverage. Oh yeah – that's what "news" sites are for... It's all about the clicks.

    February 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm |
  54. truthmantalk

    This is how conservative radio hosts make their millions in America. They prey on the emotions of bigots and racist in this country by feeding them hate with their racist views and comments. "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter the gates of heaven."

    February 15, 2014 at 6:40 pm |
  55. skytag

    Perhaps Beck is sincere in regretting what he did, but he was just another opportunist chasing after the Rush Limbaugh crowd to get a piece of the pie. His behavior was loathsome. If he can undo some of the damage he did to this country more power to him, but he'll never be able to much of it. The people who bought into his far right divisive schtick will just abandon him for changing his tune and find others to feed their hatred and bigotry.

    February 16, 2014 at 12:37 am |
  56. Darrell44

    Just another idiot who got other idiots to join his idiot bandwagon and now he is running out of money so he is trying to be relevant again. I am sure the same idiots will join him again to listen and believe his same teabagging republicant rant about Obama, religion, life, lies as he see's it. There is a reason they took him off the air, he lied he lied he lied.

    February 16, 2014 at 2:17 pm |
  57. Joseph Muniz

    This Man said WHATEVER Fox News wanted him to say, that's how he got his spot. Now he has what he needs and just maybe his "conscious " is no longer dormant. He did it for the money plain and simple and whatever his motives are now, it's for the money.

    February 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm |
  58. randel

    gee Steve. it was Bush. 5 years isn't long enough to forget who lied us into a war in Iraq that will end up costing more than a trillion dollars by the time we finish caring for 40,000 wounded troops and paying interest on the money Bush borrowed from China to finance this mistake of a war. Bush did more to divide our country than any one man. Limbaugh did more to help Bush do this than Beck did. While we're blaming people, O"Hannity ran the "Stop Hillary Express" on his show. in effect Hannity did more to help elect Obama than anyone!

    February 16, 2014 at 9:05 pm |
  59. Esaias

    You know who's had the biggest role in tearing apart the country? Our moron-in-chief, Mr. Obama!

    February 16, 2014 at 10:57 pm |
  60. Chris


    I think the advertisers are walking from him big time. The world thinks this guy is a hack!!!!

    February 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm |
  61. David Dee

    ...but every time he opens his mouth, money comes rolling in.

    February 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm |
  62. theghostofjimjones

    I got two turntables and a microphone.... I didn't realize that song was so controversial.

    February 18, 2014 at 3:24 am |
  63. CJ

    Beck is an ENTERTAINER! He does not hold political office, he cannot make policy. Millions of people are entertained by his show so advertisers will continue to be there. Get over it. The only difference between him and anyone on MSNBC is that his show is actually successful. There was a time when I found him funny so I listened. I don't find him entertaining any more so I don't listen. If others want to, that's OK by me. If liberals were more worried about taking care of themselves and less worried about finding reasons to be offended we would all be better off.

    February 19, 2014 at 11:33 am |
  64. JJ in DC

    I sense a book tour in the making. Beck is a true capitalist, everything he does is about making more money for himself.

    February 20, 2014 at 3:51 pm |


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    Just had to check and can't believe how many idiots watch CNN!

    June 5, 2014 at 11:52 pm |
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    Let's just face the facts, money is the only reason most of these people do anything. It is not about ideals or values, but the value of what they can make from spewing opinions that only serve to harm the less educated. These people have no real skills and do not contribute to the advancement of our world in any way, simply the financial advancement of a few in the big picture.

    July 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm |
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