'Glenn Beck': Are You Smarter Than News Media?

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," January 18, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: Well, tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of this ridiculous show at 5:00. When we started the show a year ago, I think on our first show I did a puzzle. And it was really — the idea was that the news is like a puzzle that fits together to form a bigger picture but everybody only just talks about this one little piece. Everything is related.

Let me bring you back to the story in Massachusetts about Scott Brown's race against Martha Coakley. Then the Democratic machine. Here is what was said about him by Brian McGrory in the Boston Globe over the weekend: "Scott Brown may not share the political values of most of the state and may lack experience for U.S. Senate, but remember Obama doesn't, but let's be honest; his nights probably aren't tied up with the Mensa meetings."

Oh, so, he's just inexperienced, completely out of step with everybody and then just really stupid.

Well, everybody on right is dumb. Haven't we learned that yet?


ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, THE HUFFINGTON POST: There is something that we need to really pay attention to with Glenn Beck. We cannot just dismiss him because the truth of the matter is that there is a good reason why we have an exemption to the free speech protected by the First Amendment.

MATT DAMON, ACTOR: You know, the hockey mom, you know, oh, I'm just a hockey mom from Alaska and, you know, using the, you know, the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey, you know, rink. You know, it's just, it's absurd.

WILL FERRELL, COMEDIAN: Oh, I didn't see you there. You caught me mending my fences, one of the many things I do here on the ranch. I'd like to bring to light a terrible thing that liberals are trying to do to you. They're trying to encourage people to vote.


BECK: OK. Everybody’s stupid, right?

Well, I mean, he [Obama] is not stupid. No. No. No. He's a genius. Brilliant. He's brilliant, he is probably the best, smartest president we've ever had.

Sarah Palin, dumb as a box of rocks.

George Bush, was he stupid! Bill Clinton, Rhodes Scholar, intellectual, in fact.

George H. W. Bush, dumb, dumb, dummy!

Dan Quayle, oh! (INAUDIBLE). He is an imbecile. He longed to be just stupid.

Ronald Reagan, he was practically going potty in his pants, he was so incompetent.

Jimmy Carter, no, no, no, no, he was brilliant!

Gerald Ford, a complete total moron. He couldn't even stand on his own two feet. Wow! That's weird.

Oh by, by the way, Al Gore? Nothing like Dan Quayle! No, no. Brilliant.

And entire cross section of concerned Americans who attended tea parties? Really stupid.

Ed Schultz enlightened us about this this weekend, as have so many others:


ED SCHULTZ, 'THE ED SCHULTZ SHOW’: These tea partiers, I'll tell you what. Number one, they're not well educated. They're not up on the issues. They've been whipped up into a frenzy.


BECK: OK. Notice any kind of pattern? If you are on the left, you're genius, if you're on the right, dumb as a box of rocks.

Martha Coakley isn't being called stupid in Massachusetts as her GOP opponents, Scott Brown is. Even though she has suggested this:


MARTHA COAKLEY, U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE, D-MASS.: The goal was and the mission in Afghanistan was to go in because we believed that the Taliban was giving harbor to terrorists. We supported that. I supported that goal. They're gone, there not there anymore.


BECK: No terrorists in Afghanistan.

How about this one. She misspelled, well, just her own state in one of her campaign ads. You remember the campaign — you remember when I misspelled—notice the extra "e" here?—when I misspelled, what was it? Oligarchy, ‘cause I left the "c" off. Because you can't spell oligarchy without czars. Hah, never heard the end of that. But here, oh, no. She also referred to Red Sox legend Curt Shilling as a Yankee fan:


COAKLEY: If it weren't so close, Rudy Giuliani wouldn't have come in either. And besides, he's a Yankee fan. I just want people to know.

DAN REA, 'NIGHTSIDE WITH DAN REA' HOST: Yes, but now Scott Brown has Curt Schilling, OK?

COAKLEY: Another Yankee fan.

REA: Schilling?


REA: Curt Schilling, a Yankee fan?

COAKLEY: No, alright, I'm wrong on my — I'm wrong.

REA: The Red Sox great pitcher of the bloody sock?

COAKLEY: Well, he's not there anymore.


BECK: Oh, Red Sox, well. Now, she's razor sharp. Smart as a whip!

Patrick Kennedy couldn't even get her name right over the weekend, quote, "Some works needs to be done and this president's in the process of doing it and we need to get Marcia Coakley to help him to do that."

The only problem here is her name is Martha. But again, don't confuse that with stupid. Even though he did it three times – um, Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. Thank you, Jim Brady. It's still sheer intellect on the left.

The leftist elitests have been playing this game for a very long time but the good news is, again Americans are starting to figure it out. We're on to it.

We see that they cheat and only the ends justify the means and we see how they play the game. It's played out over and over again. Harry Reid, Harry Reid. He's brilliant! He can say something just ridiculous. This isn't Harry Reid. This is the guy who used to wear the pointy hats. Yeah, well, he's brilliant. And he's not a racist. But this guy? Oh no. No, he is evil. He is dumb. He is a racist. Yes. They know Harry's heart. Obama said it himself. Harry is on the right side of history:


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: This is a good man who has always been on the right side of history. For him to have used some inartful language, in trying to praise me and for people to make hay out of it makes absolutely no sense.


BECK: It doesn't, it doesn't.

I see, so if he’s on your side, he can't be wrong. You know, if they're on the right, they can't be right. Trent Lott, he said to his friend Strom Thurmond on his 100th birthday, "You would have made a good president." Wow! What a racist comment that is. But saying that about Strom Thurmond who might have some racist policies will get you kicked out of leadership. But voting for a guy who actually wore the pointy hood, no, no, that's not racist. Oh, no. He is on the right side of history.

We have never listened to the intellectuals when it came to politics. The professors in our society, we never listen to them until the progressives came along. We always figured that it was better to put somebody in office who actually had done something than just theorized about doing it.

Let me ask you this, if you have really complicated something going on in your brain, and you need brain surgeons, do you want somebody who stand on the chalk board and theorizes about brain surgery or you are you going to hire somebody who has actually performed brain surgery? Yeah, that's what I thought. Thomas Sowell is actually and intellectual who has been fighting this progressives for a very long time. Here he is debating Frances Fox Piven of Cloward and Piven fame:


THOMAS SOWELL, AUTHOR, "INTELLECTUALS AND SOCIETY": Black people have never supported, for example, affirmative action, quotas, anything of that sort. Wherever polls have been taken of black opinion on such matter as should people be paid equally or should it be this or that, black people have never taken the position that you described. So, it is not a question of what black people chose, it is what you choose to put in the mouths of black people, it is what you choose just to project. It is not what any black people ever said anywhere that you can put your finger on.

FRANCES FOX PIVEN, SOCIOLOGIST: It is what you choose to put in the mouth of the pollsters as far as I can see.

SOWELL: I put in the mouths of the pollsters?

PIVEN: The leadership of the black community.

SOWELL: Like most people, I have never seen a pollster.


BECK: Yeah, but listen to the white intellectual.

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