Beck's message: Fix your 'self'
January 19th, 2011
02:21 PM ET
7 years ago

Beck's message: Fix your 'self'

(CNN) - Fox News anchor Glenn Beck knows how you can fix yourself, and he's written a book about it. In his new self-help book, "The Seven: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life," he extols the virtues of looking inward to fix the country. In Beck's words "We fix our country by fixing our self. It's not going to be fixed in Washington."

Appearing on NBC's "Today" Wednesday to promote "The Seven," Beck adamantly denied that he has ever contributed to a politically charged climate with statements made in jest, including when he said he wanted to poison Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi or beat Congressman Charlie Rangel with a shovel.

When asked whether he had any regrets, Beck responded, "Anything that I say in jokes, no, ask Jon Stewart, ask The Simpsons, okay…Comedy is comedy."

Though Beck does admit to making mistakes, he did not go into detail, saying instead that, "We have a really interesting view of history."

He frames the current climate as a throwback to famous feuds in American history: "Political discourse is sometimes really in your face…Just like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went back and forth, John Adams was called a hermaphrodite by Thomas Jefferson. Adams responded and said Jefferson, your children will be raped and your towns will be burned if he becomes the president.

"Let's keep political discourse in context of history. Children weren't raped, nobody killed each other. We have to fix the individual. The problem in Tucson was the individual. Let's look at the individual and be responsible for ourselves," Beck continued.

"And the real answers are the principles that you'll find in this book…Just change yourself, don't worry about anybody else. Change you."

"The Seven: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life" is co-written by Glenn Beck and psychiatrist Keith Ablow. Published by Threshold Editions-Mercury Radio Arts, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, it was released on January 4.

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  1. Ain't life strange?

    Well Mr Beck... your 'comedy' is taken as very real to a lot of people. You can deny all you want about not contributing to a politically charged climate, but that doesn't make you innocent. Saying you want to poison someone or kill them with a shovel, in that hate-filled tone you use, can be seen as terroristic threats. If you ever said that about me, I'd file charges. You are, without a doubt, the biggest contributor to all that is firing up the misinformed.

    January 19, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Wil

    What has Glenn Beck ever actually "done" that has benefited anyone?

    January 19, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Guest

    Comparing yourself to Jon Stewart? The difference, I thought, was that Jon's show is a comedy ON the comedy channel. Your show Mr. Beck is on FOX....oh wait, FOX is a comedy channel as well. Oops.

    January 19, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Joe in PA

    WOW I can't wait to read this bowl of crap!

    January 19, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. a6102658

    Wow! I wan his wisdom, he is such exemplary member of this society, I remember when he poisoned Pelosi on his show, that was not violent, just soft dead by poison.
    Buy his book will you, he needs to get richer and spread his love.

    January 19, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    [When asked whether he had any regrets, Beck responded, "Anything that I say in jokes, no, ask Jon Stewart, ask The Simpsons, okay…Comedy is comedy."]

    Yep, and you are a very FUNNY man: LQQK funny; act funny; walk funny; talk funny; eat funny; hate funny; racially funny; bigotry funny; crazy funny; stupidly funny; retardedly(sp) funny; religiously funny; fanatically funny; and CHANGE YOUR own SELF funny!!!

    [Beck adamantly denied that he has ever contributed to a politically charged climate with statements made in jest, including when he said he wanted to poison Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi or beat Congressman Charlie Rangel with a shovel]

    Yep, and you are a funny LIAR too!

    January 19, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Palin: Like Coulter ... Minus the Manparts

    Listen here, Mr. Beck, the last thing a charlatan and purveyor of paranoia, fear, hate and guilt by association smear-tainted rants and raves bordering on insanity should be doing is giving anyone advice on how to "fix yourself".

    And, shame on you, CNN, for even featuring this questionable species' logic (?). I guess you didn't learn your lesson with your favorite covergirl, Palin. I'm sure once this joker goes over the edge, you'll find a way to justify your so-called "fair and balanced reporting" on him, also, too! Anything to boost those abysmal viewership and readership ratings, hey CNN? Sad, really, really sad.

    (CNN: No credibility since Judy Woodruff and Bernard Shaw left the network – with the exception of Aaron Brown.)

    January 19, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. carrie

    Just saying.... perhaps he should read his own book and put it into practice!

    Hate is not comedy!

    January 19, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. w l jones

    Beck is in a position to inflounce congress and senate instead of repeal healthcare it would be more important to have them make a indept sturdy on how we as a people do what our anicent ancesary did and find a new planet to give this one some relieve.

    January 19, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. jillib

    Good lord, self help from Glenn Beck? BBWWWAAAHHHHH!!!

    His word soup only makes sense while under the influence of psychadellic mind-altering drugs. He can't even admit his own failings, and he thinks he can help others. Thanks for the laugh Glenn.

    January 19, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Susan in Arkansas

    Ahhhh. I get it now. Mr. Beck is just a comedian, and, therefore, should not be taken seriously. I would recommend that he begin all of this "fixing" with himself.

    January 19, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. D. Bunker

    I guess I missed the "comedy" part when Beck called the President Obama a "racist" with a "deep seated hatred" for white people.

    January 19, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. D. Bunker

    I guess I missed the "comedy" when Beck accused the Tides Foundation of seeking to destroy our country.

    January 19, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. D. Bunker

    I guess I missed the "comedy" when Beck said George Soros was a "spooky" dude seeking the downfall of the US.

    January 19, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. John

    Glen, you're taking the easy way out. Like it or not, YOU bear responsibility for the words you use and the influence they have on other people. You have a national stage. To say otherwise indicates your parenting skills are suspect. Do your kids understand it's only a joke when you talk about poisoning people? Lets hope so, as if not, my kids will be reading about the incarceration of your kids. Don't want to be held responsible for your words? Melt away into oblivion rather than passing that responsibility to others.

    January 19, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Monster Zero

    All one has to do is to look back in our past to see where we made the errant turn. In my life I have witnessed the degradation of our society and it seems commensurate to the loss of faith among our people and their lack of personal responsibility and accountability. If you ever notice the very first thing a liberal will do is to try to find an excuse for the criminal that commits the crime, he was poor, he was abused, he was bullied as a child, and so on and so on. Our decency laws were argued in a court of liberal lawyers and judges to allow the promotion of porn out in the open under the guise of free speech. With that ruling came the complete and total lack of any common decency in our programming media mainstream, it opened the flood gates for violent games, despicable reality shows and just about everything one could possibly imagine, all in the name of freedom of choice? There is a very fine line between censorship and promoting that which is in good taste, exercises good moral judgment and good for the overall benefit of society yet we seem to be unable to usurp common sense over some trumped up argument from some PC lawyer. We have failed our children and in doing so we have failed our Nation. Can't wait to see the venomous posts on GB, it is the proof in the pudding of what I just said.

    January 19, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Roy Batty

    You can't write off things you say as being unimportant "just because it's comedy." Comedy is rooted in reality, it just presents the ironic and humorous aspects of reality by often distorting things in extreme ways, but it still is rooted in truth and relies on the truth it's characterizing to be funny. If it didn't touch on truth, it would not be funny.

    Since Jon Stewart has been doing the political commentary thing by using comedy, more and more you see politicians writing things off because it's "just comedy". You can't dismiss comedy automatically as some kind of frivolous mumbo jumbo that's all in good fun, it's still a reflection of reality.

    January 19, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Tom Gantt

    As much as beck would like to take credit for this very wise philosophy, he stole it from Ghandi who said "Be the Change you wish to see in the world!" Of course, as might be expected, Ghandi put a positive spin on the philosophy while beck worded it divisively.

    January 19, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Stevareeno

    Man, this is rich coming from a first class jerk like Beck. Physician, heal thyself!

    January 19, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. MishaJohn

    Glenn Beck is a nazi who should be poisoned and then beaten to death with a shovel.

    But I jest!

    January 19, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    yeah and just continue fixing Beck's bank account by buying this book. For me, no thank you.

    January 19, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Marcus

    There are people who are made to make Comedy Mr. Beck. Some of the things that Homer Simpson did or does would send 'real' people behind bars for life if they tried to do that in the 'real' world. But since its done by a fictional character brought to us all by a great creative team we can laugh about it.
    Your 'jokes' are only funny to those who picture them happening.
    So stay with the 'news' and 'facts' (both easily debunkable as ever) that you bring to the world when you pretend to be serious, like me you are not a great comedian (from someone who can kill any good joke he tries to tell to anybody else).

    January 19, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Glen Beck is an IDIOT

    Really? Is this IDIOT serious!..............

    Well, there is a saying that whom the gods wants to destroy, they first make mad. Glen Beck is eventually showing sign of madness!

    What is now happening to Palin will soon catch up with Glen Beck; that is his right-wing nut lemmings will soon come to realise that he is spewing his hate & bigotry ONLY to milk them for their hard earned dollars!!!

    America wake up and reject Hate (Palin) & Bigotry (Glen Beck)!!!!

    January 19, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. DB

    "When asked whether he had any regrets, Beck responded, "Anything that I say in jokes, no, ask Jon Stewart, ask The Simpsons, okay…Comedy is comedy.""
    That would be an acceptable excuse but Beck's fans don't consider him a comedian.

    January 19, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. reality check

    So Beck is now claiming to be a comedian and his violent threats were jokes? He's the only "joke" in that scenario. Can't have it both ways Glenn.

    January 19, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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