It’s with a great deal of sadness that I announce that I’m retiring from The Glenn Beck Report, and the internet in general. I hate to leave at such an important and dangerous time. The hard-won gains of progressives from the last 50 years are under attack by people who are funded to the max and interested in imposing their way of life on everyone else. Primarily they want to keep pushing money up the food chain, which is destroying the middle class, destroying our manufacturing economy, and creating a permanent underclass.
I have found a very capable partner to take over. Quinn is a tenacious, logical, and fair debater and is passionate about the same issues that I am. We mostly agree, but not on everything, which I think is a plus. I wanted someone to inherit this site who would keep it going in the spirit of the old site, but with their own mark heavily on it, not as a clone.
In trying to determine the root cause of our present predicament, I have concluded that one of the major problems, if not the biggest, is dereliction of duty by the press. How ironic that I have lived from the era of short wave radio to the era of instant worldwide communications and people know less about their government and issues than ever before. This is because of a planned, deliberate takeover of the press by right wing forces which started in 1982 with the Reagan FCC taking out the Fairness Doctrine. This was a direct reaction to Nixon being hounded out of office by the press.
Soon we will be fighting for the lives of political sites like this one. There is another plot afoot, this time to choke off the resistance by taking away our bandwidth. Net neutrality is the latest battleground and we will lose that fight, I fear. The question that haunts me is this: how long will it be before anyone even realizes what happened? It’s been almost 30 years since the right wing moneyed interests killed the free press and very few people even know that a free press ever existed.
I had a discussion with an old acquaintence recently who is someone who should know better than to believe Beck. He spun through a whole construct of Beckian conspiracy theories that led up to the Soros-esque characters who actually control the whole world. His conclusion was, “Why do you even bother? The situation is hopeless and you have no power to change it.”
My answer to him was that I knew someday the next generation would realize what a sorry load of mess we left for them to clean up… and I wanted to be able to look them straight in the eye and say “I didn’t do everything I could to stop it but at least I tried.” Well, as illness takes me out of the game, I’m making that apology to the young reading this post today or sometime down the road. I DID try, and somehow you are going to have to try harder, and smarter, and with more solidarity and less isolation than we did. Start with the Fairness Doctrine. That’s the key, I think. If the facts are told straight people will start living in the real world instead of the cartoon environment we live in now.
Be strong and never underestimate the strength, cunning, and ruthlessness of your opponents. They will not hesitate to put one in your back if you give them the chance.
William W. Wexler
January 28, 2011
A New Beginning
Hi everyone, I’m Quinn Ryan. A lot of you should be familiar with me already, as I’ve been a co-administrator here for months and an author here for even longer. Though I must admit that the departure of my colleague and dear friend Wexler leaves me a bit heartbroken, I very much look forward to taking on the site for my own and continuing to create quality content for the masses. I’ll continue to post articles on a regular basis, carry on every possible discussion in the comments, manage our Facebook page, respond to emails, and update our ever popular lies page. I hope to work with you to publish for the truth, as long as bigots publish lies.
All the best,