Now We Know Where Glenn Beck's Setting Up Shop: Former Southlake Mega-Church

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Speaking of Southlake ...

Huffington Post this afternoon directs our attention to something called the Southlake Journal, which, turns out, is actually the Star-Telegram, which pointed out on Monday that Glenn Beck's Mercury Radio Arts production company, which employs 'round 100, is eying the former Gateway Church building on Southlake, which takes up around 60,000 square feet. The item actually goes before that city's Planning and Zoning Commission tomorrow.

And, sure enough: On the city's website you'll find a doc titled Zoning Change & Site Plan for Gateway Church Addition, which says:
The existing building that was operated by Gateway Church is being requested to be used primarily for radio/television/internet broadcasting and production and business office functions. The proposal includes provisions for installation of wrought fencing for secured parking areas, trash enclosure relocation and backup power generator. No other changes are proposed to the property or the exterior of building.
And how would Beck use the building? Well, primarily for "radio/television/internet broadcasting." You just read that. But the zoning change also says ...
...the property will be available for special events including concerts, lectures and speeches, film screenings, receptions, etc., as well as client/advertiser meetings, charitable gatherings and banquets, e-Commerce businesses, on-site sales of merchandise, subscriptions and gift shop type items, and multi-day conferences.
A Glenn Beck theme park, in other words. Wonder if they could use a Ferris wheel.
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Mary Blumreich
Mary Blumreich

Dear Guest:Maybe that says more about your in-laws than about Glenn Beck. I found Beck to be interesting and thought provoking but that's about as far as I took it. I am going on 73 years of age and barely had enough coffee left to make a cup for breakfast this A.M., so please don't blame Beck because some "old folks" get scared to death and start hoarding food and water.

md
md

It moves the property back onto the tax rolls. That's a good thing.

John2247
John2247

Too bad the Robert Tilton Church & Casino was torn down.  It would be perfect for Beck.

Ed D.
Ed D.

Hey, at least Beck doesn't intend to build a creepy replica of the White House for his broadcast center, unlike a certain right-wing religious organization already based here.If the metroplex can survive being the home of TBN, Bob Tilton, and Barney the Dinosaur then how much damage to our karma can Beck possibly do?

RTGolden
RTGolden

Beck is an entertainer, plain and simple.  His chosen market is a crowded and competitive field.  It is useless to argue the accuracy, sanity, wisdom, or efficacy of anything he says or does.  Some will deem him a prophet, some a sage, others will consider him a fool, still others, a threat.  Much like Howard Stern, those who love him will watch/listen just to hear what he says next.  Those who hate him will watch/listen for the exact same reason.  THAT is the genius of Glenn Beck.  Take away his evidence, his supporting facts, and his marches; You've got Alex Jones.  Give him some backing from big time country music stars, you've got Sean Hannity.  Make him gain 100lbs, inflate his ego two-fold, and take away any solutions he might offer, you have Rush.  See, crowded field, needs gimmick.  His gimmick is to make his schtick equally irresistible to both those who adore him and those who despise him.I hope he squares off with Jeffress over the whole Mormonism is a cult thing, that oughtta make for some interesting Observer stories.

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

Well, a good freak show ought to be right at home near a ferris wheel.

I vote "Yes"

Johnny Blaze
Johnny Blaze

Reading the comments section tells you a lot about the intelligence level of the Observer reader, save Albert.  You morons probably also think you are part of the "99%".  Enjoy life in that zone, losers.  The rest of us will continue to educate ourselves through the likes of GB.

Casual Observer
Casual Observer

Just what north Texas needs, another right-wing wacko!  Is there something in our water that attracts these people?

TimCov
TimCov

While I don't like Beck (he says whatever he thinks will increase his ratings), I can't think of a single reason to deny his request. Remember, we have freedom of speech. We may not like what he says, but we should support his right to say it.

Albert
Albert

It might help of people knew what he actually says before condemning him.

Guest
Guest

All I know is that listening to Beck has turned my inlaws into paranoid conspiracy theorists.  It has been a sad devolution, watching them go from secure to scared and reclusive in a couple of years. They now stockpile water, canned goods and gasoline for the coming "end".  All he does is prey on the old and the weak with his fearmongering.  It's what gets him ratings...

TimCov
TimCov

It all depends on how far your inlaws take this. I've got a few month's food and a week of drinking water stored. The food has helped see my family through times between contracts/jobs and the water is just in case something happens to knock out power and/or water for awhile. Before you say that can't happen here. It has happened in other areas of the USA(Kansas City, Alabama and New Orleans in the past 10 years). So, why can't it happen here.I don't know your inlaws, so I don't know what their actual attitude is. If they are setting stuff aside to prepare for things like storms, that's one thing. If the only reason they are setting stuff aside is because terrorists are going to set off EMP bombs over the USA, then they need to get a grip on reality.

Albert
Albert

Tell them you've been conversing with Glenn Beck on the observer blog and see what they have to say.

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

No, Glenn, most of my family and friends identify as "Conservative", and even they think you are loony.

Albert
Albert

Mr. URL, your claim reminds of the famous alleged quote of Pauline Kael's.

I'd wager you believe most Americans self-identify as "liberal" as well, because everyone in your "real world" does.

Try and get out more, it'll blow your mind.

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

Clever disguise, Glenn, using only one "N" in Glenn, but I'm not buying it.

I've yet to meet one actual "real world" person that takes you seriously, Glenn, so I can only assume that all internet posters defending Glenn Beck are actually Glenn Beck "sockpuppets".

Good try though.

Albert
Albert

No, I'm not Glen Beck - but feel free to engage in conspiracy theory.

Albert
Albert

There are literally thousands of people who preach end times of one form or another, or conspiracies, what have you. Have you heard the theories surrounding EMT attacks, what lunacy!! We all know it can't happen, not here at least, right?

It's reasonable to assume that your in-laws have been exposed to this prior to Beck. But apparently Beck is so effective in presenting his case that they have been convinced that we may experience food shortages, etc., in the event of some national emergency.

I'm sorry to hear about their descent to lunacy, but if for whatever reason the ATM's go down, or the equivalent, can we assume you'll head to their house posthaste regardless of their mental condition?

AmyBellows
AmyBellows

Remember, freedom of speech applies to liberals, lunatics, clowns, and conservatives equally.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Lunatics build castles in the clouds, Clowns want to live in them, Liberals want them to be subsidized and Conservatives want to collect the rent, tax free.

Albert
Albert

Believe it or not, Beck makes a lot of good points in his broadcasts. I guess that's why some people don't like him so much.

MattL1
MattL1

No, he doesn't make good points.  He makes dumb points.  That's why some people like him so much.  

(This doesn't mean I care whether his request is approved. I don't mind. He can do what he wants.)

Albert
Albert

I have actually watched or listened to Beck, so your "common wisdom" doesn't work well with me.

Put it this way, Beck is much more precise and insightful making a case than 99% of his critics are

Albert
Albert

Several times.

Funny thing is, the left goes bonkers over Beck, Limbaugh, etc. The right seemingly couldn't care less about Olbermann, Ed Schultz and the other left-wing flamethrowers.

(Other than celebrating making Keith's "worst person in the world" list.)

Coleman
Coleman

something tells me you've never seen Network.

Albert
Albert

Carrot Top has critics?

Albert
Albert

Whoops, correction

Should be "I have watched his TV show and listened to his radio show..."

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

I prefer Carrot Top over Beck.  I feel Mr. Top " is much more precise and insightful making a case than 99% of his critics are"

MattL1
MattL1

I still think he's a loon, but whatever.  I've stopped caring at this point.  He can say whatever the fuck he wants.

Albert
Albert

Matt, if you actually believe you're "mocking" me, maybe you should give up drinking?

Albert
Albert

Matt, I have watched and listened to his TV show, but it is difficult to both simultaneously, so that is why I used the word "or". Sorry to have confused you, my bad.

Having done so, I contend that he is very precise in stating his case, and I find him insightful in exploring elements of an issue that others may have missed, or are unwilling to address.

Unlike so many of his critics, he actually offers support. Were he as sloppy as so many of his detractors, I would not defend him.

For instance, his recent pieces on Frances Fox Piven. He was and is entirely correct, his evidence strongly supports his conclusions, and oddly enough, recent events do as well.

This is true of many of his areas of focus over the years.

MattL1
MattL1

Thanks for rehashing the tenets of kindergarten logic.  My point was that the watcher/listener ought to know which one he or she has done, or whether he/she has done both.  I was mocking Mr./Ms. Albert because I am slightly hungover and have a small break in my day.  

chad armstrong
chad armstrong

um

true or false = truefalse or true = truetrue or true = true

"watched or listened" means they do either or both

MattL1
MattL1

I would contend that he is neither precise nor insightful.  He only pretends to be so.  You've watched OR listened to Beck?  Can't figure out which?

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

LOL - If the Faux News people thought he was a nutjob, what does that say about you?

Albert
Albert

So you're assigning a position to FOX news that FOX news has never expressed.

What does that say about you?

Pat Boyack
Pat Boyack

IT is a fact that Fox was not going to have Beck around anymore so he left. Same thing happened when he was at CNN. 

Glenn isn't crazy, he's Mormon crazy.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

The problem with Beck is that even when he starts off with a good idea (and I have to admit that I don't know how frequently this happens), he destroys it with frothing, tear-filled screeds that play on base fears, and then spins wildly outlandish conspiracy theories with no basis in reality.  He's a demagogue, a fear-monger, and seems to me lacking the capacity for rational thought.

Maybe this is just his broadcast personality.  Maybe he's really got good ideas.  If so, he needs to get better at expressing them.

Albert
Albert

Over the years, I've watched his show and listened to his radio show, and haven't seen him cry or "froth". I'm sure he probably has, I've just not seen it.

As to conspiracy theories, he presents his evidence very well, he's not a kook, he doesn't make stuff up. He leaves it up to the audience to put it together. He has  GREAT capacity for rational thought, and he is very clear in expressing those thoughts.

It seems some form an opinion based not on actual experience with Beck, but from comfortable group-think among those who have no actual experience with Beck.

I guess it's just easier to dismiss him as a kook, rather than actually expending the intellectual effort to counter whatever position he holds that offends.

MooMoo
MooMoo

"Beck doesn't "imply", builds a case for his conclusions by showing how he arrived at  his conclusions, and the audience is free to come to their own conclusions based on the evidence he presents."

So he implies that a conclusion exists (the one he came up with), and proceeds to provide evidence that leads to that conclusion while providing you the option to consider other conclusions (seems odd that evidence that leads to an answer would somehow lead to an entire separate answer depending on "interpretation").

In terms of science, journalism, law, and anything else that requires actual integrity and peer reviewing, the methods you just described would be worthless and unreliable.

Albert
Albert

There were many others involved in that rally, he was just the main organizer.

And he's (ahem), not the most powerful man in the world, so "cult of personalty" isn't quite so pressing an issue.

3FingerPete
3FingerPete

Beck's following is a cult of personality.  If his 8/28 rally did not convince you of that nothing will.

3FingerPete
3FingerPete

Beck's conclusions inevitably end up pointing to George Soros.  Beck doesn't build a case for his conclusions.  Beck plays Six Degrees of George Soros, using even the most remote associations as evidence of grand conspiracy.  I'm speaking from probably as much exposure to Beck's shows as you.

Albert
Albert

In the movie you reference, the character portrayed by Griffith does not present any facts to bolster his conclusions as Beck does. The comparison seems quite a stretch.

It's more a cult of personality, in which Griffith has convinced people he is righteous and very capable, though there is no real evidence to support what everyone wants to believe.

Sort of like the last presidential election.

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

I formed my opinion from listening to him on the radio and watching his TV appearances. Dozens of times on the radio, fewer times on TV.

Ever watched the 1957 movie ' A Face in the Crowd ' with Andy Griffith?

An Arkansas hobo becomes an overnight media sensation. But as he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?

Albert
Albert

Beck doesn't "imply", builds a case for his conclusions by showing how he arrived at  his conclusions, and the audience is free to come to their own conclusions based on the evidence he presents.

This is the method most journalists and lawyers employ. Why Beck should be islolated and demonized for using a long-existing standard is something you'll have to build a case for.

Moo Moo
Moo Moo

"He leaves it up to the audience to put it together."

I wish people would stop spouting this nonsense. NO HE DOESN'T.

What he does is imply; he then lets the audience arrive at the destination he's pointing them towards.

(Listen, I couldn't care less about the guy, but stop pretending he lets you do it all on your own. He doesn't present a fair argument; rather, he leads you to a conclusion.)

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