- The Washington Times - Monday, June 25, 2018

Glenn Beck stormed out of a CNN interview Sunday after host Brian Stelter confronted the conservative radio host about his reportedly troubled media empire.

The interview was tense from the start, with Mr. Beck accusing Mr. Stelter and CNN of “dividing” the country with constant criticism of the Trump administration.

“You’re driving people into the arms of Donald Trump,” Mr. Beck declared.

He said he visited the U.S. southern border in 2014 and “begged” the media to cover the immigrant children detention centers back then, but his calls went unanswered.

“No one in the media would even listen,” Mr. Beck said, adding that the current media coverage of the border crisis is “all about ratings.”



“You think I’m dividing the country for ratings?” Mr. Stelter asked.

“Nobody’s interested in looking at themselves and saying, ‘What did I do?” Mr. Beck continued.

“I completely agree with you, and we all do have to be more self-reflective,” Mr. Stelter responded. “There’s this new headline on the Daily Beast that your company’s in trouble, that you were trying to find a buyer — is this related to the point about people not talking to each other? That if you want to create that media company, there’s no interest? What’s going on with that?”

“Wow. Brian, thanks a lot,” Mr. Beck scowled. “I think that’s the most ridiculous question I’ve ever heard. I’m sitting here ready to talk to you about the detaining of children and parents and trying to break families apart, something that has been happening with Janet Reno.

“We want to stop it, and you want to play those games? Have a nice day,” he said, removing his microphone and walking off the set.

Mr. Stelter went on to reference a report by The Daily Beast, titled “Glenn Beck’s Media Empire Implodes. Again,” that said Mr. Beck’s company “appears to be on its last legs” after suffering another major round of layoffs and losing a potential bid with Ben Shapiro’s website The Daily Wire.

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