Conservative Credentials


As the Obama era got underway in 2009, Glenn Lee Beck became one of the 21st Century's most important conservative commentators, eclipsing even Rush Limbaugh and becoming the voice for modern mainstream conservatives. Beck's popularity is driven by what conservative writer David Frum says is "a product of the collapse of conservatism as an organized political force, and the rise of conservatism as an alienated cultural sensibility.” Evidence of Beck's wide-ranging influence can be found in his battle against the liberal political organization, ACORN, and the success of his outreach enterprise, The 9/12 Project. Early Life:

Beck was born on Feb. 10, 1964 to Bill and Mary Beck in Mount Vernon, Wash., where he was raised as Catholic. Beck's mother, an alcoholic, drowned herself in a bay near Tacoma when Beck was just 13 years-old. That same year, he got his start in radio after winning an hour of air time in a contest on one of two radio stations in town. Shortly after his mother's death, one of his brothers-in-law committed suicide in Wyoming and another had a fatal heart attack. Bill Beck, a baker, moved his family north to Bellingham, where his son attended Sehome High School. Formative Years:

After graduating high school, in the early 1980s, Beck moved from Washington to Salt Lake City, Utah and shared an apartment with a former Mormon missionary. worked in Provo for six months at K-96 and later at stations in Baltimore, Houston, Phoenix, Washington and Connecticut. At 26, he wed his first wife, to whom he was married for four years and with whom he had two daughters, Mary (who has cerebral palsy) and Hannah. Despite his early success, however, Beck soon succumbed to the same substance abusing behavior that killed his mother. He was divorced in 1990, a direct result of his alcoholism and drug abuse. Recovery:

During his battle with substance abuse, Beck had been accepted to Yale as a theology major thanks, in part, to a recommendation from Sen. Joe Lieberman. Beck lasted just one semester, however, distracted by the needs of his daughter, the ongoing divorce proceedings and his ever-depleting finances. After he left Yale, his family helped him get sober by acquainting him with Alcoholics Anonymous. Soon, his life began to turn around. He met his future second wife, Tania, and, as a prerequisite for marriage, he joined the Church of Latter Day Saints. Rise to Prominence:

Activism & The 9/12 Project: Since 2003. and by January 2002. called "At Your Beck & Call. premiered on the network the night before President Barack Obama was inaugurated. Florida. Beck organized a series of rallies for troops deployed to Iraq. Valley Forge. Atlanta. Beck also guest-hosted Larry King Live in July 2008. identifying himself as a Mormon with Libertarian views and a strong sense of family values. The project is dedicated to upholding nine principles and twelve values that united America in the days following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. and over the years has been a vocal supporter of Republican leadership. however. The following year. where it became available on more than 100 stations internationally. Glenn Beck." Advocacy. The "Glenn Beck Program" began in 2000 at a station in Tampa. The 9/12 project also has become a rallying cry for many conservatives fed up with the new Left. Beck landed a prime-time news commentary show. National Spotlight: Beck went from a local radio personality to national star very quickly. euthanasia. In October 2008. Television: In 2006. Beck & ACORN: Following the 2008 general election. he rallied in support of George W. organizing rallies across America. By this time. which initially included San Antonio. Bush's decision to go to war with Iraq. is The 9/12 Project. supports of the war in Iraq. 2001. His show. Cleveland. Premiere Radio Networks launched the show on 47 stations. The show was an instant hit. inner-city community action group Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) had committed . In 2003. As a conservative spokesman and American patriot. and Tampa. which he started in March 2009. Beck was lured to the FOX News Channel. he was making appearances on ABC's Good Morning America. allegations surfaced that the liberal.Beck returned to talk radio during this time and over the next several years began to emerge as a conservative force. Beck has toured the nation appearing in a one-man show in which he tells his inspirational story using his unique brand of humor and infectious energy. Beck used his show as a platform for conservative activism. He also had a segment on the popular O'Reilly Factor. Beck's biggest advocacy project. Beck had the second-largest following on CNN. behind Nancy Grace. He is also pro-life). Glenn Beck on CNN's Headline News Channel. political correctness. anti-smoking regulations and overt homosexuality in TV and on film. He has drawn attention for expressing his opinion on controversial issues (he is fiercely critical of Hollywood liberalism. opposes multiculturalism. The show then moved to Philadelphia.

numerous instances of voter registration fraud in more than 10 states. Related Articles . Beck began do a series of reports taking a closer look at the liberal advocacy group revealing how the organization applied pressure on banks to make loans to minority and low-income borrowers and how its leadership applied Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals." Beck continues to fight against the organization's liberal agenda. After joining FOX News.

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