Glenn Beck Relaunching 'The Blaze' as Global Libertarian Network

Wednesday, 09 Jan 2013 01:37 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Glenn Beck plans to lean libertarian with his news operation, The Blaze, refocusing the network and opening three foreign bureaus, a nightly news magazine show and relocating his offices.

During his online program Tuesday, Beck stood in front of a split screen with Fox News’ Sean Hannity one one side and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on the other, reports BuzzFeed, and said cable news is either far left or far right, and “we're not gonna play in that crazy space as a network. He said he considers himself a libertarian who is “a lot closer to Penn Jillette than I am to Chuck Hagel."

Beck said The Blaze’s new foreign bureaus will be in cities important to America, and the new York staff’s new offices are going to a building that will send a clear message to everyone in New York.

And he bragged that his new nightly news magazine, “For the Record,” will be a nightly report that will make people talk and cover stories nobody else is brave to cover.

Future episodes, a trailer showed, will expose the NSA for turning America into a "surveillance state," and warn that the UN "want[s] your guns." Both topics are huge in libertarian circles.

The Blaze also plans to hire investigative journalists and Beck said if he can’t find “our own Woodwards and Bernsteins,” the network will “grow our own.”

Beck has huge plans for his media empire. He owns a news and opinion website, a monthy magazine and an online radio network, all part of The Brand’s coverage.

He also has signs he’s moving more into television. He began airing programs on a Dish Network channel last year, and also tried to buy into Al Gore’s Current TV. With his libertarian leanings, Beck may be playing for young conservative viewers who are disillusioned with the Republican Party and Fox News.

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