Conservative commentator Glenn Beck has admitted he said "stupid things" while he was employed by Fox News, such as accusing President Barack Obama of being a racist.
Beck told CNN's "Reliable Sources"
on Sunday that he regrets that the misjudged remarks he occasionally made during his tenure at Fox defined him as a commentator and clouded his larger message.
"You go back and look at the transcripts, you find another show that talked about Gandhi, talked about Martin Luther King, talked about love, talked about God, talked about peace. I talked about those things all the time," he said, while explaining how a few mistakes can emerge during his diatribes and define his image.
Asked about a comment on "Fox & Friends" that Obama had a "deep-seated hatred for white people," Beck replied, "When you live your life five hours a day on live television or radio, you're going to say stupid things."
"Was the racist comment one of the stupid ones?" host Brian Stelter asked, according to Mediaite.
"Of course it was," Beck said. "But we all live and learn."
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But Beck, who runs his own media company that includes a website and TV channel called The Blaze, pointed out that some of his dire warnings have been proven true.
"My job is to tell you what I believe is coming and package it in a way that you will come and look at it and decide for yourself," he said.
"I absolutely believe that a lot of the things I said and was mocked for — caliphate being one of them — all of these things are happening. Look at Israel. Look at what's happening in Iraq."
Beck, whose company Mercury Radio Arts is estimate by Forbes to earn $90 million a year, also revealed that he left Fox because his lifestyle had become too opulent, and he told himself, "If you don't leave now, you'll lose your soul. Because I was just starting to want it."
The commentator has recently tried to broaden the scope of his commentary because of his aversion these days to politics.
"I hate it more than I ever have," he said, urging the opposing factions in Washington and the rest of the country to work together.
"I think we're a country in civil war," he said. "I just think we're in a cold civil war. Shooting hasn't started, but somebody stupid is going to do something stupid and it will escalate — unless we talk to each other."
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