August 27th, 2010
12:11 PM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Glenn Beck

His Restoring Honor celebration in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., tomorrow has managed to draw protest from civil rights supporters, Christians and, of all people, members of the Tea Party. The Fox News host has been planning this event for months, yet Beck says divine intervention led to the booking of the gathering on August 28, the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. That speech also took place in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Civil rights advocates, including a Washington, D.C., City Council member and the Rev. Al Sharpton, are organizing counter-events to "Take the Dream Back," officials said. Meanwhile, a religious concert at the Kennedy Center organized by Beck, which will include former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, has drawn ire from Christian conservatives. Beck is a Mormon, part of a religion not considered by some evangelicals as true Christianity.

Finally, Tea Party advocates think that Beck is knocking the wind out of events they have scheduled for September. "I hope they have a wonderful time, but I just don't get why he's having this and why now," Andrew Ian Dodge, Maine coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, told NPR yesterday. He called the event "Beckapalooza."

NPR: Beck comes to D.C., controversy follows


Kim Yong Nam

The supreme leader of North Korea's Assembly reportedly told former U.S. President Jimmy Carter that his country wants to resume nuclear negotiations. Kim Yong Nam has been the de facto leader of North Korea since the mid-1990s - No. 2 to Kim Jong-Il.

"Kim Yong Nam expressed the will of the DPRK government for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the resumption of the six-party talks," the Korean News Agency said after Carter's departure. This has perplexed critics, because Kim Jong-Il was not present during Carter's visit to free an American sentenced to hard labor for crossing the border earlier this year.

While the son of Kim Jong-Il has been rumored to be his successor, Kim Yong Nam remains the diplomatic face of North Korea. News agencies report he has held meetings with various leaders from Africa, Syria, the Palestinians, and has been to Indonesia. He also attended the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Reuters: North Korea says it wants to resume nuclear talks

Col. Robert Sinkler

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commander has served in two areas of the U.S. that have been obliterated by flooding. From 2006 to 2009, Sinkler commanded the Corps' Rock Island District, a $3.9 billion expansion/restoration of the locks and ecosystem along the Mississippi River. States protected by this project include Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Missouri.

Last year, he assumed command of the Corps' Hurricane Protection Office in New Orleans, Louisiana, whose mission is to rebuild levees and improve flood response. He is the third commander for the Corps there since 2005. The Corps has been targeted historically for making the levees vulnerable. Critics, however, admit to progress under Sinkler's watch. Meanwhile, he's trying hard to bolster the area. "We're doing about 15 to 20 years of construction work in about 36 months," he told CNN earlier this week.

Sinkler has been in the Corps since the early 1980s, serving in Bosnia, Iraq and the U.S Central Command in Florida. He is also an instructor at the Army War College.

CNN: Skeptics worry about post-Katrina levees

Quad City Times: Corps of Engineers welcomes new leader, says farewell to Sinkler

CONAN O'BRIEN

This Sunday, NBC will broadcast the annual Emmy awards telecast, and O'Brien is nominated for hosting "The Tonight Show." The Emmys will take place just three days before an agreement with NBC expires that prohibits O'Brien from "disparaging" his colleagues at the former network. This includes comments that are untrue, which leaves NBC vulnerable to O'Brien noting some truths: Ratings at the network are down, and a controversial acquisition of the network by Comcast has already been fodder at the O'Brien-friendly "30 Rock." Incidentally, "The Jay Leno Show" was not nominated for an Emmy. O'Brien's new late-night talk show on TBS will debut in November.

EW.com: Your Conan O'Brien roundup, just because

soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. GHP

    It's true that the Prince is the second largest single stock holder in FOX however, money has not been raise for the community center. CNN is a much better source of news than FOX. I consider FOX a tabloid news agency.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PDXSerric

    'Divine intervention' my ass. He CHOSE that date. He's not a newsman, he's an entertainer. A clown. He wants to generate ratings by means of controversy. So he chooses a specific day at a specific location to try and run a speech that will infuriate as many people as possible. And yet this doesn't upset me. The fact that IDIOTS listen to him and believe what he is saying is even remotely true does.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Halley

    Glenn Beck is right on spot. We are losing our civil liberties. In all of his shows he asks, "Do your homework, do not take my word for fact." If CNN and all the other bias news stations would have FAIR and EQUAL comments maybe the American people could be well informed. If you actually listened to his monoloque, you would find- he is a good Christian, Loving Father, Loving Husband- a man who cares deeply about America. Wake Up. Take the rose colored glasses off- before it is to late.
    Halley

    August 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. abby

    Beck much like his fellow extremists Palin and Limbaugh are dangerous demagogues who have a personal agenda - fame, fortune, and power (emphasis on fortune). He like Palin and Limbaugh represent the worst of side of America politics. All three have learned their tricks well - spread lies and fear - Hitler would be soooo proud....

    August 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sandra Giseburt

    I am a Mormon and so is Glenn Beck...please don't think of the Mormon religion when you think of Glenn Beck! I consider him akin to Hitler!!!!! Glenn Beck's religion is Glenn Beck!!!

    August 27, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hal

    James Wilson-you are a total "jerk"!! It's people like you that make me sick to my stomach!!

    August 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Abel

    Wow, I'm ashamed to have been a democrat. You people are so full of hate it's amazing. Rip after rip accusations of the tea party being exactly what you are. Do any of you actually read what you are writing. I really hope they are just a bunch of college kids that have no matured with personal experience yet. The liberal left element of today are the single most hatefilled racists in this country.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bubba

    It amazes me the hate that comes out of the people that comment. That is prcisely what is wrong with this country, what happened to "Love thy Neighbor".

    August 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Well said, I couldn't agree more. We're all in this together, and we should be working together instead of hurting ourselves with artificial divisions. We're all God's children.

      August 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tamars

    Please keep putting him in the news so people can Beck for what he is – a smooth talking sweet faced self-serving bigot. His soft voice approach (remember Cheney...) belies the truth beneath. He is a dangerous man funded by people who want to manipulate people's fears. Keep track of what he says and you will soon see his inconsistency. He wants to control, that's all.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Crixus

    Liberals = The New Face Of Intolerance and Racism. Congrats.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jpit

    For anyone to think (pun) that an alcholic and former drug addict can become credible because of fame or fortune should then put him in charge, of them and follow his lead. I would hold a leader to a higher standard. Look up his BIO!

    August 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The fleecing of the teabaggers continues. Buy that gold you morons.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnnyhouse

      I support the teabaggers, but you are right on how stupid people are buying gold at the price it is now.Something more valuable is the truth because there is so little of it. The gold market is going to be another housing sting when they think they have rung all out of it they can.Punch of a button and it will be over with just like our 401 Ks

      September 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Greg

    I think there was a typo in the article. "Glenn Beck is a Mormon" should say "Glenn Beck is a Moron".

    August 27, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. PrettyAngel

    I cannot stand Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, Hannity and anyone else that is trying to stir up racially motivated events. People need to realize that God made us all of different races and we all have to live on this planet together. I also will never watch Fox News. As long as I am living and able to VOTE; I will never cast my VOTE to elect a Republican or someone from the Tea Party. Yes, CHANGE has come to America and I am so thankful that our kids today in this century, did not have to witness what people went through during the Civil Rights Movement. I am so sick of all this RACISM, people need to get over it and accept yes there is a Black Man in The White House. Fox News need to have their show cancelled for allowing Glen beck to speak about such hatred and them donating money to the Republican Party is beneath me.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DEMNOMORE

    I find it "intriguing"that CNN would say that "civil rightsl supporters" have come out against this without mentioning that Dr. Alveda King will be there. You should clarify that the "civil rights supporters " that you are referring to are Jessie Jackson and Mr. Tiwana Brawley himself, Al Sharpton!! LOL, oh and the "New Black Panthers", ooooohhhhhhhh scary. LOL

    August 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
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