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


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. Your Conan O'Brien roundup, just because

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  1. Jan Hermstad

    watching CNN and other news channels this morning.
    No wonder viewer numbers are declining.
    The slanted non journalistic approach clearly show
    why the network is coming up far short of American journalistic rankings.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony C

      I'm done with this network forever!

      August 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Higher ratings for Fox means more money for the ground zero victory mosque. Follow the money!
      1. Fox uses fear to generate ratings
      2. Ratings generates advertising dollars, enriching the shareholders of Fox
      3. Rupert Murdoch's media corporation is News Corps, Fox's parent company
      4. The second largest shareholder in News Corps, after the Murdoch family, is Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, nephew of Saudi King Abdullah. So those advertising dollars and profits go right to the Saudi Royal Family, making Prince Alwaleed one of the world's richest men
      5. Prince Alwaleed is one of the major donors to the "ground zero" mosque
      6. Prince Alwaleed has also been associated with funding radical madrassas around the world, by Fox guest Dan Senor.

      This means that when you watch Fox, you're supporting terrorism. So, if you want to fight terrorism, you have to watch CNN!! Fight the Islamofascists with your TV remotes!

      August 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I've come to realize that Fox lovers consider slant anything that doesn't reinforce your perception of truth. Fox takes out a full page newspaper ad unable to understand how the CNN etc., missed the big 75,000 person Tea Party Rally. Clearly a bald faced lie because the other networks did cover it and many in great detail. Interestingly enough the following weekend when 75,000 gay and lesbians demonstrated in the very same spot not only did Fox not provide wall to wall coverage, they didn't even mention that the rally took place. To you, that is fair and balanced? Fox, Limbaugh and the others want you to not trust ANY news so that you'll only trust them. Then they can convince you that the Reagan Bush policies of shifting the tax burden middle class and then shipping all the middle class jobs overseas is good sound economic policy. They convince you to let them run up $12 trillion in debt and then to blame the democrats for not reducing the deficit. If you're not rich, I hope you enjoy the plan they have in store for you. $10/hr wages, no healthcare and no retirement.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      You keep saying that @Anthony, and yet you're still here. Please leave. It's freaking hilarious that you seem to think your leaving would matter to anybody, for any reason.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      What's real funny is that CNN supporter deny their slant and Fox news supporters deny their slant and both are just as freaking bad. Fox is right winged, CNN left winged and we (the middle ground) know it.

      August 27, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • John C

      Old story Anthony. As is typical of the right, you deliberately only tell half the story to fit your agenda, then you blame CNN? They released those without a crimminal record so they can hold those that do have crimminial records. So I gues you are fighting for the release of illegal immigrants that commited crimes or raising taxes to pay to hold those that have not? Republicans lie, its all they know !

      August 27, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • tyler

      Beck is an Idiot

      September 18, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. doin

    You guys are pushing the Glenn Beck thing pretty hard.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg Gilbert

      Is it because Beck still has connects at CNN or because they want to mess it up? I'm not sure which.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • DocLowery

      Damn, I use to watch Beck all the time but i can't stomach him now. What he's some kind of racist crusader who want people to believe I am not really a racist. The reason I call him racist; you never see the evil side of a person unless something triggers it. The thing that brought his racism out was the audacity that Americans voted and Black man into the White House. What he doesn't realize is that President Obama is a White/ Black man. He probably wasn't exposed to many Black people until after graduating from college and moving to Chicago. However, there's more racism against mutt in America instead the so called pure breed White or Black person.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Willie James

    Another Fox News whackjob event.....

    August 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • R. A. Williamson

      FOX News is an oxymoron

      August 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      How's that Kool-Aid taste?

      August 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      "How's that Kool-Aid taste?"

      And that from a Beck/Faux News fan! PURE COMEDY GOLD!

      Seriously, get psychiatric help.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • mshare

      Time to turn them OFF!

      August 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cathy

      OMG!.....1st of all; this event isn't a FOX News promotion, it is a Glenn Beck event for his show, 2nd thing; I don't know ANY Christians who are remotely upset by Glenn Beck having a Christian concert. In fact a bus load of Catholic's left from my church Thursday, a couple of busses left from my sister's "Protestant Church" this morning, and my nephew's Baptist Church arranged busses for people to go there this morning from Atlanta. So you Dem's STOP WHINNING!

      August 27, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • John C

      Glen Beck says Jeus through him. " Black people do not own MLK." Beck is going to take back the civil rights movements from those blacks and mexicans that have no honor. Glen Beck is Jesus. End of times is here, He has risen!

      August 27, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Redneck Killer

    I wonder how the "good Christians" of the Republican party feel about Beck's spiritual beliefs (that Christ isn't really the Risen Lord, that Mormons become gods when they die, that Jesus and Lucifer were brothers, that Jesus had multiple wives, etc)

    August 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • TX13

      "AT least he's not a muslim" is the phrase that I imagine would be whispered by the "good christians" of the GOP.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnrj08

      Beck became a Mormon to please his wife. My guess is that he has no real religious beliefs of his own.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Whatever pays the most and gets the most ratings

      August 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mo

      Pure nonsense. It goes around because its sensationalist, but your caricature of Mormon beliefs is incorrect. The reason these things are rattling around in your head is because there are lot of people that have a vested interest in keeping the animosity up (by spreading nonsense) against the Mormon Church. It's always been the case. Paid clergy whose life career is preaching to and collecting from their congregations often have as much credibility as a realtor telling me this house is going to appreciate 20% year forever. The conflict of interest is too great.

      Oh, and I don't really like Glenn Beck. He's an entertainer who too many take seriously.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • DocLowery

      johnjr008, how the hell do you know what personal things this whack job Beck has become, did or didn't do for his wife. I guess you lay down with them every night, huh.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnrj08

      How do I know, DocLowery? Because Beck has talked about it openly. That's how, you dope. Beck was an alcoholic and drug addict. His wife wouldn't marry him unless he converted. That way, she felt that he would be cured of his addiction, which is grotesquely stupid.

      In my opinion, even though I have some very nice relatives who are Mormon, Mormonism is a cult. It was started by a charlatan who was thrown out of six states and whose own followers finally came after him for sleeping with their wives. I put Joseph Smith right up there (or down there) with L. Ron Hubbard. The fact that the Mormon church grew and continues to flourish, mostly in Utah, is irrelevant to the point. Most Mormons have never read the book of Mormon, because they're not allowed to do that. They don't even know what their religion believes in, just as many Scientologists have no clue what Scientology is all about.

      There are plenty of wonderful people who happen to be Mormon. I think they're victims. However, in Glenn Beck's case, he's just using the religion to keep his marriage together. He went from one extreme to the other. Mormonism also feeds into Beck's sincere belief that he will someday become a god– if he isn't one already.

      August 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mo

      LOL. False. If they couldn't even read about their own religion (at that point it's unclear what exactly it means for them to belong to a given religion–a belief system which evidently they don't know they believe, and not believe?), then how is it that anyone else could inform us about it. Evidently you're allowed and do read the Book of Mormon, and I'm not and don't? Attend Church once (half!), or ask any of the Mormons you supposedly know, and tell me if Mormons are not allowed to read the Book of Mormon (you got it flipped, son). As for Joseph Smith–sometimes when a person or people are persecuted they deserve it (maybe). And sometimes they don't. Either way the persecutors say nasty things about them–but that is not determinative about whether or not they are indeed bad. I don't ask the KKK for their opinion of African-Americans or MLK. Take everything you hear with a grain of salt, and don't let confirmation bias tell you what to think. Look for the truth of the matter or don't. But speak as if with authority, but lacking it.

      August 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kimo

      I'm sure Beck believes in Beckism. Beckists define good as anything that enhances Glen's fortune and fame and bad as anything that detracts from Glen's fortune and fame. Their mantra is "ignorance is bliss".

      August 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eric

    I'm considering taking them off my favorites on my cable box. Even once John King gets the FNC job for which he's been angling, too many CNN anchors have become infatuated with right wing talking points. However, sometimes in the morning I still tune in to avoid 'the morning joe'. While Kiran Chetry is only a blond dye job away from an FNC afternoon program, John Roberts is a real class act.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Kiran was from Fox Spews

      August 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cathy

      Eric, you must really be drinking a lot of that cool-aid to believe everything CNN has to say. Everytime Glenn Beck does something awesome like reveal the truth about our Founding Fathers and our history, CNN start's complaing and slinging mud. Beck and his staff does enormous amounts of research so if CNN wants to cry about it and insult the people that are listening to listen to him, then let CNN prove otherwise.

      August 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BobStrebs

    If CNN is pushing Beck hard (as well as killing off comments in the last Beck article it published) then Beck has been ID'ed as the globalist/anti-American cia shill that he has always proven to be at every turn in his career.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. aklr

    Are you really that ignorant? That is not at all what Mormons believe. Do some research before you spout all that off.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bubba

    The Beck thing proves his followers put Party way ahead of God or Country. They'd go to a rally with Anton LaVey if he promised to badmouth Obama.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cathy

      Hold on there BUBBA! Before you start to spout and spit insults at God fearing American Citizens like me because you don't like Glenn Beck, you better think about who your speaking too! I am NEITHER Republican nor Demecrat and I love this country and I love our freedom! I and millions of others also feel the same and are so glad someone like Glenn Beck is standing up there and ralling the people to speak out against the RATS in Washington!

      August 27, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • sdwalm

      Cathy, the rats you speak of must be Cheany, Bush & the gang. Respectability has finally been brought back to Washington, and I'm not giong to stand here and listen to you trash my President just because you don't like him. He's done more in 18 months then Bush did in eight years and you really don't want me to bring out the laundry list of crimes from the previous administration. Thank GOD there is an intelligent man in the White House now. He's not perfect, no, but he's a HELL of a lot better then the C student who just left . . .

      August 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. johnrj08

    Glenn Beck is a high school educated former disc jockey and substance abuser with a messianic complex. I don't see anything funny or intriguing about him or this "Beckapolooza". As far as I'm concerned, everybody who attends this event should lose the right to contribute to the gene pool. Beck will self-destruct soon enough. These kinds of demagogues always do.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      Yeah, but we all hoped that same thing would happen with Rush. But he paid his way out of the prescription drug thing, and he's still polluting the radio airwaves.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • C3PO Hearts R2D2

      I'd love to be a fly on the wall in his writers' room.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lz

    Glenn Beck is the antichrist.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cathy

      Iz, I guess you don't read the Holy Bible because that ain't him.

      August 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joel

    Me personally? I'd drug-test and have a brain scan performed on Glenn Beck. Then we'd all know what's wrong with him.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. WhoRulesYou?

    This is a good thing because we will see how each side keeps We The People divided. divide et impera

    August 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TX13

    To be honest, if Al Sharpton is running against Beck for ANYTHING, I'm rooting for Beck to win it... And I hate Beck, but Al Sharpton is a racist crook capitalizing on white guilt and generating racial strife to further his own political ends. The good Reverend has done more to harm the credibility of minorities than help.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Yeah but Beck is a racist crook capitalizing on white fear and generating racial strife to further his own political ends.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mtdHouston

    Beck's up and coming "I had a nightmare" rally will be polemic and apolitical. All aboard the Tea Bagger Express, next stop Lincoln memorial to declare Obama a racist, have your tickets ready!

    August 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Boulder Liberal

    Thanks for the report, CNN.

    When all these teabags, faux patriots, and neoconservative walking dead get their dark, evil energies together, the first thing I think of is security. I should hope that Washington steps up security in all the appropriate places. Moreover, I would never allow my kids near these strange people.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Waiting for some of them to get caught wearing blackface and robbing other teabaggers so they can claim they were victims of hate crimes.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      It's really scary to believe that there are people in this country that watch this self centered, egotistical, racist buffoon, oh wait I just described every racist redneck in the country. Now I realize who his audience is! When he inspires one of these idiots (tea partiers) to commit homegrown terrorism, watch him say, "I didn't provoke this, it was Obama's fault" like he does everything else.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Barry: What you just described is yourself.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
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