All That Glitters Is Not Gold


In recent months, Glenn Beck has repeatedly used his television show to plug gold as a way for his audience to “protect” themselves from the possible economic collapse of the U.S. dollar and economy. At the same time, several precious metals investment firms have regularly advertised on his television show, and Beck is a “Paid Spokesman” for Goldline International, which has an “exclusive” sponsorship deal with his radio show and bills itself as “Glenn Beck’s Choice for Gold.”

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Beck “Three G’s” solution to possible U.S. economic “collapse”: “God, Gold, and Guns.” On the November 23 edition of his Fox News show, Beck told his audience that in the event of a possible U.S. economic “collapse,” they should practice “the 3 G system” of “God, Gold, and Guns.”

Beck: “protect yourself” with gold. As Think Progress noted, on the October 6 edition of his Fox News program, Beck suggested that viewers could “protect yourself” from “the end of the almighty dollar” and possible hyperinflation by purchasing gold.


Since Nov. 1, the following precious metals investment firms have advertised on Beck’s Fox News show, according to Media Matters for America‘s daily record of his program’s advertisers:


Goldline is “Exclusive precious metals sponsor of the Glenn Beck radio show.” Goldline International’s website states that it is the “Exclusive precious metals sponsor of the Glenn Beck radio show, the third highest rated talk radio show in the country.” Presumably included as part of the sponsorship are Beck’s regular live promotions for Goldline during the show.

Goldline website: Firm is “Glenn Beck’s Choice for Gold,” Beck is “Paid Spokesman.” A Beck-centric page on the Goldline website declares the company “Glenn Beck’s Choice for Gold” and identifies Beck as a “Paid Spokesman for Goldline.” Beck is quoted stating: “Before I started turning you on to Goldline, I wanted to look them in the eye. This is a top notch organization that’s been in bussiness [sic] since 1960.”

A top notch organization? Not according to the Ripoff Report :

The information I give here about Goldline International, Inc. comes from being closely involved in legal action taken against the company in 2006 on behalf of an elderly (each were 78 years old when the scam started) couple in Missouri. This couple were pressured into placing nearly ALL of their assets into the products that Goldline sells, and the couples family had to go after the company to get restitution. The general operation of Goldline seems to be to offer “teaser” products at competitive prices, but to then con buyers into products at grossly inflated prices.

Read the whole thing, kids. And then there’s this, and this.

From  Eric Burns at THE HUFFINGTON POST:

I […] used to host Fox News Watch on the right-wing partial-news-but-mostly-opinion network. In the past year and a half, since departing from [Roger] Ailes and friends, I have been much more silent about media matters than my namesake [at Media Matters].

I speak out now because it is the time of year when one is supposed to count blessings. I have several. Among them is that I do not have to face the ethical problem of sharing an employer with Glenn Beck.

Actually, Beck is a problem of taste as well as ethics. He laughs and cries; he pouts and giggles; he makes funny faces and grins like a cartoon character; he makes earnest faces yet insists he is a clown; he cavorts like a victim of St. Vitus’s Dance. His means of communicating are, in other words, so wide-ranging as to suggest derangement as much as versatility.

He is Huey Long without the political office.

He is Father Coughlin without the dour expression.

He is John Birch without the Society.

He is an embarrassment to all true conservatives, men and women who believe sincerely, thoughtfully and sensibly that the role of government in American life should be limited.

Of course, Beck does not call himself a conservative; he is, rather, a libertarian, which may be defined as a conservative-squared, a person who wants the feds to collect no money in taxes, spend no money on programs, but make available all services that the libertarian deems necessary for his own convenience and safety.

He is the talk of the talkers. It is he who causes commentators to comment, fans to swoom, foes to fulminate. And it is he who has motivated me to burrow up from my literary researches to opine on journalism one more time.

I ask myself what I would have done if I worked at Fox now. Would I have quit, as the estimable Jane Hall did? Once a panelist on my program, Hall departed for other reasons as well, but Beck was a particular source of embarrassment to her, even though they never shared a studio, perhaps never even met.

I think . . . I think the answer to my question does not do me proud. I think, more concerned about income than principle, I would have continued to work at Fox, but spent my spare time searching avidly for other employment.


But, in my defense, I would never have gone out in public without wearing those funny black eyeglasses with no glass, bushy eyebrows and a fake nose.


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28 responses to “All That Glitters Is Not Gold

  1. Not directly related, but I have listened to about ten minutes of Beck over the past two days.

    On Wednesday, he started his show by saying that he didn’t bother to listen to Pres. Obama’s speech Tuesday night, but that he (his words) “skimmed a transcript.” He, Pat, and Stu went on to discuss the Victoria’s Secret fashion show that was apparently on Tuesday night. Three married men, purportedly conservative, family-values types, were talking about ogling other women, and the excuses they use to tell their wives they were watching. (Then again, a few months ago they were ogling the Carrie Prejean pictures, too.)

    Thursday, they were making fun of how some reporter pronounced Copenhagen, and trying to get him on the phone to explain himself.

    I desperately wish that people would realize what an embarrassment he is … but I guess that’s too much to ask.

    • apparently, some people at faux news are realizing that they’re embarrassed to be in the same network as him and are leaving, at least according to eric burns. it’s just a matter of time before he says or does something so outrageous that nobody will employ him. he’s a delusional megalomaniac, and he thinks he can say and do whatever he wants without consequence.

  2. Protect yourself with gold!? I wish I had some gold ingots to toss at his head. Probably bounce right off without inflicting any damage due to his monstrously thick skull…

    Hey, I type better when I’m buzzed!

  3. “God, Gold, and Guns.”

    Ron Paul’s calling. He wants his slogan back.

    In other news…
    Gov. Gives Number To Phone Sex Line

    “JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It’s a program parents go to for help when their children need health care, and in the tough economic times, KidCare’s phones are as busy as ever.

    So, Gov. Charlie Crist made a recording for parents who are put on hold when they’re calling for information about the health insurance program.

    “You can apply at or by calling (number),” the recording says.

    But the number the governor gave had nothing to do with KidCare. It sent callers to another number, which eventually sent them to a recording that says, “Hey there, sexy guy, welcome to an exciting new way to go live one on one with hot (expletive) girls waiting right now to talk to you.””


    • poor charlie. i think he’s a goner, politically speaking. his only hope is to run for the senate as a dem. i think he can win in the general in floriduhhh, but he’s not going to win the rethuglican primary.

  4. Unless one is very savvy about purchasing commodities like gold, it’s a very good way to get screwed.
    For anyone considering purchasing gold, Google gold prices. I went to five sites and still couldn’t find how much an ounce of gold costs.
    Then Google Better Business Bureau and look how many gold dealers have been reported as frauds and crooks.
    IMO, investing in gold is just slightly less risky than investing in high grade marijuana to sell during the dry season.

    • why would anyone trust a company that endorses and is endorsed by glenn blechhh? you don’t even have to google to figure out that company isn’t legit.

      • writechic

        The time to invest in gold was 5 years ago. This is the time to sell, and Beck knows it. Gold was $1200 an ounce Thurs. and dropped $50 Friday. When the Fox viewer shmucks dump their paychecks into a purchase, that’s the moment the scheisters will start selling off like crazy,

        • anyone who invests based on anything glenn blechhh says deserves to lose their money. that might sound mean, but i honestly would have a problem feeling sorry for them.

          • writechic

            Too much meanness for me to generate any sympathy for those that take his bait. I understand.

            • anyone who owns a tv should know by now that all the get-rich schemes they see on tv are nothing but that–schemes. if you are going to make faux news and glenn blechhh your only source of information, then you deserve what you get.

  5. Perhaps Beck could combine the 3 G’s into a nifty combo by having a golden gun made with ‘THIS IS YOUR GOD’ engraved on the barrel, and worshiping it with his hired mouth.


    • i won’t advocate suicide for anyone, even that moron. i just want him to disappear. just go away and never be seen again on a tv screen or heard on the radio. he’s a little piss-ant who is not smart or talented. the only reason people like him or princess sarah get famous is that stupid people feel smart listening to them.

      • What’s genuinely scary is how much he brags about not being educated.

        The anti-intellectualism of the Right inevitably leads to the celebration of the uneducated, and then the stupid!

        • remember how chimpy used to brag about being a C student? bragging about success while being an utter moron is like a lottery winner bragging that he’s a financial genius. sometimes people get lucky, but you shouldn’t tell kids to have low goals and high expectations.

          • Absolutely.

            Limbaugh brags that he dropped out of college because he realized he was smarter than all of his professors. The thing is … lots of 18-year-olds think that they’re smarter than all of the adults they know. Most of them grow out of it.

            That he’s stuck in adolescence explains a lot about him, doesn’t it?

            This idea that we want leaders who are stupid is genuinely scary. Lots of dynamics play into it, but the truth is that I’d like a President who is smarter than I am … not just a “real guy.”

            • i always like to ask people like that if they pick their doctors the same way. would they rather have the most brilliant guy on the face of the earth treating them or someone they can go bowling with?

          • Chimpy and his administration were perfect examples of a saying about private school alumni. “The A students will become teachers and preachers, while the B students will work for the C students.”

  6. first – investing in gold is one the riskiest and most difficult ways to “protect” yourself (i know because my father used to be a gold trader and he knows the business in and out)

    many firms are shams, if you buy gold you have to insure it, store it etc. the price is very volatile. a year from now it could be at $500 an oz. just as easily (go look at 1978-82) the best way would be to buy a gold ETF or shares in a gold mining company – but even that is risky.

    now is definitely not the time to buy – with such volatility and the price at a record high.

    selling is another story – but ANYONE who mails in their gold for scrap is insane – how would you know they are being upfront. gold scrappers buy by the pennyweight – would any person know how much a pennyweight is? you could go to 5 scrap places and get 5 different prices. there is nothing wrong with selling old gold and jewelry – but do it in person and shop around. there are different prices for 14K, 18K, 22K and 24K – and 24K gold you can bend with your fingers.

    people who melt old gold coins are even more insane – they have numismatic value above their metal value.

    and worse – beck being a spokesman for one of his advertisers on a ‘news’ channel (how convenient he doesnt call himself a newsman) goes against just about every canon of journalism – but of course this is fox and since when does that poor excuse for anything other than the Ministry of Pravda ever care aabout ethics

    beside the average IQ of anyone watching beck is about 1 pennyweight – which is 1/28th of an ounce. so they probably mail in their gold or buy gold — i bet they even take out their teeth to send in

    i hope anyone who listens to beck loses their shirts

    ps – silver is a better investment – it has real industrial uses

    • i would venture a guess that 99.9% of glenn blechhh’s followers can’t afford a gold cap for the one tooth they have remaining, let alone afford to invest in gold. i suggest they invest in aluminum. by that, i mean that they should pick up as many cans as they can on the side of the road and turn them in for money.

      • I like the ad that runs on his show locally (not sure if it’s a national sponsor) that says that the “global elites” are storing seeds in “secret underground vaults.”

        This secret storage project was covered by National Geographic, NPR, and even Fox “News.” They have a web site.

        When I secretly plot to hoarde wealth, I don’t set up a web site and do magazine interviews, but maybe that’s just me …

        • i missed that one. maybe it only runs on faux. i avoid it like the plague.

          • It’s on the radio. I don’t know if they advertise on TV at all. The company is called Solutions from Science, and they’re selling a “survival seed bank” for way too much money, in case the whole world collapses and you have to grow your own food.

            • well, it’s not like you can buy seeds anywhere else! and i bet everyone’s already used up those emergency cans of tuna fish hidden under the bed with the powdered milk.

  7. jack Ofalltrades

    You Liberals are so screwed up. I wish I was one of the people that got SCREWED by Beck and bought Gold at $700 and could sell it today for almost $1,900. If Beck is as wrong about a dollar collapse as he was about gold prices you Libs sould have nothing to worry about should you!!! You will all be able to survive off the food in your cupbords for a year and you can defend those few cans of food with your imaginary gun that you were so opposed buying. Wake up, I would tell you to prepare for the worst and hope for the best, but the fewer liberals make it the faster us capitalists will be able to rebuild.

    • liberals are screwed up? i don’t see any liberals searching for almost 2-year-old posts to comment on. obsessed with glenn blechhh much?

      p.s. by the way, if you want to respond, go ahead. i’m not promising i won’t delete any further comments from you, but i am promising that this is my last response to you. i don’t waste my time on brainwashed imbeciles.