The Blaze, Tomi Lahren Settle Their Differences

The Dallas News is reporting that Glenn Beck’s media network The Blaze has come to an agreement with former host Tomi Lahren to settle their mutual lawsuits with one another and officially part ways.

The deal allows the 24-year-old pundit to be freed from her employment contract — which was to expire in September — and pursue new work that competes with The Blaze. She also gets to keep the Facebook page that The Blaze created for her, and on which she has amassed 4.3 million followers.

 

Lahren will “promptly” return The Blaze’s “intellectual property” that was posted to the Facebook page, said her lawyer, Brian Lauten. In court hearings, Lauten had offered to delete all of the videos produced by The Blaze off the Facebook page, which would include some of Lahren’s most popular posts. Some had been watched more than 67 million times.

 

“Ms. Lahren is relieved to have this litigation behind her,” Lauten said in a statement. “She looks forward to connecting with her audience and fan base on the pressing political issues facing our country in the days to come.”

The Blaze suspended production on Lahren’s show Tomi last March after she made an appearance on ABC’s The View, during which she declared support for legalized abortion and suggested that pro-life conservatives were hypocritical for opposing it.  Although Lahren remained under contract and continued to draw a paycheck, she filed a wrongful termination suit against The Blaze after being taken off the air.  Shortly after, the network filed a counter suit in which it claimed that Lahren violated the terms of her contract by publicly making false claims that she had been fired.  Some former co-workers (who chose to remain anonymous) also leaked details to the media about Lahren’s diva-like behavior on set, including rude demands that staffers heat up her “butt warmer” before each show.

Ah, Tomi.  Haven’t we all been there?

Most of the settlement details are being kept under wraps, but it seems to be that Lahren isn’t walking away with much more than she brought to the Blaze in the first place.  Sure, the Facebook fan page could potentially be a valuable commodity, but the fact that no cash payout was even mentioned is telling.  My guess is that she got whatever the remaining value of the contract was, and not much else–which shows that Lahren really didn’t have much of a leg to stand on with her wrongful termination lawsuit, and that The Blaze was well within their rights to act as it did.

So what does it all mean for Lahren?  Well, rumor has it that she might end up landing at a new conservative network that’s being floated to potential investors–but that would be a ways off even under a best-case scenario.  I suppose it’s also possible that another cable network might snap her up as a bit of stunt casting, maybe pairing her with a Ron Burgundy type and letting the sparks fly.  I wouldn’t rule out a stint as a judge on America’s Got Talent, either.

Wherever she ends up, though, we can be sure of one thing:  she won’t be wearing sleeves when she gets there.

Tomi Lahren is the Embodiment of the Bratty Millennial Stereotype

There is a fundamental problem with Tomi Lahren that no one likes to talk about. For those of you who do not know, Lahren is the proudly unread, unnaturally blonde young thang who had a show on The Blaze until she self-immolated on national television in a moment of opportunism that blew up in her face.

But here’s the thing. Just how bad is Tomi Lahren, despite the little cult of personality she has tried to create? She’s this bad: in a show that runs for one hour, people only know about the last two minutes of her show when she gives some scripted monologue.

That’s a real problem. There’s a whole 38 other minutes and she cannot hold it. Somehow she thinks she is entitled to it. She fits every single stereotype of bratty, entitled millennials out there. And, before she deleted them, her tweets from her college days further prove it.

That is why I am glad to see Glenn Beck fight back against her lawsuit in which she tries to bite the hand that fed her for so long.

Lahren claims she was fired and is apparently too stupid to know that when one continues to get a paycheck, that means they are not fired. It is pretty standard in television and radio contracts that a person can be taken off the air and, as long as they are paid, have no reason to complain.

What’s more, Lahren truly believes that she is being taken off the air for having an opinion on a controversial issue. No, that is why she was put on the air. The reason she was taken off the air is that she changed her position, publicly, only a few months after taking the exact opposite position and then called everyone who agreed with her prior position a hypocrite. Insulting your audience is a great way to get taken off the air.

You don’t get to keep your show on a TV network by calling the audience hypocrites. Lahren went on The View and, trying to suck up to the hosts, declared herself in favor of abortion and decided anyone on the right who thought otherwise was a hypocrite. Lahren had, only a few months before, declared herself pro-life and denounced the pro-abortion cause.

There is, of course, more too it than that. Having read both the countersuit and knowing people who work at The Blaze, the stories are all consistent. She is a terrible person who treated people badly when they worked with her. She was hard to work with, clearly not all that bright, and her latest antics show how spoiled and entitled she is. For Pete’s sake, she bragged about not liking to read. That right there explains so much. Were I in charge instead of her blessedly patient current bosses, I’d have fired her then.

Tomi Lahren is not the poster child for successful millennials. She is, instead, the epitome of why millennials are given such a hard time. She is not a hero or martyr for any cause. She is a brat who is acting out at being deservedly disciplined.

Again though, this all overshadows the most important point and why her future in television deserves to crash and burn. She had an hour show and the only memorable part was the last few minutes where she said outlandish things in the name of MAGA. If she had an extremely strong audience and a highly rated show, she’d have never been taken off the air. As someone who has been in this industry for a while, it is pretty obvious that her show numbers were not great for her to be yanked like that. Business is business and, again, she could not hold an hour.

If Glenn Beck deserved any criticism, it would be that he gave her a chance in the first place. But the reality is that Glenn Beck is a very nice guy and saw potential. He gave her a chance. She blew it and now, like the entitled millennial stereotype she epitomizes, cannot accept any blame for her own actions.

Tomi Lahren should be thanking Glenn Beck and The Blaze for giving her the opportunity of a life time. They gave her a TV show, a platform to build her brand and an audience for herself, and she set it all on fire by calling her fans hypocrites and reversing herself publicly on an issue within months of taking the diametrically opposite position.

Good riddance.

Drama, Drama: Tomi Lahren Wants Her Voice Back

Tomi Lahren’s new weapon in her fight against her former employer, Glenn Beck, and his outlet, The Blaze is to take to outlets that are normally antagonistic to Beck and conservatives, and to play the brave victim for the world.

Seriously, I watched this clip, and had I not known who Lahren is and why she was bounced, it would probably work up a bit of outrage from me, too.

Unfortunately for Lahren, myself and others do know who she is. We do know why she had her platform with The Blaze shut down, and we’re not buying the crocodile tears.

In the clip, which was a portion of a more expansive interview done with ABC’s “Nightline,” Lahren accuses her former employers of taking her ability to work and silencing her voice.

Entitlement.

You’re not owed a job, Tomi. You can certainly earn a job. You’re young enough that you have many years to learn and develop your brand.

There have been many who have faltered in their youth, failed at something, or even screwed up so royally that “comeback” seemed a distant shore, with no hope of rescue.

What separates those who can and those who cannot is the ability to get up, brush themselves off, and keep at it.

A continued narrative of victimization – “They held me back!” – won’t get you there. It’s a shtick that wears thin, quickly.

So do you really want to get your voice out there?

You’ve got a YouTube channel, surely.

Give up the Facebook page and start a new one.

Sometimes razing the past and rebuilding from the ground up is cathartic, and it sounds like it’ll be a good lesson for you.

And no, Sweetie. You didn’t build those followers for yourself. Had Beck and The Blaze not given you that platform, who would have? You’d probably be pushing hotwings to frat boys at Hooter’s.

You say you’re not the kind of girl that sits in a corner and cries about things.

No. You’re the kind of girl that stands up in the middle of a crowded room and starts screaming and kicking about your rights, when no one has wronged you.

While the stack of books with the MAGA cap on top is a nice signal to your base, it’s also curious.

You’re the same one who once proudly declared that you don’t read books, so why are they there?

Also, is there a copy of “Conservatism for Dummies” in that stack? If so, I’m going to suggest you start your reading with that one.

Litigation Barbie: Tomi Lahren is Back, and She’s Suing The Blaze

You had to know she wouldn’t be merciful. She couldn’t just go away.

The unprincipled millennial token, Tomi Lahren, who enjoyed flash-fame on Glenn Beck’s network, The Blaze, has come stomping back, demanding reparations for what she claims was “wrongful termination” by the network.

To recap, Lahren was booted from the network after appearing on “The View,” which is already the equivalent of sitting at the table of the enemy, if you’re a conservative, and voiced the very liberal position of being pro-choice.

The flighty child added insult to injury by declaring conservatives “hypocrites” for being pro-life.

After some testy comments on social media from the boss, Lahren found herself abruptly bounced.

According to Lahren’s suit, filed Friday in Dallas County, The Blaze cancelled Lahren’s show after she made the controversial statement on The View. But The Blaze wanted to keep paying Lahren, the suit says, “presumably hoping they could find an exit strategy to sanitize their unlawful conduct” in breaking Lahren’s employment contract, which was to continue through Sept. 30.

The hubbub surrounding Lahren’s comments was orchestrated to “inflate Beck’s profile, from what has become a mediocre following, all at [Lahren’s] expense,” the suit alleges.

There’s no doubt that Lahren has a following.

She’s young, plays up her looks to distract from her mind-numbing lack of actual principle, and jumped the Trump train early enough to scoop up a lot of alt-right support.

The alt-right thrives on lack of actual knowledge, and she is their low-info goddess.

With all that taken into consideration, it’s no wonder that her departure would whip up some waves.

Her suit against her former employer also claims that a producer from The Blaze accompanied her to her appearance on “The View,” and that the producer praised her appearance, saying nothing about her pro-choice comments.

“No one told [Lahren] that her statements on The View were either improper or inappropriate; and, indeed, that [Lahren’s] point of view is just that — her point of view and freedom of expression,” the suit says.

Beck and The Blaze knew of her pro-choice position, which she had expressed before, and “never took any issue with it,” the suit says.

Lahren’s bosses ordered her to “go dark” and stay silent on social media, the suit says, and her coworkers placed yellow caution tape spelling an ‘X’ on Lahren’s dressing room door. The Blaze terminated her work email account.

Beck may or may not have known she was pro-choice. Did she not likewise know that her employer was a pro-life conservative, and that as he has sought to create a haven for conservative thinkers with The Blaze, that maybe the last thing they needed was for one of their more popular personalities to go on national TV and speak against one of the core principles of conservatism – the right to life?

People like Lahren never think that far ahead.

She’s very much from the “Me! Me! Me!” generation, and she really doesn’t get what it is to be a part of a team or to work towards a common goal, where she isn’t the focus nor is she the mission.

Giving her a platform was a mistake.

In a real show of where we are as a society, she’s also suing for control of her Facebook page, which boasts 4.2 million followers.

Then of course, there’s the issue of court costs and fees, which she wants The Blaze to pay for.

Lahren is still young, and she will likely find some alt-right home to ply her wares, in time.

Until that happens, however, Glenn Beck and The Blaze will have to find a way to extricate themselves from this particular headache, and I wish them luck.

Reports: Tomi Lahren Out, So What’s Next for The Blaze?

Page Six at the New York Post is reporting that Tomi Lahren, who was recently suspended from Glenn Beck’s multimedia network The Blaze, will not be returning to her show there:

Sources say Lahren — who was suspended last week after flip-flopping on abortion and declaring herself pro-choice — has been banned permanently.

 

“Glenn is reminding the world of his conservative principles by sidelining Tomi after she insulted conservatives by calling them hypocrites,” one Beck insider told me.

The story refers to Lahren’s recent appearance on The View, during which she declared herself to be pro-abortion (well, “pro-choice” was her actual wording, but who are we kidding here?), despite acting the part of an avid pro-lifer during the short but meteoric course of her career as a conservative commentator.

The Post continues:

“He’s trying to balance being a leading conservative thinker and also someone who can unify the country,” the Beck associate told me. “He just couldn’t sit by and watch as Tomi Lahren said there’s no way for conservatives to justify anything other than being pro-choice.”

 

I’m usually skeptical of unnamed sources–particularly from former insiders, who usually have an axe to grind–but Lahren herself seems to be hinting that the story is true via Twitter.

So, what are we to make of all this?

First off, a lot of ink and airtime are going to be spent–much of it by Tomi Lahren, for sure–over how Glenn Beck is somehow censoring views with which he doesn’t agree.  This is nonsense.  Lahren has proven to have an uncanny ability to draw attention to herself, so it’s not like she needs The Blaze to stay in the spotlight–and Beck is under no obligations to provide a platform for anybody.  If Lahren is the conservative she claims to be, she would simply say that The Blaze is Beck’s business and he’s free to do what he wants with it.

Secondly, the pro-abortion crowd–and this includes the majority of pundits on the left side of the spectrum–will hold this up as an example of the intolerance of the right in general, and Glenn Beck in particular.  This is also nonsense.  It’s no secret that he has employed people in the past who support abortion rights, even though he himself is an unwavering pro-lifer.  Rather, Beck suspended Lahren for being unprincipled–and therein lies a big difference.

How’s that, you might ask?  Let’s go back to the Post:

“Beck’s trying to reinvent himself,” a former insider told me. “But he’s burned too many bridges.”

 

TheBlaze, founded seven years ago in Dallas, once had offices in New York and 300 employees. Now, the New York office is closed and the staff is half that size.

 

While the number of paying subscribers (once said to be 300,000) is kept secret, TheBlaze.com attracted 29 million unique visitors per month in 2014, and only 8.8 million uniques in February 2017, for a loss of more than two-thirds of its traffic.

 

Jerry Del Colliano, founder of Inside Radio, said Beck’s syndicated talk radio show has slipped as well from No. 3 to No. 5.

 

“Beck has lost his mojo, and TheBlaze helped him lose it,” Del Colliano said. “It’s hard to figure out where he is coming from.”

Much of this is a direct result of Beck actively opposing the campaign of Donald Trump, which angered a large part of his audience.  Since then, he has also made an effort to reach out to prominent people on the left  in an effort to tone down the vitriol that dominates our political and media discourse.  This has been tremendously risky, and has cost both him and his company a lot of money–but he did it, and continues to do it, out of principle.

Now compare that to Tomi Lahren–who jettisoned her supposed conservative principles for no other reason that she wanted to look cool on The View.  Now can you see why Glenn Beck wouldn’t want her to be part of his team anymore?

Unfortunately, this is par for the course with a lot of media personalities.  They throw bombs and spew outrageous bile just to grab the attention of an easily-distracted public, and who even knows if they actually believe half of what they say?  Whether you agree with Glenn Beck or not, this is precisely the kind of thing he’s taking a stand against.

Firing Lahren was the only thing he could do.

So what does that mean for The Blaze, and Beck’s future?  That remains to be seen.  While I have my differences with his anti-Trump stance (there are times when I feel like the Trump apologist in residence here at The Resurgent), I believe in what he’s doing in trying to find honest partners on the left, who also want bridge the divide between blue and red America.  And he still has a lot of talent at The Blaze (if you want to see a woman with real guts, look no further than Dana Loesch).  With those kind of tools at his disposal, I wouldn’t count him out.

Maybe it’ll just take a little more imagination to get there?  I’ll have to think on that one.

No, You Cannot Support Abortion and Be Conservative

Only three months ago, Blaze TV host Tomi Lahren considered abortion to be murder. But last week, surrounded by the celebrities of The View, she declared herself “a constitutional” — no, not a constitutionalist — and pro-choice. She then attacked the conservative movement for being hypocritical for wanting to control a woman’s body.

This is the same child who went on The Daily Show and labeled herself a millennial to declare that she does not like labels. This is the same enfant terrible who occasionally describes herself as a libertarian while supporting various big government programs. Despite the chemical agents used in her hair to brighten it, it is safe to say Tomi Lahren is not the brightest star in the sky.

Honestly though, the most troubling aspect of this is seeing people argue that abortion rights advocacy has a place in the conservative movement. Ironically, a number of people who believe Donald Trump is dragging the conservative movement to the left are willing to argue abortion rights have a place in the conservative movement.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Abortion is the destruction of a precious, innocent human life. It may be necessary when that life verges on causing the mother to die. But as a matter of elective options and rights, abortion is murder. The arguments for abortion are the same arguments used to justify and defend slavery. Abortion advocacy, in fact, derives from the progressive movement’s desire to stamp out black and disabled people in the early part of the twentieth century.

The conservative movement’s foundation is based on support for the unalienable, God given rights of life, liberty, and private property. Life is not property. Life is sacred and innocent life is to be protected. To the extent government advocates social behavior, the behavior government should encourage is married couples creating stable, two parent nuclear households as such households then create the most stable and productive citizens.

Stamping out life does not promote stable and productive citizens. It eradicates them and their potential from existence.

Some people like to call themselves conservatives when they are really libertarians or libertines. Either of those could arguably support abortion rights. Likewise, some members of the Republican Party might support abortion rights. But conservatism cannot. If you claim to be a conservative who supports abortion rights, please find a new movement to join. Those of you who support the ripping apart of children in the name of “choice” are not welcome in the conservative movement.

BREAKING: Tomi Lahren Suspended From The Blaze

After this weekend, followed by conservative talker, Glenn Beck’s tweets on the matter this morning, we knew some sort of news would be coming down regarding Tomi Lahren’s position with The Blaze.

Now sources close to the situation seem to indicate that Lahren’s attempts to be the edgy, “WOO-girl” of conservatism – more flash than principle – may have earned her a time out.

Lahren’s show is suspended for effect for at least one week starting Monday, according to TheDC’s sources. A source with direct knowledge of the situation previously told TheDC that Lahren’s contract with the company goes until September, but that she may leave the company before then.

That “at least one week” part is what you should focus on.

Weeks can quite often stretch into the realm of “indefinite” and beyond, when you walk into the camp of the opposition and in effect, turn to bite the hand that feeds you.

In her appearance on The View, Lahren said she is pro-choice and called pro-lifer conservatives hypocrites, saying, “I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies.”

It isn’t hypocrisy.

It’s decency, and at the very core of conservatism is life. If you are willing to compromise on something so very vital to who we are as a movement, then everything else must be counted as suspect.

As Peter Heck pointed out so supremely this weekend, “there’s a reason why it usually doesn’t end well when someone who lacks any meaningful or serious understanding of political philosophy and ideology is thrust in front of a camera and promoted as a conservative spokesman.”

Indeed, one is left to wonder: Who was the boy Tomi Lahren was trying to impress when she decided to play conservative?

James “Mad Dog” Mattis Explains Why You Must Read

A great many TV pundits, etc. of late have bragged about how unread they are. Others have bragged about reading their gender studies and diversity books while bailing on the Western classics.

I remember not too long ago reading about a much praised liberal who wrote a much praised book that no one actually read, but claimed to read, who himself said he did not know who Augustine was.

People like that are always encountering new ideas and wrestling with those ideas when the ideas turn out to be old and already resolved.

Donald Trump’s new Secretary of Defense nominee, General James Mattis, was asked about reading before he headed into Iraq in 2004.

He responded, in part,:

We have been fighting on this planet for 5000 years and we should take advantage of their experience. “Winging it” and filling body bags as we sort out what works reminds us of the moral dictates and the cost of incompetence in our profession. As commanders and staff officers, we are coaches and sentries for our units: how can we coach anything if we don’t know a hell of a lot more than just the [Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures]? What happens when you’re on a dynamic battlefield and things are changing faster than higher [Headquarters] can stay abreast? Do you not adapt because you cannot conceptualize faster than the enemy’s adaptation? (Darwin has a pretty good theory about the outcome for those who cannot adapt to changing circumstance — in the information age things can change rather abruptly and at warp speed, especially the moral high ground which our regimented thinkers cede far too quickly in our recent fights.) And how can you be a sentinel and not have your unit caught flat-footed if you don’t know what the warning signs are — that your unit’s preps are not sufficient for the specifics of a tasking that you have not anticipated?

You really should read his whole response.

Maybe Tomi Lahren will take note of it.