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http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/10/27/mike-rowe-responds-to-sharp-criticism-he-received-for-appearing-on-glenn-becks-tv-show/

Mike Rowe Did Not Mince Any Words in Open Letter Response to Criticism He Received for Appearing on Glenn Beck’s Show
Oct. 27, 2013 2:15pm Mike Opelka

Less than a week after appearing on Glenn Beck’s television program Wednesday to promote his Mike Rowe Foundation, the Facebook page of the “Dirty Jobs” host was hit with hundreds and hundreds of comments from “fans.”

Image: Facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe

Many of those comments were less than kind, questioning Rowe’s sanity and slamming Beck.

Some were relatively tame.



Others were downright crude.


However, there was one specific comment from a woman named Shannon K. Walsh that gave Rowe pause and inspired a very personal but public response.


That comment triggered Rowe to craft a very thoughtful reply. And his response to Ms. Walsh is also drawing heat. Less than an hour after it was posted on Facebook, the letter had been “shared” more than 1,100 times and had earned almost 5,000 “likes.”

   
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Well, hi there, Shannon – and a pleasant good morning to you too!

    If you want a detailed answer to your question, please take a moment to read my earlier reply to Bob Reidel, another crestfallen soul who couldn’t reconcile my association with a TV host that he personally despised. As you read it (out loud, if possible, and in a public place), kindly replace the words “Bob Reidel” with “Shannon K. Walsh,” and “Bill Maher” with “Glenn Beck.” But prepare yourself – you might be forced to conclude that my true objective here has little to do with winning or losing your approval.As for your personal characterization of Glenn Beck, I can only assume you have information not available to me. In my time with him, I saw nothing “horrible, psychotic, hateful, or nasty.” I smelled no burning sulphur, no smoldering brimstone, and saw no sign of cloven hooves.To the contrary, I found a very passionate guy who employs about 300 people, works his butt off, and puts his money where his mouth is. Do we agree on everything? Of course not. Am I “disappointed” by that fact? Not at all. The real question, Shannon, is … why are you?

    To be clear, I’m not here to tell you what to think or whom to hate. Like everyone else, you’re free to pick your devils, choose your angels, and attach the horns and halos accordingly.

    But the guts of your question – even without all the name-calling and acrimony – reveal the essence of what’s broken in our country. You want to know “how I can associate” with someone you don’t like? The short answer is, how can I not? How are we ever going to accomplish anything in this incredibly divisive time if we associate only with people that we don’t disagree with?

    Mike



Rowe also shared the news that after the show, Glenn Beck reached into his own pocket and made a $20,000 donation to the Mike Rowe Foundation.

To read the full text of Mike Rowe’s response to Shannon K. Walsh (there were some interesting post-scripts to the note), click here.

For more information about Rowe’s “Profoundly Disconnected” [/url=http://profoundlydisconnected.com/]and [url=http://profoundlydisconnected.com/]information on many of the great jobs available in various trades, click here.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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actually it was $25,000 - see below - this is what Mike posted on Facebook:
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PS. Not only did Glenn hand me a check for $25,000 made out to the mikeroweWORKS scholarship fund, he invited me to shoot a few PSAs on his set and offered to air them on his network for free. You know how many other networks have offered to do that? Not one. In addition, his viewers have purchased hundreds and hundreds of Work Smart AND Hard posters. I'm already getting photos of them hanging in high schools across the country. Glenn also signed one, and took some artistic license on my face. Which made me laugh. We'll auction that off on a future episode of C.R.A.P., and my guess is we'll raise a pretty penny.


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PPS Penn Jillette is an avowed atheist. Glenn Beck is a deeply religious Christian. They disagree on a lot, but speak often on Glenn's show, and have some of the most respectful and interesting exchanges on television today. Here's an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZnE1XEv0xU

I've been on every network over the years, more than once, and I'll promise you this - if you want the potential for a thoughtful exchange that's not crammed into a five-minute segment, your options are limited.

Real Time is one possibility. Glenn Beck is another. I'm glad to have done both.
— with Glenn Beck and Bill Maher.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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It was a great interview. Mike was spot on about how way too much focus is spent on preparing all kids to go to college who almost all of which will have to get monstrous college loan that will take years to pay off, when only 18% of the available jobs require a college education. The vast majority of available career oriented jobs require a High School diploma, and can pay a pretty good salary, some in excess of $100,000 a year.    Save your kids from the $50,000+ college loan and 4 years of their life and instead teach your kids ethics, honesty, hard work and lead them down the path to a vocational school or trade school. 
A nation that turns away from prayer will ultimately find itself in desperate need of it. :Jonathan Cahn


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