Before their hour-long interview with Glenn Beck on Monday, Google executives Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen made some comments that Beck thinks will “drive the left out of their mind.”

Speaking about Beck’s move from traditional media to building his own network, TheBlaze, Schmidt said people in his industry are “shocked at how successfully he navigated this transition.”

“He is the success story from traditional media,” Schmidt said. “And people are going to be studying what Glenn did for years, and trying to replicate it. To have a model where you have Internet and cable companies working together — it’s extraordinary.”

Cohen added that he recalled from prior interviews with Beck at Headline News that he and Beck shared “the exact same view” on terrorism, that “nobody is born wanting to do this.”

“And I remember being really amazed by his depth of knowledge about some of the … conditions in the Middle East or elsewhere that are driving radicalization,” Cohen added.

“You don’t get to this level without really being deeply intelligent about these things,” Schmidt concluded with a shrug. “All of these people at this level of fame and reach — this is just the most successful one of all.”

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