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Saturday, March 12, 2011


In a week full of devastating news, comes a reason to be happy.  FAUX may cancel the Glenn Beck show:

From the NYTimes:

"Since last August, when he summoned more than 100,000 followers to the Washington mall for the “Restoring Honor” rally, Mr. Beck has lost over a third of his audience on Fox — a greater percentage drop than other hosts at Fox. True, he fell from the great heights of the health care debate in January 2010, but there has been worrisome erosion — more than one million viewers — especially in the younger demographic.

[People finally waking up to this charlatan?]

The erosion is significant enough that Fox News officials are willing to say — anonymously, of course; they don’t want to be identified as criticizing the talent — that they are looking at the end of his contract in December and contemplating life without Mr. Beck.

How could a breakup between Mr. Beck and Fox News — a bond that seemed made in pre-Apocalyptic heaven — come to pass? They were never great friends to start with: Mr. Beck came to Fox with a huge radio show and had been on CNN Headline News, so he did not owe his entire career to Fox and frequently went off-message. The sniping between Fox News executives and Mr. Beck’s team began soon after he went on the air in 2009.

Many on the news side of Fox have wondered whether his chronic outrageousness — he suggested that the president has “a deep-seated hatred for white people” — have made it difficult for Fox to hang onto its credibility as a news network. Some 300 advertisers fled the show, leaving sponsorship to a slew of gold bullion marketers whose message dovetails nicely with Mr. Beck’s end-of-times gospel. Both parties go to some lengths to point out that that the discussion has nothing to do with persistent criticism from the left.

The problem with “Glenn Beck” is that it has turned into a serial doomsday machine that’s a bummer to watch.


What had been a fast and loose assault on all things liberal has grown darker and less entertaining, especially with the growing revolution in the Middle East, a phenomenon Mr. Beck sees as something of a beginning to some kind of end.


“He used to be a lot funnier,” said David Von Drehle, who wrote the article in Timemagazine. “He was the befuddled everyman and something entirely new, but the longer people have listened to his ranting and raving, the wearier they become. Now you are just getting down to diehards. I mean, how many people were in the Waco compound at the end? A couple of hundred?”


For months now Glenn Beck’s rating have been on the decline. Many Americans see him as an extremist pushing his own political agenda more than a news commentator, and now a source has told The New York Times that Fox News has considered not renewing his contract when it expires this year."

Let us all fervently hope this comes to pass, and that this self-proclaimed "rodeo clown" and "recovering dirt bag" finds another venue for his idiotic conspiracy blatherings--a soapbox in the middle of "Crazy Town." 

h/t tnlib, fb

More on Glenn Beck at The Glenn Beck Review.


Octopus said...

There is a curious relationship between earthquake news from Japan yesterday and the timing of this post.

Fox News news preempted The Glenn Beck Show to broadcast extended coverage of news from Japan. It may mean more preemptions of Beck in the future as a graceful way to remove a growing liability while saving face. In other words, Beck may fade into obscurity -unnoticed - with little or no negative impact on Fox. Plausible?

dmarks said...

Come on, Glenn. Join the ranks of the obscure and forgotten.

billy pilgrim said...

i think the best thing for the moderate left would be to leave old glenn on the air. take him off the air and people might forget what an arsehole he was and fox would probably replace him with a more effective voice of the right. or not.

tnlib said...

I'd say, "Hey, Glenn, how does it feel to join the ranks of the lazy unemployed?" but he's made enough money off his gullible followers to live high on the hog for the rest of his life.

dmarks said...

Yeah, he can still have fun writing books where he dresses up like a Nazi on the cover.

libhom said...

"made it difficult for Fox to hang onto its credibility as a news network"

That is the funniest quote I've seen in some time.

Skyhigh said...

Don't get your hopes up, or mine, as this is just another PR ploy to rally the Rushpubliscum faithful and get his ratings and advertisers to back him as he will be resigned by FOX LIES.

Sheria said...

I'm too lazy to think of anything witty to say of my own so I'll just ditto what tnlib had to say.

I do like to think that maybe Beck is going down but I'm reminded of a line from a poem by Alice Walker, "Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise." I hope that Fox News surprises me.

Rational Nation USA said...

While all the progressives have been busy obsessing over Mr. Beck's entertainment side show serious conservatives and Libertarians have put Mr. Beck on "ignore" quite some time ago.

Beck will, in the end, have "shot himself the foot." When he started out he had some credibility. He has succeeded in losing it.

It is only a matter of time.

Octopus said...

Rational Nation - “While all the progressives have been busy obsessing over Mr. Beck's entertainment side show serious conservatives and Libertarians have put Mr. Beck on "ignore" quite some time ago.”

Your sarcastic crack motivated by “sand-in-your-face” identity politics is frankly OFFENSIVE because what you think of as “entertainment” is defamation, harassment, and public incitement that has caused pain and suffering to others. Here are the bare facts:

Man Shoots Two California Highway Patrol Officers - Accused Gunman Acknowledges Influence of Glenn Beck

Three Pittsburgh Police Officers Ambushed and Killed - Gunman Posted Glenn Beck Video on White Supremacist Website

Federal Prison for Man Who Threatened Senator Murray - Glenn Beck Cast Spell on Accused Man, Says Family

Federal Prison for Man Who Threatened House Speaker Pelosi - Mother of Accused Man Blames Fox News

Glenn Beck Fans Target Legendary Scholar with Death Threats

Death Threats Against League of Women Voters Linked to Glenn Beck

Murders, shooting sprees, domestic terrorism, private citizens hiding in fear, infamous intimidations and provocations broadcast on national television - all linked to Glenn Beck. But Rational Nation regards these provocations as “entertainment.”

For years, your side of the partisan divide applauded and defended this man when it suited your purpose. Now you dismiss him as an “entertainer” with your usual smug sarcasm.

Les, you have NO MORAL COMPASS whatsoever!

Rational Nation USA said...
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Octopus said...

Goodbye, Les. Threats don't get posted here.

Rational Nation USA said...
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Octopus said...

If you feel you have been unfairly treated and wish to carry out your threat, bring it on. Here is my address:

9580 Bermuda Triangle Way
Sargasso City Southwest
Postal Code: RIFT666-FU

dmarks said...

An Atlantis address, Octo?

With your facial features, I expected R'lyeh, actually.

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