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Glenn Beck Brings the Drama to Fox News

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Posted on Mar 15, 2010
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Stands with a fist: Glenn Beck strikes a defiant pose during his speech at CPAC 2010.

Glenn Beck has certainly drawn bigger audience numbers with his unique, and often baffling, brand of showmanship since he switched from CNN to Fox News in early 2009. But, as The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz notes, his act hasn’t always scored with network bigwigs or with fellow heavies from the right-wing media world.  —KA

Howard Kurtz in The Washington Post:

Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, two radio hosts friendly with Hannity, criticized Beck’s CPAC remarks. Levin told Beck to “stop dividing us” and “stop acting like a clown.” Limbaugh questioned why “the only people who can stop Obama should be excoriated for being just as bad.”

In a recent online interview, CBS’s Katie Couric asked Beck about critics who say he “resorts to inflammatory, unfair, despicable, hateful rhetoric.” Beck’s response: “Did they say that when I was saying the same things about George W. Bush, or is this new?” (Beck has criticized Bush, but not with the harsh language he employs against Obama.)

Asked whether he regretted saying the president has a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture,” Beck said: “I’m sorry the way it was phrased.” But he would not respond when Couric read a Twitter user’s question on what he meant by white culture, saying: “I’m not going to get into your sound-bite gotcha game.”

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By pg 2010, March 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment
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—-Is Beck the real deal?—-or is he just doing
another ‘War of the Worlds’ routine?

The acid test may very well be IF he DARES to REALLY
break ranks and offer a rock solid, unflinching week
on the Korean War legacy in June—-on the, as ever ‘overlooked’  60th Anniversary.

Hollywood, which has made BILLIONS catering to the
franchise slum and denial needs of history’s MOST
awesomely genocidal regime, can no longer comfortably
hide behind ad nauseum PC WWII theme retreads.
—-It’s involvement with THAT regime is palpable.

THAT regime was absolutely instrumental in provoking
the Korean War—-and ABSOLUTELY supports, legitimizes and sustains the North Korean nightmare
to this day.


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By Rodger Lemonde, March 17, 2010 at 6:26 am Link to this comment

Not so much drama as dumber as in he brings the dumber
in Fox’s dumb.

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By tao jones, March 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment
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People like clowns, although some are evil.

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By PRGP, March 16, 2010 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment

Only on Faux Spews would “drama” be defined as ignorance and buffonery.  This clown needs choking.

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By nemesis2010, March 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment

By Pickn&Grinin;, March 16 at 2:34 am #
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Your right, I don’t really see why people still listen to Beck. Rush and Levin
are much better! And the comment from writeronthestorm about 25% of
the public being terminally stupid. Ya know it’s funny, surveys indicate
that roughly 20%-30% of the population consider themselves liberal! So
I’d say Gallagher was about right!!!!

@ Pickn&Grinin;

Ha, ha, ha, datzs rally funie! You rally nalled dem dadgum liburals!

Your problem is that you’re obviously a conservative or neo-con or republican or reich-winger, or talivangelist or teabagger or birther or deather or any combination of the aforementioned and perhaps a few that I’ve forgotten. I usually classify anyone remotely affiliated with the so-called right under dumber than a brick category. It’s a much simpler way to file.

You see when one considers that a whole is 100% then there is room for the 25% of totally beckshíte crazy righties and the 20-30 percent of decent, liberal minded folk as well. You’re confused about what segment of society makes up that 25% of the really stupid. It’s without a doubt the republican base and their amoral “family valued” leadership.

It’s going to take a while for all of what I’ve just said to sink in so: “jus sit dare pickn anah grinin til it do.” Deliverance much?

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By db, March 16, 2010 at 6:20 am Link to this comment
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Beck is a fake just like the rest of the mainstream media .
Keep us divided and we are easier to keep down .

  Whether we are white or black , gun owners or not , or abortion haters or not we are all getting taxed to death the same and losing good jobs on top of it .

  America better get used to our new way of life . I don’t see anything changing it . I’ll worry about myself like everyone else

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By Inherit The Wind, March 16, 2010 at 4:03 am Link to this comment

Hammond Eggs, March 16 at 2:35 am #

Given the opportunity, Beck will shove you into a gas chamber and not think twice about it.

So will Limbaugh, or O’Hannity, or O’Reilly.  Beck is stealing their thunder. They are ALL entertainers and they are jealous that Beck is the hottest entertainer of them all.  He’s not actually SAYING anything different, just wilder and crazier.  And he takes risks like Massa, which Limbaugh would NEVER take. Limbaugh is TERRIFIED of actually having to confront anyone—that’s why his audiences are carefully screened ditto-heads.  O’Reilly uses his 6’6” size to intimidate guests and throws them off if they say anything he doesn’t like.

But as bad as Beck is, he’s nowhere NEARLY as bad Ann Coulter-geist, who advocated executing anyone who opposed Bush’s getting us into the illegal Iraq War, anyone who SUGGESTED that Bush&Co; LIED to get us into that war.  She just doesn’t have the audience.

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By zeroinfinity, March 16, 2010 at 12:26 am Link to this comment
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“Given the opportunity, Beck will shove you into a gas chamber and not think twice about it.”

Ahhhhh… unless someone is willing to shove Glenn Beck in a gas chamber before Beck would be given the opportunity.

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By Hammond Eggs, March 15, 2010 at 11:35 pm Link to this comment

Given the opportunity, Beck will shove you into a gas chamber and not think twice about it.

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By Pickn&Grinin;, March 15, 2010 at 11:34 pm Link to this comment
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Your right, I don’t really see why people still listen to Beck. Rush and Levin
are much better! And the comment from writeronthestorm about 25% of
the public being terminally stupid. Ya know it’s funny, surveys indicate
that roughly 20%-30% of the population consider themselves liberal! So
I’d say Gallagher was about right!!!!

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By Potent_Placebo, March 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm Link to this comment
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My advice to you, Mr. Beck, is to go back to being a
drunk.  You are patently insane as a sober being.

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By Ouroborus, March 15, 2010 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment

WriterOnTheStorm, March 15 at 9:27 pm
Good one.
That a whack job like Beck has a large following speaks
volumes more about the followers than Beck, IMO.

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By surface94, March 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm Link to this comment
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@ WriterOnTheStorm, obviously a much better wordsmith than me, i was just gonna call beck a fuckwit.  well done.

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By WriterOnTheStorm, March 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment

(Note: apologies to those who read this post on another thread, but the fact that
TD currently has two pieces devoted to Beck makes the post all the more

The comedian Gallagher had a middling career until he introduced a novelty
routine in which he would smash watermelons into his hapless audience. For
years afterward, he filled stadiums with thousands of people eager to get
pummeled with bits of pulped fruits and vegetables.

But before the edible denouement commenced, the crowd would get a dose of
Gallagher philosophy, the key point of which was that 25% of the population is
terminally stupid. They are stupid beyond help and hope. No matter what the
rest of us say or do, those 25% are going to stick to their guns. At this, the
Homer Simpsons in the front rows laughed as one and muttered, “Yea, all those
rubes out there.”

Gallagher was never able to escape his act and became the watermelon guy in
popular culture, but over time his show developed a layer of irony when he
began implying that his own audience might have been part of that ignoble 25%.
As they drove home from the show, picking watermelon from their hair, some of
them might have even realized that they’d been had.

Of course Gallagher never said that it was always the same 25% of the
population, just that on any given point, 25% could be counted on to NOT get it.
With those kind of numbers, it’s no surprise that a novelty act like Glenn Beck’s
would have some success. But what does surprise is the makeup of his
audience. It seems a good number of the folks tuning in are lefties set abuzz by
Beck’s smash-o-matic political stylings.

Part of the problem, is that so many of the terminally stupid just don’t know it.
Well here’s a hint; if you’re still paying attention to anything Beck says, welcome
to the 25 percent.  C’mon Truthdig, wipe the watermelon off your face. It’s time
to move on.

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By GW=MCHammered, March 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment
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Get back on the Abilify, Glenbo.
(not a pharma promotion)
(but a fair and balanced mind endorsement)

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