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.”