-because I didn’t. I thought Glenn Beck was going to be with us for much, much longer.I have aggressively opposed this man’s brand of news entertainment since the start of his tenure on CNN Headline News. I thought he was dangerous then. I’ve written (So has this blog’s founder Mycue23) at length about the lies, race baiting, conspiracy promoting and calculatingly paranoid philosophies that Glenn Beck tried to pass off as information under the cover of a “news” network. If you’ve seen his show and still need further convincing, you may require the services of a psychiatric professional or may need to take a good look in the mirror: You’ll have to be honest with yourself about why you chose to believe the hazardous nonsense this man created for the fearful, suppliant masses who just wanted somebody to tell them it’s entirely legitimate to be childishly scared and to act crazy because a black man is president.
This isn’t new. Google the name “Father Coughlin” and you can read about another allegedly devout religious man who capitalized on the fear and uncertainty of an economic downturn in America to go after “enemies.”
Fox “News” deserves no pats on the back for letting Beck go. I suspect they love this theatrically teary-eyed hateful little man.
It took angry Americans by the thousands harassing marketers with emails and phone calls so that 100 or more advertisers would leave Fox “News” Channel. It took several consecutive months of the the jobless rate easing. It took two years or more of enough people realizing that anti-Semitism is still racism, no matter how you dress it up with stories, myths, convenient villains and conspiracy theories.
…What it finally took ladies and gentlemen, was a decline in ratings.
Now that there is nothing more they can squeeze from this dangerous clown, they’ve decided enough is enough and taken Beck off the air. Fox claims in press releases that they will continue collaboration with Beck in other media. I suspect this will go as far as the rumored movie deal that Mel Gibson was going to strike with Bill O’Reilly, -until Mr. O’Reilly was accused of sexually harassing Andrea Mackris of course. The mere accusation alone was enough to make Gibson run away fast, and stop returning O’Reilly’s calls. -This from a movie star whose own increasing, festering bigotry made him inconvenient in turn?
Beck is likewise being ostracized for reasons that are not central to his abuse of the public square.
Ultimately, it still qualifies as good news. One less liar on the air. One less maniac making up conflicts and challenging science as if he had any other point or purpose other than manipulation. For my part, I look forward to the day when I am writing a blog posting about the closing down of Fox “News” Channel itself.