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Confronting the Five Smears in Time’s Glenn Beck Cover Story

September 19, 2009

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With having been credited for pushing out 9/11 Truther and admitted communist Van Jones from the Green Jobs Czar position Glenn Beck is now the man to beat. Everyone from Media Matters to Color of Change to Keith Olbermann is looking to collect a Beck scalp.

With this exposure came a recent cover story in Time Magazine (see David Horowitz’s discussion of it here.) Despite Beck’s embrace of the story, Media Matters’ condemnation of it, and NewsBusters’ correct judgment that by and large it’s a fairly balanced piece there are still numerous smears in David Von Drehle’s article in need of rebuttal.

Smear #1: Beck is a conspiracist nutjob!


The old American mind-set that Richard Hofstadter famously called “the paranoid style” — the sense that Masons or the railroads or the Pope or the guys in black helicopters are in league to destroy the country — is aflame again, fanned from both right and left. Between the liberal fantasies about Brownshirts at town halls and the conservative concoctions of brainwashed children goose-stepping to school, you’d think the Palm in Washington had been replaced with a Munich beer hall.

Smear #2: Beck is akin to a revival of the John Birch Society!

Like William Jennings Bryan whipping up populist Democrats over moneyed interests or the John Birch Society brooding over fluoride, Beck mines the timeless theme of the corrupt Them thwarting a virtuous Us.

These two smears are really one in the same. Time is trying to associate Beck with the fringe elements of the Right which William F. Buckley Jr. sought to exclude from reasonable, respectable conservatism. I’ve blogged about how leftists frequently do this. Take the kook right elements and parade them around as though they represent Conservatism as a whole. All the while the “mainstream” media ignores when people like Ann Coulter and Mike Huckabee call out trends like the Birther Movement as “crank.” And then, of course, figures like Howard Dean try and rationalize and defend the kook elements within their own movement, like Jones.

At least Time has the decency to admit that sometimes Beck gets it right:

This flexible narrative often contains genuinely uncomfortable truths. Some days “they” are the unconfirmed policy “czars” whom Beck fears Obama is using to subvert constitutional government — and he has some radical-sounding sound bites to back it up. Some days “they” are the network of leftist community organizers known as ACORN — and his indictment of the group is looking stronger every day.

There’s that evenhanded element that NewsBusters affirmed. The difference between Beck’s “conspiracy theories” and fringe right conspiracies is that the ones he focuses on aren’t any big secret. The Left is quite open about its desire to radically change our government and our society. As such, it does not fit the definition of “conspiracy theory” that’s widely accepted.

Never the less, Beck in his enthusiasm will occasionally over-reach — as we all do from time to time. And when he does then it will come to centrist conservatives and intellectual conservatives to rein him in a bit. (One example that Time rightfully identifies is Beck’s fear of President Obama’s volunteer efforts as something sinister. Another that Time fails to mention is Beck’s probable overreach in criticizing Cass Sunstein.)

Smear #3: Conservative pundits are just in it for the money!

How can we trust each other, though, when the integrated economy of ranters and their delighted-to-be-outraged critics are such a model of profitability? A microphone, a camera and a polarizing host are all it takes to get the money moving.

So much of the Time article focuses on Beck the entrepreneur. It talks about how much money he’s made and all the different avenues he has explored to get his ideas out. Why is this part of the story?

This is a classic smear of conservatives. Many leftists cannot understand how anyone could advocate for capitalism if they weren’t bought and paid for by greedy, evil corporations.  Horowitz has dealt with this smear from his old leftist friends and his newer progressive opponents like Joe Conason.

Who really thinks this way, though? What moron would think to himself, “I’m going to make a ton of money by becoming a conservative pundit.” Sure, in the upper echelons of the punditocracy there are some millionaires and superstars. But if one’s objective is to whore out one’s talents for money there are far more profitable avenues than marketing books and publications to a comparatively small niche market of conservative enthusiasts.

Beck bills himself as “the fusion of entertainment and enlightenment.” There’s plenty of money in entertainment — not quite as much in enlightenment. If Beck was really just chasing a bigger bank account then surely he would have never made some of the controversial statements which have scared away advertisers. It would have been bad business.

Smear #4: Conservative pundits are not genuine in their concerns. They’re just polarizing because extremism sells!

The inevitable question is, How much of this industry is sincere? Last year, shortly after the election, Beck spoke with TIME’s Kate Pickert, and he didn’t sound very scared back then. Of Obama’s early personnel decisions, he said, “I think so far he’s chosen wisely.” Of his feelings about the President: “I am not an Obama fan, but I am a fan of our country … He is my President, and we must have him succeed. If he fails, we all fail.” Of the Democratic Party: “I don’t know personally a single Democrat who is a dope-smoking hippie that wants to turn us into Soviet Russia.” Of the civic duty to trust: “We’ve got to pull together, because we are facing dark, dark times. I don’t trust a single weasel in Washington. I don’t care what party they’re from. But unless we trust each other, we’re not going to make it.”

This is a potentially fair point — until you did deeper. Why are critics of Obama stepping up the intensity now when many were more optimistic earlier that the administration would pursue a more centrist agenda? Well, because thoughtful conservatives adapt and change positions as the facts emerge. When Obama was first shaping his team and laying out his agenda the potential was certainly there for America’s political culture to transition into a post-partisan, profoundly centrist era. That’s not really the case anymore — unless Obama chooses to change course.

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We’ve had to deal with the Jones appointment. There’s been the revival of prosecuting the CIA for the previous administration’s policies. And Obama’s surrendered to hyper-partisan Democrats (Spider-Woman Nancy Pelosi?) to push through an increasingly unpopular health care plan. Conservatives are shifting into a more aggressive mode because the president is pulling further to the Left to appease his base. If he takes a more moderate, unifying approach and checks his party’s radicals then the MSM will see the Right’s rhetoric and intensity relax a bit. Our demands are not outlandish. Obama does not need to adopt Ronald Reagan’s policies. He just needs to act on the centrist, moderate platform which he sold to the American people in November. Is demanding “truth in advertising” really so unreasonable?

Smear #5: Beck’s brand of conservatism just makes people angry and does not contribute to constructive debate. He’s bad for the American dialogue!

The trouble with this prophecy is that we never find out what happens to the people watching Beale [the figure from the movie “Network” who inspires Beck]. Do they stay mad forever? Does their screaming ever lead to something better? Does the rage merely migrate, sending new audiences with new enemies to scream from more windows? And if the time comes when every audience is screaming, who, in the end, is left to listen?

This conclusion to the Beck story ultimately reiterates the magazine’s headline of “Mad Man.” In all honesty, though, it’s really not a fair assessment of Beck’s programming. Is rage and anger really the main contribution Beck puts out there? Absolutely not. Beck’s program runs the gamut of tones and emotions. Sure, sometimes he’s angry but he can frequently be inspiring, upbeat, informative, and even intellectual. If he was all about stoking anger then he would not have featured a restrained, intellectual interview with Horowitz:

These five smears are ultimately fairly mild in comparison to the ad hominem attack directed at Beck and Horowitz by the leftist internet magazine Salon. Come and join us tomorrow afternoon at NewsReal to see my rebuttal to this much nastier, more dishonest radical assault.

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51 Comments
  1. Swemson permalink
    September 19, 2009 5:19 pm

    Good piece…

    I’m not sure sure that Glenn is overreaching about Cass Sunstein however… That guy is pretty whacky !

    • September 19, 2009 5:28 pm

      Thanks.

      Read any of Sunstein’s books?

      • Swemson permalink
        September 19, 2009 5:42 pm

        Nope…

        Life is too short to waste my time on reading any books written by anyone on team Obama…

        I read at least one book per week, often more, and the stack of them “on deck” in and around my night table never seems to get smaller.

        • September 19, 2009 6:00 pm

          Then you’re in no position to judge Sunstein as “wacky” because you’ve only seen an episode of Glenn Beck.

          Who are we to tell leftists to read David Horowitz’s books and be open-minded if we’re going to be so close-minded ourselves?

          Dismissing Sunstein as “wacky” without giving him the courtesy of at least grappling with his ideas is no better than Pbrauer dismissing Horowitz without giving him a chance.

          Reading books by people across the political spectrum is VITAL. Especially if you want to defeat them. I was about ready to read Van Jones’ book and blog about it until he got canned and became irrelevant.

          If you don’t read your opponents’ books and understand their ideas then you’re ill-equipped to defeat them and you’ll miss out on the occasions when they actually have interesting ideas.

          So I guess you haven’t read Obama’s books either then?

          • September 19, 2009 6:38 pm

            Excellent point David! And I agree completely.

            • September 19, 2009 7:17 pm

              Thanks! This understanding of needing to have any open mind when it comes to ideas derives from my related ideological dispositions of postmodern conservatism, Generation Y conservatism, and especially Horowitzian Conservatism:

              http://booksindepth.blogspot.com/2009/07/david-horowitzs-conservatism-postmodern.html

        • Swemson permalink
          September 19, 2009 7:19 pm

          David;

          As I told you before, I’m focused on one aspect of our current crisis, and simply don’t have the time to become fluent in ALL of the insanity that’s flying around these days… It isn’t a matter of lack of curiosity.. There’s also the fact that due to the collapse of the real estate industry, for the last 4 years I’ve had to find other ways to support myself and those why rely on me… If you occasionally get the feeling that my anger over these events may be boiling over… you’re right… it most certainly is.. Carter, Clinton, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd (amongst others) have literally bankrupted me and robbed me of the retirement that over 40 years of hard work had earned for me…

          So take it easy on me pal… I’m really doing as much as I can, especially considering my ever progressing level of decrepitude

          • September 20, 2009 6:56 am

            I’m sorry for the pain you’ve experienced, my friend.

            All I’m saying is that it’s important to keep an open mind and seek out Truth and good ideas everywhere.

  2. Julie Trevor permalink
    September 19, 2009 5:26 pm

    Ugh! I visited my Mom today and discovered she has suscribed to “Time”. She said she was looking for light reading…I’ve paid the mailman not to deliver it – LOL
    Anyone have any suggestions for a gift subscription for politically oriented mag that easy reading for an 82 y.o. ?

    • September 19, 2009 5:31 pm

      The Weekly Standard, National Review — if she can handle Time she can handle them. Or you could just print off NewsReal and FrontPage for her. 😉

      • Julie Trevor permalink
        September 20, 2009 12:26 pm

        Thanks, I think I’ll start with Human Events, she likes pictures – LOL

    • Paul Cooper permalink
      September 19, 2009 9:34 pm

      My favorite news magazine is World Magazine. It has a both conservative and an intellectually intelligent Christian worldview (which is sadly hard to find in much of American Christianity). Try it and you will love it!

    • September 20, 2009 6:56 am

      Get her subscription to Townhall magazine.

      • Julie Trevor permalink
        September 20, 2009 12:26 pm

        Just checked it out – good one cb – thanks

    • Evergreen78 permalink
      September 20, 2009 8:52 am

      American Spectator? I read it on line. It’s a monthly, though.

  3. johnrj08 permalink
    September 19, 2009 5:37 pm

    Glenn Beck is lucky that Fox News exists, because he couldn’t get a broadcast job anywhere else.

    • September 19, 2009 5:41 pm

      Except CNN Headline News… And all the radio stations that hired him over the years…

      • johnrj08 permalink
        September 21, 2009 11:47 am

        Glenn Beck says whatever will keep his ratings up, no matter how divisive or outrageous. He is, basically, anti-news and pro-self-promotion. This is the clown who said that President Obama is a racist. And Beck isn’t? Rush Limbaugh has a fat radio contract (among other things) because there is a segment of this country that is ignorant, misinformed and too lazy to get the facts for themselves. Beck is popular on Fox News because the demographics of that network reflect Antebellum sentiments. They are spoon-fed hate and love the taste of it. Just because a radio personality is popular in this country certainly does NOT mean that he isn’t racist, much less that what he is saying is accurate.

        • In the know permalink
          September 22, 2009 12:43 pm

          Your rant is filled with conjecture. You do not substantiate your claims with facts. Your last statement is a logical fallacy. In essence, you are EXACTLY what your statement seems to villafy. Good show old chap.

          • In the know permalink
            September 22, 2009 12:45 pm

            “villify”…sorry spelling EPIC FAIL.

    • RichG permalink
      September 19, 2009 7:55 pm

      Glenn Beck is lucky that Fox News exists, because he couldn’t get a broadcast job anywhere else…Johnjro8

      If the main stream media would simply do their job then we wouldn’t have to find out about Van Jones or Cass Sunstein from Glen Beck. Just saying…

      • Julie Trevor permalink
        September 20, 2009 4:49 am

        RichG,
        Agree! This is the kind of stuff the MSM used to cover. Remember Tom Brokaw’s “Fleecing of America”.

        Well, we’re getting fleeced.
        Julie

  4. David Forsmark permalink
    September 19, 2009 11:35 pm

    John, you just never heard of Glenn Beck before Fox News, because– oh yeah– their audience is SO much bigger than CNN’s. Which, by the way, it what is really behind Time’s gripes numbers 3 and 4, as their audience is shrinking by the day, too.

  5. Marsan permalink
    September 19, 2009 11:55 pm

    Enjoyed article on Glenn. I view Glenn as a conflict manager, using an interrogation approach. It’s his method for transforming his viewers into critical thinkers, making them proactive, and more aware of current state of affairs in Washington: Tea parties are better than pity parties!

    No one understands his position in this news game better than Beck himself. All attempts at smearing simply empower him. The fact remains he got results and even Washington is being affected. He is now a thorn in this administration’s side, not to mention msnbc’s lineup, doing the slow burn. Glenn Beck, the new household word: thank you, Time Magazine! Good or bad publicity is worthwhile, creating a notoriety his nemesis counterparts envy. Eat your heart out, Olbermann! Acting crazy doesn’t mean stupid!

    In their continual spite, his critics haven’t figured out yet Beck is an interrogater asking all the right questions! Glenn is a patriot, a man of courage, and willing to stand up and be counted!

    His notoriety is polarizing, and the net effect: a consciousness raising of the American people who still love America and all it stands for.

  6. solemnman permalink
    September 20, 2009 1:47 am

    Glen Beck’s manic face pulling tirades are a passionate reaction to the near universal bias or indifference ,of the news media, to the unpleasant truths that are there for all to see.His presentation should not detract from his well constructed analysis which is based on unasailable facts-facts that should lead anyone ,unencumbered by the need not to be judgemental or unkind ,to come to the same conclusions.If the worst is their to behold -we should not be to timid to assume it.

  7. Keith permalink
    September 20, 2009 3:01 am

    I have always found Beck very compelling. He has a talent with his presentations. He backs up all his arguments with visual aids (i.e. news clips, audio and black boards) which provides the viewers of his show who are not as informed, to grab a better comprehension of the topic. Beck and his staff do their homework and are generally well prepared to back up all arguments.

    Like him or not, he’s entertaining. That aspect helps communicate the issues to people who otherwise might not understand the topic.

    Without him, no other television media source including FOX, has dug into the circus surrounding our President. The average American I think, will watch television as opposed to blogging and books.

  8. September 20, 2009 3:47 am

    “If he takes a more moderate, unifying approach and checks his party’s radicals then the MSM will see the Right’s rhetoric and intensity relax a bit.”

    Since when was appeasing the Marxist-Socialist-Media a good idea? Working to avoid the criticism of your existential enemies only helps them in their efforts to destroy you.

    The more the MSM screams and bellows and makes a fool of itself the better. In a very real sense, the efforts of normal people to preserve our liberty can be measured by how much the MSM is whining about us. The louder they squeal, the harder we should push.

  9. Julie Trevor permalink
    September 20, 2009 5:12 am

    RE: Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, Madow, Oberman, Colmes, etc. etc. etc

    Was I supposed to assume these “entertainment newspeople” were unbiased?

  10. Judy K. Warner permalink
    September 20, 2009 6:38 am

    One thing I wish you’d mentioned is that Glenn Beck is almost unique among media talkers in avoiding the format of putting two or more people on to argue with each other. What he did with David is something he does frequently: He gets someone on who knows a lot about a subject and lets him talk a long time, asking questions to get the most information out of him. This is why I watch him. I rarely watch Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity any more, because so much of their shows consists of shallow arguments between guests, interruptions by the host and of each other, and little learned from any exchange. Glenn has far more respect for his audience, believing that if he presents relevant information they will want to hear it. Note also the comparison with liberal talk show hosts, whose format is usually a string of insults to anyone who disagrees with them and lapdog comments about President Obama.

    • Fritz Becker permalink
      September 20, 2009 9:02 pm

      I have made this observation myself, I refer to them as “Round Table” or “Panel Discussions”, it’s a regrettable format that accomplishes little in the way of discourse. Point in fact I think that much of the media prefers it that way, it takes a lot less skill then conducting a real interview and it puts the lefties on an equal footing since there all there is time for is a quick soundbite since the segment is capped at five minutes or so. This is when they actually have someone relevant to talk to rather the the usual panel, much of the time they don’t.
      You only need to look at any show on CNN, any panel discussion where they need a token conservative, and can’t find anyone else, they wheel out David Gergen. Does he live upstairs at the CNN studios or something? I don’t even listen what he says anymore, (not that its’ anything memorable anyhow) I can’t stop starring at that stupid comb over. Dave, get a rug, a hair transplant, or forget it!

  11. carterthewriter permalink
    September 20, 2009 7:05 am

    The Times did us all a favor by putting Glenn’s photo on its cover for it reflects how most of us feel about the current state of affairs in Washington.

    No need to read the article, just leave it sitting on the newstand so everyone can see that photo.

  12. September 20, 2009 7:15 am

    Rebut:
    SMEAR #3–as if Time isn’t in it for the money.

    SMEAR #5–“Beck’s brand of conservatism just makes people angry and does not contribute to constructive debate. He’s bad for the American dialogue!” Yes it does. It exposes Van Jones and ACORN for starters.

  13. Jack Hampton permalink
    September 20, 2009 7:36 am

    I f extreamism sells that easily then Time Magazine would not be in the financial difficulties it has now nor would the New York Times have to be borrowing money from Carlos Slim to stay a float. I urge everyone to read Obama’s books you can bet Beck did.

  14. fiftyfifty permalink
    September 20, 2009 7:49 am

    We all need to give thanks to the professional Journalist at Time magazine and ALL the other MSM for showing us that this Glenn Beck guy is evil because he eats raw cookie dough in front of kids on TV. Kieth Oldermann reported not to worry the F.D.A czar is on it. Did you know Chris Matthews is suing Fox’s because his legs aren’t tingling anymore.

    How does a self educated Glenn Beck beat those college educated journalist and broadcasting degree. Maybe Will is right “Will: said you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a f–kin’ education you coulda’ got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the Public Library”
    Beck and the rest of Fox’s news and the radio people give purpose and the dignity of both sides of the fence.
    .
    “The people who rise to positions of power in leftist movements tend to be leftists of the most power-hungry type because power-hungry people are those who strive hardest to get into positions of power. Once the power-hungry types have captured control of the movement, there are many leftists of a gentler breed who inwardly disapprove of many of the actions of the leaders, but cannot bring themselves to oppose them. They need their faith in the movement, and because they cannot give up this faith they go along with the leaders. True, some leftists do have the guts to oppose the totalitarian tendencies that emerge, but they generally lose, because the power-hungry types are better organized, are more ruthless and Machiavellian and have taken care to build themselves a strong power base”

    “In the second place, one has to balance the struggle and death against the loss of freedom and dignity. To many of us, freedom and dignity are more important than a long life or avoidance of physical pain. Besides, we all have to die some time, and it may be better to die fighting for survival, or for a cause, than to live a long but empty and purposeless life”.T.J.Kaczynski

    I don’t agree with his actions his writtings are a good read

    • September 20, 2009 8:12 am

      “How does a self educated Glenn Beck beat those college educated journalist and broadcasting degree.”

      Careful not to drift into an anti-intellectual, anti-higher education mentality. You’re not going to hold against us the fact that many of us at NewsReal and FrontPage are college-educated writers/journalists are you? I personally attribute much of my writing abilities and my position at this blog to the skills I developed in college.

      Beck would probably be even more effective if he had additional college training in journalism, politics, etc. to supplement what he’s already great at.

      College and education isn’t the problem — it’s the ideology that many journalists already have going into the profession that’s the problem. Journalists often have the Left’s “world saving” mentality. That’s why they go into journalism and why the media often has such a bias.

      BTW, “Good Will Hunting” is a FANTASTIC picture even though it’s leftist in its politics.

      • Evergreen78 permalink
        September 20, 2009 8:47 am

        I do think that one of the things that makes Glenn so likable is the fact that he’s a “regular” guy. Kinda’ nutty, but “regular.” He often says “I’m just learning about all this stuff myself!” and “Correct me if I’m wrong.” He’s not a political science major or anything, which makes the rest of us feel like we could do “it” too, whatever “it” is. As with Rush Limbaugh, it is a testament to the fact that a college degree is not a requirement for success, and, conversely, simply HAVING a college degree is not a guarantee of success. This is America! Anyone can be or do anything they want, if they’re willing to work for it. I find this VERY inspirational.

      • fiftyfifty permalink
        September 20, 2009 9:42 am

        Only in fun David Swindle I’am old school I stood the wall 54 and retired at 50 and I pot two kids through college. And I didn’t finsh high school no college I sold my business 4 yrs. ago. my writing skills suck I was lucky and very good at what I did

      • September 20, 2009 9:52 am

        Fair enough to both of you. Your hard work and patriotism is appreciated.

        Evergreen you’re quite right that one can succeed without a degree and that a degree isn’t a guarantee for success. That doesn’t mean we should ever disparage or discourage kids from going to college, though. And I tend to interpret some comments (though not all) as doing that.

      • Julie Trevor permalink
        September 20, 2009 12:34 pm

        “College and education isn’t the problem — it’s the ideology that many journalists already have going into the profession that’s the problem.”

        Disagree…musn’t forget all of Horowitz word exposing the indoctrination…

        Also happens in science; most notably of late is anything related to climate science. If undergrads don’t drink the Kool aid, they won’t get into grad school. If the grad student doesn’t publish in Science or Nature, they won’t get a job. Since both “Peer Reviewed” LOL journals will no longer accept any research that disputes the current “consensus theory”, it self perpetuates.
        Julie

        • September 20, 2009 12:37 pm

          “Disagree…musn’t forget all of Horowitz word exposing the indoctrination…”

          Well, yeah, that’s a factor too, I just didn’t feel like opening that can of worms right now.

      • Keith permalink
        September 20, 2009 2:06 pm

        “How does a self educated Glenn Beck beat those college educated journalist and broadcasting degree.”

        Perhaps. The learning experience from the schools of hard knocks, particularly what he’s overcome, is worth a degree in itself. In addition, those who have served our military might be put into the same file drawer.

        Many, many college degrees are a waste of time and money. Your education roots might be in good soil, but if not watered correctly, the tree may perish.

        Being blessed with common sense and a natural appetite for self improvement I feel, are only two blocks in a solid foundation. Beck has both. Education is relevant to the road you take in life. Becks journey down muddy and dirt roads has led his personality to the yellow brick road of ratings.

  15. Dave K permalink
    September 20, 2009 11:22 am

    Well, Glenn Beck does have a history of drug abuse, depression, and anger-management issues, so I wouldn’t be surprised that journalists are bringing it up.

    • Marsan permalink
      September 20, 2009 5:55 pm

      Dave K,

      That hardly matters.

      l) Glenn writes and speaks about personal issues himself; honesty is owned and part of having been rehabilitated. If he is criticized for that, same critics are in denial of their own “demons.”

      2) Will the so-called “progressives” throw away their “everything goes” political correctness mantle then?

      3) Drug abuse, depression, anger management – Hello? Obama smokes, Charlie Gibson laughs to keep from crying; Van Jones, Olbermann polarize as the most p o’d people on tv; Nancy Pelosi looks pathetically frail and depressed; there’s something pretty sad about Chris Matthews these days; Rachel M. probably goes home to beat her pillow every nite! The list goes on…Huffington, Letterman, Maher, etc., etc.

      Glenn Beck is a survivor.

  16. Joe Robinson permalink
    September 20, 2009 1:24 pm

    David Swundle, David Horowitz:

    I enjoy and agree with your articles defending and explaining Glenn Beck. How come you don’t do something similar on Michael Savage? He’s been in the forefront much longer than Beck. Since he’s facing censorship constantly from the likes of C.A.I.R., The Pink Mafia of San Francisco & Hollwood I figured he’d be a good debate and a decent man to stand behind. Or, are you another one who is afraid to mention”Michael Savage

    • September 20, 2009 1:58 pm

      Joe,
      At NewsReal our focus is primarily on the cable TV shows. So if Savage got another cable show or came up in discussion on one of the cable shows we’d certainly cover him.

      In May of this year Jacob Laksin, my colleague at FrontPage, wrote this piece about Savage that you might appreciate:
      http://frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=34711

      -D

  17. September 20, 2009 3:55 pm

    What’s the matter with the liberal media…can’t take the devastating reports coming from Glenn Beck? If all of you, all of you, were doing your job Glenn wouldn’t have to work so damn hard to shed light on on the cancer that is taking over this administration! Look at this way fellas…..if your man, our president, is truly a radical and has indeed written about his desire to transform this nation because we are an imperialist nation, is that right? With all of the tigers he has in his administration that are creating havoc in our country you are offended by the likes of Glenn Beck reporting the TRUTH is that it? Too bad! This country needs all the friends she can get to protect her from the likes of your twisted sense of logic when it comes to standing up for this country!
    The radical left wing of the Democratic Party is now in control and they are gleeful being able to really damage this country and you have the audacity and the nerve to attack those Americans who disagree with you and are voicing their opposition to your screwed up thinking!
    PL

  18. Judy permalink
    September 20, 2009 7:41 pm

    I view the basic component of Glenn Beck’s unique ability to present the problems in let’s say an entertaining and yet thought provoking way, comes from his years of leading a life of bad decisions, recognizing his shortcomings, and self-direction and determination to correct his own life. Through self-analysis and viewing himself as a husband, father and American, responsible to G_d, he has honed a sense of wit, wisdom and honesty, and a desire to make a difference. I agree that perhaps a college education would augment his communication skills, but, I believe that he hits the nail on the head just fine with his rodeo clown approach.

  19. Garet permalink
    September 20, 2009 10:17 pm

    The rebuttal to “How can we trust each other, though, when the integrated economy of ranters and their delighted-to-be-outraged critics are such a model of profitability?” missed the whole point!!!

    This is a global critique of the whole culture of cable “news” which benefits both sides of the cultural frontlines. You don’t think Olbermann vs. Fox IS delighted to be outraged?! Can’t we get a little more sophisticated on the stupid game of provocation-equals-cash game that’s being played?

    I hope this country can exorcise itself from its recent mass-traumas and get less emotional. I know that’s asking a lot but that’s the only way we can find a sensible center. Otherwise, we’re just watching this madhouse going off a cliff.

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