Fox News announced recently that Glenn Beck’s time on Fox News is coming to an end. This is good news for advocates of free thought. It is the end of the television career of a man who has passed himself off as being so absurdly mad, that reality doesn’t matter anymore.
It only seemed to be a matter of time before this announcement came out. Beck has a long history of making completely insane comments on his show. Lawrence O’Donnell put it best.
“Do you ever get the feeling that Glenn Beck’s job is to be a smokescreen for Bill O’Reilly? Beck is busy saying so many utterly insane things that get him so much attention that it’s easy to miss O’Reilly’s lower-voltage lies,” he said during one of the “Rewrite” sequences on his show, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.
Beck has a long and not-particularly pretty history for saying things that are insulting, untrue, and so over-the-top that even his sponsors have backed off quickly.
He began his career on Fox News in January 2009. It quickly became clear that he is a rather ‘opinionated’ individual, and that most of his opinions are completely crazy.
“But I’ll tell you this- whether you call it Gaia, or whether you call it Jesus, there’s a message being sent,” he said on his radio show on March 14, 2011, talking about the tsunami in Japan. Yes, a horrible disaster is a message. It’s kind of shameless, no?
And that is just a recent example. Beck has a long history of saying some pretty unpleasant things. He also has a history of saying things that are just plain dumb.
“It would have to burn a hole through the Earth. Does that even sound reasonable? Nothing like that has even happened at the worst nuclear in history- Chernobyl. And experts verify, not going to happen, it’s impossible, it’s a movie,” he said in a rant on his show misrepresenting the China Syndrome, which is a real thing, as well as a title of a movie. Guess that Beck didn’t hear about that with all of his fact-checking.
Now, it has been brought up that Beck may just be acting. Stephen Colbert did a rather nice hit with this angle on his show, The Colbert Report. He made a comparison between his level of “seriousness” and Glenn Beck’s.
“It’s like looking into a mirror, after you’ve done a ton of Coke off of it,” he joked on his show on October 8, 2009. There are some eerie comparisons to be made between Beck and Colbert, to which Colbert is perfectly suited.
However, Beck’s sponsors didn’t believe that he was just full of it, or making jokes. In July, 2009, Color of Change, an African-American political advocacy group, organized a boycott against him. They succeeded in getting 36 major companies, including Wal-Mart and Sprint, along with companies like AT&T and Procter & Gamble, who were not advertisers on his show to begin with, but who had ended up there, to join them.
The boycott didn’t even remotely affect Beck and his ego.
“…And I will use American ingenuity and my ingenuity to pull myself up, and I will find another way to get this message out, on a platform that will be a thousand times more powerful,” he said on his show after the boycott began.
This guy has this really hyper-inflated ego that seems to never be fed enough. He does rally after rally. He even did one up here in Anchorage on 9/11. It seems that no occasion is taboo for him to use to his advantage.
Beck also had a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2010; on the same day that Martin Luther King Jr. had done his rally 47 years earlier. He made an impassioned speech about how America needed to come back to God, and why President Obama and the Democrats were the enemy.
“Something that is beyond man is happening,” he yelled out into the crowd, “America today begins to turn back to God.” Apparently, this nation’s problems are that simple to solve, because that was basically the moral of his whole speech.
However, no matter whether he is serious or not, there are times when Beck says things that are so heartless, he leaves some listeners in disbelief.
On April 11, 2011, he went on a tirade, attacking Lawrence O’Donnell for an emotional outburst that he had on his show. After all the crocodile tears that Beck has shed, he decided to go after somebody else for showing genuine emotion. Of course, O’Donnell admits that losing control of his emotions was not the most professional thing to do, but it was real.
O’Donnell had broken up on the last line of a letter from a woman who depended on Planned Parenthood for her health services, like breast examinations. It has escaped Republicans notice how Planned Parenthood does more than abortions. Abortions only count for three percent of their total business.
“Stop just a second- hookers? Who? Who depends on Planned Parenthood? I have to have- I’ve got 400 abortions that I have to have. I have to have these children aborted, I’m depending on Planned Parenthood,” Beck said on his radio show.
He continued to listen to the clip of O’Donnell losing control of his emotions, and then started laughing maniacally at this. Apparently, a woman who is expressing genuine concern for her health future is a joke to him.
So, what lies in the future for Beck? I think Keith Olbermann said it best on his web broadcast.
“But frankly, Beck had decided that Fox has been making way too much money off him that he should have been keeping for himself,” he said, and rightly so. Beck apparently believes that he will aspire to Oprah Winfrey’s game, and have his own network or something like that. Yeah, right.
An empire is dying on Fox News, and it is about time. Glenn Beck is a stain on all that is decent in America, and it’s time for him to go into the shadows, and to be forgotten by history.