Friday, April 8, 2011

Auf Wiedersehen Glenn Beck, Hello Merv Griffin

Glenn Beck has given Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, many other comedians and pundits, and myself lots of great material with his paranoid rantings and ravings.  Stewart & Colbert mostly dismiss him as silly.  This funny clip from last night's Daily show was cut in threes to maximize ad revenue, those commies.  I and the folks at Media Matters see him as inspiring something more sinister.  (See my posts on Bullying, Beck inspired shootings, and Sanity linked below).

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Glenn Beck Announces His Departure
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Now that Beck's show is ending before the world does.  Is he really going away?  He says he will still work for Fox News producing news shows much like Merv Griffin making a fortune producing TV shows like Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune after his talk show ended.  He then went into the casino business and took on Donald Trump for supremacy in Atlantic City.

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Glenn Beck Was Sent by Jesus
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True Beck's show was costing Fox news a lot of money in advertising revenue but that is only a small part of his usefulness.  He attracted a loyal following which is channeled into other things besides television.  His Restoring Honor rally which Stewart & Colbert later parodied attracted thousands in Washington on the 47th anniversary of the March on Washington.  His main usefulness is promoting the ignorance in the masses which distract them from their real problems (Never mind if a few like Richard Poplawski or Byron Williams take the message a little too far).  This keeps his wealthy backers in power and happy to return the favor.

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Beck will now find other ways to disseminate his message than using his 5PM talk show and morning radio show.  He will find some Vanna Whites and Pat Sajaks with less checkered pasts to deliver the message in a friendlier way.  Then the cottage industry (this blog included) that is geared towards Beck and others at Fox News will have to adapt to counter its effects.



**Update**

Glenn Beck is building a TV studio in Texas in addition to doing his rally in Jerusalem.  He may be lucky to leave Fox News when he did as Rupert Murdoch's media empire is now plagued with a cell phone hacking scandal in Great Britain which may spread overseas.


It’s official: Glenn Beck is Texas-bound











Glenn Beck strikes $100 million radio and online deal


See I told you so.

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What is Sanity? 

 

Bullying & Society 

 

Glenn Beck Is Going To Hold A Rally In Israel This Summer Called 'Restoring Courage'