End Of An Era of the Day: After much prognostication on the part of the media, the Glenn Beck-backed website The Blaze is officially confirming reports that the Fox News persona will be “transitioning off” his daily show to focus on developing and producing “a variety of television projects for air on the Fox News Channel as well as content for other platforms including Fox News’ digital properties.”
“Glenn Beck is a powerful communicator, a creative entrepreneur and a true success by anybody’s standards,” said Fox News CEO Roger Ailes in a prepared statement. “I look forward to continuing to work with him.”
Despite the release’s insistence that Beck’s show is “consistently the third highest rated program on cable news,” Business Insider reported in January that Glenn Beck has seen a significant slide in ratings, losing 1.8 million viewers — 39% of its total audience — since last year.
Glenn Beck Venn Diagram
Of course it’s all connected. The media won’t tell you the truth. Only Glenn Beck will.
The man has finally blown a gasket. His pattern-recognition machine is spewing smoke and shards of metal.
In Beck’s bizarro world, the Ayatollah Khomeini and Abbie Hoffman are like the Ponch and John of anti-Americanism. All that rolling around naked in the mud at Woodstock was really a harbinger of Western women one day being forced to wear burqas. The Fugs have reunited, and they’re learning to chant the muezzin. [See political cartoons on the Tea Party.]
Beck is a college sophomore with a big budget. He knows just enough history to be dangerous rather than simply ignorant. His self-important lament about having made enemies on the left and right is a textbook martyr complex.
Frances Fox Piven is a distinguished professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
At 78, she has taught several generations of students about how and why poor people don’t get a fair shake in the United States and how to increase their organizational power and encourage voter registration.
Such scholarship, evidently, is too much for Glenn Beck, who several months ago started to wage a nasty campaign against her.
He’s falsely accused her of being “an enemy of the Constitution” and an advocate of “violent revolution” and has listed her as one of the nine most dangerous people in the world.
Since he started to air these attacks, Piven has begun receiving death threats.
“I got e-mails that said, ‘Die You Cunt,’ and ‘May cancer find you soon,’ ” she tells The Progressive. “And people are posting my address on the Internet with their messages that are really crude and ugly and violent.”
According to the Center for Constitutional Rights, several death threats against her have been posted on Beck’s website.
Here are a few:
“Be very careful what you ask for honey…A few well placed marksmen with high powered rifles…”
“Maybe they should burst through the front door of the arrogant elitist and slit the cow’s throat.”
“Somebody tell Frances I have 5,000 rounds ready.”
“We should blow up Piven’s office and home.”
“Let’s go string her up.”
“Snap her little chicken neck. This pinko filth needs a long dirt nap.”
“Just because you in Washington and you who are so out of touch with life in the media, just because you don’t believe in anything doesn’t mean nobody else does. We do. You know why you’re confused by this show? It’s because I believe in something. You don’t. Tea parties believe in small government. We believe in returning to the principles of our Founding Fathers. We respect them. We revere them. Shoot me in the head before I stop talking about the Founders. Shoot me in the head if you try to change our government. I will stand against you and so will millions of others. We believe in something. You in the media and most in Washington don’t. The radicals that you and Washington have co-opted and brought in wearing sheep’s clothing — change the pose. You will get the ends. You’ve been using them? They believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You’re going to have to shoot them in the head. But warning, they may shoot you. They are dangerous because they believe. Karl Marx is their George Washington. You will never change their mind. And if they feel you have lied to them — they’re revolutionaries. Nancy Pelosi, those are the people you should be worried about. Here is my advice when you’re dealing with people who believe in something that strongly — you take them seriously. You listen to their words and you believe that they will follow up with what they say.”
— Glenn Beck
Hurray for Philly!!!
Megyn Kelly had a belated gift for Media Matters yesterday.
During a segment with former Clinton adviser and Equality Matters President Richard Socarides about Rep. Steve Cohen’s idiotic moment on the House floor the other day when he compared the GOP rhetoric on the healthcare debate to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. When in doubt, invoke the Nazis!
Socarides, meanwhile, pointed out that Cohen was not alone [video below].
Said Socarides: “Every night on the very network that we’re on right now, the leading commentators on this network use this very language,” he said.
Responded Kelly: “That’s just not true, Richard, I don’t if you sit and watch our programming every night, but I watch it every day and you’re wrong.”
Glenn Beck, 20 August 2010. (via reallyfoxnews)
What. I just…what. This is why they won’t release “Creation” in the US. People don’t understand Darwin, natural selection, or evolution and Glen Beck just proved that.