Wednesday, February 02, 2011


I think it's a shame that FOX "News" has not been losing many viewers, but apparently a certain FOX pundit has.

Of course Glenn Beck has his angry supporters who basically claim he is unfairly picked on in the media, etc.

But Glenn Beck is no victim of persecution here. Facts about ratings are simply being presented.

Beck is just being pointed out more than the others in this article because his show has had the highest ratings and he is the most sensational of all these TV political pundits. If the others were as interesting as Beck, if they had as many bestselling books out as he does, and if they were actually in the public eye as much as he is? They would have received more prominent mention in the article. Beck is a bona fide celebrity; the others are all second-tier when it comes to star power.

I do not make this observation in support of Glenn Beck. Personally, I can't stand looking at him, let alone listening to him. I just fail to see how one could argue that anyone like Olbermann or Cooper is more popular than Beck (even in the media), or that Beck is a victim. If anything, add Beck's prominence to the fact that he is a fascinating personality and it is going to draw lots more attention to him than to the others. And all that extra attention he seeks and gets through his endless self-promotion is going to put him under the microscope more than it will the others.

The mainstream media may be critical of Beck. Or maybe to those who are being sensitive about it, it may seem like the mainstream media treats him unfairly. But think about it... when Glenn Beck makes a comment that may seem outlandish to most people, the media does him huge favors and lends credence to what he says simply by acknowledging what he says and prominently featuring it in the news. He often not only has FOX News working for him, but the mainstream media as well.

If we really had a "liberal media", they would just ignore Beck or we would see more things critical of him. Instead, we have a corporate media that pushes whatever "news" it thinks will sell... because they are all about their bottom line. The more sensational the news, the more it is likely to sell. Beck is a lightning rod in our political world. Because he energizes some sections of our society the way he does, you can bet he will be in the news, and what we hear about him in the news will not always be pretty.

He is not being persecuted. The things we hear and read about him are not much more than the trappings that go along with his being a celebrity.


Blogger MRMacrum said...

Personally I would love to persecute him.........slowly. Since I don't have it in me or the opportunity, I just ignore him.

BTW - the word verification for this comment was "nechous". Something told me to look it up. There was no definition for it as spelled, but "necho" in Romanian means lame or beaten. Seemed appropriate given the highlighted personality you wrote about.

4:08 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

That is excellent, MRM! Nechous is a word I will have to remember! 8-)

I do find it interesting that America does seem to be tuning out some of this stuff I refer to as junk politics, and as I was pointing out, while Beck was discussed more prominently, it appears those who would try to match him in celebrity status are losing some of their audiences as well.

I hope this trend can last.

My word verification for this comment is "washeen", possibly as in "America is washeen its hands of the likes of Beck". 8-)

Blogger wouldn't let me type that one in, and gave me a second one: "Allib". That one isn't too bad, either. 8-)

6:31 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

I never listen to any of those rightwing shouting heads. But they make excellent raw material for comedians. I've heard snippets from Beck and Limbaugh on the Daily Show and the Colbert Report. They're great fun to ridicule.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

But... if we ridicule them... we are persecuting them!! LOL

4:13 PM  

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