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The Final Days of the Glenn Beck Phenomenon?
Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2011 | Rachel Alexander

Posted on 03/30/2011 6:40:37 AM PDT by Kaslin

The mainstream media has been reporting with glee that Glenn Beck may be leaving his Fox News show for a web-only show or his own cable station. Beck’s detractors are hoping he is imploding and this is the end of his superstardom in politics. There have been signs of friction between Beck and Fox News, and the network will not confirm whether his contract will be renewed in December.

The left is terrified of Beck. He has become one of the biggest leaders in the conservative movement. His enemies have responded by trying to force him out of his Fox News show. The far left group Color of Change organized a boycott of the show in 2009 after Beck called Obama a racist. The group claims that 300 advertisers have left, including Wal-Mart, Geico and Sprint. Liberal rabbis took out a full page ad in the Washington Post earlier this year asking Fox News to sanction Beck over critical statements he had made about them. Some Christian conservatives have kept quiet instead of defending him because of his Mormon faith. His theological differences with mainstream Christians occasionally surface on his television show.

The Glenn Beck Show has become one of the top cable news shows in just a few years. Unlike other prominent conservative talk show hosts, Beck educates his audience about our country’s history and philosophical foundations. He has figured out how to do so in a way that appeals to even our younger generations with their shorter attention spans. He wisely puts on many shows discussing Tea Party concerns that have become front and center over the past couple of years; hammering on the dangers of our expanding debt and deficits that risk economic doom if something does not change. He frequently lays into far left activists and exposes their seedy connections, unafraid to connect the dots when it comes to real conspiracies. His honest, folksy style of speaking with its sense of urgency, accompanied by unusual camera angles, invitingly draws viewers in. People from all walks of life easily identify with him due to his troubled past, which includes overcoming alcoholism, drug addiction and the suicide of his mother when he was only 13.

Lately, Beck’s shows have explored radical Islam, including whether Islamic prophecies coincide with Biblical endtime prophesies. Beck believes there is a possibility that the Antichrist foretold in the Bible will come from radical Islam. Considering around 80% of the U.S. population considers themselves to be Christians, and there are political overtones to Biblical end times prophesy, it makes sense for Beck to cover a topic that many of his viewers are interested in. Fox News viewers are even more likely to be Christians interested in these kinds of issues.

But Beck has become so wildly popular that every thing he says is a potential lightening rod. He has reached Sarah Palin levels of media scrutiny. There is now talk that his plain-talking style of covering controversial topics like radical Islam is hurting him and that his ratings have dropped drastically. Is there any truth to this? The big networks are down double digits, while cable networks have increased their viewers. Last year, Beck had the third most popular show on cable news, and just last week his ratings jumped up to second place, putting him ahead of Hannity and behind the number one O’Reilly Factor. And unlike O’Reilly and Hannity, Beck’s pre-evening time slot is not even a prime spot. O’Reilly has Beck on his show as a guest every Friday, no doubt realizing it helps his own ratings too.

Beck is even more successful outside of Fox News. Forbes Magazine has estimated that Beck’s web operations earn him $4 million per year, twice as much as the $2 million he earns from his Fox News show. He launched the website “The Blaze” last fall. It has more traffic than Fox News’ Fox Nation website.

Beck’s total earnings between March 2009 and March 2010 were $23 million according to Forbes. His radio show is carried by more than 350 stations, and he is the third-most-popular political radio talk show host after Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. He regularly goes on live comedy tours around the nation. He has his own magazine, Fusion. He’s authored six New York Times bestsellers.

He launched the popular 9-12 Project in 2009 and quickly became one of the biggest faces of the Tea Party movement. Over 500,000 attended his “Restoring Honor” rally last August in Washington, D.C., dubbed “Beckapalooza” due to its draw. Unlike most conservative rallies, it wasn’t put on by a conglomerate organization, this was a rally where people came because Beck was the theme. Prominent groups like the National Rifle Association, Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks and Tea Party Patriots supported the rally. It raised $5.5 million, which went to the veterans’ charity Special Operations Warrior Foundation after costs.

Critics of Beck reveal their desperation at finding a real flaw in him by trying to have it both ways in their attacks on him. They do not like the way he has been able to present the historical and philosophical background underlying political issues in an appealing way that doesn’t bore the average person. But at the same time, they attack his intelligence. They claim he has sold out and gone mainstream. Beck’s website The Blaze criticized investigative filmmaker James O’Keefe for selectively releasing portions of incriminating videotapes of figures on the left. Beck hired former Huffington Post CEO Betsy Morgan to run The Blaze. Yet on the other hand, critics claim he is part of the fringe right for attacking radical Islam, discussing Biblical end times prophecy, and calling Obama a racist.

The efforts to ruin Beck will not be successful. The boycott isn’t hurting Fox News. Those advertisers affected have simply moved to other shows on the network. The controversies Beck has brought while at Fox News are just enough to help the network, not hinder it. Beck is covering mildly controversial issues, he is not behaving like Charlie Sheen or David Duke. The fact he is Mormon means he is not the perfect conservative talk show host for most of Fox News’ base, but he is the only one on the network willing to cover subjects that desperately need to be aired on a popular network. Beck is charismatic, tireless and always coming up with creative new ideas that reflect the times. If Beck and Fox News cannot agree on renewing his contract, Beck will have no problem expanding his empire and drawing viewers elsewhere.


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1 posted on 03/30/2011 6:40:39 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Good analysis of Glenn Beck.


2 posted on 03/30/2011 6:44:53 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Kaslin

“Beck hired former Huffington Post CEO Betsy Morgan to run The Blaze”

I did not know that. Unless she has had a change of heart about the marxist messiah in the White house and socialism in general, I do not understand this hire.


3 posted on 03/30/2011 6:45:22 AM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: Kaslin

While Beck is clearly very popular, I question whether he is making any money for Fox. The sponsor boycott program that was successfully launched some time ago has left Fox with a bunch of guys selling gold as their only sponsors for Beck’s time slot. If Beck leaves that will be at least one of the key reasons for his departure.


4 posted on 03/30/2011 6:54:26 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: Kaslin

I don’t watch Beck as his program is not on my schedule and I only occasionally catch him on TV or Sirius.

But the guy is everywhere and apart from his quivering lip crap, I really like his programs.

The detractors are complete blithering idiots if they think his star is falling.

I mean how can a guy draw some 500,000 people to D.C. on a Hot, Balmy August day and suddenly find himself in free fall?

He isn’t in free fall and a whispering campaign isn’t going to bring it about.


5 posted on 03/30/2011 6:55:23 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: dynachrome

Could it be because he is working on “one heart at a time”.
It has been working for the pro life movement.


6 posted on 03/30/2011 6:55:43 AM PDT by thirst4truth (The left elected a mouth that is unattached to an eye, brain or muscle.)
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To: dynachrome

I recall when The Blaze first launched, Glenn said that he hired a lot of people who were not conservatives, because he felt they would scrutinize the stories being published.


7 posted on 03/30/2011 6:56:10 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: dynachrome

Ex-Huffpo CEO Betsy Morgan on What Drew Her to Glenn Beck:

http://blogs.forbes.com/jeffbercovici/2011/01/06/ex-huffpo-ceo-betsy-morgan-on-what-drew-her-to-glenn-beck/


8 posted on 03/30/2011 6:59:41 AM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: dynachrome

Ex-Huffpo CEO Betsy Morgan on What Drew Her to Glenn Beck:

http://blogs.forbes.com/jeffbercovici/2011/01/06/ex-huffpo-ceo-betsy-morgan-on-what-drew-her-to-glenn-beck/


9 posted on 03/30/2011 6:59:41 AM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: dynachrome

Ex-Huffpo CEO Betsy Morgan on What Drew Her to Glenn Beck:

http://blogs.forbes.com/jeffbercovici/2011/01/06/ex-huffpo-ceo-betsy-morgan-on-what-drew-her-to-glenn-beck/


10 posted on 03/30/2011 6:59:41 AM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: Kaslin
I listened to Beck early on radio before he was on TV and before his buddy Pat.

He was funny as hell, preachy but not over bearing.

I can only take a few minutes of beck, too much gloom and doom.

He raises some good points, and mostly I agree with his views, but my brain needs a little lightness not "the end is near".

My 401k is now a 101K, I eat smaller portions of dog food, and I know that 2012 is the end of the world {according to someone, I'm sure}, but I still want to laugh and enjoy life.

Beck to me is like a fine Scotch, with just a little, it's great, anymore makes my head spin.

11 posted on 03/30/2011 6:59:58 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: InterceptPoint

Yeah, gold has been a losing investment for advertisers for some time now. Those companies aren’t making money hand over fist.

/s


12 posted on 03/30/2011 7:01:26 AM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: Kaslin

Look Roger Ailes personally asked Glenn to come over to Fox News from CNN HLN. If Roger Ailes or Rupert Murdock don’t like the product that Glenn is putting out then they can FIRE him. Don’t see it happening.


13 posted on 03/30/2011 7:01:59 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: dynachrome
I did not know that. Unless she has had a change of heart about the marxist messiah in the White house and socialism in general, I do not understand this hire.

She maybe a somewhat of a "void" and just gets the business angle and i.e his desire to create a brand much like Turner and Oprah did..

Funny thing is even the most liberal seem to have an espistomolical conversion as they work for him and the truth hits them in the head like a frying pan...

14 posted on 03/30/2011 7:02:18 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Kaslin
I turn the TV on once per day and that is only to watch Glenn Beck.

We must support Glenn at every opportunity...every one of our common enemies are 'gunning' for him.

15 posted on 03/30/2011 7:04:25 AM PDT by blam
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To: Kaslin

Glen Beck ia always right on. The liars hate him.


16 posted on 03/30/2011 7:07:07 AM PDT by Armaggedon
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To: Kaslin

audiences for ALL politically themed programming...cable news, radio talk shows, etc.....tends to fall-off after the end of an election cycle. MSM is hoping we’ll all buy into the spin that this is not a normal cyclical phenomenon.


17 posted on 03/30/2011 7:07:24 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: InterceptPoint

If he wouldn’t, I am sure he would be off by now


18 posted on 03/30/2011 7:12:01 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: blam
...every one of our common enemies are 'gunning' for him.

As we say in the South, "hit dog hollers". The fact that they are "gunning" for him shows he's getting to them.....

19 posted on 03/30/2011 7:13:55 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (The theft being perpetrated by Congress and the Fed makes Bernie Maddoff look like a pickpocket.)
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To: Armaggedon

They hate him and they also hate Sarah Palin


20 posted on 03/30/2011 7:16:52 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Let them spin until they get dizzy


21 posted on 03/30/2011 7:18:28 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
Beck is "must watch TV". I DVR his show every day. In the last 20 shows, there were only a couple of duds. Where else can you get what he puts out? I'm a little disappointed he talks bad about "birthers" but who doesn't? His "Bible" moments pretty much match my beliefs, so I'm giving him a pass on his Mormon background. I think he must have a staff member warn him when he wants to talk of having our own planets or wearing Holy underwear. Just like most religions, we can agree on many things and keep quiet about the others.

I especially like his teaching on American history. You can't even get this stuff in public school anymore. This comes straight out of the homeschool movement. When he had David Barton on, I knew we would get some good stuff. As far as I'm concerned, Barton is the premier scholar on American history. His collection of original founder documents is phenomenal.

Being scrutinized as much as he is by as many people that hate him, I wonder how long any of us would be able to withstand the scrutiny? He has done well for himself, Fox, and the nation, as far as I'm concerned. I'm sure someday he will have some sort of "messup" with the American people, but I like to look at the total effect he has had. If he repents and is humble about his mistakes, good enough for me. If his fame and fortune changes him into a conceited hack, then he will fall as all others have in the past.

22 posted on 03/30/2011 7:19:06 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: blam

Absolutely and Amen to your post.


23 posted on 03/30/2011 7:19:10 AM PDT by rep-always
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To: Kaslin

Beck and Palin..doing what the lilly livered spineless RINO’s refuse to do. Fighting for the Republic.


24 posted on 03/30/2011 7:28:12 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Kaslin
I hope he stays and is moved to a better hour. Although some of his theatrics are a bit much, it is the most informative show I have ever seen on TV. There have been a few times when I doubted his accuracy but upon my own research learned he was right on. To remove this messenger and his message would be a travesty against the Nation. IMO
25 posted on 03/30/2011 7:29:54 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Kaslin

Glenn Beck “ben bery bery good to me!”


26 posted on 03/30/2011 7:30:10 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: snowrip
Yeah, gold has been a losing investment for advertisers for some time now. Those companies aren’t making money hand over fist.

Yes the Gold guys are making money but I don' think they are sending much of it to Fox. Watch the ads on O'Reilly or Hannity and you will see the difference. Those are the big money ads and they pay per minute. The companies advertising gold only pay per phone call received from their Fox ads.

27 posted on 03/30/2011 7:30:45 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: All
This is why Beck moving is internet only will fail:


28 posted on 03/30/2011 7:33:09 AM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: Kaslin
Thanks for posting this Kaslin - once again, another great find!

I watch, I learn, and I better understand: how to prepare, scrutinize, and help others. IMHO, if Beck had made the another choice that day(s) when faced with continuing to drink or not... America would be a very different place. I often wish I could personally thank him for this very thing.

29 posted on 03/30/2011 7:33:43 AM PDT by NordP (COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVES - Love of Country, Less Govt, Stop Spending, No Govt Run Health Care!!!)
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To: Don Corleone

what if Glenn’s planning to run for POTUS, or VPOTUS w/Sarah? wooooweeeee. heads would explode across the fruited plane.


30 posted on 03/30/2011 7:35:00 AM PDT by stickywillie
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To: Kaslin
but he is the only one on the network willing to cover subjects that desperately need to be aired on a popular network.
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......every subject except one of the **most** important of all: Do we have a usurper occupying the White House?

I will never fully trust him after he insulted the birthers.

31 posted on 03/30/2011 7:39:37 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Kaslin
His radio show is carried by more than 350 stations, and he is the third-most-popular political radio talk show host after Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

Why is Hannity popular? He's an idiot.

32 posted on 03/30/2011 7:39:41 AM PDT by montyspython
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To: Kaslin

FNC would be crazy to shelve Glenn Beck. Yes, Beck’s ratings may be down, but remember, Mr. Beck generated tremendous interest last year, an election year, I might remind you!!! And...he will jump to the top of the heap, once the 2012 election activity begins to perk. Fox News has other developing problems, Shepard Smith & Bill O’Reilly have both jumped the shark and moved fully over to the dark side. O’Reilly cannot put two & two together, he is so drunk with Obama adoration!!! Last night, I watched Charles Krauthammer take BOR on a “kindergarden” course on Syria/Libya, etc. Stupid BOR asks, why is Obama not taking action on Syria, but on Libya. Fool, Obama is one of the enemy. Wake up!!! FNC, keep Beck and dump Smith & O”Reilly or soon you will become MSNBC!!!


33 posted on 03/30/2011 7:46:52 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX (America Adrift At Sea Without A Captain!!!)
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To: Kaslin

“Unlike other prominent conservative talk show hosts, Beck educates his audience about our country’s history and philosophical foundations.”

Eh? Most of them do. This is not to detract from Beck, but the majority of talk show hosts establish the philosophical and historical premises of our nation and its principles. Sometimes the exact take may be debatable, but fact is that they do refer to these bases.


34 posted on 03/30/2011 7:47:06 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans - Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: montyspython

Why is Hannity popular? He’s an idiot.

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Many take him at face value, and he is intellectually accessible at all times. Another important distinction is that he is typically optimistic and confident that things will get better soon, which lends weight to your second comment. Some people need the reassurances though.


35 posted on 03/30/2011 7:51:55 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans - Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: Kaslin
All you have to do is google ‘cable news ratings’ to see his ‘star’ is not falling as much as the competitors would like it to.
36 posted on 03/30/2011 7:52:05 AM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: Kaslin

Hiring a leftist to run “The Blaze” is a serious error in judgement. Would you hire someone who hates you as a bodyguard? She will stab him in the back at the first opportunity.


37 posted on 03/30/2011 7:53:40 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: Kaslin

Just imagine for a minute what our knowledge would be if Glenn Beck was not doing what he is doing.

He is a patriot and thank God for Glenn Beck.


38 posted on 03/30/2011 7:54:10 AM PDT by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: Kaslin

If Beck quit crying and turned his investigative powers toward Mormonism Inc, I would be a full-on Beck fan. Until then, I hedge my support.


39 posted on 03/30/2011 7:54:10 AM PDT by blasater1960 (Deut 30, Psalm 111...the Torah and the Law, is attainable past, present and forever.)
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To: montyspython
"Why is Hannity popular? He's an idiot."

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There are a lot of surface level thinkers out there. Hannity is stupid and helps Obama by just repeating the same 20 phrases over and over.
40 posted on 03/30/2011 7:57:04 AM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: blam
We must support Glenn at every opportunity...every one of our common enemies are 'gunning' for him.

Amen, brother. You and me both. I like the enemies he attracts. All the right people. Beck is a phenomenon the likes of which are rarely seen. He is a man for his time. I stand squarely and unapologetically in Glenn's corner and support the principles he so creatively illuminates.

41 posted on 03/30/2011 8:00:04 AM PDT by Prince Caspian
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To: stickywillie

VPOTUS might be a good place for him. He knows his history, and can fill the classic VP role of being the President’s attack dog in dealing with the “other” party (i.e. Progressives, Liberals, Socialists, and RINOs).


42 posted on 03/30/2011 8:02:01 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15.)
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To: Kaslin

Even my kids like watching GB with me. They ask many good questions during his show. Stuff they otherwise would not even think of. I hope they keep him on.


43 posted on 03/30/2011 8:04:22 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: LS

I kind of miss the Glenn Beck radio show circa 2002, when he was telling us to wrap our heads in duct tape. Then there were the radio jingles like “Glenn Beck Hatemail”, “Just Another Isolated Incident”, “Arguments Against Idiots” (last year’s wailing chorus “The Bees Know” was pretty good), those two lovable terrorists “Kandahar and Jalalabad”, his frequent use of “the G-d voice” (does a great Soros, too).

There used to be a lot more of what El Rushbo calls lighthearted stuff. Now Glenn has gone messianic as the Cassandra of radio. His radio colloquies with his sidekicks are funny enough, but it’s not Glenn when he was flying solo with his liberal sock-puppet voice (”Well, that’s because you’re just a fattie fat fatso, Glenn”.

Oh well.


44 posted on 03/30/2011 8:06:42 AM PDT by elcid1970 (Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca. Death to Islam.)
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To: InterceptPoint
While Beck is clearly very popular, I question whether he is making any money for Fox. The sponsor boycott program that was successfully launched some time ago has left Fox with a bunch of guys selling gold as their only sponsors for Beck’s time slot.

My understanding is that TV advertising is priced based on viewership. That's why so much attention is paid to ratings.

If you have a big audience ads on your show should bring in lots of money.

45 posted on 03/30/2011 8:07:26 AM PDT by freespirited (Truth is the new hate speech. -- Pamela Geller)
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To: Kaslin

bttt


46 posted on 03/30/2011 8:10:01 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: elcid1970

I agree he has gotten much more serious, and darker. Also-—and not just because I haven’t been on in a while-—he seems to have steered away from his regular history shows which I thought were quite popular.


47 posted on 03/30/2011 8:10:33 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Kaslin

Remember a few months ago when one of SOROS’ sycopants met BECK and told him he was cutting into SOROS’ profits and told to back off?

BECK was then given a copy of the movie A FACE IN THE CROWD with Andy Griffith, as a warning.

BECK said how the movie ends with Andy on a balcony. We don’t know if he jumps or not.

Beck then said, “I’m NOT jumping”!


48 posted on 03/30/2011 8:12:40 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Visit the TOMMY FRANKS MILITARY MUSEUM in HOBART, OK. I did, well worth it!)
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To: elcid1970

Another GB jingle which I left out was the “martini music” bossa nova which Glenn would cue up whenever a seductive female voice came on the line (Oooooo...Glenn....I just love your showwwww...!)

It’s from a Laurindo Almeida album ca. 1967, BTW.


49 posted on 03/30/2011 8:13:34 AM PDT by elcid1970 (Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca. Death to Islam.)
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To: elcid1970

Another GB jingle which I left out was the “martini music” bossa nova which Glenn would cue up whenever a seductive female voice came on the line (Oooooo...Glenn....I just love your showwwww...!)

It’s from a Laurindo Almeida album ca. 1967, BTW.


50 posted on 03/30/2011 8:23:22 AM PDT by elcid1970 (Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca. Death to Islam.)
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