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Glenn Beck, stronger (and richer) than ever
Politico ^ | 16 May 2012

Posted on 05/16/2012 9:54:19 AM PDT by mandaladon

The conventional wisdom: Fiery cable news host goes off the rails, loses his highly influential platform, and is forever forgotten to history.

Alas, what may be true for ex-MSNBC, ex-Current TV host Keith Olbermann is not true for ex-Fox News host Glenn Beck. Beck now earns $80 million, according to Forbes, making him the eleventh highest-paid celebrity on the Forbes Celebrity 100, putting him ahead of Tom Cruise, Donald Trump, and radio's most influential talking head, Rush Limbaugh.

"Who needs Fox News? Beck is his own network now," the editors at Forbes, who released the Celebrity 100 list today, write. "GBTV, his internet-only video channel, already has more than 300,000 subscribers, making it the biggest component of his fast-growing multimedia empire, Mercury Radio Arts. The conservative host and "rodeo clown" -- his words -- also has his own book imprint with Simon & Schuster, a news website called The Blaze, a live political comedy act and, of course, "The Glenn Beck Program," syndicated by Premiere Radio."

Beck was at number 30 on the celebrity power list last year, he now finds himself at 23. He is, despite the conventional wisdom, anything but irrelevant. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: beck
But I thought the libs said he was finnished!
1 posted on 05/16/2012 9:54:20 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Heh he.


2 posted on 05/16/2012 9:55:50 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: mandaladon

Who says crazy doesn’t sell.


3 posted on 05/16/2012 10:01:12 AM PDT by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: mandaladon

These numbers make no sense. What are all the extras for? 19 is higher rating than 23.


4 posted on 05/16/2012 10:02:44 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: mandaladon

Glad he has found his sweet spot, I do have a hard time believing his net is more than Limbaugh’s however.


5 posted on 05/16/2012 10:03:36 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: New Jersey Realist

I think it’s power, not income.


6 posted on 05/16/2012 10:04:01 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: mandaladon

And I noticed Beck got a ‘mainstream’ advertiser!


7 posted on 05/16/2012 10:06:04 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: mandaladon

I’m not a huge fan of Beck.His ideas,as far as I can determine them,are good but I have trouble following the flow of his show.Rush,Laura Ingraham and Dennis Miller are my personal favorites.Mark Levin is good too but his time slot is bad for me.Savage,too,is pretty good but I can only take him in small doses...he’s a bit too “intense” for my taste.


8 posted on 05/16/2012 10:12:26 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Julia: another casualty of the "War on Poverty")
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To: mandaladon

Beck should hire Keef to be his own Ed McMahon yuck monkey.


9 posted on 05/16/2012 10:17:44 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: New Jersey Realist
These numbers make no sense. What are all the extras for? 19 is higher rating than 23.

The numbers on the right are ranks related to forms of influence, i.e. web, broadcast, sales.

The number on the left is a composite.

Interesting list. The top are dominated by hot chicks / guys plus Oprah.

Rush is sandwiched between Simon Cowel and Tyler Perry.

10 posted on 05/16/2012 10:26:19 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Gay State Conservative

I sometimes catch Beck on the radio. He talks a lot but doesn’t say much worth listening to. Rush makes you think. Beck makes you turn off your brain.


11 posted on 05/16/2012 10:27:20 AM PDT by Kirkwood (It's not a lie. It's a composite.)
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To: mandaladon

Libs never get anything right.


12 posted on 05/16/2012 10:28:42 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: SuzyQue

It is celebrity based on various indicators. J-Lo is #1.


13 posted on 05/16/2012 10:28:58 AM PDT by Kirkwood (It's not a lie. It's a composite.)
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To: Kirkwood

“”I sometimes catch Beck on the radio. He talks a lot but doesn’t say much worth listening to””

I certainly agree. The only time I tune in to his radio show is when Boortz gets to be too much to listen to. I have NEVER listened to Beck when he wasn’t yucking it up with the guys in his studio without any conversation to draw in the audience and callers. It’s all like a private joke. Needless to say I don’t stay on the station long. The radio simply gets turned off when he and Boortz get on my nerves - Rush never does...


14 posted on 05/16/2012 10:41:38 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: mandaladon

His show on CNN attracted several million viewers a night (if you believe the information on the web), while his current show has 300K subscribers.

What am I missing here? How is he stronger? I get the richer part.


15 posted on 05/16/2012 10:47:15 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Kirkwood
Rush makes you think. Beck makes you turn off your brain.

Exactly. And as most celebrity lists would indicate, the highest paid, most successful celebrities are the ones that make you turn off your brain. That's what the average celebrity hound, who can't resist buying People Magazine or tuning in to Oprah, wants.

Rush has FAR more influence, because the folks who listen to him have some sense, and understand what he is talking about.

But what is the average IQ of a talking head? Not much. Evidently that's not what celebrity fans are looking for.

16 posted on 05/16/2012 10:54:43 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: mandaladon
I remember him, while he was still on Fox, saying that Media Matters/George Soros were going to wish he was only on Fox for one hour a day.

I understand that some for some people, he is not their "cup of tea". But, I think he is someone who has an incredible ability to connect dots; and, to look at those dots to see what direction the future is headed. I think he did that in regards to how people get there news/entertainment and, thus, GBTV was born. This is the future of how we will be choosing the way we get our news and entertainment. Separate channels that we want to watch, vs. a cable network where you end up paying for a lot of stuff that you don't watch, don't agree with, or really don't like.

17 posted on 05/16/2012 10:58:26 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: Gay State Conservative; Tex-Con-Man; Kirkwood; Thank You Rush; Cicero

It is a mistake to equate his sometimes vaudevillian and often silly antic radio show with GBTV.

GBTV is very good. I think he still offers an introductory couple of weeks free.


18 posted on 05/16/2012 11:14:56 AM PDT by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: svcw

Its 80 million a year...

Not so funny that his predictions are comming true. Fox really screwed up letting him get away. The Five is a joke. Except Kimberly’s legs...


19 posted on 05/16/2012 11:28:29 AM PDT by JohnD9207 (Santorum...the only Conservative in the race.)
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To: LibertarianLiz

You are of course correct. I gave up defending Beck on FR because all threads are just like this one. To not see that he has broken new ground, and that this is an important contribution in how we will be getting the news, is to be blinded by emotional dislike of Beck.


20 posted on 05/16/2012 11:31:21 AM PDT by jobim (.)
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To: NavVet

>>Who says crazy doesn’t sell.<<

Honestly, unless you are at least reading “The Blaze”, you’re missing out on the only person vetting Obama at the moment.


21 posted on 05/16/2012 11:31:39 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: NavVet

“Who says crazy doesn’t sell.”

America elected Obama...


22 posted on 05/16/2012 11:33:14 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: dmz

He still does his radio show.


23 posted on 05/16/2012 11:34:08 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: dmz

He couldn’t possibly have had “several million viewers” on CNN, mostly because he was on its HLN. I don’t think HLN ever broke a million.


24 posted on 05/16/2012 11:36:33 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: netmilsmom

You’re so right. The Blaze is incredible.


25 posted on 05/16/2012 11:38:03 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: jobim

You forgot the Anti-Mormon posts.

I don’t care what people think of Beck. I’d rather pay 5.00 a month for GBTV than all the crap on cable.

The man can make any concept smack you in the face.

Did you see last night? He started off talking about how the government outlawed bake sales and demonized RiceKrispie treats, munching away on all the treats spread on a table. He then moved on to another table with burgers and deep fried crab, talking about how Michelle Obama is telling us that we can’t eat any of it.

Then he dropped the bomb. On those two tables were all the things that we have pictures of Michelle consuming since she started lecturing us.

BAM! No one does it like Beck.


26 posted on 05/16/2012 11:40:37 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: mandaladon

He deserves all of the credit for starting his own webwork. It was a giant risk, but it paid off.

But he can also thank Soros, whose boycott of Beck’s Fox sponsors drove Beck to create his own network. Thanks, George!


27 posted on 05/16/2012 11:42:12 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (hViva Christo Rey!)
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To: mandaladon

Flapp Jackson in the Morning this Morning used to make more than Beck ever thought about making.

Freegards


28 posted on 05/16/2012 11:43:36 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Kirkwood

-—I sometimes catch Beck on the radio. He talks a lot but doesn’t say much worth listening to. Rush makes you think. Beck makes you turn off your brain.——

You’re right. But his webcast is completely different. It’s his his old Fox show. It’s informative and incisive. When he’s good, he’s unequaled.

My theory is that his radio show, for whatever reason, hasn’t evolved past his “morning zoo” days.

His good show is the result of a former alcoholic’s quest for the truth. It’s noble, unpredictable, informative, uneven, interesting, erratic, insightful, enlightening and entertaining. It’s also a work in progress. Being with him on his journey is half the fun.

He appears to be honestly seeking the truth, which is why I expect him to eventually return to the faith of his youth.


29 posted on 05/16/2012 11:57:15 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (hViva Christo Rey!)
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To: netmilsmom

[ I don’t care what people think of Beck. I’d rather pay 5.00 a month for GBTV than all the crap on cable.

The man can make any concept smack you in the face.

Did you see last night? He started off talking about how the government outlawed bake sales and demonized RiceKrispie treats, munching away on all the treats spread on a table. He then moved on to another table with burgers and deep fried crab, talking about how Michelle Obama is telling us that we can’t eat any of it.

Then he dropped the bomb. On those two tables were all the things that we have pictures of Michelle consuming since she started lecturing us.

BAM! No one does it like Beck. ]

That was a crowning Moment of AWESOME!


30 posted on 05/16/2012 12:17:32 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Jacquerie
You may have misunderstood my comment.

It was a Keef slam. I couldn't think of anything more humiliating than the unemployable Olbermann being reduced to sidekick laughing boy on Beck's TV show.

I am a fan of Beck. And unlike some others here, his goofy morning drive time radio jock schtick is my favorite. Wacky radio mixed with conservative politics was a winner for me. When Pat Gray was reading excerpts from Arlen Specter's book, in Specter's voice, I was gasping for breath from laughing so hard. I quit listening when he descended into reverend end times bomb shelter. I couldn't handle more than a couple of minutes, and when that dominated, I stopped tuning in.

Beck is a money making machine with an understanding of media few people have. Oprah could learn a lot from him.

31 posted on 05/16/2012 12:20:41 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Roger that.


32 posted on 05/16/2012 12:27:41 PM PDT by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: netmilsmom

I used to be a big Beck fan. He did some great work outing some of Obama’s many crazies. But his treatment of Palin, crying on the air, non-vetting of Romney. I just think he jumped the shark. I’ll stick to Rush and Levin.


33 posted on 05/17/2012 4:37:40 AM PDT by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: NavVet

Your loss.

At least read “The Blaze” cause Beck either “took the ball” or was “given the ball” that Andrew Breitbart was working on when he died.

He is vetting Obama. Like for real (commie ties, Muslim Brotherhood in the administration etc. etc.) and everyone else is following HIS lead.

In fact honestly, I’m amazed at how uninformed FReepers are on the subject then I remember, Beck is not well liked here.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/watch-becks-entire-obama-expose-free-of-charge/


34 posted on 05/17/2012 4:46:50 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: Deb

Of course you are correct. For reasons inexplicable, I put CNN in the text instead of Fox.

My bad.


35 posted on 05/17/2012 6:08:53 AM PDT by dmz
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To: NavVet

non-vetting of Romney
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With respect you are completely wrong. He supported Santorum. He vetted Romney, had huge problems with Mitt not being able to go head to head with Obama because of his Massacgusetts health care, He also discussed his problem with prochoice, now prodeath Romney, creamed him for allowing Massachusetts healthcare money to go to Planned Murderhood. Sometimes people here (not you I hope) think he was for Romney because of the Mormon thing. Nothing could be further from the truth. Again with respect.


36 posted on 05/17/2012 10:17:43 PM PDT by JohnD9207 (Santorum...the only Conservative in the race.)
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To: mandaladon
Beck is a shameless self promoter...books every other month, his "shows" and his GBTV.....it does get tiresome...

but I'm glad we have some conservatives to do well in the media...

37 posted on 05/17/2012 10:27:52 PM PDT by cherry
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