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Sarah Palin Pens Time Magazine Top 100 Reach Around for Glenn Beck While His Viewer Numbers Plummet

Reported by Alex - April 29, 2010 -

Quitter Queen Sarah Palin has written a paean to her Fox News colleague, Glenn Beck, in Time Magazine's list of the "world's 100 most influential people" for 2010. Palin, who also made the top 100, praises Beck's ratings, but the latest Neilsen figures show that Beck's numbers have declined steadily and steeply since the beginning of the year.

In her love letter to Beck (buckets at the ready, folks) Palin squeals:

Who’d have thought a history buff with a quirky sense of humor and a chalkboard could make for such riveting television? Glenn’s like the high school government teacher so many wish they'd had, charting and connecting ideas with chalk-dusted fingers — kicking it old school — instead of becoming just another talking-heads show host.

Glenn, 46, tackles topics other news shows would regard as arcane. Consider his desire to teach Americans about the history of the progressive movement: he's doing to progressive what Ronald Reagan did to liberal — explaining that it's a damaged brand.

His love of the Founding Fathers inspires others to learn and respect our nation's history. Best of all, Glenn delights in driving the self-proclaimed powers-that-be crazy.

Even his critics (whom he annihilates in ratings) have to admire his amazing ability to galvanize everyday Americans to better themselves and peacefully engage their government. Though he sometimes dismisses himself as an aw-shucks guy or just a ‘rodeo clown,’ he's really an inspiring patriot who was once at the bottom but now makes a much needed difference from the very, very top.

Whooooaaaa Nelly, back up! Did she say Beck annhialates the competition in the ratings? Well, according to this article from News Corpse, the latest quarterly Neilsen ratings indicate that Beck has lost a third of his audience since the beginning of the year:
The ratings this quarter suggest that the hold that Fox has had on its audience is weakening.
As evidence of Fox’s diminishing influence, take a look at their biggest star, Glenn Beck. He has lost fully one third of his audience since the beginning of the year. Apparently people are tiring of his redundant, hyperbolic screeds pronouncing that half of the Obama administration are communists and the other half are Satanists. He may also have lost viewers when he called the President a racist and when he insulted Christians by warning them to flee their church if it practiced social justice.

Beck has other problems as well. He has undoubtedly been hurt by an advertiser boycott that has seen a couple of hundred advertisers swear off his program. In the UK he is airing with no advertisers at all. In this environment, how long can Fox News justify keeping him on the schedule? They waved off the ad boycott by bragging about his ratings. With neither ads nor viewers, the only thing they have left is an unpopular clown act that is descending further into televangelism with every episode.

Okay, we probably have to take Neilsen ratings with a grain of salt, and our regular readers know that this blog is about unspinning Fox News spin and not about ratings, but since Fox News and its defenders love to parade them at every opportunity, well, sauce-goose-gander and all that.

Here's a nice chart courtesy of Media Matters showing Beck's average daily viewership, based on the Neilsen numbers, over the last five weeks:


Back to the Time article, Sarah sez about Beck, "...he's really an inspiring patriot who was once at the bottom but now makes a much needed difference from the very, very top." Oh, does that mean that Beck gets to give Sarah a Time Mag reach-around too? Nope. Ted Nugent does. That's not a reach-around, that's a retch-around. Pass the bucket.

Oh please, oh pleeeeeease...