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Glenn Beck vs. Everybody

Reported by Aunty Em - February 9, 2011 -

The calls for Glenn Beck’s head—figuratively speaking, of course—are growing louder and stronger by the day, as his craziness over his New World Order Caliphate Conspiracies seem to grow louder and stronger each day. A petition signed by 10,000 people was ignored by Fox “News,” as was a full-page open letter signed by 400 rabbis to Roger Murdoch that was published in News Corps’ own Wall Street Journal. As Ellen wrote earlier this week, even name Conservatives like Bill Kristol and Rich Lowry want off the crazy train. Until now Fox “News” has seemed unconcerned that Glenn Beck [is] Poisoning Fox News' Golden Goose. Yet Fox “News” keeps defending their champion conspiracy freak even as his numbers continue to tank year to year, with last month showing Beck had the biggest decline in ratings of any news show on cable. However, out of left field comes a story that might make Fox “News” sit up and take notice. Beck certainly has taken notice.

It was a small item in Time Magazine by Joe Klein. Titled “How Long, Glenn Beck, How Long?” Klein writes:

And I've heard, from more than a couple of conservative sources, that prominent Republicans have approached Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes about the potential embarrassment that the paranoid-messianic rodeo clown may bring upon their brand. The speculation is that Beck is on thin ice. His ratings are dropping, too--which, in the end, is a good part of what this is all about. But I wouldn't be surprised if we saw a mirror-Olbermann situation soon.

While it doesn’t seem that Fox “News” cares all that much about its brand—otherwise Beck would have been out of there the day he called President Obama a racist—it will be hard for the network to ignore “prominent Republicans,” due the symbiotic relationship that’s grown between the purported news source and the Republican party.

Certainly thin-skinned Beck hasn't ignored it and took to his Radio Drama Theater to attack his critics (again):

Video from Mediaite
I want you to know that’s most likely true that influential Republicans are warning everybody, that will listen, that I’m a huge liability. And, I would like to just go on the record now and, umm—I would just like to warn anyone that’s listening that—and just be on the record that—umm, I believe the Republicans, especially those influential Republicans, are, umm, a liability to Republicans.

[…]

Can I tell you something? I absolutely believe that to be true, that there are very influential Republicans that hate my guts.

[…]

Alright, so, umm, here is something I would like to explain. Umm, I would like to explain—because influential Republicans, like William Kristol, umm, who was over on MSNBC this morning, a surprise […] So, he was over on MSNBC and umm, ehh, he was talking about something and I, I thought to myself, “Wow!” He came out and, umm, said, that, umm, basically I’m a conspiracy theorist on this whole caliphate thing. And, uhh, I don’t see that.


Well, of course not. Yet Beck also spent most of Tuesday’s tee vee show trying to prove that not only isn’t he crazy, but that he’s the only one who sees what he sees, which is one dictionary definition of crazy.

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