Beck and Fox News Start Fighting

When Fox News didn’t renew Glenn Beck’s contract and let him take his show to the internet, you knew it was just a matter of time before they started taking shots at one another. Glenn Beck has lobbed the first grenade, claiming that Fox News told him to stop his bizarre conspiracy-mongering about George Soros.

Moyers had said Soros has “been the victim, of course, of Glenn Beck and the right-wing, the Fox News assassins.”

In response to Moyers’ comment, Beck explained that his own former network tried to get him to clam up about his constant reporting on what he felt was Soros’ fiendish agenda to harm the American way of life.

“Here’s the real reason why George Soros is worried about little old me and the assassins, because I know the truth about him,” said Beck.

“Everyone – including the assassins [at Fox News] – told me, ‘You wanna shut up about George Soros?’

“No. No I don’t. Nope. Doesn’t make my life easier. Doesn’t make me more popular. Doesn’t do anything, except I am allowed to end my days saying I told the truth. I did what somebody should have done and tell the truth. The truth has no agenda. The truth will set you free. The truth needs to be held like a sword and a shield. He should be worried. He should be worried because I’m going to continue to expose him when he finds out the role he plays in our next little book coming out this spring. He’ll be up all night on the phone with Bill Moyers crying himself to sleep.”

I love how Glenn Beck always portrays himself as the brave truth teller standing firm in the face of persecution. It would be a lot easier to take seriously if he wasn’t so thoroughly thwacked. This man wouldn’t know truth if it crawled up his pantleg, perched on his ass and yodeled the Ave Maria. When you’re too crazy for Fox News, you’ve got a serious problem.

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  • lofgren

    Even Fox news is in on it!

  • Chiroptera

    Well, there’s always World Nut Daily to fall back on.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed writes:

    Glenn Beck has lobbed the first grenade, claiming that Fox News told him to stop his bizarre conspiracy-mongering about George Soros.

    I’m surprised Fox criticized Mr. Beck in this regard. While I don’t monitor Fox News anymore like I did in the early-2000s through 2008, their top talent relentlessly went after George Soros; as if he were the sole individual contributing to any political cause. Bill O’Reilly was especially obsessed with Soros and his associations; he demonstrated no hesitancy in continually misrepresenting Mr. Soros and the organizations and causes he supported.

    Even if Beck’s rants were zanier than Fox’s other talent, the fact is O’Reilly has far more viewers, has been on the air far longer than Beck, and therefore has effectively slandered Mr. Soros far more relentlessly than Mr. Beck could ever hope to accomplish. Which is why it’s kinda of odd and certainly ironic that Fox News’ management picks this as one of their nits given the plethora of absurd claims Beck makes, they go after him for the one issue where Beck shows himself to be a loyal corporate drone.

  • ewanmacdonald

    Michael Heath:

    Beyond Beck’s own word, I don’t think there’s any evidence that Fox really did ask him to “shut up” about Soros. This leads me to think that Beck’s making it up to hype up his book.

  • plutosdad

    If it’s not Soros it’s the Koch Brothers, all with their fingers into everything, super geniuses with immense armies of conspirators. If any of them donate to anything, no matter how many other donors there are, then they secretly control it all. Whether it’s MoveOn.Org or PBS’s NOVA.

    I don’t know if I should laugh or be sad

  • michaelcrichton

    Reminds me of the old joke where the paranoid is told by an increasingly more trustworthy series of people that he is wrong about some conspiracy or other, and it ends with God himself confirming it. He then replies to God “They got to you too!?!”

  • kermit.

    plutosdad –

    Of course, the Koch brothers have strong financial motivations to fund disinformation about global warming, if that’s what you’re thinking of. The Koch brothers are also a fine surrogate to represent a group of people – the CEOs of coal, oil, natural gas companies, and the like. Shorthand, if you will. I don’t think that Beck uses references to Soros as shorthand.

    There is little to distinguish Soros from other millionaires who donate to liberal causes. And I’ll admit there is little to distinguish the Koch brothers from other billionaires whose fortunes depend on the sale of fossil fuels.

  • hkdharmon

    This man wouldn’t know truth if it crawled up his pantleg, perched on his ass and yodeled the Ave Maria.

    I think I would pay to see that.

  • Ichthyic

    I’m surprised Fox criticized Mr. Beck in this regard.

    Other than the obvious, which was mentioned by ewanmacdonald, I wonder if after 8 yeas of slander, whether Soros finally tired of Fox and threatened some lawsuits?

  • exdrone

    Glenn Beck and the Fox News Assassins – Weren’t they a 1960s Brit R&R group?

  • Ichthyic


    sounds more punk-ish to me.

  • scifi1


    I think you’re right…

    I remember them getting to number 102 in the charts – for 30 minutes- in 1978 with “I Fuckin’ Hate Everybody (‘Cept Gawd)”.

    The lead singer wasn’t happy they didn’t chart higher blaming the rest of the band for their lack of commitment to ‘Christo-Punk’ and lambasting the record label for failing to support them, despite FoxyVinyl’s investment of over $500,000 in promos, videos and live gigs.

    He went solo with little success except amongst the inmates of southern state mental asylums where he maintained a cult following before disappearing up his own ass at a live gig in a bar in Farkknuckle, Kansas.

    Such a talent gone to waste.

    When asked for a quote on his career, Rolling Stone Magazine said, “Nah, we’ve already wasted 3 column inches on that tool in the last 4 decades”. Nuff said.