Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Beck vs Fox News

Oh, this one is fun. Glenn Beck told students at the NYU Stern School of Business last Friday that he had to leave Fox News in order to save his soul (Beck never likes to say or do anything that doesn’t contain maximum melodrama and exaggeration of his owner personal character and nobility).

“If you stay in it too long, you become Norma Desmond,” Beck said. “I remember feeling, ‘If you do not leave now, you won’t leave with your soul intact.’”…

“At the end, when we were leaving, it was a long process,” he told the audience, who were assembled to honor Beck and other recipients of the Stern School’s Disruptive Innovation Award. “Roger said to me, ‘You’re not going to leave.’ And I said, ‘I am.’ And he said, ‘Nobody does,’ meaning leave television….And I said, ‘I’m fortunate because I haven’t been in it that long.’ I knew what this big, huge Fox empire brought to the table, and I had to leave before I became too enamored of that.”

Fox News quickly fired back:

“Glenn Beck wasn’t trying to save his soul, he was trying to save his ass,” a Fox News spokesperson told Allen in an email. “Advertisers fled his show and even Glenn knows what that means in our industry. Yet, we still tried to give him a soft landing. Guess no good deed goes unpunished.”

Meow. More of this, please. A lot more.

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  • jimvj

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  • I just checked and, yup, next to “drama queen” in the dictionary there was a picture of a tear-stained Beck.

  • Draken

    the Stern School’s Disruptive Innovation Award.

    The what?

  • glodson

    In Beck’s defense, he’s so delusional, he might have imagined this conversation in a vivid waking dream. Where he gets all of his material.

  • Randomfactor

    Looks to me like Beck wrote the hagiography himself. One wonders if he paid to get the award as well.

  • whirligig

    Innovation? I’ll grant that Mr. Beck is a prolific producer of bullshit, but he sure as hell didn’t invent it.

  • Even if I believed in the existence of a soul, I still wouldn’t think Beck had one.

  • baal

    Let’s not forget that those advertisers were leaving in droves for a reason (several actually). One of which was highlighting Beck’s accusation that Pres. Obama was a racist who “has a deep-seated hatred for white people”. I’ve yet to see any evidence of that hatred myself or even anything remotely resembling differential negative impact on white folks from Obama’s policies.

  • bmiller



    Just differential negative impacts on anyone not of the plutocrat class.

    Plenty of positive impacts if one is a casino gamblin’ banker, of course.

  • mikeyb

    This may be one of the rare instances where Fox is correct.

    Glenn Beck’s main job is to be consistently the most batshit crazy voice on the right, with the batshit insane the blaze – but everyday he’s running into stiffer competition.

  • wunelle

    What an embarrassment that NYU would consider that clown a worthwhile speaker. What’s next? Preachers in biology class to give an alternate view?

  • observer

    William Holden to Glen “Norma Desmond” Beck: “You used to be batshit crazy!”

    Beck: “I AM BATSHIT CRAZY! Compared to me, the John Birchers are sane!”

  • Matt G

    NYU is honoring Glenn Beck. I’m deleting their graduate school credits from my résumé.

  • Reading a quick description of what the award is for (in randomfactor’s link), it seems to fit. While Big Media stumbles there, Beck makes money on the internet. Money. On the internet. Without naked people rubbing together or anything*. I know!


    * …in what I can only assume, in my innocent and naive way, a strenuous and desperate attempt to stay warm.

  • Jonathan Haidt is teaching ethics at Stern, and his research on business students leads him to say that “business school is a fairly thin moral environment.”

  • Compuholic

    Sometimes the smallest words are the most telling…

    “Advertisers fled his show and even Glenn knows what that means in our industry.[…]

  • Ed:

    We have had a number of dustups here because of people saying things that were demeaning towards men being construed by others as demeaning towards women. I don’t think that we need to get too specific, here

    Using a sports analogy for an example:

    “It appears that Syracuse U.’s victory in a lacrosse match against Notre Dame last Saturday was no fluke, as once again, the Orangemen Bekslapped the Fightless Irish in Round 1 of the Big East Tournament.”

  • I could totally see Glen Beck dabbing his eye with his handerkerchief, drawing a sad panda jesus on the chalkboard and talking about how the Federal Reserve is coming to take him away to steal his soul and make it theirs.

  • dingojack

    sleepingwytch – “… talking about how the Federal Reserve is coming to take him away to steal his soul and make it theirs.”

    aww, poor Mr Bek. He took out a ‘nodoc’ mortgage on his soul in exchange for fame and the Devil packed it up as Triple-A Mortgage Securities and sold it on to Goldman Sacks (o’ shit). Now the Evul Gubberment’ owns it (’cause of the too-big-fail bailout) and wants to foreclose this unrecoverable debt!

    Quelle damage, couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person.


  • @21:

    dingojack; I suspect that if Old Scratch was to purchase the Bekkian soul that he would be back with it before the “buyer’s remorse” clause had expired.