Fox News drops Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck and his controversial pronouncements and conspiracy theories remain popular, but Fox News is cancelling his show.

Glenn Beck and Fox News Channel formally agreed to end Beck’s daily program Wednesday, bringing a marriage beset by outside pressures and internal tensions to an end after just 27 months.

Fox News Channel said it was dropping Glenn Beck’s afternoon talk show, which has sunk in the ratings and suffered financially due to an advertiser boycott. The conservative host and the news channel started by a conservative billionaire, Rupert Murdoch, as an avowed counterweight to the liberal news media agreed that they could not agree to continue. Beck will “transition” off Fox sometime this year, Fox and Beck’s production company, Mercury Radio Arts, said jointly.

Beck’s sometimes outrageous pronouncements — he infamously said that President Obama has “a deep-seated hatred for white people” — were good for drawing attention and viewers, but they made him radioactive among sponsors. They also put him out of step with Fox News’ overall ethic, which is heavy on pugnacious conservative commentary but eschews the sort of apocalyptic rhetoric Beck favors.

Beck’s program has remained a solid draw for Fox despite a gradual slide in the ratings from its mid-2009 peak. Airing at 5 p.m., a period when fewer people are watching TV than during evening prime-time hours, “Glenn Beck” still draws more than 2 million viewers, making it one of the top attractions on a cable news channel. Beck’s ratings sometimes approached those of Fox’s “O’Reilly Factor,” consistently the most popular program on cable news.

But Beck’s broadsides alienated a number of organizations that fought back by pressuring his advertisers and embarrassing his bosses. Color of Change, a group that advocates on behalf of African Americans, started an advertiser boycott in July 2009; its efforts were abetted by Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog organization that made Fox News in general, and Beck in particular, its raison d’etre.

Jewish groups also were angered by Beck’s habit of denouncing his political opponents by comparing them to Nazis. Their anger was further stoked by Beck’s three-part series on liberal billionaire philanthropist George Soros, whom Beck described as a Nazi collaborator during Soros’s boyhood in occupied Hungary.

After a coalition of Jewish rabbis called on Murdoch to sanction Beck in a full-page ad in the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal in January, Beck further inflamed his Jewish critics by comparing Reform rabbis to “radicalized Islam” on his syndicated radio program a month later.

The outrage got to Murdoch and Fox News Chief Executive Roger Ailes, said Simon Greer, who heads the Jewish Funds for Justice, which organized the Wall Street Journal ad.

“I think Fox News and its leadership value their relationships with the American Jewish community, and Glenn Beck has consistently insulted and disrespected Jews to such an extent that it was bad for Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes’ worldview,” Greer said in an interview.

Leading conservatives have taken issue with Beck lately, too. Pat Buchanan and neoconservative columnist William Kristol, among others, criticized Beck’s comments about the Middle East after Beck asserted that the uprisings were part of an alliance between American liberals and Muslims seeking to create a caliphate that would spread radical Islamic ideology across the region.

“When Glenn Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines, and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society,” Kristol wrote in the Murdoch-owned Weekly Standard in February. “He’s marginalizing himself.”

via Glenn Beck to end daily TV program on Fox News Channel – The Washington Post.

So is that responsible journalism on the part of Fox News or a craven capitulation to ideological pressure?  So is Fox not all that conservative after all, or is Beck no true conservative?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • SKPeterson

    You can probably answer “yes” to all of your questions, except maybe the “responsible” part. Most television journalism lost that years ago regardless of ideological stripe.

  • SKPeterson

    You can probably answer “yes” to all of your questions, except maybe the “responsible” part. Most television journalism lost that years ago regardless of ideological stripe.

  • R McCready

    Fox News is a subsidiary of a major media company. Media companies, as most other businesses, will often look for underserved markets to grow their market share. Fox has been very successful in generating advertising revenue by appealing to those who hold more “conservative” views. Glenn Beck’s programming has performed admirably for them in this regard. With the drop in advertising revenue associated with Beck’s show, Fox will be reallocating its resources to more profitable programming.

    Media companies are in the entertainment business. That includes their “news” organizations.

  • R McCready

    Fox News is a subsidiary of a major media company. Media companies, as most other businesses, will often look for underserved markets to grow their market share. Fox has been very successful in generating advertising revenue by appealing to those who hold more “conservative” views. Glenn Beck’s programming has performed admirably for them in this regard. With the drop in advertising revenue associated with Beck’s show, Fox will be reallocating its resources to more profitable programming.

    Media companies are in the entertainment business. That includes their “news” organizations.

  • collie

    I think Fox News should become Fox Network, because most of their programming is opinion, not news.

    The closest thing to real news on tv, for me was cnn’s Headline News, back when it first started, (in the ’80′s?) Anyway, I remember it reporting the top stories of the day, recyled every 30 minutes. Even if it was the same exact stories. At least it was reporting the news, and you knew where to find it on tv. I don’t even think it had commericials, because it was paid for through cable.

    Glenn Beck is a talented and funny guy, using his sense of humor totally inappropriately. I don’t watch him, so I won’t miss him.

  • collie

    I think Fox News should become Fox Network, because most of their programming is opinion, not news.

    The closest thing to real news on tv, for me was cnn’s Headline News, back when it first started, (in the ’80′s?) Anyway, I remember it reporting the top stories of the day, recyled every 30 minutes. Even if it was the same exact stories. At least it was reporting the news, and you knew where to find it on tv. I don’t even think it had commericials, because it was paid for through cable.

    Glenn Beck is a talented and funny guy, using his sense of humor totally inappropriately. I don’t watch him, so I won’t miss him.

  • http://juliekinnear.com Julie Kinnear

    I don’t think the fact that his talk show has sunk in the ratings would be the real reason of dropping Beck. It sounds more like a tactical business decision to me. He is probably just waiting for the best offer and will be back soon with his new show.

  • http://juliekinnear.com Julie Kinnear

    I don’t think the fact that his talk show has sunk in the ratings would be the real reason of dropping Beck. It sounds more like a tactical business decision to me. He is probably just waiting for the best offer and will be back soon with his new show.

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    Beck has discovered what sociologists have been telling us for years – the new dominant political narrative has changed from democracy to conspiracy. There is vast wealth to be made in telling people that they are victims of an evil, powerful conspiracy. Limbaugh made his fortune this way, and Beck learned how to leverage it as well.

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    Beck has discovered what sociologists have been telling us for years – the new dominant political narrative has changed from democracy to conspiracy. There is vast wealth to be made in telling people that they are victims of an evil, powerful conspiracy. Limbaugh made his fortune this way, and Beck learned how to leverage it as well.

  • LAJ

    It sounds like Beck alienated too many powerful groups and went too far lately. But is he right about Soros?

  • LAJ

    It sounds like Beck alienated too many powerful groups and went too far lately. But is he right about Soros?

  • Carl Vehse

    …sunk in the ratings and suffered financially due to an advertiser boycott.

    A boycott, by the way, started in 2009, and organized by “Color of Change,” a Black America political advocacy group.

    Beck’s sometimes outrageous pronouncements — President Obama has “a deep-seated hatred for white people”…

    And then again, not so outrageous given 0bama’s 20-year membership in a militant black church and his association with its infamous white-hating racist pastor, Jeremiah Wright, and 0bama’s own outrageous pronouncement against small, largely-white towns in Pennsylvania that “they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

    Jewish groups also were angered by Beck’s habit of denouncing his political opponents by comparing them to Nazis.

    Admittedly Beck forgot that Jewish groups have the copyright on the use of the word, “Nazi,” for descriptions of maniacal oppressors, and Beck ignored an offer he shouldn’t have refused in ads published in the WSJ by a coalition of Jewish rabbis.

    And if any off-the-wall ludicrous opinions Beck made are claimed as justification for removing him from the media, then there similarly should be test patterns replacing network nightly news and blank paper in most of the Washington Compost.

  • Carl Vehse

    …sunk in the ratings and suffered financially due to an advertiser boycott.

    A boycott, by the way, started in 2009, and organized by “Color of Change,” a Black America political advocacy group.

    Beck’s sometimes outrageous pronouncements — President Obama has “a deep-seated hatred for white people”…

    And then again, not so outrageous given 0bama’s 20-year membership in a militant black church and his association with its infamous white-hating racist pastor, Jeremiah Wright, and 0bama’s own outrageous pronouncement against small, largely-white towns in Pennsylvania that “they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

    Jewish groups also were angered by Beck’s habit of denouncing his political opponents by comparing them to Nazis.

    Admittedly Beck forgot that Jewish groups have the copyright on the use of the word, “Nazi,” for descriptions of maniacal oppressors, and Beck ignored an offer he shouldn’t have refused in ads published in the WSJ by a coalition of Jewish rabbis.

    And if any off-the-wall ludicrous opinions Beck made are claimed as justification for removing him from the media, then there similarly should be test patterns replacing network nightly news and blank paper in most of the Washington Compost.

  • Kirk

    @Carl,

    When 6 million of your people are killed off by certain, maniacal oppressors, I think you have some legitimate claim to say “hey, maybe comparing someone trying to institute universal health care to a group of individuals that systematically murdered people that weren’t like them and started a war that killed off 60 million people is inappropriate.” Hell, I’m not Jewish and I think that. It’s a legitimate criticism because comparisons to Hitler/Nazis are multi-faceted logical fallacies (that includes comparing Bush to Nazis, since I know you’ll bring that up).

  • Kirk

    @Carl,

    When 6 million of your people are killed off by certain, maniacal oppressors, I think you have some legitimate claim to say “hey, maybe comparing someone trying to institute universal health care to a group of individuals that systematically murdered people that weren’t like them and started a war that killed off 60 million people is inappropriate.” Hell, I’m not Jewish and I think that. It’s a legitimate criticism because comparisons to Hitler/Nazis are multi-faceted logical fallacies (that includes comparing Bush to Nazis, since I know you’ll bring that up).

  • Carl Vehse

    No, Kirk, it’s not a legitimate claim; it’s political correctness taken to its limit of insanity.

  • Carl Vehse

    No, Kirk, it’s not a legitimate claim; it’s political correctness taken to its limit of insanity.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Good riddens.
    I can’t stand to listen to that man. He is a quack! To be honest I don’t have cable, so very seldom watched him. But it would do talk radio wonders if they would follow suit.
    But what alienates me, is how he gushes on and on about his feelings on the air and something about a bosom catching fire. Then ranting about the end of the world. etc. There are stations for that sort of thing, but it isn’t news commentary.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Good riddens.
    I can’t stand to listen to that man. He is a quack! To be honest I don’t have cable, so very seldom watched him. But it would do talk radio wonders if they would follow suit.
    But what alienates me, is how he gushes on and on about his feelings on the air and something about a bosom catching fire. Then ranting about the end of the world. etc. There are stations for that sort of thing, but it isn’t news commentary.

  • Kirk

    Let’s lay out the reasons why it’s inappropriate:

    1.) Jews, having bore the brunt of Hitler’s mania and seeing its horror most clearly, are ideally situated to explain why Nazis were so bad and why Nazism is so much worse than, say, wanting a more controlled economy. Nazis worked extremely hard to be as evil as they were and its unfair to their legacy and to the people that suffered under them to trivialize how awful they were by comparing them to a specific, modern political position. Beck’s general feeling of hated towards any of his enemies is nothing compared to the gassing/bombing/shooting/raping/looting/forced-labor/conquest/displacement that people went through during WWII. It’s selfish and ludicrous to make the comparison. Granted, it shouldn’t be just the Jews saying this, because it’s a universal truth, but it’s kind of on the forefront of Jewish mind. Understandably.

    2.) Logically, it’s simultaneously an ad hominem, an appeal to emotion, fallacy of irrelevance, guilt by association and a red herring.

    Glenn Beck has the right to compare anyone he wants to Hitler, but that doesn’t keep it from being an exceptionally stupid comparison to make. And, of course, people are more than welcome to agree with him. Again, it’s still a stupid position. There’s nothing wrong with FOX execs not wanting that on their network, and there’s nothing wrong with Jewish groups calling Beck out for it.

    And, while we’re on the subject, how does an anti-reductio ad hitlerum position being PC make it bad? Political correctness isn’t always correct, but it certainly is in this situation. Simply calling something is PC doesn’t negate it. Sorry.

  • Kirk

    Let’s lay out the reasons why it’s inappropriate:

    1.) Jews, having bore the brunt of Hitler’s mania and seeing its horror most clearly, are ideally situated to explain why Nazis were so bad and why Nazism is so much worse than, say, wanting a more controlled economy. Nazis worked extremely hard to be as evil as they were and its unfair to their legacy and to the people that suffered under them to trivialize how awful they were by comparing them to a specific, modern political position. Beck’s general feeling of hated towards any of his enemies is nothing compared to the gassing/bombing/shooting/raping/looting/forced-labor/conquest/displacement that people went through during WWII. It’s selfish and ludicrous to make the comparison. Granted, it shouldn’t be just the Jews saying this, because it’s a universal truth, but it’s kind of on the forefront of Jewish mind. Understandably.

    2.) Logically, it’s simultaneously an ad hominem, an appeal to emotion, fallacy of irrelevance, guilt by association and a red herring.

    Glenn Beck has the right to compare anyone he wants to Hitler, but that doesn’t keep it from being an exceptionally stupid comparison to make. And, of course, people are more than welcome to agree with him. Again, it’s still a stupid position. There’s nothing wrong with FOX execs not wanting that on their network, and there’s nothing wrong with Jewish groups calling Beck out for it.

    And, while we’re on the subject, how does an anti-reductio ad hitlerum position being PC make it bad? Political correctness isn’t always correct, but it certainly is in this situation. Simply calling something is PC doesn’t negate it. Sorry.

  • CRB

    I say “good riddens,” also, as Beck has degenerated from an amusingly entertaining guy to nothing more than a fear-monger!
    No great loss for me, but perhaps somewhat of a loss to Fox News?!

  • CRB

    I say “good riddens,” also, as Beck has degenerated from an amusingly entertaining guy to nothing more than a fear-monger!
    No great loss for me, but perhaps somewhat of a loss to Fox News?!

  • Orianna Laun

    This may be an aside, but responsible journalism (with apologies to my journalist friends) is difficult to find. I’ve read some books lately about the media sensationalization of Jesse James and Custer and Crazy Horse. Seems like even in the late 1800s the media is like today, only now its faster. Whatever.
    It seems to me that Fox News is doing what television companies do. If the ratings go down and advertisers leave, drop the show. I rarely watch Beck, but I have seen a little bit of his show. In the middle of his conspiracy theories and rants, however, he does have some valid points about progressives (read the three Humanist Manifestos–that’s progressive for you–and then compare those to the progressives in government) that we would do well to at least notice.

  • Orianna Laun

    This may be an aside, but responsible journalism (with apologies to my journalist friends) is difficult to find. I’ve read some books lately about the media sensationalization of Jesse James and Custer and Crazy Horse. Seems like even in the late 1800s the media is like today, only now its faster. Whatever.
    It seems to me that Fox News is doing what television companies do. If the ratings go down and advertisers leave, drop the show. I rarely watch Beck, but I have seen a little bit of his show. In the middle of his conspiracy theories and rants, however, he does have some valid points about progressives (read the three Humanist Manifestos–that’s progressive for you–and then compare those to the progressives in government) that we would do well to at least notice.

  • DonS

    “So is that responsible journalism on the part of Fox News or a craven capitulation to ideological pressure?” — this question presumes the accuracy of the Washington Post article, and I don’t think that is a valid presumption. I’m not a Beck fan, or for that matter a television news fan, but the rumors of Beck wanting to leave his daily show and work more on his own Internet subscription deal have been around for more than a year. Reports from more valid news sources that don’t label people “neoconservatives” in supposedly straight news stories indicate that this was very much a mutual decision, unlike the Keith Olbermann dumping a few months ago on MSNBC.

    According to both Fox and Beck, Beck will remain with the network in other capacities, at least through the remainder of his contract.

    This is probably far less a story than CBS dumping Katie Couric, but somehow because it’s Fox it’s a big deal to the MSM.

  • DonS

    “So is that responsible journalism on the part of Fox News or a craven capitulation to ideological pressure?” — this question presumes the accuracy of the Washington Post article, and I don’t think that is a valid presumption. I’m not a Beck fan, or for that matter a television news fan, but the rumors of Beck wanting to leave his daily show and work more on his own Internet subscription deal have been around for more than a year. Reports from more valid news sources that don’t label people “neoconservatives” in supposedly straight news stories indicate that this was very much a mutual decision, unlike the Keith Olbermann dumping a few months ago on MSNBC.

    According to both Fox and Beck, Beck will remain with the network in other capacities, at least through the remainder of his contract.

    This is probably far less a story than CBS dumping Katie Couric, but somehow because it’s Fox it’s a big deal to the MSM.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Carl’s just grumpy because he says crazy, over-the-top things all the time, and Roger Ailes never once offered him a show.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Carl’s just grumpy because he says crazy, over-the-top things all the time, and Roger Ailes never once offered him a show.

  • peter

    The real news (to me) was that Rupert Murdoch owns the world, or at least the part of it that George Soros doesn’t own. He’s got Fox News (and the Fox network), the Wall Street Journal, and Weekly Standard, which I thought possibly William Kristol owned. btw his network shows some of the most obscene and perverted shows the mind can imagine – so much for family values. Notice that public opinion of Beck doesn’t matter: what matters is what power individuals and advocacy groups want. It’s odd what democracy has come to. It needs fixing for sure.

  • peter

    The real news (to me) was that Rupert Murdoch owns the world, or at least the part of it that George Soros doesn’t own. He’s got Fox News (and the Fox network), the Wall Street Journal, and Weekly Standard, which I thought possibly William Kristol owned. btw his network shows some of the most obscene and perverted shows the mind can imagine – so much for family values. Notice that public opinion of Beck doesn’t matter: what matters is what power individuals and advocacy groups want. It’s odd what democracy has come to. It needs fixing for sure.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    DonS (@14) said:

    This is probably far less a story than CBS dumping Katie Couric, but somehow because it’s Fox it’s a big deal to the MSM.

    I realize, Don, that you are inclined to blame the MSM for pretty much everything.

    But did you even stop to think that conservatives also think that Fox News dumping Beck is a bigger story than CBS dumping Katie Couric? I mean, can you think of any Web sites, run by conservatives you trust and respect, that have mentioned the Beck story but not the Couric one?

    And yet you only want to blame this on the MSM. When all you have is a hammer …

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    DonS (@14) said:

    This is probably far less a story than CBS dumping Katie Couric, but somehow because it’s Fox it’s a big deal to the MSM.

    I realize, Don, that you are inclined to blame the MSM for pretty much everything.

    But did you even stop to think that conservatives also think that Fox News dumping Beck is a bigger story than CBS dumping Katie Couric? I mean, can you think of any Web sites, run by conservatives you trust and respect, that have mentioned the Beck story but not the Couric one?

    And yet you only want to blame this on the MSM. When all you have is a hammer …

  • peter

    Beck’s strategy as a journalist has been to tie everything he disapproves of to Nazis and anti-semitism. And now he finds that he himself is seen as anti-semitic in his relentless exploitation of the Jew versus Nazi imagery. Ironic.

  • peter

    Beck’s strategy as a journalist has been to tie everything he disapproves of to Nazis and anti-semitism. And now he finds that he himself is seen as anti-semitic in his relentless exploitation of the Jew versus Nazi imagery. Ironic.

  • SKPeterson

    tODD @17 – I think you may have hit upon something there – t.v. personalities have a limited shelf life. The probability of any given news anchor, commentator, or personality having the longevity of a Cronkite, or Bradley, or Larry King is very, very low. Couric has now become stale, as has Beck. Though their individual shelf lives are different, the principle is the same – news organizations are about the fresh and new, the exciting next big thing. When anchors and commentators fail to deliver, or begin to slip, they are yanked like groceries past their expiration dates. So, the news is who is now spoiled goods, but there is little evidence of ideological bias in these decisions, but simply cleaning up the veggie aisle.

  • SKPeterson

    tODD @17 – I think you may have hit upon something there – t.v. personalities have a limited shelf life. The probability of any given news anchor, commentator, or personality having the longevity of a Cronkite, or Bradley, or Larry King is very, very low. Couric has now become stale, as has Beck. Though their individual shelf lives are different, the principle is the same – news organizations are about the fresh and new, the exciting next big thing. When anchors and commentators fail to deliver, or begin to slip, they are yanked like groceries past their expiration dates. So, the news is who is now spoiled goods, but there is little evidence of ideological bias in these decisions, but simply cleaning up the veggie aisle.

  • rlewer

    Beck usually started with valid point and then stretched it to the ridiculous. This ruined his credibility.

  • rlewer

    Beck usually started with valid point and then stretched it to the ridiculous. This ruined his credibility.

  • Richard

    Ok, tODD’s comment at no. 15 made my day. Cheers!

  • Richard

    Ok, tODD’s comment at no. 15 made my day. Cheers!

  • Bart

    Neither Beck nor FoxNews are conservative in any sense worthy of the name.

  • Bart

    Neither Beck nor FoxNews are conservative in any sense worthy of the name.

  • Porcell

    Todd, at 15: Carl’s just grumpy because he says crazy, over-the-top things all the time, and Roger Ailes never once offered him a show.

    Actually while Carl has a great sense of humor (Washington Compost), I find he is usually thoughtful. Note that Todd at #15, while offering a nasty general ad hominem slam of Carl, doesn’t answer any of his substantive points. Being an ideological liberal, Todd regards Carl and other conservatives on this blog as anathema.

    Jonah Goldberg wrote a book about this titled Liberal Fascism.

  • Porcell

    Todd, at 15: Carl’s just grumpy because he says crazy, over-the-top things all the time, and Roger Ailes never once offered him a show.

    Actually while Carl has a great sense of humor (Washington Compost), I find he is usually thoughtful. Note that Todd at #15, while offering a nasty general ad hominem slam of Carl, doesn’t answer any of his substantive points. Being an ideological liberal, Todd regards Carl and other conservatives on this blog as anathema.

    Jonah Goldberg wrote a book about this titled Liberal Fascism.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Porcell (@23), I agree that Carl has a great sense of humor. His comments here always make me laugh.

    Note that Todd at #15, while offering a nasty general ad hominem slam of Carl, doesn’t answer any of his substantive points. Being an ideological liberal, Todd regards Carl and other conservatives on this blog as anathema.

    Clearly, Porcell, your sense of humor is also very well-honed.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Porcell (@23), I agree that Carl has a great sense of humor. His comments here always make me laugh.

    Note that Todd at #15, while offering a nasty general ad hominem slam of Carl, doesn’t answer any of his substantive points. Being an ideological liberal, Todd regards Carl and other conservatives on this blog as anathema.

    Clearly, Porcell, your sense of humor is also very well-honed.

  • http://journeytoluther.blogspot.com/ moallen

    I have watched Glenn Beck – there are some things I liked about him, and some I did not:

    1) His mixing of religion and politics. This troubled me and caused me to question the pastors who were part of his “black robed brigade” or whatever it is called. Christians should not share in prayer with non-believers, call me bigoted but this did not seem right to me. The pastor of Our Savior Lutheran appeared on his show, but it was different – he was discussing the failure of the Church in Nazi Germany (and barely got a word in edge-wise).

    2) I appreciate his concern about the U.S. deficit because economically this is unsustainable. It will end – it’s just a matter of how and when.

    So, Glenn Beck is a mixed bag to me. I have trouble with his Messianic view of the U.S. which stems from his Mormonism (I think), his subtle promotion of Mormon ideas, and yet I understand and relate to some of his concerns about our nation…

  • http://journeytoluther.blogspot.com/ moallen

    I have watched Glenn Beck – there are some things I liked about him, and some I did not:

    1) His mixing of religion and politics. This troubled me and caused me to question the pastors who were part of his “black robed brigade” or whatever it is called. Christians should not share in prayer with non-believers, call me bigoted but this did not seem right to me. The pastor of Our Savior Lutheran appeared on his show, but it was different – he was discussing the failure of the Church in Nazi Germany (and barely got a word in edge-wise).

    2) I appreciate his concern about the U.S. deficit because economically this is unsustainable. It will end – it’s just a matter of how and when.

    So, Glenn Beck is a mixed bag to me. I have trouble with his Messianic view of the U.S. which stems from his Mormonism (I think), his subtle promotion of Mormon ideas, and yet I understand and relate to some of his concerns about our nation…

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  • Carl Vehse

    NewsReal provides “The 10 Best Conservative Replacements For Glenn Beck’s Fox News Slot,” including reasons why. Here’s their list of names:

    10. Tammy Bruce
    9. Ann Coulter
    8. G. Gordon Liddy
    7. Mark Steyn
    6. Andrew Breitbart
    5. Dennis Miller
    4. Sarah Palin
    3. Michael Savage
    2. Rush Limbaugh
    1. Glenn Beck

  • Carl Vehse

    NewsReal provides “The 10 Best Conservative Replacements For Glenn Beck’s Fox News Slot,” including reasons why. Here’s their list of names:

    10. Tammy Bruce
    9. Ann Coulter
    8. G. Gordon Liddy
    7. Mark Steyn
    6. Andrew Breitbart
    5. Dennis Miller
    4. Sarah Palin
    3. Michael Savage
    2. Rush Limbaugh
    1. Glenn Beck


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