Media Matters Scores Against Glenn Beck


glennbeck.jpgMedia Matters CEO David Brock just released a statement on news that Fox and Glenn Beck would begin a new consulting relationship focused on other forms of content with Beck suspending in the not too distant future his daily Fox News show.
Brock stated “After losing more than 300 advertisers and seeing more than 1,000,000 viewers abandon his show the only surprise is that it took Fox News months to reach this decision.”
Brock added, “”Fox News now has to choose: will it eliminate all violent rhetoric from the network – not just during the 5PM hour? And will the network make a commitment to end its role as a political operation masquerading as a news station?”
It took me a while to generate enough personal interest in this debate to watch Glenn Beck and see how warped and destructive his program and posture on national issues were. Beck, Roger Aisles, Rupert Murdoch, and others of the Fox management team attempted to institutionalize a violence-promoting, race-baiting, nativist, anti-gay, anti-Muslim, anti-Hispanic, anti-anything White sensibility in mainstream cable news. It’s been outrageous that Beck’s show survived so long.
Major kudos to David Brock and the Media Matters team — as well as to many sensible corporations and individuals who learned to say “no” to this disturbed and disturbing political misanthrope.
— Steve Clemons


8 comments on “Media Matters Scores Against Glenn Beck

  1. Stickler says:

    Glenn has more viewers and makes more money for Fox than all the other networks combined in his time-slot. Beck has not lost 1,000,000 viewers: this is a “fact” that Media-Matters created with poorly disguised data manipulation and took all interested parties about 10 seconds to debunk.
    Beyond that Glenn’s show is ending so tht he can supervise the creation of MANY new shows for FOX. This is not a win for Media Matters. The only win for Media Matters would be the complete and total destruction of any true forms of journalism and the rise of liberal government controlled media in its place.


  2. samuelburke says:

    Media matters my eye. beck stepped on the third rail.
    Fox News and Glenn Beck announced yesterday that Beck’s
    show is ending on the network. This comes after sustained
    campaigns from Jewish organizations, such as the Jewish
    Funds for Justice, to cancel Beck’s show for “conspiracy
    theories, which often involve personal attacks on Jews and on
    faiths that pursue social justice.”
    Writing in the Washington Post, Dana Milbank takes it a step
    forward and accuses Beck of good ol’ fashioned anti-
    He spun a conspiracy theory in which the American left was in
    cahoots with an emerging caliphate in the Middle East. And,
    most ominously, he began to traffic regularly in anti-Semitic
    This vile turn for Beck reached its logical extreme two weeks
    ago, when he devoted his entire show to a conspiracy theory
    about various bankers, including the Rothschilds, to create the
    Federal Reserve. To make this case, Beck hosted the
    conspiracy theorist G. Edward Griffin, who has publicly argued
    that the anti-Semitic tract


  3. questions says:

    Salon War Room picks up the Rhee-bacle story, and a bunch of other useful items. Glad to see it’s all making the rounds. Now we need an end to the rule of the billionaires.
    Other War Room tales — Haley Barbour and the state of actually-born-children in Mississippi. The piece points out that he’s the gov of a failed state.
    A musing on why we go to war — it’s the oligarchy, stupid. They don’t send THEIR children off to kill and be killed, so it’s an easy decision. I’m not totally convinced by this one, though it is something Kant brings up in Perpetual Peace. I think we’re at war because a lot of individual preferences across a broad range of humanity are all coming together for this event. Some are frightened by terrorism. Some see humanitarian issues. Some see US interest issues. Some see regional issues. Some see oil/energy issues. Some see proxy wars with: China? Iran? India/Pakistan tension? Some see regional toe-hold issues. Some see profits. Some see district/re-election preferences….. When these views clash, there’s no war. When they coalesce, there’s war. This isn’t merely some class issue. There’s really a lot going on here, and it shouldn’t at all be reduced to something as simple as “oligarchy”.
    On Japan:
    Many grim findings — the salt build up is as bad as people expected it to be. We need emergency measures to counter the bad effects of the emergency measures. In the comments there’s a link to the “floating island”. It looks pretty big from the picture. But Japan is pretty big, too, and look what happened after a sea disturbance. Not so sure massively radioactive, water-filled floating island is a great idea. But that’s just me.
    Seems like we need a salt-eating bacterium, highly tolerant of radioactivity and heat, to emerge from the primal soup. Any candidates out there?


  4. Emanuel Pastreich says:

    It is interesting how some people throw out that
    term “leftist slant” as if it had some sort of
    meaning. What exactly do you think “leftist” means
    in terms of the current political debate? Does it
    mean that solutions should go through government? Or
    does it mean that government has a responsibility to
    create a more fair society? Better to identify what
    we are talking about.


  5. Dan Kervick says:

    “Why does no one notice the leftist slant to MSNBC or other networks?”
    Actually, I have complained about that myself several times. And the awful Keith Olbermann was divorced from MS-NBC the same way Beck is being pushed out at Fox.
    Unfortunately, MS-NBC still has Lawrence O’Donnell.


  6. howboutthat says:

    Why does no one notice the leftist slant to MSNBC or other networks? Why is that ok but FOX can’t be right leaning. At least they admit it and they still allow other viewpoints on their shows. Also when a lefty doesn’t agree – they blog curses at the right half the time. Those that don’t do that never seem to offer facts to back up how Fox statements are wrong. They just get mad and call them right wing racist, anti-anything. You need to listen to both sides, evaluate it for truth. Don’t just take the words of your media leaders as fact. Most times the media will slant it to support their views instead of just reportin facts. I guess that is not what sells.
    P.S. Where did Dakotabornkansan get the Geobbels statement? Probably from Glenn Beck. Most people don’t remember that stuff from history because so much is left out of schools.


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