The NEW New Glenn Beck


It’s time again for one of those periodic “Glenn Beck is sick of politics and is now reinventing himself as something completely different” articles. This time it’s in the National Review, where Eliana Johnson informs us that he’s now going to be making movies or rap videos or something something something.

Glenn Beck is tired of politics.

“I think politics is a game, and I think people watch politics as a game, like they watch the NFL,” he tells me, leaning back in his chair. He once thought Washington politicians “actually believed in something.” Now, he says, “I don’t think they do.”…

Beck’s disenchantment with news and politics aren’t just for show. Though best known for his flame-throwing political commentary, he is turning his attention to cultural projects like plays and movies. His years in TV, he says, have taught him that news is secondary to culture. “News,” he says, is simply “what the culture allows.”

Oh no, this time it’s totally for real.

A former top-40 DJ, Beck tells me that his foray into TV news wasn’t meant to be permanent. “I hate politics, I always have,” he says. He was working on a TV drama along the lines of HBO’s Newsroom — about the news of the day and the people who put it together — when, in 2006, he got a call from Headline News, CNN’s sister network.

“We thought, well, might as well get in and figure out how television works and learn on somebody else’s dime,” Beck says. When Fox News came calling in 2008 — he was lured there by Joel Cheatwood, a former CNN executive who had jumped to Fox and who has since joined Beck in his new venture — Beck says he considered that gig a temporary one, too. “I walked in and I really thought, I’ll do this for a while because somebody has to ring the bell and then I’ll get out, and I’m still waiting to be able to pass the bell on to somebody else. Haven’t found him yet, but . . . ” He trails off.

Oh come on, seriously? Who is going to believe that? He got an offer from CNN and he took it. Why? Fame and money, of course. He left CNN for Fox News. Why? More fame and more money.

Beck became the country’s leading anti-progressive when, in a series of shows on Fox, he stood at his signature blackboard and explained why Wilson’s ideology was the progenitor of the sort of liberalism embodied by Barack Obama.

“I was so curious about it that I was teaching myself,” he says. “I wasn’t a professor at the chalkboard, I was a citizen at the chalkboard saying: ‘Look what I just found, look at this. I can’t believe I’m finding this stuff and it’s right here in the open. Why isn’t anybody else doing it? I really lost my naïveté, because I really believed that if you could make a case and you could back it up, then the press . . . ” He trails off again. “Oh no, they don’t care. They don’t care. Same with Washington.”

Let me suggest an alternate hypothesis: You didn’t make your case. You babbled incoherently and played a rousing game of six degrees of separation and did some really third-rate Dan Brown symbolic analysis (which was already third-rate to begin with) and ended up with a big pile of bullshit. That’s why no one other than the most ignorant and credulous took you seriously.

Comments

  1. dingojack says

    ” …he is turning his attention to cultural projects like plays and movies….”
    Look for Mr Bek’s re-vamped musical theatre experience extravaganza Springtime for Hitler! Coming to a church basement near you!!!

    “… I really believed that if you could make a case and you could back it up …”
    What a loss Mr Bek is to the Thomas More institute.

    Bye, bye Glennie, don’t let the door smack you in the smartest part of your body on the way out.

    Dingo

  2. petemoulton says

    It’s understandable that a RWNJ like Beck would hate politics. Constantly being on the wrong side of every issue has got to take a toll.

  3. zero6ix says

    It is difficult to gauge exactly what Glenn Beck is doing when he “trails off”. If this were a video or something, I would guess that he stares blankly into space, like his brain is buffering or something. Then he starts talking again, but it isn’t to the interviewer, it is to his right hand. “They don’t care, Fisto! They just don’t care!”

  4. dhall says

    Maybe it means that Blaze TV isn’t generating quite as much income or gaining him as many viewers as he’d hoped.

  5. DrewN says

    What every happened with the “Man in the moon” 4th of July thing he did last summer. Wasn’t that supposed to be the world changing reinvention/revelation of Glen Beck?

  6. pocketnerd says

    [Beck] once thought Washington politicians “actually believed in something.” Now, he says, “I don’t think they do.”…

    And there’s modern American conservatism in a nutshell: It can never fail, it can never go too far; it can only be failed by people who lack the will to go too far enough. If only the Republicans had found a candidate willing to shit on women, minorities, and young people more than Romney would, then surely those women, minorities, and young people would have voted Republican! If only those liberal RINO Washington insider appeaseniks in the Tea Party Caucus had continued the shutdown for a few more days, surely the Affordable Care Act would have been repealed, Obama would have resigned in disgrace, capital gains taxes would have been abolished, firearm ownership would become mandatory, and homosexuals would simply have ceased to exist!

  7. Sastra says

    To be fair, Glen Beck was never really doing politics; it was more like performance art.

  8. raven says

    Maybe it means that Blaze TV isn’t generating quite as much income or gaining him as many viewers as he’d hoped.

    My thought also. With these guys, it’s always, “Follow the money!!!” To be fair, Beck also seems to be fond of attention and power. He’s gotten lots of money out of his media empire though, $100 million or so. But outside of the lunatic fringes, no one cares.

    What every happened with the “Man in the moon” 4th of July thing he did last summer.

    It happened in SLC. Safe territory for Beck, the Mormon Vatican city. I Googled it once and as usual, no one cared outside of the lunatic fringes.

  9. zbeeblebrox says

    “…and did some really third-rate Dan Brown symbolic analysis”. Third-rate? You give him too much credit.

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