*Cough* Staged! *Cough*

22 Jul

Last week, I guess, Glenn Beck freaked out on a caller and screamed his head off literally like a 3 year-old before hanging up on her. I wouldn’t know because he’s unwatchable.  See, watch:

Seriously, I think Glenn Beck is the king idiot.  He is dummy di tutti dummies.  Gawker saw the clip and deliberately didn’t write about it, but felt compelled after watching Beck “explain” himself on co-dummy Bill O’Reilly’s show.  Gawker observes:

If you’ve heard the clip of Beck’s freakout, you know that it was epic and childish and over the top and a million other things, but more than anything it felt like something that was painfully staged. When I first listened to the now-infamous audio clip, I remember being overcome with the feeling that Beck went on the air that day fully planning to go off on the first person to challenge him, just to get people talking about him, which is why I personally opted not to post it after it’d been passed over by our day editors, despite a steady flow of email tips alerting us all to it.

I tell you all of this to get to a larger point, which is this; working as the night editor here I’m sort of forced to watch Beck and occasionally post clips of his ridiculous antics. As much as I wish we could just all ignore him, the fact remains that he’s a guy who’s given a considerable amount of airtime to express his views each day on the nation’s highest rated cable news network, thus, since this is a website that chronicles the media (among other things), attention must be paid to Glenn Beck, sadly. But it’s something that’s becoming increasingly hard to do, not only because I feel that by doing so that I’m sort of feeding the beast, but also because I just don’t believe this guy is for real anymore. Sure, I do believe he’s a conservative, but I just don’t buy that he’s as much of a wacko conservative as he makes himself out to be on his show. I’ve gone back and forth in my mind for a while and have finally come to an absolute conclusion—I think that Glenn Beck is a guy who looked out across the vast expanse of America and saw a nation filled with paranoid dipshits waiting to have their irrational fears confirmed and exploited by an expert modern charlatan, a role he’s been all too happy to fill.

Sounds eerily, uncoincidentally familiar.

3 Responses to “*Cough* Staged! *Cough*”

  1. Hank July 22, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    Substitute “Olbermann” for “Beck” and you’ve got the same thing. Why even comment on him if he’s unwatchable—I don’t watch him myself, I’m at work when he’s on. If nobody’s watching, they can’t hear or see anything he does.

  2. Dan Patrick July 22, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    Olbermann’s show is well produced and has some sort of entertainment value with Oddball and the Worst Persons in the World segments. The other two guys just love to hear themselves talk – not that Keith doesn’t – but his show has some type of executive producers trying to churn out an informative and entertaining product no matter what side of the aisle you sit on.

    Beck and O’Reilly just want to talk and talk and talk and whatever they say goes. I can’t imagine the executive producers, directors, camera guys, etc. have any say in what goes on the air.

  3. Ray July 22, 2009 at 12:23 pm #

    I’ll defend Beck on this one since I’ve listened to his show before. Beck went berserk after the caller clearly misrepresented his stance on the bailouts . He’s been criticizing the bailouts since the Bush administration.
    I wonder if the caller is just plain ignorant of the facts or is purposely misrepresenting the facts.
    I wonder if she is also is a hypocrite and doesn’t criticize Bail’em Out Obama for the same thing.

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