Bob Cesca has a new column up that is awesome, as usual. Bob’s blog is really awesome, but this column is from Huffington Post. He proceeds to begin the process of exposing Glenn Beck for the dangerous person that he is. Bob nails it…(emphasis mine)
My theory is as follows. Glenn Beck is engaged in a carefully orchestrated performance that, if taken to its logical end, can only end up in tragedy — a tragedy, not in the name of some great political or social or religious cause, as too many of his viewers might believe, but rather in the name of pure careerism and greed. A tragedy in the name of Glenn Beck’s personal drive for fame and fortune, not to mention the similar motivations of Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch.
Right. I get it. I should probably ignore him. Why should I waste time writing about Glenn Beck again? As hard as it is to believe, most days I intentionally ignore Glenn Beck posts and videos on the blogs. My reoccurring reaction is generally twofold. One: he’s exhausting to watch because just as I’m wrapping my head around one line of googly-eyed horseshit, he belts out another ridiculous, melodramatic or dangerous line, and before I know it, I’m faced with a log-jam of crazy, forcing me to scramble for either an oxygen mask or a stiff drink. And, two: why pay attention to the television equivalent of an escaped mental patient screaming gibberish on the median strip at a busy intersection?
I can’t watch Glenn Beck either, I prefer to read the transcript if someone else posts it, but I can’t watch him for the same reason Bob says, “before I know it, I’m faced with a log-jam of crazy…”. I don’t think it’s good for my blood pressure, it’s for health reasons in my case. More Bob…
What his regular viewers haven’t grasped yet is that he’s putting on a show. He’s playing a role. He’s tricking his audience. Unlike a left-leaning audience, Beck’s audience is mostly composed of white conservative Christians who pride themselves on taking certain things on faith, and who often act against their own financial interests for the sake of patriotic cheerleading. It’s an audience that embraces gun ownership and tends to be more reactionary and militaristic. (Incidentally, there’s no equivalent to this on the “other side” simply because it’s not in the nature of liberals to be, you know, conservative.)
These are the folks that believe in “truthiness” and are very susceptible to suggestions and crazy conspiracy theories. It’s dangerous business messing with people like that, especially when the person doing it is off his rocker, as most anyone with a brain can see. I heard Keith say last night that Glenn Beck doesn’t even know what he is saying most of the time, that’s why he contradicts himself so much, he doesn’t even remember what he said previously, because he just says whatever horseshit comes to his mind. His theatrics is what it’s all about with him, the details don’t really matter, certainly facts don’t matter. It’s the money…
Instead of asking for donations, by the way, Beck just markets all varieties of crap-on-a-stick to his people. Beck has released seven books since 2007. Seven books in three years! Add to the mix three DVD releases and 26 compact disc releases. There’s his subscription-only “Insider Extreme” website which charges $75 per year. There’s a print magazine called “Fusion” (20 issues for $66). There are the obligatory t-shirts, mugs and other forms of cheap swag. All of this is heaped on top of a multimillion dollar Fox News contract and a syndicated radio deal worth $50 million over five years. Capitalism is one thing, but Beck is manipulating his audience to hand over their cash in exchange for swag that can’t possibly be worth the price, considering the volume of his output (seven books in three years!). As the saying goes: how hard he prays depends on how much you pay.
Now that’s some scam he has going. It makes me want to take advantage of all those brain dead check writers and credit card chargers. Maybe start printing T-shirts with Glenn Beck quotes on it or other teabagger slogans and bullshit. Isn’t it appropriate that some of that stupid money goes to me? I think so. If they are going to piss it down a black hole, they might just as well give it to me, right? There is a cottage industry out there to separate idiots from their money. P.T. Barnum had it right. If only it weren’t so scary what might happen with this clown. Bob Cesca brings it home with this.
This week, Beck attacked the president’s deceased mother and grandparents as being Marxists. Which other innocent bystanders will turn up on your commie hit list, Glenn? Who will you attack next with McCarthy-style abandon in the name of bilking your audience, Glenn? And do you honestly expect that your audience will remain passive observers of all of this?
And so I intend to expose Beck as the dangerous grifter he really is. He’s committing a nationally televised fraud and, given the sorts of people who are the most susceptible to his trickery, it’s only a matter of time before Beck’s deception takes a tragic turn.
Go read Bob’s entire post and bookmark his blog, it is consistently the best writing in the blogosphere, he is my hero.