Glenn Beck may be leaving Fox News, but the poli-evangelist who can cry on cue is not leaving his fans’ adoring eyes. In what will be closely watched by industry observers, Beck will soon launch a Web TV channel GBTV, with the solemn, sure-to-be spoofed tagline, “The Truth Lives Here.” (Read)
I have a hard time hitting the sack until about half past 12 midnight, so I generally spend the last half hour of the day catching Glenn Beck’s Fox News TV show. As his tenure at Fox draws to a close, the show has gotten very eccentric. Guests are very rare. It’s “Professor Beck” — dressed in his Sunday best — lecturing at the board, marker in his hand.
One week Beck is all doom and gloom with the fervor of a long-time John Bircher; the economy’s cratering, we’re screwed, buy gold. Lately, it’s been a Beck and Israel against the world show. The poli-talker is planning a big demonstration to support Israel against Obama, the U.N., the Democrats, western Europeans, the Palestinians, the front 5 of the Vancouver Canucks … (I may have dreamed that last enemy, it is late).
I would never accuse Beck of conning us all with his show, although I have a friend who claims Beck dabs his eyes with vaseline when it’s time to cry. Who knows? O’Reilly likes him and I trust Bill. For me, though, Beck’s seriousness and gravity has moved to camp. Watching him this week pontificate on the Mideast crisis, I tried to imagine myself as a fan, and lapping it all in. It’s no use; unless Beck expires in Israel, lies on the ground for a while and then resurrects, I have to regard his show as preferable entertainment to the Daily Show and Colbert. .