Glenn Beck is the current poster boy for TV and radio talkers who talk too much and go for the big-ratings shockers.
On a FOX-TV show recently, the ratings-machine Beck referred to President Obama as a racist with “a deep-seated hatred for white people,” according to an Associated Press story.
The story reported today that more than 30 advertisers have asked FOX not to run their advertisements during Beck’s show any longer. Some of the companies voiced concerns that their customers would associate their products with Beck’s wild-eyed attack on Obama.
Broadcast opinion shouters on the right and the left draw attention to themselves and their networks. It is a hugely profitable venture for both network and pundit in many cases. But Beck’s big mouth is a fine example of how extreme speech still can have negative consequences for the speaker — even in today’s anything-goes environment.