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Glenn Beck Leaving Fox: Why It’s Really Happening (CHART)

The Huffington Post Carol Hartsell  First Posted: 04/ 7/11 01:04 PM ET Updated: 04/ 7/11 02:04 PM ET

When it was announced yesterday that we will no longer be seeing Glenn Beck’s face on Fox News night after night, a lot of people were left asking, “Why?”*

It’s common knowledge that Glenn Beck’s show was facing a major advertiser problem, but as we’ve said many times, there’s never one reason things go awry in this world. That’s why God** invented pie charts. Below we’ve broken down the different reasons Beck was forced to step down, so that you may have a fuller understanding of why your life has been inexorably changed***.

WHY GLENN BECK IS LEAVING FOX NEWS


*No one actually asked this

**Actually, pie charts evolved from graphs

***For the better

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Beck warns against searching his conspiracy theories on Google

by Jed Lewison for Daily Kos

Wed Feb 16, 2011 at 05:00 PM EST

Okay, Glenn Beck has completely lost it. Now he’s warning his audience against looking up his conspiracy theories on Google…because Google might be a part of the conspiracy:

Who are they? Are they right? Are they left? Are they clean? Are they dirty? Are they front groups? I don’t know. May I recommend if you’re doing your own homework, don’t do a Google search. It seems to me that Google is pretty deeply in bed with the government. Remember, maybe this is explaining why Google is being kicked out of all the other countries. Are they just a shill now for the United States government? Who is Jared Cohen? Is he a private citizen or government operative? And isn’t this the second Google guy we’ve found? This is the second Google executive now being exposed as an instigator of a revolution.

Well, isn’t that a convenient explanation for why Google always seems to debunk the nonsense spewing out of Glenn Beck’s mouth.

Of course, less than two weeks earlier, he was thanking his audience for using Google to look up his Egypt conspiracy theory:

I said, “please look this up.” I said, “pause the show, and look up the word ‘caliphate.'”  … Let me show you the Google trend report from the day of that episode. Here’s the chart, caliphate — oh, by the way, we’re on it at 2:00 p.m. West. Caliphate went to number one at Google trends. You see the spike? That’s when this program is on. So, let me, first, humbly thank you for not taking my word on it, humbly thank you for not sitting there as a mindless stooge. When I ask you to do your homework, you do. Thank you. If you did, you know caliphate is not some crazy conspiracy.

So, who is Glenn Beck? Batshit insane Fox host, or government operative? Glenn doesn’t know. Maybe we should Google it. Or maybe not.

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Why Are Conservatives ‘Turning’ on Glenn Beck?

Gawker- Feb 9, 2011 3:07 PM

Jim Newell — Ever since the Egyptian protests began two weeks ago, the conservative movement has been struggling to spread a lockstep message through its top spokespeople.

Some top neoconservatives and party elites have encouraged the developments, while radio and television performers like Frank Gaffney, Rush Limbaugh and John Bolton have warned that it could lead to a New World Order—a Muslim caliphate, specifically, under the rule of institutions like the Muslim Brotherhood, AFL-CIO, Bill Ayers, Code Pink, and various other commies or brown people. And the biggest fight has broken out between Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol and Glenn Beck. Why is Kristol only pointing out that Glenn Beck is an insane monster now?

It started when Kristol took a shot at Beck in an editorial, “Stand for Freedom,” from the latest Weekly Standard:

But hysteria is not a sign of health. When Glenn Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines, and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society. He’s marginalizing himself, just as his predecessors did back in the early 1960s.

National Review editor Rich Lowry stood by Kristol, calling this a “well-deserved” shot at Beck. And Beck, of course, has spent his past few radio and television programs attacking the conservative elite as personified by Kristol and Lowry: “All they stand for is power. They’ll do anything to keep their little fiefdom together, and they’ll do anything to keep the Republican power entrenched.”

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Glenn Beck says Obama might find a ‘gay handicapped black woman who’s an immigrant’ as well as a ‘radical’ for the Supreme Court

Crooks and Liars- By John Amato Monday Apr 12, 2010 7:00am

Glenn Beck starts the smearathon of President’s possible Supreme Court nominees with his usual racist-homophobic-Bircher philosophy. Righties try to preempt their smears by saying that if they comment on race, gender or the ethnicity of a candidate—they will be the ones who are smeared.

Riiiight.

Replacing a liberal judge with a liberal judge is too much for right-wing ideologues, who constantly bitch and complain about “activist” judges and insist that Obama must pick a centrist (whatever a centrist is) or he hates America.

Beck really should be outraged at the Citizens United activist ruling by the Roberts court, if he was being honest about the “activist judges” thing, because that overturned decades of settled law on how big business was regulated in what they can spend in politics, or so I’ve been told. Though the California Chamber of Commerce pulled their smear attack ad of Jerry Brown because some of their members objected to it (and didn’t even know they had made it), nonetheless, this ad is one of the previews of what will happen as we move forward with elections because of that ruling.

Not good.

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Rupert Murdoch says Fox News shouldn’t be supporting the Tea Party movement. He actually said that.

Crooks & Liars- By John Amato Thursday Apr 08, 2010 7:00am

Ari over at Media Matters asked Rupert Murdoch if it’s appropriate for his network to be supporting the Tea Party movement. He said “no,” and that they shouldn’t support any party. He must have missed David Frum saying that Republicans actually work for FOX News.

You are probably puking now if you finished watching this short clip. FOX News created the Tea Party movement, period.
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Beck’s ‘Christmas Sweater’ flops in major cities, just 17 tickets sold in New York and Boston.

Think Progress- By Alex Seitz-Wald at 12:08 pm

Last night, Fox News host Glenn Beck premiered his new live show based on his book The Christmas Sweater, which was simulcast to hundreds of movie theaters across the country. Sponsor Fathom Events called it a “once in a lifetime event,” during which “Glenn will tell you about the real life events that inspired him to write” the book, play clips from his 2008 national tour, and “share stories of the overwhelming response he received.” Despite heavy promotion on Beck’s radio and TV shows, and in-theater trailers, ticket sales were weak in major cities: Beck sold only 17 tickets in Boston, another 17 in New York, and just 30 in Washington, DC. Raw Story reports that, while sales were better in more conservative areas, even Seattle — which is near Beck’s hometown — couldn’t muster a strong crowd:

While it performed better in the south and in rural, more conservative areas, his ability to draw viewers in major US markets was a bust.

“The theater’s almost empty,” a representative at Regal Cinemas in Manhattan told Raw Story moments before it began.

The viewing in Lynnwood, WA — the closest one to Beck’s Mount Vernon hometown — sold out several hours before the show began. Ten miles south, 70 out of 415 seats had been snagged in Seattle, a better turnout than other cities.

Despite purporting to be a champion of the “little guy,” Beck set tickets prices at $20 — more than double the average ticket price. Blogger Joseph Childers reports that the production value looked “cheap,” and “the bulk of the evening consists solely of Glenn Beck acting out every role in his hokey story, with only his limited repertoire of accents and pantomime filling out the ‘cast’.”

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10 of the Most Obscenely Stupid Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories and Attacks Against the President

By Tana Ganeva, AlterNet. Posted September 8, 2009.

Obama’s nefarious plan for the nation’s genitals? His evil designs on your children? Here are the most absurd right-wing assaults on the president — and logic and reason.

Today, President Barack Obama is slated to give a speech urging America’s schoolchildren to do their homework and stay in school.

Naturally, conservatives are extremely alarmed, because obviously the president is looking to create a vast army of adorable little zombies that will help him destroy America faster.

All last week, conservative bloggers and pundits gleefully accused the centrist president of plotting to force radical politics on America’s impressionable youth, after Florida’s Republican chairman Jim Greer said Obama’s address would “indoctrinate” children and spread “socialist ideology.”

The week of right-wing echo chamber freak-outs led to protests by conservative parents, which put school districts throughout the country in the unenviable position of having to deal with the “controversy”: Some have decided not to air the president’s address; others are requiring parental permission.

So, thanks to the right-wing saviors of America’s youth, a bunch of kids will be shielded from the president’s dangerous message that learning things is good.

Could this be the stupidest, most irrational way conservatives have tried to tear down Obama? Is it even possible to answer that question?

We’ve assembled the most absurd, logic-defying right-wing attacks on the president. Some you’ve undoubtedly encountered before, as all are incessantly blared by conservative pundits and shock jocks, while many are cynically embraced by GOP lawmakers.

Assembled together, they illustrate the absurd extremes to which right-wingers are trying to drive the public discourse in their efforts to thwart essential reforms in health care, energy policy and the economy.

The Advent of Socialism/Fascism

Most historians would agree that fascism and socialism represent vastly different ideologies and historical phenomena. But not the historians at Fox News! Since Obama took office, right-wing pundits have lobbed these smears interchangeably, not quite clarifying whether Obama is leading the proletariat to a glorious utopian future or trying to bring the master race to world dominion.

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