Glenn Beck is not one of the people we should normally give the time of day to, as I have previously stated in my article “5 People Conservatives Need To Stop Paying Attention To.” Beck, like many other conservative pundits, makes his living by saying inflammatory things designed to piss off people on the left. In turn, their counterparts on the right reply, and the never-ending war of words produces clickbait after clickbait link of “Glenn Beck DESTROYS Rachel Maddow! (VIDEO)” and on the left “Rachel Maddow CASTRATES Glenn Beck! (VIDEO)” – you know how it goes.
All that being said, what is happening to Glenn Beck now in the wake of his position on immigration should garner him zero sympathy from the left, or anyone else with a memory of his inflammatory, conspiracy-laden remarks. He was so nutty that he had to leave Fox News because advertisers were abandoning the show, and now he wants to paint himself as some sort of hero for standing up to his own deranged fans? Please…
“Everybody is telling me I’m seeing subscriptions down; I’m seeing Mercury One donations down,” Beck said, growing emotional. “I’m getting violent emails from people who say I’ve ‘betrayed the Republic.’ Whatever. I’ve never taken a position more deadly to my career than this — and I have never, ever taken a position that is more right than this.” (Source)
Herein lies the problem with hyperbole and pandering to the fringe – eventually they’ll drag you over the cliff with them. Much of today’s media, especially on the far right, depends on telling people what they want to hear – not what they need to hear. Addictive partisan punditry disguised as information has replaced quality reporting and everyone is competing over a limited number of viewers or readers in their sphere of influence. If Glenn Beck refuses to say that immigrants are being secretly sent over the border by Hamas or Al-Qaeda to destroy America and impose sharia law at the request of President Obama, then the people who want to believe in this ridiculous idea will go elsewhere to find someone who will tell them that.
While the rest of the country continues to become more diverse and politically liberal, the demographic that Beck and his competitors make their money off of is becoming smaller and increasingly angry, even absurdly paranoid. Take Rolling Stone’s recent article on Texas politics for example, Ground Zero for the current wave of child immigrants fleeing violence-torn Central America.
Republican primary voters in 2014 weren’t interested in hearing about jobs. Instead, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican running to replace Perry, used Ted Nugent for campaign appearances a month after the singer referred to President Obama as a “subhuman mongrel.” One of the lieutenant-governor candidates, Texas agriculture commissioner Todd Staples, ran a television ad in which he declared, “Mr. President, you are not a king, and Texans bow to no one” – followed, chillingly, by footage of Staples hoisting a rifle at a gun store. Meanwhile, Cathie Adams, the former chair of the state GOP, suggested in a speech that Republican anti-tax fanatic Grover Norquist might actually be part of a stealth jihad because he is married to a Palestinian and “as you see, he has a beard.” (Source)
You helped build this, Mr. Beck. You helped feed the frothing monster that is now the lunatic fringe threatening you and others who refuse to go along with their paranoid delusions, xenophobia and thinly veiled racism. You are responsible for this, not us, not the liberal media that you’ve blamed for so many of our nation’s problems.
Glenn Beck’s heart may indeed be in the right place on the issue of immigration, for however long this lasts, but he has zero sympathy from me when it comes to dealing with the monster he helped create.
We don’t know if he’s doing this for some cheap attention from the left or if his intentions are indeed legitimate, but this is a situation of his own making. This is the peril of catering to political fringes, as the only way to stay relevant is to constantly ratchet up the hyperbole and bias confirmation. Refusing to do so means to lose listeners and readers, or receive threats for being a perceived traitor as Mr. Beck is now learning the hard way.
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