Glenn Beck Is Now Receiving Threats From The Right-Wing

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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  • Sandy Greer

    Good for Glenn Beck! I don’t scorn anybody wants to help. I hope people watch the video (first blue Source link = to Beck remarks in quotes) Because:

    UN proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights after WW2 (30 inalienable rights due all) US voted in favor. These rights may be seen on the UN website:

    www DOT un DOT org/en/documents/udhr/

    Many speak to Life, Liberty, personal Security, and adequate Living Standards. One in particular:

    Article 14 – Right to Asylum in other countries from Persecution

    We have a Moral Obligation here, as per the last of our inalienable rights:

    Article 30: Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

    • Snarky Daemon O’Mockery

      Hail Eris!

      Glenn Beck isn’t interested in helping anyone, except Glenn Beck — he just found his own personal “Bridge at Remagen,” that’s all. It just happens to be way out in Extreme Fringe CrazyTown, where he’s highly likely to get ripped apart for not continuing on into the Psychotic Badlands, the poor sap. Clearly, he’s not really able to comprehend the nature of the beast he helped create, or that, if he intends to survive many more years, he has to be the _craziest_ of the fringe crazies, and stay at that position. Oh, well. They might not get around to killing him…

      “Bah! It is a mistake to bow to the wishes of munchkins who whine.”

  • DavidD

    Beck is doing this for his own intrests.He is incapable of a change of heart because as a pathological sociopath as revealed in his past practice this is not even a consideration.
    He has sniffed the wind and understands that the right wing glory days are done.Their own style of work has become so extreme that soon they will exit stage right and he doesn’t want to go out the door with them.
    Evangelical preachers will be the next to leave the sinking ship.They live and die by numbers and contributions and both are beginning to slip.They too have very good instincts to know which side the bread is being currently buttered on.That supplys the means of power and wealth they crave.Something or someone offers a better deal or objective conditions change they will back down on the culture war and be quiet or switch sides altogether.
    The GOP strategy of supply side economics,culture wars to divide and conquer and overt and covert rascism are running out of steam due to their own contradictions.
    They have not found new justifications for their real objective which is to serve the needs of .01% so they can remain in political power preserving and expanding the elites economic power.
    The chickens are coming home to roost.Expect great change in the next couple of years.Few will see it coming and it will be quick.
    What form it takes is anybodies guess but the quanitative presure is building.
    One thing for sure is that the left needs to avoid the Glen Beck types and keep them far away.I don’t want their smell on me.

  • Alex McDowell

    Wait a minute. Glen Beck (who has conflated every lie he ever could get his hands on for publicity) says that Glen Beck has been receiving death threats from the right wing? And this is news? Glen Beck-WINNING!
    Call us when something actually happens to him. THEN we can all get together to let out a national feeling of “meh”.

  • Mike Maroon

    Well, if your column were 100% factual instead of mostly conjecture, then maybe I’d take you seriously. “While the rest of the country continues to become more diverse and politically liberal,..” Really? Maybe in the big cities, but not everywhere else. The problem I have with all pundits is they say things they WANT to be true, not things that actually are. As for liberal..well, as practiced by libs in this country, the term doesn’t belong in the same sentence as “diverse” because that word doesn’t mean what you seem to think it means, which means “aligned with a liberal point of view.”

    • DavidD

      The country is getting more and more urban everyday and the International economy drives thisUrban voters vote Democratic.
      The GOP has burned it’s bridges such as they were to people of color who don’t fear you much anymore and have no reason to love you.
      The only thing you really have going for you is voter apathy and as you take yourself futher right to pander to a shrinking base you shed supporters.
      You will make some gains in 2014 but I doubt if you gain control of the Senate.
      In 2016 you are going to get rolled badly and lose the Presidential,not gain control of the Senate and lose control of the House.
      Gerrymandering,efforts to remove voters from the rolls,limiting voting and encouraging apathy are not the tactics of sucess but the politics of desperation.
      The Reagan nightmare is fading fast.

    • Moses

      Considering that Obama won the popular vote twice by comfortable margins, and the House GOP actually lost the popular vote (but kept their majority through gerrymandering), you better believe the country is turning away from the poisonous, racist, stupid-is-more-treasured-than-smart right.

  • Eg Kbbs

    I’d think the news is that the right wing has gone so far to RWNJ that they are threatening Beck for not being right wing enough.

    And if anyone should want to ask, from Beck’s paranoid theories (which must be true because he can draw arrows on a chalk board between random objects and even choose words so that they spell out other words) to his hawking of the gold currency scam, I have absolutely no respect for Beck.

  • Anne Payton Smith

    Couldn’t agree more David.

    • DavidD

      Thank you for your kind reply.

  • ClarkeS

    Just wanted to say that this is really well put. I hope you are right that this demographic is shrinking but I wonder. I have no way of knowing since like everyone else I get my “general picture” from some version of the clip packaging we now call news. I would be denounced as a tree-hugging commie terrorist by Beck’s (former?) gang, but the fact is that I am basically a Socratic. I like logic and can accept pretty much any point of view if it is well described and uses quantifiable and testable argumentation methodologies. How did I end up living in an era when lying is the norm and spin is the bread and butter?

  • Joe Evony

    You reap what you sow Glenn…