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Monday, March 30, 2009

Disenfranchised, my ass
Posted by Jill | 6:00 AM
The party that Glenn Beck's minions support has run things for the most part nonstop for nearly thirty years. The one Democratic president during that time had an ideology that resembles moderate Republicanism (that long-dead wing of the party) more than any kind of liberal doctrine. But aside from Bill Clinton's term and a few years of razor-thin Democratic majorities in Congress, we've lived in a Republican world for nearly three decades. And the people who have accepted Glenn Beck as their short duration personal savior voted for it. So I don't want to hear about how "disenfranchised" they feel in fellatory articles like this one:
Mr. Beck says he believes every word he says on his TV show, and the radio show that he still hosts from 9 a.m. to noon each weekday.

He says that America is “on the road to socialism” and that “God and religion are under attack in the U.S.” He recently wondered aloud whether FEMA was setting up concentration camps, calling it a rumor that he was unable to debunk.

At the same time, though, he says he is an entertainer. “I’m a rodeo clown,” he said in an interview, adding with a coy smile, “It takes great skill.”

And like a rodeo clown, Mr. Beck incites critics to attack by dancing in front of them.

“There are absolutely historical precedents for what is happening with Beck,” said Tom Rosenstiel, the director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism. “There was a lot of radio evangelism during the Depression. People were frustrated and frightened. There are a lot of scary parallels now.”

The conservative writer David Frum said Mr. Beck’s success “is a product of the collapse of conservatism as an organized political force, and the rise of conservatism as an alienated cultural sensibility.”

“It’s a show for people who feel they belong to an embattled minority that is disenfranchised and cut off,” he said.

Joel Cheatwood, a senior vice president for development at Fox News, said he thought Mr. Beck’s audience was a “somewhat disenfranchised” one. And, he added, “it’s a huge audience.”

Mr. Beck has used phrases like “we surround them,” invoked while speaking vaguely about people who do not share his discomfort with the “direction America is being taken in.”


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Blogger Nan said...
The scariest thing about Beck is how incredibly proud he is of his own willful ignorance. Doesn't know anything, and doesn't want to learn.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
so the guy that runs fox, the media arm of the republican party, is talking about how is viewers are disenfranchised? I do not think he knows what that word means. It doesnt mean having an entire network devoted to pushing your world view.