Friday, September 25, 2009

The Making Of Glenn Back

I don't watch Glenn Beck mainly because I can't stand to watch him. But then that's true of any of the cable talking heads. But it turns out Beck has an interesting history. I remember hearing about some of his publicity stunts although I don't remember his name being associated with them.

I didn't know he was from Mount Vernon, Washington--as if that really makes a difference--until I read the mayor was going to award Beck the keys to the city. That's been a little controversial itself.

Alexander Zaitchik has an excellent three-part series about Glenn Beck over on Salon.com. Links to Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

After reading about his rise to fame I have to wonder what really motivates him. And I wonder if he is familiar with the movie A Face In The Crowd.

2 comments:

The Chihweenie said...

The Salon article was VERY informative. And Beck knows "A Face in the Crowd" but only because Keith Olbermann refers to Beck as "Lonesome Rhodes". I know this because I occasionally listen to Beck, and he went on a whole rant about how "A Face in the Crowd" is communist propaganda since it was directed by Elia Kazan. But it is startlingly parallel to Beck. I like the image of Beck with a ponytail snorting coke in a DeLorean. I have heard it put that Limbaugh is the most evil, since he knows what he is doing and understands the impact of his work. Hannity is a Limbaugh parrot, he doesn't understand as much but he is such an ideologue it sounds good to him. And Beck I believe only cares about ratings, and is willing to sink to unprecedented depths to get them. Did you see the thing with the frogs?

Hank said...

Since I never watch Beck for more than 10 seconds, I was unaware he was familiar with A Face In The Crowd or that Olberman refers to him as Lonesome Rhoads. I saw a headline somewhere that he did something with a frog and boiling water as a demonstration for what is happening to the country or something. It sounded like some real meaningful discourse.