Glenn Beck: “Frightfully Strange Man”

If nothing else, this clip from today’s Morning Joe is worthwhile just for Scarborough’s uncontrollable laughter after having watched a compilation of Beck’s verklempt crying jags on his Fox News show. It comes at 1:48 into the video if you want to speed right to that. Oh, and here’s the New York Times article that prompted this little discussion.

According to David Frum, 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.”

Update: Speaking of strange men…

30 Replies to “Glenn Beck: “Frightfully Strange Man””

  1. Ha!

    Beck really is a bizarre clown of a man, isn’t he?

    He reminds me of the Lewis Prothero character from V for Vendetta – except more tears.

    Rather than a defiant “England Prevails!” we get verklempt and weepy “I just love America….”

  2. jimmy swaggart called. he wants his shtick back.

    anyone who actually understood network would tell beck that beale’s outrage wasn’t legitimate, but that it was a case of anger transference that lacked any depth or substance, to be exploited by an unscrupulous media outlet. oh, the fucking irony….

    KEvron

  3. I remember the rant he was on after an operation for hemmoroids – saying what an awful time he had and was so thankful that it wasn’t under universal health care because it would have been worse.

    Is this guy on something? I know he’s supposed to be a reformed alcholic or something…..something is right here.

  4. Oh, and don’t forget that he suffers from ADD. Well, how can you forget? Glenn reminds viewers on practically every show.

    Funny, but like Limbaugh here’s another privileged guy who has NEVER had a “real” job in his life outside of being a radio demagogue, bloviating on behalf of “average” Americans. I doubt that Beck has a $400 million contract and a palatial estate in Palm Beach like El Rushbo does, but I’d imagine he’s paid quite handsomely to “fear for mah country”…

  5. It’s all schtick…Amerikan show biz…a media extension of WWF. Beck in the black trunks, Olbermann in the white trunks; Bush in the black trunks, Obama in the white trunks. The crowd loves it. After the gig they all go out for a beer together, share the same trailer, i.e. NYC.

    It’s a ratings game. As was mentioned several posts ago, the revolution will be televised.

    Hey, Rural, re “…something is right here.” Slip? 😉

  6. SR — That’s true to an extent, but to simply say that they’re all basically the same or are little more than characters in some kind of phony Punch & Judy show is kind of facile rendering of matters. If that’s the case, then we should all just pack up our tents and head for the caves and… Oh wait. Never mind.

  7. Oh, and don’t forget that he suffers from ADD.

    Now that there’s just funnay! He’s seriously claiming ADD? You mean that whole phony-baloney, made-up coddling disorder that only afflicts kids of liberal parents who are too PC to cure them with a good spanking? Come on, where’s the outrage from the right against Beck’s obvious fraud on the insurance industry and his helping to jack up health care costs on an imaginary disease?

  8. Yep, ADD is another one of his broke-ass gimmicks (as is his alcoholism, eating disorder, divorce, lapse from and rediscovery of his religious faith, and other such maudlin attempts to emotionally connect with his audience). The witless, gullible rubes just eat it up… like candy! (Which he also happens to have a jar full of on his desk…)

  9. thanks for childishly simplifying it all for us, sebastian.

    Well, in this instance, SR happens to be bang on, KEvron. This media circus is not, by design, intended to distract us but simply a manifestation of what happens when being informed and being entertained become hopelessly confused.

  10. I think it’s possible to be both informed and entertained.

    And how exactly would the experience of learning the facts about Abu Ghraib be entertaining?

    They are entirely two different cognitive experiences and it’s the confusion between the two that is problem.

    Of course you can be entertained and informed at the same time. But a human being’s need to be entertained can’t override knowing what he or she needs to know.

    Don’t get me wrong; I find this feud between O’Reilly and Olbermann delicious. But I”m not learning much from it.

  11. …society of the spectacle become civilization of the spectacle…reification on steroids…world turned on its head within which the liberal demographic (some might say “class”) has become historically reactionary…unless one really believes that voicing the word “fuck” on late night TV is an act of liberation and/or revolution.

  12. “And how exactly would the experience of learning the facts about Abu Ghraib be entertaining?”

    that’s how righties argue, jackass.

    KEvron

  13. that’s how righties argue, jackass.

    I did write that being entertained and being informed are two different cognitive experiences which was a way of elaborating on the arresting analogy I used to preface my last comment. Did you read the whole thing, or just stop at the first sentence?

    then nobody is.

    Probably, according to most surveys on awareness of current affairs at any rate, particularly those conducted in your dumb country.

  14. Ti-Guy — And how exactly would the experience of learning the facts about Abu Ghraib be entertaining?

    Obviously, in an exceptional instance like that the two things don’t mesh, but if the story involved some corporate malfeasance or government bungling, I don’t see why information and entertainment need be inseparable.

    I should have added the usual boatload of caveats, qualifications and codicils to my original statement, I guess.

  15. Obviously, in an exceptional instance like that the two things don’t mesh

    And that’s my point. I don’t get the impression anyone can distinguish when it’s time to be serious and when it isn’t; when it’s appropriate to be entertained and when it’s not.

    It’s that confusion that leads to outfits like FucksNews to produce shows like Red Eye.

  16. I like to think that I’m capable of making that distinction although it might be difficult to delineate or circumscribe the dividing line with any hard and fast rules.

  17. I like to think that I’m capable of making that distinction although it might be difficult to delineate or circumscribe the dividing line with any hard and fast rules.

    Well, a hard and fast rule might be this one: “Do onto others as you would have them do onto you.”

  18. Frum, I actually enjoy reading.

    I haven’t been searching but I don’t really know of another prominent reflective conservative.

    Did anyone else actually criticize Limbaugh? Not just distance themself?

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