Yet another major media outlet has dropped Beck’s radio show. Rumor has it that over 300 advertisers have dropped their ads from Beck’s TV show. To be fair, The Pink Flamingo thinks the list is a little fishy.
“…So what should thoughtful conservatives do? I’ve said it before, but it is especially relevant here: Police their own side. Rather than reflexively rising to his defense when questioned about Beck, why don’t conservatives call him out and explain that he doesn’t represent the views of mainstream conservatives? Conservative groups and candidates should be forewarned: If they host, appear with or defend him they should be prepared to have his extremist views affixed to them.
Fox News has every right to have whomever it wants on the air, but, likewise, conservatives have every right to and, indeed, should disassociate themselves from his brand of rhetoric…”
Once upon a time, there was a baseball impresario called Bill Veeck. He was known as Veeck as in Wreck. He would do anything to play to a crowd to increase the bottom line and sell tickets.
“…Some of Veeck’s most memorable publicity stunts occurred during his tenure with the Browns, including the appearance on August 19, 1951, by midget Eddie Gaedel. Veeck sent Gaedel to pinch hit in the bottom of the first of the game. Wearing elf like shoes and a 1/8 as his uniform, Gaedel was walked on four straight pitches and then was pulled for a pinch runner. Shortly afterwards “Grandstand Manager’s Day” – involving Veeck, Connie Mack, and thousands of regular fans, allowed fans to call the game via placards: the Browns won, 5–3, snapping a four-game losing streak…”
With apologies to Bill Veeck:
On Thursday evening, when having dinner with friends, I seem to remember saying something much like this. If FOX is allowed to continue with the likes of Beck, they are seriously harming the GOP. Peter Wehner wrote in Commentary:
”…All this is quite troublesome in its own right. But what ought to worry conservatives in particular is that Beck not only has the unusual capacity to discredit virtually every cause he takes up; he also confirms the worst caricatures of the right. What was true before is doubly true today. It looks to me like it’s only a matter of time — and I suspect not much time — until he blows apart professionally. If and when that happens, one can only hope that conservatism as a movement will have created enough distance from Beck to mitigate the damage….”
From Outside the Beltway:
“...The problem that Rubin faces, though, is that the “thoughtful conservatives” she speaks of are either few and far between, or their afraid to speak out for fear of offending the base. Unlike the 1950s when William F. Buckley effectively banned the John Birch Society from respectable conservatism, the kooks are more numerous this time and it’s the “thoughtful conservatives” who find themselves being written out of the movement when they breach some perceived orthodoxy. As I noted last week, the inmates are running the asylum this time around. If anyone’s likely to be purged it’s likely to be Rubin and people like her. Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, Palin and all the rest are going to be around and spewing their nonsense for the masses for a long time to come…’