During the past year Glenn Beck as lost over 300 advertisers.
The Pink Flamingo has no use for Glenn Beck (believe it or not). I think he is as deeply disturbed as Charlie Sheen. In fact, Josh Marshall at TPM wrote:
“...I hadn’t heard that take on it. But I’ve heard something else from within the Fox-associated, right-wing-mediasphere. Basically a lot of chatter to the effect that as great as Beck has been in business terms, there’s a pretty total appreciation at Fox corporate at this point that he’s completely crazy — as in more than the normal run of Fox News personalities — and that they know that something either really awful or incredibly embarrassing will inevitably happen … and probably in the pretty near future….”
It all began when the NYTimes revealed that FOX may not be renewing Beck’s contract in December.
“…But a funny thing happened on the way from the revolution. Since last August, when he summoned more than 100,000 followers to the Washington mall for the “Restoring Honor” rally, Mr. Beck has lost over a third of his audience on Fox — a greater percentage drop than other hosts at Fox. True, he fell from the great heights of the health care debate in January 2010, but there has been worrisome erosion — more than one million viewers — especially in the younger demographic.
He still has numbers that just about any cable news host would envy and, with about two million viewers a night, outdraws all his competition combined. But the erosion is significant enough that Fox News officials are willing to say — anonymously, of course; they don’t want to be identified as criticizing the talent — that they are looking at the end of his contract in December and contemplating life without Mr. Beck.
On the other side, people who work for Mr. Beck point out that he could live without Fox News. Unlike some other cable hosts, Mr. Beck has a huge multiplatform presence: he has sold around four million books, is near the top of talk-radio ratings, has a growing Web site called The Blaze, along with a stage performance that still packs houses. Forbes estimated that his company, Mercury Radio Arts, had more than $30 million in revenue.
How could a breakup between Mr. Beck and Fox News — a bond that seemed made in pre-Apocalyptic heaven — come to pass? They were never great friends to start with: Mr. Beck came to Fox with a huge radio show and had been on CNN Headline News, so he did not owe his entire career to Fox and frequently went off-message. The sniping between Fox News executives and Mr. Beck’s team began soon after he went on the air in 2009.
Many on the news side of Fox have wondered whether his chronic outrageousness — he suggested that the president has “a deep-seated hatred for white people” — have made it difficult for Fox to hang onto its credibility as a news network. Some 300 advertisers fled the show, leaving sponsorship to a slew of gold bullion marketers whose message dovetails nicely with Mr. Beck’s end-of-times gospel. Both parties go to some lengths to point out that that the discussion has nothing to do with persistent criticism from the left.
But the partnership, which has been good for both parties, may yet be repaired. On Wednesday’s show, Mr. Beck went to some lengths to demonstrate gratitude and fealty to Fox News.
“Two years ago, I was on a cable channel that no one was watching at the time, doing a show that no one was watching, and I was about to leave television. And then I had the opportunity to come and work here,” he said. “If you’re going to do news or commentary, the only place, I think in the world, the only place that really makes an impact is Fox.”…”
The usual far right Beck followers and conservative apologists are aghast, but they can’t deny the following:
“…Here is the short version: Glenn Beck’s contract with Fox is up at the end of the year and they may be looking to part ways with him because of his declining ratings.
Let’s start with ratings. They are down. Though not down as much in the month of February as they were in January when they dropped a whopping 39% from the year before (something I partially attributed at the time to the nature of that month’s alarming news cycle and the fact it’s sometimes it’s nice to be told the world is not ending.)
In Feb his ratings were down 26% in total viewers from last February — he bounced back to the number four spot in cable news — which as Carr notes can partially be attributed to the Health Care debate that dominated in 2010. (In fact, while Fox remains unquestionably dominant in cable news, its numbers were down across the board year over year.) But worth nothing they were on par with his ratings in Feb 2009….”
There is a very nasty thread running on Lucianne dealing with the article. Pink Flamingo friend and confidant Sally Vee is hip deep in the middle of it.
Sally is saying exactly what needs to be said about FOX and the problems they are having. And, yes, The Pink Flamingo has senior citizen relatives who swear by Beck. I know brainwashed seniors who swear by him.