FOX’s Beck Wreck Continues


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….”

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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.

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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.

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7 thoughts on “FOX’s Beck Wreck Continues

  1. Another day, another smear of Glenn Beck.

    SJ, this is REALLY making your blog hard to read. The unions engage in an illegal sick-out in Wisconsin, we have NPR executives SMEARING a lot of people who simply believe in less government and fiscal responsibility as racists, even OBAMA is playing the race card against them.

    Obama bring in admitted MARXISTS and admirers of Mao Tse-Tung, and Beck is the crazy one for pointing it out? Frances Fox Piven celebrates riots in Greece, and Beck is somehow the villain because he actually posts the audio.

    Simply put, what you are saying is NOT what I have seen with my eyes (either in person or on TV) or heard with my ears (from Beck’s show). So do I believe what you are saying, or my own eyes and ears?

    It’s the same thing with Jeremiah Wright – do I believe what Obama and others who made excuses for him, or do I believe what I saw and heard myself (“God damn America!”)? And Obama spent 20 years at that guy’s church. What does that tell you about how he really feels about this country?

    The choice is between Obama, a socialist who is not above race-baiting, and who never loved the United States of America, or a GOP aligned with the Tea Party. If it is all the same to you, I’ll take my chances with a GOP that is aligned with the Tea Party. At least the Tea Party loves America.

  2. I stopped watching Beck a long time ago! If he leaves I only hope he takes crazy Sarah and nutty Newt with him. By the way, I am 79 years old. I really resent this post tarring all of us seniors with the same brush!

  3. No offense intended. There are more than a few of us who have noticed a tendency for this to happen. It is occurring primarily with people who have no additional outlet for information other than cable news.

    I saw the same thing back in the 1980s with my grandmother Reidhead and her 90 year old sister. They were taken in by TV preachers to the tune of thousands of dollars. Before I could put a stop to it, they were doing without to support Jim & Tammy, Oral, Jimmy, Libertyland, you name it. My father had a cousin who had an interesting national security job. He told me how to end things. It was very ugly and involved emptying sugar packets into chain mail that would go into automatic letter openers. Let’s just say Gram and Mibs never understood why they no longer received mail from their friends.

    My other grandparents, on the other hand, only donated to Mr. Reagan. As they became older and more isolated they were preyed on by a very unethical young minister. My grandmother gave him a tremendous amount of money. I think isolation has a lot to do with it. The people I mentioned in my post are all tied to FOX with an umbilical chord with no other source of information.

    There was a piece about the problems people are having. It was maybe 6 weeks ago. What is so strange is the fact that I can’t find the article. I’m getting ready to do the parent thing so don’t have time to look for it. I’m trying to find.

    I’m working on a post, I hope for tomorrow, that shows how insidious the begging for money is becoming. It reminds me of the 1980s and all the TV preachers. I guess that’s what is on my mind.

    I wish everyone was as well read and well considered as are you. Life would be so much easier!

    It was not my intention to offend.


    The article I am seeking is Fox Geezer Syndrome

  4. I think Beck is an idiot. His grasp of history is so pathetic if he weren’t making so much trouble it wold be a joke. I am a historian. I know my stuff.

    I don’t give a rip about Jeremiah Wright. I don’t care about who Obama has around him. He is an incompetent fool. He is also terribly popular, as is his wife. I’m sick of the far right and the far left making life a living hell for the opposition and refuse to be a part of it any longer. It is time for reasoned civility. There is nothing wrong with rational thought and civility. Beck has none of it.

    The problem with the tea parties is that they are primarily libertarian, John Birch, Ron Paul Bot driven. They cost us several senate seats with flawed candidates. The are going to cost us again. I want to win. The way I see the tea parties they are so driven by ideologically driven. There is no reason, logic, or rational discourse.

    I don’t make my decisions because of one person or group. I refuse to be told what to believe or how. Once upon a time, that is how Republicans believed. We were a party of doers and leaders, not followers. Unfortunately something strange has happened and the far right has become more like lemming followers than normal, actual thinking Republicans who refuse to allow anyone tell them what to believe.

    Obama is so incompetent we don’t need the factual inaccuracies of Glenn Beck. We don’t need Jeremiah Wright, or any of Obama’s alleged “Marxist” minions. He’s ruining himself. By constantly harping on this ancient history the GOP is being terribly tarnished. Let it go. Sit back and enjoy the show. The man can’t even get high school students to invite him to address their graduating class.

    We need to concentration on getting good, decent Republicans elected. Heather Wilson is running for Senate here in NM. Erick Erickson has already declared war on her. She is the only person who can beat a Dem. They are trying to get Steve Pearce to run, but he can’t win, and I am crazy about Steve. We need him right where he is, in the House.

    What really gets me with the tea party is all a person needs to do is mouth their agenda. Their reputation, background, abilities, resume, and morality do not matter. All that matters is the women be cute and bubbly and the men spew forth what is required. I want standards. I want ability, logic, and reason. I do not see this with the tea parties – only constant agitation.

    They are starting to hurt the GOP.


  5. Jose Maria, you are my hero — a senior citizen who thinks for himself and has not become a victim. Obviously, my comments are not directed at you. But it is undeniable that your demographic is being heavily, ruthlessly pursued by a parade of hucksters. Please don’t take my comments personally. Instead, continue speaking out and being a leader. Most important, challenge people in your own age group to resist! That is what I am trying to do, as a younger outsider. Nice words don’t always cut through the propaganda… so once in awhile I throw out a stink bomb to get people’s attention. I am one of the original L.dotters and I’ve watched the place descend into wing nuttery and noted its aging population of readers/commenters and noted the flight of anyone below the age of 70. It makes me angry.

  6. Thank you, Sally Vee! But I am far from being a hero. Being able to think for myself has a lot to do with my cultural heritage. The French always defend themselves against the unknown and against others. In the old French Quarter in New Orleans a basic suspicion of others governed social life and was very creole. It was the way I was brought up. I was taught always to be on guard and to defend myself. We are nice to the people we know. We are courteous to the people we meet, but we are also very cautious. The people we admire are a reflection of oneself and in some way will show others the truth about you. I’m sure this sounds very stuffy and old fashioned. We may be pursued by a parade of hucksters, but we don’t fall easily for their scams and propaganda.

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