Before Glenn Beck started his new show on Fox News in January, he sat down with Roger Ailes, the network’s chief executive, to make sure they were on the same page.
“I wanted to meet with Roger and tell him, ‘You may not want to put me on the air. I believe we are in dire trouble, and I will never shut up,’ ” said the conservative radio host.
But before Beck could say anything, Ailes shared a message of his own: The country faced tough times, he said, and Fox News was one of the only news outlets willing to challenge the new administration.
“I see this as the Alamo,” Ailes said, according to Beck. “If I just had somebody who was willing to sit on the other side of the camera until the last shot is fired, we’d be fine.”
Let’s get something straight right now: when Bush was president, Faux Noise was a cheerleader for every abuse of power and ginned-up war the president could come up with. Along the way, the Channel of Fairness and Balance never opposed a single Bush spending bill. Not one. Nor did Faux ever deign to challenge deregulation mania. But with a Democratic president in the White House, suddenly it’s FNC’s job to interrogate, investigate, and instigate.
Which brings me to Glenn Beck himself. His new show has taken on an End Times theme, complete with a “War Room.” Beck offers sinister scenarios of the future and has his guests offer their dire analysis. It’s quite an amazing display of the millenialism that’s been missing from our lives since Y2K was a bust. Viewers are urged to hoard gold, food, ammunition, and pray for the country because socialism is on the march!
Thank God we have Stephen Colbert to annihilate this frummery: