Here we go kiddies. Strap yourselves in because this ride is gonna get bumpy.
Last week Glenn Beck told Forbes Magazine that it was entirely his decision to leave Fox News and that it had nothing to do with the fact that he was bleeding viewers and advertisers like a drunken hemophiliac:
Beck: If you stay in it too long, you become Norma Desmond. I remember feeling, ‘If you do not leave now, you won’t leave with your soul intact.’
Beck apparently stayed too long because his soul is in tatters, and he is committed to likewise shredding the souls of his disciples. Setting that aside, the folks at Fox News are not taking Beck’s whining sitting down. They gave Politico a response that doesn’t pull any punches:
Fox Spokesman: Glenn Beck wasn’t trying to save his soul, he was trying to save his ass. Advertisers fled his show and even Glenn knows what that means in our industry. Yet, we still tried to give him a soft landing. Guess no good deed goes unpunished.
That response is interesting for a couple of reasons beyond the obvious slap in the face to Beck. First, it ought to make things a little uncomfortable for Bill O’Reilly, who is the only Fox host who still invites Beck back to the network. Is Beck still welcome? Will Bill mention that his bosses regard Beck as an ungrateful loser?
Secondly, this unidentified Fox spokesman has confirmed something that Fox has denied for years: that Beck’s racist and rancid antics cost the network advertisers and revenue. The company line at Fox was that “there has been no revenue lost.” But clearly that was not the case, as they now admit.
Beck also told Forbes that “I knew what this big, huge Fox empire brought to the table, and I had to leave before I became too enamored of that.” This reluctance to fall victim to the siren call of television has apparently subsided. Beck is now spending millions of dollars to elbow his way back into the television world he says is dying. His “Get The Blaze” campaign was launched to recruit his disciples into badgering cable systems to carry his web cast. It’s an initiative that reeks of the toxic socialism that Beck pretends to despise, because he wants all cable subscribers to fatten his wallet even if they don’t watch his show.
The campaign appears to be floundering. Beck posted a recent update that sobs “We think that the tens of thousands of emails you’ve been sending are piling up unread.” Gee, the cable TV market is uninterested in assuming the burden of a washed up Tea-vangelist who spews conspiracy theories and hate speech. It must be a plot by Obama’s czars to silence his perversion of the truth.
Stay tuned, because it’s a fairly good bet that Beck will escalate this feud with Fox by saying something typically idiotic and designed to get him press. And that’s his only real mission in life anyway.
6 thoughts on “Fox News Hammers Glenn Beck: “He Was Trying To Save His Ass””
1. Learn the difference between “to”, “too”, and “two” — a little basic literacy (4th/5th grade?) would go a long way towards establishing even a tidbit of credibility.
2. You stink like an agenda.
3. “Unnamed spokesperson” — because they’re always honest and reliable.
1. Learn to stop being an anal dickwad who thinks typos are capital felonies.
2. You reek of Beck’s hemorrhoidal discharges. (See, I can be as childish as you. And did you think your juvenile insult would enhance your credibility?)
3. An “Unnamed spokesperson” at Fox News is required to be dishonest and unreliable. Nevertheless, he was authorized to speak for the network. So what’s your point, Zippy?
It’s comments like the one above that make me think I’m too naive in believing that civil and engaging discourse can take place on the InterTubes.
Mark, if you want “civil” discourse, you need to start with yourself and stop the ignorant name calling (I’m not speaking about your response to Norm Al Cybias). I know you have a hard time resisting calling Fox News viewers and republicans and conservatives all kinds of ignorant things, but what kind of response do you expect in return?
Bill O’Reilly demonstrated blatant hypocrisy during the episode when he had Beck on as a guest.
Of course, by Fox standards, that’s just another day on the job.
What did we expect Beck to do? He had to say anything to save face! He couldn’t allow his supporters to know that he got the boot from Fox because of loss revenue. He has to always portray himself as the one who made the decision due to “reasons of conscience,” even though they played no role in his leaving the network. He was fired.
You all are too funny! Glenn Beck is not a racist. Truth hurts.
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