I posted this on Facebook, but I wanted to expand on this for a few paragraphs.
First of all, I love back stories, especially media back stories. Why do they write and say what they say and, sometimes more importantly, why do they NOT write something they know very well is true and should be part of “the” story?
No one that I know, actually believes Glenn Beck is anywhere close to the wacko he depicts himself as on TV and radio. Beck has become a cottage industry selling airtime, books, radio spots, etc. He’s headlining some of the most important Tea Bagger and Republican rallies in the Country.
But, first and foremost, Beck enjoys entertaining. He enjoys the spotlights, cameras and microphones. That’s not a sin.
As a cottage industry, he’s also made lots of money for booksellers, PR firms, handlers, and talking heads that spend a lot of time refuting most of what he says. There’s the key to this whole mess.
Beck has, for a while now, been encouraged to go deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of ultra right wing ideology. So far from the (compromised center) of Republican thought that even Republican pundits say, “hold on…don’t put him and me in the same category as us”.
Meanwhile, agents and “those in the know” are telling him to pump up the volume. They want to make as much money as they can (for Beck and themselves) for the longest amount of time they can get. Every agent knows that popularity doesn’t last forever. The tide turns, sometimes quicker than we’d like to imagine.
Beck is no different than a popular reality show that fades after a year or so…or a sitcom that fizzles out after three years. Albeit, Beck has lasted a little longer that most reality shows, they analogy is still valid. At some point, people get tired of listening to the same guy, they just want a little variety.
(Enter from stage left) Brian Kilmeade. Brian actually wants to be the next Glenn Beck, but here’s the twist. Brian believes the bullshit he’s saying. He actually believes “All Terrorists Are Muslims”. He’s bought into the ideology hook, line and sinker. The problem with Brian Kilmeade: he’s smarter than he looks. He knows how far to go (and what not to say) because even though he’s in the game for the money and fame, he also believes everything he says. Brian is certainly less likely to be persuaded to “cash out” close to the peak and go home with a shit-pot of money. He’ll be more measured, longer lasting and in my opinion, a hell of a lot more dangerous.