Tiny occupies the landscape as she finds it. In this case it's our "mattresses" down Goomp's, folded over upon themselves early morning to make a cave.
“It’s a show for people who feel they belong to an embattled minority that is disenfranchised and cut off,” Northeast Corridor RINO David Frum pontificates to a New York Times reporter re Glenn Beck's hot, hot, hot new five o'clock blockbuster on Fox News. We may not happen to "cling to guns and religion" -- although some of our nearest and dearest do -- but the Tuckmeister and ourselves have become big fans of the late-afternoon entertainer the NYT headlines as "Fox News’s Mad, Apocalyptic, Tearful Rising Star." We don't have to agree with everything Glenn Beck says. As with Rush, we're just glad he's out there. As Dr. Helen wrote the other day, "Moms, Dads, business people and others are taking to the streets and forming connections with each other and learning to organize against the statists of the world." A few tasty excerpts from the mostly totally excellent NYT article:
With a mix of moral lessons, outrage and an apocalyptic view of the future, Mr. Beck, a longtime radio host who jumped to Fox from CNN’s Headline News channel this year, is capturing the feelings of an alienated class of Americans [Alienated? Not really. We just don't like the way President Obama & Company are trying to ram their socialist agenda down the nation's throat].
In an interview, Mr. Beck, who recently rewatched the 1976 film “Network,” said he identified with the character of Howard Beale, the unhinged TV news anchorman who declares on the air that he is “mad as hell.”
“I think that’s the way people feel,” Mr. Beck said. “That’s the way I feel.” In part because of Mr. Beck, Fox News — long identified as the favored channel for conservatives and Republican leaders [As opposed to what? The rest of the cables and mainstream TV networks "long identified as the favored channels for statists and Democrat leaders"?] — is enjoying a resurgence just two months into Mr. Obama’s term. While always top-rated among cable news channels, Fox’s ratings slipped during the long Democratic primary season last year. Now it is back on firm footing as the presumptive network of the opposition, with more than 1.2 million viewers watching at any given time, about twice as many as CNN or MSNBC.
A few more fun 'graphs from the article, and then go ahead and read the whole thing:
Mr. Beck says he believes every word he says on his TV show, and the radio show that he still hosts from 9 a.m. to noon each weekday [Whah? He believes every word he says? With that attitude, he'll never make it as a statist.]
He says that America is “on the road to socialism” and that “God and religion are under attack in the U.S.” [Doh.]
At the same time, though, he says he is an entertainer. “I’m a rodeo clown,” he said in an interview, adding with a coy smile, “It takes great skill.”
And like a rodeo clown, Mr. Beck incites critics to attack by dancing in front of them.
“There are absolutely historical precedents for what is happening with Beck,” said Tom Rosenstiel, the director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism. “There was a lot of radio evangelism during the Depression. People were frustrated and frightened. There are a lot of scary parallels now.” [Yah. Like Chris "thrill going up my leg "Matthews and the abominable Keith Olbermann.]
You go, Glenn!
Update: "Scary parallels?" asks Don Surber in give-me-a-break high dudgeon:
It's only "fair."
Update: All things fair in tooth and claw at Modulator's Friday Ark #237.