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March 5, 2011

WHERE'D BECK'S MINIONS GO?.... James Downie wrote an interesting piece this week, highlighting the "decline of Glenn Beck." That the decline has occurred seems fairly obvious; what's important is figuring out why the deranged media personality has stumbled so badly.

The premise of Downie's case seems incontrovertible. Beck has lost more than a third of television viewers in just a year; his radio show has been dropped in several major media markets after its ratings faltered; advertisers have abandoned him in droves; and sales of his most recent book fell far short of his other titles from recent years.

Perhaps most strikingly, notable conservatives have given up on Beck, dismissing him as a ridiculous nut that makes the right look bad. Bill Kristol, Rich Lowry, John Fund, and Jennifer Rubin have all publicly criticized Beck, and Pete Wehner argued, "If conservatism were ever to hitch its wagon to this self-described rodeo clown, it would collapse as a movement."

But the key is understanding why. Downie offers a compelling explanation.

Beck built a following by making outlandish, conspiratorial claims -- about ACORN, Obama, and so on. (Bizarrely, his extremism may have augmented the number of curious liberal viewers tuning in: A Pew Research Center poll from last September found that 9 percent of Beck's Fox viewers identified as Democrats, and 21 percent as moderates or liberals.) But "anytime you have extreme stimulus," says Alexander Zaitchik, author of the unauthorized Beck biography Common Nonsense, "you'll have diminishing returns." Beck, says Zaitchik, was caught "in a vicious circle": To keep viewers coming back, he had to keep creating new, more intricate theories.

Last November, in a two-part special that indirectly invoked anti-Semitism, he accused liberal Jewish financier George Soros of orchestrating the fall of foreign governments for financial gain. During the Egyptian Revolution, Beck sided with Hosni Mubarak, alleging that his fall was "controlled by the socialist communists and the Muslim Brotherhood." Beck is now warning viewers not to use Google, accusing the search-engine giant of "being deep in bed with the government." In recent months, it seems, Beck's theories became so outlandish that even conservatives -- both viewers and media personalities -- were having a hard time stomaching them. Now, each new idea appears to be costing Beck both eyeballs and credibility. "At some point," says Boehlert, "it doesn't add up any more."

Worse, it even leads to repetition. Kevin Drum noted the other day that he caught part of Beck's show and found the host ranting about Van Jones again: "[Beck] either replays his greatest hits over and over ... or he creates ever more convoluted alternate universes that are not just harder to follow, but are also increasingly hard to believe for an audience that basically just wants to hear that Barack Obama is Satan."

This is all pretty persuasive, but there's another way of looking at this. Adam Serwer argued yesterday:

I think the answer may be in this Pew poll Ben Smith flagged yesterday showing that the number of people "angry at the federal government" has declined by 9 percent. According to Pew, "much of the decline" comes from "Republicans and Tea Party supporters." Republicans have calmed down, and Beck has stayed high-strung.

The whole Republican narrative is based on the idea that conservatives are the "real Americans" and that liberals and Democrats are illegitimate democratic actors who only gain power through illicit means. Beck and his chalkboard met the need conservatives had to persuade themselves of this in the aftermath of political losses in 2006 and particularly 2008. Republicans, having regained control of the House and excised the existential crisis caused by losing the presidential election, feel like things are "getting back to normal." So they simply don't have the same appetite for the kind of cathartic insanity Beck provides. It's not really that Beck has really changed; it's that Republicans don't really need him anymore.

I agree with most of this, but not quite all of it. Looking at the numbers, Beck's decline occurred throughout 2010, before Republicans had a successful midterm cycle, and during a period of ambitious Democratic policymaking. Things hadn't quite gotten "back to normal" when Beck's audience moved on.

But I agree that the larger societal developments have very likely had a real impact. There were times in early 2009, with the threat of a global economic collapse a little too real, that plenty of folks were thinking, "Oh God, oh God, we're all going to die. Time to stock up on canned goods and ammunition." Beck's madness spoke to those anxieties quite effectively.

And yet, we're not there anymore. The economy's growing; Democrats didn't eliminate capitalism; there are no secret messages in the clouds implanted by Islamic gay communists. The country is slowly exhaling after a period of tumult.

It's not just that Republicans don't really need Beck anymore; it's that Americans don't really need Beck anymore, now that the intensity of the anxiety has passed.

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It's not just that Republicans don't really need Beck anymore; it's that Americans don't really need Beck anymore, now that the intensity of the anxiety has passed.

Another factor is that celebrity pushed the self-described rodeo clown over the edge into the abyss of megalomania.

Posted by: DelCapslock on March 5, 2011 at 11:28 AM | PERMALINK

/But, I thought Beck was the leader of the republican party, after all, he had his big rally in Washington, I thought he was loved by all!!!

Posted by: j on March 5, 2011 at 11:30 AM | PERMALINK

ya well this was a mere 6 months ago:

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Posted by: SteveADor on March 5, 2011 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

My sense is Palin and Beck have been discarded by the Republican establishment. Their usefulness is over. That was noted on this forum dozens of times by other posters. Craziness and extremism were apparently time-limited. We can only hope the same fate awaits Limbaugh, but he still may still be useful to them. My sense is Obama's compromise on the Bush tax cuts, his continuing rope-a-dope tactics with the extreme right (i.e., refusing to argue with them), and the far right's complete absence of viable candidates and workable ideas have all served as a wake-up call to the political center where the next election will be decided. Walker's plunging poll numbers in Wisconsin, Boehner's continuing confusion in budget negotiations, Cantor's nonensical replies to media inquiries, McConnell's dreary canned rhetoric, etc., all indicate a political party adrift and in danger of being perceived as irrelevant even by its own members.

Posted by: max on March 5, 2011 at 11:44 AM | PERMALINK

Van Jones!

Jones must have become like Beck's "Stairway to Heaven."
In that the first and second time you heard it, you loved it.
After that you liked it.
After awhile, it was merely ok.
Then, later, it becomes, "What, that AGAIN?!"

What's left for Beck to go crazy about?
Hasn't be come up with enough conspiracy theories?

Pretty much the only lunacy that's left him is if he channels Art Bell and starts diagramming his rants about how Fascist/Muslim/LGBT/Socialist/ Islamisist/Communist ALIENS will come down from space, take over the Earth, and fatten us up for dinner by stuffing Sharia Law down our throats.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on March 5, 2011 at 11:44 AM | PERMALINK

Ah, but, our excellent Secretary of State makes a very legitimate point about the mainstream media being outdone by Al Jazeera in reporting events in the Middle East, and Beck is, suddenly, Re-Born. He'll be able to run with this for days. "Oh, my Gawd, she spoke the truth, thus, she must be insane".

Posted by: berttheclock on March 5, 2011 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK

would be of interest to see how this changes over time


Posted by: SteveADor on March 5, 2011 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

Ditto, StevADor. We'll see in a while.

In the interim, Beck is STILL a main draw on the crap channel. He is still preaching hatred and spitting acid. He hasn't gone anywhere.

I think the dynamic has changed since the Repugnant Ones won so many seats and they want to look a bit less crazy as the stick a shiv in the back of the middle class. If the Dems come back in the next election, I believe that Beck will be a front runner once again.

Crap never sleeps!

Posted by: Mark-NC on March 5, 2011 at 11:56 AM | PERMALINK

Two things come to mind after reading this:

One, I can't help but notice the similarity between Beck's rise and subsequent fall and that of Jerry Springer. There once was a time when Springer was the king of daytime TV, even outgunning Oprah, and people of all stripes tuned in for his daily train wreck. Eventually, viewers tired of that same old bullshit, and drifted away---and Springer is now relegated to late nights and low ratings. The only question left to ask is, where will Beck end up?

The irony of this comparison is hilarious, to me anyway.

And two, Beck's continuing decline was predictable and expected. His entire shtick relies on ever-expanding "theories" about bogeymen hiding everywhere whose sole purpose in their pathetic lives is to "destroy America."

Sort of like the Gargomel (sp?) character in those old Smurfs cartoons.

There's just no way that anyone can keep that kind of scam going for long---there just aren't enough bad guys that you can pin lies on, and your listeners can't stay angry forever, either.

Posted by: KShep on March 5, 2011 at 11:57 AM | PERMALINK

-channeling Art Bell and starts diagramming his rants about how Fascist/Muslim/LGBT/Socialist/ Islamisist/Communist ALIENS will come down from space, take over the Earth, and fatten us up for dinner by stuffing Sharia Law down our throats.
Posted by: c u n d gulag

Although Bell is largely retired, Coast to Coast still rules the night, and provides a place for insomniacs to discuss chemtrails, RFD chip implants,UFO abductions, and a myriad of government conspiracies. Like Glen Beck, it provides an outlet for those who cannot deal with reality. For the rest of us, we have this meeting place. . .

Posted by: DAY on March 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM | PERMALINK

A great person once said, "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time." Unfortunately, we still gotta put up with his crap.

Posted by: ComradeAnon on March 5, 2011 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

Part of it is better times, part the inability of most people to sustain his level of hysteria forever without some big event to sustain it, part that he is getting embarrassing.

The GOP had such high hopes for taking the House, then they got essentially swamped by story after story--Obama outsmarting them in the lame duck, Gabrielle Giffords' shooting that closed the House for a week, Egypt, now Scott Walker stirring up workers and giving the GOP the old elitist image again. They have no one to run against the Muslim Socialist Pres and their fondness for the rich just gets underscored over and over. And that is the key. Make them own that elitist title. It 's one thing their base hates.

Posted by: Mimikatz on March 5, 2011 at 12:21 PM | PERMALINK

Sounds like G Beck creates a Ponzi for Paranoids . Talk about having your cake and razor blades too .

Posted by: FRP on March 5, 2011 at 12:32 PM | PERMALINK

Beck reminds me of Howard Beal the fictional "mad prophet of the airways" who was murdered on the air by his network when his ratings declined. One can only hope that Murdoch is more civilized.

meanwhile, I agree with you that like any fictional serial one has to keep getting bigger and bigger conspiracies to keep the audience. Batman, Superman, Spiderman all have played out after a few episodes because there was no where to go. Bond and Star Trek played for decades, but both have a versimillitude and a humor Beck seems to lack.

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on March 5, 2011 at 12:32 PM | PERMALINK

I think there is a slightly different tack to this. In order to get substantial numbers of people to act and vote against their basic economic interests, you have to construct, and get them to buy into, an alternate reality. It is a reality where working and middle-class Americans are continually victimized by Big Government and liberal plots. Beck had a initially hot market in this field, but, failing to adapt as he gained adherents, he stumbled. It is at this point that the Republican core dismissed him. So on to the next fabulist who will certainly emerge. The right wing will continue to forge ahead until they reach their goal of millions of people who will support the accepted alternate reality.

Posted by: HBinBoston on March 5, 2011 at 12:52 PM | PERMALINK

Beck's pulled a daffy duck. He's blown himself up for ratings.


Posted by: langx on March 5, 2011 at 1:09 PM | PERMALINK

All of Beck's viewers a year ago were fools, but only two-thirds of them were complete fools. And even complete fools will eventually move on to the next folly.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on March 5, 2011 at 1:16 PM | PERMALINK

Beck is following the same trajectory that governed his career as a Morning Zoo DJ -- constantly trying to outdo himself with outrageousness until he has to go so far that he turns people off completely. When he called up the wife of a rival DJ and ridiculed her on the air for her miscarriage, it was the end of his first radio career. He's headed for a similar crack-up now, although considering some of the things he's already said, it's hard to know what will constitute "going too far." In any case, the schtick does just get old after awhile.

Has anyone heard much from Ann Coulter lately? She's still spewing vitriol in her columns, but no one seems to be quoting her much anymore or inviting her onto live TV shows. For one thing, she's got to be over 50 by now, and her whole act was premised on "Tee hee, I'm so pretty and flirtatious that I can say anything and get away with it." For another, like most women our age, she has the face now that she made for herself, and the sight of it might frighten young children. "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!"

Posted by: T-Rex on March 5, 2011 at 1:27 PM | PERMALINK

Worth remembering: Beck still has very large ratings. They just aren't as good as before.

Thursday, March 3, 5 pm Eastern:
Beck: 1.93 million
Hardball: 728,000
Blitzer/CNN: 735,000

Beck's edge at 5 PM was much stronger than Hannity's at 9 PM, where Maddow has been gaining.


Posted by: bob somerby on March 5, 2011 at 1:44 PM | PERMALINK

Clearly Spinn Wreck has jumped the shark - we just dont know exactly when the producer of his scripts [Beck] ran out of ideas.

I think it was the 'restoring honor rally'

Posted by: Kill Bill on March 5, 2011 at 1:49 PM | PERMALINK

Has anyone heard much from Ann Coulter lately? ~T-Rex

No. Nor of Malkin. Thankfully.

Posted by: Kill Bill on March 5, 2011 at 1:54 PM | PERMALINK

My daughter and her fiancé, both Democrats and Obama voters, have been watching Beck and Fox News for a long while for the entertainment value. I don't know how they do it without their heads exploding, but they say they like to keep abreast of what the wingnuts are saying.

Posted by: bluestatedon on March 5, 2011 at 2:12 PM | PERMALINK

"When he called up the wife of a rival DJ and ridiculed her on the air for her miscarriage, it was the end of his first radio career."

T-Rex, I hadn't heard this story before... do you have any links I could pass on to my friends? I would bet a huge box of money that the vast, vast majority of Beck fans have absolutely no idea he did this, and would be completely turned off if they did.

[It just so happens that one of the moderators has that three-part series from Salon bookmarked. The incident referenced is in part II, but all three parts come highly recommended.]

Posted by: bluestatedon on March 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK

@amx at 11:44am -- I hope you are right. I don't really have a good guess whether you are or not.

On Limbaugh, however, I will note that instead of extremism and crazy conspiracies, his primary specialties are bullshit and bigotry. Unfortunately, there still seems to be a booming market for those.

Posted by: tanstaafl on March 5, 2011 at 2:17 PM | PERMALINK

It's about time this synaptic inept fell out of the lens width and withered. Next stop Megina Kelly!

Posted by: Trollop on March 5, 2011 at 2:28 PM | PERMALINK

Isn't possible that some people just realized he's fucking insane? Remember, your crazy uncle wasn't always considered crazy. And everyone wanted to think he wasn't crazy. But over the years, eventually everyone did have to admit he's crazy. That's what is happening to Beck. He went from being the fun uncle to the crazy uncle. The uncle never changed, it's just that everyone around him finally admitted the truth.

Posted by: fostert on March 5, 2011 at 2:48 PM | PERMALINK

And if anyone still doubts the agenda of Robert Murdock consider that in England he has been broadcasting this rodeo clown for over a year without having ANY ADVERTISERS AT ALL. That's right, Murdock in paying out of his own pocket, so to speak, to keep this rodeo clown in front of people. All the advertisers in England simply refuse to be part of it. Megalomania Murdock could give a fuck.

Posted by: blue on March 5, 2011 at 2:49 PM | PERMALINK

This movie, starring Andy Griffith of all people, is strangely prophetic. It's from 1957, and was wayyyyy ahead of its time.


Posted by: bluestatedon on March 5, 2011 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

It's like the last season of X files. Even the loyalists who stuck with the show long after it jumped shark eventually give up on trying to keep the incredibly convoluted "plot" straight...

Posted by: jamus4 on March 5, 2011 at 3:33 PM | PERMALINK

I suspect part of the reason too is that this is 2011, and the Republican primary season is less than 10 months away. Establishment Republicans needed Beck to stir up the Great Unwashed so they'd turn out, but now they don't want their anointed ones to suffer collateral damage when -- as would inevitably happen -- some enterprise reporter or blogger asks one of them if s/he agreed with the latest Beck nonsense.

Posted by: Prof B on March 5, 2011 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

I have always viewed Glenn Beck as a performance artist, supplying a persona for which there was a demand. Like any good tv show, there are diminishing returns: eventually the show writes itself out, which is why you find him still talking about Van Jones and ACORN one quarter of the way into 2011.

I hope he's been putting the money away. I suspect he has.

Posted by: Algernon on March 5, 2011 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

> The economy's growing;


> Democrats didn't eliminate capitalism;

Also true.

> there are no secret messages in the clouds implanted by Islamic gay communists.

Jury's still out on this one.

Posted by: Andy Hall on March 5, 2011 at 5:27 PM | PERMALINK

max up at the top has it mostly right. 2010 was a mobilization election: the strategy was to get the base angry and motivated and at the polls. 2012 will be a move-to-the-center election: the strategy will be to satisfy the base early that you're "one of them", then ignore them completely in the months leading up to November so you don't scare away the moderates.

Beck was great in 2010 for motivating the base, but in 2012 he's sure to scare away the moderates, so the establishment is laying the groundwork for him to be fired by Fox and banished to NewsMax oblivion. He's only one gaffe away - my guess is he'll be gone by summer.

Posted by: Basilisc on March 5, 2011 at 5:29 PM | PERMALINK

Glenn is one beneath contempt fellow , luckily R Ailes and R Murdoch have his back .

... Beck, who got his revenge with what may rank as one of the cruelest bits in the history of morning radio. "A couple days after Kelly's wife, Terry, had a miscarriage, Beck called her live on the air and says, 'We hear you had a miscarriage,' " remembers Brad Miller, a former Y95 DJ and Clear Channel programmer. "When Terry said, 'Yes,' Beck proceeded to joke about how Bruce [Kelly] apparently can't do anything right -- about he can't even have a baby."

Posted by: FRP on March 5, 2011 at 5:37 PM | PERMALINK

Steve, really wish you media folks would give credit to where credit is due. Without the efforts of Angelo at StopBeck.com, Beck's advertisers wouldn't have started pulling away. Through consistent, reasoned, and polite conversations, Angelo engaged the advertisers to see how their advertising monies were being used to fund divisive, exclusive, & bigoted discourse. Additionally, Angelo successfully uses social media to reach out to the general public who likewise brought consumer gentle persuasion to those advertisers both in the US and in the UK.

Posted by: Greytdog on March 5, 2011 at 5:37 PM | PERMALINK

If Beck is "over" why does the "liberal media" adore him so, giving him so, writing article after article like the one above.

Perhaps page hits have something to do with it?

Posted by: Steve on March 5, 2011 at 5:50 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry Steve, but there still is the threat of global economic collapse. Oil is rising, the structural problems in the financial system are there (and Obama didn't do enough to help the faults, not to be confused with needing to inject money into the system per se), etc. Beck will do fine with all the gold sales he instigated by fear tactics etc, but the ordinary people will sink if we don't rise up and demand real change. I want to share a piece from a Facebook friend of mine, Basil Hugh Hall, he put in comments after I posted from the link at Four Time Bombs That Will Blow Up Wall Street

Below is a letter I sent to the local paper about a year ago.

Everyone is asking how the world has come to the present financial crisis. The logic is simple.
a) In hunter-gatherer populations there was a direct physical relationship between effort and reward.
b) Once barter systems evolved we were on the slippery slope, because we ourselves, and not our relationship with the physical environment, determined the value of bartered objects.
c) When the magical pieces of paper and metal discs were introduced physical effort and reward completely parted company and the majority of the world's population and biosphere fell pray to the parasitic money jugglers.
d) The situation now exists whereby someone with one finger on a keyboard can buy a piece of land by sending symbols through cyberspace, and without a single thing physically changing, after the passage of a few years, perhaps double the money he paid for it. What does that profit represent in terms of physical effort and change?

Everything has become so symbolic and abstract that there is no longer a direct and balanced physical relationship between effort and reward - between the number of abstract units (money) and the physical reality they are purported to represent. The modern economic system is a religion which, as we have seen throughout its history, depends as much on faith as it does on reality.

I have pointed out, in letters to this column in the past, that our economic system is like a massive pyramid scheme in which a few individuals at the top become rich on the backs of those at the bottom - the whole thing driven by the amazingly stupid assumption that it can function to infinity.

We cannot continue to borrow and steal from the future as the natural economy of a finite earth and its biosphere will ultimately determine if mankind has a future. If we carry on along the same path, I cannot see anything other than a final catastrophic collapse and a bloody return to subsistence farming.

It has to be admitted that the prosperity of the first world has been brought about by the financial dealings of those who have been parasitic on the mass of humanity and the biosphere, but sadly these individuals are also the reason why we will lose all that we have gained.

If humanity is to exist in relative comfort for a long time into the future, the only answer is to index money more closely to the realities of the physical world in some form of steady state economy.

Posted by: Neil B on March 5, 2011 at 5:57 PM | PERMALINK

Well, as I recall, Cosmo Kramer took the set of Merv Griffin and put it in his apartment - and after a while his 'show' grew 'stale'. Quote Cosmo "we need to re-tool".

There's no shortage of idiots out there for Beck to poach some attention from.

But these guys are navel gazers that grow bored easily. It's even worse when your primary tool is a chalk board. This is not good salesmanship because most of Becks viewers have bad personal memories from whence they last sat before a chalk board, (on the other hand it is a technology that they grew up with and thus understand and 'trust').

Like Cosmo, Beck needs to retool to freshen things up a bit.

Like Cosmo, I recommend 'scandals and animals'. Get some scoop on some public figure having sex with an animal. I'm sure that will set the audience off and the rating will return.

Posted by: Tim on March 5, 2011 at 5:58 PM | PERMALINK

I don't think I really looked at it this way before. When the world truly went to hell on Bush's watch and a black man was elected, there was a national need to pin all of the anxiety on the black guy. A cottage industry grew up essentially to reassure white America that it wasn't their guy - it was the exotic one. They've even managed to blame things on Obama that happened before he became President. That's Glenn Beck in a nutshell.

Posted by: jomo on March 5, 2011 at 6:40 PM | PERMALINK

The Rethugs/Teabaggers lack a Buckley to provide an intellectual gloss to their crazed ideas. More important, the more realistic among them obviously crave a Buckley to relegate Beck, and hopefully some of the other idiots, to the outer darkness as he did with Welch and The John Birch Society in the 1960s. However, such a Buckley-like figure doesn't exist in their midst.

From a strategic viewpoint, it's better to leave Beck, Bachmann, and Palin in place. Let them spout their unbelievable ignorance and stupidity every day. The media certainly loves it. But that only works if one believes there remains a reservoir of brainpower and critical thinking skills in a majority of the population that will ultimately just dismiss all the ranting and raving.

I'm not sure I'd put a lot of money on that.

Posted by: rrk1 on March 5, 2011 at 6:54 PM | PERMALINK

I'm not going to be hopeful regarding American voters until Ohio gives up on Republicans and Limbaugh is talking only to himself. I expect I shall have long waits for both.

Posted by: N.Wells on March 5, 2011 at 7:39 PM | PERMALINK

There are larger existential fears that Beck plays into that go way beyond the economy or the national debt. Anyone who pays attention can see this world is in sad shape, and the US is not much better off. Some improving unemployment numbers don't change the basic underlying fear most people have about the future. And that's what demagogues - if not Beck, then someone else - will continue to exploit.

Posted by: Speed on March 5, 2011 at 8:57 PM | PERMALINK

Last November, in a two-part special that indirectly invoked anti-Semitism, he accused liberal Jewish financier George Soros of orchestrating the fall of foreign governments for financial gain.

I think it is pretty clear that Soros' fortune comes from currency raiding and other non-productive uses of money. His attacks on the British pound and the Thai baht are well documented. Beck opened a well of hate in his investigation of Soros' Sondercommando activities but it seems to be true.

I don't know why currency raiding is "anti-Semetic" but the left seems to dominate the experts on anti-Semitism the past decade or so.

I don't understand Soros' motivation in the Obama energy agenda although his leases of the deep sea drill rigs in Brazil suggest the possibility of one.

Posted by: Mike K on March 5, 2011 at 9:32 PM | PERMALINK

Beck, shmeck, who cares about the clown in front of fools? It's not as if that crowd got better. They are still what they are, and they are not going to get better.

Posted by: Bob M on March 5, 2011 at 10:53 PM | PERMALINK

Beck served his purpose. He can now safely be discarded.

And Beck is about to learn about the merciless hardball that is played in this league. That league has so far tolerated him ... as a useful tool.

Posted by: Bokonon on March 5, 2011 at 10:59 PM | PERMALINK

Don't forget that a few months ago the GOP also began to attack Beck so that he wouldn't lose them the election because of his insanity.

Posted by: Raptor on March 6, 2011 at 3:10 AM | PERMALINK

I wonder how much Beck is boring and alienating his audience with he chalk boards and peudo-algorithms which look and probably, after a couple of hours, feel a lot like being in school and being lectured at add talked down to.

Posted by: Marnie on March 6, 2011 at 6:53 PM | PERMALINK



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