Wednesday, April 06, 2011

...and Glenn Beck's show is ending

Thank god for that. Beck's "Everyman" status is skewered quite a bit in a series of articles that Alexander Zaitchik did on him, that later gave rise to his book "Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance". From the articles, Beck comes off more as a combination of master manipulator and broken man than any sort of regular guy. The dude lived on cocaine and other drugs as a shock jock who pushed the barriers, then found religion via the Mormon church, but didn't give up his style. There are definitely qualities that Beck's rants share with those of mumbling tweakers strung out on meth, which no doubt endears him to a large part of his audience.

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