Blood in the Water: Glenn Beck Hits Van Jones

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The Saturday night resignation of White House green jobs advisor Van Jones is as much a story of politics as it is about cable television, as well as the drive and magnetism of Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck. Beck's show on Fox News draws around 3 million viewers a night, and it was his targeting of Van Jones that lead to Jones’ resignation.

While President Obama seems to be struggling to get his message across, Glenn Beck has no problem being heard loud and clear. To understand Glenn Beck's popularity, we speak to Michael Harrison, the publisher of Talkers Magazine, the leading trade publication for the talking-head set, along with Robert Thompson, professor of Television, Radio and Film at Syracuse University.

Guests:

Michael Harrison and Robert Thompson

Hosted by:

Lynn Sherr and Todd Zwillich

Contributors:

Melissa Locker

Comments [6]

Anti-racist

"Glen beck is a racest pure and simple;.."

Racists see racism everywhere, even where there is none.

Sep. 15 2009 04:51 PM
Marcia Wisehoon

Stupid is as stupid does, Garrett; and your spelling and grammar don't bode well for you. Glenn Beck and his listeners are not racists (although some might be, just as some liberals might be--in a subtle way); Glenn's show is about politics pure and simple, and the burgeoning governmental beaurocracy, creeping socialism, the penchant of liberals for communism and utopian ideals. And utopian societies, as any grade school child will tell you are illusions at best.

Sep. 09 2009 03:00 PM
bobs

Calling someone else a racist doesn't make Beck a racist.

Sep. 08 2009 01:42 PM
Hugh Appet

I don't understand why you find Glen Beck so amusing. One of your guests pointed out only at the end of the discussion that what counts is not his number of listeners. What counts is the way he and others like him are able to influence media.

It is obviously NOT just about ratings. It is also about politics. Glen Beck is no more of an idiot than Rush Limbaugh, who is a global warming denier and a junkie. They follow the idea that if you throw enough mud, some will stick. Especially if they coordinate which they obviously do.

For real working people, and I don't consider anyone in the media as such, what these people do has real consequences.

Sep. 08 2009 01:06 PM
Jim

Glen Beck is a hero for bringing out the truth, which wasn't too hard to do because it is all over the internet. Jones comes off as an extremist, admitted communist and doesn't need a job in any administration. We need people that love America, not trying to bring her down. Any qualification he might have in "green knowledge" is wiped out by him being a total wacko.

Sep. 08 2009 12:24 PM
garrett smith

Again your glen beck story was softpedlwed by you and your guests. Glen beck is a racest pure and simple; as is his listeners but the have the added qualification of being stupid.

garrett smith

Sep. 08 2009 10:08 AM

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