The Glenn Beck Problem
By: Alan Levesque
Glenn Beck has become a problem. Oh, not for me or his millions of fans mind you but to the countless liberals, progressives and useful idiots out there in “pundit-land” who believe they are somehow imbued with an intellect superior to that of most mortal men. The problem for them is that Mr. Beck beats them at their own game. A man who continually states that he is not a journalist, seems to routinely be ten steps ahead of the mainstream media. Glenn Beck was predicting that the Federal Reserve would monetize the debt at the same time the Fed were claiming they would never do such a thing. And then, as if by magic, the Fed monetized the debt. Mr. Beck recently stated that socialists and Islamic extremists were working together to overthrow the Mubarak government in Egypt. This was mocked in the mainstream media as well, with Beck being tagged with a number of unflattering adjectives not the least of which was “Looney Tunes” courtesy of Chris Matthews. Then came the recent New York Times article stating that socialists, liberals and The Muslim Brotherhood were in fact working together, proving Beck right once again. I call this phenomenon “Manifest Sanity.” That is to say, that Glenn Beck is insane, until his predictions manifest themselves, at which time he becomes sane.
What is the mainstream media’s reaction to being outwitted by this self described “Rodeo Clown” who never finished college? Why personal attacks of course. The main issue for the mainstream media seems to be that not only is Beck a staunch conservative, but he’s not “in the club.” You know the club I’m referring to. The ivy league, corduroy sport coat wearing, pipe smoking, educated to the point of stupidity, elite club. Gripped by professional jealousy, they just can’t fathom how a person they regard as inferior to them could be so popular and so right most of the time. I think his lack of an “approved” ivy league pedigree coupled with his admittedly troubled past, encourages some left leaning media types to pounce on him with personal attacks. It’s a textbook case of “if you can’t beat them, smear them.”
Beck openly talks about his past history of substance abuse and alcoholism. I personally believe that this openness, while inviting ridicule from some in the media, is actually a valuable public service. Think about it. Mr. Beck is more or less doing a public service announcement every time he speaks about his past problems. The operative word here is “past” as Glenn Beck appears to be leading an exemplary and purpose filled life. Beck is the poster child for redemption and yet his detractors are pulled from the same pool of progressives and liberals who want to free convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. How is it that Abu-Jamal has redeemed himself but Glenn Beck has not?
Interestingly enough, my unscientific “man on the street” research appears to indicate that many of Mr. Becks detractors have never watched his show or listened to him on the radio. A case in point is an extremely liberal friend of my wife’s who told her that Beck promoted violence on his show. My wife challenged her at which point she admitted that she had never watched the show but promised that she would watch it during the week. The upshot is that this person called my wife to report that she had watched the show and had heard Beck admonish his audience against the use of violence in any form. She went on to say that Beck seemed rational and that what he was talking about appeared to have merit. In short, he was nothing like what she envisioned. Having met and spoken with Glenn Beck myself, I could have told her that what she had in her head was a caricature of the man. In person he is warm and gracious with a quick smile and a ready handshake. He is both likable and genuine which is far more than can be said for what passes for the mainstream media these days. Yes, I do believe Glenn Beck is a problem. A problem for the mainstream media.