Saturday, October 2, 2010

Rick Sanchez and Glenn Beck: a tale of two networks

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On October 1st, CNN afternoon host, Rick Sanchez, told an interview on satellite radio, "I think Jon Stewart's a bigot." At 18:00 hours that day, Sanchez was terminated from CNN. Previously, Glenn Beck, who infamously called President Obama a "racist," had called Sanchez  “quite possibly, the dumbest man in television.” Why was Sanchez fired for his offensive remarks but Beck was not? It may have something to do with journalistic integrity, or it's just a matter of market share. Either way, Glenn Beck is clearly protected at Fox even though by his own standards he should be fired. The question is why. The answer may well be hidden in the not-so-secret plot of Fox News owner, Rupert Murdoch's mind.

This is the exchange that got Sanchez in hot water. It was copied from the excellent and award winning blog, the Angry Black Lady Chronicles.

The following is the recording of Beck and his radio zoo discussing Sanchez on August 21st this year. It was copied from the media website that covers the media, Mediaite. Note the morning zoo style that comes across from Beck and his band of merry Smearsters.

It wasn't surprising to hear Beck badmouthing Sanchez. They shared the same 5:00 time slot at the time, and Beck has a history of sleazy attacks on his rivals dating back to his days as a Morning Zoo DJ. To be clear, Sanchez is quite stupid, but listening to the uneducated Beck call his rival dumb was like, to use a cliche, hearing the pot call the kettle black. How so?

Most readers of this Review are well aware that Glenn Beck has called President Obama a racist. Fox did not fire Beck for an offense that many deemed beyond the pale. That includes the nearly 300 companies that now refuse to sponsor Glenn Beck's show here in the U.S.

Why was Sanchez promptly fired by CNN, but Glenn Beck is allowed to continue as a divisive, deceitful, unprincipled, yellow propagandist? Three theories come to mind:
  • Sanchez bit the hand that feeds him. If Sanchez was accurate with his claim that CNN is owned by Jews, then they may have been offended by Sanchez' anti-Semitic comments.
  • CNN is working at becoming the news outlet that truly is neutral and objective. With these remarks, Sanchez made it clear that he doesn't belong on a network striving for high journalistic integrity. Fox "News," on the other hand, does not strive for journalistic integrity or high standards of objectivity.
  • Beck was hired to do exactly what he's accomplishing, exactly what Fox "News" works to accomplish every day, 24/7/365: to shift Overton's window to the right (or up). Beck calls the President a racist? No problem. That Beck often makes baseless claims? No problem. That Beck's models of reality are utterly absurd? No problem. That Beck is a false prophet predicting doom for the country? No problem. That Beck's incendiary rhetoric bumps up against the law proscribing the inciting of sedition? No problem. That Beck's demonization of progressive organizations has inspired an attempted killing spree? No problem. That Beck is an enthusiastic supporter of the Tea Party? No problem. That Beck is unfair and imbalanced? No problem. That Beck has lost hundreds of sponsors? No problem. That Beck demonstrates his ignorance about the U.S. Constitution?  No problem. That Beck is promoting fear when the country is in need of courage? No problem. That Beck has compared the President with Lucifer? No problem. Beck goes so far as to promote his own news source, (a clear conflict of interest) on his Fox show. No problem.  
On any other network, on any channel with an interest in getting actual news and/or informed opinion conveyed to their audience, Glenn Beck would have been fired many months ago. Why hasn't Beck been fired by Rupert Murdoch? Because Fox is not a news outlet. Fox is the media and propaganda arm of the Republican/Tea Party, and Glenn Beck, despite his many flaws as a commentator, is an integral part of  Rupert Murdoch's and Roger Ailes' strategy to move people, by whatever means available, to the right, as far right as possible. 

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Anonymous said...

ok flashback.... glenn beck had his own show on CNN for over 2 years doing the same things he now does on Fox and HE WASN'T FIRED... so this defense doesn't hold up

The Glenn Beck Review said...

It wasn't the same thing that he's doing now, not by any stretch. I saw a YouTube video that showed the change he made from when he was on CNN to what he's been doing of Fox. Unfortunately, I didn't log in and can't find it to post here. Thanks for reminding me to look for it some more.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I think Sanchez is a bigot, but it wasn't worth getting fired over. Beck is a big commodity on Fox and they'd be foolish to fire such a cash cow.
The latest weird thing I heard him say was "Yes we can" is a Communist slogan.

Anonymous said...

There must have been more than what was in that soundbite said about Jewish people. I saw this and thought it might be of interest:

The Glenn Beck Review said...

Ocdbloggergirl, Fox is losing money for Fox because of the hundreds of sponsors who won't advertise with him. Empty calories, he's called. That's covered in

He says lots of "weird" things; I call them absurd. Beck draws his following from absurd ideas, hyperbole and flat out dishonest claims. Fox loses even more credibility by keeping him, but they can't fire him because his audience, the reactionary/Tea Party portion of the Republican base, would perhaps abandon Fox. It's a no-win situation for a supposed "news" network and a wonderful situation (described above) for a propaganda outlet of the conservative/reactionary Republican/Tea Party.

Anonymous said...

You're saying, "the pot calling the kettle black" is a racist statement. I think the author of this website should retract this statement.

The Glenn Beck Review said...

Not true. The origin of "the pot calling the kettle black" is as follows: Origin
"This phrase originates in Cervantes' Don Quixote, or at least in Thomas Shelton's 1620 translation - Cervantes Saavedra's History of Don Quixote:

"You are like what is said that the frying-pan said to the kettle, 'Avant, black-browes'."

The first person who is recorded as using the phrase in English was William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, in his Some fruits of solitude, 1693:

"For a Covetous Man to inveigh against Prodigality... is for the Pot to call the Kettle black."

Shakespeare had previously expressed a similar notion in a line in Troilus and Cressida, 1606:

"The raven chides blackness."

Now you're going to claim that William Penn and Shakespeare were a racists?

You are completely striking about with your series of ignorant, anonymous hit-and-run comments on this blog.