Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Beck's ignorant genius is a useful tool for FoxPAC Inc.

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Previously on the Review, it was noted that Beck's own election night coverage of the returns from his Insider Extreme was a direct conflict of interest with FoxPAC. When the objective of a media outlet is to advance a far-right cause by taking down the opposition party, then that corporation does not have to operate that way every other business in the country does. Why doesn't Beck get fired despite his normally unacceptable behavior? 

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The Los Angeles Times reported on March 6, 2009, that according to Glenn Beck, in a meeting with him, FoxPAC chief executive Roger Ailes "shared a message of his own: The country faced tough times, he said, and FoxPAC was one of the only news outlets willing to challenge the new administration." From the article: (1)
"I wanted to meet with Roger and tell him, 'You may not want to put me on the air. I believe we are in dire trouble, and I will never shut up,' " said the conservative radio host. 
But before Beck could say anything, Ailes shared a message of his own: The country faced tough times, he said, and Fox News was one of the only news outlets willing to challenge the new administration. 
"I see this as the Alamo," Ailes said, according to Beck. "If I just had somebody who was willing to sit on the other side of the camera until the last shot is fired, we'd be fine." 
In making the jump to the top-rated cable news channel from HLN, where he had a show for two years, Beck hoped to alert more people to one of his consuming, however irrational fears: that the government's handling of the economic crisis is ushering in an era of socialism.
Until the last shot is fired. It's not likely that Ailes sees the Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives as the "last shot." More likely, this is the first step of a stairway toward one party dominance and rule, a stairway to hell. Now that the executives and staff at FoxPAC have the taste of blood in their mouth, now that they have delivered a serious blow to the President's agenda, we can rest assured that the information war that is FoxPAC vs. the rational, adult media will only escalate in the coming years. In the struggle for truthiness (instead of the truth) the ignorant genius of Glenn Beck is a useful tool.
Before more people start buying Beck's strange world view, 
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