I do, however, share the radio and TV talk show host’s libertarian leanings and am impressed by how quickly the audience for his show on FoxNews has grown. Having moved to the network the day before Obama was sworn in, Beck is now the third largest draw in cable news, behind only Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. More people watch his program than watch Keith Olbermann’s and Rachel Maddow’s combined.
But, you needn’t look at the latest cable ratings to see how well the guy is doing; you could probably guess it just by noticing the increasingly hysterical media coverage of the man. For the picture of Beck to accompany its cover story, Time magazine tapped a photographer who last year had bragged about distorting pictures of John McCain for an Atlantic cover last year.
And they’re not alone. Everyone on the left seems out to get Glenn Beck these days, as if he is the defining voice of the Republican opposition. And heck, the guy isn’t even a Republican, having repeatedly attack George W. Bush that Republican was in office.
Whatever Glenn Beck’s faults, he has tapped into something in America. And yet, as, with their coverage of the Tea Parties, the media seek to denigrate and attempt to discredit the man rather than understand the phenomenon he (along with many others) has come to represent.