Would You Want To Be Glenn Beck?

being glenn beckThe New York Times Magazine features Glenn Beck on its cover this week for a major profile entitled “Being Glenn Beck,” saying he’s “sheepish and approachable.” Oy Vey!:

Glenn Beck was sprawled out on his office couch a couple of weeks ago, taking — as self-helpers like to say — an inventory. “I think what the country is going through right now is, in a way, what I went through with my alcoholism,” he told me. “You can either live or die. You have a choice.” Beck, who is 46, was in the Midtown Manhattan offices of his production company, Mercury Radio Arts, which is named for Mercury Theater, the company created by Orson Welles. He had just finished his three-hour syndicated radio show and was a few hours away from his television show. It was a Wednesday afternoon in the middle of September, and Beck had just returned from a week’s vacation in the Grand Tetons followed by a quick hop to Anchorage, where he and Sarah Palin appeared at an event on Sept. 11.

Beck has a square, boyish face, an alternately plagued and twinkle-eyed demeanor that conjures (when Beck is wearing glasses) the comedian Drew Carey. He is 6-foot-2, which is slightly jarring when you first meet him, because he is all head and doughiness on television; I never thought of Beck as big or small, just as someone who was suddenly ubiquitous and who talked a lot and said some really astonishing things, to a point where it made you wonder — constantly — whether he was being serious.

At some point in the past few months, Beck ceased being just the guy who cries a lot on Fox News or a “rodeo clown” (as he has described himself) or simply a voice of the ultraconservative opposition to President Obama. In record time, Beck has traveled the loop of curiosity to ratings bonanza to self-parody to sage. It is remarkable to think he has been on Fox News only since January 2009.

In person, Beck is sheepish and approachable, betraying none of the grandiosity or bluster you might expect from a man who predicted “the next Great Awakening” to a few hundred thousand people in late August at the Lincoln Memorial or who declared last year that the president has a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” He wore a blue dress shirt tucked into jeans and brown loafers, which he kicked off as soon as he sat down. He showed little interest in the results from primary elections held the day before — upsets in Delaware and New York for Tea Party candidates whose followers often invoke Beck and Palin as spiritual leaders and even promote them as a prospective presidential ticket in 2012.

“Not involved with the Tea Party,” Beck told me, shrugging…

[continues in the New York Times Magazine]

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  • 5by5

    Beck had to choose between living or dying. He chose wrong.

    And if the country wants to go on living, we need to choose to ignore this douche.

  • Anonymous

    Beck had to choose between living or dying. He chose wrong.

    And if the country wants to go on living, we need to choose to ignore this douche.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Awwwww, Hell NO!

  • Anonymous

    Awwwww, Hell NO!

  • dumbsaint

    Why give this shock jock any more of a spotlight? He’s blatantly disingenuous and the people who buy into his act are beyond help.

  • Anonymous

    Why give this shock jock any more of a spotlight? He’s blatantly disingenuous and the people who buy into his act are beyond help.

  • Butter Knife

    “In record time, Beck has traveled the loop of curiosity to ratings bonanza to self-parody to sage.’

    Ratings bonanza, yes, otherwise… he has never been any of those things. He’s a shill for corporate America, a bombastic patsy spewing anti-intellectualism and euphemistic racism from 50 years ago. Nothing about him is remotely surprising, and it’s more than a bit disingenuous to credit him even with creating a “ratings bonanza,” far wealthier and more deeply entrenched fonts of power (ie. the good folks over at Fox News) bear a great deal more responsibility for that… though it better serves their purposes to make it seem as though Beck truly is worthy.

    Beck is, simply, the voice that certain transnational business interests decided would best serve them in the Obama years. Limbaugh was the same thing during the Clinton era, and O’Reilly during the Bush era. Once a new president comes about, be it in 2 years or 6, they will find a new mouthpiece, and he will be pushed back to the second tier… if the next president is a conservative Republican, as seems likely, the replacement will be more akin to O’Reilly the apologist, and if Bill plays his cards right he might see a resurgence similar to the one currently enjoyed by Rush.

    But that’s it. Rather the end of the story. He’s on a fast boat to the slow boat to nowhere, his meteoric rise is almost assuredly to a plateau from which he can shout just loudly enough to infect the popular mind, which is rather where he is right now. Since his alternative, most likely, is that he’d be a night manager at Denny’s, he’s gotten a rather good deal out of this gig, but to suggest he’s some sort of revolutionary thinker is just industrial strength dumb.

  • Butter Knife

    “In record time, Beck has traveled the loop of curiosity to ratings bonanza to self-parody to sage.’

    Ratings bonanza, yes, otherwise… he has never been any of those things. He’s a shill for corporate America, a bombastic patsy spewing anti-intellectualism and euphemistic racism from 50 years ago. Nothing about him is remotely surprising, and it’s more than a bit disingenuous to credit him even with creating a “ratings bonanza,” far wealthier and more deeply entrenched fonts of power (ie. the good folks over at Fox News) bear a great deal more responsibility for that… though it better serves their purposes to make it seem as though Beck truly is worthy.

    Beck is, simply, the voice that certain transnational business interests decided would best serve them in the Obama years. Limbaugh was the same thing during the Clinton era, and O’Reilly during the Bush era. Once a new president comes about, be it in 2 years or 6, they will find a new mouthpiece, and he will be pushed back to the second tier… if the next president is a conservative Republican, as seems likely, the replacement will be more akin to O’Reilly the apologist, and if Bill plays his cards right he might see a resurgence similar to the one currently enjoyed by Rush.

    But that’s it. Rather the end of the story. He’s on a fast boat to the slow boat to nowhere, his meteoric rise is almost assuredly to a plateau from which he can shout just loudly enough to infect the popular mind, which is rather where he is right now. Since his alternative, most likely, is that he’d be a night manager at Denny’s, he’s gotten a rather good deal out of this gig, but to suggest he’s some sort of revolutionary thinker is just industrial strength dumb.

  • gemmarama

    as a brit and a non-tv-owner i’m not entirely au fait with this clown’s bullshit, but just looking at him… dude looks like he should be wearing short trousers. or is that just me?

    • dumbsaint

      lol yeah, total socks and sandals job.I’m an aussie without a tv so I must be doing something wrong to know all about this guy.starting at around 2:30 into this video is all you’ll ever really need though. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rM4xqnukQrM&feature=related

      • gemmarama

        i was thinking more school-boy shorts, knee-socks and shiny shoes… boris johnston (buffoonish mayor of london) gives me the same vibe. total billy bunter (fictional fat british schoolboy character, for all you internationals).

        it’s like david cameron – first and foremost, the man has NO CHIN. call me shallow, but a man with a weak jaw cannot possibly be fit to govern.

        • dumbsaint

          Add a novelty oversized lollypop and you’ve got yourself a deal.

      • Simiantongue

        This is a much better video. Donald Duck meets Glenn Beck. Donald falls under the Beck effect. Hilarious!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfuwNU0jsk0

        • dumbsaint

          You’re right, that was awesome.

  • gemmarama

    as a brit and a non-tv-owner i’m not entirely au fait with this clown’s bullshit, but just looking at him… dude looks like he should be wearing short trousers. or is that just me?

  • Anonymous

    lol yeah, total socks and sandals job.I’m an aussie without a tv so I must be doing something wrong to know all about this guy.starting at around 2:30 into this video is all you’ll ever really need though. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rM4xqnukQrM&feature=related

  • gemmarama

    i was thinking more school-boy shorts, knee-socks and shiny shoes… boris johnston (buffoonish mayor of london) gives me the same vibe. total billy bunter (fictional fat british schoolboy character, for all you internationals).

    it’s like david cameron – first and foremost, the man has NO CHIN. call me shallow, but a man with a weak jaw cannot possibly be fit to govern.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Nice photo of Beck on the cover.Say, are there any simple physiognomic metrics you could apply to it in order to reliably diagnose Down Syndrome? You know, like the ratio between the span between his eyes and the width of his forehead?Not that I have anything against folks with Down Syndrome. I just worry that his growing popularity may indicate a new, infectious strain.http://imageflock.com/img/1255908887.jpg

  • Anonymous

    Nice photo of Beck on the cover.Say, are there any simple physiognomic metrics you could apply to it in order to reliably diagnose Down Syndrome? You know, like the ratio between the span between his eyes and the width of his forehead?Not that I have anything against folks with Down Syndrome. I just worry that his growing popularity may indicate a new, infectious strain.http://imageflock.com/img/1255908887.jpg

  • Simiantongue

    This is a much better video. Donald Duck meets Glenn Beck. Donald falls under the Beck effect. Hilarious!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfuwNU0jsk0

  • Anonymous

    Add a novelty oversized lollypop and you’ve got yourself a deal.

  • Anonymous

    You’re right, that was awesome.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I’d love to be Glenn Beck…for about two minutes…just long enough to make sure the pistols barrel is in the right part of my/his mouth so the brain spatter precludes repair/survival.

    • dumbsaint

      I’d go on his radio show and announce that ‘(He) really did rape and murder a young girl in 1990′

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53AHpnC3Vug&feature=player_embedded

      • gemmarama

        interestingly, “glenn beck rapist” is one of the terms the google search bar doesn’t seem to approve of… despite this undoubtedly being a very popular search and there being pages of results.

        hmmmm…

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I’d love to be Glenn Beck…for about two minutes…just long enough to make sure the pistols barrel is in the right part of my/his mouth so the brain spatter precludes repair/survival.

  • Anonymous

    I’d go on his radio show and announce that ‘(He) really did rape and murder a young girl in 1990′

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53AHpnC3Vug&feature=player_embedded

  • gemmarama

    interestingly, “glenn beck rapist” is one of the terms the google search bar doesn’t seem to approve of… despite this undoubtedly being a very popular search and there being pages of results.

    hmmmm…

  • http://www.42ndstreetoffices.com/ www.42ndstreetoffices.com

    I don’t personally like him but I’m glad that this has been published and more people can learn what he is like…