Fox News To Fire Glenn Beck?

Glenn Beck at CPAC 2010. Photo: Gage Skidmore CC

Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC)

The Week dissects a David Carr piece in the New York Times and comes to the conclusion that “the cable news giant may part ways with the conservative firebrand at the end of the year”:

Glenn Beck is obsessed with the coming apocalypse, but the real end times on the horizon may be for his nightly show on Fox News, reports David Carr at The New York Times. Senior Fox News executives tell Carr that the network is “looking at the end of [Beck’s] contract in December and contemplating life without [him].”

Why? The conspiracy theorist has lost a third of his audience since last year, particularly in the younger demographic; he has drawn the ire of conservatives like William Kristol, and, says Carr, his show has “turned into a serial doomsday machine that’s a bummer to watch.” Could Fox News really be preparing to part ways with Beck?

It would be no surprise if it were true: Carr’s tale of tumbling audience figures and exasperated executives certainly rings true, says Steve Benen at Washington Monthly. But there’s more. Beck’s radio show has been dropped in “several major media markets,” his book sales have drooped, and “advertisers have abandoned him in droves.” It’s this last item that may be of particular concern to Fox — Beck “can’t get and keep any nationally recognized advertisers.” That is unsustainable.
“Fox News considers a post-Beck era”

This sounds like a negotiating tactic: Beck’s ratings are actually still pretty good, says Glynnis MacNicol at Business Insider. In fact, he beats every other prime time show on cable, “except three other Fox shows.” It’s far more likely that this story has been planted deliberately as an “opening salvo” in Fox’s contract negotiations with Beck. The idea that he’s about to be canned over ratings is “less than believable.”
“Sorry NYT, but this Fox News is trying to get rid of Glenn Beck because of ratings story doesn’t sound entirely believable”

Still, Beck’s appeal is on the wane: Beck’s audience is diminishing because his apocalyptic shtick has become depressing and demonstrably inaccurate…

[continues at The Week]

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  • Haystack

    Clearly Fox is caving in to the liberal media elite. *g*

  • Haystack

    Clearly Fox is caving in to the liberal media elite. *g*

  • DeepCough

    See, the Apocalypse isn’t the end, it’s just a new beginning–without Glenn Beck.

  • DeepCough

    See, the Apocalypse isn’t the end, it’s just a new beginning–without Glenn Beck.

  • ArgosyJones

    I can’t wait. Once he leaves fox, where will he go? Deeper into the fever swamp of right wing conspiracy theories. He’ll probably be a neo-confederate goldbug within 3 years.

    • Haystack

      I was wondering the same thing since Fox seems to be the network that picks everyone up after they get fired from somewhere else.

  • ArgosyJones

    I can’t wait. Once he leaves fox, where will he go? Deeper into the fever swamp of right wing conspiracy theories. He’ll probably be a neo-confederate goldbug within 3 years.

  • Thejakeyl88

    Does he need to go anywhere? Hell no he’s a multiple multiple millionaire now, he can do whatever he wants including live off the interest and never work again if he wanted to. You make it fast in this business.

  • Thejakeyl88

    Does he need to go anywhere? Hell no he’s a multiple multiple millionaire now, he can do whatever he wants including live off the interest and never work again if he wanted to. You make it fast in this business.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Yeah, “White Rage” against their disenfranchisement was good, clean fun when it was theoretical and being perpetrated by an alien bogeyman.

    Not so fun now when it’s being done for real in Michigan and Wisconsin by WASPs.

    This is and always was the key to Beck’s success: 1.) Ratchet up the tension among the privileged by blaming challenges to their power on the weakest, most vulnerable members of society; 2.) Provide relief by kicking such weakest, most vulnerable members of society in the nards.

    What do you do, though, when the pressure is becoming REAL, not imaginary, and it’s clear that kicking the dog doesn’t help?

    • http://drwho.virtadpt.net/ The Doctor

      The answer is the hell out of Dodge before the proles that are being blamed for everything break out the torches and pitchforks. Perhaps they’re afraid that they overegged the pudding.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Yeah, “White Rage” against their disenfranchisement was good, clean fun when it was theoretical and being perpetrated by an alien bogeyman.

    Not so fun now when it’s being done for real in Michigan and Wisconsin by WASPs.

    This is and always was the key to Beck’s success: 1.) Ratchet up the tension among the privileged by blaming challenges to their power on the weakest, most vulnerable members of society; 2.) Provide relief by kicking such weakest, most vulnerable members of society in the nards.

    What do you do, though, when the pressure is becoming REAL, not imaginary, and it’s clear that kicking the dog doesn’t help?

  • WackyWally

    Why doesn’t FOX just gun him down, like UBS did to Howard Beale? Would certainly make Paddy Chayefsky smile.

  • WackyWally

    Why doesn’t FOX just gun him down, like UBS did to Howard Beale? Would certainly make Paddy Chayefsky smile.

  • Haystack

    I was wondering the same thing since Fox seems to be the network that picks everyone up after they get fired from somewhere else.

  • Bud Bundy

    But who will we laugh at?

  • Bud Bundy

    But who will we laugh at?

  • 5by5

    If they did, it’d be the first intelligent thing I’d even seen the network do.

  • 5by5

    If they did, it’d be the first intelligent thing I’d even seen the network do.

  • Ghost_of_nick_pell

    speculation

    speculation

    speculation

    speculation

    speculation

    speculation

    speculation. the fact that you’re re-posting a purely speculative story doesn’t make it true any more than when Fox News, CNN, or any other twit speculates about the future.

    every time you block me, you simply prove true all the cliches about illiberal liberals. every time you silence dissent, you’re following in the footsteps of Hitler, Stalin and Lenin.

    Only Nick Pell, now ‘rebranded’ as Nicholas Pell and deafening in his silence about the long-overdue working class revolt, had the balls to stop writing nonsense when he was confronted with actual facts and evidence.

    I’m embarrassed that I used to take this site seriously. I’m embarrassed that I used to consider myself a leftist.

    Adios, hypocrites.

  • Ghost_of_nick_pell

    well, what else do you expect from the goat-fucking slaves who populate America? Thank God that Disinfonauts are carefully at watch from their sad little fortresses of fortress of solitude, dispensing wisdom to the self-anointed.

  • Ttfk

    He had a bit over 2M 2 years ago, and has a bit over 2M now.

    Time to stop recycling this same story every spring. This is the 3rd year in a row this “news” has come out.

  • Ttfk

    He had a bit over 2M 2 years ago, and has a bit over 2M now.

    Time to stop recycling this same story every spring. This is the 3rd year in a row this “news” has come out.

  • Anonymous

    The answer is the hell out of Dodge before the proles that are being blamed for everything break out the torches and pitchforks. Perhaps they’re afraid that they overegged the pudding.

  • Freebee

    —With the Globalist-EUGENICS control grid sliding into place
    and America’s plunder nearly complete —-time for more collapsing
    scenery at Globalist-front op FOX News.

    Remember kids, as the fallout from Fukishima is covered up,
    Murdoch’s people are behind Beijing’s ‘perception management’
    of the most awesome halocaust the world’s ever seen.

    REALLY

  • Freebee

    —With the Globalist-EUGENICS control grid sliding into place
    and America’s plunder nearly complete —-time for more collapsing
    scenery at Globalist-front op FOX News.

    Remember kids, as the fallout from Fukishima is covered up,
    Murdoch’s people are behind Beijing’s ‘perception management’
    of the most awesome halocaust the world’s ever seen.

    REALLY

  • Comingsoon251

    It is interesting that we now have words that subtract from our freedom of speech, yet many seem to agree that porn is protected? We see the Liberal words; rant and others that simply tell us I do not like the facts you tell us, so shut up! It happens to me on yahoo answers because what I may tell is not PC. If facts are not PC, we need to change what is PC! Earl

  • Comingsoon251

    It is interesting that we now have words that subtract from our freedom of speech, yet many seem to agree that porn is protected? We see the Liberal words; rant and others that simply tell us I do not like the facts you tell us, so shut up! It happens to me on yahoo answers because what I may tell is not PC. If facts are not PC, we need to change what is PC! Earl

  • Comingsoon251

    It is interesting that we now have words that subtract from our freedom of speech, yet many seem to agree that porn is protected? We see the Liberal words; rant and others that simply tell us I do not like the facts you tell us, so shut up! It happens to me on yahoo answers because what I may tell is not PC. If facts are not PC, we need to change what is PC! Earl

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