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Glenn Beck On Conspiracy Theories, His Critics On The Right And Left, And How He Resembles Howard Beale Of ‘Network’

140px-Arguing_with_IdiotsJames Taranto, a member of The Wall Street Journal‘s editorial board, writes a fawning profile of the increasingly loonie Glenn Beck. Does this mean that we can expect the Journal to become a semi-respectable print version of another of Rupert Murdoch’s “news” outlets, Fox News Channel (which of course is home to Mr. Beck’s TV show)?

Glenn Beck didn’t always believe in what he was doing. “When I was young, I used to hear people say, ‘He’s a golden boy. Look at that guy. Can you imagine what he’s going to be like when he grows up?’ Well, I unfortunately bought into that. And I hadn’t even found myself. Quite honestly, I was running from myself. But I knew how to work Top 40 radio.”

“Golden boy” was no exaggeration. “I was in Washington, D.C., on the morning show, by the time I was 18, programming a station by 19, No.

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News Corp. Wants To Bring Fox News To The UK

FNC logoNote to U.K. regulators: this is a terrible idea. Make sure you watch Robert Greenwald’s classic documentary Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War On Journalism and weep. Variety reports on the head of Murdoch’s U.K. based Sky News calling for the end of impartiality rules there:

The head of Sky News, the U.K. news web that is controlled by News Corp., has defended Fox News — and called for the scrapping of impartiality rules that prevent a U.K. version of Fox News being licensed in Britain.

John Ryley, speaking to the Cambridge Union Society Tuesday, said that he admired Fox News, which was recently under attack from Rupert Murdoch’s son-in-law Matthew Freud for undermining journalistic standards.

The Sky News topper said: “At Sky News, we provide impartial and independent news.

“That’s not because Ofcom (the U.K. media regulator) tells us to but because it’s what our audience expects of us. In simple terms, it’s good business for us to be impartial.”

Ryley added: “That’s not to say there aren’t different ways of approaching television news.

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Sarah Palin Joins Fox News as Contributor

Politics was just too hard for poor Sarah. But now she’ll get rich on TV. (Thanks John McCain!) Reports Fox News:

Palin Wink2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is joining Fox News as a contributor, the news channel announced Monday.

The former Alaska governor, whose book, Going Rogue: An American Life, became a bestseller weeks before it was released and remains No. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list, has signed a multi-year deal to offer her political commentary and analysis across all Fox News platforms, including Fox Business Channel, FoxNews.com and Fox News Radio.

She will also participate in special event political programming for Fox Broadcasting. “I am thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at Fox News. It’s wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news,” Palin said in a written release.

Palin will also host periodic episodes of Fox News Channel’s “Real American Stories,” a series exploring inspirational real-life tales of overcoming adversity throughout the American landscape that will debut in 2010.

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The Revenge of a Booted Fox News ‘Talking Head’

Rachel MarsdenVia Valleywag:
It's hard to say what made Rachel Marsden turn on her benefators in right-wing media. True, she was escorted by security guards from her former job as co-host of Red Eye, a sort of late-night lockup for the truly hard-core lunatic fringe within the crazyhouse that is Fox News. But that hardly soured her on the network; she later emailed us saying she'd "always been a big fan of" Fox News chief Ailes, "and am always honoured to be asked to contribute to anything this great man has built." Fox's flagship shouting head Bill O'Reilly, meanwhile, was "a real man ... awesome ... a straight shooter, and one of my favourite people in the biz."
However, Marsden sure has no love for Fox News now:
I was a "talking head." I'm not a big fan of the term. "Talking head" implies the presence of a brain, which isn't always the case. The American cable news network from which I was sprung mostly selected their female talking heads for their tits and legs. I guess nicknaming them "talking tits" or "talking legs" would be overdoing the obvious. It would also totally bust the trailer trash viewing majority who watch the network as the closest thing their old lady will allow them to get to porn.
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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid of Obama’s Latest Big Brother Plan

Before all you loyal disinfo.com visitors get all up in arms about my posting this, please remember that our goal from the time of our founding in 1996 was always to expose multiple points of view on any given issue, and more than anything to highlight media bias. It’s no secret that Fox News Channel has a very conservative tilt, thoroughly exposed by Robert Greenwald in Outfoxed, so take this opinion piece by FNC’s Bradley Blakeman for what it is: an attempt to cast President Obama as an Orwellian Socialist:

The Obama administration seeks to empower a very powerful government agency you have probably never heard of with new and expanded powers that will have a direct consequence on every American if they are successful in their efforts to implement national health care reforms.

The Obama White House is also drunk with power and is seeking to expand the powers of government agencies to oversee and act out to affect Americans in ways that this country has never seen before.

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Mea Culpa: Fox News Keeps Making Conservative-Friendly Mistakes

From Daily Finance:
Every news organization makes mistakes. But when Fox News makes mistakes, they seem to tilt in a suspiciously consistent direction, favoring Republicans and conservatives over Democrats and liberals. It happened again Wednesday, when host Gregg Jarrett, introducing a segment on Happening Now, described the "huge crowds" that were turning out to greet Sarah Palin on the promotional tour for her book, Going Rogue. "These are some of the pictures just coming into us," Jarrett said as images of Palin surrounded by throngs of supporters flashed across the screen. While Palin may indeed be drawing big crowds, it didn't take long for liberal watchdog blogs like Think Progress and Media Matters to point out that the masses Jarrett touted on Happening Now had nothing to do with Palin's book...
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Glenn Beck Loses Lawsuit Against Glenn-Beck-Rape Website

Glenn Beck has lost his legal claim against the creator of the website www.glennbeckrapedandmurferedayounggirlin1990.com. Using the sort of twisted logic typically deployed by the television host himself, the site was created by one Isaac Eiland-Hall based on the possibility that Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990, as Beck has never denied taking part in such an attack. Two months ago, Beck's lawyers filed a claim that the website was created in bad faith and broke trademark rules. However, the World Intellectual Property Organization ruled in Eiland-Hall's favor.
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