I think that this week I was more stunned by Glen Beck than anything else. Stunned by his notion that the man in Alabama who killed his mother, his grandmother, a three month old baby and some seven other innocent people before committing suicide was in some way "pushed to the wall", possibly by political correctness. That seemed like a very sick thing to think, let alone say on TV. For a nanosecond I even thought he'd gone too far for Fox. OK, that was just stupid and I realize that I'm way too old to believe a thing like that. But Beck did seem to be kind of excusing mass murder of innocents, and on the basis of motives not in evidence no less. If that weren't enough, he seemed to think that it was a natural conclusion, based on the fact that the country elected a Democratic administration, that other such crimes would follow.
So, I'm reading this and thinking that it's way over the top, even for Fox. But no, it turns out it's just a little publicity for a ratings bonanza. Beck is doing great with a Glenn Beck Friday, which caters to the ever desirable white militia niche. And with Rush so busy running the Republican party and all - well, opportunity is knocking for those willing to play on the paranoia and fears of the Angry White Dumbass. And Glenn Beck will do just fine at Fox.BECK: But as I’m listening to him. I’m thinking about the American people that feel disenfranchised right now. That feel like nobody’s hearing their voice. The government isn’t hearing their voice. Even if you call, they don’t listen to you on both sides. If you’re a conservative, you’re called a racist. You want to starve children.O’REILLY: Sure.BECK: Yada yada yada. And every time they do speak out, they’re shut down by political correctness. How do you not have those people turn into that guy?