Why Isn’t Glenn Beck Fired By Now?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Media, Video

Yes, I know the reason. But still…

MSNBC laments…

What’s most amazing about this episode is that what Beck said isn’t a fireable or even a SUSPENDABLE offense by his bosses. There was a time when outrageous rants like this would actually cost the ranters their jobs.

But not anymore; if anything, it’s now encouraged.

Of note, after Beck’s tirade Fox actually did put out a statement…

During Fox & Friends this morning, Glenn Beck expressed a personal opinion which represented his own views, not those of the Fox News Channel. And as with all commentators in the cable news arena, he is given the freedom to express his opinions.

What utter and complete nonsense.

It’s one thing to give political commentators the freedom to express opinions. It’s another thing to allow them to spread lies. And let’s not beat around the bush here…Beck is a shameless liar. Because there’s no way that he thinks that Obama has a “deep-seated hatred” for white people. This is for ratings and it’s an absolutely disgusting display.

And just in case you forgot…take a trip down the crazy memory lane that is Beck circa 2009…



If you fall for any of Beck’s shenanigans, you’re a fool. Plain and simple.

Moving on…


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16 Responses to “Why Isn’t Glenn Beck Fired By Now?”

  1. Mac Williams Says:

    He hasn’t been fired because he is making money for his sponsors and the affiliates that carry him. Beck and Limbaugh and the rest of the talking heads, left and right, are media prostitutes. They will say whatever and do whatever to make sure their ratings stay up because, once the ratings fall, it’s all over. The real question is: Why isn’t someone organizing boycotts against his affiliates and his sponsors?

  2. Shay Says:

    I disagree with his position on this issue, but I don’t think he should be fired. That is his opinion. I thought liberals were for free speech? Or is it only speech that they like? What’s better is to debate the points that Beck made, and show where he’s wrong.

  3. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    “Why Isn’t Glenn Beck Fired By Now?”

    Because media pundits and Ed-op columnists who accuse politicians of having nefarious attitudes or racist motivations is not unusual at all.

    Where have you been for the past 8 years?

  4. WHQ Says:

    I thought liberals were for free speech? Or is it only speech that they like?

    Um…did someone suggest Beck be imprisoned or fined or charged with a crime or forced off the air by the governement? Did I miss that?

  5. WHQ Says:

    Oh, and did you have any specific liberals in mind? All, some, one of them, or what? Are these liberals self-proclaimed, or did you choose that category for them?

  6. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    Justin, I have a question for you. You said the following:

    It’s one thing to give political commentators the freedom to express opinions. It’s another thing to allow them to spread lies.

    Professor Gates accused officer Crowley of being a racist. Are you saying Professor Gates is a liar? or is officer Crowley a racist? Which is it? According to your logic, it has to be one of the two. Please, make your choice be known!

  7. Justin Gardner Says:

    Shay, what WHQ said. And seriously, you need to quit using that same old tired “don’t you believe in free speech?” straw man. Bury that one. It’s done.

    Jimmy, I know you’re not seriously asking, but Gates isn’t a political commentator and he doesn’t have a daily national platform.

  8. WHQ Says:

    Not Justin, but did Professor Gates say that after the preparation for a scheduled appearance on national television, or was he speaking in a highly emotional state extemporaneously? Those things might matter with regard to the pre-meditated intent of the statements and the appropriateness of calling the statements lies.

  9. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    I am seriously asking! Gates certainly has a daily national platform, at least for the past week-an-a-half. He claims he is in the process of developing a documentary about the incident, and may write a book.

    And since when does having a media platform determine whether someone is a liar or not? Why is expressing an opinion that projects a pejoritive, subjectively-defined personality trait onto another person defined as “lying?”

    I guess the answer to that question is when you said:

    “Because there’s no way that [Beck] thinks that Obama has a “deep-seated hatred” for white people.”

    How do you know what he thinks? I believe that there is no way that you think that Glen Beck doesn’t think that Obama has a “deep-seated hatred” for white people. Therefore you are a liar.

  10. kranky kritter Says:

    Beck does his job: he’s an infotainer. And not coincidentally, a whackjob.

    With every day that passes, the content of TV political punditry gets more and more like pro wrestling. Faker, more scripted, more over-the-top. Gotta break through the static, right?

    I don’t know why anyone watches this stuff. Apparently it fulfills some weird emotional need in folks that I don’t quite get or share. Still, I am fine with a TV network declining to fire some guy because he pissed some folks off.

    Just change the channel. Fox news knows their audience’s tastes. Fine with me, I don’t watch. If Beck pissed you off, then you’re not part of it, you just swing by now and then to reinforce your opinion that the right wing is all whacko, using guys like Beck as proxy for”most” or :”many” right wingers.

    Then, if anything really upsetting occurs, the progressive blogosphere gobbles up the fodder.

  11. WHQ Says:

    If Beck pissed you off, then you’re not part of it, you just swing by now and then to reinforce your opinion that the right wing is all whacko, using guys like Beck as proxy for”most” or :”many” right wingers.

    I was completely unaware that I was operating under this constraint, Kranky.

  12. mw Says:

    I’m with Kranky. I can’t watch these guys anymore. Neither Fox nor their ratings challenged liberal spawn at MSNBC. I find I get a much higher signal to noise ratio on CNBC, Of course the news there is all in the context of the economy and markets, but it gets you closer to reality that way.

    When I do watch the partisans, I practice the discipline of a self-imposed fairness doctrine. If I watch or listen to partisan blowhards I force myself to allocating equal time and attention to their doppelgänger from the opposite spectrum. Some of these partisan pairs are easy. If I watch a Michael Moore movie, I have to listen to Rush for two hours. The Olbermann/O’Reilly pairing is easy- the arrogant self righteous tone is identical. Bill Maher and Dennis Miller are equally unfunny. Maddow/Kudlow are paired because they put their allegiance to liberal/conservative principles as opposed to pure partisanship (although they are both pretty partisan). David Shuster/Chris Wallace for their common delusional pretense of objective journalism.

    This is a work in progress. It takes a lot of work to stay balanced. but Beck is a problem. I just don’t know who on the left to pair with Beck’s particular brand of incoherent rage… Its a puzzlement.

  13. Kyle Brady: A Blog - In Support of Suing FOX News Says:

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  14. Adrian McCluskey Says:

    Glen Beck used to be somewhat relevant. Now he’s a pathetic joke to most of the country with the possible exception of the most hardened Tea Party, Sarah Palin loving folks who will always hate anybody who doesn’t agree with their views. Like most big mouths, he’ll eventually talk himself out of the equation.

  15. Adrian McCluskey Says:

    Glen Beck used to be relevant but no longer. He’s now no better than Rush Limbaugh. A pathetic, one-sided joke who audience consists of conspiracy theorists and Team Party radicals. In a country that desparately needs honest dialouge on so many issues, clowns like Beck really don’t help.

  16. Michael B. Augustine Says:

    “What’s most amazing about this episode is that what Beck said isn’t a fireable or even a SUSPENDABLE offense by his bosses. There was a time when outrageous rants like this would actually cost the ranters their jobs.
    But not anymore; if anything, it’s now encouraged.”

    I personally think that Glen got what he deserved.

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