Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America

Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America

Dana Milbank

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 0385533888

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America

Dana Milbank

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 0385533888

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank takes a fair and balanced look at the unsettling rise of the silly Fox News host Glenn Beck.

Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that “the tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” In America in 2010, Glenn Beck provides the very refreshment Jefferson had in mind: Whether he’s the patriot or the tyrant, he’s definitely full of manure.

The wildly popular Fox News host with three million daily viewers perfectly captures the vitriol of our time and the fact-free state of our political culture. The secret to his success is his willingness to traffic in the fringe conspiracies and Internet hearsay that others wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole: death panels, government health insurance for dogs, FEMA concen­tration camps, an Obama security force like Hitler’s SS.

But Beck, who is, according to a recent Gallup poll, admired by more Americans than the Pope, has nothing in his background that identifies him as an ideologue, giving rise to the speculation that his right-wing shtick is just that—the act of a brilliant showman, known for both his over-the-top daily out­rages and for weeping on the air.

Milbank describes, with lacerating wit, just how the former shock jock without a college degree has managed to become the most recognizable leader of antigovernment conservatives and exposes him as the guy who is single-handedly giving patri­otism a bad name.

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or not you should die.” When Sarah Palin came out with her “death panel” allegation in August 2009—adding fuel to that month’s town-hall conflagration, Beck quickly endorsed the theme. “That’s quite a statement. I believe it to be true,” he said of the accusation that the law would create euthanasia boards. After Obama himself pointed out that there was no such thing in the proposal, Beck came back with this: “He was saying yesterday in this meeting that nobody’s going to snuff out your grandma,

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS About the Author INTRODUCTION “Well, hello America!” That greeting, at the start of most every Glenn Beck television broadcast, precedes the Fox News host’s reading of the news of the day. To Beck, this news generally takes the form of a warning, such as this one broadcast during the health-care debate: “America is burning down to the ground, and if somebody doesn’t ask these questions, well, we’re all just going to watch it burn down together.” Having imparted this

cannot let them disappear like Obama allowed Van Jones to disappear in the middle of the night, because Van Jones—I’ve got news for you, gang—is still in the system.” “This is Marx. This is Che. This is Van Jones.” Jones, for his part, landed a teaching job at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School—named for the only person living or dead whom Beck seems to loathe more than Jones. “It’s kind of a Glenn Beck Program five o’clock smart joke,” Beck commented. “Woodrow Wilson and Van Jones—who would

information to his viewers, Beck transitions to movement leader, proposing a way to help his viewers avoid the doomsday scenario he has just outlined. “Come on, America—let’s go!” he says, waving the viewers, Fred Rogers–style, over to his set. “Follow me.” Those who have heeded the “follow me” cry have been taken by Beck to some unusual places: They’ve heard him talk about Barack Obama’s “deep-seated hatred for white people,” about the fact that he “can’t debunk” the allegation that the U.S.

told his viewers in an open monologue interrupted by frequent breaks for crying. “What happened to the country that loved the underdog and stood up for the little guy? What happened to the voice of the ‘forgotten man’? The ‘forgotten’ man is you. But something is happening in America. The paradigm is about to change.” Beck’s answer: “Let’s find ourselves and our solutions together, again, with the nine founding principles and the twelve eternal values.” After a good cry (“I’m sorry. I just love

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