WHAT IS GOING ON AT FOX NEWS?
Monday, March 16, 2009 12:26 PM
What the hell is going on at Fox News?
On Friday evening, Fox viewers were treated to an hour-long
televangelical special starring Glenn Beck. (The opening of the show
can be seen in our Watch Now window, at right.)
Watching Beck cry for the cameras is always a treat, although I notice that Beck’s colleague Sheppard Smith did not enjoy it very much.
But other viewers certainly did like it. Beck is eclipsing Sean
Hannity as Fox’s second-biggest story; very likely the ratings for the
Friday special even overtook O’Reilly. Clearly, Beck is tapping into
Beck insists “It’s not about politics.” His special made a point of
featuring images of Republican House leader John Boehner during his
castigation of politicians “left and right” and both “the last
administration and this administration.”
So what is it about then? What are Beck’s growing number of viewers
responding to? On air, Beck promotes sinister conspiracy theories. Here
he is on Fox & Friends, warning that the Obama administration is planning a totalitarian takeover:
We are a country that is headed towards socialism, totalitarianism,
beyond your wildest dreams. I have to tell you: I’m doing a story
tonight that I wanted to debunk – these FEMA camps – I’m tired of
hearing about them – you know about them? - I wanted to debunk them.
We’ve now for several days done research on them. I can’t debunk them!
If you trust our government, it’s fine. If you have any kind of fear
that we might be heading towards a totalitarian state: look out. Buckle
up. There’s something going on in our country … that ain’t good.
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