I am turnin' into a friggin' televangelist.
--Little Glenn Beck, Four Years Old, 2010
It was announced today that Little Glenn Beck, who speaks for god and Goldline, will be leaving Fox's "Glenn Beck" for more multitudinous media outlets -- some with Fox, some not -- which will allow Glenn Beck to be more.... well; more of what he has shown himself to be.
It's amazing, isn't it? And, predictable, too: Little Glenny, less than a year ago the organizer and headliner of a Teabagger rally at the Lincoln Memorial (really, just an extension of his Poxed Network show); and now, Little Rupert and his Blimpy employee, Roger Ailes, have decided to part ways with The pudgy Beck Man.
What happened? Glenny misjudged the reality around him -- Er hat uns vermessen: (A)He believed his own press; and (B)Didn't understand that he was working in the entertainment business.
When Glenny was pulling in viewers, and before he began sounding like Robert Anton Wilson on steroids, Little Rupert and Roger The Dodger loved him. When his audience shrank, and advertisers (not eager to host a man who suggested that a Holocaust survivor had lived by being an opportunistic collaborator of the nazis, for example) dropped away, Glenny wasn't useful to Little Rupert any longer.
Big Roger also wasn't willing to treat him like a divinely-inspired diva -- which made Glenny sad, because aber natürlich it says in the bible, somewhere, that people are supposed to be nice to him and give him treats and listen with rapt attention to whatever pours out of his mouth.
[Obama] has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or white culture; I don't know what it is with this guy...
--Little Glenn Beck, 2009
The New York Times noted: "Mr. Beck is a hugely popular figure on Fox News, averaging 2.2 million viewers each weekday, though his ratings have fallen somewhat in the last year. He is beloved by his fans for speaking out against what he sees as threats from progressives, socialists and people he deems 'radicals.' His opponents — and there are many — condemn him for his conspiratorial views and apocalyptic predictions."
That -- my little girl would -- would be forced to die if this [i.e., Healtcare legislation] passes -- (Breaks down crying)
--Little Glenn Beck, 2009 (?)
What Digby Said:
Beck was the king of the Tea Party and the Powers That Be no longer find him useful. They need to tame their nutballs before 2012. Luckily for them, their nutballs are easily led, so it's probably not as much of a challenge as one might think.What will he do now? Beck has carved out a niche for himself in the fringe landscape (only, as Little Rupert's fantasy machine keeps spewing misinformation into the world, that 'fringe' has slowly become the Right's 'mainstream'). He's followed the same business model as Lard Boy, O'Reilly, Mikey Weiner and Little Annie The Horse's Fanny. For a while, he will keep sucking up money on the Evangelical-Right Gravy Train.
Adieu,Beck: Your influence was great even if short lived. You brainwashed millions and made a fortune doing it. You are an All American success story.
He will continue his radio and teevee additions to the public vomitorium -- but like all has-beens, there's a point at which fewer and fewer people will tune in; while Glenny will always be respected by most Wingnuts, they'll want to see and hear the next big Right-Wing Commentator, and Glenny will have to make do as an "elder statesman" of the Right.
I predict an eventual faux run for political office a la Sarah Palin (except, there is that rumor which won't go away...), in a pathetic attempt to grab the limelight and show everyone: I am big -- it's the Media that got small!!
If he actually ran, it would end in defeat -- but he could keep people in suspense by founding a PAC, making coy remarks to the media; even a speech or two. That would keep the dollars rolling in -- because in the end, that's the point.
For the Little Sarahs, the Little Annies, and Lard Boys and Little Glennys of the world, it's all about being the center of attention; about being someone, and using their influence to settle personal scores -- and, about the money.
They don't believe much of what they say. Their lives and careers aren't any more nuanced or complex. They really are that pathetically narcissistic and simple.
Auf Nicht Wiedersehen, Glenny, you Nutter.