The Day Beck Jumped The Shark?

It must be very tough to be the lone figure doing an hour of commentary five days a week. Of course, Rush Limbaugh does it brilliantly for three hours a day, five days a week, but he does it on radio. Glenn Beck has to do his monologues in full view, and I don't envy him.

That said, his use of the blackboard has become distracting, and I don't recall him ever resorting to the prop in his old CNN show, so it's not like it's indispensable for him just to get through. And at the same time, the monologues have been becoming darker and darker such that, when they're mover, you don't know whether to join a militia group or kill yourself.

Well, today Beck ruled out the militias.

In a show that should be titled Beck Unhinged, he used the Austin Wrong Way Corrigan IRS protestor as an example of what not to do…


The first fifteen or so minutes were positively bizarre as Beck railed against the far right and the far left, equated the two, lumped in that poor Texas aspirant to the governorship as a member of the Truther movement, apparently because he lacked contrasting examples to balance those on the left, and he especially decried those who would consider violence to accomplish their goals. He warned us not to be one of them or befriend those who would take up arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing, inflame them!

Except who's doing that? Who in his right mind would read about what the guy in Austin did and say, "I can understand why he did that?"

Beck concluded the deranged portion of his program by saying that he was audited after he said something about something, and he didn't like that, but that or the IRS, but that he didn't think all IRS employees are evil.

OK, so we disagree on that!

But the point is that Beck seems to be turning into the sort of guy who writes the manifesto and spends each evening staggering around with a quart of Jack Daniels expounding to an air audience about society's troubles. And today's installment was positively unnerving, I think, if you're a part-time viewer…

Or a regular one!

But to put things in proper perspective, at least Beck is no O'Reilly.

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A longtime veteran of comedy and political forums, I decided that I needed a more restful venue because... well... I finally hate everybody. Except my wife that is... and my ex-wife.. and... no, that's about it. I lead about as simple a life as one can, preferring activities that include anything that doesn't involve going out and seeing YOU! And I particularly enjoy what I call "Get the Bitch" movies on Lifetime. You know the ones where the intended victim finally does something so incredibly stupid that she forfeits her right to live, and from that moment on you're rooting for the stalker. Of course, it rarely works out the way you want, but when it does, the feeling you get is... well, there's nothing else like it, other than, maybe, eating chocolate chip cookies. Oh, and I'm proudly anti-wildlife, both foreign and domestic, and anti-environment - especially foreign environments. I think Howard Stern put it best when he said, "If fifty percent of the population died tomorrow, I can live with that." And I feel the same about the other fifty percent, so together, we've pretty much got it all covered.
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5 Responses to The Day Beck Jumped The Shark?

  1. Does one have to be self-conscious of evil to be evil?

  2. TedWest says:

    My wife watched Beck last night, and after his opening, when he got up to go the the blackboard, I said, "That concludes the sane portion of the program."
    But after he rambled through his nonstop and incoherent monologue while moving pictures of people on the board willy-nilly, my wife said, "That wasn't that bad, iit was a history lesson."
    "Uh, yeah, but could you follow the relationships with the heads?"
    She: "I wasn't paying close attention."

  3. It wasn't clear to me either.

  4. I've seen Beck a few times and guess I was lucky to catch the more comedic side. I love the Red Phone and snacking on air with a guest.

  5. TedWest says:

    Beck has done a lot of good work, but the very things you mentioned, which were well-done and funny, can lead to him becoming a caricature of himself.
    He finished his show yesterday by very earnestly pleading with people to support the constitution, etc, – but buying tickets to his two upcoming shows.

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