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.