Mr. Clown, OOPS, I Mean Mr. Beck, is Leaving FOX News

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

This just out. Although it should not come as a surprise or disappointment to many.

Fox News and Glenn Beck announced Wednesday that Beck will "transition off of his daily program" later this year.

In a joint news release, Fox News and Mercury Radio Arts, Beck's production company, said that they will "work together to develop and produce a variety of television projects for air on the Fox News Channel as well as content for other platforms including Fox News’ digital properties."

Beck, the statement said, would "transition off of his daily program, the third highest rated in all of cable news, later this year." It is not clear what the programs will be, or how many of them there will be.

Both Beck and Fox News have been publicly hinting that a split could be forthcoming...{Read More}

Beck, immediately preceding and following the release of his book, Common Sense,
in this independent conservatives view served a rational and valuable purpose. But like so many "celebrities" he lost sight of that which constitutes rational, as well as the national, self interest.

Mr. Beck, like El Rusbo before him, strayed from the vision that made them relevant. It happened at the precise time they realized that the entertainment value of their message {with props and theatrics} would produce for them the greatest profit. Which of course equated to...  modify the message to fit the perceived greatest entertainment value and ultimate profit for them. So much for values I guess. Both sides of the political discourse aisle suffer from this.

Apparently ethics and values are relevant for some only as long as it contributes to their personal wealth. I leave it to each and every thinking individual reader to determine for themselves what that statement means.

Rational Nation USA wishes the Fox News clown well. We hope you are successful in all your future endeavors. And just in case you may be looking for a "real independent conservative" you know where you can find him. Actually if you do you may just find a truly "independent conservative woman", my wife to help set you straight. And for the record she has been wanting to do so for a very long time.

Cross posted to RN USA

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  1. Nice post, too bad it says nothing. Since when did Rush stray off message? If anything, he is more conservative than ever, opposing the Libyan debacle and neocon wars to democraticize the world.

    Glenn Beck sometimes annoys me with a false premise or wrong assumption, but for the most part, he is educational and informative. I don't watch him for "entertainment," because economic and history lessons are not all that entertaining, though they are valuable. I think his departure is a net loss for the conservative movement.

    Being an "independent" thinker isn't enough, you also need to think something with substance.

  2. Tim,
    It is gratifying to note that this portentous bit of drivel was not in fact posted by you. (Whew!)

    Far from being a "clown" or having "strayed from the vision", Beck has broken a lot of important news and connected a lot of dots ahead of the vast majority of his peers. Beck has also made a lot of very serious enemies, including several paid WH operatives campaigning against Fox' bottom line - the audience numbers notwithstanding. There's an ugly side to the split that (cough) rational interest might want to follow. (cough)

    I don't enjoy Beck's style and most days I can't deal with it. On substance, however, he delivers unlike anyone else out there I can think of - and for that much, genuine gratitude is in order. I'm sure the mighty bruises on his shins from small-time cheap-shots will heal over time.


  3. I agree with Stogie on this one.. well said! I'll take one beck over a thousand Pelosie, Reid and B. Franks any day!

  4. First, you can get your title straight: Beck is not leaving Fox; just changing his game plan. Anyone who has watched/listened to Beck knows the wheels in his head are constantly turning. Like his show would last forever. I have no doubt he has grand visions for the next chapter in his life.

    Beck has been extraordinary and revolutionary with his broadcast and format. The man hasn't been afraid to tell it like it is or report the facts (something the majority of other "news" folks lack). It is refreshing. Not only has he connected the dots on so many issues, but he has been right on so many things. Is he over the top? Yes. But that's the brilliance of his presentation. I have learned so much and been so motivated (to learn more) by one man, he far surpasses most other pundits in his arena.

  5. Les:
    You know I love you. But I don't think there is any doubt what you mean.

    I am a fan of Beck. I don't watch everyday, but I have found inspiration from him. A good part of the conservative movement in this country is because of him, at least in a small part. I wouldn't be as involved.

    Do I agree that he is looking to make money, yes. But as a conservative I don't understand why you have a problem with it.

  6. We owe a debt of gratitude to Glenn Beck. If not for Beck, Limbaugh and other courageous voices like theirs, the apathy that plagued America would have given the Left a much easier time these past 2 years. Beck has been right about many things. He backs up everything he says with the very own words of those who wish to do America harm. I wish him well and I don't think he has given up on his mission...he will just take a different path. The left fears Beck because he has exposed them. He may call himself a "rodeo clown", but as far as I am concerned he is a hero.

  7. I was a fan of Beck early on. His Common Sense was outstanding in my opinion.

    And I have no problem with making money, the more the better, for everyone.

    Beck in my opinion has become more of an entertainer {as Limbaugh and Savage are)and as a result he has become difficult for me to watch.

    Perhaps it just the theatrics. Or his presentation, who knows. I have simply found myself shutting a lot more often when I listen to him.

    He kinda reminds me of the clowns on the left with the theatrics.

  8. RNU:
    I can understand that the theatrics can be a bit over-the-top. He definitely has a unique way of getting his message across. But if you can get past it, his information is what really counts.
    And as for Limbaugh...he illustrates the absurd by being absurd. Rush is the #1 conservative as far as I'm concerned and he has been consistent in his message over all of these years. His show is funny, interesting and educational. His parodies are right on and his humor is cutting. He is the person who opened the door for conservative talk radio and we owe him big time for it.

  9. I like Beck a lot as a human being and he has done much to wake up a lot of sleeping people to a lot of stuff they already should have known, but were too focused on other things to bother with.

    Having said that, I don't recall ever having learned anything from his show. Maybe my memory isn't what it used to be.

    But his main value was as "training wheels" for newly the awakened citizens who never thought of themselves as conservatives, much less libertarians. I aspire to the same thing so I'm not putting it down.

    But I also agree with you in as much as I think he is like Rush in one regard; Their shows have become mainly about THEM, not about their message.

    That's why I rarely listen or watch anymore. It's become more "theater" than anything else.

  10. Grant - Thank you! You expressed my point(s) much better than I did.


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