A column in the Washington Post on Monday revealed that some Fox staffers are concerned the celebrity pundit is "becoming the face of the network."I watch Glenn Beck when I'm able at 4PM in the afternoons Chicago-time. I used to watch his program on Headline News before he really became famous. That program and the program develop on FOX News is a fundamentally different show now. Not as many interviews but more interactions with everyday people as had happened on Friday when Beck was in Florida.
Ailes pointed out that the information in The Post's column was leaked by Fox’s Washington bureau.
"For the first time in our 14 years, we’ve had people apparently shooting in the tent, from within the tent," he told them.
But the Fox chairman clarified that Beck’s opinions were not that of the network and were firmly within his rights as a commentator.
"We prefer people in the tent not dumping on other people in the tent," he added.
These days Beck is railing against today's "progressives". His programs read as a very entertaining discussion of political philosophy. He talks of progressivism and it's roots and the philosophical bearings of America's founding fathers! Perhaps now he has a better platform to discuss these things than he would have if he became a college professor.
In a previous post I said that discussing issues such as health care in terms of dollars & cents is going to be a very dry proposition. In that Beck is even more entertaining as he would cut up eau claires to demonstrate progressive taxation on one show.
When you think about it it's hard to really assign a role to Glenn Beck. He's gone in a more activist direction and may well have reinvented the role of a commentator. It's hard for me to say he's distant from say the "Tea Party Movement" when he talks them up or is even going to their rallies. Perhaps in an odd way he's bringing talk radio to TV.
In that regards, he may improve upon what Rush Limbaugh attempted to do in the 1990s.
Found this article via Crooks & Liars!