The Glenn Beck Challenge
I must admit that I can’t stand watching him at all. The longest that I’ve made it is maybe a minute. Within that minute I was assaulted with half-truths, a martyrdom complex, race baiting, and juvenile sarcasm.
Like many others, I have used social media to share with my friends either stupid things Glenn Beck has said or the dangerous influence of his hysterical infotainment. And the response from my friends who like the guy is over-the-top defensive.
Defensive, except that they never actually mount a defense. Like their Fox Network hero, they just start using hysterical words about socialism, conspiracies, “the left”, etc. This leads me to believe that he appeals to fans’ loneliness and need for affirmation. He is the public personification of their ignorance, fears, and prejudice. His popularity means that they can feel better about themselves and their worldview. Beck makes them feel like they are the common-sense majority (Everyone agrees!) or a persecuted righteous minority (We are in danger!). Although these are contradictory claims, it seems that his specialty is to hold to both of these.
I want to understand. Or maybe I don’t. But I want to want to understand…so maybe you can help me?
So here’s my Glenn Beck challenge:
Is there anything excellent or praiseworthy that comes from the mouth of Glenn Beck?
Can anyone mount a reasoned argument why he deserves his salary, his ratings, or even my attention?
What is one thing that he has said or done that is wise or wonderful?