Tears of A Clown

Tears of A Clown

Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America

eBook - 2010
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Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank takes a look at the unsettling rise of silly Fox News host Glenn Beck. The wildly popular broadcaster, with three million daily viewers, perfectly captures the vitriol of our time and the fact-free state of our political culture. The secret to his success is his willingness to traffic in the fringe conspiracies and Internet hearsay that others wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole: death panels, government health insurance for dogs, FEMA concentration camps, an Obama security force like Hitler's SS. But Beck, who is, according to a recent Gallup poll, admired by more Americans than the Pope, has nothing in his background that identifies him as an ideologue, giving rise to the speculation that his right-wing shtick is just that--the act of a brilliant showman, known for both his over-the-top daily outrages and for weeping on the air.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385533898
0385533896
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 261 p.)
Contents: Introduction
Crying all the way to the bank
God smiles on a "recovering dirtbag"
The white horse prophecy
The end is near
and the ratings are through the roof!
Crazy like a fox
A hemorrhoid on the body politic
The Midas touch
Glenn Beck's love affair with Hitler
Woodrow Wilson, spawn of Satan
Scalps
Hey, kids, let's put on a show!
Paging agent Mulder
The facts are stubborn things
A kindred soul
Some of his best friends
The 9/12 movement
Glenn Beck is not repsonsible for any acts of violence committed by his viewers : he's just an entertainer.
Summary: Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank takes a look at the unsettling rise of silly Fox News host Glenn Beck. The wildly popular broadcaster, with three million daily viewers, perfectly captures the vitriol of our time and the fact-free state of our political culture. The secret to his success is his willingness to traffic in the fringe conspiracies and Internet hearsay that others wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole: death panels, government health insurance for dogs, FEMA concentration camps, an Obama security force like Hitler's SS. But Beck, who is, according to a recent Gallup poll, admired by more Americans than the Pope, has nothing in his background that identifies him as an ideologue, giving rise to the speculation that his right-wing shtick is just that--the act of a brilliant showman, known for both his over-the-top daily outrages and for weeping on the air.--From publisher description.

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May 24, 2011

Milbank's book is well-written and based on some very thorough research - much of it from Beck himself.

It exposes some of Beck's tricks, such as planning his rallies to coincide with his new book releases, and it illustrates how he uses inflammatory rhetoric - even when it's not based on fact - to great effect.

The book won't convince rabid Beck fans, of course, but it's valuable reading for everyone else.

gwsuperfan Dec 12, 2010

Far from lengthy, yet seemingly thorough, Tears Of A Clown takes a hard look at Fox News' pseudo-history teacher, Tea Party and 9/12 leader, and hypocrite in chief. From paranoid delusions of both grandeur and persecution to both fearing the UN and then running to it for protection (see Beck v. Eiland-Hall), if you love Beck or hate him (or just want him to answer some questions about what he did in 1990), you should read this book.

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