Jack Hunter on Glenn Beck

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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Bruce Smith says:

    One thing the Sub-Prime Crash should be telling the Libertarian Right is that the American Dream, if ever it existed for a majority, has been subverted by a Cult of Selfish Individualism. Yet here we have Beck and Limbaugh banging on that its all the fault of Big Government when in reality government has actually been subverted by the Cult. This is not perceptive analysis especially after somebody a very, very long time ago once said elite capitalists will always compete against each other to sell the rope to their executioners.Report

    • Avatar Dave says:

      One thing the Sub-Prime Crash should be telling the Libertarian Right is that the American Dream, if ever it existed for a majority, has been subverted by a Cult of Selfish Individualism.

      It’s a little more complicated than that, but to the extent that conservatives or libertarians wish to put blame solely on government housing policy (or even the Fed policy along with it), I think they are horribly misguided.

      http://www.ordinary-gentlemen.com/2009/06/theyre-coming-to-get-you-barbara/

      I can do some very perceptive analysis on the causes and problems of this crisis, but I wouldn’t call Wall Street’s influence to get the SEC to allow them to lever up like hedge funds anything having to do with individualism. When interest groups like that that effectively hold control over the regulators they are supposed to control, individualism is not the problem. Not even close.Report

  2. Avatar Bob Cheeks says:

    Glenn Beck, the entertainer, is a better journalist than the entire staffs at NBC, CBS, ABC, ect at least in terms of the criminal enterprise, ACORN.Report

    • Avatar Jason says:

      But it wasn’t Beck who took down ACORN – it was an independent conservative taking matters into his own hands. Beck was left in the dust just as much as anyone else as it wasn’t his idea either.Report

  3. Avatar Bruce Smith says:

    The leaders of the Chinese Communist Party are chortling over the diversionary antics of the Good Ol’ Boy Fascists Beck and Limbaugh. The Party has managed to get the once mighty US of A in a mutual half-throttle with US bond purchases in only two decades. Now they are sitting comfortably looking to buy up strategic American industries by playing the Sweet and Sour Chicken Threats game. This is the one where they threaten to stop buying US bonds at their usual rate to finance the bailout, stimulus and unemployment packages generated by the not so tactically clever Wall Street Masters of Greed Cultists. The Party Leadership is looking forward to a very one-sided game of Chinese Checkers!Report

  4. Avatar Conor Friedersdorf says:

    Being right about some things, or “moving in the right direction,” doesn’t change the fact that Glenn Beck deliberately misleads his audience on a nightly basis. Are we really at the point where rather than attacking pundits for 1 minute of indefensible monologue, we are defending pundits based having on 1 minute of defensible monologue?Report

    • Avatar E.D. Kain says:

      Conor – I don’t think this stacks up to a “defense” of the pundits. It’s a small point that Jack made and I echoed, that to me is saying – we shouldn’t blanket judge, or spend too much time casting judgment. Now, my reasons are more clearly articulated in my last talking heads post. I just think stooping to their level and fighting their fight is borderline nonsense. Does that mean I like Beck or Limbaugh? Hell no. I just don’t see it as constructive to constantly point out the obvious. And beyond that, I think Jack has a point that Beck at least – though far from perfectly – is not simply a dittohead. (Though that was more true once upon a time – he has slowly sunk into crazier and crazier…)Report