Sunday, January 3, 2010

How did I miss this?

Terry told me about this video from the Daily Show that aired back in August. I don't know how I missed it. Its no secret that neither Jon Stewart nor I are fans of Glenn Beck. In fact, I rather enjoyed Media Matters' new article on naming him the "Misinformer of the Year." But my dislike of Beck isn't unfounded. I can't stand him for lots of reasons, but mainly because I feel like he doesn't really care about anything. Well, I take that back. I think he cares about making money. I think he cares about being a well known TV/radio personality. I think he cares about convincing people to believe what he has to say. I think he cares about doing a good of communicating what his bosses want him to communicate. I think he cares about his ratings. But I don't think he really cares about the issues he talks about so often on his show.

For instance:

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Glenn Beck is dangerous. Lots of people watch his show. Lots of people listen to what he has to say. Lots of people believe what he has to say. These people are lead to believe that what they are hearing is "fair and balanced" and that they can trust the viewpoints they're being pounded with by these news networks.

Glenn Beck gets people to believe what his bosses tell him to make people believe. That's as deep as his passions run. I don't know Mr Beck. I doubt I'll ever meet him. I don't see us being friends in the near future. He may be a nice guy. But, he might be the devil, too.


Mitch Henson said...

It's reasons like this that I enjoy the Daily Show. Since he is on Comedy Central and is a comedian and satirist, he can get away with saying the things he say.

It's honest questions, comments, concerns, etc that most people have...and Stewart just is a mouthpiece for them. And that's why I enjoy him so much.