Is Glenn Beck Really “Gone”?
Glenn Beck will be ending his daily television show, according to Fox News. Beck, who has become a lightning rod for criticism from those who accuse the station of being nothing more than just a megaphone for the Republican Party, has gathered a massive following during his years on the air with the network, also gained a great deal of notoriety for his attacks on the President, Democrats and anyone who disagreed with him.
Color of Change, an African American advocacy group who had been fighting to get Beck off of the air for well over a year, declared Beck’s leaving the Fox airwaves to be a victory.
This is great news, and it wouldn’t have happened without the efforts of ColorOfChange.org members. Since our campaign began in 2009, more than 285,000 of us demanded that Beck’s advertisers stop supporting his show, and they listened — roughly 300 companies abandoned his show. And we’ve made sure that major advertisers have stayed away from Beck — since the end of 2009, Beck’s only advertisers have been companies selling things like gold coins and exercise machines.
Beck’s lack of advertisers made him a financial liability for Fox, and it’s clear that this was a driving factor in his departure from Fox. This is an incredible and unprecedented victory.
But is this really a victory, or is Beck’s departure a sign of perhaps greater conservative strength in the media, and a potential new news source in the making?
Beck’s radio show will continue, and he will also be developing television and web shows in the interim, according to the Washington Post.
But leaving Fox, and taking Fox’s Senior Vice President of Development with him to install in his own company, also points to signs that Beck may have something bigger in mind — like maybe starting his own conservative network?
…Beck has been staffing up his independent media company, Mercury Radio Arts, and churning out pay content for the web — which has brought in $4 million. How big a step would it be for him take it to the next level, launching The Beck Channel on cable?
Does the country have enough enthusiasm for two conservative news channels? And does Beck have enough of a following for all Beck, all the time?
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