The Week: Most Recent Media:Glenn Beck, Inc. recent posts.en-usWed, 09 Jan 2013 09:35:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Media:Glenn Beck, Inc. from THE WEEKWed, 09 Jan 2013 09:35:00 -0500Glenn Beck goes big: Will Blaze TV succeed as a global libertarian network?<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="660" height="397" src=";width=660&amp;height=397&amp;property=theblaze" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>Glenn Beck became a household name and Tea Party icon during his halcyon days at Fox News. Since parting ways with the network, Beck has built up his own media empire, <em>The Blaze</em>, and branched out politically a bit. On Tuesday, he declared full independence from Fox and the broader conservative media, declaring that he has no use for the yelling match between the "extreme left" (pointing to a screen showing MSNBC) and the "far right" (a second TV showing Fox News) and vowing, "we're not gonna play in that crazy space as a network." Going forward, he added, "I consider myself a libertarian... I...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Wed, 09 Jan 2013 09:35:00 -0500Obama in Pee Pee: Is Glenn Beck a brilliant satirist?<img src="" /></P><p>Glenn Beck, it turns out, is more than a chalkboard-happy provocateur &mdash; he's also an astute student of provocative contemporary art, or at least artistic provocation. Earlier this week, Beck put out a video to show his displeasure with a controversial Michael D'Antuono painting of President Obama wearing a crown of thorns, his arms out as if he's being crucified. At times sporting a beret and talking in a French accent, Beck says that while he may find the painting offensive, he respects the artist's freedom to paint it, as enshrined in the Constitution. To drive his point home, he takes...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 29 Nov 2012 09:40:00 -0500Glenn Beck's new advertisement&hellip; for jeans?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong>The video</strong>: "These were the first American blue jeans. The jeans that built America. And they were built in America." So says&nbsp;the narrator in a dramatic new advertisement for jeans produced by Glenn Beck's company 1791, named for the year when the Bill of Rights was ratified. (Watch the video, which is heavy on imagery of manly men hammering and welding metal, below.) The former Fox News <em>enfant terrible</em> was inspired to produce his own jeans when he discovered that other companies, like the American icon Levi's, were having their jeans made overseas. In a press release accompanying the video...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 15 Oct 2012 14:33:00 -0400Glenn Beck's TV comeback: Can Dish recapture the Fox News magic?<img src="" /></P><p>A little more than a year ago, Glenn Beck left Fox News under a dark cloud: With the mercurial host's audience declining and advertisers jumping ship, Fox News chief Roger Ailes&nbsp;was reportedly&nbsp;tiring of Beck's increasingly strident diatribes.&nbsp;Beck, for his part, said he felt constricted at Fox, and declared that he didn't need TV networks, moved to Dallas, and launched a subscription internet-only channel, GBTV. A year later, the channel &mdash; rebranded TheBlazeTV &mdash; has 300,000 paying members, brings in millions in revenue, and, on Sept. 12, debuted on the TV sets of 14 million...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 13 Sep 2012 12:50:00 -0400Glenn Beck after Fox: More powerful than ever?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">"The conventional wisdom: Fiery cable news host goes off the rails, loses his highly influential platform, and is forever forgotten to history," says Dylan Byers at <em>Politico</em>. But that doesn't appear to be the case for Glenn Beck, who left Fox News in 2011 amid declining ratings and fleeing advertisers. Forbes has named Beck the 23rd-most powerful celebrity in America, and claims he makes $80 million a year, which means he's much richer than Tom Cruise, Donald Trump, and Rush Limbaugh, his rival for conservative hearts and minds. Here, a guide to Beck's media empire:</p><p class="p1"><strong>How did Beck make so much money...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 18 May 2012 07:25:00 -0400Glenn Beck's 'pathetic' farewell show<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong>&nbsp;On Thursday evening, Glenn Beck spent his last hour on Fox News reviewing his momentous 30 months at the network, hinting at his future plans, trashing Jon Stewart,&nbsp;and gushing about meeting U2's Bono backstage at Broadway's <em>Spider-Man: Turn Out the Dark</em>. (See the video below.) After the ratings highs and advertising lows of his controversial tenure at Fox, the normally weepy Beck went without tears on Thursday. But still, the notorious conspiracy spinner was free with his emotions, thanking everyone who made his show possible, showing their names on his ubiquitous chalkboard...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 01 Jul 2011 09:47:00 -0400Glenn Beck's last show: A 'terrifying' look back<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> After two years in front of the chalkboard, Fox News "media sensation" Glenn Beck hosts his final episode of <em>The Glenn Beck Show</em> Thursday evening. Over the years, Beck's penchant for "wild conspiracy theories" made him one of the network's most talked-about personalities. From his persistent warnings about "the perfect storm" to his crystal clear "bottom-up, top-down, and inside-out" theory, the controversy-spinning newsman has provided his share of memorable, quotable moments. Media Matters, a media watchdog that's long trained its gaze on Beck, is marking Beck's exit with a compilation...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 30 Jun 2011 16:25:00 -0400Glenn Beck's 'revolutionary' GBTV network: Will viewers pay?<img src="" /></P><p>Will viewers pay to watch Glenn Beck? The conservative firebrand will find out soon. Beck, who is leaving Fox News at the end of the month, announced Tuesday that he'll be moving his daily show online, as part of a subscription-based site called GBTV. Viewers who pay $4.95 a month, or $49.95 a year, will be able to watch Beck's two-hour live show, which will air weekday evenings starting Sept. 12. Premium subscribers who shell out $9.95 a month, or $99.95 a year, will also get access to live video of Beck's three-hour radio show and other content. Beck and his company, Mercury Radio Arts, are betting...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 07 Jun 2011 16:05:00 -0400Glenn Beck's 'messianic' Jerusalem rally<img src="" /></P><p>Fox News provocateur Glenn Beck announced on his radio show Monday that he is staging a "Restoring Courage" rally in Jerusalem in August to "stand with the people of Israel." Beck, who is ending his daily Fox News show this year, suggested that God had called him to warn that a two-state Mideast peace agreement that divides Jerusalem between Israel and the Palestinians would be disastrous for Israel. Beck's star has waned since his "Restoring Honor" rally drew more than 80,000 people to Washington, D.C., last August. Will the Jerusalem rally prove Beck still has it, or that he's irrelevant?<br /><br /><strong>This...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 17 May 2011 11:48:00 -0400What's next for Glenn Beck: 5 theories<img src="" /></P><p>Glenn Beck made a name for himself with his headline-grabbing conspiratorial rants on Fox News, but that phase of his career is coming to an end. Beck confirmed to his viewers on Wednesday that he's ending his daily show on Fox. By way of an explanation, he said, Paul Revere "got off the horse at some point and fought in the revolution and then he went back to silversmithing." So after sounding the alarm on the air for the past two years, Beck says he now has "other things to do." Like what? Here, five possibilities:<br /><br /><strong>1. He will take Glenn Beck Inc. to the next level:</strong> Keith Olbermann may be nothing...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 07 Apr 2011 10:11:00 -0400Why Glenn Beck lost his Fox News show: 4 theories<img src="" /></P><p>After months of speculation, Glenn Beck is officially leaving his controversial Fox News show. Beck's production company, Mercury Radio Arts, and the cable network announced that the daily 5 p.m. show will be phased out this year, even if Beck will still produce occasional specials for Fox. Though the doggedly provocative newsman has had a bumpy ride recently, his ratings remain the third highest in cable news. So why exactly is he moving on? Here, four theories:<br /><br /><strong>1. Beck became toxic to advertisers</strong><br />Crowing liberals believe this turn of events was inevitable, says Brian Stelter at <em>The New York Times...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 06 Apr 2011 16:44:00 -0400Should Glenn Beck start his own cable network?<img src="" /></P><p>Glenn Beck is mulling the possibility of creating his own TV channel when his contract with Fox News expires at the end of 2011, <em>The New York Times</em>' Brian Stelter reported Wednesday. Beck's relationship with the network has long been fraught. In one scenario, the divisive star would expand Insider Extreme, his subscription-only website that makes Beck an estimated $4 million a year. Or he might take over an existing cable network, or create his own. Despite Beck's feverish fanbase, such a huge undertaking would be a risky move &mdash; one that that even mega-personalities like Oprah Winfrey (with...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 23 Mar 2011 14:34:00 -0400Glenn Beck's war on Google<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> Glenn Beck doesn't want his search engine overthrowing governments, palling around with "hardcore leftists," or being a "shill" for the U.S. government. That, as he explained on his Fox News show this week, is why he's avoiding Google. (Watch the video below.) The way Beck sees it, Google's web of suspicious intrigue starts with Wael Ghonim, the marketing executive involved in Egypt's uprising; extends to ex-State Department official Jared Cohen, who heads up Google Ideas; and &mdash; take a deep breath &mdash; includes the NSA, George Soros, and the Tides Foundation.<strong><br />The reaction...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 18 Feb 2011 10:30:00 -0500Bashing Glenn Beck is bad for liberals<img src="" /></P><p>It's obvious why the "progressive media" ridicule every "dumb thing" that Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Glenn Beck say, says Michael Lind in <em>Salon</em>. Such taunts boost ratings and feel good &mdash; but the left might want to give it a rest. This "constant mockery of these bloviating right-wing demagogues" wastes "precious center-left media time." With the economy "still in a coma," and the Middle East in revolt, liberal journalists like Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews should focus on the relative superiority of the Left's policies, and reserve their attacks for the "crazy" conservative leaders...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 16 Feb 2011 13:06:00 -0500Is Glenn Beck's campaign against George Soros anti-Semitic?<img src="" /></P><p>Fox News' Glenn Beck ignited an emotionally charged feud this week with a scathing expose on Left-leaning financier George Soros that liberal critics are calling anti-Semitic. Beck analyzed Soros' youth as an Orthodox Jew in pre-war Hungary, his career as hedge fund manager, and his emergence as a major backer of liberal causes, concluding that he is a "puppet master" who uses his wealth to push a left-wing agenda and bring down governments around the world. Is Beck smearing Soros with stereotypes, or just shining a much-needed light on a driving force in American political life? (Watch Beck's...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 12 Nov 2010 11:20:00 -0500Glenn Beck's apocalypse survival kits: An instant guide<img src="" /></P><p>Noted gold spokesman Glenn Beck is hawking another way to hedge against disaster: Food insurance. Or rather, Food Insurance, a company that sells "gourmet quality" survivalist kits. What makes these all-inclusive kits worthy of Beck's coveted endorsement, and might there be a certain "end times" theme to the products he promotes? (Watch an ad for "Survival Seeds")</p><p><strong>How is Beck promoting Food Insurance?</strong><br />He has filmed a commercial for Food Insurance that is featured on the company's website ("prepare yourself for what we all hope won't happen, but probably will, if you're not prepared") and has talked...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 20 Oct 2010 14:28:00 -0400