No, Fox News Should Not Fire Glenn Beck

More

I don't watch Glenn Beck. I'm at work during his 5PM Fox News show, I don't own a TiVo and I don't really watch political television anyway. So most of what I know about the guy comes from YouTube clips, which means I've noted his particularly alarmist segments, his talent for voices and his use of the word socialism so often it's like he's trying to trademark it. But now, Henry Blodget writes for Huffington Post that News Corp should fire Glenn Beck. That's absurd.


Yes, more than ten companies have asked Fox News not to air their ads during Beck's show. But they haven't canceled their contracts. They've just left the slots open to fill with different ad revenue. And what ad revenue!

Fox News in on pace for their best year ever, and one reason is that Glenn Beck is absolutely crushing in his slot with an audience of 2.4 million, third in cable news. That's Keith Olbermann's and Rachel Maddow's MSNBC primetime audiences together, plus some. Who wants to fire that viewership?

Blodget also makes a moral case for Glenn's firing on the basis that he called President Obama a racist. He writes:

Beck's "hatred for white people" remark is every bit as inappropriate and offensive as [Don] Imus's "nappy-headed hos." Imus got sacked for that remark -- as he should have. So should Beck.

This is a silly and false comparison. A racist comment on MSNBC about black female college basketball players is not only stupid and ignorant targeting of non-public amateur students, it's also an invitation to have your viewers hurl their eggs at the screen. Expressing contempt for a liberal president on Fox News isn't out of the Fox News mainstream, not by a long shot, even if the specific accusation was ludicrous. By all means, we're free to point at Glenn Beck and laugh (or cry) at his through-the-looking-glass views on politics and culture, but liberals calling for his sacking are wasting precious breath.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Business

Just In