Glenn Beck wants to take his conservative gospel to the streets — or at least to a movie theater near you.
In a profile in the National Review, Eliana Johnson writes that the former Fox host is shifting away from politics and toward cultural work. "I hated politics, I always have," says the man who's made an estimated $90 million from his political opining.
Beck said he's planning to develop three "major motion pictures," including one about the "real story of Christmas," and another about Thomas Edison. Beck has already penned a fictional Christmas book, The Christmas Sweater, but his new venture would focus on criticizing the holiday's commercialism. Writing a full-throated defense of Christmas is a surefire way to reinforce your conservative bona fides (and your pocketbook) — just ask Mike Huckabee or Sarah Palin.
Beck isn't just doing battle against the War on Christmas, but against one of America's most revered historical figures: Thomas Edison. "I started out liking Thomas Edison. I thought he was the quintessential American inventor," Beck told S.E. Cupp last year. When asked why he hates Edison, he replied, "Just Google, 'Topsy the Elephant'. Just start there." He was referring to a circus elephant Edison cruelly electrocuted in an attempt to shame his rival, George Westinghouse. (While Beck may never have electrocuted a pachyderm to prove a point, he's no stranger to taking cheap shots at his opponents). Nikola Tesla is "the real genius," Beck insists, like an MIT freshman in a spirited dorm-room debate. And Tesla's utopian view of the world is not so different from that of Ayn Rand, another hero of Beck's.