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By Luke Broadwater | July 25, 2011
Let's say you're a professional football player and you want to anger many of your 2.3 million Twitter followers. What's the best way to do this?  If Chad Ochocinco's recent actions are any indication, the quickest way is to buy a Glenn Beck book and actually read it (!) .  Flying to Memphis over the weekend, the Cincinatti Bengals' star wide receiver (and Ray Lewis' favorite chew toy) announced to the Twitterverse that he had purchased Beck's latest book "Broke" for the plane ride.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2014
Last week, former Fox News host Glenn Beck returned for a guest appearance with Megyn Kelly and created a bit of buzz saying he wished he'd have been more positive and less divisive during his days on the cable channel. Some call it an apology. I don't. He left Fox News in 2011 under a cloud of controversy. And I celebrated his leaving, because it meant one of the most divisive, reckless and polarizing figures I had ever covered was being marginalized. I remain convinced that mainstream TV and the country are much better off with him in the margins instead of having an audience of 1.8 million viewers a night as he did on Fox. Here's video of a debate between me and Amy Holmes, one of Beck's employees at TheBlaze, his information and opinion media operation.
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August 30, 2010
Whenever elections roll around in this country, we get our fill of angry "patriots" making outrageous accusations against candidates of the opposite party and equally outrageous claims of their own rightness when it comes to God and the Constitution. As in the old saying, "Never overestimate the intelligence of the American People", Glenn Beck feels confident that his followers will actually believe him when he claims he was unaware of the date's significance when he planned his big rally on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech" at the Lincoln Memorial.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore sun | October 11, 2013
Apparently quoting Vladimir Lenin to explain the deeper meaning of Obamacare, and stopping just short of calling President Barack Obama a communist, isn't inflammatory enough for Ben Carson in his new role as a paid Fox News contributor. After leveling the Joe-McCarthy-like charges against Obama on Megyn Kelly's show earlier this week, here's Carson raising his game and introducing "slavery" into the already fevered debate over the Affordable Care Act. I wonder how Johns Hopkins is feeling now about that "emeritus" title they gave Carson when he resigned in July.
NEWS
September 1, 2010
I spent my time intermittently watching Glenn Beck's puffery on Fox News on Aug. 30. Although some would dismiss this man as a buffoon and others would watch him to be amused, he is a window to a large and lost segment of America that won't let the past go. Mr. Beck preened in his evening program on Fox, by being secretive, he had trapped the mainstream media into stereotyping his attempt to bring his admirers and followers to the Washington Mall...
NEWS
March 25, 2010
In response to Carl H. Kendrick's letter to the editor of March 25, "Democrats produce a new day to live in infamy," about the only thing missing from Mr Kendrick's analysis was Glenn Beck's chalkboard. Dave Kelly, Glen Burnie
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By Luke Broadwater | April 7, 2011
If you're anything like me, I'm sure you're upset about Glenn Beck's divorce from Fox News. Who else will provide the perfect mix of insane conspiracy theories and didacticism to sufficiently entertain us in the afternoon? (I will concede that Beck often had a point -- he just made that point in a way that made him sound craaaaazy.) We've already honored him with a photo gallery of some of Beck's strangest quotes (e.g. "Cindy Sheehan is a tragedy slut"; again, has a point, but said in a crazy way)
NEWS
September 3, 2010
Pastor Beck, Here's my take on Saturday's revival meeting in Washington D.C.: You never made your case. At no time was it ever clear what you were trying to get across – not leading up to the revival or during the revival. I thought things might come together in the final production but it was not to be. And to have to tell people in follow-up programming what is was they had witnessed at the revival bears testimony to that observation. It's analogous to Fox News' claim of being 'fair and balanced" over and over again.
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By Jules Witcover | August 31, 2010
To clumsily paraphrase America's great lyricist: "What is this thing called Beck? This funny thing called Beck? Just who can solve his mystery? Why should he make a fool of me?" Those clever words, together with Cole Porter's haunting 1930 tune, keep running through my mind as I contemplate the bizarre rally of commentator/celebrity/preacher Glenn Beck at the Lincoln Memorial the other day. Beyond the argument over how many people flocked around the reflecting pool and beyond for the event — from 87,000, as guesstimated from an aerial photo, to half a million or more by Beck enthusiasts — what was the Saturday rally all about?
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By Luke Broadwater | April 7, 2011
Tonight, Jon Stewart dedicated his program to an epic Glenn Beck-style parody that might be his best work this year.  Some of his best lines:  • "The only real difference between Glenn and Paul Revere is that when Paul Revere told you the British were coming, they were, in fact, coming. "  • "I don't think I want to live in an America where Charles Manson tells our children what [they] can watch on television. "  • "What I'm about to say to you is the kind of thing that will make you wonder how I even dress myself in the morning.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2013
I don't care if Al Gore got more money than he ever deserved for his pathetic channel, or Glenn Beck got the short end of the stick in trying to buy it as an escape from his prison of media marginalization. All of that is ideological and personality-obsessed, pop-culture nonsense that misses the point of the sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera. What's important is that Al Jazeera has found a way into an estimated 40 million American homes through the purchase of Gore's mismanaged channel, and that is a good thing - a very good thing.
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By Cal Thomas | March 10, 2012
The first apology by Rush Limbaugh, posted on his website over the weekend, sounded forced, qualified, almost defensive. The second, broadcast live on his Monday show, sounded sincere and heartfelt. Rush Limbaugh did something not usually associated with either himself or bombastic talk radio. He apologized for calling a woman a "slut" and a "prostitute. " The woman, 30-year-old Sandra Fluke, a law student at Georgetown University, wants the Catholic school to pay for contraceptives in its insurance policy because, she says, she and her friends cannot afford the cost otherwise.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2011
Given the size of Keith Olbermann's audience on Current TV, what goes on during his "Countdown" show probably isn't worth the energy it takes to denounce it. On the other hand, the more marginalized he becomes, the more likely it is that "Countdown" will become a crucible for the kind of reckless and possibly slanderous speech Olbermann allowed from Janeane Garofalo Wednesday night. And part of this job is to identify such speech and warn of its dangers. This utterly unsubstantiated attack on GOP candidate Herman Cain, with its allegations that he must be getting "paid" by someone to run as a Republican, is outrageous.
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By Luke Broadwater | July 25, 2011
Let's say you're a professional football player and you want to anger many of your 2.3 million Twitter followers. What's the best way to do this?  If Chad Ochocinco's recent actions are any indication, the quickest way is to buy a Glenn Beck book and actually read it (!) .  Flying to Memphis over the weekend, the Cincinatti Bengals' star wide receiver (and Ray Lewis' favorite chew toy) announced to the Twitterverse that he had purchased Beck's latest book "Broke" for the plane ride.
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July 5, 2011
The Sun owes a huge apology to Fox News' Glenn Beck for describing him as reckless, nasty, dark and tearful ("Glenn Beck, Fox end dark, nasty cable era today," June 30). Is that how you treat patriotic Americans who love this country? Glenn Beck has never done anything terrible, dark, reckless or nasty. All Glenn Beck did was report the truth that the rest of you guys are either unwilling or afraid to report. We freedom loving, patriotic Americans who watched his wonderful television show know that Glenn Beck is honest, truthful and patriotic.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2011
When Glenn Beck signs off today at the end of his last Fox News cablecast, he will leave a TV legacy of reckless, divisive and ugly speech in his wake. He and Fox News should both feel some shame for the harm they have done to the national political discourse -- how they have taken an hour of dinnertime each weeknight and used it to help polarize us with paranoid and angry words. But, of course, Fox and Beck don't seem to have any shame, do they? In the case of Fox News, it thinks good ratings are all that matter.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2011
In the end, Glenn Beck's last hour on Fox News Thursday after 2 and 1/2 years of considerable controversy, was relatively quiet, banal and kind of pathetic. Beck told viewers several times how "amazing" the last 2 and 1/2 years have been. It was an "amazing ride," and an "amazing journey" and an "amazing trip," according to the talk show host who is now headed for his own GBTV Internet channel. One of the most striking aspects of the finale was the form of address he used at the start of the show for his liturgy of amazing.
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By Luke Broadwater | May 12, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National  • Flip flop? Romney says he'd undo Obama's health care program . (USA Today)  • More reason to be glad he's dead: Bin Laden obsessed with more U.S. attack s. (Washington Post)  • Ruppersberger to see  bin Laden death photos . (Baltimore Sun)
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By Luke Broadwater | June 30, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. Articles  • Imagine no possessions : Report says John Lennon was a closet Republican. ( Toronto Sun )  • Pot, meet kettle: Obama scolds Congress for taking too many vacations. ( ABC )  • Somebody get Ban Ki-moon a straitjacket : United Nations appoints North Korea head of conference on disarmament.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2011
In the end, Glenn Beck's last hour on Fox News Thursday after 2 and 1/2 years of considerable controversy, was relatively quiet, banal and kind of pathetic. Beck told viewers several times how "amazing" the last 2 and 1/2 years have been. It was an "amazing ride," and an "amazing journey" and an "amazing trip," according to the talk show host who is now headed for his own GBTV Internet channel. One of the most striking aspects of the finale was the form of address he used at the start of the show for his liturgy of amazing.
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