Glenn Beck Moving to Foxby Stephen Gordon
Glenn Beck is rapidly becoming more libertarian and he’s treated people like Ron Paul and Bob Barr with the greatest of respect. He’s moving from CNN to Fox News. Here’s the low down:
Glenn Beck goes on the air with Fox News for the first time Monday afternoon, and he’s got a surprise for you: He’s not a conservative anymore.
”Every day that goes by, I’m more and more libertarian,” says Beck, whose new show (titled, coincidentally, Glenn Beck) will air from 5 to 6 p.m. weekdays. ‘I’ve always been a conservative. But every day I find myself believing more and more in states’ rights, individual rights — let people alone, get the government out of everybody’s lives, let everybody rule themselves.”
That might seem startling news from somebody who’s built a multimillion-dollar one-man media conglomerate out of jauntily acerbic conservative commentary. In nine years he’s gone from a rookie talk-show host on a puny Tampa radio station to a syndicated powerhouse heard on more than 300 stations (including Miami’s WIOD-AM 610). And the program he did on CNN Headline News from 2006 to 2008 raised the network’s ratings 200 percent — in both its live 7 p.m. time slot and as a 9 p.m. rerun.
But Fox News, which hired Beck away from CNN in October (CNN took him off the air until his contract expired), doesn’t seem concerned about his political evolution.
”I’m not so sure that he was ever a conservative to begin with,” says Bill Shine, senior vice president for programming at Fox News. “He’s one of those guys it’s hard to put into a corner or give a label to. I think that’s what makes his show interesting. I think that’s what makes it unpredictable.”
I’ve not been watching much FNC for some time because of the way they damned near treated Bush like the Messiah, but I think I’ll tune in and check out Beck’s program, though.