Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

How Responsible is this Media Matters Employee for Glenn Beck’s Fox News Departure

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Editorials & Other Articles Donate to DU
 
underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:50 PM
Original message
How Responsible is this Media Matters Employee for Glenn Beck’s Fox News Departure
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 07:51 PM by underpants
http://themoderatevoice.com/106694/how-responsible-is-t... /

But buried near the end of that AP report, Ailes responded to the fact that hundreds of advertisers had pulled their ads from Beck’s show, saying, “Advertisers who get weak-kneed because some idiot on a blog site writes to them and says we need to stifle speech, I get a little frustrated by that.”

Angelo Carusone is pretty certain that the “some idiot on a blog site” is referring to him, and he’s not buying any claims that this was a voluntary move on Beck’s part (I reached out to Fox News for comment but have not heard back). He’s also not surprised that Fox News would try to avoid answering the question. “Fox News is deeply concerned about a backlash from Glenn Beck’s base — I call it a ‘Becklash,’” he told me in a phone interview. “They’ve seen this at least in a very small part during the campaign, where advertisers would drop Beck but would continue to advertise on Fox News, and those advertisers were getting heat from Beck’s own fans, especially during the times when Beck would rant about advertiser boycotts. So clearly Fox News is concerned about getting a backlash from Beck’s base.”

But what of Carusone’s focus on Beck? While the pundit’s daily news show may be gone, he still has a widely listened-to radio show, bestselling books, regular speaking gigs, a growing web presence, and references to future Fox News collaborations. He responded by pointing out that many of the advertisers who backed away from the television show announced they’d stay away from all Beck platforms. “For example, his online platforms — most notably The Blaze, where he hired Betsy Morgan, who is the former Huffington Post CEO; she told the New York Times that they had difficulty selling advertisements for his online holdings. It’s because we were able to garner so many committments from so many companies to not sponsor any of Glenn Beck’s platforms.” But he also argued that the television show was the strongest chink in Beck’s armor. “Beck himself has stated on several occasions that of all his media outlets — whether it’s his radio show, whether it’s his book publications, his live events, his internet holdings — the most important part of his enterprise is the chalkboard. He himself has acknowledged that, and Glenn Beck has lost his chalkboard.”

“I stand very encourged by one thing,” he said. “And that’s that the stations that have been dropping Beck … are replacing him with local conservative talkers. That makes me very happy, because instead of having these monolithic voices — born of deregulation — like Limbaugh and Beck imposed on their communities by these huge media consolidated radio chains– instead you have local talkers now who are finally getting a chance. This is the way it used to be, but they’re finally getting to re-emerge, and as a consequence Beck’s kind is being underminded. And what I like about local talk radio is that even though they’re conservative, at least they’re responsive to the local community. At least there can be diverse voices. If you get six local talkers in the place of Glenn Beck then you have six different ideas and six different takes, and that matters. It really does.”



Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:54 PM
Response to Original message
1. Is that @StopBeck on Twitter? He's Awesome!
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 07:55 PM by Pirate Smile
It is him:

http://twitter.com/StopBeck

Name Stop Glenn Beck
Location Media+Accountability
Web http://StopBeck.com
Bio I'm Angelo. Director, @mmfa's DropFox effort. I've had enough of @FoxNews' vitriol, deceit & preying on racial anxieties. Statements expressed here are my own
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Wed Jul 23rd 2014, 05:54 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Editorials & Other Articles Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC