*** On The Glen Becks And Howard Beales: The White House doesn’t want to give Glen Beck a bigger platform or extra oxygen — especially regarding his remark yesterday that the president has “a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture” — so they won’t comment, even off record. Beck, after all, is a radio DJ who somehow ended up getting a national platform to give his opinion on politics. What’s most amazing about this episode is that what Beck said isn’t a fireable or even a SUSPENDABLE offense by his bosses. There was a time when outrageous rants like this would actually cost the ranters their jobs. But not anymore; if anything, it’s now encouraged. And all of this could turn ACTUAL journalists into the next Howard Beales. It’s getting nuts that the folks who are creating the perception of an ideological/polarized media world are people who have never really spent their lives being journalists. Whether it’s former political consultants-turned-TV execs or former radio DJs, or former California socialites, the folks helping to accelerate the public’s perception of the media off a cliff made their livings trying to do other things. Of course, Beck’s crazy language could have one unintended consequence: It could cost him bookings with any Republicans who want to be popular outside Beck’s hard-core bizarro-land viewers.
If he had balls, he’d mention Australian media moguls too. It’s not like Murdoch’s other outlets are any better. But I guess Chuck figures he might end up wanting a job from Rupert some day in some capacity.
That’s my take anyway.
And, although I’m not the biggest fan of the HuffPost, I don’t see how it’s done much to increase the perception of ideologically driven media. I guess Chuck figures he doesn’t have to kiss Arianna’s ass, though, so he thought he’d throw her in to be “even-handed”.