October 29, 2009
I'd like to point out why I do like Glenn Beck, and why his show, along with the Special Report All-Star Panel, is the only political/news programming I watch on TV. And why I watch it every day.
Because Glenn Beck comes at us Ross Perot style, with charts and graphs and numbers. He lays out theories about what he thinks the future of our country will look like, and he always says they're just theories and he hopes he's wrong. He doesn't just do opinion schtick, though there's plenty of that. He doesn't just interview guests and argue about the day's news, which is what every other news/opinion program on TV does. And he doesn't just cry, though there are times when his love for his country and his anguish over what it's becoming do overwhelm him.
He also takes complicated economic problems and explains them to average Americans. (This clip is crucial to watch if you want to see the difference between The Glenn Beck Program and every other news show out there.)
The Glenn Beck model includes a chalkboard, for heaven's sake. He spent twenty-one minutes lecturing on inflation. And gets mega-ratings for it. I think Americans are starving for this kind of programming.
Beck is the only TV personality I know of who consistently examines the long-term problems the US faces and points out that the "fixes" we're implementing now might end up doing us more harm than good. Sadly, he also has a pretty good track record of being right.
Is anyone else pointing out long-term problems to average Americans? Or are they too busy talking about balloon boy and hyping swine flu...
I have only seen clips of his show on YouTube via your links. I think I've only actually seen him on TV once or twice being interviewed during another show. So I never understood his appeal until now.
I don't watch political TV shows, so I didn't realize how unique his use of a chalkboard is. His ability to use one tells me that he isn't just reading off a teleprompter or mouthing off opinions. What he writes on a chalkboard has to be somewhat coherent, because the audience can literally see errors, and he'd look like a fool if he constantly erased to cover them up.
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Posted by: BigD78 at October 29, 2009 03:11 PM (W3XUk)
I used to listen to Glenn Beck in the car but I work from home now so he lost me when I stopped commuting.
Posted by: Amy at October 29, 2009 03:54 PM (9fDOS)
Posted by: Sarah at October 29, 2009 04:39 PM (gWUle)
I will probably remember that next time and start laughing on the treadmill! Thanks.
ps. I am thrilled to watch you progress so beautifully through your pregnancy one step at a time.
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