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Glenn Beck
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Genre News
Format Talk show
Presented by Glenn Beck
Country of origin United States
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel HLN (2006–08)
Fox News Channel (2009–present)
Picture format 480i NTSC
720p (HDTV)
Original run 2006 (2006) – present
Preceded by America's News Headquarters (Fox News era)
Followed by Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN era)
External links
Official website

Glenn Beck is an American cable opinion show hosted by Glenn Beck, that airs weekdays on Fox News Channel. The program, originally on CNN Headline News (now HLN), premiered on FNC on January 19, 2009 and now airs weekdays at 5:00 PM eastern.[1] Since switching to Fox News Channel, Beck's ratings have risen significantly.



Each broadcast usually begins with a brief, scripted monologue by Beck, in which he gives his analysis of the top story of the day. This is usually followed by an interview with a correspondent who continues the discussion with his/her opinions on the matter.

Although the original concept of the show combined elements of late-night talk shows (e.g., satirical comedy bits and frequent celebrity interviews) and cable news, it gradually came to center on the latter format and adopted a more news-oriented style.

Headline News era

The Friday broadcast was devoted to a full-hour interview under the label Honest Questions. Interviewed people include Ron Paul, Al Sharpton, Janice Dickinson, Larry King, Nancy Grace, Benjamin Netanyahu, Anderson Cooper, and Ben Stein.

Special programming included Exposed: The Extremist Agenda, Exposed: The Climate of Fear, and a week long series titled America's Addiction. These programs tended to be serious examinations of the subjects without any of Beck's humorous asides.


Special programs

Exposed: The Extremist Agenda

The Extremist Agenda, aired in November 2006, which overviewed Islam in the Qur'an.

Exposed: The Climate of Fear

The May 2, 2007 edition of his Glenn Beck on Headline News was a "special report" entitled, "Exposed: The Climate of Fear". In his opening remarks, Beck said, "Welcome to 'Exposed: The Climate of Fear.' I want you to know right up front, this is not a balanced look at global warming. It is the other side of the climate debate that you don't hear anywhere. Yes, Al Gore, there is another credible side."[2]

Media Matters for America claimed that "Beck relied heavily on people with energy industry ties and others espousing positions on global warming that have been soundly debunked or rejected by the overwhelming majority of scientists studying climate change." [3]

Exposed: America's Broke

Beck aired a special called "Exposed: America's Broke" during the week on 9/15/08. This special dealt with the national debt in America and what Beck saw as America's debt of leadership as well.

Exposed: The End of Oil

This last Exposed special hosted by Beck aired the week after America's Broke and focused on the economic effects of not using the resources in America (offshore drilling, ANWR oil, etc.) before the U.S. can find an alternative source of fuel.

Fox News era

Glenn Beck's self-titled television show on The Fox News Channel premiered on January 19, 2009. Beck's format includes the use of diagrams and visual aids. His recurring segments include "Use Your Head" and "The One Thing".

Recently, he had a Special Program called "The New Republic" which aired Aug. 23-28 2009, and the weeks since when events warrant it. In October 2009, the show started using the title "Refounding America". "The 9/12 Project" is used for specials related to the website of the same name.

Criticism of White House officials

Van Jones

Van Jones resigned from his position as Special Advisor to the president in September 2009 after becoming a the major subject of news stories on programs such as Glenn Beck after lesser known conservative groups had first aired concerns as early as April[4][5][6] The early critics received coverage from Fox News,[7] notably from Fox commentator Glenn Beck, who featured Jones on 14 episodes of his show.[8][9] They forced Van Jones in July and August 2009 to defend his past including membership of a socialist group and support for Mumia Abu-Jamal, a death row prisoner convicted of killing a police officer.[10][11] Editors credited Beck with his "first scalp", noting that the Huffington Post expressed continued support for Jones, singling out the efforts of Glenn Beck to force his resignation, though Beck was not the first to voice concerns about the appointment.[12][13][14] Beck has also asked his viewers to help "find everything you can" on other "czars" such as Cass Sunstein, Mark Lloyd and Carol Browner.[4]

Anita Dunn

After she made a statement critical of Fox, White house official Anita Dunn was shown in a clip giving a speech to high school students on June 5, 2009.[15] She stated "two of my favorite political philosophers, Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa -- not often coupled with each other -- but the two people that I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point, which is, 'You're going to make choices, you're going to challenge, you're going to say, why not?, you're going to figure out how to do things that have never been done before." Beck was critical of Dunn as he continued to question what he alleged was a pattern of communist and Marxist sympathies of many in the Obama administration.


Beck began using his program on Fox News to criticize the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) within days of its premier.[16] In September 2009, the website published hidden-camera recordings in which Hannah Giles posed as a prostitute and James O'Keefe sometimes posed as a pimp in order to elicit responses from employees of ACORN. According to a New York Times reporter, Giles and O'Keefe "caught ACORN's low-level employees in five cities sounding eager to assist with tax evasion, human smuggling and child prostitution."[17]

The day of their release, the videos were also aired on Glenn Beck. After the release of the first video, Beck began to devote large portions of his program to exposing the alleged "underhanded dealings" of ACORN.[18]

The ACORN organization threatened a lawsuit against FOX, which aired Beck's showing of secretly taped videos. ACORN announced "It is clear that the videos doctored, edited and in no way the result of the fabricated story being portrayed by the conservative activist filmmaker O'Keefe and his partner in crime. And in fact, a crime it was — our lawyers believe a felony. And we will be taking legal action against FOX and their co-conspirators."[19]

ACORN claimed the videos to be doctored and the story fabricated, a claim vindicated by a subsequent independent investigation by the former Attorney General of Massachusetts.[20] The story initially had a punitive effect on the organization. In September 2009, the United States House and Senate voted to exclude ACORN from federal funding. Funding was later restored as a result of a court order finding that the Congressional action violated the bill of attainder clause of the Constitution.[21] [22][23]

A subsequent independent investigation by former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger found no "pattern of intentional, illegal conduct by ACORN staff; in fact, there is no evidence that action, illegal or otherwise, was taken by any ACORN employee on behalf of the videographers. Instead, the videos represent the byproduct of ACORN’s longstanding management weaknesses, including a lack of training, a lack of procedures, and a lack of on-site supervision." The report further found that the videotapes aired on Beck's and other Fox News programs, "appear to have been edited, in some cases substantially, including the insertion of a substitute voiceover for significant portions of Mr. O’Keefe’s and Ms.Giles’s comments, which makes it difficult to determine the questions to which ACORN employees are responding." [24]


Beck's shows have been described as a "mix of moral lessons, outrage and an apocalyptic view of the future ... capturing the feelings of an alienated class of Americans."[25] Beck has referred to himself as an entertainer,[25] a rodeo clown,[25] and identified with Howard Beale "When he came out of the rain and he was like, none of this makes any sense. I am that guy."[26]

Beck's style of expressing his candid opinions have helped make his shows successful,[27] but have also resulted in protest and advertiser boycotts. In late July 2009, Beck argued that reparations and social justice were driving President Obama's agenda, discussing issues of diversity and institutional racism.[28] That week in response to the Henry Gates controversy, Beck stated that Obama has repeatedly exposed himself as having, "a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture." He concluded that, "I'm not saying he doesn't like white people. I'm saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist."[29] These remarks drew criticism from MSNBC commentators, the NAACP, and resulted in as many as 80 advertisers boycotting both Glenn Beck's show and the Fox News channel.[29][30]

Time describes Beck as "the new populist superstar of Fox News" saying it is easier to see a set of attitudes rather than a specific ideology, noting his criticism of Wall Street, yet defending bonuses to AIG and denouncing conspiracies against FEMA but warning against indoctrination of children by the AmeriCorps program. Time concludes that "what unites Beck's disparate themes is a sense of siege" but notes that Beck describes his program as "the fusion of entertainment and enlightenment." [31]

According to Nielsen Ratings, Beck has had the highest rated cable news show at 5PM since March 2009,[32] consistently beating his competition's combined total viewership.[33][34][35]

Glenn Beck was awarded the "2009 Misinformer of the year" by the progressive group Media Matters for America, mainly for his Fox News show.[36]

Advertiser boycott

After Beck accused President Obama of being a racist, Color of Change, an online advocacy group for Black issues, urged advertisers to boycott Beck's program.[37] As of September 14, 2009, a total of 62 [38] advertisers including Wal-Mart, CVS, Best Buy, GMAC-owned Ally Bank, Travelocity, LexisNexis-owned, Procter & Gamble, Verizon Wireless, HSBC, Progressive Insurance and GEICO have removed their ads from his programming.[37][39][40][41][42] Fox issued a statement indicating that overall revenue had not been lost as a result of the boycott, as most companies had shifted to other Fox programs.[43] UPS Stores has decided to temporarily stop advertising on Fox News as a whole.[44][45] Beck expressed that he was unapologetic for the remark and stated that the President is not above criticism.[46]

Pop culture

In the South Park episode of "Dances with Smurfs," Eric Cartman parodies Glenn Beck multiple times, particularly when Cartman repeatedly says, "I'm just asking questions." This is a common Glenn Beck phrase.[47] His show intro and set are similar to Beck's. On the November 16 show, Beck acknowledged the parody noting the use of chalkboards, crying on TV and questioning the president. He said, "you haven't lived until an entire episode of South Park is devoted to you."

See also


  1. ^ Glenn Beck's FNC Show to Begin Jan. 19,, December 1, 2008
  2. ^ Transcript of Exposed: The Climate of Fear
  3. ^ Beck's global warming special dominated by industry-funded "experts," serial misinformers
  4. ^ a b New York Times Embattled Van Jones Quits, but 'Czar' Debates Rage On By MICHAEL BURNHAM September 9, 2009
  5. ^ Will a 'red' help blacks go green?, WorldNet Daily, April 12, 2009
  6. ^ Phil Kerpen, 6 September 2009, Fox, How Van Jones Happened and What We Need to Do Next
  7. ^ AlterNet, 8 September 2009, Big Business's Hidden Hand in the Smear Job on Van Jones
  8. ^ Weigel, David (2009-09-04). "Far-Right Site Gains Influence in Obama Era". The Washington Independent. Retrieved 2009-09-08.  
  9. ^ Sarah Wheaton (2009-09-06). "White House Adviser on ‘Green Jobs’ Resigns". New York Times.  
  10. ^ Politico, 7 September 2009, Van Jones resigns amid controversy
  11. ^ Wilson, Scott; Eilperin, Juliet (September 7, 2009). "In Adviser's Resignation, Vetting Bites Obama Again". The Washington Post ( pp. A02. Retrieved September 7, 2009.  
  12. ^ Huffington Post, 6 September 2009, Glenn Beck Gets First Scalp: Van Jones Resigns
  13. ^ Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post, September 7, 2009, "Thank You, Glenn Beck!"
  14. ^ Glenn Beck Draws First Blood in Czar WarOur Editors Pick the Best of What's Hot on the Web Web poll shows 86% support the resignation, and 75% support Glenn Beck
  15. ^ "Beck falsely claimed Anita Dunn "worships" "her hero" Mao Zedong" Media Matters for America October 15, 2009 10:40 pm ET
  16. ^,2933,481049,00.html
  17. ^ Shane, Scott (2009-09-19). "A Political Gadfly Lampoons the Left via YouTube". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-26.  
  18. ^,2933,549084,00.html
  19. ^ Scandal-Plagued ACORN Threatens Lawsuit September 15, 2009
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  22. ^ "House Votes to Block ACORN Funding". NBC Dallas-Ft Worth. 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2009-11-22.  
  23. ^ Taylor, Andrew (2009-09-14). "Senate votes to deny funds to ACORN". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-09-15.  
  24. ^
  25. ^ a b c "Fox News’s Mad, Apocalyptic, Tearful Rising Star". The New York Times. 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2009-07-31.  
  26. ^ Stossel, John (2009-06-10). "Glenn Beck on Glenn Beck". 20/20 (ABC News). Retrieved 2009-07-31.  
  27. ^ "Glenn Beck and Simon & Schuster Launch Wide-Ranging Global Publishing Partnership". Reuters. 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-07-13.  
  28. ^ Beck, Glen (2009-07-23). "What's Driving President Obama's Agenda?".,2933,534643,00.html. Retrieved 2009-08-01.  
  29. ^ a b Bauder, David (2009-07-28). "Fox's Glenn Beck: President Obama is a racist". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-07-29.  
  30. ^ Krakauer, Steve (2009-07-29). "Glenn Beck’s ‘Obama is Racist’ Comment Fuels MSNBC and Beyond". Mediaite. Retrieved 2009-07-29.  
  31. ^ Poniewozik, James (2009-04-08). "Glenn Beck: The Fears of a Clown". Time magazine.,8599,1890174,00.html. Retrieved 2009-07-31.  
  32. ^ "Glenn Beck, A Ratings Hit for Fox, Takes His Show to the People".  
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  36. ^ "Glenn Beck: Media Matters' 2009 Misinformer of the Year". Media Matters for America. December 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-21.  
  37. ^ a b David Bauder, Attack on Obama riles Beck's advertisers, Yahoo News, August 24, 2009
  38. ^ Siemaszko, Corky (2009-09-03). "Advertisers continue to abandon Glenn Beck after pundit had called President Obama a 'racist'". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2009-09-03.  
  39. ^ Ariens, Chris (2009-07-28). "Glenn Beck's 'Racist' Comment Sends Advertisers Elsewhere". TVNewser. Retrieved 2009-08-12.  
  40. ^ Hein, Kenneth (2009-07-12). "Fox News' "Glenn Beck" loses advertisers". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-07-13.  
  41. ^ "Walmart, CVS, Best Buy, GMAC Among 8 Major Companies To Pull Ads From Glenn Beck Show". 2009-08-17.  
  42. ^ Victoria A. Brownworth, Woodstock Nation, Bay Area Reporter, August 20, 2009
  43. ^ Clarke, Conor (2009-08-25). "Why Hasn't the Glenn Beck Boycott Hurt Fox News?". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  44. ^ Bauder, David (2009-08-25). "Attack on Obama riles Beck's advertisers". The Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-08-27.  
  45. ^ James Rucker:"I know for at least one, UPS, they said "We're done with Fox."" Wasserman, Todd (2009-08-25). "Glenn Beck Protester Eyes Fox Re-ups". Brandweek. Retrieved 2009-08-27.  
  46. ^ Richard Huff, Fox News Channel pundit Glenn Beck defends his comments that President Barack Obama is a 'racist', New York Daily News, July 29th 2009
  47. ^ [1]

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Succeeded by
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