Glenn Beck is out at Fox News thanks to shrinking ratings and growing disconnect from reality

Maybe you can’t fool some of the people all the time.

Glenn Beck, the clown prince of disinformers, had increasingly become a self-parody (see Beck’s anti-science rant: Evolution is “ridiculous “” I haven’t seen a half-monkey, half-person yet”).

As MediaMatters noted a few weeks ago, “Beck now routinely flirts with ratings in the 1.6-1.8 million range, which is almost exactly half the rating Beck was getting one year ago.”

And so Beck is ending his daily relationship with Fox News show — or is that vice versa?  ThinkProgress has more details:

After weeks of rumors about poor ratings and increasing concern at Fox News headquarters over Beck’s apocalyptic ranting, it’s finally official “” Glenn Beck is ending his daily show on Fox. An announcement posted on his website today, but then taken down without explanation, said:

Fox News and Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s production company, are proud to announce that they will work together to develop and produce a variety of television projects for air on the Fox News Channel as well as content for other platforms including Fox News’ digital properties. Glenn intends to transition off of his daily program, the third highest rated in all of cable news, later this year. […]

Glenn Beck said: “I truly believe that America owes a lot to Roger Ailes and Fox News. I cannot repay Roger for the lessons I’ve learned and will continue to learn from him and I look forward to starting this new phase of our partnership.”

The statement did not indicate an end date for the show.

Beck entered the year without one-third of his earlier audience. Only months into his show, advertisers began deserting his program, and pressure by liberal groups resulted in a loss of nearly 300 advertisers during the course of his show.

Last month, Fox News officials told the New York Times anonymously that they were “contemplating life without Mr. Beck.” The Times also reported that “[m]any on the news side of Fox have wondered whether his chronic outrageousness “” he suggested that the president has ‘a deep-seated hatred for white people'”” have made it difficult for Fox to hang onto its credibility as a news network.”

That seems like a reasonable concern. Just yesterday, here’s what Beck used his show to assert:

Union leaders are communists, socialists, or revolutionaries who want destruction of “western way of life” [04/05/11]

– Maybe Obama decided to try suspects at Guantanamo to inflame the Islamic world [04/05/11]

Obama is “merely a player” in a globalist, Islamist show [04/05/11]

– Showing images of Obama, SEIU, and others, Beck says he “would put a lot of these people in jail.” [04/05/11]

– Beck somehow linked 9/11 to Wisconsin election, budget cuts [04/05/11]

– Smeared students protesting in Wisconsin as Lenin’s “useful idiots” [04/05/11]

Beck’s rants earlier this year, in which he tried to connect uprisings in the Middle East to a rising Islamic takeover, abetted by liberal groups in the United States, even provoked the ire of fellow conservatives and Fox personalities like Bill Kristol, who characterized Beck’s rants as “fearfulness unworthy of Americans.”

Yesterday on his radio show, Beck foreshadowed this announcement by telling his listeners that if he left Fox News, “don’t you ever believe” that the liberal watchdog Media Matters “caused a victory.” Perhaps that’s true “” only Glenn himself is to blame for creating a show so radically divorced from reality that even Fox News couldn’t handle it.

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21 Responses to Glenn Beck is out at Fox News thanks to shrinking ratings and growing disconnect from reality

  1. Peter M says:

    Time & Space have nothing to do with jelly donuts and reality.

  2. Maybe Beck and Palin will get together to host a new morning show, Beckfast Rant.

  3. Chris Winter says:

    From the Cloud Room atop the Hotel Allerton on Chicago’s magnificent mile — it’s the Beckfast club with your host Glenn Beck wielding the club…


    (Apologies to the late Don McNeill and to Breakfast Club fans everywhere.)

  4. Rob Honeycutt says:

    I think this definitely is Fox canning Beck. Think what you will of Fox, they’re in this for the money. Beck isn’t bringing in the advertisers.

  5. Fire Mountain says:

    Maybe you really can go broke by underestimating the intelligence of the American public, P.T. Barnum notwithstanding.

  6. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Beck just needs to move to Australia, where this type of raving hatemongering would be right at home at his Dark Master Murdoch’s ‘The Fundament’ (aka The Australian). Today it has another installment in its war to ‘destroy’ the Green Party, based again on assertions that it is ‘antisemitic’ in that some Green Senators support a boycott of Israel. As is absolutely the rule with this propaganda organ of mass indoctrination, the tirades of hatred and contumely are utterly one-sided, the Greens not permitted to defend their position in any meaningful manner. The attempts to promote a split in the Greens are becoming really hysterical. All the Murdoch apparat’s favoured tactics are on display, including the use of anonymous ‘sources’, many of which, in my opinion, would simply be inventions. I wonder if there is any ”phone-hacking’ as Murdoch’s operatives utilise in the UK, going on here? Add to this campaign the relentless ‘diabolisation’ of Moslems, unions, teachers, Aborigines etc, the now so familiar pandaemonium of hatred and fear that the Right is inflicting on humanity with growing and unrelenting fervour, and I think that we have a milieu into which Mr Beck could slither with ease. The fate of a society where the leading media organisations are dedicated to promoting a fulminating hatred of others through racist, xenophobic, class and ideological hatemongering must, inevitably, be dire. The masters can take ‘divide and rule’ tactics only so far before society explodes into fratricidal chaos.

  7. Rob Honeycutt says:

    You gotta love this Forbes article on Beck…

    “With a deadpan, Beck insists that he is not political: ‘I could give a flying crap about the political process.’ Making money, on the other hand, is to be taken very seriously, and controversy is its own coinage. ‘We’re an entertainment company,’ Beck says.”

    I tell ya, this has never been about politics. This whole thing has been about making money under the guise of “news.”

  8. adelady says:

    Why would we take on Beck, we have the home-grown variety? Ripe and ready for the table.

  9. Tony O'Brien says:

    We have the power, if we could only realize it. We can bring the kleptocracy to account.

  10. Merrelyn Emery says:

    adelady, Oh No! No! That is terrible news.

    I guess they will make more than enough through the advertizing to pay the fines and the court costs, ME

  11. Douglas says:

    “have made it difficult for Fox to hang onto its credibility as a news network.”

    Fox has credibility?

  12. catman306 says:

    What about Limbaugh, how’s he been doing lately with half his brain tied behind his back? Maybe there’s a bit of him and Beck in every bagful of that koch colored tea.

    Now that the Koch bros have been revealed to America there’s not much need for these spokes people to disguise and reguritate. We can get it all straight out of the horse’s butt.

  13. Mark says:

    His job, of course, was just to make the other folks at Fox look reasonable. Mission accomplished, time to move on.

    My guess is that was the original idea for creating the Tea Party, too, and the plan didn’t call for the grassroots to run with it.

  14. David K says:

    Hey Joe (and all you other climate progressives), DeSmogBlog has a link to a new sociological study on what motivates climate deniers:

    Pretty much what you usually say, it ain’t about the science it’s the right-wing ideology.

  15. Some European says:

    I’ve been fearing for months now that Beck would run for president. I just hope this isn’t all part of the plan. Beck for president is my worst nightmare.

  16. Anne says:

    Glenn: Don’t let the door hit you on your fat ass as you leave.

    Good riddance!

  17. Jay Banks says:

    I don’t understand how almost 2 million people still watch his show. Beck is one of the most biased hosts in the US. All his infamous theories have apparent flaws and lack facts. This makes all he says totally worthless.

  18. Robert In New Orleans says:

    Maybe with all of that money he has accrued, he is going get himself a few sister wives and start his own compound out west somewhere.

  19. Phil M says:

    On the other side of the coin on the other side of the world here in Australia, Lachlan Murdoch & Gina Rhinehart (mining heiress) has managed to get control of Channel 10 free to air T.V. Now what sort of an agenda do you think a Murdoch & a Rhinehart would want set at Channel 10? Many saw the writing on the wall, but not this quick. Australia’s own Glenn Beck, Andrew Bolt resident climate change expert & expert on all matters has been given his own show.

    Murdoch already supplies 75% of the newspaper market in Australia & you can guess the political stance & views it froths.

    Bolt has been taken to court many times for slander & is in court again now, but as this reporter says, he shouldn’t be. Not only is the case not strong, but this only draws more attention to people like Bolt & nut jobs with likeminded rascist & bigoted views just gravitate towards him.

    You can see in the comments all the brainwashed idiots that idolise him. Normally you never hear from them on that site, but someone must have alerted them & they descended en-masse.

  20. Cinnamon Girl says:

    “…I haven’t seen a half-monkey, half-person yet” Well, I have, and now he has lost his TV show. People wonder who watched HeeBee GeeBee, and I know someone who did. He watched it enough to drink the Kook-Aid, and liquidate a good chunk of his family’s modest assets in order to prepare for the invasion. It’s a sad example of a con game by proxy. I wondered what would happen to the Millenials when the century turn failed to produce Armageddon, and now maybe I know. They immediately began looking for the next “logical” source for it. I guess AGW isn’t sufficiently sudden or stimulating for them. As with confused maple trees, the saps keep running.

  21. Daniel J. Andrews says:

    have made it difficult for Fox to hang onto its credibility as a news network.

    Nonsense. Fox’s lack of credibility doesn’t have anything to do with Beck. The news teams did that all by themselves.