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NYT Mag: Being Glenn Beck

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Mark Liebovich’s long Glenn Beck piece in the NY Times Magazine covers a lot of ground.  Beck, a conservative media personality, best-selling author and inspirational speaker to many Tea Party-types, stands apart from his contemporaries. 

Beck rarely speaks with the squinty-eyed certainty or smugness of Rush Limbaugh or his fellow Fox News hosts Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. He often changes his mind or nakedly contradicts himself. “When you listen and watch me, it’s where I am in my thinking in the moment,” Beck told me. “I’m trying to figure it out as I go.” 

The article, among other highlights, touches on some of the tension over at FOX News: 

Ailes, who declined to comment for this article, has generally been supportive of Beck. But he has also been vocal around the network about how Beck does not fully appreciate the degree to which Fox News has made him the sensation he has become in recent months. In the days following Beck’s Lincoln Memorial rally, which by Beck’s estimate drew a half-million people, Ailes told associates that if Beck were still at Headline News, there would have been 30 people on the Mall.   

Much more on Beck’s media savvy, alcoholism, success and family here.

Related:  Salon’s – The Making of Glenn Beck

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Written by dailypager

September 30, 2010 at 2:56 am

Posted in Glenn Beck, Media

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