Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Beck in the Crowd

Say what you like about Glenn Beck, he certainly does enjoy himself. He obviously enjoys being a charlatan. He especially enjoys knowing how galling his performances are to people who can see right through him. Yes, no one enjoys being the dandified provocateur more than Beck, who even enjoys being mocked ... to him, it means you noticed.

Although I usually ignore Beck, he makes that nearly impossible sometimes. So, when I do catch a few minutes of his tedious over-the-top act, I am reminded of Lonesome Rhodes, the amoral, power-hungry character played by Andy Griffith in "A Face in the Crowd" (1957). Beck strikes me as an updated version of Rhodes.

-- Art by F.T. Rea

1 comment:

J. Tyler Ballance said...

Beck actually uses old Father Caughlin speeces as the core part of some of his rants.

I think he found the archives of Father Caughlin's old radio programs at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in NY and has been using the treasure trove of old material as the basis of his radio and TV programs.

There is a striking similarity of the phrases and alarmist slant to much of Beck's tirades.

The sad part is that it took WWII and the Nazis to derail Caughlin (he was a Nazi supporter before America entered the War, along with Lindburgh.

What will wake-up the American "Sheeple" of today to the nonsensical doomsday talk by Beck?