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Posted: 3/30/2009 8:08:08 AM EDT
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Beck seeks to rally disaffected, aggrieved Americans


By Brian Stelter and Bill Carter

New York Times News Service

Published: Monday, March 30, 2009 12:07 a.m. MDT

NEW YORK — "You are not alone," Glenn Beck likes to say. For the disaffected and aggrieved Americans of the Obama era, he couldn't have picked a better rallying cry.

Beck, an evening host on the Fox News Channel, is suddenly one of the most powerful media voices for the nation's conservative populist anger. Barely two months into his job at Fox, his program is a phenomenon: It typically draws about 2.2 million viewers, more than any other cable news host except Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity, despite being on at 5 p.m., a slow shift for cable news.

With a mix of moral lessons, outrage and an apocalyptic view of the future, Beck, a longtime radio host who jumped to Fox from CNN's Headline News channel this year, is channeling the feelings of an alienated class of Americans.

In an interview, Beck, who recently re-watched the 1976 film "Network," said he identified with the character of Howard Beale, the unhinged TV news anchorman who declares on the air that he was "mad as hell."

"I think that's the way people feel," Beck said. "That's the way I feel."

In part because of Beck, Fox News — long identified as the favored channel for conservatives and Republican leaders — is enjoying a resurgence just two months into President Barack Obama's term. While top-rated among cable news channels, Fox's ratings slipped during the long Democratic primary season last year. Now it is back on firm footing as the presumptive network of the opposition, with more than 1.3 million viewers watching at any given time, more than twice as many as CNN or MSNBC.

While O'Reilly, the 8 p.m. host, paints himself as the outsider and Hannity, the 9 p.m. host, is more consistently ideological, Beck presents himself more as a revivalist in a troubled land.

He preaches against politicians, features regular segments titled "Constitution Under Attack" and "Economic Apocalypse," and occasionally breaks into tears.

"That's good, dramatic television," said Phil Griffin, the president of a Fox competitor, MSNBC. "That's who Glenn Beck is."

Beck says he believes every word he says on his TV show and the radio show that he still does from 9 a.m. to noon each weekday. He said that America is "on the road to socialism" and says that "God and religion are under attack in the U.S." (Beck is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and for the third year in a row, he will emcee Provo's Stadium of Fire Fourth of July celebration.)
Link Posted: 3/30/2009 8:15:48 AM EDT

Count me in, I'm feeling pretty damn disaffected... I listen to Glenn's radio show every morning and have adjusted my schedule so I can be home by 5pm to catch him on FOX...

Link Posted: 3/30/2009 8:23:08 AM EDT
Today Beck said "Buy a gun"!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 3/30/2009 8:29:22 AM EDT
Beck makes Hannity sound well-read!
Link Posted: 3/30/2009 8:30:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Uni-Vibe:
Beck makes Hannity sound well-read!
Hannity needs to start crying on his show.

Link Posted: 3/30/2009 8:32:15 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Jacketch:
Today Beck said "Buy a gun"!!!!!!!!!

You gotta love a man who talks like that.


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