by Steve Milloy
I read with sadness today that FOX News is ending Glenn Beck’s daily show. Congratulations, George Soros. You won that round.
As someone who has appeared on Beck’s show several times, including when it was on CNN, someone whose work is cited in two of Beck’s best-selling books, and as a former long-time columnist for FOXNews.com, it is sad that Beck is losing his 5pm daily soapbox with which he has ably, if not melodramatically, warned America about the enemies within it.
Yes, Beck made errors in judgment — mainly converting from a guest-based news show to the preachy, messianic, one-man “do your own homework” scold show — but he had his facts right. That’s why Soros targeted him for removal from FOX.
Although Beck was a relative late-comer to efforts to expose-the-red-menace, he has done more than anyone to expose the comrades since Sen. Joe McCarthy. Both should be viewed as heroes.
I, for one, will miss Beck (even his preachiness) weekdays at 5pm. He was right and spoke the truth. There’s not much of that to be had these days.
I am somewhat disappointed in FOX News. It should not have given Beck the freedom to change his show’s format so radically. By allowing Beck’s ego to go unchecked, FOX News set him up for the Soros-incited sponsor boycott.
I’m not buying any flotsam about Beck voluntarily “moving on” to greener pastures with his own cable channel or Internet-based programming. He may do those things, but that is not really “moving on” so much as it is retreating into media oblivion. Beck will likely find his new endeavor less satisfying and less successful than drawing in 2 million-plus viewers per evening on the most-popular cable news station — not to mention the fact that his show was the perfect forum for turning his books into best-sellers.
It would have been great if Beck could have operated in peak form through the 2012 election. That would have been most helpful in defeating and dislodging the red menace that he nightly spotlights. But I suppose we should be grateful for the time we had. We’ll have to continue toward that goal, Beck or no Beck.