A few days ago, Glenn Beck announced his plans to bring to fruition his daily show on Fox News Channel. I don’t believe that Fox News realizes how huge an effect this “mutual” decision will have — his absence will have a downward effect on all of the other Fox shows, particularly in prime time. For me, his absence pretty much eliminates the motivation to watch the other programs in the evening because, compared with Beck, they’re too predictable and un-serious.
Shepard Smith’s perspective and self-adulation turn me off, and Sean Hannity projects a degree of blanket partisanship that I don’t ascribe to. There really are two sides to most arguments, but if Hannity’s program is all that one watches, you would never know it; Hannity may admit that his show is partisan, and is right to do so, but I don’t feel as though he takes enough steps to provide contrary views. And then there’s the O’Reilly variety show, featuring BILL O’REILLY!! in all his wonder and infinite wisdom. How I look forward to “The Dumbest Things” and, of course, Bill’s “Sex Segment,” which I assume is aimed at his “bubba” viewers, of which I am not one. Next to O’Reilly, Shep’s self-adulation looks like self-loathing.
The bottom line is that, absent Beck, I think that I can live without the Fox News Channel’s prime time shows, save for Bret Baier’s 7:00 p.m. news program. Between the print media and the Internet, television plays an increasingly small role in my daily search for meaningful representation of important events anyway, so it won’t be any great loss. At least I’m going to give it a try.
Oh, it’s not that Beck is worthy of idolatry–and I doubt he would be comfortable with that, anyway–but I cannot help but feel that his greatest sin is not in telling the truth–although, I think that he consistently does that–but that he points to the importance of God’s role in the past, present and future life of the United States of America. The evil that is at work for the destruction of all that the Founders found worthy in our form of government cannot tolerate the kind of light that focusing on God brings to the situation that we find ourselves in.
The idea that the answer to our problems rests in anything other than collective control of secular control of a “New World Order” is an anathema to the progressives of all stripes. As the Word says, evil loves darkness and hates light, and God, in the form of Jesus Christ, IS the light of the world. By all means, kill the messenger.
It may appear that darkness has silenced Glenn Beck on Fox News and there will be great celebration in the halls of the White House, union halls, Media Matters, and every other George Soros-funded organization, but he, or someone equally dangerous to these purveyors of darkness who mask their purpose behind the word “change” will resurface in some other venue to continue the battle for first principles within our democracy. God will always find someone to speak truth. In the days of the Third Reich, it was Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I am not suggesting that Beck is the theological equivalent of Bonhoeffer, but it has been an encouragement to me that Beck shares my reverence for this giant of the faith.
So, even though Glenn occasionally made me wince with his dramatics, I’ll miss him and his daily show on Fox more than he–or Fox News–will ever know. Unless, of course, they read America’s Right.