Glenn Beck’s Success
September 29, 2009
People keep asking me, “Bob, what do you think of Glenn Beck?”
The reason so many people want my opinion, I think, are the following: First of all, they all are fans of mine who some recall brought a new kind of approach and a new kind of conservatism to New York City. They have been a remarkable and a loyal audience.
The second reason people ask me is, Glenn Beck himself. Beck was fortunate to come along when he did. Timing is everything, no matter what field of endeavor you are talking about. Timing is really something we can’t control. I know some of us would like to think otherwise, but we don’t have any control over when we are born and, yes, even when we die. What we do with that time in between is really all that matters.
This is not to take anything away from Glenn. He is taking advantage of the fact that God put him where he is. If there were no Fox News Channel, there would be no Glenn Beck. For that matter, there would be no Bill O'Reilly. When you stop and think about it, there would be no antidote to the fast left-wing media that really elected our first socialist as president.
Naturally, I am sensitive to the issue of timing. It was said by a media columnist, “Bob Grant is responsible for the incredible success of talk radio. Without him, there would be no Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity or any of these self-styled pundits who dominate the radio landscape. It was Grant’s fate that he was born twenty years too soon.
“When Bob Grant was doing his thing, there were no satellite hooks to provide an instant network for his great talent. Rush Limbaugh could not have been on six stations let alone 660! So Grant, through no fault of his own, was just ahead of his time.
“But, that isn’t the only reason people are talking about Glenn Beck to Bob and everyone else. The other reason Grant is not up there where he should be is he was smeared in the most vicious, well orchestrated conspiracy to destroy his career. This is a story that has never fully been told and as time goes by perhaps fewer and fewer people would even care, but I have heard Bob talk about writing a tell all book. I hope he does it soon. Not for his sake, but for the sake of all those good and decent people who have been deprived of Bob’s wisdom, knowledge and humor.&8221;
Well, enough about me and now let’s talk about you and how much you may enjoy my columns. So, I say as far as Mr. Beck is concerned . . . somebody has got to do the heavy lifting and he is doing it for all of us.
And, he is very good at it. Ask the thugs at ACORN what they think of him. Their hatred of him is testimony to his power.
Right on, Glenn!