Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hour-Long Infomercial: The new Glenn Beck Show

Unfortunately, I watch Glenn Beck's daily show on Fox News Right-Wing Opinion Channel. I do this in order to be able to criticize and refute the fear-mongering Wharrrgarbl that issues forth from his oral cavity. Actually, "watch" may be a mis-characterization of what I am doing, since I frequently find my self engaged in facepalming or gazing at the ceiling in a silent plea to the Flying Spaghetti Monster that Beck didn't actually say whatever inanity I just heard.

Today's show was particularly embarrassing. It was basically an hour-long infomercial shilling for the group that constitutes the majority of Glenn Beck's few remaining advertisers: Companies selling gold. Doom-and-gloom economic predictions have become standard fare on Beck's show of late, including simplistic analysis of monetary policies that would make any freshman economics professor cringe. The point of all of this seems to be that the US Dollar is doomed, globalization is inevitable, and that inflation will erode American purchasing power to almost nothing. This apocalyptic predictions then inevitably segue into commercials where convicted criminal G. Gordon Liddy and others implore the viewers to invest their money in a safe, physical commodity- GOLD!

I guess Beck must need to take a periodic break from his usual fare of comparing healthcare reform to being raped by Roman Polanski, and relentlessly pursuing his witch-hunt of ACORN and SEIU. Or maybe Beck is afraid that what advertisers he has left will follow the lead of so many others and withdraw their sponsorship. Whatever the motivation, Beck has a long way to go if he now has his eyes on being the next Billy Mays or Vince Offer.

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