Glenn Beck is the host and star of his own primetime television show on CNN Headline News and a contributor to ABC's Good Morning America. He is the third most-listened-to radio talk-show host in the country, after Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. His show is now syndicated across the United States to more than 280 affiliates and on XM Satellite Radio.
In this appraisal of America's woes, conservative TV and talk-radio host Beck (The Real America) lays lighthearted siege to everything that makes the world worse. "[P]olitical correctness is the biggest threat this nation faces today," he declares, as it makes us prey for Islamic fundamentalists, renders taboo the roots of our economic troubles (poor people are, in fact, lazy, he argues) and creates rampant distortion in the media. Beck goes paragraph for paragraph with global-warming alarmist Al Gore, merrily slaughtering the sacred cows of the environmentalist crowd. Not sated by the hide of the former vice president, he goes after everything and everyone from poverty to "perverts," offering solutions to these and other problems (e.g., "the key to success in the capitalist system is to believe in it"). While often informative, as in his chapter on global warming, Beck is sometimes tedious, particularly when dealing with Islam and education ("France is literally teetering on the edge, and our biggest ally, England, is about to be turned inside out as well"). He's at his best when most absurd, and funniest when he's his own target (the father of four is "little more than a flesh-and-bone jungle gym"). This should make a good read for conservatives. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Finally! A guy who says what people who aren't thinking, are
thinking." -- Jon Stewart
"Glenn Beck shouldn't be on [the air]." -- Al Franken
"Glenn Beck is CNN's chief corporate-fascism advocate." -- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
"Satan's mentally challenged younger brother." -- Stephen King
"There's something about him that suggests that, one night, he'll say something that will cost him his career...." -- Keith Olbermann