Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Maher, Olbermann, Levin, Maron, Shep Smith: Public Enemy Number one Glenn Beck

There is a truism that the bigger you get the larger a target you become. The fastest rising star in the APF, Glenn Beck has been taking fire from all sides.

Glenn's Fox stablemate, Shepard Smith playfully ribbed Glenn on his theatrical presentation. Fellow Fox news anchor Chris Wallace also adds in his two cents. This is indicative of the types of critique Glenn Beck has been receiving from his peers, a mix of respect, jealousy and dread for his meteoric rise.
SHEPARD SMITH: We are not sure what Glenn's "We Surround Them, You Are Not Alone" super-special episode is about, today, but it involves a giant satellite dish and a call from Glenn in "the fear chamber."
VIDEO: Shep Smith goofs on Glenn Beck - "Fear Chamber"

Conservative Pundit Mark Levin has alluded to his disdain (perhaps jealousy) towards Glenn. Liberal talker Marc Maron is fearful of Beck's craven ambition. Most recently Bill Maher with guest panelist Keith Olbermann expressed their concern for Beck's influence and messaging.

VIDEO: Bill Maher and Keith Olbermann on Glenn Beck + Beck's response
Maher: Glenn Beck Increasing Chance of 'Horrible Action' on Obama
BILL MAHER, HOST: Listening to people like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck these days, I cannot figure out whether these right-wingers are more dangerous when they're in power or when they're out of power. Because when they're out of power, their paranoia goes off the charts. This Glenn Beck guy, I wouldn't even give him the time of day except he's a big star now on Fox and a lot of people believe him, and he's talking about FEMA concentration camps. He says, "We are headed towards socialism, totalitarianism beyond your wildest imagination." But apparently not beyond his wildest imagination.
- Read an astute listeners' posting on Mark Levin's contempt for Glenn beck - Mark's "hate-on" for Glenn Beck
Listen to Levin taking a shot at Beck at the top of his monologue on the origins of Economic disaster - Economic Disaster: How did we get here?
MARK LEVIN: I remember I had said it a few weeks a go because some jerk on Cable TV repeats everything I say. The guy with tourettes
- Listen and download audio of Marc Maron ripping into Glenn Beck
MARC MARON:just underneath all that sappy bullsh*t is a populist demagogue willing to exploit and mine people's fear through fearmongering and bizarre insane leadership qualities that come from a broken man who has rebuilt himself in the form of a giant angry baby demanding that America parent it, if only it would do what it says

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