October 7, 2009, - 4:40 pm

“Feuds I Love” of the Day: Glenn Beck Whips Desperate Vannity in FOX Ratings, May Move to FNC Prime Time Vannity Slot

By Debbie Schlussel

You heard it here first.  Last week, I told you that Glenn Beck–a lightweight whose research (like Sean Vannity’s) is, um “borrowed” (the whole Van Jones story was stolen from the Gateway Pundit blog)–was gaining on Sean Hannity because Beck’s dumb statements, phony drama, and annoying antics have a lot of gullible takers.  (It’s sickening that he repeatedly promotes repeat criminal and Hezbollah-supporter Darrell Issa on his show.)  I said that Vannity was desperate because he knew he’d soon be toppled from his reign as #2 conservative talking figure (after Rush).  That’s why Vannity brought anti-Semite Jim Traficant on his show on Yom Kippur, knowing he’d be anti-Semitic, pretending he didn’t, and prompting him by asking about Israel at the beginning of the interview.

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Beck Killing Vannity in Ratings Contest

But it’s not enough.  The anti-Semites won’t buoy him.  Glenn Beck whipped Vannity in the TV ratings for the week.  (And, even more heartening news, Nickelodeon beat them both.  Not that I like liberal claptrap Nick, but I like that kids TV beat these two phonies.  Kids like watching kids’ TV more than adults like watching adult kids on TV.)

In fact, Beck’s ratings are so good (he got just under 300,000 more viewers in daytime when far less are watching TV than Vannity got in primetime), that I hear the brass at FOX News are looking at moving him from early evening/afternoon in some markets to prime time.  The problem is, they’ll have to move someone.  Vannity is lucky in that he’s a major kiss-ass of FOX News Senior VP of programming Bill Shine and got him the job.  And the relationship is mutual:  Shine is a major kiss-ass of Vannity, right back.  Sometimes, they drive into New York together from Long Island.  Still, Roger Ailes is the boss, and he wouldn’t hesitate to move Beck into Vannity’s valuable night-time slot if Beck continues to cream Vannity.  Beck’s higher ratings are more valuable in advertising rate revenue in primetime than they are in his current day part. And they won’t move Bill O’Reilly, who still averages well over three million viewers and remains the top-rated cable news host. That leaves Vannity or Greta Van Plastic Surgeryen.

Vannity is worried. Big-time.

He’s jealous.  And he’s upset.  Unlike Limbaugh, Vannity isn’t smart and doesn’t say things that get mainstream media coverage.  Unlike Beck, he isn’t a drama queen and doesn’t say things that get mainstream media coverage.  Yup, Vannity is just a talking points chump who is good at ripping–off and presenting as his own–other people’s work.  And that’s it.  The quality of those who listen to and like Vannity’s show is low and they’re gullible and naive.  But even that isn’t enough to hold on to his reign.

And Vannity’s attempt at stunts isn’t helping him.  Last night, he flubbed a much-hyped interview with flabulous filmmaker Michael Moore, whose movie, “Capitalism: A Love Story” (read my review), is already almost in rigor mortis.  Moore walked all over Vannity.  This was one of the few definite cases where I know Vannity didn’t read and rip off my work.  The interview was terrible and Moore had the better of it by far.  It looked like a Vannity love-fest.

Other stunts, like trying to get his female radio producer–all but two of his employees are young women (hint, hint)–to call off her wedding, haven’t helped him.  People are wondering if, off the air, Vannity has pulled his much-rumored Letterman-esque attempts on her.

Don’t sob for the intellectually-challenged multi-millionaire ranter.  He’s doing quite well for himself.  But I have to say, I’m happy he’s getting beaten by Glenn Beck.  It’s like watching the Iran-Iraq war.  You wish the fighting would never end.

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Glen Beck obviously has his problems, but he is far more watchable than Sean Hannity. His ratings warrant a better placement than he presently has. Hannity’s show should be kicked back to the afternoons or into the weekends, if it is retained at all. I have a suspicion that something is in the works here. Bill O’Reilly’s recent interview of Lou Dobbs is suggestive. Why give airtime to a competitor, even if he relatively weak? CNN is no longer promoting Lou’s show to any great extent, and that is usually a sign that there is trouble. I have a feeling that Hannity’s Trafficant interview will have long term repercussions that will gradually become more apparent.

sorrow01 on October 7, 2009 at 4:58 pm

He is also not a good interviewer. He lets Moore take over the interview and start asking all the questions, instead of not taking the bait.

But you could tell Hannity was lying when he said he had been to church this weekend. He proclaims to be Catholic and then doesn’t follow Church teachings, as when he publicly claimed he was against the Church teaching on birth control a couple of years ago.

With Muslims reproducing like rabbits, if he were a serious Catholic, he would understand the wisdom of the Church teaching about birth control. He is a phony Catholic and a phony conservative. He should also have been able to slam the left-wing, liberation theologians (communists posing as Catholics) that appear in Moore’s movie but wasn’t able to.

JM on October 7, 2009 at 6:07 pm

I don’t know but I think Beck is great. This giving credit can be subjective. Gateway says they covered it first, Savage plays audio back in March about Van Jones. Issa is talked with because of his investigation of ACORN. I think our side needs to band together more.

Debbie, I admire your fierceness and loyalty to America and her Founding Principles. However I don’t agree with you on everything but I can overlook it. Because from what you write one can tell where your heart is and it’s with Liberty.

When it comes to the likes like Lindsey Graham, Snowe, McCain, etc. throw them over board but a guy like Beck is doing major damage against OUR enemy.

We are in a cold civil war let us not conduct friendly fire. Just a thought. Despite whatever misgivings I may have about some of your opinions, you’re still my sister in liberty.

Keep up the assault Debbie on our common enemy:The Progressive Ideology.

USMC: “Debbie, Let’s Look the Other Way on Career Criminals who are Supporters and Enablers of Islamic Terrorism and Mass Murder b/c My Guy Right or Wrong.” Thanks for the tip, USMC. You are yet another blind Beckmessiah worshipper in the non-critical thinking lumpenconservatariat. If you’ll look the other way and excuse “conservatives” on this, you’ll do so on anything and this site is lost on you. You’re an ends justifies the means guy, with no consistent principles. And you are part of the problem, NOT the solution. Who cares if Issa helps Hezbollah and Syria and is a lifetime crook who stole cars, lied to police, and committed arson and insurance fraud–because, hey, we need him for ACORN. “Our side”? Uh, sorry, but that is NOT my side. Liberal Republicans–let’s attack them. Hezbollah’s Republicans–let’s get in bed with ‘em. That’s your view, and it’s disgusting. And your view of Glenn Beck’s complete ignorance and promotion of these people–let’s ignore that ‘cuz it’s my guy right or wrong. Like I said, this site is lost on you . . . completely. That you think this is “friendly fire” shows you’re a lost cause. These are NOT my friends. If terrorist enablers and those who promote them are yours, you are the enemy, too. I have a common enemy, and Darrell Issa is part of it. Get a clue. You are not my brother in liberty because you’d give up liberty in a heartbeat if it’s a conservative telling you to do so and it will help you attack liberals. DS

USMC on October 7, 2009 at 6:13 pm

I agree that these two guys are goofballs and largely copycats. That being said, their audience will (hopefully) help us remove this destructive Congress and administration.

Keith in Houston on October 7, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Moore DID get the upper hand over Hannity. He used stupid talking points and Hannity didn’t call him out on them.
IMO: Hannity by himself is boring and he’s turned into a bully.
I don’t like the libs point of view but they shouldn’t get treated badly. (I leave that to the left.)

Beck is a nut bag. He mixes valid (and often distrurbing) point with wacky, morning zoo antics. Other than that he’s exposing Obama and his minions for what they are.

Besides, the show Hannity TWICE during prime time and save Beck for later. Reversing the order wouldn’t upset me too much.

In Seattle, Medved is opposite Hannity on the radio. I go with Michael.

Sam Adams on October 7, 2009 at 6:50 pm

I forced myself last night to watch the interview Vannity had with Moore just to see what would happen and what they would say. Sean looked as though he was meek, timid and unprepared for this interview. Vannity didn’t press Moore on much of anything, and Moore stole the show. He made Sean look like a dilettante. I would be surprised if Vannity has the balls to come out today on his radio and TV show after that pathetic excuse of an interview. He may be a great American, but he is not a great conservative voice for the rest of us. He is an overrated, under-educated blowhard who wears more make up on his TV show than Tammy Faye Bakker wore when she hosted The PTL Club.

Jarhead on October 7, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Unfortunately, I can’t avoid Vannity where I live so I just turn the radio off. I can’t tolerate his lightweightedness. I don’t watch Hannity on Fox. If fact, come to think of it, I’m getting tired of Fox.

Beck can be a maudlin bore but he has been quite effective. Can’t take that away from him.

Greta can be good but then there’s her cult problem–Scientology. It’s difficult to take a Scientologist seriously. She also had Traficante on and seemed to think that paranoid piece of garbage was fun.

lexi on October 7, 2009 at 6:57 pm

I wonder what the meeting between David Axelrod and Roger Ailes of FOX was all about? Should we expect to see FOX hosts go easier on Obama from now on? I know he must have threatened FOX with something, otherwise why the meeting?

As for Beck, I admired the way he had the courage to do a series on radical Islam and Islam in our schools back when he was at CNN several years ago. It was more hard hitting than most of the hosts on FOX had done at that time.

B: Actually, “his” series on Islam, which was one or two hours only, was a rehash of parts of “Obsession.” Old news, not news, and not hard-hitting at all. Since then, he’s repeatedly had on his FOX show extremist Muslims he’s presented as “Moderate Muslims” and good guys. Ditto for Jihad Darrell a/k/a Darrell Issa. He’s clueless. If a producer tells him to do something, he does it and adds drama. That’s about it. DS

BONNI on October 7, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Well – it isn’t worth marital discord – Hannity really gets on my nerves – but husband listens to him…and also likes to watch Beck. (No, not a stupid husband just overly trusting – unlike me!)
Watching Beck is like seeing a comedian who wandered onto the the stage of a tragedy. But the tragedy is real and its our country & our world. If he helps – that’s a plus. But sadly, Beck lacks the smarts to understand who he is dealing with at times.
I will try to be happy that there is still free speech so that we can even have these discussions.
And as always, I am grateful for Debbie-the best! No contest there! Thanks!

crazycatkid on October 7, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Debbie is right – if you believe freedom is a principle, you don’t jump into bed with the enemy just because someone who claims to be a conservative does so. Its bad enough liberals defend Islamists. The last thing on earth committed conservatives ought to be doing is joining them.

NormanF on October 7, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Agree w/U that Debbie is correct here….it gets to be a chore to check eveyone out – but that’s the price of freedom. I wouldn’t want to be a tool of the wrong side.

    crazycatkid on October 8, 2009 at 7:20 am

I think Glenn Beck is a complete fraud and a horrible person as well. His crying is fake but more then that he puts making money before principal and this is all to prop up his Mercury Radio Arts. Before this he was doing Howard Stern stuff which worked for a while but he fizzled out. Check this article out Glenn Beck is a Savy Fraud who know how to please his audience of conservative suckers.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Glenn-Beck-A-Savvy-Fraud-by-Alexander-Zaitchik-090427-894.html

But even worse in 2005 Glenn Beck said HE WAS SICK OF 9/11 VICTIMS FAMILES AND THEY SHOULD SHUT UP AS WE TRIED TO HELP THEM!!! This was when he was also talking about Katrina victims. Of course BECK WANTS TO MAKE MONEY FROM 9/11 but the victims families Beck hates. What a scumbag.
Here is the video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf33g9ep4YU

He also of course went on the Kaie Couric show and he said he would have voted for Hillary because McCain was progressive. And then said he would vote for Obama.

Actually I disagree with Debbie on what being a conservative is. It isn’t about small government. It is more better defined by Michael Savage who talks about a country being defined by it’s borders, language, and culture as he says that is what he considers what it is to be a conservative. Without morality and culture a society like that can’t have a democracy. Some of these people who want small gov’t it is so they can do what they want and get away with it for as long as possible.

I think Beck is a complete and total fraud and I think he is very bad for the conservative movement as well.

adam on October 7, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    I doubt that he is a fraud, but he is pretty limited. Also, Michael Savage is the message when he is on, rather than the subjects he attempts to cover. Canned rage is about as exciting as Spam after a sufficient of feedings.

    sorrow01 on October 8, 2009 at 5:19 am

Deb, why don’t you come up with a show and pitch it ?

Roger Moore on October 8, 2009 at 6:46 am

It’s a shame that there seems to be an absence of real serious good media personalities. The more one looks the more one finds serious flaws. It’s too bad that the stars out there aren’t more picky about who gets a forum on their show. I’ve been watching and listening to Beck for a while now and am pissed that he’s guilty of pandering to Issa, now that I know of his background. I do think that with his platform he has been effective in exposing bad guys. For that I’m thankful. Without his show ACORN would’ve been sailing along smoothly with less exposure. He’s now starting to address Mark Lloyd. In this day and age I’ll take what I can get with regard to whistle blowers. I’d heard Mark Levin rail against Beck taking bows for the work of others. Without his show reaching 3,000,000+ who knows of the ACORN controversies? The somewhat informed conservative already knew Obama, ACORN, Rezco, Wright were all as nasty as hell but without getting the message out what effect does the message have? A lot less. There’s been a call for a third party by Beck in his book Common Sense and for that I was again disappointed. That can seriously destroy us all in the next election. I shake my head hoping we field a better champion than last time.

Joe on October 8, 2009 at 7:54 am

Sean had a better show when Alan Colmes was part of it, annoying though they both can be. Glen’s show is hot, he
doesn’t pretend to be an intellectual, he jokes about his
education deficit, his not being a journalist. I watch him
almost every day and I can’t remember seeing Darrel Issa on
more than once. The ones he has on repeatedly are pretty
heavyweight in my opinion. Other than exposing on cable news
stories that aren’t covered by the MSM I never get the impression that Beck is claiming authorship of any of these
stories.

Yes, he’s a drama queen and a little over the top, but he’s getting some exposure to some issues that would never see the light of day except on the blogs. As for him being a conservative, I’m not so sure about that, he’s more of a
libertarian. I get a little tired of him dissing the Republicans so much, as if they are as bad as the Dems, but
as far as the career politicians who never know when to retire, he’s not too far off the mark on that either.

I agree, that statement to Katie Couric about McCain being a
worse choice than Obama was pretty stupid and he has done some
backtracking on that, but he hasn’t admitted it was a dumb mistake. As overrated as McCain is, he would have been much better in office than Obummer.

D: Your memory fails you. Beck has had Issa on his show several times, each more pandering and gushing than the first. Glenn Beck is ignorant, uninformed, and doesn’t do his homework. That’s the problem. And it’s imparted to and eaten up without a ounce of critical thinking by his amen-crowd audience, who matches him in all of those categories. That makes him no different than Keith Olbermann, but for the ideological slant. DS

Daniel on October 8, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Well, Debbie, my memory may be failing me, but if Issa has
    been on “several” times with Beck, he sure didn’t impress me.
    I have seen Issa on other Fox shows discussing ACORN. I still
    think you’re being a little tough on the self-admitted rodeo
    clown, who may be a lightweight in some ways, but is hardly
    a Keith Olbermann–he’s not that miserable or malicious.

    I don’t see what we can gain by cutting each other up, as far
    as the conservative commentators goes. Nobody’s perfect. One
    thing I have noticed as far as Beck is concerned is that he appeals to younger folks, a lot of whom voted for Obummer.

    Daniel on October 8, 2009 at 3:18 pm

B”H

Who knew that Vannity’s downward spiral began after “splitting up” with Alan Colmes.

LOL.

Ben-Yehudah on October 8, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Ben-Yehudah – you have hit the bull’s-eye. It’s so funny to think that a lib like Colmes actually propped up Vannity for all these years. Hopefully Fox will put on a conservative with an education who has original material and a no holds barred approach.

    Jarhead on October 8, 2009 at 10:43 am

Hannity’s boring show now tells you how valuable Combes was just being alongside him before.

Bob S. on October 8, 2009 at 9:54 am

He may be a lightweight and a drama queen but no one has proven him a liar. He is kicking a$$ and usually interviews many of his sources. Besides, he is a funny rodeo clown.

Denis Morin on October 8, 2009 at 10:35 am

Debbie,

what is your opinion of Mark Levin?

KB: Completely awful. He’s a complete hack who only has his show b/c Sean Vannity forces stations who buy his show to buy Levin’s with it. It’s a package deal. He’s not quite as informed as he’d have his gullible listeners believe. When I pointed out that Fred Thompson’s campaign manager, Spencer Abraham, was Mr. Hezbollah and Mr. Illegal Alien supporter, Levin excused it by saying that it was fine “because Fred needs him to win Michigan.” The ends justifies the means with this guy. So, every time I hear him harp on Obama regarding illegal aliens and Islamic terrorism, I remember how he excused it away for his friend and hero, Fred Thompson. And Levin attacked the great conservative columnist and Wall St. Journal investigative reporter Dorothy Rabinowitz as an “old bag” and attacked her b/c she supported McCain. Has Levin looked in a mirror lately? He ain’t young . . . but he’s not good enough to wipe Dorothy’s butt. She’s the woman who freed the Wenatchee daycare workers from prison by showing how prosecutors and child accusers were coached and lied. What’s he done? Rant in his girly boy voice about his dog. Listening to him on animals, I thought I was listening to the gay spokesman from PETA. DS

Ken Blazek on October 8, 2009 at 10:47 am

Getting off topic a little but if Colmes did anything for Hannity it was to make me assure I didn’t watch the show. I watch less of him lately but I also watch less of OReilly as well. O’Reilly has on professor Hill from Columbia, I believe, and gives that smart ass a forum. Not to mention the dishonorable rev Al. It turns my stomach to see a picture of these race baiters let alone listen to them.

Anyone reading this site that actually enjoyed seeing that googly eyed moron Colmes on the show must have a fondness for pain. Watching him interview the woman who was an abortion survivor was painful. He should’ve been publicly beaten after that show.

Joe on October 8, 2009 at 11:42 am

Glenn Beck is overhyped and overrated. He is the right face of the Republicans because they don’t stand for anything anymore. Our country is so soft that the majority of people are socialist, a quarter to a third are Republicans and the rest are third party. In the last year I have gone more Libertarian than Republican. I think Republican people are great upstanding people, but the party is doing them a disservice by not being honest with them. It almost looks like an abusive relationship with the GOP and its followers. The party doesn’t have the fire, intensity and passion that it needs to get people with conviction to represent them. Last year Beck was in a hospital saying the health care system was broken. So without convictions changes his mind and says it is the best in the world. That is not leadership. He is playing his crowd. Republicans that go on his show should call him on it and ask him why he changed? But the audience gets played and the beat goes on.
Debbie has always been consistent in her beliefs. I commend her convictions. I may not agree with all of her arguments but she has a clear line of reasoning. Beck, Vannity and the GOP keep contradicting what they said before for cheap political points. They are acting unprincipled like liberals. That goes double for Obama and the Democrats. That is why more people quit voting or go third party.

GLENN FAKE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-2dQX3nUvw&feature=channel_page

CaliforniaScreaming on October 8, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I watch FOX and do internet work at the same time. I agree with you on Hannity, but disagree slightly on Beck.

By the time Hannity comes on, I’ve already listened to Rush Limbaugh (or read his web site) and have read all the other conservative websites. It’s old news. Hannity adds NOTHING to what I already know.

Beck has “morning zoo” radio roots and presents a “fusion of entertainment and enlightenment.” It’s a good show. Yes, he wasn’t first on Van Jones. Yes, the ACORN stuff comes from Breitbart’s Big Government. Yes, the NEA stuff comes from Breitbart as well. But who else on television reports this? ABC, CBS, NBC news? CNN? MSNBC? That’s why Beck gets ratings.

Like others, I don’t remember the Issa interviews.

Beck has his faults. The lederhosen and frog-in-boiling-water bits were a bit over-the-top. The “McCain would be worse than Obama” (because McCain would destroy the US slowly, without the shock) was stupid sensationalism–just tell that to Israel or Poland or the Czech Republic or the Ukraine or Guatemala.

When Beck talks about G-d and the end of times I tune out–I don’t need that lecture from Glenn Beck. He made a mistake a week ago about the origin of the “lobbyist” (he claimed it started in the New Deal) that was a mere 100 years off in his history.

I most dislike when he trashes both Democrats and Republicans. Yes, I’ve trashed Republicans, too, but there’s a big difference. As Rush Limbaugh said, third parties don’t win. You have to choose a side. I choose to be a Republican and make it a better party.

Barry Popik on October 8, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Ken Blazek wrote:

“What is your opinion of Mark Levin?”

IMHO, the best on radio, bar none (and I’m a Rush fan). Sharp as a tack, an excellent legal mind, well-versed in American history, funny as all get out (less so of late, when there’s not too much to laugh about), he eviscerates “Progressives,” as the statists now like to be called, on every show, uses humiliation (of people who certainly deserve to be humiliated, and as often as possible) like a rapier, and so forth.

Perfect? No, but damn near. Original (and he gives proper attribution for what he uses!), always interesting, intelligent, booming ratings — what more could you ask for? Ken, you might be one of the very few who have yet to read Levin’s “Liberty and Tyranny” — if so, pick up a copy or check it out of the library right away.

J: I think he was asking my opinion on Levin, which is far different and less blindly worshipping. See my response to KB below. “The best on radio”? Hilarious. Not even close. That’s why Vannity had to force stations to carry it. Levin basically has a lot of the same drama queen act as Beck, with the addition of that horrid Jimmy Durante voice and PETA’s animal rights talking points. The guy thinks people’s dogs are human. And he’s slightly more informed than Beck, but not by much. DS

jc15 on October 8, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I was just doing a search on Glenn Beck and Ron Paul and it looks like Beck like Vannity likes to ask questions about Israel to a guy who certainly is anti-Israel and anti-semitic.

Beck asks Paul if what would happen if Israel attacks Iran and/or Israel has nukes and Paul says the Chinese will become the dominant culture. I see. So Israel attacking Iran will cause the dollar to collapse. Beck asked Paul this.

http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/31281/

Here is the full link and here is the Q & A of this specific question.

GLENN: What happens when Israel strikes Iran or Iran has the Earth rays and we know that they now have a nuclear weapon, what happens to our financial system at that point?

RON PAUL: I think the Chinese take over. If there’s a real panic and oil shoots up to a couple of hundred bucks, the Chinese will dump their dollars. Chinese are maneuvering for this. The more we threaten Iran, the stronger the Chinese influence gets because they’re using the dollars that they have earned from us and saved, they have a trillion, and they are starting to buy up assets in Iran and build plants and get involved in their energy. So the whole thing is back firing on us. We’re getting ready to put tougher sanctions on the Iranians and that will make things that much worse. It won’t help the dissidents in Iran. It’s going to cost us a lot of money, and there will be a bombing and that will be a big, big event. I think it will crash the dollar is what I think it would do.

Great question Glenn!!!

adam on October 8, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Debbie,
Since we are talking about radio talkers, what is your opinion of
Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, and Laura Ingraham? It has been said that Rush is like Playboy and Savage is like Hustler! Among
the three you get good information and a lot of humor.

Delta George on October 9, 2009 at 12:15 am

Yeah Beck gets on my nerves. I do like Greta though.

sharon on October 9, 2009 at 12:28 am

Debbie, which, if any, radio/TV talk show hosts do you like? There is such a dearth of conservative programming on TV, one can’t even say FOX is the best of the worst because they are the best of the only. Talk radio is the only thing that keeps my sanity intact when I am working or posting on my own blog. Even if I only agree with half of what they say, it’s more than we get from most anything else in broadcast.

I don’t like that most of the radio hosts tread too carefully before talking about Islam or try to avoid it altogether unless there’s a terrorist attack or near attack somewhere. I think their hands are tied due to pressure from the suits. Steve Malzberg in NY is one of the few not afraid to confront Islam, though he does have to modify his remarks by calling it ‘radical’ Islam.

As I told you already, your friend Curtis Sliwa never used to pull his punches about Islam but ever since his show was syndicated, he mostly avoids the issue. He has also been way too kind to Obama despite the fact that he used to crucify him prior to his syndication.

I like Tammy Bruce a lot. What do you think of her?

B: I like Tammy & Malzberg. DS

BONNI on October 9, 2009 at 3:36 am

Thanks Debbie. I pick through the annoying with Levin but his show is my favoriteon the air behind El Rushbo. Have you been looking into a radio show at all?

Ken Blazek on October 9, 2009 at 9:41 am

I enjoy reading your blogs, Debbie. However, in my opinion I believe Beck is the most sincere of the conservative talk show hosts. The other hosts may be jealous of his ratings because they think they have a higher IQ than he does or have rights to any particular story. I vote for the truth to be revealed and discussed. Personally I like Beck the most. I turn Levin off when he is too sarcastic, Hannity when he is too mundane, Limbaugh when he is too egotistical and Savage when he is going off on someting other than current politics.

Sasha on October 9, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Debbie, I have to take back what I said about Curtis Sliwa. On his show tonight I learned why he had been so silent about Islam for the past few years. It seems that he was being sued for $5 million by CAIR and an Imam in NYC who was an associate of the blind sheikh (from the ’93 WTC bombing) over something disparaging Curtis had said about the Imam on his radio show following 9/11.

The suits at WABC/Disney forced Curtis to disassociate them from his remarks which he did and he had to fight the lawsuit by himself without the backing of the station. That’s why he had avoided talking about Islam and Muslims for all these years.

Happily, he won the case today, and the jury found him innocent of all defamation charges in just 5 minutes.

So now I understand why Curtis seemed to go soft on Muslims all this time. I don’t know if he will be able to criticize them again as he used to but I hope so.
Anyway, I thought you’d like to know about this. Please send him my congratulations the next time you talk to him.

BONNI on October 9, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Sasha are you serious???? I trust Debbie’s judgement on all things conservative. I consider myself an independent conservative. But I do respect true conservatives like Debbie. I will agree with Debbie on about 70%-80% of the issue. She will smoke them out if they claim to be conservative and they aren’t. I am glad she wrote this about Beck. I was waiting wait for her views about Beck and I wasn’t dissapointed.

This video sums up Beck and his convictions or lack of convictions. Eventhough I hate Jon Stewart he nailed Beck so hard it exposed the fraud he is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2mhpqCPpuE

To flip on issues like this shows he is FAKE. It is insulting to the intelligence to go 180 degrees like he did.

CaliforniaScreaming on October 9, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Here’s another case of us eating our young. What’s the point wasting time attacking our allies, when it’s the enemy we should be focused on? Is this blog, GatewayPundit (which I never heard of till today), going to get the audience or traction of a Beck or Hannity? I can’t take Hannity, so I don’t watch. Beck is getting the info out there to a mass audience, which is good. And he’s funny. With all that’s going on, a sense of humor can get us through these scary times.

JeffT on October 10, 2009 at 9:56 am

Beck is a fake and if he is a reflection of the audience, which I suspect, then that doesn’t say much for the audience. Which begs the question, what are the convictions of the right? He goes after Obamaa’s past associations and beliefs, what about Beck’s past associations and beliefs? Debbie has called out Vannity on his past associations and beliefs and he won’t answer them. He believes he is too important and too big to answer those questions. His house of cards will fall, just like Letterman. For those in higher positions they have more to answer to, otherwise they are just as phony as Obama.

CaliforniaScreaming on October 10, 2009 at 5:54 pm

hey CaliforniaScreaming
Not Obma’s past but ongoing associations. Obama got more tax cheats, pedophiles, terrorists and communists on staff than any government in the world. As for Beck, when you get over 3 million people watching you at 5 pm the you can do it your way. This infighting is not productive. Why don’t you do something useful?

Denis Morin on October 10, 2009 at 8:42 pm

You’re the crappiest opinion columnist i’ve ever read

ObamaBangYoMama on October 14, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Glenn beck reports stuff that no one else has the guts to, he tell stuff that the left does not want u to know. Say what u want but he is enlightening a lot of ppl to who Obama is by using his and his associates own words.

OldConservative on October 17, 2009 at 9:33 am

I agree that Glenn Beck gets carried away at times with his antics, BUT with that said, he does get people who watch him to pay attention to important issues. I also believe he gets the facts right and backs up his facts with proof.
The main thing about him though is the effect he is having on younger people. I have a son and a daughter, both in their early 20’s, neither of whom have been interested in political and social issues in the past.
Since Glenn Beck came on Fox early this year, they actually enjoy his show and that causes some very animated conversations in this household. If he has that effect on young people, then I’d say he’s doing something right! He has informed all of us on many issues that MSM glosses over and doesn’t mention at all. I say more power to him.

Connie Franks on October 17, 2009 at 6:38 pm

I totally agree! Glenn Beck is my hero, & he is the only one who is risking his own safety, & that of his family, in order to bring the American people the truths that the WH tries so desperately hard to hide. He also listens to his audience when we tell him our concerns, & reports on them. I think Sean Hannity is okay, but he rambles on & on about the same things over & over. He talked about (& still does) Jeremiah Wright & Bill Ayers for months, while other people were already moved on to other things happening in the daily news. But in my opinion, I think that Glenn should take Bill O’Reilly’s prime time slot because he is so “drinking the Obama kool-aid,” that I cannot see how he gets his ratings so high. Beck does need a better time slot, whether it be O’Reilly or Hannity, it does not matter to me. Just move him. It would be the best thing Fox News ever did.

Christine Warren on October 19, 2009 at 11:57 pm

If you want to hear a real conservative voice go to…..

http://www.shepherdschapel.com

What we’re seeing has already been told thousands of years ago.

testekleez on October 20, 2009 at 4:02 am

Growing up I remember my Mother (a total Lib – Democrat) was a member of the League of Women Voters… I remember my Dad used to call ‘em “The League of Women Idiots”… Now I know why!

Debbie YOU are an idiot!

Kevin OLeary on October 30, 2009 at 8:52 pm

You look like a 2 cent slutty whore type. It is clear you suck Obama dick. So here is the thing, the REAL americans in this country love Glenn because he speaks of true American freedoms and values.You would jump off a cliff if Hussein Obama told you to. We smart americans are not stupid sheep, and do not drink the kool aide like all you looney tune left wing nut jobs. Say what you like about Glenn, but anyone with any common sense and love for this country will consider you, just another liberal left wing Pelosi ass sucker.

Debi on November 12, 2009 at 10:53 pm

So funny I told you that you were a 2cent whore and you would not post me Too fricken funny! This is why Glenn Beck rules, if you want to say something he don’t like, at least he acknowledges it. You skanky liberals on the other hand will not even post anything negative about your nasty ass left wing selves!

Debi on November 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm

haha,very gorgeous women

jersey on May 27, 2010 at 6:11 am

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