At the National Rifle Association convention in Houston this weekend, former Fox News host Glenn Beck urged attendees to stand up to efforts like those of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and said he was amazed at how many of his friends in New York City had become "dopes" who allow their liberties be encroached by limits on soda, popcorn and salt.(2)
Apologies have become a minor art form in cable news these last few years; in lieu of an unscripted explosion they are the surest way to the online water cooler in the form of the viral video. Just this week Fox's Bill O'Reilly apologized for "being an idiot" (he predicted the Supreme Court health-care reform decision wrongly).(4)
Representative Yvette Clarke of Brooklyn said tonight that she notified the Capitol police force of threatening phone calls made to her office, after Glenn Beck's website posted a video that appeared to show her criticizing Tea Party protesters.(1)
Unsurprisingly, in his digital life as on the matter of his death, there is a fair amount of mudslinging. There are also tears and defenses from his friends, and that convention of speaking well of the dead (most pointedly among some of his adversaries). Whether that is a fitting tribute to a man who himself mocked that kind of thing (in this he was similar to Christopher Hitchens) has itself become something of a meme on Twitter already, scarcely an hour after the initial reports of his death. After the jump, a small sampling, which we'll probably add to.
In a city of business-model critics, mini-mogul Glenn Beck incites acts of old-fashioned media criticism
Beck was by far the most high-profile speaker on the agenda of the two-day event, and for some fans and foes alike his presence brought a jolt of excitement to a lineup that largely consisted of various co-founders and chief revenue officers and digital strategy directors whose names are little known outside the spheres of influence they inhabit.(3)
Fleet Street and Murdoch veteran Ken Chandler leads a conservative media empire's charge into New York
“I’m sure a lot of our readers are supporters of the Tea Party,” said Chandler. “Our audience is in the heartland of the country. They’re looking for a publication that mirrors their views, and they find it hard to find this in the rest of the media.”