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Tag: Glenn Beck

March
18th

Chuckles Explains a Nuclear Meltdown

Have you ever noticed that, during our most somber hours, our favorite comics disappear? Jon Stewart goes on vacation, Letterman regurgitates reruns, and Leno, well, Leno, just isn’t funny anymore.

But, sometimes, during such hours, a clown is born. In the 24-hour news cycle, it seems one is born every minute.

Last Thursday night, I was wallowing in a rather somber hour as I waited for The Daily Show to come on. I turned to CNN, hoping for some good news.

My mom had died two weeks earlier, a dear friend had just relayed the bad news about a mass in her lung, while another was living with lymphoma. And, the last I’d checked, my sister was out of work, the American Dream was given last rites, and the working class was in the trenches of an all-out war on unions, while the poor were a forgotten bunch altogether.

I couldn’t imagine things getting gloomier. But they did, and then some.
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Feb.
28th

The ‘most disturbing personality’ on cable television?

I have to admit, I can’t watch more than a few minutes of Glenn Beck. He gets so worked up, I’m afraid his head is going to explode.

Beck has long been a target for liberal commentators like Jon Stewart. But now some respected conservative voices are starting to speak out about him, including Joe Scarborough. Beck, he said Friday on his MSNBC “Morning Joe” show, “is losing it before our eyes.”

Scarborough cited a recent posting for Commentary by conservative blogger Peter Wehner. He writes that Beck “has become the most disturbing

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Oct.
21st

Things that go bump in the night

With Halloween losing its steam, maybe it’s time to take fear mongering to a new level. Maybe it’s time to take it to the children.

When tucking the kids in tonight, instead of reading them bedtime stories about cows that jump over the moon, tell them about things that go bump in the night.

Tell them the horror stories FOX and its Bad News Bearers have been telling the rest of us since President Obama took office. Then, tell them the truth. They’re going to need the truth.

But first, have the little ones check under their beds. When Glenn Beck announces that the president and his progressives “are taking you to a place to be slaughtered,” and even gives a target date — “probably sometime after Christmas”– a quick glance under the bed couldn’t hurt.

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Sep.
1st

Forget Jesus. What would Glenn do?

By the time we digested the news, it was Sunday. My husband was flipping burgers. I was dishing up potato salad.

On Saturday, America had turned back to God.  That was the good news. The bad news? We had Glenn Beck to thank for it.

If you want to make us liberals gag on our veggie burgers, mention Glenn Beck at an end-of-summer barbecue just before a big election. If you

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Feb.
10th

Guest blogger Michael Allen gets boost from Glenn Beck

Maybe guest blogger Michael Allen will chime in here himself about the power of making a famous person’s book list. But in case he doesn’t, it should not go unmentioned that Allen’s book “A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to the War on Terror” has sailed to the top of the Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble best seller lists this week.

The six-year-old book recently got a boost from talk radio personality and Mt. Vernon native Glenn Beck. Monday, he told his national listening audience, “This book … should be required reading for everybody

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Nov.
24th

Google Search: palin obamacare prejean fox rogue ‘death panels’

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Page views, traffic, unique visitors – that’s the name of the game on the Web. The point is to hook people looking for what you’ve got by making sure their Google searches make a beeline to your site.

You’ve got to jump on what’s hot. Work the search terms du jour into your posts, your headlines, your tags. And here’s an idea: Work all the sizzling terms into a single post.

We’ll give this a try. Google tracks the most popular key words and lists them on various indexes. We discover there that “sarah palin” seems to be a big draw. There’s plain old “sarah palin,” “sarah palin newsweek cover,” “sarah palin sexist newsweek editor,” “sarah palin nice legs,” “sarah palin going rogue,” “next president you betcha,” “sarah palin liberals will jump off bridges” and many other permutations of the unusually strong palin brand.

Let’s make our fundamental marketing strategy clear here: Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin.

Another big one is “glenn beck.” In fact, those two words bring up more than 9 million hits on Google. And “glenn beck” is joined at the hip with “fox news,” which is another hot pair. It makes sense, then, that a post that combined “glenn beck,” “fox news” and “sarah palin” – as we just did – would bring a drove of their fans and foes this way, though we’re certain they’ll feel duped when they get here.
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