On his program The Last Word tonight, Lawrence O’Donnell had to sit down and rewrite Glenn Beck after he took down Donald Trump on Fox News. On the issue of Trump and Beck, O’Donnell said, “Glenn Beck in fact is now the wisest entertainer on Fox News on the matter of Donald Trump.”
Here is the video from MSNBC:
In his Rewrite segment tonight, The Last Word’s Lawrence O’Donnell had to rewrite his assessment of Glenn Beck. After Beck displayed some moments of lucidity during his take down of Donald Trump on The O’Reilly Factor last Friday, O’Donnell said, “Okay, this is the Rewrite, I never thought I would have to do. We have to rewrite our understanding of Glenn Beck as being capable with exactly the right provocation, of small flashes of sanity. Glenn Beck in fact is now the wisest entertainer on Fox News on the matter of Donald Trump.”
O’Donnell also said that his assessment of Bill O’Reilly as a man who has grown phenomenally rich by playing a character on TV that the most gullible audience in the history falls for was proven correct. O’Donnell then played a clip of Bill-O admitting that he is a provocateur, and said that O’Reilly admitted that his character is all an act.
Lawrence O’Donnell’s assessment of Beck being the only sane person on Fox News when it comes to Trump and his birtherism might be true, but by now what does Beck have to lose?
His ratings are in the tank. He has no major advertisers. His contract is nearly up, and both he and News Corp are sending signals that they are pondering a breakup. O’Donnell’s comments on Beck revive the age old (at least 2009 old) question. Is Glenn Beck really crazy or is this all an act? I happen to believe that it all started as a big act, but once Beck quickly hit mega stardom he started to believe his own hype. By the time Glenn dumped politics Beck for his new persona of God Beck, the act was gone and so was about half of his audience.
If Glenn Beck is the making the most sense about any issue of all the on air talent at any network on the planet earth, then that network might have taken things a bit too far. In the case of Trump and Fox News, they are both using each other. Trump is shameless publicity whore who will say anything to get on camera, and FNC has now found a third party to push birtherism ahead of the 2012 election. It is a marriage of political and publicity convenience.
When The Conspiracy Kid, Glenn Beck starts making sense, it’s more about how far off the deep end Fox News has gone than those moments when Glenn Beck reminds us that he didn’t always come off sounding like a total lunatic.