3/3/09 1:21 PM

Friday Links & Open Thread

Latest cable news links [updated through the day]:

Thursday's numbers.

Glenn Beck out of place?

FBN prevails in FOIA lawsuit.

HuffPoGate: Patterico, Chickaboomer, Jossip, Jawa, Fausta, TV Newser, Portfolio, Wake Up America, Moe Lane, Radio Equalizer.

Chris Matthews in Johnstown.

Market movers. Santelli slammed. More.

Blame Canada (via ICN)?

Hotline after dark.

Vote: Nauert v Holmes.

Use our valuable bandwidth to post your comments on any and all cable news topics in today's open thread. Standard rules apply.

Today on Morning Joe, they said that CNBC's Santelli HAD indeed been against the govt bailout of Wall Street, despite what CJR is screaming.
My grandmother (because she imagined that it might increase her chances of winning the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes) subscribed to just about every magazine known to man. Colombia Journalism Review was one of them.
I remember being a kid, lying on her big porch swing and reading, in that particular magazine, about the coverage of the Bakke case and other issues of the day.
What has happened to this organization that they've been dumbed down and made so partisan, with such lame-brained analysis?
February 20, 2009, 12:06:26 PM EST – Like – Reply

Kirk G
I am sitting here watching Glen Beck, This guy has fallen off the edge. He is nothing more than a conspiracy monger. The man deals in fear. I love Fox but this was a dumb move to hire him, I think it will hurt them in the end.
February 20, 2009, 5:45:41 PM EST – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
Glen Beck reminds me of Vince Offer. They both have that classic salesman presentation. This was especially evident in Beck's part on BOR tonight.
ShamWow! Slap Chop! Socialists!
February 20, 2009, 9:44:16 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Beck with O'reilly tonight was quite funny. I think neither one takes the other seriously and that makes the whole exchange enjoyable.
February 20, 2009, 10:00:48 PM EST – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
I like Glen Beck, and they did have a funny exchange. Glen recognised O'Reilly's barbs as friendly humor. He still reminds me of Vince Offer.
February 20, 2009, 10:12:48 PM EST – Like – Reply

The comment function doesn't seem to work for me on the "mediablog" "Is Glenn Beck out of place", so I'll post it here.
He's described as a paranoid scare monger, but guess who saw the current financial situation coming long ago when everyone else was saying everything is rosy?  
He made a big deal about the two border agents being treated unfairly, and guess who's free today .... I think he and the exposure he gave to those advocating for them had a lot to do with that.  
He (like many) correctly identified Obama as a far-left socialist/Marxist, and now sure enough, we're getting daily headlines about his freedom-squelching power-grabs confirming it.  
I personally think he's about the only watchable show left on Foxnews. I'm so tired of Hannity's tired endless predictable litanies, I can't even watch anymore. Sometime O'Reilly has on someone interesting, but again, there's not a lot of original insight there.  
Beck should switch places with Greta, who actually has me turning to K.O. on MSNBC, she's so incredibly boring.
February 22, 2009, 1:33:55 PM EST – Like – Reply

The MediaBlog
This is in response to the 2/22 comment from Steve.
I've made little secret on my blog that I think Glenn Beck is a paranoid alarmist. He has not been correct about the current economic situation because he has, from day one, been suggesting that this is a financial apocalypse (and maybe not just financial). It is not. It is an economic downturn just like dozens, scores, hundreds throughout history. People who think it is the Great Depression Part Deux are ignorant of history or are paranoid. I don't think Glenn is ignorant, so...
Glenn is given to being obsessive about things (IMHO) and so he has been obsessing about the economy. Later in the year or early next, when the economy turns around, he'll move on to obsessing about something else.
At any rate, the main point of my post wasn't really about Glenn's lunacy. Rather, it was about the fact that he isn't a good fit for Fox. He isn't a good fit because they don't have room for him.  
He does not belong in a pre-8pm timeslot because Fox focuses on straight news (quit snickering, Lefties) before 8pm. Glenn may very well be your cup of tea, but no one could reasonably call him straight news.
He would be fine after 8pm but the problem there is that Fox doesn't need him. They have three ratings blockbusters which are showing no signs of fading. Why would they pull one of them to make way for Glenn Beck? They wouldn't, obviously, since he's on at 5pm when most of us are driving home.
You may not like Greta. Personally, I'm not crazy about Bill O'Reilly. That's not what matters though. What matters is that millioons of people tune in every night to watch both of them and Fox isn't going to break up a winning combination.
At the end of the day, the only reason I can think of for Fox to offer Glenn Beck aa program is to tie him down in case they need him later. That may make sense if they have concerns that one of their three flagship opinion shows is going to falter. Personally I see no sign of that.
February 25, 2009, 5:07:30 PM EST – Like – Reply

Gosh I sure hope you're right about the economy turning around soon, because I've got a house to sell. I only wish I'd taken to heart what Glenn was saying about two years ago, instead of assuming the price would continue to rise.
Literally nobody back then envisioned a stock market down nearly half in the course of the next few years. Nobody thought their house would be worth from 25-50% less. Beck did, and said so on his (radio) show.
I think a lot of people who've lost their shirts in stocks wish they'd listened too.
I don't know about you, but personally, but I'm only a few months away from doom and gloom. It's very real for me, and very real for millions of others. Many very respected voices other than Beck are predicting much worse to come. I dearly hope they're all wrong and you are right.
I think Beck is a valuable voice of reason and warning that I wish I'd listened to earlier, and I don't think your characterization of him being an opportunist scare-monger is accurate. HE constantly hopes he's wrong, but he continues to be right, unfortunately. At the very least, he's a powerful voice of opposition to Obama's policies which I believe will only prolong things.
As for being a good fit for Fox, that's really hard to say. I think Glenn is the first person to wonder if that's true. But he's getting great ratings even at five, and I hope they find some way to get him into an even higher exposure time slot. And DVR's are getting commonplace these days..... lots of people like me are recording him and watching him later instead of Greta. ;~)
February 26, 2009, 2:16:07 AM EST – Like – Reply