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By Alexander Zaitchik

Who is that this man and why are humans listening?
Forget Rush Limbaugh, invoice O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity—Glenn Beck is the Right’s new media darling and the unofficial chief of the conservative grassroots. Lampooned by means of the Left and Lionized by way of the a long way correct, his bluster-and-tears model of political remark has commandeered awareness on either side of the aisle.

Glenn Beck has emerged during the last decade as a different and weird conservative icon for the hot century. He encourages his listeners to include a cynical paranoia that slides simply right into a fantasyland choked with enemies that don't exist and options which are incoherent, at top. because the election of President Barack Obama, Beck’s bombastic, conspiratorial, and infrequently viciously own method of political strive against has made him essentially the most debatable figures within the historical past of yankee broadcasting.

In Common Nonsense, investigative reporter Alexander Zaitchik explores Beck's unusual brew of rankings lust, boundless ego, conspiratorial hard-right politics, and gimmicky morning-radio leisure chops.
* Separates the evidence from the fiction, following Beck from his youth to his fresh upward push to the pinnacle of the conservative media heap
* Zaitchik's fresh three-part sequence in Salon brought on quite a bit buzz, Beck felt the necessity to assault it on his express
* in response to Zaitchik's interviews with former Beck coworkers and overview of numerous Beck writings and tv and radio indicates
* Explains why Beck is often crying, why he has such a lot of conservative enemies, why he's pushed via conspiracy theories, and why he's harmful to the healthiness of the republic
* A contributing author to Alternet, Zaitchik's reporting has seemed within the New Republic, the Nation, Salon, Wired, Reason, and the Believer

Beck, a perverse and high-impact media spectacle, has emerged as a pace-setter in a conservative protest stream that increases troubling questions on the way forward for American politics.

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Beck used to get hammered after every show at this little bar-café down the street,” remembers the music programmer who worked closely with Beck. ” The extent to which Beck was struggling to keep it together is highlighted by his arrest one afternoon just outside Baltimore. He was speeding in his DeLorean with one of the car’s gullwing doors wide open when the cops pulled him over. ” Whether that statement reflects a diagnosis or is intended for effect, Beck’s coworkers at B104 believed him to be taking prescription medication for some kind of psychological illness.

As Beck explained at the time to a Houston Chronicle reporter: “See, Wednesday was our first day and before that we had been running around like chickens with our heads cut off around here. And I had mentioned at one point that I wanted to meet the listeners at local malls. ” It wasn’t just Beck who spoke to Clydie Clyde as though he were real. Beck’s conversations with the Muppet-voiced creature were so seamless and regular that listeners showed up at promotional events PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG DEEJAY 41 asking to meet the character.

Throughout the night, the two struggled to keep from laughing on the air and warned drivers to be careful on the roads. “When Jeane Oats, the manager, came in that morning, she thought we were laughing out of exhaustion, but we were just really stoned,” says Kelly. ” Like Beck, Bruce Kelly was precocious. Unlike Beck, Kelly had already mastered both the art of the publicity stunt and the marketing side of the business. As a twenty-year-old deejay in Virginia, Kelly had donned a white tuxedo and dived into a twenty-thousand-gallon tank of Jell-O.

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