I have never watched Glenn Beck. I had never heard of Glenn Beck until he arrived at Fox News...when? Not that long ago. But then, overnight, he became a ratings phenomenon, and among the most significant figures in the American conservative movement.
Actually, even though he is a ratings phenomenon and among the most significant figures in the American conservative movement, most people in American have never watched Glenn Beck, despite his Time magazine cover story and an advertising boycott of his show. More than half of the country, in a recent poll, seems not just never to have watched him, but to have never heard of him.
Still, he is a national obsession, at least among people who are in the business of national obsessions.
I am debating now whether, as a media critic, I should watch Beck and analyze him first hand, or if I get a truer idea of his meaning and his importance by just concentrating on the Beck aura as it emanates from the analysis of other people who may or may not have watched Glenn Beck.
Here's what I'm getting without having seen him:
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