Writing for The New Republic, freelance journalist Alexander Zaitchik — author of “Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance” — says the decline of the talk show host apparently has been greatly exaggerated. Once again, Zaitchik contends, Beck has been successful in promoting himself and furthering his career.
Almost no one who attended Saturday’s “Restoring Honor” rally on the National Mall seems able to cogently explain what, exactly, took place. Was it a thinly disguised political rally? A triumph of Made in America inspirational treacle? A modern-day religious revival? When probed by reporters, happy participants and skeptical observers alike struggled to make sense of the prayerful parade that saw Tony LaRussa, Sarah Palin, and Eveda King take turns at a podium between prerecorded voiceovers about crossroads, awakenings, and miracles. Yet there was one message that the afternoon’s emotional emcee managed to get across with unmistakable clarity: Glenn Beck is still a major force to be reckoned with, and has every intention of staying one.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan has an interesting take on Saturday’s festivities in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Nobel Prize-winning columnist Paul Krugman predicts a repeat of the 1990s if the current trend continues.