Archive: May, 2010
Throughout Glenn Beck's meteoric rise to become king of all right-wing media, a once-obscure Santa Monica peddler of gold coins called Goldline International has been along for the ride. The support of Beck and other radio hosts -- mainly conservatives like Mark Levin and Fred Thompson -- who spend 55 minutes creating fear of an economic collapse and then five minutes telling you why coins from a company like Goldline are the only safe haven has helped Goldline become a $500 million company.
This, for example, is what 2 million TV viewers who clicked on Beck's nightly Fox News Channel show heard on Oct. 6, 2009:
Sorry, Glenn -- no McCarthyism here. I'd be upset, too, if my secrets for monetizing fear were unraveling.
The Democratic Senate candidate in Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, isn't even on the ballot today, but already he's the biggest loser. As the New York Times (the same "liberal paper" that also destroyed its local Democrats Eliot Spitzer and David Patterson, but I digress...) reports, Blumenthal has gone out of his way to imply he served in Vietnam, even though 40 years ago he went out of his way NOT to fight there.
And you thought Arlen Specter was toast! Blumenthal will likely go on the offensive, but the honorable thing would be to step aside before it's too late. Connecticut is a liberal-leaning state with some of the worst Democrats I've ever seen -- that's a damn shame for them.
Montreal sportswriter gets car with Quebec plates trashed at the Wachovia Center, writes about it...and then gets a verbal mugging from Philly.com readers.
Too bad you can't tase newspaper commenters (just kidding...maybe).
Last week I posted here about the soaring price of gold and the role that the fear factor on talk radio -- especially Glenn Beck, who has heavily promoted his longtime sponsor Goldline International -- has played in sending the precious metal to a non-inflation-adjusted record high price. (And more news on the gold front is coming -- take my word for it.)
The interplay between a noxious radio/TV host like Beck and his sponsors is viewed by some as a sideshow at best, but in the case of Beck his entire shtick is built on ginning up non-stop fear in his audience -- one minute it's global economic collapse, but a minute later it's identity theft. Indeed, the relationship between Beck and the odd list of gimmcky products he peddles get a major shout-out in my forthcoming book, The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, Hi-Def Hucksters and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama. It's important to see how Beck is a modern medicine man who tells you the disease and then also offers the cure...for the right price -- whether it's Goldline or Beck's latest book or American Revival gig or, in the case of identity theft, a company called LifeLock.
Does this take the pressure off Tony Auth for a couple of days?
WASHINGTON — In a broad endorsement of federal power, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Congress has the authority under the Constitution to allow the continued confinement of some sex offenders after they have completed their criminal sentences.