Beck Says Goodbye
It's not an incredible clip, but it's fun to see the curtains raised and feel the theatrical impact of the set dissipate as Glenn disappears.
Beck said that the reason for his departure from Fox News was simple: there was more that he wanted to do. The show, he said, was really a movement "that belongs in your home. It belongs in your neighborhoods. Not really television." Beck's impassioned, grandiose, often inflammatory style and his embrace of the Tea Party movement sent his notoriety skyrocketing, and made him the most polarizing personality on an already-polarizing network. He drew high ratings (even when his show's popularity fell, it was still the fourth most watched cable news program) and a large following; his rally on the Washington Mall in 2010 was evidence of his ability to move masses.
However, Beck often drew equally heated criticism for his highly controversial comments and elaborate, chalkboard-laden explanations of the world. Most famously, he called President Obama a "racist" with a "deep-seated hatred of white people," accused liberal billionaire George Soros of being at the center of a destructive global order, and warned that the so-called "Arab Spring" would lead to a new Islamic caliphate.
Will an internet broadcast of Glenn's show, to a presumably far smaller audience, bring him more impact, or more money? He leaves as his impact continues to grow.
Glenn Beck may be leaving cable television, but the other portions of his media empire are doing fine and dandy, as evidenced by the performance of his latest book, "The Original Argument."
The book is debuting at the top of the New York Times' non-fiction bestseller list. This makes it Beck's seventh #1 seller.
Will his departure mark a turning point for broadcast TV, as the wall between television and personal computers continues to crumble? We'll see.