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Glenn Beck ... Day

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Today is Glenn Beck's birthday. Facebook user Matthew Howery took it upon himself to designate the date as "Glenn Beck is a Moron Day."

"I'd like to celebrate the utter lack of coherent reasoning ability that is Glenn Beck," Howery wrote on the page for the event. "I invite everyone on that special day to post their favorite Glenn Beck quotes, clips, slips and blatant inconsistencies on their profile status."

More than 17,000 Facebook users of the 60,000 invited have pledged to join him.

While those are not huge numbers by Facebook standards, there are other signs that Glenn Beck is losing popularity with his over-the-top reaction to nearly everything.

Look at the Favorite TV Personality List from 2009 and 2010. While Beck was topped only by Oprah Winfrey in 2009, he dropped off the list completely in 2010. Jay Leno was the only other person to accomplish a similar feat, falling from the third spot after a failed prime time TV experiment and the Leno vs. O'Brien debate that followed.

Viewers aren't the only ones giving Beck low marks.

Even when he had higher ratings in 2009, advertisers such as Geico, Procter and Gamble, Sargento Cheese and Progressive Insurance were just a few of the companies to pull their advertisements from his show, reportedly because of Beck's classification of President Barack Obama as a "racist" with a "deep-seated hatred for white people."

Beck is also on the radio, with his Glenn Beck Program being heard on more than 400 stations across the nation. A New York radio station, WOR 710 AM, removed the program from their lineup Jan. 17.

"The reason is ratings," WOR Program Director Scott Lakefield said when he announced the decision. "Somewhat to our surprise, the show wasn't getting what we wanted."

It probably should not come as a surprise, considering Beck once said, "It took me about a year to start hating the 9/11 victims' families. ... I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining."

Other infamous clips include him talking about clubbing and killing people with shovels.

Of course, sound bites can be taken out of context, but certain things should not be said, regardless of how they are said.

And Glenn Beck is far from being the only national figure that consistently breaks that rule of thumb.

Extreme rhetoric is spewed from the mouths of pundits on both sides.

These individuals are little more than shock jocks who happen to be on TV and radio. They use their First Amendment right of free speech almost solely to get others worked up within the realm of their individual agendas.

If trends and ratings are any indication, these shock jocks are starting to lose their sphere of influence.

Regardless of the day, that is something worth celebrating.

Gabe Licht
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