SAN DIEGO, June 30, 2011 — On January 19, 2009, a day before President Obama’s Inauguration, Fox News Channel welcomed a new commentator — Glenn Beck — to its lineup.
Beck’s eponymous Fox News Channel show, which aired at 2pm PT/ 5pm ET every Monday through Friday, attracted millions of viewers.
Who could forget his infamous chalkboard lessons or his playful jests towards progressives? How about the heartfelt stories he shared about everyday Americans?
No other prominent commentator stressed the importance of carrying the Constitution with them, the importance of holding “unpopular” stances, or the importance of challenging the status quo like Glenn Beck did.
After two and a half years on Fox News Channel, Glenn Beck announced that he would formally end his show on June 30, 2011. Although Media Matters claimed victory for Beck’s departure, they did not affect his decision to leave.
On June 3, he announced the end of his show on the radio:
“We can announce it now today that at the end of this month will be my last broadcast on Fox News Channel,” Glenn told his listeners this morning. “I went on TV and I did things that nobody has ever done before, at least at Fox, and they generally allowed me to continue to do it all the time and without interference, and I appreciate that.”
Whether or not they like him, Americans are aware of Beck’s impact on the country.
Beck called for newfound reverence for the Constitution and Judeo-Christian principles in American society. His involvement in the Founding Fridays series, 912 Project, Tea Party Movement, “Restoring Honor” and “Restoring Courage” events, to name a few, is equally noteworthy.
Interestingly enough, he did not hesitate to expose progressive Democrats and Republicans.
Glenn Beck’s work against unrepentant communists and progressives is best highlighted in his campaign to expose Van Jones’ agenda, according to the Daily Caller:
Jones was working in the White House in 2009 when Beck began to discuss Jones’ past on his Fox show. Beck accused Jones of being a socialist and highlighted a petition he signed in support of a 9/11 conspiracy theory. Jones also came under fire for a video that surfaced of him calling Republican opponents “assholes.”
After weeks of relentless scrutiny, Jones finally resigned from his White House post after apologizing for both the petition and the disparaging remarks made about Republicans.
During his keynote speech at CPAC 2010, Beck remarked that, with Democrats, Republicans are equally responsible for the problems in Washington, D.C.:
“…Hello, my name is the Republican Party, and I’ve got a problem. I’m addicted to spending and big government…”
Nevertheless, many were eager to disparage him during his time at Fox News.
The Left, for example, attempted to paint Beck as an anti-Semite and conspiracy theorist.
Dana Milbank of Washington Post called him a “creature” in a recent column, after Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) agreed to take part in Beck’s “Restoring Courage” event in Jerusalem this August:
I admire Lieberman, and I’ve defended him over the years when he defied party and faction. But if he shares a stage with this creature, he will surrender the decency that has defined his public life.
Calling Glenn Beck an anti-Semite is like calling Abraham Lincoln anti-American or Barack Obama anti-welfare state. As one of the most outspoken defenders of Israel in the media and politics, Beck is not only on the right side of history — defending the lone democracy in a sea of despotism — he is also helping ensure the survival of Judaism.
Undoubtedly, Glenn Beck is a national treasure.
Americans should look forward to Beck’s future with GBTV, which launches on September 12, 2011, and get involved. It is imperative to steer this country in the right direction.
Gabriella Hoffman is a senior at UC-San Diego who balances life as a student with life as a conservative activist. She’s majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. She serves as the Executive Assistant on The Rick Amato Show, and produces the “Top Young Con of the Week” segment each Monday.
Gabriella maintains her own blog at www.thegabriellahoffman.com. She is a regular contributor and staff member of UC-San Diego’s conservative paper, The California Review. She also serves as the Director of College outreach for Eagle Forum of San Diego, and is the New Media Intern for Ann and Phelim Media, LLC. Follow her on twitter @Gabby_Hoffman and like her Facebook page.
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