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Ed Driscoll

Glenn Beck: Conquering Hero?

August 25th, 2014 - 1:27 pm

“Glenn Beck’s The Blaze Talks to Time Warner About Replacing HLN,” show-biz Website The Wrap claimed on Friday:

In an ongoing effort to revamp HLN, Time Warner’s CNN has been talking to Glenn Beck‘s The Blaze as a possible partner, an individual with knowledge of the talks told TheWrap.

The Blaze is a conservative 24-hour news and entertainment network funded by subscriptions and founded by Beck, a right-wing talk show host who built a huge following on Fox.

An insider told TheWrap that The Blaze gave Time Warner two proposals, but neither went anywhere. Another individual with knowledge of the talks said the possibility of a joint venture is not dead — they’re just not active. Under the proposed partnership, Beck’s Blaze would take over HLN’s spot on the proverbial TV dial.

The Blaze is available on 70 television providers nationwide. In the first half of 2014, the distributor base for The Blaze has grown by 50 percent. TheBlaze.com, which features written content, receives more than 25 million unique visitors per month.

Early 20th century American playwright Wilson Mizner is credited with saying, “Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.”

Because no one at The Wrap has heard of Wikipedia or Google apparently, they didn’t bother to report that Beck started his cable TV career on Headline News, and then left for Fox, in part because, as he told Newsmax in 2009:

Do you know what a pariah I was? The [CNN] management  was always very good, but going around what I called ‘the pit of despair,’ the people in the newsroom that are just typing…

I was walking through the newsroom one time and [a reporter] looked up and said, ‘yuhhck!’

I said, ‘That’s not necessary.’ And she said, ‘Oh, you expect it.’ And I said, ‘I do — and isn’t that sad?’

That year, Time-Warner-CNN-HBO, Headline News’ parent organization, kicked Beck on the way out with this cover on Time magazine:

Unlike other cable TV hosts who stayed in that medium long after their sell-through date had expired, Beck left Fox News to start his Blaze Internet TV channel and Website. The risk paid off in spades — in 2011, Forbes described Beck as a “$100 million man.” So I’m sure Beck acquiring a stake in Headline News, both to compete with Fox, and for a little payback for crapping on him during his salad days. Too bad The Wrap apparently couldn’t be bothered to research any of this, as it would made their article much more powerful.

Sadly though, on Saturday, CNN-Money — and they should know, right? — claims, “Glenn Beck sought out CNN deal, but talks died fast.” Because we wouldn’t, you know, those people tuning into CNN and increasing their viewership, right? Far better to lay off 550 jobs instead and maintain ideological purity.

In 2012, Beck had previously attempted to acquire Al Gore’s Current TV, but talks fell through, because like Time-Warner-CNN-HBO, Al also wouldn’t want the wrong people watching his former channel. Which is too bad — because (a) Beck would likely bring in far more than the pitiful 17,000 viewers who are currently watching Al Jazeera America. And (b) he’d likely pay his bills faster as well. And (c) little risk of Beck’s staffers breaking out the scimitars, as well.

Related: “Not Watching For The Asteroid.”

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The liberal media- the only business where the customer is always wrong.
-Rush Limbaugh
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The networks aren't in it for the income (advertising, etc.) they may make from operating as news providers. They are political assets for their owners with which to exert influence for the sake of other benefits. Like favorable regulatory treatment.
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Once again, the lefty networks miss the 50% market share that Murdoch stumbled into. Brilliant folks, aren't they ?
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Aaand now we know why he was rushing to the aid of all those "children" at the border. I said at the time that he'd have a cable deal within the year.

This is his thirty pieces of silver for selling out his countrymen in favor of Latin American invaders.
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You definitely received your education in Chicago...
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Yes, coming to aid people in need is a monstrous action, and ministering to people who have brought trouble on themselves is traitorous to civilization. All of those in Prison Fellowship ministries should be cast out for their heresy, same with those who minister to addicts.

Seriously, there's a lot of valid criticisms of Beck, but being charitable is not one of them.
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Maybe if he throws a few more people under the bus like he did with Andrew Breitbart he will be welcomed back by Time Warner and CNN.

The real question is why conservatives would bother with such a "conquering hero".
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Considering the full-court press Beck has been putting on to prevent a Comcast - Time Warner merger, I suspect any deal to replace HLN with The Blaze is dead. Too bad, 'cause I'd watch Beck rather than The All Nancy Grace channel.
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--In 2012, Beck had previously attempted to acquire Al Gore’s Current TV, but talks fell through, because like Time-Warner-CNN-HBO, Al also wouldn’t want the wrong people watching his former channel.--

That's a great dig. The left would prefer to get in bed with misogynistic, jihadist propagandist that a free market guy with Christian values. And what's scary is that's not an exaggeration.
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It could not happen to a nicer media.
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They're not there for the money. They are there to manipulate the soft, lazy, gullible minds of the American voter. At that, alas, they succeed rather consistently well.
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Tell Congress/FCC to bring al a cart to cable. CNN will disappear.
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Could not agree more with this. Seriously, imagine if you wanted to get a subscription to sports illustrated. In addition, you would also have to get a subscription to Rolling Stone, Time, Ladies Home Journal, Cat Fancy, and more.

The technology is there to turn channels on and off, and what better way to determine the popularity of your network that tracking subscribers.
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Yep, its funny that CNN is always in the basic package... Fox goes on the premium tiers. I have been thinking lately that Murdoch is missing a huge opportunity by not running FoxNews over the air on one of its digital channels..... i cant imagine that the ad revenue wouldn't be well worth it in the local markets, especially with the radio stations commiting suicide by trying to push out conservative talk radio - When our market dropped Levine and Hannity, local ad dollars shifted to Beck and Limbaugh at higher rates and the new lib shows are filled with public service ads from The Ad Council.
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Tell Congress and the FCC to get rid of all of the regulatory roadblocks to bringing fiber-optic connections the "last mile" to people's homes and cable will disappear! In fact, the whole teacher's union dominated education system will collapse with this innovation too.
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Ha.

I mean Ha. Ha.

And they laugh at Carrie Nation.
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The liberal media- the only business where the customer is always wrong.
-Rush Limbaugh
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The networks aren't in it for the income (advertising, etc.) they may make from operating as news providers. They are political assets for their owners with which to exert influence for the sake of other benefits. Like favorable regulatory treatment.
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