Glenn Beck: Conquering Hero?
"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.
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