Fox News’s Mad, Apocalyptic, Tearful Rising Star - NYTimes.com
Above Mr. Beck does his impression of a tiger. Roar!
With a mix of moral lessons, outrage and an apocalyptic view of the future, Mr. Beck, a longtime radio host who jumped to Fox from CNN’s Headline News channel this year, is capturing the feelings of an alienated class of Americans.
In an interview, Mr. Beck, who recently rewatched the 1976 film “Network,” said he identified with the character of Howard Beale, the unhinged TV news anchorman who declares on the air that he is “mad as hell.”
“I think that’s the way people feel,” Mr. Beck said. “That’s the way I feel.” In part because of Mr. Beck, Fox News — long identified as the favored channel for conservatives and Republican leaders — is enjoying a resurgence just two months into Mr. Obama’s term. While always top-rated among cable news channels, Fox’s ratings slipped during the long Democratic primary season last year. Now it is back on firm footing as the presumptive network of the opposition, with more than 1.2 million viewers watching at any given time, about twice as many as CNN or MSNBC.
Mojonaut Julia adds: "So I presume Mr. Beck didn't finish watching the movie, where Mr. Beale's populism is recycled and rehashed until it's nothing more than a pale, pointless shadow of its former self, good only for drumming up ratings (and thus, advertising revenue) for the parent network? Not to mention that the famous "mad as hell" rant didn't actually achieve anything besides a bunch of people yelling out their windows?
On the other hand, at least he seems to understand his role in all
this... quote: “I’m a rodeo clown”."