Glenn Beck: A Warrior for Freedom
posted at 12:47 pm on April 11, 2011 by Michael van der Galien
Bill O’Reilly wrote a fantastic column in which he defends his colleague at Fox News Glenn Beck and attacks his critics. As O’Reilly explains, the war on Beck really is a war on free speech. The Left doesn’t hate Beck because of what he believes and says, but because he’s very influential. They fear him. And so he must be destroyed.
If you just got off the plane from Mongolia and dialed into the left-wing U.S. media, you might think Glenn Beck is the anti-Christ. The hue and cry about Beck is downright hysterical. Why do they care? Beck isn’t an elected official; he’s not even a journalist. He’s just a guy with an opinion. So what’s the beef?
Well, again, it goes to free speech. Many hardcore ideologues in both camps simply do not want to hear opinions other than their own. And if someone is successfully bloviating views that differ from their orthodoxy, they go ballistic. And Glenn Beck is certainly successful.
That’s exactly it. Leftists don’t want conservatives to able to share their views. Beck’s too effective, he reaches too many people, and he’s too influential. Progressives can’t let that stand. That’s why they waged such a ferocious war on him and why they’re so happy that his show on Fox News will end come December.
Although I respect and understand Beck’s decision to call it quits (he has many more things going; he’s a one-man media organization nowadays), I have to say I’m not happy with it – at all. The reason is not just that I love watching his show. No, it’s that leftists think they succeeded in silencing him (by going after his advertisers). Their view will undoubtedly be: ‘Who’s next?’
And that’s the question we should all ask ourselves as well. Who will they go after now? Who will try to silence when Beck and Fox go their separate ways at the end of this year? Will it be O’Reilly himself? Or perhaps Sean Hannity?