Thursday, September 10, 2009

Beck Too Crazy For The Wall Street Journal?

There was a nice column by Thomas Frank in this morning's Wall Street Journal about some of the recent trends in discourse on the right. He's saying the same things that people on the left have been saying for several months now, but it's refreshing to see a sanity check in the WSJ. Now, admittedly, Mr. Frank isn't on the back page; they're still reserving that space for the likes of Sarah Palin1. But it's a start.

However, what caught my attention is that Frank took the time to specifically call out Glenn Beck's recent rant about the subliminal socialist messages in New York architecture. Beck's taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks; it looks like some of the less crazy people on the right are trying to distance themselves from him. Of course, that raises the question of who's left? With advertisers pulling their support and institutions such as the WSJ turning out to be fair weather friends you have to wonder how long Beck can keep up with his schtick before Fox finally decides to pull the plug. Anyhow, it'll be interesting to watch and see what happens.

1 And what, exactly, is up with that? I mean, they still let Karl Rove write columns even though he's been thouroughly discredited, but as my wife pointed out at least Rove is smart. Sarah, on the other hand... who cares what she thinks anymore?


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