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Loathsome cowboy

  • Jun 23, 2010
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Alexander Zaitchick's critical biography of Glenn Beck is well researched, revealing and tedious. You'll learn more than you probably want to know about Beck, but if you buy this book you're probably already aghast at the hate-talker's loathsome behavior and don't really need more information to mold your opinion. The short-hand version is that he is as horrible as you imagined, probably believes very little of what he says (he's only in it for the money), doesn't care what damage he does to democratic governance or our community as long as he gets richer, and is vastly ignorant to boot.

So, if you aren't disgusted enough already, have at it. But better to spend your hard earned money on stamps to write letters thanking the companies which have stopped advertising on his shows because of his racist rant: AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Campbell Soup, Applebee's, Bank of America, General Mills, Kraft, Travelers Insurance, Capitol One, Dannon, HSBC, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Simplex Healthcare, Guinness and Tanqueray. His main sponsor is now Goldline, which sells the gold he endlessly pitches as a safety net against the advancing troops of socialism which are about to crunch America's currency. According to Mother Jones magazine, Goldline engages in bait-and-switch tactics to sell overpriced foreign coins that may never be worth as much as the sale price, while Beck laughs all the way to the bank.

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September 22, 2010
Well done. Love your title!
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"A gripping and thoroughly researched Beck biography."
—Joe Conason,Salon

Common Nonsense will tell [his fans] more than they’ve ever known about Beck, but it will challenge the premises of his stories and his crusades. Zaitchik defends ACORN and environmental activist Van Jones from the pounding Beck gave them — at times, the reader feels that he’s watching a medic team pick up wounded bodies from the culture war.”
—David Weigel, The Washington Post

“Fox News host Glenn Beck delights in provocation — see his well-publicized spats with James Cameron, Rep. Anthony Weiner and others — and, according to Alexander Zaitchik's new book, he's always had the knack. Indeed, the book, which Firedoglake calls, ‘careful and studious...part biography, part deconstruction,’ reads like an extended list of all the folks the outspoken conservative pundit has irked during his rise from local radio host to national media icon.”
The Week

“A superb book… Alexander Zaitchik shows how Beck’s blackboard schemes are fiction—part of what [Zaitchik] calls ‘the oceanic audacity of his self-serving ignorance.’”
—Mark Schmitt, The American Prospect

“A great history of Beck's life and career, including his days as a Morning Zoo disc jockey, along with his current controversial stints on talk radio and Fox News.”
—Joe Strupp, Media...

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ISBN-10: 0470557397
ISBN-13: 978-0470557396
Author: Alexander Zaitchik
Genre: History, Nonfiction
Publisher: Wiley
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