Could Glenn Beck’s Days Be Numbered?
The New York Times reports that while Fox News host Glenn Beck continues to post “numbers that just about any cable news host would envy,” a recent erosion in his viewership has some Fox News officials “looking at the end of his contract in December and contemplating life without Mr. Beck.”
“What had been a fast and loose assault on all things liberal has grown darker and less entertaining, especially with the growing revolution in the Middle East, a phenomenon Mr. Beck sees as something of a beginning to some kind of end… Mr. Beck remains firm in his belief that something is going terribly wrong and it may be time to stock up on canned goods and head to the basement. The problem with predicting doomsday is that if you’re wrong, you have to figure out what to say the next day. And if you’re right … well, the ratings will be terrific, for what that’s worth.”
Kindness as a Strategy
If Jon Huntsman (R) decides to run against President Obama, the Salt Lake Tribune notes “it’s becoming increasingly clear how Team Obama will respond: Kill his campaign with kindness.”
Huntsman “has yet to say whether he will make a presidential bid, but when he leaves April 30, it appears the ambassador will be welcomed home with praise from the Obama administration — something that likely won’t play terribly well in a Republican primary.”
Said White House chief of staff Bill Daley: “His support of the Obama administration, his support of the president, the things he did on behalf of this administration and the closeness in which he worked with the president is most appreciated. And I’m sure he’ll talk about that in the primaries.”