[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here. Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
Yeah, it looks pretty well confirmed, although it’s also out of the blue. And this passage is intriguing:
In the statement on Wednesday, Mr. Beck said he would be starting a “new phase” of a partnership with Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News. “I truly believe that America owes a lot to Roger Ailes and Fox News,” he said.
Mr. Ailes said in the statement, “Glenn Beck is a powerful communicator, a creative entrepreneur and a true success by anybody’s standards. I look forward to continuing to work with him.”
But then I think they said something like that when Seinfeld ended, right? And everyone expected the leads to each get their own hit sitcom, etc. It didn’t exactly work out like that, did it?
But I think the question was, did Beck decide he wanted to go out on a relatively high note? Or was there a real cause? By reports his ratings had been going south for a while, and of course the left tried their best to demonize him in the eyes of advertisers. My favorite was alleging that Beck was raising fears of inflation in order to help the Gold-selling companies that often advertised on the show, as though advertisers don’t generally seek target audiences…
So use this thread to react, speculate about causes, the future, etc. Like you needed me to tell you to do that.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]