The New York Times today profiles Glenn Beck (“Mad, Apocalyptic, Tearful, and a Rising Star on Fox News”). In the piece Beck describes himself as “a rodeo clown,” and someone who “got into the radio business to ‘share my opinion in a humorous way,’ but the times ‘are so serious now that I find myself sometimes being the guy I don’t want to be— the guy saying things that are sometimes pretty scary, but nobody else is willing to say them.’” (So, I guess, a scary clown). The Times describes Beck as “capturing the feelings of an alienated class of Americans,” and, also, someone who “sometimes lingers over doomsday situations.” (Read my colleague Ryan on that).


Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.