Debunking Glenn Beck: How to Save America from Media Pundits and Propagandists

Debunking Glenn Beck: How to Save America from Media Pundits and Propagandists

Debunking Glenn Beck: How to Save America from Media Pundits and Propagandists

Debunking Glenn Beck: How to Save America from Media Pundits and Propagandists

Synopsis

Taking the example of Glenn Beck as a media pundit and propagandist, this timely and provocative book shows how mainstream media fails in its duty--and explains what the American people can do about it.

• A foreword by Harvey Sarles, professor of cultural studies and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota

• An index

Excerpt

Glenn Beck is the “star” of this book’s title. But the book itself is more deeply an analysis and discussion of America: What is democracy and how does it “work”? Where did it come from? Where is it at right now … and why? How can we—the citizens—extend this land of “We, the People” into a strong and meaningful future?

Or can we? Beck’s America is quite different—and quite oppositional—to the actual America, which should include all the people. He is clever, a public star on television, in his several books, and wherever else he appears. His ability to use his skills to effectively “redraw” America’s history to suit his wishes, especially, and to draw or represent the really rich, the corporations, is amazing, popular, and powerful.

“We, the People” are in the midst of a New Gilded Age in which the very few, very rich control our economy. This is the third such time in the past century—and the temptation for the very rich, as well as their followers and heirs, is to share in the great riches and accompanying power that the very few control. We’ve seen most of this before: the “robber barons,” the Great Depression as the earlier Gilded Ages lost their sheen, and the collapse of our economy a couple of years ago.

In the oligarchy or plutocracy in which we find ourselves, very few control the money, politics, and power to promote the ability of the oligarchs to fund and try to justify their positions. The really rich are extremely powerful and will use almost any means to keep this all going. And the very idea of the corporation has been on the rise and has gained power as we all watch … and do little.

Just who is Glenn Beck in this situation? Well, he is a “front man”—“star” or “hottie”—who has very cleverly used the stages or grandstands that the medium of television has provided. He looks and sounds really “good”—as he . . .

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