A Silly Bunt
Cleese once said something to the effect that TV
stations were unable to play Monty Python's Flying
the news because no one was able to take it
seriously after a full hour or half-hour of the
Python's inspired nuttery.
That quote sprang to mind when Rupert Murdoch, CEO of Fox
News, was recently asked to defend the dismal performance
of the Glenn Beck show.
In case you don't
know, Beck has lost 30% of his audience since the first
of this year and is running virtually without advertising
support as his inflamed rhetoric has scared off all but
the most "As Seen On TV-iest" variety of sponsor.
"We're not subsidizing [The Glenn Beck Show] at all," said
Mr. Murdoch, "He gives a terrific kick-off to the Fox News
Now let's consider what Mr. Murdoch just said with Mr.
Cleese's quote in mind.
Fox News not only wants but apparantly NEEDS someone like
Beck to liquify the neo-cortex of its viewer's brains before
the various Fox talking heads appear
of each hour and begin spewing their special talking points,
otherwise critical thinking might ensue.
Beck is the thin edge of the wedge issue, Propaganda 101,
unique brand of lubricant (Eww!) to buffer the impact
we'd hear the popping of brain cases like so much popcorn
each afternoon at 5PM, CST.
Come to think of it, that's even a better reason to ditch
I'll bring the butter.