How can one tell the difference these days? Well, one sign would be when no-one on the cast and crew of a news program move to help a guest who says four times that he’s about to pass out before slumping to the floor. Glenn Beck recently had David Buckner, a professor at Columbia University, as a guest on his show, and Buckner keeled over on-air, in slow-mo, but rather than rush to help Buckner, Beck’s minions just stood around:
“You know what was funny? Everybody on the set — I finally had to say, ‘Can I get some help here?’ Nobody moved from their place because everybody thought [it was part of the show,]” explained Beck.
True, the cast and crew of the Glenn Beck Krazy Hour didn’t rush to aid the woozy Columbia professor, but they did change the camera angle to get a better shot of David Buckner face down on the studio floor! Is this because they are heartless reptiles with the moral compass of Pol Pot? Maybe! But as Beck himself noted, it’s more likely that they thought this was just another in a long line of stunts, courtesy of Fox News’ Most Bi-Polar Host 2009. After all, Glenn Beck is justly famous for bizarre on-air crying jags, pretending to pour gasoline onto guests, and declaring that under President Obama, “fascism is coming”.
Personally, it’s clear that Beck’s show is neither news nor entertainment, unless the theater of the absurd is your cup of tea.