Saturday, August 28, 2010

Palling Around with Beck

Sarah Palin will appear at a Glenn Beck event on the National Mall, today. From Forbes Magazine of April 26, 2010:

... Beck insists that he is not political: "I could give a flying crap about the political process." Making money, on the other hand, is to be taken very seriously, and controversy is its own coinage. "We're an entertainment company," Beck says. He has managed to monetize virtually everything that comes out of his mouth. He gets $13 million a year from print (books plus the ten-issue-a-year magazine Fusion). Radio brings in $10 million. Digital (including a newsletter, the ad-supported and merchandise) pulls in $4 million. Speaking and events are good for $3 million and television for $2 million. Over several days in mid-March Beck allowed a reporter to follow him through his multimedia incarnations, with one exception, his 5 p.m. daily show on Fox News, which attracts just under 3 million viewers. ...


Joie Vouet said...

Wouldn't Sarah Palin like to have Glenn Beck's audience and income? As they say, she's got a lot to learn.


3 million viewers (for Beck's show) is only about 1% of the country's population.

Joie Vouet said...

This article provides some insight into where tea partiers get their "news" and how they're funded.

Joie Vouet said...

From CNN's Glenn Beck stresses faith in rally on anniversary of King's speech:

Tea Party activists from across the country are attending the event. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a Fox News contributor, spoke to the crowd just after 10:30 a.m.

Palin said she came to speak not about politics but as the mother of a soldier. She said America's men and women in uniform exemplified the virtues and values of America.

"Say what you want to say about me, but I raised a combat vet and you can't take that away from me," she said to a crowd that broke out in chants of "U.S.A! U.S.A!"

Joie Vouet said...

The demonstration coincides with two days of workshops to educate conservative activists in grassroots organizing and social media skills hosted by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a limited government and free market advocacy group. -- Parallel Rallies by Beck and Sharpton

Cynthia said...

Excerpted from Washington Post article:

Olga Sanchez, 79, of Tampa, had never been to a rally in Washington. But Sanchez, a retired administrative assistant, watches Beck on television every day. And when she heard him announce plans for the rally, Sanchez called her younger brother, a trumpet player in the National Symphony Orchestra, and said she wanted to come.

"I'm a big fan of Glenn Beck," said Sanchez, a registered Republican, sitting in her walker in front of the memorial's first step. "He is opening our eyes, teaching us the history we didn't learn in school."


Joie Vouet said...

Christiana Amanpour found Sarah Palin backstage. She talked about Joe Miller and MLK's niece.

Anonymous said...

Big disappointment. No signs. They passed out Obamasutra pamphlets. Pictures at Gawker.

Joie Vouet said...

The Week's Instant Guide to Glenn Beck's Rally explains things by asking and answering several questions:

Why is Beck holding a rally?

Who is speaking?

Wait, Sarah Palin is speaking? I thought this was non-political.

How many people will be there?

Are people angry about Beck's choice of date and place?

How does Beck explain the choice of date?

What do pundits make of it?

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