THE WRONG HISTORICAL REFERENCE POINT…. The LA Times has a piece today on Glenn Beck, who can fairly be described as unbalanced, making the transition to Fox News from CNN’s Headline News.

Before Glenn Beck started his new show on Fox News in January, he sat down with Roger Ailes, the network’s chief executive, to make sure they were on the same page.

“I wanted to meet with Roger and tell him, ‘You may not want to put me on the air. I believe we are in dire trouble, and I will never shut up,’ ” said the conservative radio host.

But before Beck could say anything, Ailes shared a message of his own: The country faced tough times, he said, and Fox News was one of the only news outlets willing to challenge the new administration.

“I see this as the Alamo,” Ailes said, according to Beck. “If I just had somebody who was willing to sit on the other side of the camera until the last shot is fired, we’d be fine.”

Um, Roger? As I recall, the Alamo didn’t turn out too well.

As Oliver Willis noted, “Let’s leave aside the notion of a television network designing itself in opposition to the president with the slogan ‘Fair and Balanced’ for now, and let’s go to the tape on The Alamo. Almost everyone at the Alamo died at the hands of Mexican soldiers. Should we tell Steve Doocy goodbye?”

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.