Speaking of fevers, today’s media news is that Glenn Beck has inked a new five-year deal to continue his syndicated radio show, which continues to rank third behind Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in terms of total estimated listeners. Clearly this supreme crackpot (an archaic but apt term for Beck) and his paymasters see nothing on the horizon that would diminish the demand for his peculiar brand of paranoid hysteria, which involves an unusually intensive effort to rewrite American history to his specifications. Yes, he got booted from Fox News, but his ravings are never far from the fingertips of anyone traversing the highways and biways of our nation.
Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.
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